Reading Chinese on Your Blackberry
General Information

Also see how to input Chinese on Blackberry mobile device.

We have received a lot of inquiries on how to read Chinese on Blackberry.  Below is a guide to achieve it.

To be able to read Chinese characters on your Blackberry, you would first need to download the latest Blackberry Desktop Software.  You will need to choose the multilanguage version of the Blackberry Desktop Software if you want your Blackberry to be able to display Chinese.


1. Make sure you have the latest Blackberry Desktop Manager installed. Older versions will load the Blackberry Desktop Software but may not be full compatible. 

2. Download the above Blackberry Desktop Software file to the PC then install it to the PC by running the file you downloaded. You will also need to uninstall any previous BlackBerry device software (such as Facebook, as it is incompatible with the newer Blackberry Desktop Manager) on your Blackberry mobile device. Go to the Control Panel and then go to Add/Remove Programs. There You can find any previously installed device softwares. Don’t confuse the device software with the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

3. On your PC, locate the vendor.xml file and delete it. It's located in c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader

4. Plug in Blackberry and Open Desktop Manager. You should be prompted to upgrade.  Then you can make necessary selections such as choosing Chinese as a language to be displayed on your Blackberry device.  Then the upgrade process starts.  The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it's done loading the new Blackberry Desktop Software it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 20 minutes at a time while the Desktop Manager says "waiting for initialization."

If you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to Desktop Manager again and run application loader again and it should load the Blackberry Desktop Software to the device.

Now, you will be able to read Chinese on your Blackberry.

Warning:  If you have problems with the above method, please call Blackberry support line, or your mobile phone company.  If you are unable to receive emails after the above installation, it may be because of an incompatibility with the FaceBook application on your Blackberry device.  Call Blackberry support line, and they will be able to assist you to back up your emails and address book information, and reinstall the Blackberry Open Desktop Manager.