BlackBerry News and Reviews

Contest: Win a free copy of Ceres, the new theme from Pootermobile!

Pootermobile is a talented theme developer that is always looking to bring something unique and eye catching to your BlackBerry. His latest theme Ceres continues with that mission, and I have to say, he has definitely accomplished his goal. Not only does this theme have awesome grungy icons and fonts, the homescreen is designed to look like a polaroid taped to your background. What's cool about this feature is that when you change your wallpaper, it becomes the picture in the polaroid!

Other features include:

  • Customizable icons (6 for keyboard devices - 8 for touchscreen devices
  • Transitions throughout
  • No carrier

Ceres is available for $3.99 in the CrackBerry store and is compatible with 97xx/96xx/89xx, 95xx, 9000 devices running OS 4.6 - 5.0 and the Torch 9800. Note from Pootermobile: All Torch (9800) themes as of now are being made with a beta software. There will be some bugs present in themes. As soon as the software is updated our themes will be updated and available for free to whoever purchased the theme previously.

For more info and to grab Ceres for your BlackBerry

Contest: Pootermobile has given us 20 copies of Ceres to pass on. Business as usual for the contest folks. Leave your comment below to enter, one entry per person, and winners are chosen at midnight PST this Sunday.

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

And here we have OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Makes you kind of wonder how long Research In Motion will keep supporting OS' for these devices right? As always folks, leaked OS so be sure to back up your data. Word has it there is more OS' on the way just not, today.

*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). *

Click Here To Download The Leaked OS For The BlackBerry Curve 8900

Source: Driphter

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    Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

    Much to the dismay of many folks out there, our beloved BlackBerry Bold 9000 devices will never see a build of BlackBerry 6 for them. But, that doesn't mean OS development for the caddy of BlackBerry devices has stopped, in fact it's still very much alive. The most recent official OS for the Bold 9000 was but thanks to this leak we can now check out Back up your data folks, this is a leaked OS and as such is untested.

    *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). *

    Click Here To Download The Leaked OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9000

    Source: Driphter

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      AT&T BlackBerry Pearl 3G Review

      While I was never a Pearl user in the past, something about the Pearl 3G intrigued me since we first saw it pop on the radar back at WES 2009. Many users got their start with a Pearl and either stuck with it or moved on to a full QWERTY device. I never had the pleasure of rocking one myself so I've been a bit anxious to get my hands on a Pearl 3G and put it through my day. While I claimed on our WES bloggers reactions video that purple was the way to go, I really am impartial for the most part when it comes to color. My AT&T Pearl 3G is the sweet faded red and that's fine by me. Keep reading for my thoughts on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G from AT&T.

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      Review: My Books for BlackBerry

      While commuting, I'm never more than a few inches away from my precious BlackBerry and a good book. After years of trains, buses and subways, I've built up quite a collection. Whether lugging around a hardcover, paperback or e-book it's hard to keep track of everything especially ones I want. For example, twelve years ago I lent someone a book and forgot all about it. So to help me remember, I picked up this brand new app in the CrackBerry app store called My Books. It keeps track of books you've read, have, lent and on your wish list. If you're a diehard booklover keep reading for more details.

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      BlackBerry theme roundup for November 29, 2010 - Next week, Christmas extravaganza!

      Hello everyone, and welcome back to CrackBerry's weekly theme roundup! I hope those of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoyed the long weekend. We're back again with a sampling of great themes from some talented developers, so I hope you find something you like below! You will notice there isn't a contest in the roundup this week, but there is plenty of other stuff to check out today for Cyber Monday. Next week we will be showcasing themes for the upcoming holiday, so if you have any you want to see included, be sure to send them in to themeroundup[at] Until then, have a great week!

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      NTT DOCOMO releases official OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

      If you're still not running any of the previously leaked BlackBerry 6 builds on your BlackBerry Bold 9700 then, maybe you'll want to update to the latest official OS at least. NTT Docomo has made available for download, OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The fact the build number is so high on this release kind of gives us the impression that BlackBerry 6 on the Bold 9700 may still have a ways to go before we start seeing it pushed through official channels. In any event, be sure to delete the vendor.xml file for this release and be sure to back up your data before loading.

