Contest: 50 Free 30-Day Trials to the Thumbplay Music Store

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] At CES, Thumbplay was showing off their music app for BlackBerry and announced a private beta for the new service. The Unlimited Music App is a subscription based service that allows you to stream music (you don't actually purchase the songs) from Thumbplay's huge database on both your device and PC. You can create playlists, wirelessly sync, use...

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CrackBerry Colorware Bold 9700 Finds Its New Home

CrackBerry Colorware Bold 9700 Finds Its New Home

If you remember back to last year (not that it was that long ago) we ran a huge CrackBerry Colorware Contest so one lucky member could have the best Christmas ever and get a new custom Coloware Bold 9700.  Well its been a few weeks, and our grand-prize winner missginacandy sent me an email to let me know that her new 9700 had made its way to a good home. She went with a cool "pink all over"...

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Official OS 5.0.0.438 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Boost Mobile

Official OS 5.0.0.438 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Boost Mobile

Yesterday we noted that the Curve 8330 from Boost Mobile was shipping with OS 5.0.0.438, and now it looks like its officially available for download. 8330 users can jump over to the BlackBerry Software Downloads page and snag the latest update. If you're not on Boost, just remember to delete the vendor.xml file before upgrading and you should be good to go. Glad to see that the 5.0 updates are...

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Review: Blueant Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset

Review: Blueant Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset

While at CES, I had the opportunity to meet the great folks over at BlueAnt and have a chat with them about their Q1 headset. This sexy little piece of hardware had me smitten from the get-go, and I fell completely in love with it during the course of testing it out for this review. It seems like many people are tossing Bluetooth headsets to the curb lately, but the little guy is sure to...

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Cincinnati Bell Launches Bold 9700; Alltel Launches Curve 8530

Cincinnati Bell Launches Bold 9700; Alltel Launches Curve 8530

It looks like two more carriers have jumped in on the trackpad fun. Cincinnati Bell has released the Bold 9700, and Alltel Wireless has launched the Curve 8530. The 9700 will set you back $299.99 even after instant savings and a $100 rebate. A bit pricey with a 2-year contract, but some Cincinnati Bell users may have no other carrier options. Alltel users will have better luck since they can...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 22nd, 2010!

BlackBerry App Roundup for January 22nd, 2010!

As per usual I've got a great batch of apps for you all to check out this week, many of them free. With that in mind, let's get right down to business. Covered this week in the App Roundup are the following titles: Freebies of the Week: Golf Channel Mobile, Slacker Radio Canada, Binary Clock In Case You Missed It: MyWeather Mobile, Blurts Updated to 1.1, eBay for BlackBerry Updated,...

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Official BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.442 Released By Zain Jordan

Official BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.442 Released By Zain Jordan

We haven't seen any leaks for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 as of late, so here is an official release instead from Zain Jordan. OS 5.0.0.442 can be downloaded from their BlackBerry download site. We don't as of yet, have a record of what's new or what's fixed but I'm sure the CrackBerry forums will soon fill up with that information. Remember, when updating to this OS to remove the vendor.xml file...

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Thwapr Launches Free Mobile to Mobile Video Sharing

Thawpr is a new mobile-to-mobile video sharing platform that allows users to capture and share video and photos on mobile phones without the need for any applications. The service is geared to work with any device and only requires a camera and web browser. Thawpr is totally free, and allows you to interact with recipents by sending ("Thwapping") media to their devices, and they are then able...

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TripIt for BlackBerry Now Available

TripIt for BlackBerry Now Available

  TripIt has announced a free BlackBerry app allowing you to access your TripIt itineraries right from your device, with or without data service. The free app includes calendar integration, flight status, hotel & restaurant info and more. To use the app you'll need to register for a TripIt account, and you can then send your itineraries to TripIt where they'll be entered into your "master...

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Boost Mobile Shipping Curve 8330 with OS 5.0.0.438?

Boost Mobile Shipping Curve 8330 with OS 5.0.0.438?

Boost Mobile officially launched the Curve 8330 a few days ago, and the forums are blowing up with some great news. It looks like the device is being shipped with OS version 5.0.0.438. This is an added bonus for new Boost users, while 8330 holders on other carriers are clamming to get their hands on an official 5.0 OS. This pretty much came out of nowhere, but if you remember Kevin's OS 5.0...

