BlackBerry Bold 9900 ROM Leaked, Features Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi Calling

A leaked BlackBerry OS 7 ROM meant for the Bold 9900 device gives insight into the features that the company plans to bring to the device.

According to The Verge, the leaked ROM features include Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, emergency alert messages feature and the ability to make calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

The Wi-Fi calling feature allows people to make voice calls using a Wi-Fi network instead of the carrier's own network. The feature is currently only offered by T-Mobile while AT&T and Verizon are reluctant to offer it.

The feature was discovered while testing the ROM, version 7.0.1.74, on a T-Mobile smartphone. Apart from this, the other newly discovered features did not have the element of surprise because RIM had earlier mentioned them while unveiling the BlackBerry OS 7.

The update is also expected to come with the BlackBerry Tag near-fields-communications feature as well.

The leaked ROM indicates that the final release of the update will be launched soon enough. Research in Motion's delays and poor choice of hardware has led to a decline of its smartphone market share, which is now dominated by Apple and Google.