1) Actually OS .190 is even better I am hearing from various Bold users for keeping and holding the 3G signal.
Google for it "188.8.131.52" and use the same directions as you will find posted here in our 9000 forums Sticky Note for the .185
2) Did you even read the post from Troy, about California issues? He is in the LA area, he will know of what he speaks.
3. Your third party applications will reload after an OS upgrade. I recommend backing them up, though, as a safety measure. http://www.blackberryforums.com/rim-...arty-apps.html