Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013!

Get Ready for it... The first Talk Mobile conversation begins Monday, June 3rd

By Kevin Michaluk on 29 May 2013 09:30 am EDT

The cat is officially out of the bag. TM13 = Talk Mobile 2013. And we are super excited for it. Press play on the video trailer above and I guarantee you will be too. 

Talk Mobile has been a LONG time in the making. It builds upon the historic success of our Smartphone Round Robin events, which had the editors of our sibling sites swapping phones to give their thoughts on the competition. You've been bugging us to redo this event for literally years now. But it's no longer 2008. It's 2013. The discussion in mobile has moved way beyond tech specs. Mobile is no longer just our phones. It's everything we do. 

So in true BlackBerry 10 fashion, we re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented the way we would run an editorial event across our Mobile Nations sites. Talk Mobile is it and you're going to play a big role in it.

Talk Mobile isn't a one day event. It's a discussion that will carry on across CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore and Windows Phone Central for the next several months. We've picked 10 important topics in mobile and cooked up 50 Talk Mobile features that we'll be publishing across the sites that are going to spark a lot of conversation. To keep the conversations flowing, we've even built a new commenting platform that will allow you to join in on the larger Talk Mobile conversation from any of our sites, and the new system also allows us to properly promote and recognize the best contributions to the discussion. 

In true BlackBerry 10 fashion, we re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented the way we would run  an editorial event across our Mobile Nations sites.

Talk Mobile will kick off on Monday, June 3rd. The first topic we are tackling is Mobile Gaming. Mark it on your calendar. Trust me, you'll want to be here to check out the first feature (everything we're doing related to Talk Mobile is just *awesome*) and join in on the discussion.

In the meantime, you can hit up the official press release for more details, drop by the landing page where you can sign up for updates and enter to win a free trip to our June 6th Launch Party in NYC and be sure to follow @talkmobile on twitter. The fun is about to begin!


Press Release

Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013, presented by BlackBerry

An industry-first online event that brings together the top smartphone experts and fans in meaningful conversations about mobile technology and how it affects our lives

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire - May 29, 2013) -- Mobile Nations, the leading online mobile news and community network -- Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central -- announced today that Talk Mobile, an online event spanning all of the Mobile Nations sites and presented by BlackBerry®, will launch on June 3, 2013.

Talk Mobile will bring together mobile industry experts, influencers, pundits, enthusiasts, and fans from around the world to engage in meaningful conversations about important topics in mobile today. A total of 50 Talk Mobile features will be published over the next several months. Each day's feature will simultaneously reach each Mobile Nations site, with Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone communities each having an equal voice in the conversation.

“We have the largest, most knowledgeable, most passionate communities in mobile, but for most of the year we’re all focused on our own, specific platforms,” said Kevin Michaluk, Chief Media Officer of Mobile Nations. “Talk Mobile lets us take off those platform-specific hats and engage in real, in-depth, industry-wide discussion. That’s why only Mobile Nations could do an event like Talk Mobile -- our sites are all biased by definition, but when we come together, the biases balance out, and we end up with the most amazing debates.”

Covering ten highly relevant topics, Talk Mobile will address the issues facing modern platform makers and manufacturers, carriers and service providers, developers and designers, and power users and casual users alike. Topics range from mobile gaming to photography to social to security.

“Over the last decade, smartphones have grown from niche technology to mainstream reality,” said Marcus Adolfsson, CEO of Mobile Nations. “We see that in our communities every day. It’s not just about tech specs anymore, but about health, family, entertainment, creativity, and connectivity. There’s a deeper conversation to be had about mobile and how it influences, enables, and affects our lives. That’s why we’re launching Talk Mobile.”

Each Talk Mobile feature will start with a roundtable discussion moderated by Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides of GeekBeat.TV, with Mobile Nations’ site editors Phil Nickinson, Kevin Michaluk, Rene Ritchie, and Daniel Rubino as panelists. The conversation will then be turned over to the community, where anyone and everyone can have their say, and the very best contributions will be featured.
Talk Mobile 2013 begins on June, 3, 2013. The first week will cover mobile gaming, its threat to consoles, its social implications, its ability to scale, and its future. Readers can join in the conversation by visiting their favorite Mobile Nations site.

Talk Mobile launch party

To celebrate the kickoff, Mobile Nations will be hosting a Talk Mobile 2013 launch party on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York City. Admission will be free, but venue space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Mobile Nations is also running a contest, in which readers can enter for the chance to win a free trip to New York City and guaranteed admission to the Talk Mobile 2013 launch party. For contest information, see and follow
About Mobile Nations

Mobile Nations is the leading network of mobile-focused online communities with more than 15 million readers and 55 million page views per month. Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central form the core of Mobile Nations.

