BlackBerry App Roundup for May 21st, 2010; Contest: 25 Copies of the Quelos Theme to be Won!

The BlackBerry App Roundup
By James Falconer on 21 May 2010 09:44 am EDT

Howdy folks, hope everyone out there has had another great week. As per usual, lots of great stuff to talk about in the BlackBerry App Roundup. This week we have another theme giveaway from HedoneDesign... Be sure to answer our contest question for your chance to win! Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

Giveaway of the Week: Quelos BlackBerry Theme

Freebies of the Week: crunchSMS, TradeFields, TextSearch

In Case You Missed It: AstraSync Updated to 4.1, Cnectd, ProOnGo Business Card Reader

New This Week: Stress Tank, Travel Assistant, Caipirinha Tip

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Solitaire Buddy Gold

Note: Don't forget, you can always search for titles featured in the App Roundup within App World... Some apps mentioned may be available there for your device.

Giveaway of the Week:

Quelos BlackBerry Theme

Quelos Theme for BlackBerry

The Quelos theme from HedoneDesign is another top-quality theme... and it's compatible with all of today's current-gen BlackBerry devices. A simple and sharp design highlights the great looking 3D icons. 12 customizable icons are found on your homescreen, and custom battery and signal meters also grace the design. A Today preview is also integrated, showcasing your first 4 icons for quick launch when needed. The theme also contains Hedone's 'Double Function Keyboard' (DFK), for quick and easy access to functions on your Berry.

If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 25 free copies of the Quelos Theme, answer the following question in the comments:

How many Premium Themes do you have on your BlackBerry?

Leave your answer in the comments now... Good luck!

Freebies of the Week:



crunchSMS is for those of you who love to send SMS messages to your friends and colleagues... but wish you could send longer messages! Now you can. crunchSMS is a chat style bubble SMS application that is easy to use and allows those long continuous messages you always wanted to send. How do they get around the 160 character limit? crunchSMS splits the SMS message into 160 character message lengths and sends the message on its way on CDMA networks. This app works on OS versions 4.5,4.6.,4.7 and 5.0, however it will not work on 8350i phones. User ratings for the crunchSMS app are averaging 4.0 and it's free, so give it a try!

Get crunchSMS today via App World >



Want to practice trading stocks and learn how to manage money on the stock market? TradeFields is a game that new stock traders as well as the more experienced traders will enjoy. Gain knowledge about the markets by getting quotes, rankings, intraday and historic charts, watch lists, market data, trade stocks, order status as well as balances and positions. You can also get the latest news with TradeFields and connect with your Facebook account. This is one app that mirrors the real world stock market you can use to train yourself and learn the art of trading stocks to make a profit. Start using your stock Market Simulator today with TradeFields. TradeFields works on a variety of apps and BlackBerry phones.


If you conduct a lot of searches with a limited data plan, then TextSearch will be the app that helps you stay within your budget. This app has an easy to use interface that you can use with Google SMS searches. Easy to use, and a very lightweight download to boot, this is one app that will help you save on your data plan! Get your hands on the lightweight TextSearch app for BlackBerry OS 5.0 and up, right here (It also works on the OS4.7 non-touch and 4.7 touch screen, the 5.0 non-touch and 5.0 touch screen phones).

In Case You Missed It:

AstraSync Updated to 4.1

AstraSync Updated

If you are already familiar with AstraSync, then you know how useful this OTA synchronization tool is for your contacts, calendar and emails. Now it is even better with the latest release 4.1 that updates these functions making the app even better. With improved performance and responsiveness, a new storm shortcut bar, a new exchange auto discover function, a new pause sync option and a new create contact from email capability... this app offers powerful features. Astra Exchange is compatible with a large number of systems including Open Ex-change, Google Sync, Gmail and CommuniGate Pro.

Get your copy of the AstraSync today >



Everyone wants to stay connected regardless of what platform they are on. Cnectd helps you do just that. If you use BBM and want an app that is close to BBM on your BlackBerry, Cnectd is an app that takes you there and keeps you connected with all of your friends on other phones. It has a small footprint, which is always important when you are concerned about saving memory. The UI is similar to BBM and adding contacts as well as sending text is easy with this new app. It is just out on Beta and supports devices running OS 4.5 and up.

