The Basics of BlackBerry Themes

The Basics of BlackBerry Themes

One of the most common things people with a new BlackBerry device ask is “how do I change my theme? In this tutorial we will go over everything from start to finish – finding themes, checking compatibility with your device, setup and even what to do if you accidentally “brick” or “nuke” your device. Your BlackBerry ships with a few themes pre-installed, but you can find hundreds for free, as...

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Name the BlackBerry 9000 Contest Winner!

Name the BlackBerry 9000 Contest Winner!

Remember the Guess the Name of this Device Contest? Despite over 200 entries and 300 name suggestions, NOBODY guessed that the BlackBerry 9000 would ultimately be named the BlackBerry Bold. But in true CrackBerry.com fashion, we're going to award a contest winner anyways... and since nobody guessed the actual name the 9000 launched under, we're going to pick the first person on the...

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Watch BlackBerry Training Videos on your BlackBerry

Watch BlackBerry Training Videos on your BlackBerry

Martin from BlackBerry Made Simple joined us on our first Special Edition WES 2008 Podcast to tell us about their new breakthrough product, but in case you missed it, here it is again (it's worth repeating!). BBMS are re-producing and re-sizing their Critically Acclaimed Training Videos so they will look and sound great right on BlackBerry Smartphones. All the newly sized videos have screen...

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold and Kickstart by August 1st?!

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold and Kickstart  by August 1st?!

TmoNews says to take this with a "grain of salt", but the word is that T-Mobile is to have a whopping 16 device launches between June 16th and August 1st. Of interest to BlackBerry users, both the Bold & KickStart are on the list! Curve updates (OS4.5) are also slated. [ Source ]

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Eight Blackberry Applications Used by RIM Executives

Eight Blackberry Applications Used by RIM Executives

CIO writer and CB blogger Al Sacco lined up some great face to face time with RIM Executives at WES 2008 and during each interview consistently posed the simple question, What 3rd party apps are you running on your BlackBerry? Weighing in with answers were Jeff McDowell, VP of Global Alliances; David Heit, Director of Software Product Management; and Mr. BlackBerry himself, RIM's President...

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A Look at the AT&T BlackBerry Bold

A Look at the AT&T BlackBerry Bold

There she is. The AT&T BlackBerry Bold is pictured above. Looks pretty standard with the exception of the AT&T wallpaper. I've got to say, it's one sharp looking device... [Editor Update: The BG posted rumors this morning speculating a June 9th - 29th launch date of the BlackBerry Bold on Rogers. Assuming that time window is correct, the wait for the Bold on AT&T may be over...

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Charming Charms for Your BlackBerry Pearl!

Charming Charms for Your BlackBerry Pearl!

Calling All Fashionistas!! The ShopCrackBerry.com store just got into stock a whole bunch of cute / pretty / stylish Charms to help accessorize your BlackBerry Pearl and really make it stand out in a crowd. Prices range from $5.95 to $6.95 for the Mobi Products offering. Keep in mind these are only compatible with the BlackBerry Pearl as it's the only smartphone of the BlackBerry family...

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Garmin Offers Device Lifetime GPS Nagivation for $99.99

Garmin Offers Device Lifetime GPS Nagivation for $99.99

Hate paying monthly subscription fees for your GPS navigation service?  There's now another option. Garmin announced this past Thursday they are now offering a Lifetime Subscription to their Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry Service for a one-time purchase of $99.99USD. Keep in mind this means "device lifetime". If your BlackBerry kicks the proverbial smartphone bucket, or if you decide to...

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Rogers Getting Ready to Launch 8820 and UMA Ready 8120

Rogers Getting Ready to Launch 8820 and UMA Ready 8120

We received an email tip letting us know that Rogers will be launching two new devices in the weeks ahead - both the BlackBerry 8820 and the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 which will be their second UMA device to support the new Rogers Home Calling Zone (HCZ) service. We were the first to bring word of the Home Calling Zone service month's back, but unfortunately when it launched no BlackBerry was...

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Ringo Adds Free Collection of SMS Tones

Ringo Adds Free Collection of SMS Tones

We received an email from Electric Pocket the other day letting us know they have issued a new collection of fun SMS alerts available to users of its popular Ringo Ringtone Manager for BlackBerry smartphones. This free collection of "blips and bloops" make great message alert sounds and increases the choices available from the "default" options that come with phones If you're not familiar...

