BlackBerry Tour 9630 Simplified Chinese Pinyin Input for OS 5.0

by Kelvin on February 5, 2010

Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630
Image by Dan_H via Flickr

Well, so… the BlackBerry Tour 9630 wasn’t “really” supposed to be used in East Asia, huh.

..or so RIM and/or the huge telco’s in this region (yes, I’m in Singapore, incase you haven’t figured out what .sg stands for) thought so. Actually, yea, there’re quite a few people (like me) who brought in Tour 9630’s from countries far, far away from the US.

Still, yes, everything works fine – if you have pretty unlock codes to get rid of the annoying “Activation Required” message when you first get the phone (that’s actually the CDMA lock to “program” your number into the CDMA part of the phone), and this phone is pretty much on par with a BlackBerry Bold2 9700 – at a fraction of the price – minus the WiFi capability.

Anyways, SingTel – the local telco which I (alongside with around millions of other people) happen to be using – just doesn’t have firmwares for the BlackBerry Tour 9630, hence I am forced to depend on external sources (read: Hong Kong telco provider’s) to get my fix for the latest and greatest BlackBerry Operating System for my 9630.

At the moment of writing, it’s 5.0.0.419. Of course, as time goes by, and things progresses, this version would seem insignificant.

Then I realised that… none of the 3rd party sources which released 5.0 for the 9630 actually had Chinese input! Damn!

(Full disclosure: I deal alot of the Chinese peopleย in Chinese inย other East Asian countries, hence I NEED Simplified Chinese input at the very least)

..and so I went and read up on .ALX files, and .COD files.. and… voila, here you have it:
Simplified Chinese Pinyin Pack for OS 5.0

This pack works with most BlackBerries running 5.0 with keyboards… and has specifically Pinyin input for Simplified Chinese!

Go give it a go, and let me know if it works! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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paul February 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

Hi,

Thanks for the link. What do I do after downloading?

Kelvin February 24, 2010 at 1:20 am

Hey Paul!

Well, you unzip it and use Desktop Manager (the one which came with your BlackBerry) to install it.

I believe you can find an icon called Application Loader inside there which you can press Browse to select the .alx file which I made..

Let me know how it goes!

Paul February 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Hi Kelvin,

I followed your instructions but now I can not find where the application is on my phone. Do you know where it gets placed on the Blackberry?

Thanks again!

Paul

Kelvin February 24, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Hi Paul,

Nowhere! Check your Options in the BlackBerry, find the input device or language or something along those lines, and u can select pinyin as an input option.

If you’re lazy, while you’re typing an SMS or E-mail, just hit Alt+Enter and u will see the shortcut menu to select language!

– Kelvin

Paul February 25, 2010 at 5:36 am

Hi Kelvin,

We are getting close! In the “Language and Text Input” option on my phone, I can now change the Language of the phone to simplified Chinese. This is a very cool function. Unfortunately, Chinese is still not an option in the menu for input language. It is also not an option when I press Alt+Enter. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Kelvin February 25, 2010 at 5:46 am

Hi Paul,

Great to hear back from you.

Hmm! Did you do a battery pull after you installed the .alx files above (i.e, take out the battery and put it back)? If you have, do you have the East Asian Character Support (i.e, the read-only font support – such as Chinese fonts support) Feature installed?

If not, try installing it (from the screen with all the “features” and stuff), and battery pull, and it should work!

– Kelvin

Paul February 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hi again,

Yes, I did do a battery pull after installing the .alx file and I can see the application under “Options –> Applications –> Add-on.” If by East Asian Character Support Feature you mean the item “Simplified Chinese Characters and Font Support, then Yes, I have that box checked on desktop manager.

When you say “the screen with all the features” are you referring to the “Device Application Selection” screen on desktop manager?

Thank you, I really hope we can get this figured out!

Josh March 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

The following is how I got your CODs to work:

After trying your above methods, I found that the AppLoader did not install all of the .cod files you provided, even after the vendor.xml files were deleted.

I have the Blackberry Tour 9630 on Sprint. My OS is 5.0.0.419 released by Reliance. I downloaded it from the RIM website and selected Reliance under the Asia Pacific service providers. *I assume any 5.xxx OS will work though*
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp

Anyway, to install *all* of the CODs you provided, I used BBSAK v1.7 provided by RIMGeeks.com
http://www.rimgeeks.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=56
In the application, under Modify CODs, I selected Install COD(s), then highlighted all of the COD files you provided and pressed ‘Open’.

I let the Blackberry startup, do the language setup. Did a battery pull and everything works great!

Thanks again. Hope this helps.
Josh

Paul March 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

I followed your instructions and now the software works perfectly! I can’t even tell you how many hours I have spent looking for an input method. What other Chinese related apps do you guys use? I was dissapointed to find that PlecoDict doesn’t run on Blackberry, it is a great dictionary.

wbsl March 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Hi Kelvin !
I want to know ,can I write and send chinese SMS,by install this package.thank you !!

