Happy day for RIM: ATT announces changes to data plans; BlackBerry sales likely to benefit

* Update: Looks like my RIM HAPPY DAY slant on this AT&T news was spot on. I just received some info/quotes from RIM on today's news. Read it below. * AT&T announced some new data plans today that are going to make a LOT of existing AT&T BlackBerry users very happy and likely also help to make BlackBerry the device brand of choice for new first-time smartphone owners. Be sure to...

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Verizon officially announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650

Verizon officially announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650

Just a few weeks after Sprint beat them to the punch, Verizon has offically announced that the Bold 9650 will be available online starting tomorrow and in stores on June 10th. The device will run you $149 after rebates, and in true Verizon fashion a no-camera model will be available as well. The pricing will require a matching data plan, Nationwide talk plan and a two-year contract....

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G now available for ordering on the Rogers Wireless website

If you've not had any luck finding the device through other retail channels, Rogers has now posted the BlackBerry Pearl 3G up on their site for ordering. As expected the device is carrying a cost of $49.99 on a 3/yr contract, $324.99 with a 2/yr and $379.99 for a 1/yr. If you are looking to grab one totally free of contract that will set you back $424.99. We've got a full hands on coming up a...

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Styles P writes his debut novel 'Invincible' on his BlackBerry

Styles P writes his debut novel 'Invincible' on his BlackBerry

It's becoming quite common to hear of folks using their BlackBerry Smartphones to harness creativity in ways some of us may not think of. Will.I.Am has been noted to use memopad on his BlackBerry for harboring his thoughts and lyrics to songs. Now, Styles P, a member of the hip hop group The LOX, is getting set to release his debut novel, most of which was written on his BlackBerry. As noted...

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Research In Motion introduces new feedback tool to BlackBerry Beta Zone users

For all of you out there that signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you may have received an invite to check out the new BlackBerry feedback tool offered by Research In Motion. Now, before you go stating that I shouldn't have posted this, keep in mind Research In Motion has open betas and closed betas within BlackBerry Beta Zone and this is among one of the open betas. The new feedback...

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Official OS: 5.0.0.386 for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 released by TELUS

*UPDATE* - In the time since I checked and this going live, TELUS has updated to OS 5.0.0.654 Here is another case of a leaked OS going official. TELUS has posted up OS 5.0.0.386 for BlackBerry Curve 8530 owners just in case some of you all skipped over the leaked version. Given that the Sprint OS is already up into version 5.0.0.654 that may be a better option unless you are wanting to...

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BlackBerry apps for fishing and boating

BlackBerry apps for fishing and boating

Your BlackBerry can help you with anything, even with fishing or boating. Despite what some people say, long weekends are meant for relaxing, not finishing home projects. I’m hoping some of you got to enjoy some downtime. A lot of people decided to go fishing. It’s not for everyone, but I do recommend trying it at least once. You may want to stick to using a lure if you are squeamish about...

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Podcast: CrackBerry Kevin on The Cell Phone Junkie talking BlackBerry Bold 9650 (and more!)

We'll be recording a CrackBerry Podcast later this week (Craig was on a cruise last week so we skipped our regularly-scheduled show), but if you're jonesing from some BlackBerry talk right now you can jump over to TheCellPhoneJunkie.com and tune in to the TCPJ Unlocked Show #52 where I was guest. On this episode we talk BlackBerry Bold 9650, CrackBerry and some of the opportunities and...

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RIM European NOC currently experiencing data issues

RIM European NOC currently experiencing data issues

If you are in Europe you may have noticed that your service is a bit hit or miss this morning. Users are reporting that data services in Europe aren't fairing very well today, and it looks the problem lies with the European NOC. We're not totally sure what the issue is, but things should be in the works of getting resolved shortly. If you are having issues, leave a comment with your carrier/...

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Poll: Have BlackBerry apps improved over the past year?

