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Old 01-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just figured I'd create this, as there has been an interest in the lack of information surrounding these OS versions here lately. Feel free to add to the list.

OS 4.3.0 - 8110, 8120, 8130 (Pearl 2 family)

Beta - Carrier Certification:
OS 4.3.1 / OS 4.5.0 (rebrand) - 8000 series (including 8700 family)
OS 4.3.2 / OS 4.6.0 (rebrand) - 8000 series (excluding 8700 family), 9000

OS 5.0.0 - 8000 series (excluding 8700 family), 9000

Carrier certification for OS 4.3.1 / OS 4.5.0 has been underway since October, so you'd think that we'd have seen a release by now. With that said, February was the target date, to my knowledge, to coincide with BES 4.1 SP5. The new service pack has been given a release date of March 4 (partner availability) / March 11 (general availibilty), so the OS should follow shortly thereafter. I personally think carriers will be 'green-lighted' for release of OS 4.5.0 in the next couple weeks, but look for major carriers with decent quality control departments to hold out for a few more post-release bug fixes (likely a one to two month delay, in the March to May timeframe).

*EDIT: Due to the number of enhancements being added to the RIM OS, OS 4.3.1 was renamed to OS 4.5.0 for marketing purposes.

*EDIT: In the same rebranding fashion of OS 4.3.1, it's successor, OS 4.3.2, has also been rebranded as OS 4.6.0. This will make it's debut with the BlackBerry 9000, which I have predicted for a May announcement (at WES) and June release date (on Rogers, Vodafone, and AT&T, possibly others).
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