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BlackBerry users get chance to upgrade OS

Smartphones users can update their phones to BlackBerry OS 7.1 for free

BlackBerry smartphone users can upgrade their OS to 7.1 while they shop this summer.
BlackBerry smartphone users can upgrade their OS to 7.1 while they shop this summer.

BlackBerry smartphone users in the UAE will be given the opportunity to upgrade to the BlackBerry OS 7.1 this summer, while they shop at malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The upgrade process will take 30 minutes and is free of charge, customers can borrow a ‘courtesy' full-touch BlackBerry smartphone, together with a SIM card, to allow them to continue shopping and stay connected to friends and family while they wait. 

The OS upgrade is designed to allow users to share information and content by tapping their NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone against another NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone.

The new OS also allows users to instantly invite a friend to BBM, exchange contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content via NFC. 

OS 7.1's enhanced Universal Search function, which uses auto-suggest and intelligently filters Bing search results, is designed to offer users a variety of relevant web sites based on their search terms. The update also features an updated BlackBerry Messenger app, which has new emoticons, animated avatars and the ability to customise chat bubble colours.

BlackBerry smartphone users can visit an upgrade station at the following malls:

Axiom, Jackys, Plug Ins and Sharaf DG at Dubai Mall: 11 May to 02 June; 08-30 June

Jumbo Electronics at Mall of the Emirates: 11-22 May; 09 June to 07 July

Sharaf DG at Deira City Centre: 13 May to 07 July

Plug Ins at Abu Dhabi Marina Mall: 10 May to 02 June; 08-30 June

Axiom at Mirdif City Centre: 10 May to 10 June

BlackBerry smartphones that can be upgraded to OS 7.1 include the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch  9860, BlackBerry Curve 9360, BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the Porsche Design P'9881 smartphone from BlackBerry.

For more information please visit www.ae.blackberry.com.