Announcing The 3rd Annual Smartphone Round Robin!

We are ridiculously excited to announce that today we're launching the 3rd annual Smartphone Round Robin! If you've never heard of the Round Robin, buckle up: Each year the sites of the Smartphone Experts Network spend some time out of our comfort zone, examining the platforms of our sister sites and learning how other smartphone users live. This year, the event will span six weeks, eight...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] If you haven't had the opportunity to restore the OS on your BlackBerry, you're lucky. Seeing a blank screen with "App Error 523" or something similar is not a pretty sight. Granted, it's a much less common sight these days then it was a few years back (how many of you reading can remember installing a OS 4.2 theme on a 8700 running 4.0? oops!) and...

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.411 For The BlackBerry Curve 8520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.411 For The BlackBerry Curve 8520

Add the 8520 to the list of leaks for tonight. Another showing of OS 5.0.0.411 for your downloading pleasure. Disclaimers apply of course. *OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading...

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.411 For The BlackBerry Bold 9000 And BlackBerry Curve 8900

Wow, so much for laying down and having a nap. Here I thought I could nod off for a bit and when I do the whole internet explodes with OS leaks. Got a BlackBerry Bold 9000 or a BlackBerry Curve 8900? If so your OS drought is over. OS 5.0.0.411 has now shown up online for everyone.Grab em, enjoy and be sure to report your findings in the forums. *OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this...

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TD LTE BlackBerry Smartphones Coming To China As RIM Works With China Mobile

Seems Research In Motion has been spending quite some time over the past little while strengthening agreements in China. Just yesterday, we posted about the agreement made with Digital China for them to distribute devices through their operations in the Asian market. Today, another press release hits stating the Research In Motion and China Mobile have teamed up to made use of TD-SCDMA and TD-...

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News from Loopt: Latest Version Now Also Available for BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8520/8530

* Update: You may need to wait until tomorrow before you can download from App World. Loopt updated the compatibility, but App World doesn't make changes like this in realtime, so you have to wait until the new updated cache kicks in. Keep checking back - it'll be there for your 9700 or Curve 8530/8520 soon enough! Thx for the patience. * Nearly a month ago to the day, Loopt announced their...

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Updated to Version 1.0.2

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Updated to Version 1.0.2

Mac users have only had BlackBerry Desktop Manager for only a few months now. In that time a few bugs with the application have arisen. Research In Motion has just posted an updated version for everyone to go ahead and download, which will hopefully correct some of the exisiting problems. Users who update will be getting a version bump up to 1.0.2 with their installation of the updated version...

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GetFugu, Inc. Launches “See It, Say It, Get It” Application For BlackBerry Smartphones

GetFugu has put out their BlackBerry smartphone application for everyone. The application it's self is a rather hefty download rolling in at over 3MB in size but it allows you to search with images, your voice and even your current location. Using the GetFugu you can search for things in the following ways: See it. Simply take a picture of a sign or logo of the brand you are looking for....

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Review: AstraSync 4.0 for BlackBerry Smartphones

Review: AstraSync 4.0 for BlackBerry Smartphones

We all know that the BlackBerry Smartphone is the ultimate device for business use (well, any use to tell you the truth). Your BlackBerry is your most reliable personal assistant. Among its countless benefits, it keeps you in touch with your clients, informs you of important updates and reminds you of appointments. The only thing it can't do is bring you lunch - though you can actually order...

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Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.52 for OS 5.0!

Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.52 for OS 5.0!

It appears as if BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.52 is included with the latest Bold 9700 leaked OS, and BBHybrids has posted an OTA link so everyone can get in on the fun. Rumors all over on what is new/different in this version (dive into our forums for lots of threads on it), but if you want to give it a go you should be able to install it on any device running OS 5.0. We're not sure how long...

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Get A Six Pack With Anywhere Abs for BlackBerry

Well, I guess in reality diet, cardio and committment play just as big of a role in getting six pack abs as does the ab workout itself, but at least with Anywhere Abs on your BlackBerry you'll have no excuse for not having a decent routine to follow. Heck, even if you install it and don't use the app, just seeing the icon on your homescreen all day will probably help with making healthier...

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.415 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.415 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Just a few days ago we saw OS 5.0.0.405 for the 9700 pop up, and now we already have another leak floating around. Reports are good on this one, so if you have some spare time you may want to give it a go. Drop a comment and let us know if it has anything new (like my 'Show Recent Contacts When Composing Email' option!). *Update: It looks like this OS may include an updated BBM (version 5.0....

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Contest Winners: Unlock Codes, SmartBCarMode, MyNetDiary & Blurts Pro

Contest Winners: Unlock Codes, SmartBCarMode, MyNetDiary & Blurts Pro

Just a handful of contests this week, but we're gearing up for some holiday goodness. We've already kicked off the season with our CrackBerry Colorware Christmas Contest, and you can be sure that more big contests are on the way. We like to spread the holiday cheer the best we can, so we'll have some other freebies you won't expect in the upcoming weeks as well. As always, thanks for everyone...

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StockIcons Displays Your Stocks on Your Homescreen

StockIcons is an application that takes all your stocks and displays them as icons on your BlackBerry's homescreen. The icons show the stock symbol, current price, and the change in price for the day. Each icon is customizable, giving you options to edit stock color, price color, font, and background color. This application is compatible with most stock exchanges worldwide, and allows you...

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Win a Custom Painted BlackBerry Bold 9700 and More in the Make it a CrackBerry ColorWare Holiday Contest!

'Tis the season to be CrackBerry... fa la la la la, I want a new BlackBerry!  * Update - December 24th, 2009: Christmas Eve is upon us, so we're re-stickying this post for the day. If you haven't left a comment yet for your chance to win a custom-painted BlackBerry Bold 9700, do it now! * It wouldn't feel like the holiday season were upon us if we didn't hold some sort of contest that...

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Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

Digital China to Distribute BlackBerry Smartphones in China

Research In Motion has put out a press release regarding their new agreement with Digital China that outlines their deal to distribute BlackBerry smartphones in China. While BlackBerry is by no means a new name to the Chinese market, devices were previously only offered by China Mobile in limited availability. This collaboration with Digital China will surely expand upon the offerings.  "Jim...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] At the recently-held BlackBerry Alliance Summit in Rome, Italy, I had the opportunity to listen to Gavin May, UK Business Development Director for Sage, speak about the impact and opportunities that mobilty represents for enterprises. Put it this way... it's one thing for an organization to hand their employees each a BlackBerry and say check your...

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Where Did My 'Show Recent Contacts When Composing Email' Option Go?

Where Did My 'Show Recent Contacts When Composing Email' Option Go?

Do You Use The 'Show Recent Contacts When Composing Email' Option?(poll)   While cranking out some emails the other day, I was frantically searching for a contact I knew I had. There were multiple times I had emailed this person from my Tour, and I could not for the life of me find the address on my 9700. I ran through my contacts over and over to no avail. I...

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ContactOrder is a new application brought to you by mblware, the makers of applications such as BlackBook, mblVault, and mblStats. It allows you to customize your address book by placing your 30 most important contacts at the top of your BlackBerry's address book, giving you quick easy access to the people you contact most. This is a great app for those who have large address books looking...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Jason just let me know that he has released his latest theme Fresh. This theme is very unique and has some very cool features. Fresh features a custom sliding docks, changeable icons, custom banners, meters and more. The look of this one is just so slick and different that it really brings new life to a device. I really can't say enough about this...

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