      Click Here To Download The Official OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9700

      Source: CB Forums

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      We have a winner! And the custom-painted ColorWare BlackBerry Torch goes to...

      After over 7500 comments we have chosen a winner for a custom-painted BlackBerry Torch from Colorware. There were loads of awesome ideas for color schemes and we can't wait to see what the winner will choose to go with. Drumroll please.... and the lucky winner who will receive a custom Colorware BlackBerry Torch is:


      Congrats to greystealth and thanks to everyone that entered. We'll be sure to post some pics of the final product once all is said and done. Check back in the coming weeks for some more great contests as 2010 winds down.

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      Contest Winners - Slacker Radio, SixTools, and BeAmplified!

      Here are the winners from last week's round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at) and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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      Contest: RealCal - the updating calendar icon app. Win 1 of 50 copies!

      With the release of BlackBerry 6, a lot of users were happy to see that their calendar icon now updates with the current date, instead of being a static number. Unfortunately, there are still many people with devices that don't support BB6, and they don't have that small but cool feature available to them. BlingBerry Themes saw this dilemma, decided to do something about it, and came up with an application called RealCal.  

      RealCal is a simple, lightweight app that does just what you think, it updates your actual calendar icon with the current date. No setup required, just install it and it instantly replaces your existing calendar icon.

      From the developer:  
      "The OS6 version of RealCal is the last missing piece between creating the perfect OS6 style theme on your device. You paid good money for your favorite OS6 theme, but your calendar icon doesn't update like it does with the real OS6. RealCal OS6 solves that problem. We use authentic OS6 graphics sourced directly from OS6 devices, you simply cannot find a more accurate OS6 calendar icon application. The size, the font, the icons themselves, it's all perfect. Just what you're looking for."

      RealCal looks great with themes that use OS6 or OS5 icons, or even just a great way to spice up the default theme. And because it syncs with your internal BlackBerry date and time, it's always up to date, even if you change time zones. Current devices supported are the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, Storm 1 & 2, Tour 9630, Curve 9300, Curve 8900, and Curve 8500.

      Contest: We have 50 copies of RealCal to give away, courtesy of BlingBerry Themes! To enter to win one, leave your comment below. As always, one entry per person please and winners will be chosen this Sunday at midnight PST. 

      For more info and to purchase RealCal on sale now for $1.49

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      Keep your money from burning a ho ho hole in your pocket with Christmas Budget

      Take a look at your calendar, the countdown to Christmas has begun! Black Friday shopping probably has many of you off to a good start on your gift buying, so to make the rest of it go more smoothly and ensure you don't blow the budget this holiday season, I  suggest you check out this new BlackBerry app, Christmas Budget

      In the mad dash during this time of year, some people may lose their heads. They may also lose themselves in a spending frenzy. Your budget may be blown and Uncle Ned will end up getting a cheap pair of socks…again. If I could briefly resurrect an old Canadian Tire slogan, the app will help you “Give like Santa, save like Scrooge”. You can manage shopping lists for individuals and groups, and make certain you stay within your budget. Of course I don’t mind if you want to splurge a bit on my gift.


      • Countdown feature
      • Password
      • Create custom groups
      • Set and track budgets for individual groups

      The application can even track what you need to buy, or wrap, or even send. To add to the holiday chaos, the Christmas Budget includes a Christmas countdown feature. I’d rather have a chocolate Advent calendar to remind me, thank you. You can pick up Christmas Budget for $2.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

      Pick up Christmas Budget for BlackBerry Smartphones

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      CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

      CrackBerry Poll: Should RIM make BlackBerry Messenger available to non-BlackBerry smartphones?

      Do you think RIM should expand BlackBerry Messenger to work on other platforms?online survey

      I've had a lot of interesting conversations this week concerning Kik, the BBM-like cross platform instant messaging application available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android. Kik is still pretty bare in features, but it's quick, uses data (not SMS) and like BlackBerry Messenger has Delivered and Read confirmation of messages. The majority of these Kik conversations have focused on two key points: one, Kik's amazing growth (upon release they went from 0 to a million users in 15 days and continue to grow) and two, the fact RIM kiked them out of App World and shut down their push service this week (see Kik's plea and RIM's official response).

