OS: 9000 Bold 18.104.22.1687/22.214.171.1247 (ATT Official Release)
THE AT&T LINK which had previously been suspended is back working as of 23 Sept 2009
The new ATT version has a higher Platform version .517
Software For BlackBerry® Bold (TM) 9000 smartphone
This will load for ANY carrier's BlackBerry Bold 9000, by following the instructions below.
BlackBerry Handheld Software v126.96.36.1998 (Multilanguage)
Package Version: 188.8.131.527
* Applications: 184.108.40.2067
* Software Platform: 220.127.116.11
* File name: 9000M_PBr4.6.0_rel517_PL18.104.22.168_A22.214.171.1247_AT_am p_T.exe
* File size: 96.79MB
Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
Download the OS file here:
1. Download the above OS file to the PC then install it to the PC by running (double clicking) the file you downloaded.
2. Go to c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader and delete the file named "vendor.xml."
3. Plug in BB and double click on "Loader.exe." It's located in the same place as the above vendor.xml file.
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it's done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 20 minutes at a time while the AppLoader says "waiting for initialization."
If, for some reason, you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to the PC again and run Loader.exe again and it should load the OS to the device.
The previous OS is here: http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...ilanguage.html
For many people doing the install OTA will be a new experience. There may be reasons that you prefer to use DM. Here are my top three - remove preloaded pics and music, use BBM 5 and avoid reinstalling Doc to Go Premium.
"AT&T has approved the BlackBerry Bold Maintenance Release (v126.96.36.1998). This release, which provides several enhancements, will become publically available on August 25, 2009 including via OTA.
What's New / What's Changed / What's Launched
A number of enhancements are contained in the Maintenance Release including:
AT&T Visual Voicemail (optional feature)
General handset software optimization and improvements
Capability to set the device to "2G only" for better battery life and coverage in some international roaming situations
Additional VPLs including My-Cast Weather, Wiki Mobile, Mobile Banking, a few games and more.
The Maintenance Release will be available to customers to download from August 25, 2009 and will be available from www.att.com/bbdownloads."
Here is some information on the VVM which is feature code BBVV in the ATT system.
2. Visual Voicemail on BlackBerry Bold
** Available 8/25/09 **
AT&T Proprietary (Internal Use Only)
Not for use or disclosure outside the AT&T companies except under written agreement
Instructions for AT&T COU Users To Set Up Visual Voicemail For BlackBerry Bold
Step 1: BlackBerry Bold with the Visual Voicemail icon
a. Check whether you have the Visual Voicemail icon on your device by scrolling across the expanded home
screen. The words "Visual Voicemail" will appear at the bottom of the screen when the icon is
b. If the Visual Voicemail icon is present on the smartphone, move to step 2.
c. If the Visual Voicemail icon is not present, you will need to upgrade the software on your BlackBerry Bold
device. To upgrade the software, from your desktop go to internal link and follow the
instructions. (You will need local administrative rights to download the software required to perform the
upgrade. If you do not have local administrative rights, please request at
Step 2: Add Visual Voicemail To Your Service in COU
a. Visual Voicemail requires a feature to be added to each user's service. New VVM users can add the Visual
Voicemail feature by logging in to the COU website at internal link or at
xxx8226; From the Home page, select the Features/Plans tab at the top of the page
xxx8226; Select the Feature Add/Remove menu option to the left
xxx8226; Select the Wireless Numbe! r(s) you wish to add Visual Voicemail to
xxx8226; Select the Visual Voicemail (BOLD only) option and Submit
b. If you already have the VVM (Bold only) feature activated on your service, you can simply re-sync the
VVM client on the device with the VVM platform. Do this by dialing into your voicemail box manually
(press and hold the "1" key) and following the instructions.
WARNING: Adding the Visual Voicemail feature to your service will result in the deletion of your existing
voicemail box and messages. Please review all your existing voicemail messages before you cut over to
Step 3: Set Up Of The New Visual Voicemail Box
To complete set up of the Visual Voicemail service, you should:
1. Click on the Visual Voicemail icon on the smartphone.
2. Follow the steps on the screen to enter a password of your choice, and select a standard or a personal
Support: If you have any issues with the above steps, please submit a COU troubleshooting request by logging in to
the COU website at internal link or at internal link.
Visual Voicemail will not deliver messages while traveling internationally. To change this, select the Visual
Voicemail icon, click on the Menu key, select Options and then set Allow Data Connection While Roaming to Yes.
Data roaming charges are incurred for Visual Voicemail you receive while roaming internationally.
Special note to everyone who is going to the link on today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday):
Sweet... about time AT&T gave us BlackBerry users VVM!
It's amazing that this release hasn't been leaked or found "in the wild." How did ATT manage to keep it locked up, with all the people who must have been beta testing it for them?
Does anyone know if 297 confers any significant advantages over 282, which, of course, has all the same features? Or doesn't it?
The part in green where it says if you want to keep bbm 5, then install the os using desktop manager. Can you use loader.exe or does it have to be desktop manager.
What do you mean?
Like other OS releases can the vendor code be deleted for Rogers phones or is this VVM exclusive to AT&T?
Of course all of this will be mute, when my 9700 comes shortly.
Am I correct in thinking that even though this is the official AT&T release it can be applied to other provider's units as long as the Vendor file is removed?
Crap I can't download this... It's 2G only... We here in Canada are 3G and I will not downgrade to the inferrer 2G network. :o)
And it's not even out yet.
And even if it was out, its not "2G only"
Now getting excited!
Does anyone know if the AT&T official release will have the east asian language version because I can't lose my Japanese input
The file will be the Multilanguage version.
But you can always place the japanese language cods in the OS Java folder
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