Understanding Reliability

Understanding Reliability

With all the recent BlackBerry network outages, I thought it might be a good time to sit back and reflect on how reliable the BlackBerry actually is, what a reasonable expectation of reliability should be, and also to address the criticism some people have that RIM isn’t doing enough to notify people of outages. The first statement to be made when discussing reliability of modern day...

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CrackBerry.com Theme Updates: 8700 Series Love; Updated/New Pearl Themes; DM Installation Now Available!!!

Earlier this week we announced the availability of Free CrackBerry.com User & Abuser BlackBerry themes. Created as a Birthday present to the CrackBerry.com member community by JC Designs / GadgetBean, in just a couple of days the themes have gone on to receive over 6,000 downloads! Wow!! And in response to some of the desires by our members, I'm happy to announce the following: 8700...

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BlackBerry Software Roundup for February 29th, 2008!

BlackBerry Software Roundup for February 29th, 2008!

It's been quite a hectic week here at CrackBerry! We've launched a few new CrackBerry apps, and so far they've been getting great reviews. The BlackBerry PIN Exchange and Viigo - CrackBerry.com Edition are both available as free downloads. If you haven't tried these yet I recommend you do. I'll touch more on these a little later in the Roundup. But enough chit-chat for now, lets get...

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RIM Patents Slider BlackBerry!

RIM Patents Slider BlackBerry!

RIM's Research & Development team is obviously hard at work - there has been a ton of patent applications hitting publication of late, many for various designs and layouts of BlackBerry device models. We've seen angled keyboards, touchscreen devices and now you're looking at image from the patent app for a Slider BlackBerry. Here's a paragraph from the abstract for “HYBRID PORTRAIT-...

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CrackBerry.com Birthday Contest - Prize Overview!!!

CrackBerry.com Birthday Contest - Prize Overview!!!

If you haven't entered for your chance to win in the CrackBerry.com Turns 1 Year Old Contest yet, you'll want to get a move on... doors close tonight at midnight PST. Entering the contest is easy - all you need to do is Login to CrackBerry.com and make a post on our Birthday Contest thread. What can you win? Thanks to some awesome sponsors, there are a lot of great prizes to be won,...

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Get Viigo - CrackBerry.com Edition!!!

Get Viigo - CrackBerry.com Edition!!!

WooHoo! Yet another present to the die-hard CrackBerry.com community. I'm happy to announce you can now download Viigo - CrackBerry.com Edition!!! If you're not familiar with Viigo, it's basically the best way to view mobile content on your BlackBerry, allowing you to add and view RSS feeds from all your favorite sites. This edition of Viigo features sweet CrackBerry.com branding and the default...

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BlackBerry PIN Exchange Application for Facebook Unveiled!

BlackBerry PIN Exchange Application for Facebook Unveiled!

The good folks at CrackBerry.com (hey wait, that's us!!) unveiled today the beta launch of the BlackBerry PIN Exchange application for Facebook. The BlackBerry PIN Exchange enables Facebook/BlackBerry users to easily discover the device PIN numbers of their BlackBerry-toting friends and business associates. Members can dictate the level of privacy they want to maintain – sharing their...

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The Number 1 FREE Theme for BlackBerry Users & Abusers!

The Number 1 FREE Theme for BlackBerry Users & Abusers!

Now this is what I call one Helluva Birthday Present... In honor of CrackBerry.com's 1st Birthday, John from JC Designs / GadgetBean has custom built a Premium BlackBerry theme for the CrackBerry.com member community.  And I do mean Premium - the bottom dock zen layout features animation (the shortcuts jump when they become active!) and the theme is packed with all the latest indicators (ie...

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CrackBerry.com Turns 1 Year Old Contest!!!

CrackBerry.com Turns 1 Year Old Contest!!!

WOOHOO! We did it! Our First Birthday! In one year, CrackBerry.com has gone from a small site frequented by a few BlackBerry Addicts to a bustling community that gets over a million visits each month! IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!! Myself and the Crack Team are so grateful to everyone who has helped make the site what is: our members, our visitors, our moderators, volunteers, sponsors and...

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LinkedIn Launches Mobile-Optimized Website

LinkedIn Launches Mobile-Optimized Website

Business Networking site LinkedIn announced today the launch of their mobile optimized website at m.linkedin.com (press release after the jump). I've actually had good success running the full-blown LinkedIn.com using the OperaMini web browser, but the new wap version of the site streamlines the process of using LinkedIn's core functions while sucking up less bandwidth. It seems to me like...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 - Email Setup & Tips Videos

I received the following message from a CrackBerry.com member over the weekend and figured I'd post the goods... Hi Kevin, I was involved in creating some videos showing how to setup BIS email on the BlackBerry Pearl & Nokia E51, and a couple showing 10 things we liked about those devices. I've posted copies of them onto www.YouTube.com/bizemail in case any forum members find them...