      While the Kik success story/controversy is an interesting one to discuss, the notion that keeps coming into my head when I start talking about Kik isn't Kik itself, but rather Should Research In Motion offer BlackBerry Messenger as an app/service to other smartphone platforms? Let's think about this. The rapid growth of Kik tells me the smartphone world wants a cross-platform BBM-style messenger client. To be the category killer of cross-platform smartphone messaging clients, you need infrastructure, a solid app and a critical mass of users. If a small startup can build an app like Kik and quickly establish their brand and score some awesome growth, just imagine what RIM could accomplish with their massive infrastructure, existing BlackBerry Messenger know-how and brand recognition and global marketing reach. If they decided to go this route, it wouldn't take long for pretty much every smartphone owner to be BBMing, not just BlackBerry owners as it is now (it may not be true BBMing as BlackBerry users know it, but it would be something close enough). Who knows, BBMing could eclipse texting (SMS)!

      So should RIM do it? Personally, I think they should. I get the reasons why they wouldn't. RIM makes money from selling smartphones, and right now BlackBerry Messenger is one of those hooks that keeps people on BlackBerry and actually attracts some people to BlackBerry (I've heard stories from carrier reps where individuals walk into the store and ask for the phone that does BBM). But I don't think this reasoning holds up long-term. As soon as a cross-platform BBM-style client emerges in the smartphone space and attains critical mass (ie. Kik or another), even if not as fully-featured as BlackBerry Messenger the hook of BBM starts to diminish. If it's inevitable that a cross-platform BBM alternative is going to emerge down the road, is it not better for RIM to be the one who puts it out? There are some iPhone owners out there who no matter what are never going to own a BlackBerry (Apple fanboys!), but I bet those same people would rock BlackBerry Messenger on their iPhone. 

      Anyways... it's something to ponder. Vote on our poll above and let us know what you think in the comments!

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      Money to burn? Get your loved one (or yourself) a Limited Edition Bill Amberg BlackBerry Bold 9780 for Christmas from Selfridges

      Not sure what to get the person who already has too much for Christmas this year? You may want to check out the Exclusive Limited Edition Bill Amberg BlackBerry Bold 9780 collection, available from Selfridges this December. Here's the official word on them:

      To celebrate the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 luxury leather designer Bill Amberg has created a BlackBerry collection which will be sold exclusively at Selfridges London from 1 December.

      The 60 limited edition Bill Amberg sets, priced at £1000 each, include a BlackBerry Bold 9780, a backplate and sleek matching leather case and are available in six unique colour ways - yellow on black, orange on black, red on black, pink on white, blue on white and green on white.

      To get hold of an iconic BlackBerry Bold 9780 designed by Bill Amberg head to the Technology Hall on the Lower Ground Floor from 1 December.

      I gotta say, as much as I'm a sucker for the notion of limited edition swiss mechanical watches, somehow the concept of seeing 1/10 or 5/10 on the back of a smartphone doesn't quite yield the same sort of emotion for me. The two-tone battery doors are pretty hawt though. It would be nice to see an accessory manufacturer do up something similar in that $15 - $30 price range. More info and images at the link below. Thanks to Dave for sending this in!

      More Info on the Bill Amberg BlackBerry Bold 9780

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      BlackBerry App Roundup for November 26th, 2010! Win 1 of 25 copies of ShortcutMe!

      Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! So what do you think of the CrackBerry redesign? Pretty fancy lookin,’ don’t ya think? It’s definitely more that a fresh coat of paint and you know that there’s even more in store. Today, we announce the winners of the CogniCard giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of ShortcutMe! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

      Freebies of the Week: AdvanceSMS, Canadian Tire, Word Search Free

      In Case You Missed It: Christmas Budget, Dex Mobile

      New This Week: Photo Editor Paint, Color LED Priority Buzz, Weight Loss Booster

      Cool at BlackBerry App World: Pocket Reports

      Contest: Enter to win one of 25 copies of ShortcutMe!