ProOnGo Business Card Reader


If you regularly meet new business contacts you will really appreciate this new one. Entering business cards into your contact list is a boring and tedious task. With ProOnGo Business Card Reader, all you need to do is take a picture of the business card, process it with this app and add the information to your contact list. ProOnGo creates a V-card for you to verify and then with a click, you can add the information to your contact list. No more typing long email id’s, phone numbers and addresses, do it with ProOnGo Business Card Reader.

More info >

New This Week

Stress Tank

Stress Tank

You've heard of stress balls... now we have a Stress Tank to help you relieve your stress. Instead of squeezing something take a picture of what is stressing you out and feed it to your Stress Tank in your phone. Watch your hungry piranha pets melt the stress away. There is a variety of game modes as well as a variety of tank features. Add fish, bubbles, décor, and shadows and adjust your game speed, fish speed and much more... Use Stress Tank to relieve some of your stress and enjoy your day. Stress Tank works on OS 4.5 or higher. Check it out in our store.

Travel Assistant

Travel Assistant

TravelAssistant keeps track of all updated travel sites and helps you stay in touch and plan your travel itinerary! Get quick access to your hotel, airline, car rental, maps and other resources that you value while travelling... even currency converters! Mobile sites are being added every day, and the TravelAssistant app will add these for you as they become available. You can also use the link request tab if there is one you like and not included in TravelAssistant. A minimum of OS 4.5 is required.

More on Travel Assistant >

Caipirinha Tip

Caipirinha Tip

If you have tried Caipirinha’s, then you already know that these Brazilian drinks can be very potent and drinking several is a breeze. Caipirinha’s are very enjoyable and do not appear to be that strong, however after several you are going to need a little help figuring out the tip. The Caipirinha Tip app can easily assist in figuring out the tip to Brazilian norms so that you do not inadvertently insult your Brazilian friends. This app works with OS 4.2 and higher levels. After drinking several Caipirinha’s you will appreciate this app, get yours today to help calculate tips in Brazil.

Cool at BlackBerry App World:

Solitaire Buddy Gold

Solitaire Buddy Gold

Solitaire is a card game played by many people around the world to amuse themselves and pass the time. With Solitaire Buddy Gold loaded on to your BlackBerry, you always have a card game immediately at your disposal. With a user rating of 4.0, the game app comes with many features that solitaire players enjoy. Save your game before you exit so you can pick it up were you left off. There are numerous customization options to take advantage of so that you can make the game your own. Now there are no excuses for not having something to do while you have time to spare...

Check out Solitaire Buddy Gold in App World >

Until Next Week..

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 21st, 2010; Contest: 25 Copies of the Quelos Theme to be Won!



Unfortunately I don't have any premium themes on my Curve as I can't find any good one's that I find better than the default theme :( Kinda sucks.

The only have three paid themes on my Blackberry although I have probably purchased at least 20. But most others don't seem to measure up to Appleberry 2.0, Momentum Flyout, and Vista BB Edition by Theme Addiction.

I own about 15 or so premium themes, but the only themes I use consistently come from the Crackberry Forums!!! So at this point I don't have any premium themes on my device. This one looks pretty nice though. Would love to win a copy. Great contest - good luck to all!

Around 8...latest one bought was HTC hero theme, great theme but I may have ADD or simply a theme addiction where no matter how great a theme is I always go out to find more.

With all the nice free themes out there I have not had the desire to purchase any. I don't mind winning a premium theme though ;-).

Themes are a vice of mine. I have ten premium, and about seven free ones. Any interventions, words of support, etc. would be appreciated.

however, i could always have more, especially if i WIN this one!!!

thanks, crackberry!!! and Quelos BlackBerry Theme!!!

unfortunately i have no premiums i live in Jamaica and i aint got a credit card to pay for em so i can only use free stuff :(

I don't have any Premium Theme on my phone because all the themes that i have are free. I would love to get this one.

I don't know what constitutes a "Premium Theme". I may have two or three?

