Notifier for BlackBerry - Forward notifications from your device to your computer via wifi!

Notifier for BlackBerry
By Michelle Haag on 21 Jun 2011 11:04 am EDT
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I spend much of my day in front of the laptop, and my BlackBerry is always on vibrate. Because of this, sometimes I miss important calls as I just don't notice that when my device is vibrating. If this sounds familiar, maybe because you work in an office and your BlackBerry is tucked away in your desk or purse, you should check out Notifier for BlackBerry. This simple app forwards notifications from your BlackBerry to your computer via wifi.

Currently, notifications for incoming phone calls, SMS messages, and battery status are the only ones included, but hopefully more will be added in the future. All you do is purchase the BlackBerry app for $.99 and install it. You will also need the desktop portion of the app for Windows or Mac which you can install online from the developer's website. To set up the app, simply enter the IP address (displayed within the desktop client) into Notifier on your BlackBerry, and you're done! Alerts will be displayed on your computer screen as your device receives calls and SMS messages, and as your battery level drops. I can't wait to see more updates to this little app. BBM would be a great addition, for example.

For more information and to purchase Notifier for BlackBerry

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17 comments

idees

hmmm i can't find my port number...
anyone knows the developer website in order to install online the desktop portion of the app ?
thx

LF_2222

This would be really cool for people with static IP addresses but most of us have dynamic IP addresses so we would have to constantly be changing address in the app.

niceday2

It's local (both the blackberry and the computer have to be connected to the same network) so you can just assign your computer a static address within your home network. Nothing to do with the address you have on the internet.

The 192.168 part of the IP in the screenshot means it's a private address.

bassoprofundo

Nice effort here, but this shares the same flaws as all the other apps designed to communicate over wifi (e.g.- display mirroring apps). It's almost completely useless in a corporate environment where you:

1) don't have wifi
2) can't connect personal devices to the corporate wifi
3) use VPN software that effectively places you on different networks

I'd love to see something like this that works with public IPs and/or DDNS names or uses a secure intermediary of some kind to route notifications.

snison

It works fine. Use a dns updater that e-mails you the new IP if your address changes. I use directupdate.com.

Of course, you have to open an external port and route it to the host computer.

Second, you do have to be on some kind of wi-fi. I was down the block at a friend's house, left it there, came back and it sent me the battery info. He also sent me a text and it showed up on my desktop.

Not sure why you would want to leave your phone somewhere else and you watch texts and calls for it at your computer. If I had mistakenly left my BB at my friend's house, I would have went back and gotten it, not watched notifications.

On a side note, having your laptop and BB on most public wi-fi networks won't work because they segregate devices from one another.

cognatus

agree
useless in corporate environment

snison

Works fine for me in a corporate environment. And by corporate, I mean 3000+ workstations and 200+ servers.

niceday2

Looks great for home use though. I'll buy it when it supports more types of notifications. Shame there's no Linux support, but I'd be silly to expect that.

bbangelbaby

Disappointed. I purchased this tonight to use on my Curve 8530, and it doesn't work. I've emailed Support and hope to receive a reply.

snison

Using notifier through a dynamic dns solution works fine. Use a dns updater that e-mails you the new IP if your address changes. I use directupdate.com.

Not sure why you would want to leave your phone somewhere else and you watch texts and calls for it at your computer. If I had mistakenly left my BB at my friend's house, I would have went back and gotten it, not watched notifications.

Of course, you have to open an external port and route it to the host computer.

Second, you do have to be on some kind of wi-fi. I was down the block at a friend's house, left it there, came back and it sent me the battery info. He also sent me a text and it showed up on my desktop.

On a side note, having your laptop and BB on most public wi-fi networks won't work because they segregate devices from one another.

gm85

just purchased, looks like a great little app. as others mentioned, it would be great if the app could support dns and if (along with wifi) the app could also support a MDS/BES connection.

thoford75

It would be nice if you could turn off the battery notifications. Not a fan of being notified everytime by battery decreases by 1%

macjakjak

Can I connect using 3G? Instead of using the LAN IP address, I can use the public IP address and open the port on my router. Will that work?

Desertfrog

I had trouble to get the desktop client running (win 7 64bit). I started testing "Smart Notifier" from appstore and it seems to work.