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Now That's Hot! The BlackBerry 8700...and Paris Hilton

Happy Valentines Day!

We hope you're enjoying a very special Valentine's Day with your 'better half'!

To mark the occasion we're putting on a special of 20% off all software in our store. Just click this link, or the valentine's day image to the right to visit the store.

If you have no 'better half', then why not spend some of your money at our store? Woo that crush of yours with some awesome CrackBerry Software or Accessories ? :P

There's lots of cool stuff in our store so be sure to check it out! 

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How to Install the Desktop Launcher

First take, no excuses!  These Video Tip posts will get better with time, but I wanted to get one up here quick. This tip shows you how to install the desktop launcher onto your blackberry (works on 8700 series, Pearl, and should work on newer devices coming out from RIM too).  Also gives a quick sneak peak at the WAP site, which you should definitely check out!


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Removing or Hiding an Icon

Occasionally, your BlackBerry Provider will send you new services and some new icon will show up on your screen. You may even download a program that you find you don’t need and then want to get rid of. Getting rid of a program is actually quite easy in most cases.

You also have the option of just hiding the icon if it is a program you want to keep but don’t want to get rid of the icon.

To hide or move an icon: move your curser over the icon you want to modify. Press the ALT key and the Track Wheel. In the top right hand menu select either Move Icon or Hide Application. By hitting the Move Application option you can move the selected icon into an order you want on your screen. To hide the application, hit Hide Application. And click the Track Wheel. The icon will disappear.

To restore, click the ALT key and Track Wheel. Select Show All. You will then see all of the icons on your BlackBerry including those you have hidden. The hidden icons will have a thin cross through them. To restore, select the icon. Hit ALT and the Track Wheel again and then select Hide Application from the menu. The check mark will disappear and the icon will be restored.

To remove an icon and the application it represents you must select the Options icon. Once in the Options menu, select Applications. Select the program and click the Track Wheel. Select Delete from the Menu. Be careful here as deleting is a permanent move.

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Is 8800 designed to take on iPhone?

This week’s launch of the 8800, and the features contained therein, leads to the obvious question. Is Research In Motion positioning itself early to take on the new Apple iPhone?

The slimmest version of the device yet, the BlackBerry 8800 also features a music and video player, a global positioning system and a full keyboard. RIM is clearly trying to hold onto its lead in the North American smartphone market by rekindling enthusiasm for the BlackBerry before the rival Apple iPhone is released this June.

The market for phones with web access may rise to 250 million units by next year from almost 90 million in 2006, according to Finnish phone maker Nokia. Motorola, the world's second-largest mobile-phone maker, recently introduced new versions of its Q e-mail phone, at the 3GSM World Congress technology conference in Barcelona, Spain and Nokia, the largest mobile-phone maker, also showed three models for business use.

Sales of phones with computer-like functions tripled in the US from January to October 2006, according to researcher NPD Group in Port Washington, New York. BlackBerry led U.S. sales for e-mail phones in the third quarter with 31.6 percent of the total, slightly ahead of Palm Inc.'s Treo with 31.5 percent, and Motorola with 12.2 percent and Nokia with 6.4 percent.

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Hotels Help Overcome Techno Stress

'CrackBerry' was the word of the year for 2006. The word for 2007 might be 'techno-stress.'

BlackBerries and laptops are contributing to a unique form of anxiety. You are probably familiar with it yourself. That feeling that any minute that e-mail will arrive. That slavish feeling you get when your BlackBerry buzzes and you just have to answer it. The way your laptop beckons to you if you sit and do nothing for a moment. This feeling that if you are attached to the office 24/7 then you should be working 24/7. This anxiety is called 'techno-stress.'

In the 1960s it was predicted that in the 21st Century we’d all be working 15 to 20 hours-per-week. Doh. Today, we are working more hours than ever and are expected to be available at anytime. This drastic change in expectations is having a huge impact on workers and their families and little is being done to address it. What’s a CrackBerry addict to do?

Hotels have started offering to lock-up your communication devices. If you want to access your laptop or BlackBerry at the Sheraton Chicago you’ll have to break into a special safe designed to separate you from your addictive device. The hotel claims allowing guests to lock up their BlackBerries helps business travelers boost their creativity and beat techno-stress. The hotel also claims to be leading the way in encouraging guests to concentrate on eyeball-to-eyeball meetings and socializing.

Reaching for the off-switch on his BlackBerry transformed Sheraton Chicago hotel general manager Rick Ueno's life. He told Reuters in a recent article "I run a hotel with over 900 employees and thousands of guests. I think I'm more effective. I feel better, I sleep better. My family likes it." He has encouraged guests to do so too.

