If you're still running BlackBerry OS 7.0 on a BlackBerry OS 7.1 capable device I first have to ask -- why? Whatever your reason might be, BlackBerry 7.1 brings plenty of changes and improvements such as Mobile HotSpot, BlackBerry Tag and even WiFi calling where supported and updating is easy. Second, I have some good news for you. If you live in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom and you update your device from now until June 30th, you're eligible for some free premium app downloads:

  • EA SPORTS FIFA 13-Electronic Arts
  • The Sims 3 Supernatural-Electronic Arts
  • BeWeather-Bellshare GmbH
  • Screen Muncher™-Motek Mobile
  • Color ID FREE-Motek Mobile
  • InstaPhoto-Smarter Apps
  • DriveSafely Pro-iSpeech
  • N.O.V.A for BBM-Gameloft
  • UNO and Friends-Gameloft
  • Photo Studio PRO-KVADGroup

Need a list of devices potentially still running BlackBerry OS 7.0 to see if you qualify? Here they are: BlackBerry 9360, 9380, 9790, 9810, 9860, 9900 and the Porsche Design 9981. To check your OS, you can check out this quick tip and if you need to know how to update your OS, the best way is to do it wirelessly. But you can also do it using BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Windows and Mac or directly through the BlackBerry update website. Mind the supported areas folks, not everyone is eligible.

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