BlackBerry Priv now available from Saudi Telecom Company

BlackBerry Priv now available from Saudi Telecom Company

As BlackBerry noted back in December, the Priv is now seeing a broader release in the Middle East. Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is now offering the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android to their customers through their website and retail outlets. As expected, pricing for the Priv has been set at SAR 2899 ($772 USD) but is available with lower pricing through postpaid bundles...

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The Built for BlackBerry program for app developers has ended

The Built for BlackBerry program for app developers has ended

Back during BlackBerry 10 Jam in 2012, BlackBerry introduced the Built for BlackBerry program to further promote great native BlackBerry apps. As part of the certification, developers got permission to use the designation in association with their app marketing and the Built for BlackBerry logo badge and icon, appeared next to apps in BlackBerry World, letting folks know that the app was of...

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BlackBerry Priv now available from KPN in the Netherlands

BlackBerry Priv now available in the Netherlands from KPN

Adding to the already existing availability of Priv through ShopBlackBerry in the Netherlands, BlackBerry has announced their first Android-powered smartphone is now also available through the various KPN channels including KPN retail stores, KPN XL stores, KPN B2B channels and online through KPN.com. The suggested retail price for Priv is set at Euro 779 including taxes and for reduced...

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ToySoft has brought their popular BlackBerry 10 app Power Tools to the Priv

Although we haven't heard from many BlackBerry 10 developers looking to move their apps to Android, the folks at ToySoft have slowly been releasing a few of their popular BlackBerry 10 apps onto the Google Play Store as well as creating new apps for the platform. The latest Android app for them is the well known BlackBerry 10 app, Power Tools, and it's jammed packed with features, options and...

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Plain text file app Editor updated with new options, bug fixes and more

If you regularly work with text files, you may have already come across Editor, an app we have written about before. Editor allows you to create and edit plain text files, and it supports a long list of file types, including CVS, XML, CPP, DOC, TXT, HPP, SQL. It has just received an update that includes some new options, interface tweaks and some bug fixes. Here is a list of all the new...

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BlackBerry Priv will cost $720 up front at T-Mobile for its Jan. 26 launch

BlackBerry Priv will cost $720 up front at T-Mobile for its Jan. 26 launch

T-Mobile previously announced that it would begin selling the BlackBerry Priv on January 26. Now the carrier has reveal its pricing for the Android smartphone, both in its up front cost and via T-Mobile's two leasing programs. T-Mobile will sell the Priv for $719.99 up front. It will also offer the smartphone to customers under its normal leasing program for $0 down and $30 a month for 24...

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Verizon begins beta testing its sponsored data service FreeBee Data

Verizon now beta testing its FreeBee sponsored data service

Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. With this service, Verizon and partners hope to drive engagement with mobile content on its network by allowing customers to access various content without it impacting their data allotment for the month. We've seen T-Mobile offer music and video streaming that doesn't count...

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O2

O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if your smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction. Initially, O2 will be partnering with UK credit card issuer...

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BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

If you live in the UK, you now have another outlet to pick up a BlackBerry Priv from. EE has now made the BlackBerry Priv available to customers through their website for consumer and business accounts. If you're a consumer account holder, Priv pricing starts at £109.99 but can be had for as low as £29.99, depending on your chosen tariff and contract terms. For business customers, Priv...

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BlackBerry Priv scheduled to make its debut in India on Jan. 28

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The BlackBerry Priv will soon make its debut in yet another major market. A new report says that press invites have been sent to attend the launch of the Android-based smartphone in India on January 28. Other than the fact that the press launch will take place in New Delhi, no other details were revealed about the India launch for the Priv. That includes carrier information and launch prices...

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Dept of Vet Affairs is using BlackBerry's Athoc

BlackBerry's AtHoc division has scored yet another big contract, this time with the Department of Veterans Affairs to power its crisis communications. The deal, which is valued at $20 million, will have AtHoc assist the organization for multiple-year delivery of its emergency communications through pager, phone, fax and more. The system, which is known as VA-PAS is actively used by the VA for...

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WhatsApp gets rid of annual subscription fee

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WhatsApp has announced that it will axe its $1 annual subscription fee starting today. The Facebook-owned messaging service is nearing a billion users, and will start exploring alternate business models. WhatsApp failed to monetize in emerging markets due to low debit and credit card penetration, which led to the service being offered for free. Today's announcement reflects a change of...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - NOC

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If you missed BerryFlow live this week, you'll want to make sure you catch the audio or video replay. This week, we dig into some of the recent Good Technology announcements, discuss the latest BlackBerry 10.3.2 release and take a look at BlackBerry's announcement of DTSec and more. Topics Several Good Technology apps receive highest levels of certification BlackBerry officially rolls out...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

As we recover from the CES blitz, MWC looms on the horizon. {.intro} After a week of recovering from the madness of CES, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and the tech industry's wasting no time. Google has set their dates for I/O 2016, bringing the annual Google confab back to their Mountain View, California, headquarters. Speaking of annual confabs, the always-insane Mobile...

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Ad Blocker removes ads from native BlackBerry 10 browser - 250 free copies available to download

If you are looking for an ad blocker to use on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone and don't want to resort to using a third-party browser, Ad Blocker for Default Browser is the app you're looking for. While the developer does have a third-party browser that has an ad-blocking feature, he knows that some people prefer using the native browser and so he is catering to them with this app. There is...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 15, 2016: Puzzles, local social, and more!

BlackBerry App Roundup for January 15, 2016: Puzzles, local social, and more!

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of applications for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv device but also a way to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met. We began the week with a look inside the QNX Toyota Highlander and followed up with the CES 2016 edition of the BerryFlow podcast. Next...

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Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

BT is set to merge with EE, and the company has just received the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. This body has approved the merger, which clears BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to become the UK's largest mobile telecoms company. The CMA found that the merger of the two companies would not result in substantial lessening of competition in the UK....

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BlackBerry Priv now available from Unlocked Mobiles

In the UK, Carphone Warehouse had exclusivity in stocking the BlackBerry Priv since its launch in November 2015, outside of Shop BlackBerry. That exclusivity looks has now come to an end and the Priv is now available from online retailers Mobile Phones Direct and Unlocked Mobiles, as well as U.K. carrier, Vodafone. Unlocked Mobiles is selling the Priv SIM free for £545 ($785), which is £14...

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's recently-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a quick stop at BlackBerry's Network Operations Centre in Waterloo. Trudeau toured the facility that handles the messages sent by BBM users to customers. BlackBerry stated: "We're extremely proud to have shown off the NOC to the Prime Minister. It, along with our BlackBerry Infrastructure, is where we manage the immense amount...

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