Other hotels aren't quite so sure their guests are ready to go cold turkey. The Landmark, a five-star hotel in London, says it has provided specially designed laptop safes in every room. Business guests can hide away their computers in their own bedroom if they wish to, although it means that they also have relatively easy access to their technology 24/7.

But out of site may just mean out of mind. At the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland has toyed with a similar idea although they realize a world class golf course is probably the best way to help you forget about your BlackBerry.  

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Look Up. Way Up

Seriously, look up and you'll see the CrackBerry. LOOK UP!

Pamela Anderson testing the waterproof qualities of her CrackBerry.


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CrackBerry Cruz Control

Oscar time is upon us and one of the nominees is the ultra-hot Penelope Cruz. She is now so successful she can hire someone to carry her CrackBerry for her.

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New Wi-Fi Enabled 8820 Coming Soon?

The people over at Pinstack have been all over this rumor for the last few days.

Will there be a WiFi enabled 8800 Blackberry coming out soon? Apparently so.

It seems that the good folks at RIM have been talking about this for a while and we at CrackBerry are pretty confident the new Wi-Fi enabled 8820 will be coming out in the summer.

“For some of us BlackBerry users, news of a WiFi 88xx BlackBerry is always more than welcome. Although, the 8800 stacked against the 8700 features a ton of new features even without Wifi. However, for me it willl take WiFi to pull me away from my 8700g.” says Pinstack’s Editor. “This will greatly enhance my away-from-desk but within office building productivity. Especially when using Remote Desktop, VNC, Telnet and SSH applications that I currently use over GPRS. Also here in Antigua we have island wide WiFi service where I can pull over and log on to the WiFi service with 75% island coverage.

When using Idokorro's Remote Desktop for servers and Telneting to routers that I maintain it will be a dream. Not to mention when traveling; being able to work via WiFi Hotspots will be a huge plus for Network Engineers and IT Techs. Most 8700 users won't need WiFi and so you can pick up the 8800 next week and it will be a great upgrade. For the record, the 8800 originally should have launched WITH WiFi but RIM ran into issues with this feature and so there will be two launches. The first 8800 (w/o WiFi) and the 8820 (w/ WiFi).

The expected dates for the 8820 release being May/June 07' hopefully sooner and esp before the launch of Apple's iPhone. Although, in fact they shouldn't be compared but in actuality the iPhone does affect RIM's stock. Possibly less in future as the corporate world begins to learn the different Market targets of both devices. Attached is a comparison chart of the 8820 against the 8700. So far, the only additional feature over the 8800 is WiFi.”

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Calling Phone Numbers Containing Letters

Steph writes: "I want to call a number that has letters in it…such as 1-800-GOT-MILK. But the keys on my BlackBerry are not like those on a regular phone and I don’t know what the corresponding numbers should be. How do I make that call on my Qwerty keyboard Blackberry?"

It’s actually very simple.

You can go to the phone function and begin dialing or you can actually just start hitting the numbers from your home screen and the phone application will open automatically.

Dial 1-8-0-0 or whatever the number prefix is. When you get to the letter, press the ALT key and hold and press the letters you need. The Blackberry will automatically figure out what numbers should be dialed. Press the click wheel and the call is imitated.

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BlackBerry Connect to be Offered on Five New HTC Windows Mobile-based Devices

Research In Motion announced this week at the 3GSM World Congress plans to offer BlackBerry Connect software on five new Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world, including the HTC S710 launched at the 3GSM World Congress 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

BlackBerry Connect on HTC handsets supports push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.

Additional features supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Connect v4.0 include: Enhanced attachment handling capabilities, enabling users to view images, footnotes and tracked changes; Remote look-up of corporate email address directory; Triple DES or AES wireless encryption; Internet and corporate intranet access via the BlackBerry Mobile Data System; Wireless device provisioning to allow devices to be activated wirelessly; Remote control of email settings to allow users to wirelessly configure out-of-office replies, email filters, and auto-signatures directly from their device; and Wireless IT policy enforcement and commands.

The HTC S710 is a versatile, compact handset that looks like a phone, but includes a concealed semi auto-sliding keyboard to allow for email and data input. Users are able to view their email, Word and Excel documents on the 2.4 inch screen with landscape view option. The HTC 710 operates on GPRS/EDGE networks and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.

