BlackBerry OS 6 upgrades in SA

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was launched in September 2010 and it was also the debut of the BlackBerry OS 6. BlackBerry OS 5 users were promised an upgrade to the BlackBerry OS6 by early 2011.

Questioned about the update, Research in Motion (RIM) South Africa said, “We work closely with our carrier partners to make the latest device software available.”

The operators confirmed that they are working with RIM on providing OS upgrades for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105, Curve 3G 9300 and Bold 9700.

Cell C said they “will be working with RIM for an effective plan to bring this new RIM OS to our BlackBerry customers,” but that the date was yet to be finalised.

MTN have confirmed that they will be deploying upgrades to BlackBerry OS 6 in April 2011. “All devices that are on Blackberry OS 5 will be upgraded to Blackberry OS 6 in April. This excludes the Blackberry 8520,” MTN said.

Users that are anxious to receive the new graphical user interface, WebKit-based browser, and other changes introduced by BlackBerry OS 6 were warned against performing the upgrade themselves with an unofficial version of the operating system.

Asked about the potential repercussions of installing even official versions of BlackBerry OS 6 from other operators, RIM SA said: “Customers stand to void their warranty as the software doesn’t match that of which their local carrier has approved. Customers may also not enjoy the full BlackBerry experience.”

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