Planned North America BlackBerry Outage this Weekend!

Just a reminder to all you party animal BlackBerry BIS users who don't plan on sleeping this weekend (or those of you working/visiting overseas on a different timezone) that you may experience temporary difficulties in receiving email messages. Here are the details: North American Scheduled BIS Maintenance June 7-8 North America Maintenance Summary: BlackBerry Internet Service v2.4 -...

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Rogers News: Pink Curve 8310 Available, OS4.5 Shipping on Pearl 8120 and June 17th Launch Date on the Bold?!

Three bits of news from the #1 GSM carrier north of the border (err... the only GSM carrier north of the border) to report on... 1. Rogers has released the BlackBerry Curve 8310 in PINK 2. It seems their newly announced UMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8120 is going to ship with OS4.5!! I heard the 4.5 rumor from a couple of sources and the photo (after the jump) further confirms it....

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Mariah Carey Uses a ColorWare BlackBerry Curve!

Mariah Carey Uses a ColorWare BlackBerry Curve!

Last week we skipped our Friday Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting, so this week we've made up for it by running two. And this second BB sighting is pretty cool. It seems Mariah Carey isn't just rocking a BlackBerry Curve... she's kicked it up a notch and is sporting a ColorWare BlackBerry Curve. In checking out ColorWare's website, it looks to be painted in the...

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BlackBerry Software Roundup for June 6th, 2008!

BlackBerry Software Roundup for June 6th, 2008!

This week has been jam-packed full of new and updated software for the BlackBerry. I've also got a lot of free titles this week you'll want to check out. Lets get started. Covered this week are the following titles: New BlackBerry Software: Whrrl Social Discovery Service, powerOne, Ultimate Converter Calculator, EZ Reregister, MineSweeper! for BlackBerry Updated BlackBerry Software:...

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Accessory Review: Maximo iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset

Accessory Review: Maximo iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset

As our BlackBerrys get more functionality we can do just about anything with them. As the bar is raised and raised we begin to demand more, not just from the BlackBerry, but from the accessories we purchase for it. Since many of us now use our BlackBerry to listen to our music library as well as watch videos, we are looking for a good combination headset/microphone to enhance the...

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Verizon To Buy Alltel in Billion Dollar Deal

Verizon To Buy Alltel in Billion Dollar Deal

Our bud Dieter over at WMExperts has reported that Verizon is gearing up to buy Alltel. Verizon is reportedly coughing up $5.9 billion in cash, and will take on $22.2 billion in debt for a total investment of $28.1 billion dollars. Yikers, now that's a lot of cash! Alltel had been rumored to be hunting for a buy-out for some time now, and this just serves to confirm that rumor. Lets hope...

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Buy Your Next BlackBerry From CrackBerry!

Buy Your Next BlackBerry From CrackBerry!

From day one our goal at CrackBerry.com has always been to be the ultimate one-stop source for ALL things BlackBerry. Funny enough, despite our wildly popular ShopCrackBerry.com Accessory and Software stores, we've never actually sold BlackBerry smartphones... until now! You can now buy AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and Alltel BlackBerry Smartphones via our Smartphone Connections...

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Pamela Anderson and Kim Kardashian Love Their Curves

Pamela Anderson and Kim Kardashian Love Their Curves

Thanks to David and Justin for sending these pics in... According to good ole Perez Hilton, Pamela Anderson was out shopping for houseplants in Malibu yesterday with ex-hubby Tommy Lee. Of real interest here is of course the BlackBerry Curve spotted in hand. After the jump we have a shot of another BlackBerry Curve user, Kim Kardashian. Now for the CrackBerry.com pop culture question of the...

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Press Release: YouMail Delivers Free Visual Voicemail for Smartphones

Press Release: YouMail Delivers Free Visual Voicemail for Smartphones

Industry’s Only Free Consumer Voicemail Service Brings Visual Voicemail Experience to Blackberry, Blackjack, Treo, Motorola Q Devices and MoreIrvine, Calif. – June 5, 2008 – YouMail (www.youmail.com), the only generally available, free, customizable cell phone voicemail service, today announced the public beta of visual voicemail for smartphone users. The new mobile platform allows users to...

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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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