BlackBerry News and Reviews

Exclusive: New BlackBerry Curve Touch Image and Specs!

While the BlackBerry apollo and sedona are looking to be the next update to the entry level BlackBerry Curve line in a non-touchscreen format, following those devices a touchscreen variant is on the way. Pictured above is the BlackBerry codenamed malibu, the CDMA flavor of what will likely go to market as the BlackBerry Curve Touch, which is slated to be released in late 2011/early 2012 as the first Curve to lack a keyboard. Proposed Specs include:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU
  • Radio: CDMA - EvDo Rev A
  • Display: 3.25" 480x360 HVGA
  • Navigation: Trackpad & Nav Keys
  • Keypad: Virtual QWERTY
  • Camera: 5 MP (with HD Video recording)
  • Memory: 1GB Flash + 512MB RAM, Hot Swap MicroSD slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS: Autonomous & A-GPS
  • Connectivity: NFC, Micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, accelerometer

While the malibu is the CDMA Curve Touch, it only makes sense that a GSM version is in the works too. Looking like a sweet entry level BlackBerry!

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Exclusive: BlackBerry montana is CDMA BlackBerry Bold Touch - Image and Specs!

While we recently saw information and photos leak to the net about the gsm BlackBerry dakota, you can think of the BlackBerry montana as dakota's CDMA sibling. With both the montana and dakota likely to hit the market under BlackBerry Bold Touch branding, this is RIM's thinnest BlackBerry ever with premium materials and finishes and a forged, machined stainless steel frame. The BlackBerry Montana's features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 10.5mm
  • Processor: Qualcomm 1.2GHz CPU
  • Radio: 800/1900 MHz EvDO Rev A with Receive Diversity (PCS Only); Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Dual Band UMTS (HSPA 7.2/5.76) 900/2100MHz
  • Display: 2.8" diagonol - VGA 640 x 480, resolution 287dpi
  • Camera: 5mp - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Recording (720p)
  • Navigation: Capacitive Touch, Optical Trackpad
  • Keypad: Wide QWERTY - Physical Send, End, Escape, Menu, Right Side Convenience Key, Volume Control
  • Memory: 8GB - 768MB RAM - up to 32GB MicroSd Crad
  • WiFi: 2.4 GHZ b/g/n - 5GHz a/n - Mobile Hotspot
  • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
  • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity
All in all, if you like BlackBerry Smartphones with keyboards and are on a CDMA carrier, this will be the device to have! 

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How do you use your BlackBerry: Do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia device?

  Do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia device?Market Research  

I've never been one to use my BlackBerry as a media player. Honestly as soon as I get a new device, I always hide both the music and video icons and rarely ever use them. I've had my trusy iPod for as long as I can remember, and when I'm on the go it's my music player of choice. Part of me just likes having a separate music player, and I suppose part of me worries that I'll eat up my BlackBerry battery when I'm out and about if I use it as a media player. So today I have to ask - do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia player for music and/or video? I'm sure lots of you have all your music loaded up and ready to roll, while others are like me and use a separate device. Cast your vote in the poll above, and leave a comment letting us know why.

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Zombie Horror Novel Written on BlackBerry by CrackBerry member sees release (stars me as the Michaluk virus...woohoo!)

Writing a novel is no easy task. For most people it's too daunting to even think about starting, never mind finishing. But how about writing a novel on your BlackBerry? Pure craziness in my opinion, but that's exactly what CrackBerry member Jessica Meigs (a_silent_song) did. She recently released her first novella in a five-part series, called The Becoming: Outbreak. 

The novel features a group of friends as they fight to survive the outbreak of a virus that turns its victims into homicidal cannibals (aka zombies). And the name of the virus? The Michaluk virus!! Yep, Jessica gave me the honor of being the first victim to bite the dust so the virus got named after me (in case you don't know how to pronounce it, it's Mitch-A-Luck). I read the novel on my flight out to Bali was thoroughly entertained by it -- I can't wait for part 2 to be released -- so do yourself a favor and pick it up. At 99 cents and written by a CrackBerry member on a BlackBerry, it's definitely an entertaining must read. The full press release is below and you can pick it up at the following links. Great job Jessica - two CrackBerry thumbs up!

Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Kindle from Amazon
Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Nook from Barnes & Noble
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BlackBerry service blocked in Egypt?

On the heels of both Twitter and Facebook being blocked in Egypt, it looks like BlackBerry internet service may be the next casualty. The buzz on Twitter and some emails to the CrackBerry tip line let us know that BlackBerry users in Egypt are being denied access to their BlackBerry data. Reports are mixed at the moment and we're unsure as to what exactly is working and what's not, but we'll be sure to update this post as we find out more. Are you a BlackBerry user in Egypt? Leave a comment and let us know if you're still up and running or not!

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New BlackBerry Messenger in Indonesia Video: HellBobs Tattoo

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I'm now back home after my trip to Indonesia for BlackBerry DevCon Asia. There are a few posts left to hit the blogs from the trip (Indonesia internet didn't like me uploading vids to youtube for some reason), but in the meantime while I get those posts together here's a new user Indo BlackBerry Messenger user video. In this video, Bobby and Ucha from HellBobs talk about their passion in the art of tattooing and how BBM has helped them to connect with their clients and exchange ideas on what tattoo design is perfect for them.

Unless you actually hit a city like Jakarta and see it with your own eyes, it's actually pretty hard to convey just how over the top the BlackBerry use there is. I hit up some restaurants where literally every person had their BlackBerry either in hand or on the table, or in some cases two or three devices. It was pure BlackBerry craziness.  

In the video, Bobby says he belongs to 20 BBM groups and has over 500 contacts on his BlackBerry. Not too shabby. How does that stack up to your BlackBerry Messenger list?

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Contest: Win a free copy of Amor by Pootermobile for Valentine's Day! 50 copies available!

Valentine's Day is approaching quickly, and we have a beautiful new theme from Pootermobile to help get you in the mood! Amor is a well crafted theme that you can enjoy for Valentines, and long after. The home screen sports an awesome banner that you can customize with a special message, and unique battery and signal meters in blue. The colorful 3D icons are eye-catching and look nice against the red backgrounds on each screen. The u-shaped dock on the home screen has 6-7 customizable icons depending on your device, and can also be hidden for full wallpaper love. This theme has no screen or menu transitions, which is nice for this of us that don't care for them.

Overall Amor is a great looking theme for guys or girls, and would make a great addition to your theme stockpile. Additionally, Amor would be a great gift for that theme loving BlackBerry addict in your life! At just $3.99, it's cheaper than flowers, and will last a lot longer. ;) Compatible with BlackBerry Torch, Storm, Curve 85/89/93, Bold 9000/9700, and Tour 9600.

Contest: Pootermobile wants to share the love with everyone, and has given us 50 copies of Amor to pass on to you! Rules as always: Leave a comment below to enter. One entry per person please. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Good luck everyone!

For more information/screenshots and to purchase Amor

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Soti Pocket Controller-Pro updated to v7.01

Soti, Inc. has released an update to their desktop and device software for Pocket Controller-Pro. This updated version comes with some brand new features as well as minor improvements and fixes. If you're not familiar with Soti Pocket-Controller Pro, it allows users to remotely control their BlackBerry from their computer and comes packed with ten features to increase efficiency. If you have clumsy thumbs like me, this will make typing emails and texts a breeze. Changes include:

  • Performance - Remote Control performance has been enhanced to consume less bandwidth and be more responsive. CPU usage has also been reduced considerably.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts - Easily access the event log from your desktop by typing in ALT-LGLG from your keyboard; Use the Shift and arrow buttons on your keyboard to select multiple files or text for easy copying or deleting; Use the ALT button on your keyboard as if it was the ALT button on your Smartphone.
  • Smartphone Orientation Detection - Automatically updates the skin and screen of the device to reflect when the Smartphone is opened/closed or rotated all in real time!

