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Wi-Fi Hot Spot coming to BlackBerry 7 OS devices via software update

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Wi-Fi Hot Spot coming to BlackBerry 7 OS devices via software update
A leaked memo to Sprint reps reveals that those users of  BlackBerry 7 OS flavored handsets will need to wait for the next major software update for their phone to have mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot capabilities. The memo actually says that Sprint employees should "educate" customers about the statement on the box for the BlackBerry Torch 9850, which says on the side that the phone is "Hot Spot Capable".

That actually is not a totally incorrect statement since the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is indeed capable of offering a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. However, Sprint wants to inform its customers that the feature won't work until after the first major software update, planned for sometime in the fourth quarter. Crackberry hears that this will be required for all BlackBerry 7 OS devices to offer the Wi-Fi Hot Spot and that the software update will occur on a carrier-by-carrier basis.

source: Crackberry

This memo tells Sprint reps to inform customers that the BlackBerry Torch 9850 will require a major software update for the Wi-Fi Hot Spot feature to work

This memo tells Sprint reps to inform customers that the BlackBerry Torch 9850 will require a major software update for the Wi-Fi Hot Spot feature to work


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posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:22

1. digicon (Posts: 114; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)


Good thing I have unlimited Data . . .

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:43

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The question is whether Sprint will allow the hot-spot to be activated without imposing a surcharge for the feature. I haven't turned on the hot-spot capability of my EVO 3D because there was a $20/month added charge if memory serves. One more oddity - the speed of the 3G data service using the EVO 3D is slower than the speed using a MiFi dedicated WiFi broadband hotspot.... Go figure that one. Speed of both (EVO and MiFi) in WiMax coverage areas is similar.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 15:06

3. andy (unregistered)


Who even still buy's a blackberry? complete junk

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 16:38 1

4. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


actually its a very nice phone. i tried it out for 2 weeks the day it was released. the phone was very fast, no lag at all. the only downside and reason i returned it was the lackluster apps. there was hardly any apps that were any good and pretty much everything in app world has a price tag on it. other than that, it was an excellent device.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 18:04 2

5. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I agree with you, I love my Blackberry and can't wait to get a 9930. Lack of apps do dissapoint, but it doesn't bother me.

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