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And the 2007 Word of the Year is..... w00t!!!

Call this a nostalgia piece. It was about this time last year when Webster's Dictionary named "CrackBerry" the 2006 New Word of the Year. And while we were hard at work developing CrackBerry.com prior to that announcement, hearing that good news definitely put us into high gear on getting the site ready for launch (can you believe CrackBerry.com is still less than a year old?!). The time has...

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Rogers Rolls Out Voicemail to Text Services - $15/month for Unlimited Transcriptions

Rogers Wireless announced today a national rollout of Voicemail to Text services powered by SpinVox . Delivered on Rogers’ GSM network through SpinVox, the service gives on-the-go professionals quick, easy and convenient access to voicemail messages by accurately converting them to SMS and delivering them in real time to their mobile devices. Rogers Voicemail to Text powered by SpinVox...

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World's First Multi-Carrier BlackBerry Store Opens

World's First Multi-Carrier BlackBerry Store Opens

If I wasn't already going to Cuba in three weeks for a vacation I know what I'd be doing instead... taking a road trip down to Farmington Hills, Michigan to check out the world's first multi-carrier BlackBerry store! While I like to think of CrackBerry.com as the online Mecca for BlackBerry Users, with only one of these concept stores currently planned this might be just be the offline...

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RIM Puts the Focus on Consumers at this Year's Consumer Electronics Show

RIM Puts the Focus on Consumers at this Year's Consumer Electronics Show

The Annual Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner, and from the sound of things RIM plans on making a splash with the 'consumer' market this year. Straight from RIM's mouth: Think BlackBerry is only for corporate executives? Think again. Las Vegas will have a new kid in town at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show! You can expect quite a buzz around booth #30333 in South Hall...

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Canada Gets FREE BlackBerry Pearls this Holiday Season

Canada Gets FREE BlackBerry Pearls this Holiday Season

CDMA-based Canadian carriers Telus and Bell are really going after Rogers this holiday season with a FREE BlackBerry Pearl 8130 promotion. The catch? You need to be a new customer and commit to a 3-year plan of $45 or more per month before they hand you over the new phone. As Robb puts it, free in this case really means $1620 (at least) over the course of the next 36 months. It's good to...

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JetBlue, Yahoo, and Research in Motion plan to offer free, in-flight, Wi-Fi web connections for laptop computers and advanced cell phones. The service will allow passengers to access customized Yahoo mail and Yahoo instant messenger services on their laptops or to access e-mails on Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerrys. According to a spokesperson for RIM, the first JetBlue flight offering the service...

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JetBlue, Yahoo and RIM Plan FREE In-Flight WiFi

Cool! It seems that JetBlue, Yahoo and Research in Motion plan to offer free, in-flight, WiFi web connections for laptop computers and advanced cell phones. RIM made the announcement yesterday. The service will apparently allow passengers to access customized Yahoo mail and Yahoo instant messenger services on their laptops or to access corporate e-mails on WiFi enabled BlackBerrys. According...

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Wireless Amber Alerts on your BlackBerry

Wireless Amber Alerts on your BlackBerry

This isn’t exactly new news, but I stumbled across it last night and decided it was important enough to post. Take a look at the picture below. The van pretty much says it all. Visit wirelessamberalerts.org and enter your phone number to receive wireless amber alerts for your local area on your BlackBerry. Wireless Amber Alerts The membership of CTIA-The Wireless Association®, The Wireless...

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New Pink 8130 Pearl on the Horizon?

New Pink 8130 Pearl on the Horizon?

Rumors have it that a new pink edition of the 8130 BlackBerry Pearl are on the way. I've whipped up a quick 'mockup' of the phone here to the right. As you can see it should be a hit with the ladies! (I would think?) It would also be a tremendous fund-raiser for breast cancer and/or cancer awareness should RIM want to get into something like that. The NHL used pink sticks in a few games...

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BlackBerry 9000 Specs Revealed!

BlackBerry 9000 Specs Revealed!

