Official BlackBerry OS Updates: AT&T Bold (220.127.116.118) and Verizon Tour (18.104.22.168)
The latest handheld software updates for Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Bold 9000 from AT&T and its Tour 9630 on Verizon, which reportedly feature a variety of bug fixes and enhancements, may be just around the corner.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
If you’re a BlackBerry Bold 9000 user on AT&T or a Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 owner, your device will likely be getting a new “official” OS update from Research In Motion (RIM) in the coming weeks.
I received the following AT&T information this morning from an AT&T corporate customer who was recently notified about the upcoming update:
“AT&T has approved the BlackBerry Bold Maintenance Release (v22.214.171.1248). This release, which provides several enhancements, will become publically available on August 25, 2009 including via OTA.
What’s New / What’s Changed / What’s Launched
A number of enhancements are contained in the Maintenance Release including:
AT&T Visual Voicemail (optional feature)
General handset software optimization and improvements
Capability to set the device to “2G only” for better battery life and coverage in some international roaming situations
Additional VPLs including My-Cast Weather, Wiki Mobile, Mobile Banking, a few games and more.
The Maintenance Release will be available to customers to download from August 25, 2009 and will be available from www.att.com/bbdownloads.”
Mobile blog BoyGeniusReport.com also claims to have heard from a Verizon source who says that the next Tour OS will be v126.96.36.199, though it’s unclear when exactly the software will become available. Potential fixes or enhancements in Tour OS v.188.8.131.52 are also unknown at this point.
The latest official BlackBerry handheld OS for the Bold via AT&T is v184.108.40.2068, while the most recent BlackBerry Tour OS from Verizon is 220.127.116.11.
If everything goes as expected, AT&T should release the new Bold OS next Tuesday, but corporate customers may get the update first. The Verizon Tour update is simply a rumor at this point, but it comes from a site with a proven track record for breaking BlackBerry-related news.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.