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Verizon now offering $60 single line plan with unlimited talk and text, 2GB of data

If you happen to be looking for a new smartphone plan and don't need a lot of data and only have one line to worry about, Verizon has now dropped a new plan that might be of interest to you. As part of a new promo, you can now get unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messaging and 2GB of data for $60, you'll want to pay attention to the overage charges though that are set at a whopping $15/...

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Can BBM Protected boost BlackBerry's earnings?

Can BBM Protected boost BlackBerry's earnings?

With documentation of $30 per year BBM Protected price plans starting to emerge, it's worth discussing what effect this might have on the company's earnings and stock price. As it stands right now, BBM Protected requires a BlackBerry device. That will change in the fall when it becomes available for Android and iOS through Secure Work Space but for now, let's just stick with the possible...

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BlackBerry shipments on the rise under John Chen's leadership

BlackBerry shipments on the rise under John Chen's leadership

'You have to bear with me a little bit. We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm very hopeful.' That's what BlackBerry CEO John Chen told investors and analysts back in March about BlackBerry and now it appears their (and his) patience is starting to pay off. A new report from IDC has now pegged BlackBerry shipments as being up approximately 15 percent from the previous quarter, especially...

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Cartoon Network's Regular Show stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Cartoon Network's Regular Show stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Fan of the Cartoon Network's Regular Show? If so, you'll want to hit the BBM Shop and check out the Regular Show BBM stickers that have now arrived and are available for for $1.99. All your faves from the show are there including of course, Mordecai and Rigby but also Benson, Pops, Muscle Man. Overall there's 20 to choose from and if that doesn't fill your needs, you'll also find the BBM Happy...

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BlackBerry aims to monetize BBM Protected, $30/year after free 30 day trial

With BBM Protected now available, the plans to monetize the service and BBM as a whole are starting to show. The folks over at BB10.ch have obtained the sign up documents for BBM Protected showing that BES 5 and BES 10 users are getting a free 30 day trial of the BBM Protected valid only between July 30 and October 31, 2014. The sign up process is all rather easy but the monetization part...

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Verizon wants to give you up to $150 credit for activating a new BlackBerry

If you're shopping for a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone and are thinking of going with Verizon, you'll want to do so quick because right now they're hosting a special offer on BlackBerry smartphones. From now up until Sept 30th, 2014, when you activate a new BlackBerry device you can get up to a $150 back in the form of a bill credit. The usual disclaimers apply, it's on a new 2-year contract...

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BlackBerry Classic internal specs appear via Geekbench

BlackBerry Classic internal specs appear via Geekbench

While many folks are waiting for the arrival of the BlackBerry Passport, we're reminded on a daily basis that many folks out there are also just as excited for the eventual arrival of the BlackBerry Classic. Aside from little bit and pieces of info and speculation, there hasn't been as much info about the Classic as yet. No early hands on, no sneaky blurry images, no full on spec sheets. The...

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New BBM update rolling out through BlackBerry World brings new ways to add contacts

To go along with the iOS update to BBM from earlier today, BlackBerry has also pushed out an update for BlackBerry 10 users, For some folks, it's not going to be a new release as it it appears this version might have came with 10.2.2 if you loaded that. However, most folks should be seeing v10.3.43.9 provided you're running 10.2.1 and not some other leaked or developer build. Long story short,...

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BBM Protected now available for BlackBerry Balance enabled devices

BBM Protected now available for BlackBerry Balance enabled devices

The last time we spoke with Jeff Gadway at the BlackBerry Security Summit, he gave us a bit of a walkthrough of BBM Protected and let us know it would be rolling out to more users very soon. That time has come and now BlackBerry has made BBM Protected available to BlackBerry Balance enabled devices. Today we started phase 2 of the BBM Protected roll out, adding support for BlackBerry...

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Vodafone Germany looks to be preparing for the BlackBerry Passport

Vodafone Germany looks to be preparing for the BlackBerry Passport

While its all been rather hush-hush when it comes to carriers who might be offering the BlackBerry Passport, it's looking as though Vodafone Germany is among the first to break the silence on the matter. Over at the Vodafone Germany forums, when questioned whether or not the carrier would eventually be offering the Passport, a forums moderator looked into the matter and came with the reply that...