Josh March 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

@wbsl: Yes I can send and receive SMS with Chinese characters. I am currently using a Blackberry Tour 9630 on China Mobile.

wbsl March 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

THANK YOU !

ale March 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

any have japan input and language?

Fery March 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Nice brew…

And thanks to Josh also to have all CODs installed on my Tour.

Finally! a chinese pinyin input.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kevin April 1, 2010 at 2:36 am

Hello Kelvin,
just wondering, do you have any traditional chinese input for Tour 9630?

Andy April 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Hi Kelvin,

Thanks very much for the chinese input. I’ve searched many sites and found no solution and finally I found yours. The odd is, Reliance has provided the EastAsia version for os 5 of tour but I can’t get it work, I think you should go teach them how to add chinese input to blackberry, haha…

By the way, thanks very much, really appreciate it.

Best Regards, Andy

James April 9, 2010 at 7:47 am

Thanks very much.

wbsl April 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Yaguang Cai May 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hi Kelvin,

Will your package work on my bb8530 (on sprint network)? i gave it a shot anyway and for some reason i can’t load one of the files in your package “net_rim_font_global_type.cod”, DM gave an error message saying it’s not loaded. do you happen to know why?

haven’t been back for years, how’s everything over there? i am from Hougang (ave. 8).

Amy July 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

Thank you so much, I’ve research for days and now finally I can input chinese YAH!!!

Thank you

By the way, I’m using the 8530 curve, it works!!!

Marshall July 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Thank Kelvin this work perfectly your a life saver now I can use my phone when I travel to Shanghai this summer!

Andrew July 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Has anyone make it work on Storm 2?

Kelvin August 15, 2010 at 1:48 am

Apologies for late replies. Conscription does that to people… Grr.

@Josh: Woohoo, thanks for figuring out an alternative method for those who couldn’t get mine working ๐Ÿ™‚
I actually also have a Sprint 9630, but on SingTel (in Singapore)… For me, it has worked directly when i installed ALX + Do a battery pull.. But I suppose, your mileage may vary for varying firmwares!

@ale: Uhhh, I think you should try googling for that in Japanese. Sorry dude, but I have no idea ๐Ÿ™

@Kevin: Uh, nope. But I think if you check out the forums at http://www.c4pda.com, they have a package there with the full EastAsia COD files – but I can’t exactly get their ALX working… Sooo… Needs some messing around.

@wsbl: Thanks for the heads up dude!

@Yaguang Cai: Uh, use Josh’s method above to install the COD’s even with version mismatches! Anyways, everything’s here as per usual, loads have been built, but still lacking the “WOW”-factor for us locals. Haha!

@Andrew: I would like to think that Storm2 (i.e, touch-based devices) uses a different input method…. Perhaps find an EastAsia or All Language firmware from BlackBerry’s support site and just use it out of the box? (You know you don’t have to use your provider’s firmware, right?)

Eric September 7, 2010 at 1:59 am

I have Bold 9700 and am still having trouble…I have the Font support but no input, and I downloaded your COD files, then used Paul’s suggestion with the BBSAK thing…so now I can have the phone in all Chinese or English but I still cannot actually input the characters…what is wrong?!?!?!

Clement September 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

any! can tel me why my desktop manager cant import the file??? im using desktop manager 5.0.0.592

Kelvin September 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

If importing doesn’t work, use the BBSAK method posted above!

Kelvin September 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Well, try pressing Alt+Enter to change the keyboard….

Yaguang Cai September 24, 2010 at 3:56 am

Thanks Kelvin, I’ll give it a shot tonight. will be getting a 9650 in a couple of weeks hope it’ll also work on the bold.

Yaguang Cai September 24, 2010 at 4:00 am

@Amy, did you use BBSAK to get it loaded?

Yaguang Cai September 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

@Kelvin, i loaded the pack using bbsak successfully but pinyin still wasn’t there.

@Amy, what’s your 8530’s OS version? i couldn’t get it working on my 8530. mine is running on the most recent leaked version .886, suspecting i might have to downgrade to a lower OS5 version.

Yaguang Cai September 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

@Kelvin, I finally got it working properly on my 8530 after downgrading my OS version (had to try a few OS versions), BBSAK rocks, thanks so much. ordered a 9650 today and will try the same approach once it comes in.

Have a nice weekend, and enjoy the Singapore Grand Prix if you are a racing fan.

Yaguang

Kelvin September 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

@Yaguang: Hey, ahh, i didn’t try it with other OS5 versions anymore.. Sold off my BlackBerry 9630 so basically I don’t have anymore devices to play with it on ๐Ÿ™ Bought an iPhone 4 and Android phone instead. Haha! Thanks dude – you have a great weekend too!

Yaguang Cai October 3, 2010 at 1:32 am

@Kevin, time to come back to blackberry club and work on OS6 chinese :), got my 9650 yesterday and loaded a leaked OS6 , it’s a much better system except there is no chinese.