Our friends over at BGR have revealed initial details of the 9000 series. Exciting stuff! Here's what we know so far: Screen dimensions are going to be 480x320 / 320x480 depending on how you hold it! Looks to me that the device will be like the iPhone in that you can hold it portrait or landscape. Cool stuff. However, does this large display mean a touchscreen keyboard is built-in? No more...

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Blockbuster Movies on your BlackBerry

Blockbuster Movies on your BlackBerry

Reuters had an article today that said movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc is in talks with all the major mobile phone makers about partnerships aimed at making it easier for consumers to watch movies on the go. This was according to Blockbuster Chief Executive James Keyes. Keyes told the Reuters Media Summit he started watching movies on his BlackBerry after some help from a technical expert...

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Exclusive: BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 Brings A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Support to BlackBerry Pearl 8100!!

At the beginning of the month I published hands on proof that the soon to be released BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 would enable video recording on the Curve. In all the excitement surrounding that huge news, I neglected to notice a MAJOR improvement that OS 4.3.1 brought to my BlackBerry Pearl 8100 - A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Support!!! Prior to OS 4.3.1, stereo bluetooth devices (like Motorola S9s or...

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BlackBerry Made Simple for the BlackBerry Pearl Released!

BlackBerry Made Simple for the BlackBerry Pearl Released!

BlackBerry Made Simple has just released its newest book in their easy-to-read BlackBerry guide book series. This one focuses on the BlackBerry Pearl smartphone and includes material for the 8100, 8120 and 8130 BlackBerry smartphones. Right now it's available as an e-book download for $25.99 from BlackBerry Made Simple, and will be available in a hard copy edition in the weeks ahead....

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Google Maps now with MyLocation

Now Google Maps for BlackBerry allows you to see your location on a map, with or without GPS. The new feature is called “My Location“, and shows your position on the map with a little blue dot. If you have a GPS-enabled device, Google Maps can just use your GPS coordinates if they are available. If not, they’ll take the information broadcast from mobile towers near you to approximate your...

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Potentially good news for BlackBerry users in Canada. It seems the feds (federal government) have decided to open up the Canadian market to broader competition against the will of the big players (Bell, Rogers, Telus). An auction of the "wireless spectrum" will occur next May, which should shakes things up and hopefully result in lower prices, better service and more choices for consumers....

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Interview with Marc Bolh, CEO Ascendo, Inc.

Interview with Marc Bolh, CEO Ascendo, Inc.

Recently we sat down with Marc Bolh, CEO of Ascendo, Inc. Ascendo makes a number of very popular titles for BlackBerry, including Ascendo Fitness, Ascendo DataVault, and Ascendo Photos. Marc was kind enough to endure a little Q and A session with us. Check it out… Hi Marc, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. So what do you make of the agreement between Facebook and RIM? Not much...

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Verizon Opens Up!

Verizon Opens Up!

Verizon is following in Sprints footsteps and is set to open their network beyond their own devices.  A while back Sprint announced it would let any capable device operate on their network, and Verizon is now following right along. Most likely influenced by Google's "open-standards" platform, if you aren't happy with the multiple phones offered by the No. 2 provider, you will be able to use...

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Seidio 1500mAh Extended Life Battery for the BlackBerry Curve

Seidio 1500mAh Extended Life Battery for the BlackBerry Curve

Just saw this come in… Seido is now shipping a new extended life battery for the BlackBerry Curve. The new 1500mAh battery has 200mAh more capacity than their previous 1300mAh extended battery. But no new battery door is required. Seidio claims that the new battery will give you 30-35% more power than the battery that ships with the BlackBerry Curve. That’s pretty good considering that...

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It's Here! BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Now Available from Sprint!

It's Here! BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Now Available from Sprint!

Available on a 2 year contract for $199 (after mail in rebate). Visit Sprint.com for more details.

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Rogers Says Farewell to the BlackBerry 7290

Rogers Says Farewell to the BlackBerry 7290

A tear came to my eye when I read the above mailer from Rogers, along with a vision of the movie Old School and Will Ferrell singing "Dust in the Wind" at Old Blue's funeral. It seems the trusty BlackBerry 7290 is going to officially become a piece of RIM nostalgia as it is being discontinued by Rogers. They're still available while supplies last...it might be worth picking one of these bad...

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