BlackBerry News and Reviews

SPICE Up Your Weekend...Ringtones for your BlackBerry!

SPICE up your BlackBerry!

If you haven't checked out CrackBerry.com's free user-contributed Ringtone Gallery yet, you're missing out! We've made it easy to browse/preview ringtones and get them on your phone (just put in your blackberry's email address and the url to the tone gets delivered straight to your berry for easy installation).

You can browse by Genre, Artist, Album, Title or use the Search Box on the top right corner of this page (be sure to switch the radio button to 'Ringtones'). Or head to the Ringtone Homepage to view the Most Played, Most Downloaded, Top Rated, and Recently Added ringtones.

Here's 5 of My Favorites, just to get you started:
1.
Spice Girls Wannabe (drives people crazy...umm..crazy good?!)
2.
The Pink Panther (old school coolness)
3.
Star Wars Theme (old school geekness & proud of it!)
4.
If You Were a Hotdog (makes me laugh everytime)
5. Back in Black
(ROCK ON!!!)

RIM & Rogers Announce BlackBerry Curve 8310 Smartphone

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8310 We knew we were right, and now it's official. Research in Motion and Rogers today announced the release of the BlackBerry Curve 8310 Smartphone in Canada. And when can you roll into a Rogers outlet to get your hands on this GPS-enabled beauty??? drumroll please .... Tuesday, September 11th!
Click Here for the Full Press Release & Details 

BlackBerry Rogers 8310r is HERE!!! Pricing and Specs...

That didn't take long! It looks like the Rogers BlackBerry Curve with GPS has officially launched and is now available for Rogers outlets and retailers to begin distributing! Thanks yet again to our Rogers tipster (he's becoming a regular!) for getting us the 8310 Launch Release and Handset Launch Reference Tool .pdfs. He told us yesterday that "8310R" had shown up on Rogers order screens but that no internal documentation had come through yet. This is the internal documentation and confirmation of the looming Rogers 8310 launch that we were waiting for. From these sheets it looks like Rogers is officially going to refer to the device as either the "BlackBerry Curve with GPS" or "8310" for those who prefer numbers.

Remember, this doesn't mean you can walk into a Rogers outlet/distributor and pick up a Rogers 8310 quite just yet. But it does mean you will able to SOOON (and likely ahead of our friends South of the Border).

You can click the images below for full sized versions and all the juicy tech specs. Oh, and if by any chance you would prefer these documents in French, I have those too. English or French, the 8310r is one sexy device :)

Rogers BlackBerry 8310 Launch

Rogers BlackBerry 8310 Specifications

Rogers BlackBerry 8310r...any day/week now

Rogers BlackBerry 8310RYesterday afternoon I received an email from our regular Rogers tipster informing me the BlackBerry 8310r was now present on his ordering system (which it was not there the day before) and that the pricing was slotted in at the same rate as the 8300. This was our tipster's first glimpse of '8310r', with no other internal correspendence or announcements made about the GPS-enabled 8310r yet, so he guessed it could still be a few days or even a couple of weeks before the device becomes widely available to consumers.

The BG is also reporting that the 8310r is now available through Rogers, but that they may have jumped the gun a bit (they found images on the Rogers website, but no other written updates/specs are posted yet reflecting the release of the BlackBerry 8310r).

Either way it's good news for Canadians... the BlackBerry 8310r should be here soon! 

Dear Berry: Can't Sleep in Seattle!

Dear BerryDear Berry,

I am having a terrible time sleeping because of my BB. I know this sounds absurd however, I have tried to turn it off at bedtime and no luck. I just turn it on again watching for the red light. Insomnia has never been my problem but since my BB, I find things to do on it during the night. Aside from checking email constantly, I play games, look at the apps, change settings, etc. The light sometimes wakes my husband so I have now taken to going under the covers!! This has become a problem clearly, aside from the fact that work the next day is exhausting. Help!

- Very sleepy in Seattle

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Dear "Sleepy in Seattle",


Well.....I'm sorry to say this has become a problem. Interfering with your much needed sleep and then work will eventually just get worse. You need to interrupt this pattern immediately!!! PLEASE - leave your BB in another room when you go to sleep. Give yourself a cut-off time. Treat this like a withdrawal of any addiction. Sleep must not be compromised if possible, certainly not for a BB, and just think how refreshed you will be to use your BB during the day if you're not exhausted from lack of sleep. And it might also save on an argument or two with the hubby!! Much luck!

- Best, Berry
Need some Advice to Help Balance Your BlackBerry and Life? Contact Dear Berry!