Florian Seiche, Vice President HTC Europe, commented: “BlackBerry Connect is a great example of our continual drive to add more value for our customers. We have experienced strong demand for BlackBerry Connect from some of our key operator clients and therefore consider it important that our devices support the popular BlackBerry service.”

“HTC is the world’s leading provider of Windows Mobile-based devices and a strategic partner for RIM. We’re pleased to be extending our relationship to bring BlackBerry Connect to a range of new HTC devices this year,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “Together, HTC devices and BlackBerry Connect provide an innovative and powerful solution that meets the distinct needs of both mobile users and IT departments.”

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access multiple supported email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA phone devices. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations, and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and Smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

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Have CrackBerrys Made it Easier to Lie?

A British pollster says it is easier to be ‘economical with the truth’ when using BlackBerry.

More than four out of five people admit to telling little white lies at least once a day says a survey conducted by UK pollsters. The preferred way of being "economical with the truth" is to use technology such as cell phones, texts and e-mails. “Techno-treachery” was widespread apparently, with nearly 75 percent of people saying gadgets like BlackBerrys made it easier to fib. More than half of respondents said using BlackBerrys made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than doing it face to face. The workplace was the favorite location for fibbing, with 67 percent of the 1,487 respondents admitting that they had lied at work.

The study was conducted on behalf of a financial-services company.

However, workplaces were not the only arenas in which dishonesty was happening. More than 40 percent said they had lied to their family or partner too. People admitted to lying about buying new clothes or the cost of them, how good someone looked in something, how much they had eaten and drunk, and how much they weighed.

Before we all get on the whole society is going to hell in a handbasket bandwagon it should be noted that most of the respondents said they told lies with the best intentions and to spare others' feelings.

So, next time someone BlackBerrys you and tells you that tie looks great, maybe take it with a grain of salt.

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Hip Hop Berry

They dont call him cool for nothin'

LL Cool J chillin at a book store it seems sporting the latest in hip Berry ware.

As the guy with the little PDA on the left looks on in envy. (Insert own joke here)

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BlackBerry 8800 Video!

Captured by Shiny Shiny , here's a peak at the new BlackBerry 8800 that was announced by RIM at the 3GSM World Conference.


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RIM Officially Launches BlackBerry 8800

CrackBerry Addicts Rejoice! After months of rumors, speculation and online debate, RIM has officially announced the launch of their new BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone. will dive into the features of the new 8800 Smartphone in the days and weeks ahead, but for now you can get your fill at RIM's official site - .  RIM's official press release for the new device can be found here.  

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10 Great Time Savers for CrackBerry Users

Crackberry users are all about the time savings. The handy little PDA can save us all a lot of time. Yet, there are lots of little hints that can save even more time. So in order to save you from perusing the manuals to find all these little gems we present our top Crackberry shortcuts.

1. Perhaps the best time saving key is the easy uppercase function. Press and hold any letter in order to capitalize.

2. In a related short cut, if you are need of an accent grave or an umlaut press both the Symbol key and the letter you need modified and then turn the side wheel until the appropriate letter character shows up. Great for those German or French CrackBerry addicts. Pressing the symbol key alone will bring up a number of useful symbols and currency signs.

3. If you find you get lot of e-mail or a lot of spam you can avoid deleting each e-mail separately and can delete all of them with one click. Click on the ‘date’ field above that day’s mails and then choose Delete Prior from the menu.

4. To navigate around the Calendar press D for Day, W for Week, M for Month, and A for Agenda. You will need to set the Enable Quick Entry field to No under Calendar Options first for this to work.

5. When using the web browser function you can access your favourite sites by hitting the K key to open up you bookmarks. If you want to add a site to your bookmarks just hit the A key.

6. To find a contact in your address book type the contact's name or initials, separated by a space.

7. When typing an e-mail address hit the Space key to enter an @ symbol. Press the Space bar again to insert a period in the address.

8. To move down a page while reading a message just press the Space key. To move back up a page press Shift plus the Space key.

9. To dial a phone number with letters such as 1-888-GOT MILK press the Alt key and typing each letter with the keyboard.

10. To activate the back light, press (but don't hold) the Power button. Double press for brighter light.

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How To Install GPS on Your CrackBerry

I was having dinner with a friend who works in the Transportation Department aof the local government and he was marveling about the new Blackberry Maps feature and how it will aid him in his job. "If only it had GPS" he lamented. Well, Martha it is now possible to get GPS on the CrackBerry. As you would expect it isn’t as easy as simply downloading a software program but here is how you can do it.

