RIM’s new Parental Controls –soon available for everyone

Piotr Barycki


What has been discovered by the end of April by the users of unofficial editions of BlackBerry OS 7.1, was officially confirmed today by RIM. On their blog there is a fair deal of interesting news about the new function of the system. The solution, called simply ‘Parental Controls’, limits the access to certain functions on the phone, while keeping other functions  intact. Parental Controls enables to limit or block completely the access to following applications:

  • Phone (Limit icoming calls to contacts)
  • Text messages
  • Bluetooth file transfer
  • Location services
  • Browser
  • YouTube Uploader
  • Email Setup
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Camera
  • BlackBerry Messenger
  • Google Talk

For now, this solution is officially available only for two newest models: Curve 9220 and 9320. However, it will be accessible for free for every OS 6.0 and 7.0 device until the end of the next month. And soon after that also for all phones with BlackBerry 5.0 system. Nothing was mentioned about applying Parental Controls for older models, thus we can assume that it will by available only for OS 5.0+.