Blueant Z9i Bluetooth Headset Now Shipping!

When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, I have had two personal favorites for the better part of the past twelve months - the Aliph Jawbone and the Blueant Z9. Comparing the original Jawbone to the original Z9, I tend to give the nod in terms of sound quality to the Jawbone, but for everyday usability with still-excellent sound quality the Z9 is what sits on my ear 80% of the time. Now it...

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Meet the CrackBerry of CrackBerrys... Literally!

Meet the CrackBerry of CrackBerrys... Literally!

The friendly BlackBerry Mascot is on a bit of a tour this summer. If you check the Mascot section of the BlackBerry Lifestyle Website, you can read more about it. Looks like the mascot, along with 'BlackBerry Ambassadors' will be spreading the BlackBerry, er... should I say 'CrackBerry' word in various locations throughout North America. The next scheduled event for the BlackBerry Mascot to...

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Rogers and Research in Motion Announce the UMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Smartphone

We have known this was coming for a while now, so it's nice to see it get all official. Rogers and RIM announced this morning the launch of the UMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Smartphone. This is the first UMA-enabled BlackBerry to hit Canadian soil, and will allow consumers to take advantage of Rogers' recently-launched Home Calling Zone UMA-based service. With Rogers Home Calling...

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Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 Review: The Perspective From a New to BlackBerry User

I love it when our loyal CrackBerry members volunteer the time and effort to put together a real masterpiece for the CrackBerry blogs. Today we have Paul Johnson, aka pmjohnson99, with his in-depth impressions of Sprint's new BlackBerry Curve 8330. This is Paul's first BlackBerry, but I wouldn't consider him a Newbie. He became a member of CrackBerry.com months ago and like so many other CDMA...

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The Future of Updating The BBOS: a Walkthrough of the Over-The-Air Upgrade Process Coming in OS4.5

[  Original Images Pulled by Request. Please Enjoy our Mock Ups!] Update: OK folks, i hope I'm wrong on this but as of right now I don't think i am (correct me in the comments if I am and I will re-update)... it now appears to me that Over-the-Air Device Software Upgrades will only be coming to BES users (requires a BES 4.1.4 release) and will not be available to BIS users as part of the BIS...

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Update: CRACKBERRY - True Tales of BB Use & Abuse!

In the past week I've received a bunch of emails asking how the CrackBerry book is coming along and when its release can be expected. We're still aiming for a summer launch (August) and are on schedule to make that happen. Although.... with the way OS4.5 delays have everybody in the BlackBerry world worked up into a frenzy maybe we should delay and delay and delay the book's launch (and leak...

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Indian Government Issues Ultimatum to RIM

Indian Government Issues Ultimatum to RIM

The Indian Government has now threatened a total shutdown of BlackBerry services in India, unless RIM complies to their demands. The government wants encryption keys so that they can monitor all messages sent from BlackBerry devices within the country... They are concerned about the possibility of terrorists using the devices to communicate. The threat, er, 'ultimatum' was reported in the...

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Create Custom BlackBerry Ringtones Using Your RIM Desktop Manager Software

* * Update - This tutorial may not work on newer versions of BlackBerry Desktop Manager ** Sick and tired of hanging around the CrackBerry Ringtones corner to see if that new favorite song has been added?  Well, patience is a virtue, but when it comes to BlackBerry ringtones your days of waiting are over.  That's because creating your own custom ringtones from CDs, DRM-free iTunes tracks...

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What Goes Around Comes Around - .Mac Email Outage!!

What Goes Around Comes Around - .Mac Email Outage!!

I just couldn't help but post this. Our friends over at the TheiPhoneblog (aka TiPb) like to remind their readers on a fairly regular basis that RIM has experienced some service outages. It seems what goes around comes around - last night .Mac email went down! 100% of members were unable to access mail using an IMAP client. Normal service has been restored. 5.30.2008 :: 22:00 - 01:00...

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WES 2008 Schwag Giveaway WINNERS!!!

WES 2008 Schwag Giveaway WINNERS!!!

Sorry for the delay folks. I meant to get this posted last night, but triple OT hockey proved to be distracting (what a game!). And the winners of CrackBerry.com's WES 2008 Schwag Giveaway are: WES Prize Packs: Scarlett, dhoffman, Omahahaha Unify4Life: richard.puckett, yester18, stevewilliams80, AUtigers350z, Guibs Congrats to the Winners and Thanks to Everyone for participating! I'll...

