BlackBerry OS 4.5 now available from BlackBerry.com/Upgrades. No, seriously.

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For those of you that have been suffering through the indignity of OS 4.3 on your BlackBerry Curve and Pearl when your friends are rockin’ their BlackBerry Bolds, Pearl Flips and Storms, struggle no more! You’ve patiently waited for the “official version” of the OS and your wait is no more. Unlike what we believed in September, www.blackberry.com/upgrades, allows for an official OS 4.5 update. So far, we have confirmed this on Sprint and Verizon.

Let us know in the comments if your carrier is allowing an upgrade to 4.5 as well. Note that using this upgrade requires Internet Explorer. HTML email, geotagging photos and streaming video, here we come (don’t forget in-line spell check, ed.)!

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  • CM702

    What a waste of effort and time… I still have to use an unofficial release for my Sprint 8830 as RIM apparently hasn’t seen fit to supply my company required non-camera unit with a modern and supported upgrade/update. I think my next unit won’t be a Blackberry, I’m tired of the frustration and lack of support by the manufacturer (not the carrier, they can only inform you what they have been informed themselves by RIM).

  • CM702

    What a waste of effort and time… I still have to use an unofficial release for my Sprint 8830 as RIM apparently hasn’t seen fit to supply my company required non-camera unit with a modern and supported upgrade/update. I think my next unit won’t be a Blackberry, I’m tired of the frustration and lack of support by the manufacturer (not the carrier, they can only inform you what they have been informed themselves by RIM).

  • Brett

    Installed this for my sprint blackberry 8330 and it did install however im not noticing much of a difference. My emails look the same and the only thing ive noticed different is on the broswer there is a small google search box now at the top. Did i do something wrong? Dont see html emails

  • Brett

    Installed this for my sprint blackberry 8330 and it did install however im not noticing much of a difference. My emails look the same and the only thing ive noticed different is on the broswer there is a small google search box now at the top. Did i do something wrong? Dont see html emails

  • Dasien

    Is this the same software that Blackberry Bold uses? Will this look the same as the new Bold/Flip Pearls? I searched everywhere and couldn’t find an answer.

    Does this have a the new GUI Theme that Bold Uses?

  • Dasien

    Is this the same software that Blackberry Bold uses? Will this look the same as the new Bold/Flip Pearls? I searched everywhere and couldn’t find an answer.

    Does this have a the new GUI Theme that Bold Uses?

  • http://twitter.com/hartlogan Logan

    Kyle,

    That error is a JVM 523 error that translates to “System process died”. Check this forum thread for info on how to fix it. I’d recommend the Javaloader approach with the utility listed in that thread (so you don’t have to know the technical command line part of it)
    http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com/f74/jvm_error_523_need_help-1326/

    Brett,

    It will be HTML email in the sense that you’ll have links, etc. You won’t get images unless you have a Bold with 4.6, I believe.

  • http://twitter.com/hartlogan Logan

    Kyle,

    That error is a JVM 523 error that translates to “System process died”. Check this forum thread for info on how to fix it. I’d recommend the Javaloader approach with the utility listed in that thread (so you don’t have to know the technical command line part of it)
    http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com/f74/jvm_error_523_need_help-1326/

    Brett,

    It will be HTML email in the sense that you’ll have links, etc. You won’t get images unless you have a Bold with 4.6, I believe.

  • Jeff

    Okay, so I started the upgrade last night – all was well until IE hung on me and in the process of killing it, I killed Desktop Manager while it was upgrading!!!!

    Not a big deal, except I lost my Sprint TV, and had to rollback to 4.3 – phone works fine so far (haven’t tested everything) still no Sprint TV though, and now I can’t upgrade as I suddenly have “the most recent software” on my device…:(

    I deleted the vendor.xml file also…

  • Jeff

    Okay, so I started the upgrade last night – all was well until IE hung on me and in the process of killing it, I killed Desktop Manager while it was upgrading!!!!

    Not a big deal, except I lost my Sprint TV, and had to rollback to 4.3 – phone works fine so far (haven’t tested everything) still no Sprint TV though, and now I can’t upgrade as I suddenly have “the most recent software” on my device…:(

    I deleted the vendor.xml file also…

  • DavidB

    @Dasien:
    Bold has OS 4.6. Storm has OS 4.7. Not sure about Pearl Flip or the new 8900 Curve.

    @all: again, just the magic of getting OS 4.5+ on your device won’t make html email work. Your carrier must have the right software (BIS) on their end, plus you must log into your carrier’s BIS and do a “send service books”.

