Starting today, customers can upgrade their smartphones to BlackBerry 7.1 free of charge over the air or using BlackBerry Desktop Software, the company says.
The new update adds BlackBerry Tag, a new way to share content with other BlackBerry customers using NFC technology and a battery saving mode to make your BB battery last even longer, and turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot for five other devices.
BlackBerry Tag, announced earlier in the year, lets you tap two NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones together to share contact information, pictures, or a URL from the browser or documents.
BlackBerry Tag can also be used to invite a friend to BBM or to pair their BlackBerry smartphone with an NFC-enabled Bluetooth device while Battery Saving Mode will automatically adjust include the brightness level, backlight timeout, and the mobile hotspot auto shutdown timer.
Customers with a BlackBerry Curve 9360 or 9380 smartphone will also find a nice surprise with the BlackBerry 7.1 OS update. You've now got an FM radio.