Verizon Wireless has issued to all stores the LG Voyager V09 firmware update. Verizon is calling this a “refresh update” as it is one of the most significant firmware upgrades released for a Verizon Wireless phone to-date.
In many ways, the software update is as significant to Voyager, as the 2.0 upgrade to iPhone. The entire core operating system has been upgraded to match the newer LG Dare. Rhapsody music support has been added. Bugs have been fixed. And, the interface is now more responsive, with a consolidated Media Center, which more recent phones have used to replace the older Get it Now interface.
Most significant however, is the long-rumored addition of Visual Voicemail to the LG Voyager. However, despite past reports, the update is not free. While Verizon was correct that the download of Visual Voicemail is free, to activate it you must pay a fee of $2.99 per month for using the Visual Voicemail service on the Verizon network.
In related news, Verizon will be soon launch a Silver version of the Voyager, to compliment the existing Black version. The Voyager now sits between LG’s two other high end phones, the lower-end enV2 (which lacks a touch screen), and the higher-end Dare (which trades its QWERTY keyboard for EV-DO Rev A and Bluetooth 2.1).
Late-breaking Notes: The update can be obtained at your local Verizon Wireless store. As usual, you should call ahead to confirm availability. Specifically request that they confirm that the V09 update is on their computers in-store.
Also, many stores are unaware that the update will erase all Get it Now games and applications from the phone. Take an inventory of any purchased applications. You will need to re-purchase them, and call customer service for a credit of the repeat charges. Technical support should, on your request, note the account to confirm that you are entitled to a refund of the repeat purchases.