BlackBerry OTA .jad installation without BIS data plan

I recently switched to a low cost mobile telephony operator, Simyo. I get 500mB of internet traffic for 5 EUR a month with them, which is 3 times cheaper than what I was paying for 300mB with my old operator.

One disadvantage to the new operator is that they don't offer BIS, being a low cost operator and all. It doesn't work out too bad for me, all I'm missing is the native internet browser and native email. With Opera Mini and Gmail Mobile it is usually a non-issue...

...until I need to install a program that only offers Over-The-Air installation, like ÜberTwitter, a great BlackBerry twitter client. OTA installations use the native internet browser to download the necessary files, which doesn't work for me.

After some trial and error, I managed to install ÜberTwitter by downloading the .cod files that make up the program onto my PC, then transferring the .jad and .cod files to the BlackBerry. I imagine this will work for any other OTA installation.

What you need:

  • BlackBerry with no WiFi or BIS/BES service
  • microSD card

Steps to follow:

  1. Download .jad file from website.
  2. Open .jad file in notepad.
  3. Search for line with RIM-COD-URL: filename.cod
  4. Obtain .jad file URL (in Firefox, right-click on the .jad link -> copy link location).
  5. Paste URL into browser, replace .jad filename with .cod filename*.
  6. Save .cod file to disk.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for any additional .cod files that are mentioned in the .jad file.
  8. Copy all the files (one .jad and however many .cod) to a folder on your BlackBerry's microSD Card.
  9. Go to Media -> BlackBerry button -> explore -> find the folder and open the .jad file.
  10. Install the application.

*Example: if the URL for the .jad file is http://domain.com/ota/program.jad, to get the .cod file the URL would be http://domain.com/ota/filename.cod

About johnny

Computers have interested me since I can remember and conveniently I studied computer science. I also enjoy performing in a local amateur theatre group and cycling. This is where I post solutions to problems I've had in the office or any other project, hopefully clearly enough to refer back to in the future.
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2 Responses to BlackBerry OTA .jad installation without BIS data plan

  1. Martin says:

    Thanks for such clear instructions. I would never have worked this out for myself - I just got Freemote installed on a BB without internet access with no problems at all, so finding this page was a huge help.

  2. ari says:

    Hi johnny,
    thanks so much for that really clear instruction. the first thing really usefull I found in days looking for a way to install apps on my bb without a bb option. I´m also having a simyo data plan (spain), so can´t use appworld or the bb browser to download via ots.
    still I got one huge problem: I don´t know how to download the jad files on my pc (point 1 in your explanation). I tried to get them for apps as facebook or whatsapp, but can´t find the links. do you know where to get them?
    thanks a lot

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