Calling all BlackBerry Developers... Need some motivation to take your apps to the next level? Get in on the BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge!  Have BlackBerry applications improved over the past year?Market Research Over the past year or more we have seen a push from within Research In Motion to reach out to developers in an effort to create better, more compelling applications for the...

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Contest Winners: Pinball Deluxe, GreyTechBB and Run Stickboy Run

Contest Winners: Pinball Deluxe, GreyTechBB and Run Stickboy Run

Just a few quick contests this time. We'll post the winners for our Coveroo contest later in the week, so stay tuned for that. Hit the jump for the full winners list. A reminder - if you're a developer, retailer or whateverer, shoot us an email to editorial(at)crackberry.com if you'd like to run a contest of your own. Congrats to all the winners! * Note to winners: You will be receiving an...

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FML releases official BlackBerry application for free

FML releases official BlackBerry application for free

There has been many applications which allow you to access FML in the past, some remain and some are now long gone. This one however, is the official application and provides quite a few features over the others that are currently available. Things such as logging into your own account, submitting your own FML scenarios are all supported through the official release. Of course, I must do my...

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Review: Role Call Tasks for BlackBerry

Review: Role Call Tasks for BlackBerry

How many times have you been told to not bite off more than you can chew? If you take on too many projects, or flood your schedule, chances are something will be forgotten. Without proper management, you will probably neglect an important item of interest. It’s almost a natural reaction to smack your forehead when you realize your mistake. Luckily, your ever faithful BlackBerry is equipped...

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slotRadio+ Music Card - Preloaded Card & 4GB memory for your Verizon BlackBerry - Two cards up for grabs!

A few weeks ago I received a slotRadio+ music card courtesy of the folks at SanDisk to play around with. The card is a preloaded microSD card that has 1,000 songs and offers 4GB of memory for saving photos, music or videos. The cards work in all Verizon devices and are available as Billboard HITS or DECADES. Each card has 8 preset playlists and the free slotRadio+ application lets you easily...

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Unlock your BlackBerry quickly with BerryCracker - $9.99 through June 4th

There are plenty of reasons to unlock your BlackBerry Smartphone. If you have a device from one carrier you want to use on another; if you will be traveling and want to use a local SIM; or if you will be selling the device, having it unlocked can increase the value. No matter what the reason, BerryCracker is here to help. Just download and install the app, fill in a few bits of information and...

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Free WorldCup 2010 app - Get it now for your BlackBerry

Free WorldCup 2010 app - Get it now for your BlackBerry

The FIFA 2010 WorldCup is set to kick off on June 11th in South Africa, and if you are looking to keep up with all the action, you'll certainly want to have grab the app that was released by the folks over at S42 and ZonaBlackBerry. The app itself looks great on your device and is available in both Spanish and English. With access to live score updates, calendar integration and team statistics...

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eSurvey for BlackBerry now available

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]Released last week, eSurvey is a new tool for that allows for easy data collection via BlackBerry devices. Users can conduct market research, issue incident reports or simply run a survey. eSurvey is a quick, easy solution to gathering data through the BlackBerry platform. eSurvey will empower corporate managers to quickly and easily, create, modify and...

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 30 May 2010

Best of Smartphone Experts, 30 May 2010

A week's worth of the top features in Android 2.2 -- Froyo Sprint HTC Evo 4G hardware hands-on and software hands-on Speed test: Benchmarking Android 2.1 versus Android 2.2 Froyo Super Apps" Developer? Take part in the BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge Quick Review: Field Runners for BlackBerry BlackBerry...

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uZard web browser for BlackBerry shows some promise

uZard web browser for BlackBerry shows some promise

As BlackBerry users, the choices for browsers on our devices really are not that broad. Sure we have Opera Mini, we have Bolt and we have the built in BlackBerry browser. We could have had Skyfire but they suffered from failure to launch syndrom and have since moved on. While we know Webkit is in the works for our beloved devices we still have no indication as to when that may actually arrive...

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