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Jeffrey Ait joins BlackBerry from Good Technology

Jeffrey Ait joins BlackBerry from Good Technology

Remember that Security Innovation Center in the Washington, D.C. Area that BlackBerry CEO John Chen began setting up? Well, we've not really heard a lot of news who exactly is running the show there but it seems BlackBerry has made at least one employee acquisition to help in that area that went relatively unnoticed, until today. Showing up on the Washington Business Journal's People on the...

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BlackBerry India offering 50% off on selected apps in BlackBerry World

For those of you who live in India and are looking to pick some great apps, BlackBerry World is the place the go. Right now, select apps in BlackBerry World have been dropped up to 50% off as part of the Independence Day celebrations. Camera+, InstaVenue, iGrann Pro, Fitness Tracker, Package Tracker Pro and more are among the apps available. You should be able to hit the link below and be taken...

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BlackBerry and the (TRA) Telecommunications Regulatory Authority team up in the UAE

BlackBerry and the (TRA) Telecommunications Regulatory Authority team up in the UAE

When it comes to good publicity things don't get that much better than when BlackBerry announces that they have entered into a new partnership with a government. That's what's happened over in the UAE as the Canadian company is going full steam ahead with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and BlackBerry 10. To most of us around the world this headline doesn't really stand out, but if...

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From the Editor's Desk: The CrackBerry Community

From the Editor's Desk: The CrackBerry Community

Weekends need to be longer. I think that's something we can all agree on. With that out of the way, it's time for another From the Editor's desk here at CrackBerry. This week I don't have much to say about BlackBerry specifically that hasn't already been touched on. Instead I'll be focusing a little on the great community we have here at CrackBerry and realistically stealing a bit from my...

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Snap v3 is coming - Here's a sneak peek!

Snap v3 is coming - Here's a sneak peek!

Although there's several ways to load Android apps onto your BlackBerry 10 device and come BlackBerry OS 10.3, the Amazon Appstore will be pre-loaded, Snap remains a favorite for BlackBerry users everywhere with well over 3 million Android apps downloaded through the app. The developer behind Snap, James Paul Muir, isn't worried about the Amazon Appstore and as such has been working away on...

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Verizon may be about to close a loophole for its remaining unlimited data users

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A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago. Droid-life.com, citing unnamed sources, claims that on August 24, Verizon will require that its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new...

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Blackphone no challenge at DEF CON

Blackphone no challenge at DEF CON

DEF CON 22 is well under way in Las Vegas and there's been plenty of action on Twitter tonight covering the event. One highlight comes from the @TeamAndIRC who has been having a bit of fun with Blackphone. After having some time with the device, Justin Case has managed to gain root access and enable ADB on the device without the need to even unlock the bootloader. Although the exploit has...

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BlackBerry Passport receives GCF certification

BlackBerry Passport receives GCF certification

As I'm sure most folks know, smartphones have to go through several certifications before release and the GCF is most certainly among them. After landing at the FCC earlier the BlackBerry Passport has now been certified by the GCF. New! GCF-Certified Mobile Phone from @BlackBerry Find out more at http://t.co/u4yI7UPOrj— GCF (@GCF_Certified) July 31, 2014 What does it mean? Mostly that things...

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BlackBerry OS 10.2.2.1531 now rolling out regionally

BlackBerry OS 10.2.2.1531 now rolling out regionally

Although most folks are waiting to get their hands on BlackBerry OS 10.3, the often rumored BlackBerry OS 10.2.2 (or more specifically sotware release v10.2.2.932, OS v10.2.2.1531) has now started to arrive on devices in Germany and surrounding areas. At this point, there's not a whole lot of info about the changes in the OS other than what is noted in the change log that states it covers...

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Dark Hub options look set to arrive in BlackBerry 10.3.1

Dark Hub options look set to arrive in BlackBerry 10.3.1

For a lot of folks, the dark theme on BlackBerry 10 devices is the best thing since sliced bread but even if you're using a AMOLED device where the dark theme helps conserve battery, there's still one portion of the OS that's not dark and it's probably one of the most used sections. The BlackBerry Hub at this point still uses the 'bright' theme but according to some new images from @DHabkirk,...

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