Foleo Canned; iPhone Sales Huge; GPhone Details Emerge

Here's a quick Round Up of some of the interesting headlines going on this week outside of the CrackBerry world:

Foleo Cancelled! -  looks like Palm is pulling the plug on this one for the time being so they can focus on their  smartphone platform. Dieter over at WMExperts.com just posted an excellent follow-up article this morning in the wake of the Foleo's demise. Read Foleo Cancelled, A Curious Absence?

iPhone is #1 Smartphone?! - Looks like th iPhone outsold every other smartphone in July and grabbed 1.8% of the entire U.S. phone market. The numbers don't surpise me - with all the hype initial sales were guaranteed to be huge. I'm more curious in the numbers 12 months from now. It looks like Apple is getting Aggressive! They have SLASHED the price on their 8gig phone by $200 and are dropping the 4gig model altogether. Get the Details.

Introducing the Google Phone - The GPhone (or is it Gphone or gPhone?!) rumors have been going on for a while now and the frenzy is going to pick up even more now that the Boston Globe published a story with juicy details.

Updated: AT&T BlackBerry 8820 Not Available Today?!

BlackBerry 8820

*** Updated: September 4th, 9pm CST Click Here for Updated Post ***

We beat the Boy Genius by a week on this one... on August 28th we announced the WiFi-enabled BlackBerry 8820 would start showing up in A&T stores on September 4th. It looks like our  tipster was right!

According to BG, the BlackBerry 8820 "soft launched" yesterday and should be available in stores as early as today as the units arrive. Pricing is said to be the same as the 8800... with a 2 year contract the price will come in at $299. The 8820 will outright replace AT&T's 8800 - apparently all 8800 shipments have been stopped indefinitely. It hasn't shown up on AT&T's website yet for direct ordering, but hopefully will appear there soon!

Since our tipster was apparently right on the 8820, does that mean his other prediction will come true? Can we expect to see the GPS-enabled AT&T BlackBerry 8310 Curve on September 24th?!

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Back to School with CrackBerry.com... BlackBerry 101!

CrackBerry.com's BlackBerry 101 Lecture Series

Enjoy your last week of holidays... come Monday, September 10th, class will officially be in session!

Course: BlackBerry 101
Start Date: September 10th, 2007
Class Time: Every Monday Tuesday
Location: CrackBerry.com
Tuition: FREE of Charge

For the next eight months, each week CrackBerry.com will publish a new informative, educational and (hopefully) entertaining BlackBerry 101 article that by the end will make you an official graduate of the BlackBerry School of Higher Learning (you may or may not want to add it to your resume!).

Labor Day/Week CrackBerry Store Recommendations....

Most stores are closed on Labor Day, but for those BlackBerry Addicts who can't resist the urge to shop, it's lucky for you the CrackBerry Shop is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

So if you want to fuel the addiction on this Labor Day (or anytime this Labor Week for that matter), allow me to provide a few recommendations to kickstart your CrackBerry.com Shopping Fix:

Seidio 4gig MicroSD CardSanDisk 4GB MicroSD Card for 8100 (Pearl), 8830, 8300 (Curve)
A must have for those using the latest generation of microSD equipped BlackBerry devices! The 4GB microSD is ideal for use in storing media-rich files such as music, videos, and photographs and will allow you to get the most of your Berry's Media Player! Includes a MicroSD Card reader to boot!
 

Blu Ant Z9CB House Z9 Bluetooth Headset for 8100 (Pearl), 8830, 8300 (Curve)
With its advanced functionality and cutting edge design the Z9 Bluetooth Headset offers a range of differentiating features which ensure crystal clear wireless enabled communication. This headset is rocking the mobile world, with sound quality and usability reported by many to be equal to/even better than the formidable Jawbone! Look for a review soon. more recommendations...

Happy Labor/Labour Day!

To everyone in the USA, Happy Labor Day! To our friends north of the border, Happy Labour Day!

It's the one day of the year when I try and sleep in (early riser...usually up around 6am)...I managed to make it until noon this year!!  I guess the wedding reception I attended last night helped the cause. :) Now it's time to work on some house painting. Maybe I'll come in with a blog post between coats of paint. Enjoy your day! Try and keep it free of labor (no image with this post in my attempt to be lazy). We'll see you tomorrow! 

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Now Available on Alltel

Alltel BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Alltel this week introduced the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone to their BlackBerry offering. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine technologies that allow it to connect to both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks. The 8830 operates in the United States on Alltel's CDMA network and comes with an unlocked SIM card slot for international roaming on GSM/GPRS networks. 