Kelvin October 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

Yaguang: Haha, I’m broke now. Can’t get another BB to play with it. You should try messing with the .cod files with BBSAK ๐Ÿ˜‰ Trace the xml’s!

Yaguang Cai November 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Kelvin: Trade off your iphone or save up some $$$ later to get the new bold 9780, it’s getting more interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

I found a Chinese package for OS6 and was able to load it up to the system after a few tries, so far everything works fine except the text messaging can’t display Chinese correctly, any thoughts?

BTW, I had my ex-girlfriend sign-up her BB service plan with StarHub, she seemed enjoying it a lot, now she couldn’t stop BBM’ing me at mid-night (my time), bloody hell.

How are things over there?

Kelvin November 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Yaguang: I have a WHITE iPhone 4, very very rare ๐Ÿ˜› And besides, we’re doing some government-related work for iPhone applications ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, I do BB apps development too!

There’s a 9780? I was thinking.. torch!

If text messaging screws up, try a few battery pulls, else trace in the XML files anything with “zh” or something… Should work then.

Hahahaha, StarHub has pretty good BB prices actually. Get WhatsApp, and then you can talk with iPhone users too!

Things are great still, very predictable as per always!

jaeng jason November 9, 2010 at 4:49 am

Hi Yaguang, I also have a sprint 8530 that i would like to get the pinyin working on. could you please let me know which version OS downgrade you finally install that made it successful for chinese input?

thank you!

piunkz November 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm

hi kelvin..thanx very much for your software
i’m using BB Tour 9640 os 5.0.0.484 , and i’ve already installed it..and it works..now i can write chineseee..thaaanx by the way

Yaguang Cai November 27, 2010 at 5:43 am

Kevin, The 9780 is pretty much same as bold 9700 except for doubled memory size and some other minor changes. i’ll try out the whatsapp. doesn’t a white iphone look girly? hahahah. I actually want a white 9650 too.

I know in our country we don’t celebrate this holiday but still Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Yaguang Cai November 27, 2010 at 5:54 am

Hi JaengJason, the version 5.0.0.601 worked well on my 8530, and version 886 for sure didn’t work. there are a couple of versions in between like .734 and .847, .734 might have worked on mine but i don’t remember correctly.
also when I used BBSAK to load the .cod files, it actually didn’t allow me to load all of them once, so i ended up splitting them into 3 groups and loading them seperately.

Hope this helps.

Yiwen Chen November 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hi! I’m super excited that I can put this software onto my Blackberry! Unfortunately, it has not gone smoothly.

Carrier: Sprint
Phone: Blackberry 9630 Tour

I tried using Desktop Manager to put the .alx on. This didn’t fully work. I then used BBSAK to “Open CODs” and this failed as well.

Right now I am stuck at being able to switch my phone’s language to Simplified Chinese but when I attempt to switch the input language, it gives me a black link box with no other options than “English” ๐Ÿ™

I’ve tried a variety of methods such as ..
BB DM + BBSAK
BBSAK only
BB DM only

None have worked ๐Ÿ™ I would very much appreciate any help you can give me! I appreciate your time, thanks!

Yiwen

YZ November 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

Hi, I also have the 9630 Tour on Sprint. I got the Pinyin input to work for emails but not for SMS. When I send a Chinese text to my iPhone from my BB or vice versa, it does not work and I get scrambled characters.

I saw Kelvin’s suggestion …”If text messaging screws up, try a few battery pulls, else trace in the XML files anything with โ€œzhโ€ or somethingโ€ฆ Should work then.”

I’ve done a couple of battery pulls to no effect…. What does “trace in the XML files…” mean?

Thanks in advance for your help guys.

Wesley December 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Kavin,

Thanks.
Finally, now i can text in chinese using tour 9630

Will February 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

This is so much more compicated than it needs to be. The 4 major USA carrier networks T-mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon support international Europe and Asian languages including full Chinese support on the BB now. All you need to do is to download the latest version of the software for the OEM carrier originally branded for (blackberry.com, desktop software, sprint latest version) and select RIM’s MULTI-LANGUAGE version pack (150-300Mb download). Install that with BB Desktop Manager, in options, select the East Asian language viewing options and then select the East Asian input options. RIM is now obviously targeting the Asian market heavily in 2010/2011 and has native Asian language support in most carriers worldwide.

Xun May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Nice, thanks a lot. Great help!

Jason Ma September 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

hi kelvin,

thank you for this idea, I would like to know i have done what you have instructed bu downloading your pinyin chinese on to the Blackberry desktop , and done in application loader, but I was only able to read and see the or even change the smartphones’screeen display like english m english(united states) chinese simplified but I cannot install imput into my bb tour 9630 , any ideas would help
thank you

Jason

Orlando Ong December 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I just use it and succeed. Thank you… save me time from downloading firmware.

Lauren January 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

I have been trying to get pinyin on my BB for ages now… and I just want to say thank you so much for your practical advice that actually worked! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ovan February 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hi Kelvin<,Paul,
awesome link, i will try to install on my Gemini 8520… hopefully it'll work.

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