    PLUS, only on newly received emails will you get the html. Old emails that were restored to your device after OS upgrade will NOT be magically displayed with their html enabled. Unless the email was received new on your device with all 3 conditions satisfied, html won’t be there.

    And no, you don’t need a Bold to receive pictures in html emails. Pearl’s and Curve’s and 8830′s meeting the 3 conditions can happily display images that are in a html email.

    I really wish people would do some basic investigating before posting their suppositions as if they were facts here in the comments. And actually READ all the comments BEFORE posting questions that were answered long ago in the comments!

  • DavidB

    @Dasien:
    Bold has OS 4.6. Storm has OS 4.7. Not sure about Pearl Flip or the new 8900 Curve.

    @all: again, just the magic of getting OS 4.5+ on your device won’t make html email work. Your carrier must have the right software (BIS) on their end, plus you must log into your carrier’s BIS and do a “send service books”.

    PLUS, only on newly received emails will you get the html. Old emails that were restored to your device after OS upgrade will NOT be magically displayed with their html enabled. Unless the email was received new on your device with all 3 conditions satisfied, html won’t be there.

    And no, you don’t need a Bold to receive pictures in html emails. Pearl’s and Curve’s and 8830′s meeting the 3 conditions can happily display images that are in a html email.

    I really wish people would do some basic investigating before posting their suppositions as if they were facts here in the comments. And actually READ all the comments BEFORE posting questions that were answered long ago in the comments!

  • DavidB

    @Dasien:
    Bold has OS 4.6. Storm has OS 4.7. Not sure about Pearl Flip or the new 8900 Curve.

    @all: again, just the magic of getting OS 4.5+ on your device won’t make html email work. Your carrier must have the right software (BIS) on their end, plus you must log into your carrier’s BIS and do a “send service books”.

    PLUS, only on newly received emails will you get the html. Old emails that were restored to your device after OS upgrade will NOT be magically displayed with their html enabled. Unless the email was received new on your device with all 3 conditions satisfied, html won’t be there.

    And no, you don’t need a Bold to receive pictures in html emails. Pearl’s and Curve’s and 8830′s meeting the 3 conditions can happily display images that are in a html email.

    I really wish people would do some basic investigating before posting their suppositions as if they were facts here in the comments. And actually READ all the comments BEFORE posting questions that were answered long ago in the comments!

  • DavidB

    @CM702:
    Why get pissed at RIM and say Sprint has no fault here? RIM can’t release Sprint device OS, only Sprint can. If there isn’t a 4.5 for your Sprint device (8130/8330/8830) you have noone to blame but Sprint! The simple fact that there ARE 4.5′s out there for those devices means RIM has created them, its up to Sprint to approve a 4.5 for their phones!

    Same for Verizon. The past couple 4.5′s that leaked out have been at least no worse than what the 4.2′s or 4.3′s they offer. As I see it, the carriers are being FAR to stingy with OS releases, likely because they don’t have people trained enough to handle support and they quite likely have to PAY RIM every time a support call gets handed off to RIM to resolve.

    So blame the carrier if there isn’t a OS upgrade for your modern device. If you’re still using a 7xxx or older series BB, yeah, you can blame RIM but honestly those things don’t have enough memory for even a 4.3 OS, let alone 4.5 or better!

  • DavidB

    @CM702:
    Why get pissed at RIM and say Sprint has no fault here? RIM can’t release Sprint device OS, only Sprint can. If there isn’t a 4.5 for your Sprint device (8130/8330/8830) you have noone to blame but Sprint! The simple fact that there ARE 4.5′s out there for those devices means RIM has created them, its up to Sprint to approve a 4.5 for their phones!

    Same for Verizon. The past couple 4.5′s that leaked out have been at least no worse than what the 4.2′s or 4.3′s they offer. As I see it, the carriers are being FAR to stingy with OS releases, likely because they don’t have people trained enough to handle support and they quite likely have to PAY RIM every time a support call gets handed off to RIM to resolve.

    So blame the carrier if there isn’t a OS upgrade for your modern device. If you’re still using a 7xxx or older series BB, yeah, you can blame RIM but honestly those things don’t have enough memory for even a 4.3 OS, let alone 4.5 or better!

  • DavidB

    @CM702:
    Why get pissed at RIM and say Sprint has no fault here? RIM can’t release Sprint device OS, only Sprint can. If there isn’t a 4.5 for your Sprint device (8130/8330/8830) you have noone to blame but Sprint! The simple fact that there ARE 4.5′s out there for those devices means RIM has created them, its up to Sprint to approve a 4.5 for their phones!