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CrackBerry.com Podcast Episode 002 - Talking with Jibi!

CrackBerry.com Podcast Episode 002 - Talking with Jibi!

"You are now listening to CrackBerry.com, home of the #1 Podcast for BlackBerry Users (& Abusers!), with your hosts, the Addict and the Expert, Kevin Michaluk & Craig Johnston!" This podcast we are joined by a special guest - the BlackBerry World Famous Jibi, as we talk BlackBerry outages, BES 4.1SP5 and more! Huge Thanks to Jibi for taking time out of his Sunday afternoon to come on...

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Need a CrackBerry Superhero? Use the BatBerry Signal!

Need a CrackBerry Superhero? Use the BatBerry Signal!

When CrackBerry.com member Adlen was told he was a CrackBerry Superhero by another member, Adlen thought, "why not make myself a wallpaper?!" So here it is, the BatBerry signal wallpapers for the Curve/8800/8700 and Pearl. You can find them in the forums here (you can let Adlen know what you think of his wallpaper!), or in the CrackBerry.com Wallpaper Gallery at the links below.  2008 has...

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Accessory Review: Charging Pod for BlackBerry Curve

Accessory Review: Charging Pod for BlackBerry Curve

Must Have BlackBerry Accessory for Curve and Pearl Users!  This will be one of the most positive accessory reviews you ever read here at CrackBerry.com or anywhere else for that matter. Why? Because you really cannot say anything bad about the BlackBerry Charging Pod. It looks awesome, works as intended and is useful! The charging pod hooks up to the mini USB connector on your existing...

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BlackBerry Media Player Getting Pimped Up?

BlackBerry Media Player Getting Pimped Up?

Our buds at BBCool just posted a screenshot from the "next" edition of the BlackBerry media player. As you can tell from the picture, we should be seeing lots of preset equalizer options that'll help make your music sound good nomatter what you're into. This is huge news for all you BlackBerry using Gordon Lightfoot fans! ;-) It would be sweet if this came in the new OS4.5 update we're...

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 Product Release Info

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 Product Release Info

Jibi over at BGR has posted a bunch of slides from RIM's BES 4.1 SP5 Webinar that was held yesterday. As Jibi puts it, "The long-awaited and much anticipated BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5, set for a general availability release on Friday, February 29, will be the first major release of the enterprise mobile messaging solution from Research In Motion to include a vast number of...

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ABC Action News: CrackBerry.com Right Now On The Net!

ABC Action News: CrackBerry.com Right Now On The Net!

Big Thanks to Erin O'Hearn for doing her part in spreading the CrackBerry.com word! She featured the site in yesterday's edition of "Right Now On The Net". Thanks to all those who sent me in a link to the clip - I had no idea! Too cool! Watch CrackBerry.com "Right Now on the Net" >>

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BlackBerry Net Subscriber Additions for Q4 Higher than Projected

BlackBerry Net Subscriber Additions for Q4 Higher than Projected

According to RIM, net subscriber account additions for Q4 will be up 15 to 20% from the projected 1.82 million forecast released in December. They are attributing this to hot holiday sales. RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Commented: "BlackBerry smartphones proved to be a big hit throughout the holiday selling season and we're pleased to see RIM's business momentum continuing in the new year. The...

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Iusacell and RIM Release the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Mexico

Iusacell and RIM Release the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Mexico

Iusacell and RIM have launched the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Mexico. This model is the first BlackBerry offered in Mexico that has IusaTV, Copilot Ubicacel (GPS) and Iusacell's BAM Broadband Modem Capability. The Pearl will operate on Iusacell's high-speed EV-DO network. The BAM (Banda Ancha Móvil) technology allows users to use the Pearl as a tethered modem with a computer or laptop. Also...

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The Diamond Encrusted BlackBerry Pearl - Bling, Bling!

The Diamond Encrusted BlackBerry Pearl - Bling, Bling!

Have an extra £45,000 (roughly $88,000 USD) burning a hole in your pocket? If you do, you can pick up a diamond encrusted BlackBerry for your personal collection. The company producing these babies is a company in the UK called Amosu. They are famous for creating 'extreme jewelry' editions of consumer electronics. Their latest offering is the 'blinged' out BlackBerry Pearl Limited 'Diamond...

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