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      Cocky Culture Black Friday sale - 75% off all themes!

      In honor of Black Friday, Cocky Culture is having a massive theme sale. From now till November 30th, you can pick up any of their themes for 75% off! Just use the code xxblackfridayxx when checking out at the CrackBerry Mobile App Store (note: the coupon code will not work in the main full web store - has to be used in the mobile store or via our Superstore on-device app). If you are a theme lover, this is the best time to pick one up and save some money. Happy Holidays!

      More information and download of Cocky Culture themes

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      Distimo monthly report breaks down BlackBerry App World

      Recently, Distimo has released their November 2010 report that helps companies, and individuals, gain a better grasp on the analytics of the mobile app ecosystem. If you aren’t familiar with Distimo, the company provides in-depth coverage of emerging trends within the mobile application industry. The services that Distimo offers include the monthly Distimo Report, which covers the following mobile application stores:

      • Apple App Store - iPhone • Apple App Store - iPad • BlackBerry App World • Google Android Market • Nokia Ovi Store • Palm App Catalog • Windows Marketplace • Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

      They also offer a monitoring service for developers; which allows them to see daily downloads and revenue, as well as review their app ranking and the ranking of the competition. Within the free monthly reports, readers can compare the top free and paid applications from all of the app stores above listed; as well as view price point comparison. While this report does focus more on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, there are still some interesting facts to be seen from BlackBerry App World.

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      Official OS for the BlackBerry Storm2 released by Verizon!

      It looks like Verizon decided to show BlackBerry Storm2 owners some love heading into the Thanksgiving weekend. OS version became available today from Verizon's website and you should be able to get it through Desktop Manager (hopefully) soon as well. Download links and details of what's new are below. We'll get this updated asap on our new BlackBerry OS Superpage as well. Remember, if you want to find the latest operating system available for your phone, be it official release or leaked, just point your browser to Enjoy!!

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      If you are like the guy in this video, you need the new CrackBerry book!

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      Sure, this one is a bit of a shameless plug, but it's pretty funny too so I think we can get away with it! Gary Mazo, co-author of CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use & Abuse, had some fun in xtranormal putting this one together. Check out the video above. I think that's going to be my new pick up line... Show Me Your Barcode! But seriously, if watching this video is like looking in a mirror, or if you know somebody who acts like this all the time, it's time to pick up the CrackBerry book. You can grab it from amazon or a local bookstore near you!

      On a related note, last weekend CBC in Canada ran a documentary called Are We Digital Dummies? that tackled the information overload we experience these days and our resulting behaviors. Yours truly popped up in the documentary a couple times, and both the CrackBerry site and the CrackBerry book got some nice plugs! If you're in Canada and missed the documentary, you can watch it online at the link below. It's a really well done and really interesting piece. Makes you think. 

      Learn more/puchase CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use & Abuse
      Watch CBC Doc Zone's Are We Digital Dummies documentary

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      Happy Thanksgiving from!

      To all our BlackBerry using and abusing friends in the United States... Happy Thanksgiving from!

      Let's give thanks today for all the Good Things we have in Life... Family, Friends, Health... and let's not forget to also give thanks to our friends at Research In Motion for that precious gift of the BlackBerry. Not only has it changed the world, but it also gave us the reason to build this site and bring all of us BlackBerry users together in a happy CrackBerry family. :-)

      So while you're out visiting your friends and family this holiday weekend, be sure to spread the word that the #1 BlackBerry site on the net just got a BIG site update this week and is looking pretty good! The site changeover has gone smooth for the most part, and the Canadian members of the crack team will continue working on our post-relaunch tweaks today and through the weekend. We've received a ton of overwhelmingly postiive feedback on CB's new look, as well as some very helpful feedback the past couple of days, which we're listening to closely and will continue fixing up any loose bugs and making further tweaks and improvements over the days ahead. As always, you'll want to keep it locked to 

      Enjoy your turkey..... Happy Thanksgiving!!

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