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BlackBerry KEYone now available in Austria exclusively at A1

The KEYone is now available exclusively on A1 in Austria!

As the BlackBerry KEYone makes its way to more carriers across the globe, A1 has today announced that they are the first in Austria to offer the KEYone. A1 is offering the KEyone for various rates ranging from as low as € 0 down at € 56.90 monthly to € 399 down at € 19.90 monthly. If you're in Austria and looking to snag a KEYone, this is the only straight route for now so hop on it!

As a refresher, here's what the BlackBerry KEYone is packing:

  • Dimensions: 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm, 180g
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 - Nougat
  • Display: 4.5 inch IPS LCD display at 1620 x 1080 pixels = 433 ppi
  • Camera: Rear 12 MP with ƒ / 2.0, video in 4K and 8 MP front camera (for Selfies) with ƒ / 2.2, Dual LED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2 Gigahertz
  • Memory: 3 GB of RAM; 32 GB internal memory - expandable with MicroSD
  • Battery: Li-Ion with 3505 mAh - not replaceable, Fast Charging
  • Connectivity: GSM / EDGE / UMTS / LTE, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2

You can read more on the KEYone at A1 on their blog.

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How to setup a screen lock on the BlackBerry KEYone

In addition to the awesomely fast fingerprint lock on the BlackBerry KEYone — you'll also need to use a pattern, PIN or password to keep things locked down tight. Here's how to set it up.

How to Setup Screen Lock on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon.

  2. Scroll down and tap Security

  3. Tap Screen lock.

  4. Tap Pattern, PIN or Password. On the next screen, choose if you'd like to require your chosen method upon device startup.

  5. Enter your Pattern, PIN or Password, then tap continue. Enter again and confirm.

  6. You're done! Your device will now be secured with your chosen screen lock. You can use this instead of or in addition to the fingerprint lock.

You can never be too safe — so make sure you use a strong pattern, PIN or password — and also setup fingerprint lock to keep your BlackBerry KEYone as secure as possible.

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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How to replace the launcher on the BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone has an awesome launcher by default, but one of the fun things about Android is that you always have the option to change it up should it not be to your liking. There are literally hundreds of launchers for the choosing — each one having its own set of features that makes it unique.

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Consumer BBM for Android, iOS and Windows moving from data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform in Asia

At the end of 2016, there were several reports that BlackBerry had plans to move BBM servers to Indonesia. At the time, the rumors were shot down by BlackBerry COO Marty Beard, but there may have been a slight bit of truth to rumors as it has now been announced that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform in Asia.

We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian's remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need, said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

According to the press release, the move comes to 'accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets', which makes sense as the platform has been expanding to a number of categories beyond its original messaging application functionality. Plus, having data centers in Canada sending data to Asia is a hindrance to performance.

In order to accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets, BBM recognized that migrating its databases to the cloud was a business imperative. The company chose Google Cloud Platform as their cloud platform and enlisted Google to help them find a services provider that had experience with both on-premise data centers and Google Cloud Platform to migrate their complex IT infrastructure to the cloud as quickly as possible.

Still, what Beard noted back in December remains true. The move to the to Google Cloud Platform in Asia is only for Android, iOS, and Windows consumer BBM accounts. BlackBerry 10 versions of BBM, as well as BBM Enterprise, are not going to be part of the data migration.

BBM MESSENGER SELECTS PYTHIAN FOR MAJOR GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM MIGRATION

Ottawa, ON – June 15, 2017 – Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, announced today that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to help them move their mission-critical IT infrastructure for Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Asia.

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video, comics, shopping, travel, career and polls.

In order to accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets, BBM recognized that migrating its databases to the cloud was a business imperative. The company chose Google Cloud Platform as their cloud platform and enlisted Google to help them find a services provider that had experience with both on-premise data centers and Google Cloud Platform to migrate their complex IT infrastructure to the cloud as quickly as possible.

BBM also aligned with Pythian's delivery model. "We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian's remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

Pythian puts its full stack experience to work to go beyond traditional "lift-and-shift", architecting a cloud solution that will be automated and take full advantage of the agility and scalability of GCP's cloud services.

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com

Via: VentureBeat Source: Pythian

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BlackBerry KEYone sales go live in the Netherlands!

