BlackBerry News and Reviews

Sprint releases official OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

BlackBerry Tour 9630 owners we've not forgotten about you, nor has Sprint. OS has gone official for your device and can now be downloaded direct from the Sprint BlackBerry download page or via OTA. We've known for a while now the update set to arrive. But no that it is here; you might as well grab the download and get updated.

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Best Buy offers up BlackBerry Curve 3G's for a buck!

If you're in the market for a brand new BlackBerry Curve 3G then you might want to hit up Best Buy (US) this weekend (November 12th and 13th). Their current pre Christmas sale that is going on now has all carriers BlackBerry Curve 3G offerings reduced to $1. That is of course, with a new 2 year contract from whatever carrier it is that you decide to roll with. Either way, still a good deal if you look at the actual carrier prices. T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon offer the Curve 3G for $49.99 while AT&T offers it for $99.99 so you'll come out on top with the Best Buy deal.

Source: BerryReview

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ShortcutMe updated to version 5.0

ShortcutMe is no stranger to the CrackBerry blogs. I had the opportunity to review the application over a year ago and I’ve continued to be impressed with each new version release. In a nut shell, ShortcutMe takes the idea of convenience keys to the extreme – allowing you to access multiple apps, browser bookmarks, reach out and call/email/SMS or Pin someone directly, and more.

ShortcutMe was the first app that introduced the multi-click feature, shortcuts with 3 key combinations, user input injection and cascaded shortcuts. Fonware didn’t want to stop there, oh no. Now, they also want ShortcutMe to be the first application to allow users to create their own macros, as well as let their macro shortcuts rock their BlackBerry the way they want it to. What this means is that you can now create a shortcut that will be able to launch an app, open the menu, select and open an item on the menu, enter a text and then push Enter key. This macro shortcut can be launched by hitting a key or multiple clicking Space or Convenience key and it can be added to a cascaded shortcut!

ShortcutMe has been updated to 5.0 and has brought along some much needed (and anticipated) features. The new version is OS 6 compatible for all BB devices (including the new 9780) and it has an improved upon 5 day weather forecast feature, that also shows wind speed, direction, humidity, etc. ShortcutMe is available from the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99 but is currently on sale today for 50% off. Hurry or else you'll miss this special promotion!

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Weekly Accessory Roundup - Win a BlackBerry Charging Pod for your device!

Contest: Charge your device in style with a BlackBerry Charging Pod. Leave a comment to win!

By far one of my all time favorite accessories, and what I would state is a "must have" for any device, is the BlackBerry Charging Pod. This cute little guy serves as a resting place for your device on your desk, nightstand or wherever you need to put it down. It not only holds your BlackBerry, but it charges it for you as well. No more fumbling with the USB charging cable that came with your device. Plug in the BlackBerry Charging Pod to your standard charger, drop in your device and you're done. Use Bedside Mode on your nightstand to view your clock and disable alerts at night, or simply have your device ready for access on your desk during the day. This accessory is one that can't be beat. Availabe for all devices at

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Sun Life Financial to use BlackBerry Playbook for group retirement sign-ups

Sun Life Financial has become the first major corporation to announce that they'll be using RIMs upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook in the field. The Canadian insurance company stated that it hopes to bring the PlayBook in for employee use during group retirement sign-up events. Traditionally comapny employees attend enrollment sessions put on by Sun Life, leave with forms and instructions, yet they don't sign up on the spot. Sun Life would put the PlayBook to use allowing the attendees of these events to complete the forms on the spot from the device and be done with it.

"Our vision is to make the enrolment process as simple and easy as possible," says Tom Reid, senior vice president of group retirement services at Sun Life Financial. "Employees who attend enrolment sessions will each have access to a BlackBerry PlayBook. Our education specialists will take them through the plan design, explain the benefits and walk them through the enrolment process. They will be able to use the PlayBook to instantly input all enrolment data."

They also noted that in the states where wireless sign-up methods like this have been implemented, they have seen sign-ups increase from 50% to nearly 90%. The PlayBook hasn't even been released yet (let alone announced) and already Sun Life is jumping right in. I'm sure we'll see plenty more stories like this in the coming months.


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Hierarchy of Smartphone Needs revisited - The story of why an Android user returned his Droid X and went back to BlackBerry

We get a lot of news items sent in on the CrackBerry tips line each week, but yesterday we received one that was more of an essay than a tip. Sent it anonymously, it's the story of a BlackBerry user gone Android gone BlackBerry again. We see threads like this popup in the CrackBerry forums too, but this particular story really made me think about my Hierarchy of Smartphone Needs theory so figured it would make for a good blog post and some entertaining comments (bring on the fanboys!). The image above pretty much explains the theory (especially if you're familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy), but if you want the full details behind it then read this post.