“Since today’s economy operates on a global scale, our customers require a smartphone with international capabilities,” said Wade McGill, senior vice president of wireless products and services for Alltel Wireless.   “The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is an innovative handset that will give our customers the connectivity they need with the reliability they have come to expect.”

“The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is a powerful and stylish smartphone that combines an industry-leading mobile communications experience with enhanced multimedia capabilities and built-in GPS,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “It’s also the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine CDMA and GSM connectivity, making it easy for Alltel customers to stay connected in the United States and abroad.” 

Even though the 8830 is now available from Alltel, you'll still have to wait a few days to get your hands on one. If you visit shopalltel.com the BlackBerry 8830 is currently on Back order, with an ETA of September 11th. Read the Full Press Release...

AT&T BlackBerry 8820 GPS Fear Mongering Unfounded

 BlackBerry 8820

Jibi, a legend in the BlackBerry world and owner of the coolest online 'handle', has set the record straight on all of the BlackBerry 8820 GPS 'Neutering' stories of the past two weeks.

For those out of the loop, it started with BlackBerry Cool's August 16th Exclusive, which  spread word that the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry 8820 would have its GPS 'neutered', which if believed as read, meant that all GPS applications with the exception of Telenav would be unuseable. The suspected reasoning was that AT&T was choosing Apple over RIM in their quest to push iPhone sales.

As true BlackBerry Addicts, at CrackBerry.com we were quick to report the 'rumor' and perpetuate the fear to our six or seven daily readers (that's my job, don't hold it against me!). :)

Fast forward to August 28th, and I posted a tip I received announcing September 4th as the launch date for the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 as was seen on AT&T mailers. This same correspondence made no 'official' mention of the GPS being anything less than intact, which made us question "What's going on here?!"

Proceed to August 29th, and our buds at BBCool posted a story saying it looked like CrackBerry.com's tip was right, as they had news that RIM and AT&T were negotiating a deal to leave the BlackBerry 8820 un-neutered. The Reason? AT&T didn't like all the negative feedback they were receiving. Everyone danced with joy that the BlackBerry 8820 would come through with its 'boys' fully functioning! Then as the BlackBerry Blogosphere was rejoicing its job well done in having made a Carrier change its tune, along came Jibi writing for the BG to set the record straight. more after the jump

Traders Say Rumors Say Microsoft May Acquire RIM

Microsoft & RIM According to Traders, RIM's stock rose to a record today on speculation that Research in Motion (or somepart of RIM) is going to be acquired by Microsoft.  Bloomberg.com has the Details.

RIM's stock gained $3.13, or 3.8 percent, to $84.95 at 11:21am this morning (New York Time) and earlier climbed as high as $85.

Steve Sachs, head of trading at Rydex Investments in Rockville, Maryland told Bloomberg, "We're hearing the same rumor everyone else is, the Microsoft and RIM rumor. I can't even count the number of times we've heard that over the last three years."

"There's a rumor Microsoft is going to acquire some or part of RIM, and that may be what's driving the stock up,'' Greg Palmer, head of equity trading at Pacific Crest Securities Inc. in Portland, Oregon also told Bloomberg. "But it doesn't make sense because they've already got a handheld product.'

Seems Crazy to me. What would RIM go for? 1.1 Jillion Dollars?! The real story here is, do you own RIM stock? Maybe it's time to buy some!

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BBSmart Email Viewer Version 2.3 Released

BBSmart Email Viewer

The boys at BBSmart have released yet another update to their best-selling Email Viewer for the BlackBerry. If you're not familiar with BBSmart's Email Viewer, you'll want to check out CrackBerry.com's Interview with BBSmart's developer, Neil Sainsbury for all the details.

BBSmart has a lifetime upgrade policy. If you already own a copy you can download the updated version for free. And if you haven't given BBSmart's Email Viewer a go yet, a free trial is available. You can find out what's new in version 2.3 after the Jump.

BlackBerry 8310 Curve Coming to AT&T September 24th

BlackBerry 8310

This just in - AT&T has sent out correspondence regarding the BlackBerry 8310. As expected, it will have all of the same features of the 8300 Curve, with the addition of GPS. It will still be referred to as the Curve, and the expected launch date is September 24th. There was no information regarding what operating system will ship on the device (hopefully OS4.3!). Stay tuned for more details as we get them. 

This tip comes to us from the same source who brought yesterday's big news that it's looking like the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 will soon begin shipping with full GPS capabilities rather than the locked down GPS previously rumored.