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Software Review: MyTip v3.0

Software Review: MyTip v3.0

Restaurant Tip Calculator, Plus a Whole Lot More...  At a restaurant, my least favorite task is figuring out the bill and what to tip. I don’t want to under tip excellent service or give away my car for poor service.  I always find myself asking “Do you think $x.xx is okay?” Different areas around the world also have “expected” rates in regards to tipping. Your usual generous tip offerings...

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BlackBerry Bold Approximate Release Dates and Pricing

BlackBerry Bold Approximate Release Dates and Pricing

Update: It seems InfoSync World Just Made *BEST ESTIMATES* when posting their previous info (no actual source), so keep in mind these prices and dates are not official (it's possible they're not even close to official). But one things for certain, they've given a target for us to hope for. Now we just have to wait and see what the Bold actually hits the market at. * Woahhh! It seems InfoSync...

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WES 2008 Celebrity CrackBerry Sightings Requests

WES 2008 Celebrity CrackBerry Sightings Requests

TGIF and that means it's time for another Celebrity CrackBerry Sighting. This week we're gonna do something a little different and recycle some old material. It's not an act of lazyiness though... these are Reader Requests. WES 2008 has been an AMAZING event for several reasons (will get into the details next week) but maybe the BIGGEST reason is simply The People. In addition to covering the...

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BlackBerry Software Roundup for May 16th, 2008!

BlackBerry Software Roundup for May 16th, 2008!

What a crazy week it's been. WES has come and gone, Kevin did some great work out there didn't he? The BlackBerry BOLD is upon us and there's a whole whack of new and exciting accessories that we're going to be hearing about. There was no shortage of BlackBerry software news either. This week I've got the following titles up for your review: New BlackBerry Software: TypePad for BlackBerry...

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Wall Street Journal Confirms BlackBerry Thunder

Wall Street Journal Confirms BlackBerry Thunder

Disclaimer: YES that is a Photoshop. :-) Earlier this week we brought details from the BG on the rumored BlackBerry Thunder touchscreen smartphone. After reading those rumors, it seems the Wall Street Journal has gone on to do some investigatory journalism and has confirmed some of the details earlier reported. WSJ has confirmed the BlackBerry Thunder will launch as a Verizon and...

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Podcast Episode 012 - WES Special Edition Wrap Up!

Podcast Episode 012 - WES Special Edition Wrap Up!

  left to right: Al Sacco, Me (back turned), Bill Foust, Brian Reed, James Shannon Here it is folks, our last of three WES 2008 Special Edition Podcasts. Big Thanks to the Mobile Computing Authority team for co-hosting the shows and to all of our guests. In this episode Bill and I are joined by Al Sacco who writes for CIO (and also blogs for CrackBerry.com), James Shannon of Paper IQ and...

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Cellular South Knows How to Market BlackBerry Smartphones

Cellular South Knows How to Market BlackBerry Smartphones

It's not everyday a carrier quotes an enthusiast website on their homepage... so here's a BIG Shout Out to Cellular South for both reading the CrackBerry.com blogs and spreading the CrackBerry.com name! This gives me a thought... I think a carrier really needs to step up and rebrand one of their unlimited talk/data plans to be named "The CrackBerry" plan. First one to do that will...

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CrackBerry @ WES: More WES 2008 Coverage to Come...

CrackBerry @ WES: More WES 2008 Coverage to Come...

WES 2008 is now over, but there's still more post-WES coverage to come. I just turned another year older and got a little sidetracked in the hotel lounge for a few hours with some friends. One of the best parts of WES is that you get to finally meet and hang out with some of the people you talk to via email/PIN all year. Thanks for the patience! :-)

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John Mayer Gets His Own Blackberry Bold?

John Mayer Gets His Own Blackberry Bold?

Apparently John Mayer is trading in his Curve for a new Blackberry 9000.  A blog on Honeyee.com appears to be legit.  I definitely dig the fancy packaging, and couldn't help but notice the AT&T banner.  Apparently being famous really does have its perks - Jennifer Aniston in one hand and a shiny Blackberry Bold in the other. 

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BlackBerry Wallet a FREE OTA Download for BlackBerry Users

BlackBerry Wallet a FREE OTA Download for BlackBerry Users

It looks like there's a new FREE app available OTA from BlackBerry called 'BlackBerry Wallet'. It lets you store owner info, credit cards, gift cards, shipping addresses and more for easy access when you need them. Looks like it works much better than the password manager to me. Official verbiage from RIM: "BlackBerry® Wallet has been designed to make shopping on your BlackBerry® smartphone...

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