Articles by Crackberry Kevin

We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your CrackBerry experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to CrackBerry, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, iMore, Windows Central and Connectedly. We have built a system that is easy to use yet offers you maximum flexibility....

T-Mobile Corporate Customer looking for new BlackBerry Q10's? Here's your hook up!

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10

While the spat earlier this year between BlackBerry CEO, John Chen and T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, made for some tabloid-like headlines and deals for consumers on both sides in the short-term, since then it has ultimately left a lot of corporate customers in a lurch. With BlackBerry and T-Mobile US putting an end to their licensing agreement, companies that want to remain on T-Mobile and still...

Win a BlackBerry Passport from Rogers and CrackBerry!

Win a BlackBerry Passport!

Live in Canada? Want to win a FREE BlackBerry Passport? If so, this is the contest for you! Our friends at Rogers are going to hook up one lucky CrackBerry reader with a complimentary BlackBerry Passport!!!! Entering for your chance to win is super easy. Simply login to CrackBerry.com, leave a comment to this article, and you are entered. It's as easy as that! Only Canadian residents are...

The good 'ol days of being a BlackBerry user... are back!

BlackBerry Passport vs. 7290

When you read phone reviews, you don't typically see Fun as a category upon which different devices are rated and compared - it's things like Performance, Design and Battery Life that are the norm. It's too bad really that the fun factor isn't given much consideration. As much as tech products are there to add utility to our everyday lives, given how much we use and rely on tech these days it'...

Thank You BlackBerry for making email triage on 10.3 faster than iOS and Android

Email Triage!

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10. My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait...

A drool-worthy BlackBerry photo

BlackBerry Envy

As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy. The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3...

Last Chance: Win a FREE BlackBerry Passport from CrackBerry.com!

BlackBerry Passport

Last Chance CrackBerry Nation!! Friendly reminder here that this contest closes on Tuesday, September 23rd at midnight PST. If you haven't entered yet, do it now! This is it CrackBerry Nation. This is your chance to win a BlackBerry Passport from CrackBerry.com. With launch events scheduled in Toronto, London and Dubai for September 24th, we're nearing the release of the latest and easily...

Amazon giving away 30 paid apps for free today and Saturday!

Amazon App Store Sale

It looks like Bla1ze — CrackBerry's new Editor in Chief — is sleeping in this morning (he's still getting the hang of this whole waking up early to blog thing), so here's a little FYI for all of you running the Amazon App Store on your BlackBerry 10 phone. For today and Saturday, Amazon is giving away 30 paid Android apps for free! At the time of this posting, I have not checked each app to...

Thanks, Vivek!

Vivek Bhardwaj and Thorsten Heins

Late Sunday night, in response to a question posted in the CrackBerry forums, I publicly broke the news that Vivek Bhardwaj is no longer at BlackBerry. In reality, this was old news. Vivek has not been with BlackBerry since the middle of May, which is when I first found out and spoke to Vivek directly about his decision to leave. As you can imagine, I was bummed to hear the news. Vivek has...

There's a new chief in town!

It's been an exciting few days for BlackBerry fans and we're closing off the week with some exciting CrackBerry news of our own. I've been pondering shaking things up here for a while now, and today I'm happy to officially pull the trigger and announce some exciting changes to our editorial team. I say officially, as behind the scenes we've already been beta testing the revised team structure...

Jessica Simpson loves her CrackBerry! #tbt

CrackBerry Jessica

It's Thursday, which means it's Throwback Thursday. So while sitting through the procedural part (the boring part) of the BlackBerry's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, I took a stroll through some of CrackBerry's old Thursday posts and came across this beauty, which I posted on a Thursday some SEVEN years ago. On Thursday, June 21st, 2007 to be precise. You can't really argue with...

CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Passport name?

On BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen leaked out that the rumored phone we've all been referring to as "windermere" is ultimately going to launch as the BlackBerry Passport. I think this name is freak'n BRILLIANT. By conventional smartphone standards, the BlackBerry Passport's dimensions are kind of whacky, with the phone being super wide. The dimensions literally are Passport-...

John Chen

During the Q&A portion of BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen answered a question which sheds some light on BlackBerry's strategy as it concerns the profitability of the BlackBerry hardware devision. "If we ship 10 million phones in a year, we'll be profitable on phones (hardware). That's the model we're going after." Historically, most people heard the name BlackBerry...

BlackBerry "windermere" to officially be named the BlackBerry Passport; launching in September!

On today's BlackBerry Q1 earnings call, BlackBerry CEO dropped word that the rumored BlackBerry "windermere" will launch as the BlackBerry Passport! It's a fitting name given the size of the Windermere. Visually, it's a WIDE device - it almost has the dimensions of a Passport. Beyond the name, Chen also said the phone will be officially unveiled this September in a launch event in London....

A little update on Thursday's BlackBerry Earnings and AGM coverage!

AGM

Just a quick update for all the CrackBerry readers out there who are going to be paying close attention this Thursday to BlackBerry's earnings report and Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. I originally planned on making the trip to Waterloo for the event as I have the past three years so I could attend the AGM in person. Unfortunately, turns out I forgot I have my own AGM to attend on...

Father's Day Sale: Everything at ShopCrackBerry is 20% OFF!

Father's Day Sale!

If socks and ties won't cut it for your dad this Father's Day, we suggest you get him a gift he'll both love and appreciate in the form of new accessories for his BlackBerry! In honor of all the awesome dads around the world, we have loads of goodies in stock and on sale at ShopCrackBerry for all of your devices including the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Everything is 20%...

How to get your stories on the CrackBerry homepage!

Back in April I wrote an article making a call for passionate BlackBerry enthusiasts who wanted to have their voices heard on the CrackBerry homepage. We got a BIG response. TOO BIG, in reality. With over 70 people applying, the administrative side of things became a little too daunting for me given my crazy schedule these past couple of months (seriously, I still owe reply emails to a bunch...

BlackBerry AGM!

It's time for my annual pilgrimage to Waterloo, Canada, the birthplace and hometown of BlackBerry, to attend the company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. This will be my fourth year attending the AGM and John Chen will be the fourth CEO to take the stage in as many years. We were there for the end of the Mike Lazaridis / Jim Balsillie co-CEO reign and we were there for the Thorsten...

A wonderful weekend of CrackBerry fun at the Canadian Grand Prix!

What an AWESOME weekend!! The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix is now racing history, and what a race it was. I can't help but think maybe the CrackBerry team's presence brought a bit of bad luck, as for the first time this year the Mercedes F1 Team — who is sponsored by BlackBerry — was not at the top of the podium on Sunday afternoon. That said, it was easily the most exciting race of the season...

BBM Channel Chat vs. Twitter

BBM Channel Chat

I'm starting to become a pro at BBM Channel Chats! I have now completed four regularly-scheduled BBM Channel Chats. My Channel Chat is set to turn on automatically every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30pm ET / 6:30pm GMT for thirty minutes. Last week I reminded people that the chats were going to take place, which made for a BIG turnout each session and made things CRAZY for me to manage (read my...

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