US Air Force begins transition, swapping 5000 BlackBerry devices for iPhones

The United States Air Force is replacing 5000 legacy BlackBerry smartphones with Apple's iPhone, and eventually all of their BlackBerry users will have to make the changeover. The announcement, reported by Defense News, comes as the future of BlackBerry within the Department of Defense is debated, with the chips seeming to fall on the side of transitioning away from a network supporting a mish-...

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All EA titles free in BlackBerry World through February 28th

All EA titles free in BlackBerry World through February 28th

BlackBerry has just announced that starting today, all EA titles in BlackBerry World are free to download. This of course varies by your region and device, but you should be able to snag at least a few items at no charge. You have between now and February 28th to get in on the fun.  The discount should be reflected very soon for most users, and then you can grab up all the EA goodies you can...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Transform Hard Shell for Z10

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Transform Hard Shell for Z10

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Transform Hard Shell for Z10 and save 52% off the list price! The ultra-thin Transform Hard Shell provides a flip to stand feature, which allows you to easily charge or enjoy media on your BlackBerry Z10. This case provides access to all ports and is exceptionally designed to allow seamless swiping and gesturing on your smartphone’s display. List Price...

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BASA

For those of you that like to keep on eye on your battery usage and what's using up power, you'll be pleased to here that Battery and System Analyzer (BaSA) has received a nice update - including headless support for users running OS 10.2.1.  We first took a look on video at the native BlackBerry 10 app back at the start of the year so it's encouraging to see the developer working hard to...

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Typo Products asks judge to dismiss infringement claims of BlackBerry's keyboard

The BlackBerry vs. Typo Products saga is far from over but it's certainly moving now. Recent events placed Typo Products in front of the Federal Court to speak to the Judge presiding over the case to rule that the patents have not been infringed and to make some of the claims invalid effectively dismissing every claim in BlackBerry's complaint with prejudice and protect them further copyright...

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Help CrackBerry hit 100k channel subscribers and win fantastic prizes!

Help CrackBerry hit 100k channel subscribers and win fantastic prizes!

The CrackBerry BBM channel is about to hit 100,000 subscribers! To celebrate, we're running a channel exclusive giveaway, so if for some reason you're not already subscribed to us on channels, you're going to want to head over (C00012B19) and take care of that now! Once you're subscribed, find the contest post on our channel and leave an awesome comment. If you leave a spam comment (with your...

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What happens when you take an iPhone user's iPhone away for 7 days and replace it with a BlackBerry Z30?

That's the question Dan Nessel, the founder of DadDoes.com and big iPhone fan was willing to answer. The folks at BlackBerry asked if I would do a 7 Day Challenge.  Swap out my iPhone 5 for a BlackBerry Z30 for 7 days and just honestly report on how it went.  Honestly, I thought this was going to be a train wreck for BlackBerry.  I love my iPhone and all I really knew about BlackBerry was...

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BlackBerry's next phone may feature a gesture-based physical keyboard

As it turns out, the device we saw earlier today may very well be the BlackBerry Windermere. According to BGR, the rumored device isn't yet in production as BlackBerry is currently working with a "large partner". The device would only make it out of the prototype phase if that partner decides to move forward. The phone itself is much wider than what we've previously seen and features a QWERTY...

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T-Mobile unveils their special offer for BlackBerry customers

T-Mobile unveils their special offer for BlackBerry customers

After T-Mobile's email offer for BlackBerry customers to upgrade to an iPhone started making its rounds and Kevin blogged about it here on CrackBerry, there was a considerable amount of backlash put towards the carrier, a lot of which was directed at T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who is pretty active on Twitter. The offer also caught the attention of BlackBerry CEO John Chen who responded to the...

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Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion

If you're a WhatsApp user, you may be interested in knowing that Facebook has now entered into agreements to purchase WhatsApp for a reported $16 billion. According to documents filed with SEC, the financial details will break down like this, $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock...

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Learn how to achieve checkmate and follow the masters with Chess-wise

Learn how to achieve checkmate and follow the masters with Chess-wise

There are a plethora of chess games in BlackBerry World and at times it is a daunting task to find one that stands out from the rest. By no means am I an expert but I grew up playing and still enjoy it when there is time. I briefly touched up on the features of the free version of Chess-wise in the roundup and how it is a nice little app for serious or novice players. Since then, the developer...

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Leaked photos show off QWERTY BlackBerry 10 prototype

Leaked photos show off QWERTY BlackBerry 10 prototype

So ... we're not sure just what this little guy is or where it came from, but here it is. It's a funny looking BlackBerry 10-ish device with somewhat of a QWERTY keyboard (notice there are no numbers or symbols). It kind of looks like a super early BlackBerry Q5, but the word on the street is that it may actually be a developer device for an upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone — possibly the...

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Maybe now BBM will really become an enterprise service

Maybe now BBM will really become an enterprise service

Only a little more than a week ago we heard that Andrew Bocking, the former Executive VP in charge of BBM, was leaving BlackBerry. I didn’t see it coming. Initially there was some debate about whether Bocking quit of his own volition or was let go. Kevin updated the original news post with confirmation that he did choose to leave on his on terms. As for the reason, we're not yet sure. The cross...

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Protect your Z10 with Ballistic's tough 3-layer Shell Gel (SG) Series Case

Ballistic SG Series Case Front

  No matter which BlackBerry 10 handheld you own, there are a variety of cases at your disposal. Whether they be lightweight skin or crunk cases, hard shell cases, transform cases, or rugged full body protection ones, there is always something out there to keep your device secure from everyday drops or falls. Over the years, I’ve become obsessed​ quite the collector. Searching for the...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5

For today only you buy the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5 and save 58% off the list price! Made from hand crafted, genuine leather the BlackBerry Q5 Flip Shell is designed to keep your display safe from scratches while providing complete access to all functions of your device. The case has an attractive texture all around and features the BlackBerry logo embossed on the front. List Price...

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Rogers introduces early upgrades with Rogers Next

Rogers introduces early upgrades with Rogers Next

Now Rogers is joining up with the early-upgrade train, now letting those customers on a 2-year contract upgrade to a new device after 12 months. Rogers Next allows customers to get a new, premium device for $0 down with no upgrade or connection fees. There are a few caveats to the new plan, but if getting devices early is your thing, it may be worth it. When you upgrade to a new device or join...

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How to discover what's new on Netflix

Netflix

Since BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 was released to the masses, getting Netflix onto your BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been super easy thanks to the simple installation of Android APK's. I favor the app 'Snap' which provides Android downloads straight to your BB10 device, so If you haven't yet given it a try, you can find out how to install it here.  I'm quite a big Netflix user and although I don't...

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T-Mobile is sorry, to offer free expedited shipping on BlackBerry smartphones as apology

In BlackBerry CEO John Chen's response to T-Mobile's BlackBerry switcher campaign he noted that T-Mobile and BlackBerry were working on a special offer for T-Mobile customers and according to Reuters, who spoke with a T-Mobile representative, they might not have to wait all that long for it. According to the report, starting on Friday any T-Mobile customer who purchases a new BlackBerry device...

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