The BlackBerry KEYone continues to roll out across Europe and if you're among those who live in the Netherlands waiting, your time has come. Multiple retailers in the Netherlands have now put KEYone sales live and are ready to ship them at a wide array of price ranges starting at €0.00.

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BlackBerry will webcast their annual and special meeting on June 21, 2017

Ahead of BlackBerry announcing their Q1 Fiscal 2018 results on Friday, June 23, 2017, the company has now announced the will also be webcasting their annual and special meeting on June 21, 2017.

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How to turn off navigation button vibration on the BlackBerry KEYone

Haptic feedback for the navigation buttons on your BlackBerry KEYone are turned on by default, but you can easily disable vibration if it's not your thing

By default, the vibration for the navigation buttons is turned on out of the box for your BlackBerry KEYone. Many users like having the haptic feedback from the on-screen buttons, but other's don't really care for it. Often times we find that users leave it on simply because they don't know how to turn it off — so we're here to help!

How to Turn off Navigation Button Vibration on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon to access your settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Sound, then Other sounds.

  3. Tap the toggle next to Vibrate on tap to disable the vibration feedback for your navigation buttons.

Done and done! Now you can tap the navigation buttons without any vibration. This is just a better feeling for some (while others prefer the haptic feedback) and it will also save you a bit of battery life as well!

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Unlock your productivity with the Android-powered BlackBerry KEYone!

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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BlackBerry KEYone shows it can take a beating in this "real world" durability test video!

As promised, here's CrackBerry Kevin's first attempt at a BlackBerry KEYone durability test video. Drop tests, stomp tests and more! Watch to the end of the video for a chance to win a KEYone!!

Recording a BlackBerry KEYone Drop Test video was one of the many ideas on my to videos to do list. After JerryRigEverything posted a video last week and the KEYone failed his bend test with the display popping out a little too easily, I prioritized this video to the front of the line and recorded it on Friday afternoon. I also went a little more all out crazy in the testing than I normally would have done otherwise, putting the KEYone through some "real world" durability tests to help prove it can take a beating.

I've been using the KEYone for over three months now and overall have been impressed with the KEYone -- be sure to read my BlackBerry KEYone review if you haven't yet -- and have found it to be a rugged and durable device based on my experiences to date. I've dropped it, sat on it, stepped on it, etc. without any issues at all.

For this video I purchased four brand new KEYones from Rogers in Canada to conduct the drop tests with. I only needed to make use of two of them in the video, so I'm giving the other two away (watch to the end for instructions on how to enter). After I eventually break the KEYone I dismantle it to get a better look at the adhesive that's holding the KEYone's display in. As you'll see, there is adhesive around the display (you can go re-watch the JerryRig video and see that unit has similar adhesive in place). I then break another KEYone (with great difficulty!) and take a look under the display of that one too.

Take note, I recorded this video before BlackBerry Mobile released their statement saying they're taking measures to strengthen the KEYone's display and will cover under warranty any display popping issues customers may have (overall this has been a small number of people). That said, based on my experiences to date and through the testing in this video, KEYone durability isn't something I'm personally worried about. It's a tough phone and as demonstrated in this video was tough enough to outlast the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8 in my Tesla Launch Mode drop test!

I hope you enjoy the video. I wanted to make sure it was fun and also representative of some real world testing. I hate destroying phones, but if necessary I can always conduct more of these test videos.

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Update: Winner's announced here!

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CDMA unlocked BlackBerry KEYone for Verizon now available from Best Buy!

Looking to get your hands on the CDMA unlocked version of the BlackBerry KEYone for Verizon? If so, you'll want to fire up your web browser and head on over the Best Buy site where the device is now showing as available and ready for shipment and in-store pickup.

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BlackBerry and VoxSmart have partnered to help financial services firms achieve MiFID II compliance

BlackBerry and VoxSmart have now announced the companies have partnered to help financial services firms comply on time with the European Union's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, better known as MiFID II.

MiFID II, which comes into effect on January 3, 2018, demands that all financial services firms in Europe must keep records of all services, activities and transactions for at least five years. Records include all electronic and instant messaging communications, telephone conversations and text messages related to or intended to conclude in a transaction, even if one does not occur. The directive seeks to make financial markets in Europe more resilient, transparent and investor-friendly.