For more information, please visit


BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Contact:
Derek Kessler, Managing Editor, Talk Mobile


Reader comments

Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013!


Nope. It's not. If you go to the other sites, it's the head of that site who gets the byline, not just Kevin. This is a Mobile Nations event, not a Crackberry/Blackberry event.

No... That's wrong. Did you read the entire article or watch until the end of the video? Let me quote the first line of the press release:

Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013, presented by BlackBerry

An industry-first online event that brings together the top smartphone experts and fans in meaningful conversations about mobile technology and how it affects our lives

Or if you go to the 51 second mark in the video you will see that it says "Hosted by Mobile Nations" in one corner and "presented by BlackBerry" in another.

I think that's what I said. "This is a Mobile Nations event, not a Crackberry/Blackberry event." It's hosted by the folks at ALL the Mobile Nations sites on all the Mobile Nations sites, not just Kevin and company on Crackberry.

I never mentioned anything thing about it only being hosted or only involving BlackBerry / Crackberry. I just said it was presented by BlackBerry which is what it said.

The reason I thought it was funny / strange was because it's something involving bb, wp8, ios, and Android, yet it's being presented by BlackBerry.

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They either see it as an opportunity for branding or Mobile Nations was very persuasive. And, no, I didn't go to the bloody end of the video. Just like most of us don't sit in the theater to watch the closing credits. So, I'm unlikely to ever know who the third gaffer or the make up artists are. And I didn't see it in the text because I skimmed it. It's a pretty fair bet, most times, that the post's content will echo the video content. Apologies.

It's fun to read the comments on the other mobile nation sites. Except imore, for there you need a separate login and password. Found that kind of funny.

@Sulfuric - That isn't the case. Your same username/password will work across all of our sites, including imore. If you're having any issues, shoot an email to

Good stuff Kev and the gang! Really glad to see all your hard work over the years have paid off. This is only the begining, again... again :)

Now that us BlackBerry users have really awesome phones to compete with the other manufacturers, Bring it on!

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This looks like another great way to get a conversation going about the future of mobile computing. Great job, Mobile Nations!

This is going to be great. Only thing that would make it better would be an mobile nation app. Wishful thinking I guess

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Have to hand it to the EiC's of each Mobile Nations site. Fantastic and well put together launch video that was polished, professionally delivered and feels like it would be at home on TV during prime-time. Great job guys and look forward to TM13!

This is a beautiful thing. I used to get all of my mobile tech news from CNET *gasp!*, but Crackberry and Mobile Nations has been my go to site for a while now. rock on guys!

Wow, it's about Mobile Nations just moved beyond talking about the phones and talking about how these phones will actually affect our lives...

It already sounds so epic and I can't wait to starting posting. The commenting juices will flow, and abundant it will be!:)

Absolutely. Putting on an event like this at the scale and level of quality we are doing takes $$. BlackBerry was good enough to come onboard as the premiere sponsor of the event, with the full understanding that this is an editorially-driven event that will focus on all areas of mobile, including cross-platform discussion. You'll definitely see some BlackBerry branding and product/people placements throughout the event (we interview a lot of industry experts, including some smart folks from BlackBerry for our breakout session videos), but the content and discussion is agnostic. As mentioned in the press release, equal share of voice in the content and community participation across the sites. Also should see some promotion and amplification of the event on BlackBerry's end.

Oh that's fantastic Kevin!!

BlackBerry have been very down to earth. It is so great to see. It is such an insane vote of confidence.

You have no idea how excited I am for Talk Mobile 2013.

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This would also be a perfect place to demonstrate a little more of what BBM for iOS and Android will look/feel like.

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That is just great! A great concept to begin with! I think we are about to take notice of things that are so much in our everyday life that they have escaped our conscious appreciation...! I bet this whole idea will mark a point of reference, as to where mobile started, where we have come to and where we are going towards. It is just great to put this all in order and discuss it in that manner!

and who better to sponsorship this than BB :) (the Crackberrian self coming out now :) ). The whole concept of mobile computing from BB and this sponsorship makes total sense.
Plus, it is a great way to get the whole mobile world cross platform rocking and moving on into the future ;)
Just amazing initiative. Well done! Will be an awesome "walk"! :"C u" in Talk Mobile 13!

Can't wait to see the amazing stuff that will come out of this! Very exciting!!!!!!

I love that BB is secure enough in its identity and mission to sponsor an event like this that encompasses the entire industry.

The discussion should be great.

Hey, this is a great idea. I can see a lot of great conversations on the future of mobile tech. Companies other than BlackBerry will be smart to pay attention to these discussions. Can't wait.