Soti Pocket Controller-Pro is available for $35.99 for all devices running OS 4.6 and higher and for PC's running Windows 2000-Windows 7. Existing users who purchased the software within the past twelve months are eligible for a free upgrade. Both the device and desktop software must be upgraded to function properly.

More information/download of SOTI Pocket Controller Pro 

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JeeoSuite enters private beta testing - Want in? We've got 100 invites for our readers

  While you may not have heard of JeeoSuite as of yet, we're pretty positive that once you get your hands on it you'll pretty much love it. The WiFi web portal designed for BlackBerry smartphones opens up quite a few options for BlackBerry owners. While some of the features have been around for a while, no one app has been able to bring them all together in as nice of a package as JeeoSuite. So what does JeeoSuite do exactly? Glad you asked. Check out the features listed below:
  • File Browser: Access your SD Card and Device Memory. Upload, Download, even stream media over Wifi to your computer web-browser.
  • Security: Upload / Download permissions can be quickly toggled right in the app for added security.
  • Optimize Memory: Never pay for a Memory Cleaning app again! Free up memory with the click of a button in JeeoSuite.
  • Screenshot: Take a snapshot of the current screen on your phone. Screenshots appear in your computer web-browser allowing you instant access.
  • Locate Phone: Nothings more frustrating than trying to find where you left your phone. JeeoSuite will send out an audible alert so you can track it down.
  • Bookmarks: Create and Edit Bookmarks. Take them with you where-ever you go and browse them on any computer.
  • Dashboard: View your phones vital stats like Memory Usage, OS Version, Battery Life, IP Address, GPS Location, and more in the System Dashboard.

The set up process is pretty darn easy as well. Download, install and enable WiFi. Once enabled, you'll be given an internal IP address to which you visit via your computer web browser. From there, you are presented with the JeeoSuite dashboard that allows you to control all the features available. The option to screen cap from your device to your computer is fast and easy and I won't admit to how many times I've had to use the locate phone feature to find my BlackBerry. A premium version is scheduled for later release but for now, we've got 100 invites to give away thanks to MBLWare. Drop some comments on the post, we'll pick some winners for next week.

*Also, please note: Jeeosuite makes use of the WiFi on your device. If your device does not have WiFi, please do not enter. It's rather pointless.*

Click here to learn more about JeeoSuite

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Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Well, fancy that. A new leak is now available for BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) owners. If you're a BlackBerry Curve 3G owner you're ahead of the 9330 as it just received from Verizon. Give this OS a go and let us know how it works out for you all. Remember, back up your device before loading.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). *

Download OS for the Curve 9300
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Weekly Accessory Roundup - Win an extended battery for your device!

Contest: Win an extended battery for your device! Details Below.

When I get a device I'm all about battery life. Ever since the 9700 and it's insane battery life came around I won't settle for anything less. One of the ways I've found to keep the fire burnin' is with an OEM size extended battery. Unlike bulky extended batteries that require a different cover, the OEM size extended batteries fit right into your stock device and give you a good amount of extra juice. While they don't pack the punch of full-size extended batteries, they let you crack away for a few extra hours (or days depending on your use) and really do make a difference. 

We have a wide range of both full-size and OEM size extended batteries available at for most devices, so swing by and pick on up today!

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Gym Technik fitness app for BlackBerry updated; now includes full motion exercise video demos

It's a few weeks into the New Year, and the folks at Gym Technik are doing their part in keeping BlackBerry owners fit. We've covered this CrackBerry Award winning app a few times, who also co-sponsored the BlackBerry Fitness Challenge we held last year. This BlackBerry fitness app allows you to setup workouts, find workouts, track workouts, track body stats. and schedule a routine on your calendar, all from your BlackBerry. And while you're at the gym, the app gives you the list of exercises you need to perform, along with the ability to track.