    Same for Verizon. The past couple 4.5′s that leaked out have been at least no worse than what the 4.2′s or 4.3′s they offer. As I see it, the carriers are being FAR to stingy with OS releases, likely because they don’t have people trained enough to handle support and they quite likely have to PAY RIM every time a support call gets handed off to RIM to resolve.

    So blame the carrier if there isn’t a OS upgrade for your modern device. If you’re still using a 7xxx or older series BB, yeah, you can blame RIM but honestly those things don’t have enough memory for even a 4.3 OS, let alone 4.5 or better!

  • http://salesby5.com/ Nan Palmero

    Here’s my suggestion for everyone that is having trouble. Remove ALL the previous versions of Desktop Manager (DM) and Operating Systems (OS). Then download the version of each that you want. In case you care, I am running DM 4.7 and OS 4.5.0.97 on my Sprint 8330 Curve. My Sprint TV, Sprint Radio and Sprint Navigation ALL work.

    @Kyle try doing an upgrade to 4.5.0.97 with the tips I wrote.

    @Jeff mine all work.

    @CM702 Sorry you are having trouble.

    @Brett Here’s the info on turning on the HTML email http://is.gd/9CNT

    @Dasien This is OS 4.5, Bold uses 4.6. You can get a Bold theme here – http://store.blackberrycool.com/product.asp?id=21151&n=9000-Bold-Blue-Zen-8300-(4.2.2-4.5-OS)

  • http://salesby5.com Nan Palmero

    Here’s my suggestion for everyone that is having trouble. Remove ALL the previous versions of Desktop Manager (DM) and Operating Systems (OS). Then download the version of each that you want. In case you care, I am running DM 4.7 and OS 4.5.0.97 on my Sprint 8330 Curve. My Sprint TV, Sprint Radio and Sprint Navigation ALL work.

    @Kyle try doing an upgrade to 4.5.0.97 with the tips I wrote.

    @Jeff mine all work.

    @CM702 Sorry you are having trouble.

    @Brett Here’s the info on turning on the HTML email http://is.gd/9CNT

    @Dasien This is OS 4.5, Bold uses 4.6. You can get a Bold theme here – http://store.blackberrycool.com/product.asp?id=21151&n=9000-Bold-Blue-Zen-8300-(4.2.2-4.5-OS)

  • Jeff

    @Nan:

    Thanks for all of your assistance!

    I successfully upgraded back to 4.5.0.97 with the help of your link, and all appears well so far – after a bit of research, I found my Sprint TV icon in my “entertainment” folder and it appears to have survived just fine…

    @DavidB: I agree…I see so many different comments sections on various blogs where folks seem too lazy to do the research to answer any of their own questions…

  • Jeff

    @Nan:

    Thanks for all of your assistance!

    I successfully upgraded back to 4.5.0.97 with the help of your link, and all appears well so far – after a bit of research, I found my Sprint TV icon in my “entertainment” folder and it appears to have survived just fine…

    @DavidB: I agree…I see so many different comments sections on various blogs where folks seem too lazy to do the research to answer any of their own questions…

  • http://salesby5.com/ Nan Palmero

    @jeff you’re most welcome, glad it worked out for ya!

  • http://salesby5.com Nan Palmero

    @jeff you’re most welcome, glad it worked out for ya!

  • http://lexhair.wordpress.com/ John P.

    Another false alarm for my Sprint BES 8830WE. Not supported.

  • http://lexhair.wordpress.com John P.

    Another false alarm for my Sprint BES 8830WE. Not supported.

  • http://salesby5.com/ Nan Palmero

    @John P. Here is an unofficial release for it – 8830 – 4.5.0.101 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V1G8IYSR

  • http://salesby5.com Nan Palmero

    @John P. Here is an unofficial release for it – 8830 – 4.5.0.101 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V1G8IYSR

  • doublelama

    Thanks Nan. The unofficial software and installation worked like a charm for my Sprint 8330 as did the support article for enabling HTML emails. All Sprint TV & Radio icons were left intact as well. The Facebook app did, however, disappear as someone else mentioned above but shouldn’t be a problem to get back.

  • doublelama

    Thanks Nan. The unofficial software and installation worked like a charm for my Sprint 8330 as did the support article for enabling HTML emails. All Sprint TV & Radio icons were left intact as well. The Facebook app did, however, disappear as someone else mentioned above but shouldn’t be a problem to get back.