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FlightView - Recent Update Includes Support For More Devices

FlightView - Recent Update Includes Support For More Devices

Just before the holidays we covered an application called FlightView. FlightView lets users track flights, manage their travel plans, and stay on top of national delays at major airports. The one problem for some with that release was that it was only available for the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and BlackBerry Curve 8300 series devices. Since the intital release, FlightView has been updated to...

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Elecite- Ace And Halcyon Premium Themes

Elecite- Ace And Halcyon Premium Themes

The theme builders over at Elecite have been taking themes to a whole new level these days. Two themes were released almost side by side a little while ago.  Ace has a "cover flow" app card design that works beautifully. While the apps are not customizable this way, Elecite has made the most common ones used, the ones that show up as cards. Thats not to say you can't customize the...

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First Live Images Of The BlackBerry Dakota (or is it an old Magnum Prototype?) Emerge

* Update from Kevin: This is DEFINITELY one of the older pre-dakota prototypes (ie. magnum). Don't expect to be buying this exact device anytime soon (errr.. never). But something nicer and updated is in the works! * We've been hearing the codename "Dakota" for a while now. The Bold 9000 sized, 3G, Touchscreen device with a full QWERTY keyboard that is also rumored to be using a "Liquid...

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Get Reviewed

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] I know, I know... this is a BlackBerry site, so why are we posting a review of another platform's product? The answer is easy... the Smartphone Round Robin is still going on which dedicates six weeks to checking out the competition. I already reviewed the Sprint Palm Pre and Pixi, but tonight the embargoes have lifted and Dieter over at PreCentral....

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Foursquare for BlackBerry Now Available

Foursquare for BlackBerry Now Available

It seems like Foursquare has been taking off like mad as of late. Everyone is getting in on the fun, and its invading Twitter timelines everywhere. If you haven't heard of Foursquare, it is essentially a social network game. You enter your location or "check-in" whenever you venture out, and you can earn points and badges as rewards. Check in enough times at one location and you become Mayor,...

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GMTaskSync - Sync Your Gmail and BlackBerry Tasks

Many BlackBerry users are also Gmail users, and are constantly trying to find a way to keep data organized. The Google Calendar Sync is a big help, allowing you to sync up both your calendar and contacts with Gmail. If you're also a fan of the Gmail tasks feature, GMTaskSync might be something to add to your BlackBerry arsenal. The app, currently in beta, easily syncs up your Gmail tasks with...

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PrivacyStar for BlackBerry Blocks Unwanted Callers - 5 Subscriptions to Give Away

A few days ago we saw the release of PrivacyStar from First Orion. The application makes it easy for you to block unwanted callers, telemarketers, 800 numbers and more from getting through to your BlackBerry. Users can login to the web portal and add or remove numbers from their blocked list. PrivacyStar will run you $2.99 a month, but a free 30-day trial is available. Features include:...

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So What Was My Final Takeaway From CES 2010? That Sin City RUNS on BlackBerry Smartphones!

So we're finally done with our CES 2010 coverage. The show is long-since over and it took us a week and a half to get up on the blogs all of the content we flew away from Vegas with. In case you missed any of the news or hands-on videos, be sure to check out our CES 2010 posts and get caught up... I suggest you start with this Ed Hardy video I recorded - it was the first vid I captured at...

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Official OS 5.0.0.436 for the BlackBerry Storm2 from Vodafone UK

Official OS 5.0.0.436 for the BlackBerry Storm2 from Vodafone UK

We're seeing a trend of official 5.0 firmware popping up on carriers in the last few weeks and I'm loving it. One thing BlackBerry users crave is a solid carrier-released OS to play around with. Vodafone UK is the latest to offer up a release with OS 5.0.0.436 for the BlackBerry Storm2. This is a decent step up from their last offering, so give it a go and let us know what you find out....

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Beejive Finally Lowers Pricing - Get It Now for $9.99

Beejive Finally Lowers Pricing - Get It Now for $9.99

Beejive has long been a BlackBerry user favorite when it comes to all-in-one IM clients, but the high price tag was not. There is no denying that the app does what it does well, but many users chose to stay clear since the thought of shelling out $20+ for an IM app just wasn't cutting it. Well now you can grab Beejive at a much more reasonable price of $9.99 (for a device license, a user...

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