Their newest version now comes with a slew of new features, the most exciting of which is streaming video of their entire exercise library. Members can now watch a full motion video showing the proper form of the exercise they're about to perform, directly from the app. Once they complete the exercise, they can then track the stats so it's accessible the next time they perform it.

50 Premium Discount Codes - Save 40%: To celebrate the launch of this upgrade, and their love for CrackBerry nation, they are giving away 50 premium account discount codes, offering 40% off their already discounted annual membership. Use discount code cbnation40 upon checkout at

Go ahead and download the app by pointing your BlackBerry browser to and follow the instructions. New registrations get an automatic 30 day free trial of premium. Existing members get the app upgraded to the newest version.

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BlackBerry PlayBook and future QNX-based BlackBerry Smartphones to run Android Apps too?!

Pure awesomeness. Back on August 25th on CrackBerry Podcast 057 (jump to minute 52), prior to the PlayBook ever being announced, we spent a bunch of time weighing in on the BlackBerry tablet rumors of the day. I squashed a bunch of them - like the fact it would NOT be called the BlackPad (I still chuckle at that one) nor would RIM brand it the QNX OS (it was introduced as BlackBerry Tablet OS). I also talked about the QNX-based operating system, and how it would definitely be on BlackBerry Smartphones down the road (now confirmed). And I also made a bet with our own Bla1ze that the QNX OS would be capable of running Android apps down the road, should RIM choose to make that happen (obviously they want to build out their own app ecosystem via App World, but if you can support another one, why not?). And well, I don't usually make bets that I won't win - even in August I had heard RIM's new tablet could run Android apps, but the big question then and now is whether RIM would want to do that, even if the platform could do it. 

Today Jonathan Geller followed up on this, stating he's confirmed with multiple sources that it's looking like the BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry Smartphones running the QNX-based OS may be able to run Android apps via a Java Virtual Machine. RIM has stated a Java VM is coming to support legacy BlackBerry apps, and it seems RIM may choose to implement the Dalvik JM which Android utilizes (the final decision having yet to be made). Assuming RIM goes this route, you may just be able to run Android apps on your next BlackBerry. You can follow the link below for BGR's full take on it.

Be sure to sound off in the comments on this one. How would you feel about a BlackBerry PlayBook or Smartphone that could ALSO run Android apps?? Could be pretty awesome, don't you think? Let's make it happen RIM!

Source: BGR

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A few more details on BlackBerry Balance

We've heard bits and pieces about BlackBerry Balance but still no solid details (in the form of a RIM press release anyway). Our good friend Al Sacco did have a chance to sit in on a recent BlackBerry event where he heard a bit of what Balance will include. The basis of the product is to separate work and personal information on your BlackBerry smartphone. This means while you may have a work issued BlackBerry (or personal device you also use through a BES for work) you won't have to worry about mixing things up.

BlackBerry Balance looks to include access for BES admins that will only allow them to delete data and applications related to work - so your personal items will stay intact regardless. The coolest feature (and most useful) will prevent users from copying/pasting any work data or information to personal accounts or apps. If you try to copy from one to another, a warning will pop up to keep you from doing anything you dont want to do. Using BlackBerry Balance, data access can also be prevented to certain third-party apps. 

Overall BlackBerry Balance will be welcomed with open arms by all BES users (for the most part). It sounds like a great product that will definitely make things easier and safer for those of you attached to a BES through your company. As we said earlier this week, it looks to be on the way so we should see it in action in the next few weeks.


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Slacker Radio Plus for BlackBerry giveway - Free subscriptions up for grabs!

It's the day of the week known as hump day. What a better way to help you get through the rest of the week than run a contest for some free subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus? Up for grabs we have 5 one-year subscriptions, 5 three-month subscriptions and 5 one-month subscriptions. Just leave a single comment on this post telling us why you want to win. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. 

In case you haven't heard of Slacker Radio, check out this CrackBerry Idol Review of Slacker Radio to get all the details. Good luck to everyone!!!

