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CrackBerry Nation has spoken - over 50% of you are looking forward to the Passport over the Classic

The numbers are in! Yesterday we put up a poll asking everyone which new BlackBerry device they prefer. The BlackBerry Passport or the BlackBerry Classic? Over 7,000 people voted on the poll and the results are a bit, perhaps, surprising. As it stands, 50.29 percent opted for the BlackBerry Passport with 3,719 votes, while 32.89 percent opted for the BlackBerry Classic with 2,432 votes. The...

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This summer European roaming charges will be cut in half

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The European Commission has announced that charges to roam within Europe will fall by as much as 50 percent this summer. The EC is imposing yet another limit on mobile operators, further reducing the caps from July 1 to pave the way for removing roaming charges altogether by 2016. Currently, calls within the EU are capped at 24 euro cents per minute but will fall to 19 cents per minute. More...

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BlackBerry Z3 announced for Malaysia, available July 7th

BlackBerry Z3 announced for Malaysia, available July 7th

During the BlackBerry earnings call and general meeting, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted the BlackBerry Z3 would be expanding to more markets such as Malaysia and India soon and clearly, soon meant very soon. BlackBerry has been teasing it on their blog and BBM Channel for days now and now finally; the BlackBerry Z3 has now been announced for Malaysia with a retail price of 699.00 MYR or...

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Porsche Design P'9983 appears once again in OS 10.3.0.700

Porsche Design P'9983 appears once again in OS 10.3.0.700

Ever since BlackBerry OS 10.3 arrived for developers we've been digging through the files to find bits and bobs of other devices BlackBerry is potentially working on. one of the device we've been tracking is the Porsche Design P'9983 or as it's referred to in the OS, the BlackBerry Khan to go along with the P'9982 otherwise known as King. Previously it was just a name within the files but it...

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Aviva iPhones on MobileIron attacked, firm reportedly moves affected devices to BES 10

Over the past few months there has been a lot of info coming from BlackBerry about how their competitors such as Mobile Iron and Good stack up to that of BES 10 offerings. Back in May, the BlackBerry blog featured an article called 'Good Isn't all that Great, while Iron shows its Rust' and while some may have dismissed the article as BlackBerry simply defending themselves, some news coming out...

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Sprint announces 30-day trial for new customers

Sprint announces 30-day trail for new customers

Sprint has announced a new trial program for their network. Sprint will be giving a full refund to customers who aren't satisfied with their Sprint service within the first 30 days. Specifically, Sprint will refund customers the cost of the device, and all activation and service fees will be waived. Sprint will begin this program this Friday, June 27. It will be available to new customers in...

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Sprint expands LTE service to 28 more cities

Sprint expands LTE service to 28 more cities

Sprint has announced an expansion of their 4G LTE service, adding 28 new markets. Cities added today include San Jose, Cleveland, and Seattle. With this expansion, Sprint now has LTE coverage in 471 cities. You can view the full list of covered cities here. Sprint Spark coverage has also been expanded, and is now available in three more cities. St. Louise, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro,...

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UK mobile operators could be made to share networks in rural areas where signal is weak, under plans to provide better services to consumers from all network operators. Ministers have put forward the plan to prevent situations where only one or two major operators are available in certain parts of the country, providing consumers with more choice as to who they wish to hold a contract with....

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There's a new chief in town!

It's been an exciting few days for BlackBerry fans and we're closing off the week with some exciting CrackBerry news of our own. I've been pondering shaking things up here for a while now, and today I'm happy to officially pull the trigger and announce some exciting changes to our editorial team. I say officially, as behind the scenes we've already been beta testing the revised team structure...

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Should BlackBerry and Amazon be working together on more than just apps?

Should BlackBerry and Amazon be working together on more than just apps?

It's been a big week for BlackBerry, to say the least, and just about all of the news was positive. John Chen is definitely the real deal. Despite the surprise appearance of the new Passport and Classic (they rock!), the biggest news for me was the licensing agreement for the Amazon Appstore. And not for the reasons you think, but let's first look at the immediate benefits. When the Passport...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is in a position right now many of us wouldn't mind being in when it comes to getting his hands on the latest BlackBerry devices. Yesterday during the media session we caught plenty of great images of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic but today over at BNN, they posted up a video of John Chen giving a brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport. So awesome....

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BBM Meetings is supposedly coming in September but what is it?

BBM Meetings is supposedly coming in September but what is it?

If you tuned into the BlackBerry Earnings call then you already know there was plenty of talk about BBM. If you tuned into the webcast, then you also know BlackBerry was showing slides as the call was happening. Among them was a slide called 'Accomplishments Nov 13' - Today' as shown above. If you look over it you'll easily see something called BBM Meetings and according to the slide, this is...

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Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30

Special pricing offers now available in India for the BlackBerry Z30

While consumers in India have loaded up on the BlackBerry Z10, there's a new deal now rolling that will bring some more attention to the BlackBerry Z30. BlackBerry customers looking to pick one up will be able to take advantage of the offer across all retail networks in India. So what's the deal? Sameer Bhatia, Director – Distribution, BlackBerry India has laid it out. We have seen a...

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EE to begin trialing calls over Wi-Fi in the UK, 4G support coming in 2015

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UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data...

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A busy day in the BlackBerry World

A busy day in the BlackBerry World

Today was a pretty awesome day for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans all around. Yesterday BlackBerry announced their partnership deal with Amazon and that was pretty awesome as well, but for some folks it felt like a precursor to some possibly bad news waiting within BlackBerry's earnings report. Get the good news out because there's probably some not so good news coming. However, anyone who did...

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Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Just a little update to the story from Techcrunch we ran earlier about Drake possibly teaming up with BlackBerry. BlackBerry has confirmed they are not in conversations with Drake. To that, I say maybe they should be. Given how fast the news spread and the reception from the rumor, it still seems like a pretty fantastic idea. Someone should get @Drake on the line and see what happens.

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Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

[Update: Sorry, Drizzy might be a BlackBerry user but BlackBerry has now let us know, they are NOT in conversations with Drake] Over the years on the CrackBerry Forums there has been plenty of talk about celebs who could be a suitable brand ambassador for BlackBerry. Rumors were aplenty that, once upon a time, Justin Bieber was being considered but among the community suggestions tossed out...

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The ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BB10 is coming soon

According to Jeff Gadway, BBM lovers will soon be getting a new beta to check out and one specific additions has been called out and that is, the ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BlackBerry 10. Although I'm not exactly too sure how high it was on the 'wants' list for BBM, it must have been high enough that it caught the attention on of the BBM team and they'll soon be...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen shows off upcoming BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic smartphones

After the BlackBerry earnings report and annual meeting, the media including our very own Simon Sage, got to spend some time with BlackBerry CEO John Chen where he answered questions and took the time to show off the two latest BlackBerry 10 smartphones, now known as the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. If you're looking to get a better look at both the devices flip on through...

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Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

John Chen seems to be exactly the dose of medicine that BlackBerry needed to get things moving in the right direction again. He's only been CEO for about 7 months but his mark is everywhere, and I mean that in a good way. If you don't have time to read all the details let me just say this: BlackBerry has gone from being a company that I thought might not have enough cash to stay alive to seeing...

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