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TELUS consumer account holders can now order the BlackBerry KEYone online!

Although TELUS has been offering the BlackBerry KEYone to business customers from the day it was available in Canada, the demand from consumer account holders for the device caused the Canadian carrier to change course and make it available for everyone. Previously, consumer account holders looking to get their hands on the BlackBerry KEYone had to call into TELUS customer care to have their order processed but now, you can place an order directly on the TELUS site.

Pricing for the KEYone on TELUS:

  • $0 - Starting at $85 per month on a 2-year plan
  • $200 - Starting at $75 per month on a 2-year plan
  • $700 - No term pricing

With all that in mind, the TELUS site is currently showing a 3-5 day shipping timeframe on the BlackBerry KEYone, so if you've been waiting to place your order without having to call into customer service, now is the time to do so. Let us know in the comments if you're snagging one!

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BlackBerry named a leader again in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for EMM Suites

Gartner, Inc. has named BlackBerry as a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites for the second straight year. Notably, this is also the fourth straight year that BlackBerry has moved higher in ability to execute and further in completeness of vision in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites.

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KEYone available from Carphone Warehouse for £36 per month

No doubt about it, people are loving the BlackBerry KEYone!

Currently, Carphone Warehouse has the best Pay Monthly pricing in the UK and also have the device in-stock. You can grab the BlackBerry KEYone for just £36 per month and £0.00 upfront cost.

The BlackBerry KEYone is rolling out around the world, and while we know it's still hard to get your hands on one in some places, those that have been using one already are loving it so far. There has been an incredible response, with positive reviews for the BlackBerry KEYone across the board.

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BlackBerry Mobile says it is taking 'measures' to strengthen KEYone displays

BlackBerry Mobile has released an official statement on KEYone display popping problems.

Now this is a swift response! After internet rabble rouser and professional phone destroyer, JerryRigEverything, put the KEYone through its paces last week, one of the main takeaways was that the display can come apart from the rest of the phone quite easily, as there isn't a lot of adhesive holding it all together.

After the video came out, I promised to do some durability tests of my own, and I'll summarize those in just a minute, but let's hear from BlackBerry Mobile, since it has just released a statement:

TCL Communication has a long-standing track record of delivering high-quality devices to our customers around the world, and the BlackBerry KEYone is no different. To ensure the highest quality in the BlackBerry KEYone, we used strong, durable premium materials and conducted rigorous stress tests on the device throughout the product development cycle to meet the real life use standards our customers demand. While the BlackBerry KEYone is being met with great enthusiasm, we are aware of the concerns around potential display separation on the device. Out of the thousands of BlackBerry KEYone smartphones that have been shipped and sold globally, only a very small handful of customers have reported this kind of issue.

Our teams are actively examining additional adhesive measures that might further strengthen and eliminate any possibility of display separation occurring. If a customer does experience this however, they're encouraged to contact us for a device warranty replacement.

The takeaway here is that the KEYone doesn't have a huge problem — only a handful of phones have been affected — but in either case, BB Mobile is "actively examining additional adhesive measures" to make sure this problem goes away completely. And if you've had a problem with the phone up 'til now, just contact the company and it will replace the phone for you under warranty. OK, that's great, but here are some of my findings (video coming soon!!) from my own durability tests:

  • I dropped and threw the phone around a lot and it took so much abuse (I had to throw it at a wall) to get the screen to break but overall it held up super well.
  • When I did manage to get the display off by actually bending the phone (on purpose) so the screen would pop out, I found there is adhesive in there. Here's what I wrote in the CrackBerry forums:

I took the KEYone apart... bent it hard and popped out display. So, interesting thing here is that THERE IS adhesive.... it's all around the edges of the display. Like a thin strip of black-ish caulking. If you watch JerryRig's video, there IS the same caulking in that video -- he's wrong to say there's "absolutely no adhesive" because there absolutely is. I just watch the video and you can see it. It's not under the metallic parts, but on the perimeter around the edge.

Could more be done to cement that display into place? Maybe.... but given the testing and the real "normal world abuse" I've given my KEYone over the past few months, don't think it's really an issue issue. Though given the occurrences of some letting go, I'd assume they do even more to lock in place. But if you own a KEYone already, I dunno.. I wouldn't worry about it unless you plan on twisting and bending the hell out of it. And if you do end up having an issue, I'm going to assume it'll be covered under warranty, etc.