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Review: Covertec Luxury Case for the BlackBerry Curve

Review: Covertec Luxury Case for the BlackBerry Curve

Luxury Nappa leather case, specifically designed to fit your Smartphone Blackberry 8300 Curve The Covertec Luxury Flip Leather Case for BlackBerry Curve 8330, Curve 8320, Curve 8310, or Curve 8300 is a trendy European designed flip-lid case that looks great and offers solid protection. With the flip closed, the BlackBerry Curve 8330, Curve 8320, Curve 8310, or Curve 8300 is well...

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GTA IVs Niko Bellic is a BlackBerry User... sort of

GTA IVs Niko Bellic is a BlackBerry User... sort of

Grand Theft Auto IV junkie? You may have noticed that Niko Bellic's cell phone is visually a bit on the BlackBerry-esque side. They've changed up the looks enough to avoid RIM's Ninjas from attacking and have given it a clever name like the BS... BitterSweet, but check out the BitterSweet's "Disclaimers" and "Tips" (after the jump) and I think you'll agree that the folks at Rockstar Games...

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Sorry Apple... Nearly 1 of every 2 Smartphones Sold in America is a BlackBerry!

Sorry Apple... Nearly 1 of every 2 Smartphones Sold in America is a BlackBerry!

The internet is buzzing this morning on word that America's Most Popular Smartphone IS NOT the iPhone. According to research firm IDC, the iPhone took 19.2% of the US market for smartphones in the first quarter of 2008, while good ole Research in Motion cleaned up with a whopping 44.5%! A while back RIM's coCEO Mike Lazaridis made a comment that if anything the iPhone was going to help...

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Podcast Episode 013: Addict and Expert Back in Action!

Podcast Episode 013: Addict and Expert Back in Action!

it's been a few weeks since Craig and I have recorded a "normal" CrackBerry.com Podcast, but we got back to work this weekend to bring you our supposedly "unlucky" thirteenth episode. Join as we talk WES 2008 Highlights, BlackBerry Bold, KickStart, Thunder and more! We also answer some listener questions and per usual go slightly off topic and have some CrackBerry fun. We...

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First Look at the BlackBerry Thunder 9500?!

First Look at the BlackBerry Thunder 9500?!

Look what we have here! A fuzzy/blurry image of the rumored BlackBerry 9500 Thunder?!?!?!?! You can take your guess as to whether or not this is legit, but my BlackBerry Intuition tells me it is! And the fact that the image has now been removed from the site where it first popped up definitely adds to the legit factor. While this device housing still looks a little rough around the edges,...

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 011

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 011

Here we are, back with another great addition of Click's Picks! So sit down (if your not already), Buckle up, ease your lazyboy back and relax and enjoy the ride!! BLACKBERRY WALLPAPERS  Now for my top wallpapers, I have gone through our database and picked some new ones and old ones. I hope you enjoy my top picks for the week!   Oracle 320 by 240 pixels - Curve, 8800, 8700 Series...

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Palringo Instant Messaging Steps Up To The Plate

  Move over JiveTalk. Palringo is here to give you a run for your money.  Currently in free beta, Palringo lets you IM text, send photos and vocal IM's.  Perhaps it's best feature, the vocal IM's allow you to send quick voice clips to other contacts, or as Palringo calls it, "Walkie-Talkie's on steroids".  The beta currently supports MSN, ICQ, AIM, GTalk, Jabber, Yahoo! and Gadu-Gadu.  It has...

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Rogers BlackBerry Curve for $99! Bold Coming Soon?!

Rogers BlackBerry Curve for $99! Bold Coming Soon?!

Considering the BlackBerry Curve has been selling for $249 on Rogers , a weekend price drop by a Rogers Dealer to $99 screams one thing... clean out some inventory cause the BlackBerry Bold is coming! Big Thanks to T. Rogers for sending this tip in (seriously). UPDATE: This is interesting new for those on Rogers in Canada.... I just received this email tip: Just giving you guys a heads up...

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AllBlackBerry.com Content on CrackBerry.com!

For the past two years AllBlackBerry.com has been a trusted source for BlackBerry News and Information, including Accessory Reviews, Software Reviews and Helpful BlackBerry How-Tos and Tips. Blogging takes a lot of hours and non-stop committment, and when the team at AllBlackBerry decided it was time to call it quits on writing about BlackBerry smartphones (they wanted to get back to...

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No Resolution Offered After RIM's Meeting With Indian Officials

No Resolution Offered After RIM's Meeting With Indian Officials

Yesterday, RIM and Indian officials met to discuss the governments' security concerns that email sent via a BlackBerry device can't be traced or intercepted. From all of the news reports I've read thus far, it looks like there is no news of a resolution. But I'm not surprised. RIM appears to be standing firm on their stance that no 'master key' is available to decrypt messages sent from a...

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