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| | Unlocked Bb Curve, BBM and email deleted - Upgrade Firmware?
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I have a blackberry curve 8310 that I used to use as part of a vodafone contract. Since then, my employer unlocked it and gave it to me to use with my own sim card. At the moment, it is on firmware 188.8.131.52, but unfortunately the BB messaging and e-mail applications were manually deleted off as I wasn't using a BIS/BES plan anymore. Now I will have BIS back, and am looking to restore these parts of the software.
So I was told to use the application loader and directed to vodafone.co.uk/blackberry/downloads, and it shows two sets of firmware available for the 8310 - 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. Now I have a few questions:
a) Can I use either of these firmware installs at all if my phone is no longer on a vodafone contract? Can it re-lock my phone or cause other problems? FYI, when booting up, the splash screen still has a vodafone logo.
b) If yes, can I install the newer firmware on my phone without problems, or am I bound to use the older version?
c) If I can install either version of the software, will data such as my SMS messages and contacts be safe? I have the contacts backed up, but haven't found an effective way to archive SMS messages off yet. Also, are these complete software installs, or can individual components be installed, such as just BB messaging or BB email?
On that last note, I might as well ask - is there any way to tell the SMS messages to use the memory card or be stored somewhere else, or be downloadable? My message cache has been filled for a while, and I'm sure many are being automatically trashed as new ones come in. Ideas?
Many many thanks for your time,