  • david

    OS 4.5 is not yet permitted by at&t. Itried numerous times to load it, but nmot yet granted permission to do so. I wonder why? DBR

  • david

    OS 4.5 is not yet permitted by at&t. Itried numerous times to load it, but nmot yet granted permission to do so. I wonder why? DBR

  • http://salesby5.com/ Nan Palmero

    @doublelama you’re welcome, glad it worked!

    @david try an unofficial version for your model. If you know your model but don’t
    see the link listed in the comments, let me know and I’ll find it for ya.

  • http://salesby5.com Nan Palmero

    @doublelama you’re welcome, glad it worked!

    @david try an unofficial version for your model. If you know your model but don’t
    see the link listed in the comments, let me know and I’ll find it for ya.

  • Mossman

    I’m not seeing the in-line spell checker, just the same old one that came with 4.3. Can anyone help me enable in-line spell checking?

  • Mossman

    I’m not seeing the in-line spell checker, just the same old one that came with 4.3. Can anyone help me enable in-line spell checking?

  • http://salesby5.com/ Nan Palmero

    @mossman maybe your spelling is good and it hasn’t kicked you a message?

  • http://salesby5.com Nan Palmero

    @mossman maybe your spelling is good and it hasn’t kicked you a message?

  • g

    Dont know what Im doing wrong. Have a curve 8330. When I go to web adress above to download 4.5 I cant seem to get it. I registered my e-mail, etc. but I get the not authorized to download message. Can you please tell me how to download the software?

  • g

    Dont know what Im doing wrong. Have a curve 8330. When I go to web adress above to download 4.5 I cant seem to get it. I registered my e-mail, etc. but I get the not authorized to download message. Can you please tell me how to download the software?

  • JP

    Got my Sprint Curve 8830 upgraded to 4.5.0.97! Thanks Nan! But alas I must have done something as the font are white everywhere and hard to read. I followed John Clark’s procedure and I wondered if there was a file/s I should have not taken out? I can’t open the options/screen/keyboard to work. When I click on it nothing happened. Anyone know why or which file/s?

    Thanks!
    JP

  • JP

    oops I mean 8330!

  • JP

    Got my Sprint Curve 8830 upgraded to 4.5.0.97! Thanks Nan! But alas I must have done something as the font are white everywhere and hard to read. I followed John Clark’s procedure and I wondered if there was a file/s I should have not taken out? I can’t open the options/screen/keyboard to work. When I click on it nothing happened. Anyone know why or which file/s?

    Thanks!
    JP

  • JP

    oops I mean 8330!

  • Mossman

    Nan, maybe I’ve misunderstood the nature of the in-line spell check. I’m not so certain of how it should function now. What I have now will allow me to spell check on demand or every time I send an email. The in-line spellcheck should highlight misspelled words as they are typed in an active message, right? If the latter is the case, then I don’t have that and I’m running 4.5.0.77 on a Verizon Curve 8330. So do I have the right stuff, or am I somehow missing some functions? Thanks for any help.

  • Mossman

    Nan, maybe I’ve misunderstood the nature of the in-line spell check. I’m not so certain of how it should function now. What I have now will allow me to spell check on demand or every time I send an email. The in-line spellcheck should highlight misspelled words as they are typed in an active message, right? If the latter is the case, then I don’t have that and I’m running 4.5.0.77 on a Verizon Curve 8330. So do I have the right stuff, or am I somehow missing some functions? Thanks for any help.

  • DavidB

    @Mossman:
    I too have a Verizon Blackberry, though it’s a 8830 running 4.5.0.101. The only “predictive” text I’ve ever seen on a Blackberry is on Suretype models, so not sure what “inline” spell check would be either or how it evidences itself versus not being there.

  • DavidB

    @Mossman:
    I too have a Verizon Blackberry, though it’s a 8830 running 4.5.0.101. The only “predictive” text I’ve ever seen on a Blackberry is on Suretype models, so not sure what “inline” spell check would be either or how it evidences itself versus not being there.

  • Dasien

    Ever since upgrading, I am getting a “Mishandled Exception” error message that won’t go away, and I have to Reset my phone numerous times a day. Why?!?!

  • Dasien

    Ever since upgrading, I am getting a “Mishandled Exception” error message that won’t go away, and I have to Reset my phone numerous times a day. Why?!?!

  • g

    got 4.5!!

  • g

    got 4.5!!