Beta OS leak brings threaded messaging to the BlackBerry

Aaron Baker
member from Dallas, TX
Published: August 26, 2009



I never thought I would see the day.  BlackBerry users, you and I rock some of the most advanced handsets on the planet, yet we've always been missing something so useful - something that other platforms have seamlessly integrated into their various user interfaces while we've sat on the sidelines, patiently waiting.  That something is threaded text messaging.  BlackBerry addicts across the world have undoubtedly shaken their heads each time a new OS version launches without such a simple tool.

OS 5.0.0.190, which was leaked for the Bold and Curve 8900 late last night by Crackberry user TimBuk2, offers threaded messaging.  Yes, you read it right.  It offers threaded text messaging.  With looks quite similar to the BlackBerry Messenger interface, it also appears to inform you (in the bottom part of the screen) when you receive a message from someone else - much like BlackBerry Messenger does.  Tour users, you aren't completely left in the dark; 5.0.0.140 is available for you.  Sure, it's a bit older (and has a few bugs, according to Crackberry), but at least it's available.  And of course, we can't forget the Storm owners out there, with OS 5.0.0.154.

The beta OS versions can be downloaded below.  Keep in mind that these are beta OS releases, and as a result, are not guaranteed by PhoneDog, BlackBerry, or your wireless carrier.  Should you choose to download them, you do so at your own risk.  That being said, those that are hesitant to download, worry not - I plan on downloading this as soon as I can, and I will report back with initial findings and first impressions.  It's a great day to be a BlackBerry user!

(Ed. Note: These must be downloaded and installed through the BlackBerry Desktop Manager)

  • OS 5.0.0.190 for BlackBerry Bold - Download
  • OS 5.0.0.190 for BlackBerry Curve 8900 - Download
  • OS 5.0.0.140 for BlackBerry Tour 9630 - Download
  • OS 5.0.0.154 for BlackBerry Storm 9530 - Download


Source: Crackberry (great find, Kevin!)