RIM has been doing a nice job with their Beta Zone in terms of reaching out to the community. They just announced in the Beta Zone that starting this year they will be allowing BlackBerry customers in the US, Canada, and UK to beta test BlackBerry 6.0 OS beta builds. They are currently starting with T-Mobile US offering up OS 6.0 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or 9780, or Curve 9300. Don’t get me wrong the 9780 already ships with OS 6.0 but my guess is the program will open the door for more beta OS builds.
There are limited spots in each beta so head on over to www.blackberry.com/beta and update your profile to make sure you are eligible. If you are a T-Mobile customer you can join the beta now!
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Here is the full wording from the announcement:
Announcement for Upcoming Beta Programs
Beginning early this year, we will be providing consumers from the US, Canada and the UK using particular wireless networks the opportunity to participate in beta programs dedicated to BlackBerry 6.0 Device Software.
We are excited to open our doors to you for beta testing the latest BlackBerry Device Software and we look forward to your continued involvement in our programs as BlackBerry Beta Zone grows.
To prepare for these upcoming programs, we ask that you please take the following actions to ensure your eligibility*:
In your BlackBerry Beta Zone profile, please update the following information:
- In the "Contact" tab, update to the current BlackBerry smartphone model and PIN you are using, as well as your Country
- In the "BlackBerry Smartphone" tab, ensure you have provided the most up-to-date carrier information
These programs will have limited capacity for participants and registration will end once the spots have been filled.
Your feedback has been instrumental in helping us to improve the site and our programs. We encourage you to continue voicing your opinions and sharing your ideas with us.
The BlackBerry Beta Zone Team
*Eligibility will depend on your specific carrier and further details about any limitations will be provided on a program-by-program basis.