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Official OS DM files now available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 and Blackberry Bold 9650 from Verizon

As expected, Verizon has now posted up the Desktop Manager install files for those of you with either a BlackBerry Bold 9650 or a BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. You can head on over to to the Verizon Wireless website and grab the downloads if you never got the OTA install. Of course, if you're running a previously leaked version then you can simply pass this one over.

Click here to visit the Verizon downloads page

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BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 and Bold 9650 OTA update available from Verizon?

*Update: Looks like this may be the case for Bold 9650 users as well. Make sure you're running the last official OS from Verizon and see if the update is available to you.

A few users have been reporting in today and it looks like OS 6 may be on the way down the pipeline from Verizon. Justin snagged us this screencap of his 9330 where it looks like OS is available for an OTA update. Still no sign of OS 6 on Verizon's download site, but it's not unlike them to make the wireless update option available ahead of time. If you have a 9330 and are running an official OS, head to the wireless update option and let us know if it's showing for you. Thanks Justin!

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BlackBerry Messenger 6 features list leaked?!

Back when Research In Motion announced their BBM Social Platform most folks were wondering what, exactly that meant for BlackBerry Messenger and how we use it today. At the time of the announcement, it never really meant much at all. But now that we have the BlackBerry PlayBook on the way and a new 6.1 OS some of the intended uses for the BBM Social Platform are coming to light. That is, if you want to play to the rumor mill. Below is a list of features said to be a part of BlackBerry Messenger 6.0:

  • The ability to play games and use your BBM user name as your gamer name
  • Cross chats between users over BBM (and it looks like you and the other parties playing don’t have to be on each other friends list)
  • Also, when we complete tasks on these new games our status will change to show what task we completed (sounds like its similar to the “show what i am listening to tab” and will probably have an option to share with your BBM contacts or hide it from your contacts)
  • It also seems like on BBM6, BBM groups will be able to handle more members
  • The new BBM6 will be supported on all devices running OS 5+ (at least for now)
  • Looks like a mobile game developer company by the name of “Gamemachi” is working on game(s) for this new BBM6 platform.
Sounds pretty awesome right? We're not going to heavily invest a lot of thought into these rumors as of yet since there is not much else to really go on. But, we do know RIM has the BBM Social Platform arriving. We do know some of the stuff mentioned herein is part of what they were hoping to achieve with the BBM Social Platform. Aside from that, we're not so sure all of which you listed above is based on things that are really going to happen or if they just based on things that some folks would like to see happen. Needless to say if some of it doesn't pan out, don't be to upset.

Source: PocketBerry
Via: KomBB

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BlackBerry Balance coming soon - Headed to PlayBook as well

The rumored BlackBerry Balance looks to be on its way to public release. The product looks to separate your work and play life on your BlackBerry Smartphone, keeping your personal info private while IT can still snoop on the buisness side of things.

"There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone - enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting," said Jeff McDowell, RIM's senior vice-president for business and platform marketing. "We just wanted to create an innovative solution that allows enterprises to manage the corporate data side while at the same time give their employees the freedom to use Facebook and browse the Web and get their Internet email at the same time," 

BlackBerry Balance is said to be in carrier testing at the moment and should be available for public consumption in about two months for BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook. We don't know any more specifics on the product just yet, but it looks like we shouldn't have to wait too much longer to try it out.

Source: Reuters

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Exclusive: Praise the BlackBerry Lord - OS 6.1 allows me to manage homescreen panes!!

Thank you RIM! This BlackBerry 6.1 screen capture above shows off a new feature in the upcoming OS update that so many of us BlackBerry 6 users, including myself, have been longing for... the ability to manage homescreen panes.

In the default BlackBerry homescreen experience the All, Favorites, Media, Downloads, and Frequent panes are always present, which on a device like the BlackBerry Bold 9780 (that is fast and lacks a touchscreen) can make for a lot of accidental scrolling between panes. With BlackBerry 6.1, the new Manage Panes option will make that annoyance a thing of the past as you will be able to choose which panes to show on the homescreen. Great news. Now we just need to see this baby get released!

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