OS 4.5 available for Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 and Pearl 8130

Nan PalmeroWhen you see Nan Palmero punching out the air like a BlackBerry-enhanced Adonis, it can only mean one thing: OS 4.5 is available for your BlackBerry. Today it’s the BlackBerry Curve 8330 and BlackBerry Pearl 8130 on the Sprint network. We have a quick rundown of new features in OS 4.5, as well as download instructions for your BlackBerry enjoyment.

OS 4.5 Features and Improvements:

    OTASL (Over The Air Software Loading) This enables all future versions of handheld software to be downloaded and installed wirelessly

    MMS (Audio, pictures, text, or all three in the same message)

    Docs to Go (device-side Word, Excel, and Powerpoint document editing capabilities)

Sounds pretty great, right? Download instructions for BIS and BES users are after the jump. We’ve also heard that OS 4.5 will be released for the BlackBerry 8830 in a few weeks, with an 8703(!) release coming at the end of Q1.

Thanks for the tip, Rob!

OS 4.5 Download instructions:

1) WebSL: They can go to http://na.blackberry.com/eng/update/, tether their device, and use the web software loading tool. Note: this requires use of the evil Internet Explorer.

2) Download: Alternatively, they can go to https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=FC3CF452D3DA8402BEBB765225CE8C0E and choose their model device from the drop down menu, and download the 4.5 software. Once downloaded, the device needs to be tethered for the upgrade. Note: you do not need Desktop Manager installed on your PC for this upgrade. If you run the 4.5 software installer without Desktop Manager installed, you will be prompted to run Application Loader at the end of the 4.5 install. You can upgrade the software on your device using Application loader.

Devices that are provisioned against a BES will not be able to use the WebSL tool, they will need to download the software from the second link above and follow the above directions to upgrade.

12 Responses to “OS 4.5 available for Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 and Pearl 8130”

  1. 1 Dave

    Note: Multiple users have reported that even though Sprint is pushing the MMS service books they are still not able to successfully send an MMS message. And if an MMS message is received you’re still bounced to the old Sprint Pictures site (http://pictures.sprintpcs.com).

    Bummer. Come on Sprint!

    btw: Nice photo there Nan.

  2. 2 Nan Palmero

    Thanks for the comment and the compliment. :)

  3. 3 jim

    Anybod tried this on a Verizon 8130 yet?

  4. 4 Nan Palmero

    @jim just kill the vendor.xml file, should be fine.

  5. 5 topdog

    “Error reading setup initialization file”

    This is the only thing that happpens when I try to run the file. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  6. 6 jwl

    Downloaded from sprint site and installed fine, but not seeing the html emails I should with BIS. Is that part of the MMS issue?

  7. 7 PierreC

    Your message notes that a release for the 8703 will occur at the end of Q1 - any other details, i.e. what version (current ver. is 4.2)?

    I together with other 8703e owners have been waiting for a long time for an OS upgrade - any information would very much be appreciated.

  8. 8 Eric

    It installed beautifully, BUT I can’t seem to get the full html email, inline spell check, or advanced GPS options to work. The MMS works though…I don’t know what’s going on.

  9. 9 Matt F

    Is there any reason to install the official sprint 4.5 if I’ve installed version already?

  10. 10 JackG058

    @Matt F This version is the exact same as the leaked pre-release version, per one of the actual beta testers of the release.

    For those having HTML issues, don’t forget to resend your service books.

  11. 11 tiff

    i just downloaded OS 4.5 but am unable to find the app docs to go and am unable to edit .docx files. anyone else having this problem?

  12. 12 Jason


    This will show you how to get Docs To Go Installed:


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