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Grab your limited edition CrackBerry "Back in BlackBerry" t-shirt while it's hot!

For years now, we've been giving away CrackBerry t-shirts to our various contest winners, but folks have always asked us for the ability to purchase their own gear, and although it took longer than expected, I'm excited to introduce what I hope will be the first of many custom CrackBerry shirts to you. Rock your support for BlackBerry and CrackBerry with this limited edition "Back in...

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BES12 Cloud update brings usability and security improvements

BES12 Cloud

When BES12 Cloud was announced at Mobile World Congress last year, it introduced an easy way to get a full suite of enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities, all through a simple browser interface and without complicated or expensive server installs. Since then, BlackBerry has been working hard to add on capabilities to BES12 Cloud, and the latest update to the services make it better...

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Industry Use Cases for EFSS

BlackBerry has once again kicked off their informational webinars for WatchDox, and if you're interested, you can now get yourself registered for the latest one happening on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, at 11:00 AM EST. Titled 'Industry use cases for EFSS', the webinar is set to last an hour and will cover common use cases for WatchDox. WatchDox by BlackBerry is the world leader in secure...

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Bell offering the BlackBerry Priv for $299.99 for a limited time

Bell offering the BlackBerry Priv for $299.99 for a limited time

Looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry Priv and live in Canada? You might want to check out the limited time offer happening at Bell. Initially priced at $399.99, Bell has now reduced Priv pricing to $299.99 with a new two-year contract. If a Priv is not what you're looking for, you'll also find the Classic for $49.95, or purchase a Passport for $149.95. All in all, some great deals to be...

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has published the company's earnings report for Q4 2015. It was quite the profitable quarter for the U.S. carrier, netting $297 million in profit and adding a total of 2.1 million net new subscribers. The company has maintained a certain level of aggressiveness when it comes to marketing with more "Un-Carrier" moves being launched in attempt to transform the industry. Of the 2.1...

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Verizon is offering free data for those on its XL plan

Verizon is once again offering an additional 2GB of data per line when adding or upgrading a device to an XL or larger data bucket. In order to get the free data, which is good for the lifetime of your account, you need to be on Verizon's XL or XXL data buckets. The XL plan comes with 12GB of shareable data, while the XXL bumps it up to 18GB. For each line that you add, or upgrade the hardware...

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AT&T will pay up to $650 per line in switching costs for a limited time

AT&T will pay up to $650 per line in switching costs for a limited time

For a limited time, AT&T will pay out up to $650 per line to cover costs related to switching from your current carrier. That's right, if you are ready to make the switch but the cost has been holding you back, this may be your chance to break free with little to no out of pocket expenses. Whether you want to avoid paying an early termination fee, or still owe monthly payments on your...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Leaks and updates

Mobile Nations Weekly: Leaks and updates

Enter stage left: silly season. As we barrel head-first towards the next major trade show — MWC 2016, it's worth taking a moment to keep everything in perspective. We're going to see new phones, and they're probably going to be awesome. Alright, so much for perspective. Coming up at MWC? The all-new-but-still-familiar Samsung Galaxy S7 and the all-new-and-double-everything LG G5. And while we...

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BlackBerry and Canon sign patent licensing agreement

BlackBerry and Canon sign patent licensing agreement

BlackBerry today announced the company has entered into a patent license agreement with Canon Inc. for certain power charging technology used by Canon products. Building on their history and intent to collaborate further, the agreement between the two companies was reached in November 2015, though, specific terms of the deal are confidential. "Our agreement with Canon substantiates the...

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BlackBerry and IGT announce agreement on patent licensing deal

BlackBerry and IGT announce agreement on patent licensing deal

BlackBerry and International Game Technology PLC today announced that they have entered into a royalty-bearing patent license agreement related to certain power charging technology used in IGT products. The agreement was reached back in November 2015 and specific terms are confidential. "Our license agreement with IGT affirms the importance of BlackBerry's innovative and foundational...

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BlackBerry offers Priv and Passport discounts through Feb. 29

BlackBerry Valentine's sale offers Priv and Passport price cuts

BlackBerry is spreading the love this Valentine's Day with discounts at ShopBlackBerry on the Priv and Passport in the U.S. and UK. If you're interested in the Android-powered Priv, you can grab the smartphone for $650 (a $50 discount) in the U.S., or £529 in the UK through February 24. Additionally, the Passport is up for grabs for $399 in the U.S. and £349 in the UK over the same period. As...

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BlackBerry announces Priv availability for Nigeria

BlackBerry announces Priv availability for Nigeria

In keeping with their promise to have Priv rolled out to 31 countries, BlackBerry has now announced the next market for the device. The first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android will be available in Nigeria as of February 13, through SLOT retail outlets and online. Pricing for the Priv in Nigeria has been set at ₦220,000.00, a limited time special pricing according to the SLOT website...

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Quickteller Mini update makes sending and receiving money over BBM easier than ever

Back in October of last year, BlackBerry and Interswitch announced a new partnership to integrate payments through BBM by way of a new app called Quickteller Mini. That app, at the time, allowed BBM users with a Nigerian bank account to make a request for money, airtime and payment for services from one of their BBM contacts. A new update has now been released and it makes some improvements...

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Developers: Submit your apps to the 'Great Apps on BlackBerry' list

Great Apps on BlackBerry

While the shutting down of the Built for BlackBerry program for developers was a bit of disappointing news, at the time BlackBerry announced it, they did make mention that they would be assessing new opportunities for developers to highlight their apps and now, BlackBerry has announced a new way in which developers apps can be highlighted within BlackBerry World. We're listening to our...

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BBM for iOS updated with improvements for BBM Protected

BBM for iOS updated with improvements for BBM Protected

Following the update to BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android that brought improvements to BBM Protected, iOS users now have the update available as well. Appearing as v293.0.0.20, this release carries the exact same changelog as the BlackBerry 10 and Android versions. BBM Protected updates: Team Chats – BBM Protected now allows organizational teams to take advantage of context-specific, secure...

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Android Runtime update for BlackBerry 10 now available

Android Runtime update for BlackBerry 10 now available

UPDATE - If you previously experienced issues with being able to download this, please try again now as BlackBerry has resolved the connection issue errors. Additionally, they should also be solved for BlackBerry World as well. If you've been experiencing issues with the Android Runtime since OS 10.3.2.2876 was released which introduced a pretty weird bug to the system, you now have an...

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WhatsApp

A new WhatsApp update for BlackBerry 10 has now arrived. This update noted as v2.12.340.2, has quite a few changes listed in the changelog, including improvements to the WhatsApp web client features, contact info screens and more. Luckily, WhatsApp was nice enough to lay out the full list so have a look: Added support for some additional web client features (e.g. Message info, recent emoji...

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MTN, Vodacom and Cell C now offering the Priv in South Africa

MTN, Vodacom and Cell C now offering the Priv in South Africa

Although it was previously announced that MTN, Vodacom and Cell C would be offering the BlackBerry Priv in South Africa, at the time of the announcement there was no real date set for release, but as it turns out, potential Priv owners didn't have to wait all that long. Right now, the first Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry is available from all three providers in South Africa at...

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