Mason Peay
Roanoke, Virginia

I currently have 3 I think. But I'm a theme addict and I help beta test themes. It's cool because I get to help them make their products better and I try fed my hunger. I definitely love this theme and would be pleased to sport it on my BlackBerry.

dont have much but here is what i got, mechanism and plasma from elecite, moderninnovation from bbfreaks, carbon and clarion but this two i got them when they were on special for free, and bedroid and shortly after got droid_hidden from rgarling wich a freakin love and by the way is free here on the forums hahaha...

I have three premium themes on my BB Storm2. I own more, but only keep the three I use the most on my device.

I would consider myself a theme junkie. I look for those themes that have unique layouts, and unique icons.

I would like to try the theme.

Im using crunchSMS for two days now - seems really good and stabile on my 9700 with newest OS.

I have only had one premium theme on my Bold, and it was a HedoneDesign Theme! This looks exactly like what I have been looking for and hope I can win it!!

I have one premium theme. I generally dont buy them, with so many talented makers giving them away. My one premium is the result of having a free theme modified for me.

I don't have any premium themes yet. I'm too cheap to buy them. So if I win a copy of this it's be great!

I only have 2 right now, but I could always use a third. :-) Quelos looks like it would really fit the bill!

Currently I have 2 Premium Themes on my BB...I would love some more but my wife has put the kibosh on me buying any more apps/themes...please pick me!

I don't have any themes yet....but I downloaded a free trial of one that testing to see if it works for me.

I have zero premium themes on my Blackberry. I have tried several but I always end up disappointed with performance or badly designed features. This one looks great and I'd love to give it a go.

My answer on how many Premium Themes do I have on my BlackBerry on this moment is: One. Good luck everyone! ;-)

I only have 2 premium themes on my Blackberry 8900 :). So now I hope that themes above will be my third premium themes on my BB.

Yeah I only have 1 premium theme. Find it hard to spend money on a theme unless it provides features to make my BB easier to use. If I won, I'd definitely show this theme off!

I do have several. Just not installed. I currently use a free theme from here called Reverie D2 with real icons. This one might be a keeper though if I win. Thanks

I have no premium themes on my blackberry atm, im a new blackberry owner and i am just getting around to adding new stuff to it.....would love a premium theme to help get started...thank you

I own about 6 or so premium themes but I usually only have one installed at a time on my Bold 9000. Thanks for the contest.

I have 4 premium themes, but I've only been using one of them... This one looks very nice. I'd love to have this one for my CURVE... the CURVE is a sexy phone, so this theme would be awesome on it...

i have the hedone metalic,!reflect carbon7,bedroid,and vista bb edition.i was actually browsing last night for a new theme and stopped by hedones site and this one caught my cool to win it.good luck to all:)

as of the moment i dont have any premium themes on my blackberry but i would love to have one so pls?pls?=)

I only have one... but I am starting to dig the premium theme thing...and would love to make this one number two...hmmm no pun though...

For the sake of space I only have two premium themes on my Bold 9000. However I do have around 8 more in my Appstore Account. This one looks interesting so here goes...

two premiums on my 9700 along with a couple freebies. This looks interesting, too, so I would definitely put this one on there

I just have free themes so far. I am looking for really good blackberry theme. i don't like the iphone or other phone's theme in my blackberry. This looks cool and i really like it.

I'm currently using a theme I've created since Day 1. I don't have any Premium theme right now, but would like to use one somedaÿ, I need some change!

I haven't got a single premium theme on my Blackberry! This is because it still isn't possible to buy premium themes in South Africa! This theme really looks great and I think it would look great on my phone! :)

I do not have and theme other than the standard Blackberry theme. I do not the themes I have previewed before, but this theme looks like something I would use and enjoy.

Well i already have like 4 premiun themes, but a new one wouldnt be bad, since im always lookin for new themes, is kind of a pastime, so please CB pick me :D

I just have the theme that came with the phone.. plus I'm in a country where app world isn't available so I can't get new ones either.. =(

Right now only 3 premium themes! I like them a lot an i'm always on the search for new themes that will rock my BB :)

I currently have five premium themes on my BB, three purchased online, and two that are customs done on commission by themers resident here on CB.

Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Quelos!

i have been waiting for themes like this, i really want this theme... i will fit on my onyx perfectly, so please let me win :) thank you

I have (5) premium themes, some off CB forums and the others were purchased @ CB Store. All worth the money and function well. Would love to try this theme out on my 9700