So there you have it. BlackBerry Mobile is doing the right thing here, acknowledging that there is a small problem in a few units for some people, and making it right for them, and for everyone else.

Update: Here's the BlackBerry KEYone Durability Test Video

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BlackBerry to announce Q1 Fiscal 2018 results on Friday, June 23, 2017

Keeping in line with the date laid out on their Investor events calendar, BlackBerry has announced they will be reporting results Q1 2018 results on June 23rd.

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JerryRigEverything's KEYone Durability Test has CBK recording a Real World one tomorrow

Ouch. The BlackBerry KEYone made it into JerryRigEverything's test chambers, where it was passing the scratch and burn test with ease. It didn't fare well in the bend test though...

Update - August 17th: JerryRigEverything has posted a second durability test video. This time the KEYone has passed with flying colors. Zack has removed it from his Shelf of Shave and now gives the KEYone a thumbs up declaring it a phone that will stand up to the test of time.

Update - 2:30pm, Saturday, June 10th: So the KEYone Drop Test and Durability video is coming soon, but in the meantime BB Mobile has released a statement about the limited number of defective KEYones with display issues, which you can read about right here.

Update - 5pm, Friday, June 9th: Just finished recording a CBK KEYone Drop Test Video. My editor is going to try and work on the video over the weekend (she has some prior commitments to attend to, but she's going to try and turn around on it as fast as she can - so hopefully ready for early in the week. If you're ok with spoilers, you can read my debrief on this post in the forums. Overall, KEYone held up pretty well - and we did pry a couple apart to take a look at what's under the hood.

I'm a big fan of JerryRigEverything's YouTube channel, where he puts gadgets, including smartphones, through plenty of torture tests to see just how tough they are. For phones, that includes scratching and burning and bending them. The BlackBerry KEYone did well on the scratch tests, and recovered from the burn test in satisfactory time, but when it came to the bend test it didn't fare as well, with the screen popping out of the chassis quite easily. A further tear down revealed a lack of adhesive holding the display firmly in place. I'm pretty sure the folks at BlackBerry Mobile must be aware of this, so I expect we should hear something from them addressing this in the near future.

We've seen a handful of reports in CrackBerry's KEYone forums where KEYone owners have relayed their devices suffering a similar fate - where drops have popped up the display up. On the other hand, I've also seen the KEYone take a helluva beating and keep on ticking without issue. It's really been a solid device in everyday use. After months of using and abusing my KEYone, I've dropped it and sat on it and beat it up now a LOT without any issues (it even saved my face one night when I tripped in a hotel room and I smashed it into the bedside table with the momentum of 200lbs of drunk CBK behind it). Beyond my main KEYone, I've also had many more come through my hands as we've held the CrackBerry Meetup Tours which have held up well and are still pristine.

BlackBerry KEYone's have been precious to come by, so I haven't been in a rush to do the classic BlackBerry drop test yet, but given the attention and questions users are having around the KEYone's durability, tomorrow I'm going to put the KEYone through some real world durability testing (since that's where use the phones). I have a brand new KEYone to use for it (Rogers retail unit) and for good measure I'll put the real world testing side by side to a Galaxy S8+ and iPhone 7 Plus to see how they measure up.

If you have any ideas for real world abuse you'd like to see the KEYone take in the video, let me know and I'll see if I can make it happen.

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What can you do to combat all of this online tracking? Do you turn to VPNs? Sure, but they don't necessarily block tracking in every sense. Did you know that there are services and apps that actually block online trackers in order to keep your data safe?

Disconnect is one of the best tracker blockers around. It blocks tracking requests from connecting to any of your devices, thereby keeping your data safe. It even masks your location so that you can access websites as though you're in another country (like a VPN). Apps like these have subscription rates, and some charge an arm and a leg. If you were to go directly to Disconnect for a lifetime subscription, you'd pay $500. Through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you'll pay only $49, a savings of 90%.

Disconnect is available for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac, so you can cover all of your devices and keep your browsing habits private. If you often deal with sensitive information or would rather just keep your internet habits completely your own, you'll need a quality tracker block, and Disconnect is one of the best around. Check it out at CrackBerry Digital Offers and save 90%.

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