Now rewind back to August 17th when we posted the story 'My AT&T Curve Doesn't Have GPS! What the?!' about a CrackBerry.com member finding a mistake on AT&T's website. When viewing the Features section within the 360º degree tour of the AT&T 8300 Curve, an icon for integrated GPS is present (view screenshot). We let this slide by as a web design error/ quality control oversight at the time, but it seems AT&T intentionally or unintentionally let the cat out of the bag - they were teasing us with the GPS-enabled 8310!

OtterBOX 1933 BlackBerry 8800 Series Level II Case

OtterBox 1933 Blackberry 8800 Case

After having used (and abused) the OtterBox 8700 case, I was of course quite excited to get my hands on the new OtterBox 1933 Level II case for the BlackBerry 8800 Series (read press release). I was a big fan of the 8700 case for the sheer utility of it. Durable, waterproof, drop-off the top of your apartment building proof... it made the slight clunkiness / awkwardness of the case relatively easy to overlook. I was expecting more of the same for the 8800, but as you'll see, OtterBox has switched things up a bit for the 8800 version. 

September 4th Launch Date for the AT&T BlackBerry 8820

This just in - AT&T has sent out mailers announcing September 4th as the official launch date of the new BlackBerry 8820. According to our tipster, the specs are still calling for full integrated GPS. That's right, from the documentation he received from AT&T there is as of yet no "official" mention of the GPS being locked down as per previous reports! What's going on here?!

September 4th is not far away.  I guess all will be known soon! Stay Tuned...

* * UPDATE - August 29th * *

It seems that our 'tipster' was RIGHT! The boys at BBCool are reporting that our Rumor (above) is indeed likely Fact. Apparently RIM and AT&T are in the process of re-negotiating the GPS status of the BlackBerry 8820. The reason? Negative feedback and Bashing in the Blogosphere got AT&T's attention and made them reconsider the decision to limit the GPS on the 8820. Whether this is the true reason or not I'm not sure, but if so kudos to all the websites, bloggers and individuals who raised their voice! CrackBerry.com did its part - the 15 minutes I put into photoshopping the 'AT&T Angel or Demon?' graphic was time well spent if this all proves to be true! :)

Thanks for Keeping it Real!

Queen Elizabeth Joins the CrackBerry Club

The Queen's AddictionAt the beginning of July we brought word that the Queen would soon be getting a BlackBerry. Fast forward a few weeks and the Queen has a full out BlackBerry Addiction.

Fueling the addiction above all things is her new found ability to stay on top of horse racing results 24/7! A highly placed palace source told The People,

"Her Majesty has always been keener than most 81-year-olds to stay up to date with modern gadgets, but she finds her BlackBerry is the most useful of all."

"She can surf the net for racing results and used it constantly during the big York meeting last week but the Duke is going mad. At 85 he's more reluctant to embrace technology and thinks his wife is like a distracted teenager. He even muttered he wished she would 'get rid of the bloody thing'."

Welcome to the CrackBerry Club Queen! Though it's an addiction most of us never want to give up, help is only a click away. CrackBerry.com has you covered with our 13 Steps to Breaking a BlackBerry Addiction Program!

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RIM Winning the Legal Game Against Atari in BrickBreaker Copyright Infringement Dispute

BrickBreaker or Breakout?

Don't get me wrong, I love Atari, but when I read the latest news about the legal actions between Atari and RIM it was enough to make me want to toss my Atari t-shirt in the dumpster. Come on guys, can't we all just get along here???

First Looks: BlackBerry Pearl 2 (8120) Images

BlackBerry Pearl 8120

Here's a first look at the new BlackBerry Pearl 8120, courtesy of Hayden over at PinStack.com. According to Hayden, the BlackBerry 8120 in his possession offers:

  • WiFi, but no built-in GPS (will most likely depend on the carrier)
  • OS 4.3 installed (more details on OS 4.3)
  • WiFi browser
  • Improved version of SureType
  • Improved email layout and display
  • Improved voice control software
  • Improved keyboard layout
  • Improved camera w/ improved flash
  • External Entry MicroSD slot
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • New Dimension L theme
  • Improved build quality

As you can read, the theme here is "improved". For all the SureType fans out there, the Pearl 2 (I'm going to be stuck on calling it that for a while) should be worth the upgrade. The only thing I'm not a fan of at this point is that Gold color! Is it just me, or does it make the device look sort of dated vs. cutting edge?! Hopefully it will be available in every color under the rainbow and more when it hits retailers in the weeks ahead. More Images Here...

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