BlackBerryMaps is only available for devices running software 4.1 and newer so, for the purpose of this article, we will use the new Pearl and how to synch the GPS with Blackberry Maps. If you want to use the Location Based Services (LBS) features of BlackBerry Maps, you will need either a BlackBerry with an internal GPS (which can be very slow) do it is recommended that you have get Bluetooth GPS Receiver (GPS Puck).

1. Turn on your GPS receiver. Initially, the puck will take some time trying to locate and acquire a satellite signal. This can take as long as 10 minutes. Subsequent acquisition times will be significantly lower (usually 30 to 60 seconds). Ensure that the GPS puck acquires a signal before you turn on the BlackBerry Bluetooth or you fire up BlackBerry Maps But to ensure your puck has acquired the signal first will reduce the performance of the puck it will have a harder time searching for a signal.

2. Select “Set Up Bluetooth” option from the main application menu on the BlackBerry Pearl.

3: In the dialog box it should read “Please Ensure your Bluetooth Device is in Pairing Mode.” Press OK. The Blackberry will search for Bluetooth devices within range. This usually takes about 30 seconds.

4. The Pearl will list all the devices in range (which may be many if there are a number of devices nearby with Bluetooth capabilities). The GPS puck will have “GPS” in the device name. Select it and the Pearl will ask you for a “Pass Key.” Unusually this is either 0000 or 1234. Once that is entered the Bluetooth is enabled and your device is listed.

5: Although the Bluetooth in now enabled on your BlackBerry, it is not necessarily “On.” Applications like BlackBerry Maps will actually indicated that the BlackBerry is paired to a device even when your Bluetooth is not on. Ensure the Bluetooth connection is “On” by selecting the Bluetooth icon in the main application menu.

6: Now enter BlackBerry Maps and select “Options” from the menu. Highlight “GPS Device Option,” click the TrackBall or select “Change Option” from the menu. The device you just paired should appear as one of the devices listed. Select it and click the TrackBall. The GPS receiver icon should now be highlighted. Save your changes when you exit the menu.

7: From BlackBerry Maps menu select “Start GPS.” If the puck has acquired its position, you should see a Chevron indicating current bearing and speed. If you zoom in it should indicted the street. Some people want North to always be “up” on the screen. If so, select “North Up” from the main menu. If you prefer the map to show up as the direction of travel “Track Up.”

8: On the Pearl, hitting the Q key will give you information such as the time, battery strength, and how many satellites you are accessing (you need to access at least three for the GPS to work). On devices with a full keyboard, hit the “U” key. To display the map full screen, hit the space bar and the GPS mode switches to “Map Mode”. (The GPS is still active but the info is not being displayed).

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Welcome to, the #1 site FOR CrackBerry Users and Abusers, built and operated BY CrackBerry Users and Abusers.

To find out more about how this site came into existence and why, and who we are, click here for the full story.  In the meantime, here is a quick overview of what you can expect from the Crack Team and

Our aim is simple – we want to establish as the premier resource for anything and everything BlackBerry.  Whether you are at an airport with time to kill and want some games to play, need a replacement case for your Berry, want to stay on top of the latest news and rumours in the mobile industry, want to buy a Bluetooth headset but don't know which one to buy, or are not quite up to CrackBerry Addict status yet and need help figuring out how to use your BlackBerry, is the first place you go.

We view the BlackBerry as a serious device that also has a lighter side and we've built to reflect that.  We've done our best to keep the site simple and intuitive while providing all the features we thought a site with a name worthy of the "2006 Webster's New Word of the Year" award should have.

We've broken the website down into three main categories – Community, Forums, and Store.  Think Community for news, reviews, rumours, entertainment and useful information for new and experienced berry users alike. The Forum is your way to interact with other CrackBerry users  and the store will offer you the latest software, hardware accessories and downloads for every type of BlackBerry.

If you register with the site you have the option of setting up your free @ email redirector.  Set up and the system will redirect emails sent to your new address to any existing email address you specify.  It's simple. For those of you whose BlackBerry addiction has reached the point of unhealthy, be sure to check out the Rehab section.

We've built the wapsite as your portal to the mobile web.  Using the mobile browser on your wireless device, visit (or if you don't get automatically redirected).  The site features hundreds of links to the best mobile sites.  You can download the CrackBerry launcher (it installs a sweet icon onto your BlackBerry's desktop) to make it easy for you to use as your starting point on the mobile web.

Enjoy the site!

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New Years Resolutions Your BlackBerry Can Help

It is that time of year again, well the beginning of it, where we all feel like we have to change and improve. It is time for some New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve looked at the top 5 resolutions and put the BlackBerry to work.

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