I am finally famous :D a entire second dedicated to me 0:18 taking a pic. No autographs at the moment. Thank you!

Awesome event, cannot wait already RSVP'd!

First topic is Gaming, isn't it? :) I love gaming on my PS3 and Wii U so I may have some experience there. Can't wait to start posting. :)

Presented by BlackBerry is awesome. Similar to cross-platform BBM, this is another confident move by the folks in Waterloo. I'm very interested what WP will bring to mobile gaming with the impending release of the xbox one. Sympathy to the webOS nation for not making it this go-around.

very cool. looks like it's going to be great. Love the high quality video. Really goes to show how mobile nations is not just another tech blog capturing images and video with cell phones or cheap blogger cameras. Very exciting.

Just got a recent update from seeking Alpha where Q10 is out selling I phone and Samsung and Z10 out selling I phone 5 and Samsung sg3 in France! Good to hear!

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Poor Derek... Managing Editor sounds sweet, but head and representative of a buzzing community in the panel sounds even sweeter. :)

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Which is extremely unfortunate.

I visit all branches of Mobile Nations daily because even though I am a devote BlackBerry user, I enjoy having options. I don't know why so many people have the mentality that because they don't care for a certain brand that it shouldn't even exist.

Every major player in the game has a lot of things to offer its consumer base while still leaving out a lot of things that only their competitors offer. Competition leads to choice, and I love choice. If only Apple or BlackBerry existed we wouldn't have tech like we do now. Competition fuels innovation.

Brilliant idea, slick promo video, wise move on the part of MN & BB. I have had fun watching you evolve in the last year or so, Kevin. I see you really ready for the big time, someone to be taken seriously. This is part of why the rank editorials on CB need to clean up.
To me, the frank discussions .... where the participants are truly informed about BB ... will really contribute to the rise of BB10. One of our biggest gripes has been tech "experts" who are biased and uninformed yet have a large circle of influence. Now we're are about to see people who can debate OS and hardware from a strong position of current knowledge. Their circle of influence is about to greatly expand, and I predict media will starting using this platform as a go-to source of information and interviews. Make sure to put a link for the press on the site, Kevin ... that is critical.
Wow. Very smart, BB. I can't wait for this to roll out. I expect to get a whole lot more informed in the extreme near future. And yes, app for my Z10 would be excellent. Plus I want the ability to download YouTube vids so I can spread the word even when I don't have wifi. I am a hard core BB missionary, after all.

I love that Mobile Nations is taking this direction! Very much needed and tons of potential. There's a lot to explore and lots of great ways to push out some new ideas.

No mention of WebOS Nation? Does that mean that they are officialy done? :(

On another note, looking forward to TM13! Nice going BBRY

Wow, this sounds amazing and can't wait for it to start. I wish I could attend the launch on June 6th but I cannot. I look forward to also participate.

@ Kevin - I read that in the past you guys from each site swapped phones for a bit (round robin). Will that also take place during Talk Mobile 2013? Just wondering. Also I want to say the video was really done well and so professional and I too agree with another poster here, you have really come along way. You as an editor, written and reporter are doing a great job. You are very polished and I believe you can go very far in this field. is a fantastic site and has really come to become the top and best site for BlackBerry related news and info and accessories and with the help of the other people on the team and as well as crackberry nation, it is so big that I love how much BlackBerry them self pay attention to what people are saying here.
With all this said and now with Talk Mobile 2013 coming, it's gonna be awesome!!!

Look forward to hearing what people from other sites have to say about bb10 OS and devices. The whole TM13 should rock!!!

BlackBerry Z10 and 32gb PlayBook

Casual/Hip/Cool! Doesn't have to be all business, shouldn't be pajamas. :) 

Check out the attire people wore to the CB party.... lots of photos there. I think people did good!

Kevin, you look so Wallstreet and rep BlackBerry well in this video!

This will bring some good conversation and get more people to understand BB's niche.

I can't wait to see what ideas come forth from this event. Not just for BlackBerry but ideas on the future of mobile computing as a whole...this could lead into who knows what new ideas or processes or products......
And blackberry is hosting what a smart savvy thing to do.
This is going to be really really good!

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Disappointed to see any smartphone manufacturer was allowed a sponsorship of this event. There goes my enthusiasm for it, and I would say that about anyone Samsung, Apple or Nokia etc as well.

You say that but you've not yet seen any of the content. Read Kevin's note about it up top. If you're still 'upset' after all is said and done, I'll buy you a bag of cookies lol. Wait.. maybe that's too much of a reason for you to just fib and say you hated it? :P