BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-07-2005, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 8100
Posts: 89
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default New Mac BB User with a Question about Software Upgrades

Please Login to Remove!

I am a brand new Blackberry user. I signed up with Cingular because I want to be able to get my emails outside the United States when I travel. I switched from Verizon despite all the warnings I read about poor service from Cingular. Cingular has been great so far.

I got the 7290 after returning the 7100g. With the 7100g, I had a hard time reading the screen in the daylight. And the although suretype worked fine I prefer the QWERTY keyboard.

I am a Mac user so I had to buy PocketMac for Blackberry. It works well. I transferred 1000 names to my BB in a few minutes.

My one question is how will I download new software from RIM as it becomes available on my Mac? BB only seems to support Windows. Or will it be time for a new BB by the time I need to upgrade the software.

I like to stay current with digital devices.

I almost bought a Treo 650 but figured it would be more complicated.
The 7290 has 2 backlight intensities. This is a nice feature.

I'm excited! I am no longer bound to my desktop to read and send emails. World here I come!
Offline  
Old 08-07-2005, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
Grumpy Moderator
 
NJBlackBerry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Model: iPh6
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27,819
Post Thanks: 33
Thanked 442 Times in 382 Posts
Default

As you guessed, you'll need a Windows based PC to upgrade the software...
Offline  
Old 08-07-2005, 08:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 8100
Posts: 89
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

How often does BB tend to upgrade? All my friends have Macs.
Offline  
Old 08-07-2005, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
Grumpy Moderator
 
NJBlackBerry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Model: iPh6
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27,819
Post Thanks: 33
Thanked 442 Times in 382 Posts
Default

Need them? Upgrades come out a couple of times a year. It's not a monthly or even regular occurance.
Offline  
Old 08-08-2005, 02:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
Mr Pink57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: a van down by the river
Model: 8330
Carrier: Sprint
Posts: 591
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (your electric?: BlackBerry7520/4.0.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Browser/5.0.3.3 UP.Link/5.1.2.12)

Couple options for you would be to spend about $150 on Virtual PC (sure you can find it cheaper) with this option you can use the BB destop software for apps, you can also go to a Cingular Corp where I am sure they can upgrade your device (don't know if they charge or if they actually do it).

pink
__________________
[rubbing his thumb and forefinger together]
Mr. Pink: Do you know what this is? Its the world's smallest violin playing just for the waitresses.
Offline  
Old 08-08-2005, 02:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
jomalley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Model: 8310
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 51
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
Wirelessly posted (your electric?: BlackBerry7520/4.0.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Browser/5.0.3.3 UP.Link/5.1.2.12)

Couple options for you would be to spend about $150 on Virtual PC (sure you can find it cheaper) with this option you can use the BB destop software for apps, you can also go to a Cingular Corp where I am sure they can upgrade your device (don't know if they charge or if they actually do it).

pink
Virtual PC does not work. You can never make a connection to the Blackberry.

PocketMac will let you sync your Balckberry to your Mac ($30), but does not work for software installation.

Your only option for installing applications or upgrading the Blackberry's OS is a PC running Windows.

Joe
__________________
PIN:202C079D
Offline  
Old 08-08-2005, 04:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 8100
Posts: 89
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for your helpful responses. Maybe I'll go to a Kinkos.

I wish BlackBerry would support the Mac. They are missing some very dedicated computer folks.
Offline  
Old 08-08-2005, 08:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
bperkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NC
Model: 9000
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 444
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by trustworthy
My one question is how will I download new software from RIM as it becomes available on my Mac? BB only seems to support Windows. Or will it be time for a new BB by the time I need to upgrade the software.
It has been rumored that PocketMac will include an app loader in a future release.
__________________
Brad
PERK
Offline  
Old 08-09-2005, 07:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 8100
Posts: 89
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

An application loader would be a very useful addition! Thanks.
Offline  
Old 08-09-2005, 12:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Eastpointe, MI
Model: 8300
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 214
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by trustworthy
Thanks for your helpful responses. Maybe I'll go to a Kinkos.

I wish BlackBerry would support the Mac. They are missing some very dedicated computer folks.
You have to keep in mind that the market for Blackberries is primarily in the government and business world.. where Mac's are seldom used. Sure they have their place for video production and graphic arts but no major company, that I'm aware of, is using Mac as their primary platform. That could change in the future with Apple moving to Intel chips but I'm sure it will be a while.

EDIT: Also I'm not sure that Kinko's will let you install software so you may have trouble getting the Desktop Manager installed to do your software upgrades.
__________________
Current: AT&T 8300 w/Plantronics Discovery 640

Previous: Nextel BB7520 w/ Plantronics Discovery 640
Offline  
Old 08-09-2005, 10:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
Mr Pink57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: a van down by the river
Model: 8330
Carrier: Sprint
Posts: 591
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bperkins
It has been rumored that PocketMac will include an app loader in a future release.
God I hope so, then I can make the switch to a MAC.

pink
__________________
[rubbing his thumb and forefinger together]
Mr. Pink: Do you know what this is? Its the world's smallest violin playing just for the waitresses.
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.