I don't know about your carrier, but Vodafone.de has the software available in Germany for 8100, 8110, 8310 and 8800. For 8120, 8300, 8320, 8700 and 8820 you need to look elsewhere.
Unfortunately the file for the 8800 is broken and doesn't work. I have reported the issue to Vodafone, but don't expect the file to be replaced before tomorrow.
the file itself worked fine for me, but I had to restart the machine to actually make the update able to connect to my Pearl. Worked even better for my colleague who had a separate download. Unfortunately there are some nasty bugs: all my Contacts have doubled and the red indicator is constantly glowing. Just contacted Vodafone about it and they promised to investigate and check back tomorrow - we will see...
Now the file for the 8800 works.
Upgraded my T-mobile 8100 Pearl fine. Some nice UI improvements, seems a little quicker, but most of all the Web Browser is much much much better!
Real point and click, built-in google search, faster load time etc. Not iPhone good, obviously, but a massive improvement over 4.2.
Upgraded my 8800, driven by E-Plus. Everything went fine. Well, one issue: I can't turn on Bluetooth anymore. :-(
@Martin: This is really coincidence that you can't turn on Bluetooth anymore. I have seen this happening on other BlackBerry devices and these devices didn't have 4.5 installed. In one case it was an 8310 with OS 4.2.2. You need to get your device swapped by Eplus to fix the issue.
@Abdelkader: I'd like to try an downgrade to 4.2.1 instead of getting in touch with the weird support guys at e-Plus. :-)
Actually, BT isn't that important for me...
You can try the downgrade, but I doubt that this will fix the issue. Do you know how to do the downgrade?
Well, actually not. :-) Guess I have to use Google?
It is quite easy:
1. Uninstall the 4.5 firmware package from your computer
2. Install the 4.2.1 firmware from Eplus to your computer
3. Make sure Desktop Manager is closed
4. Start loader.exe from C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader
5. Follow the instructions on the screen
@Abdelkader: Thanks! Will give it a try later today.
For the record: Even 220.127.116.11 does not work flawlessly on my BB8800.
Until now, every 4.5 release screws down BT and sucks out the battery really fast. Apparently, my 8800's hardware is somewhat EOLd... :-(
Nevermind. Thanks for helping, Abdelkader.
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