PhoneNews is reporting that Verizon Wireless has approved a firmware update for the xv6850 Touch Pro. As promised by Verizon Wireless late last year, this firmware update will unlock the GPS on the handset, allowing owners to use Google Maps or Windows Live Search instead of the proprietary and costly VZ Navigator. The firmware update also adds Visual Voicemail support to the phone, a feature that requires a $3 monthly fee and EVRC-B codec support which improves call handling. The update is not available through Verizon Wireless or HTC yet but it is being offered early by Phone News. For those Touch Pro owners who have not already hacked their phone to unlock the GPS, hit the read link to obtain the firmware update — at your own risk of course. Samsung Saga and Samsung Omnia owners – hang in there and hopefully a similar update for your crippled handset is right around the corner, too.
You didn’t think your pals at BGR would leave you hanging, did you? Last week we whet your ‘Berry appetite with the news that BlackBerry Bold owners on AT&T had a treat coming their way courtesy of OS 220.127.116.11. That’s right, we’re talking about the impending addition of BlackBerry Visual Voicemail. You knew we weren’t going to let our ninjas off the hook that easily and now they’re back with some exclusive screenshots for all you addicts to feast your eyes on. Once again, we’re looking at OS 18.104.22.168 on an AT&T Bold and now you can get the full picture of BlackBerry Visual Voicemail in action. As for when you can expect an official roll out; patience dear readers, patience. We’re still waiting on a confirmed date but we’re hearing it might become available sooner than you might think – at least for some customers. Hit the jump for more shots.
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