Via our Smartphone Round Robin experiences of the past, one thing i've determined is there is no one best smartphone, but rather a best smartphone for an individual given their needs. Yes, a phone can definitely "win" at certain attributes (fastest browser, best battery life, most apps, best gaming experience, biggest screen, fastest processor, etc.) and you could make an argument that the phone with the most "wins" should be the best phone on the market, but that's not actually the case when it comes to the ownership experience as far I'm concerned. If your phone can't take care of the basics -- like make it through the day on a single charge or get through a phone call without dropping it or manage your communications effectively -- what good is all the other smartphone fluff? I'd rather have a phone that did less better, than a phone that did more but did the critical stuff worse. For me, the BlackBerry is still the best communication and productivity tool out there. In other words, it's really strong at the bottom half of the Hierarchy of Needs. While smartphones are continously improving, it's sort of impossible to be the best at everything, which also explains why the tablet category is getting popular. Assuming you can afford it, I'd argue you'll have the least compromise in your mobile existence by going with a formula along the lines of BlackBerry Smartphone + tablet (iPad, PlayBook, etc.) than by going for one of these current generation big touchscreen phones. 

But hey, that's just me and my take on it (and obviously I'm a little bias on loving BlackBerry). So read the story below for some additional food for thought and sound off in the comments!

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Using your camera on BlackBerry OS 6

Capable of capturing both still and video images, your phone is truly many devices in one. There are really quite a few features of the native BlackBerry camera, and with OS 6 things really start to shine. With multiple shooting modes and loads of new options, you can do much more with your BlackBerry camera now than in the past. While this walkthrough can't tell you how to take great pictures, it will show you the many features of your camera and what all those buttons and icons really mean.

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SugarSync ups the ante; offers 5GB free online storage instead of 2GB

For the cloud storage lover, SugarSync has upgraded its free offering up to 5GB from the previous 2GB, giving users more freedom utilizing their online storage quota. Over the next day, users on existing 2GB plans will automatically be upgraded to 5GB (requires no action from the user). Laura Yecies, SugarSync CEO, said that statistics show how people's storage needs every two years. "We believe our free 5 GB service will give consumers a true taste of how SugarSync can support their fast-growing digital lives by managing their data in their own Personal Cloud. This is by far the most robust free, cloud-based service for consumers on the market." she added.

Whether it is important data, project files or anything else you want to synchronize, you can do so with SugarSync. Keep your files on your PC, Mac or BlackBerry or anywhere else, and you can free yourself from old fashioned USB flash drive transfers. So, why not jump over to the SugarSync Web site and have a look at what it all is about?

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All Calx Design themes now available for just $0.99

David let me know that he has dropped the price on all of his themes to just $0.99. Originally priced at $4.99, you can now save a ton on some amazing themes with this price drop. Choose from best sellers like Mord, Pod and DarkRoom. Coming later this month will be some new themes from Calx Design as well as some revised versions of the currently available themes. These are all available for most devices, and with their unique 3D design are a great buy at just $0.99.

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Commit to the Flip: Official BlackBerry Style 9670 commercial hits the air

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Update: I had the wrong video embeded originally but it's good to go now - sorry I'm out of whack since the honeymoon ;) 

The BlackBerry Style 9670 is the latest addition to RIMs extensive lineup and here we have the official commercial for your viewing pleasure. Not much is shown off that we don't already know, but it's still cool to get a look all around the device if you haven't played with one first hand. The Style is the first CDMA device to release with BlackBerry 6 as well as the first full QWERTY flip for RIM. We have a full review on the way, but if you are a Style fan and want some more goodies, check Kevin's initial impressions and Kerri's Style 9670 review.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Price Update: At least one version of the Playbook should be available for under $500

According to Bloomberg RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet will be available (at least in one model) for under $500. The device is rumored to land in North America sometime early next year in multiple versions including an 8gb, 16gb and 32gb models. At the time of the press announcement, RIM also made it clear that 3G/4G versions would be available at some point too (hopefully sooner than later!).

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Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670 review

A Hands-On Review of the Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670

At first the idea of a flip style BlackBerry actually appealed to me because I work with children and my phone is usually in my pocket the majority of my day. The first few pictures released of the rumored device were UGLY and I couldn't possibly see me owning one. Then a few more pictures leaked out showing a sleeker looking Style and I began to reconsider. When CrackBerry announced that Sprint was allowing reservations of the device at the same time I was eligible for an upgrade, I thought I'd try it out. Worst case scenario, I use the Sprint 30 day guarantee and return the device if I absolutely hate it. I can now say the Style has won me over, and will be joining the rest of the BlackBerry devices in my collection. Read on to see the rest of my review.

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Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Curve 9330

Another day of BlackBerry 6 leaks? Hey, we can hope. Either way, BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 owners this one is all yours. OS is now available for download. You guys know what to do. Back up your data before you load this one up and of course, let us know what's fixed and broke in the comments or in the forums.

*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). *

Source: BBLeaks

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    OtterBox Commuter Case for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

    * ShopCrackBerry Update: These OtterBox Commuter cases for the BlackBerry Torch have been tough to keep in stock! We just received a new shipment of the black/pink cases which are now available for purchase. The black/black is scheduled to arrive next week (you can pre-order now and we'll run an update post when they arrive!).*

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    When you think maximum protection for your BlackBerry, you think OtterBox -- it's as simple as that. With the Commuter Series Case for the BlackBerry Torch, you get just that. This unique design covers both the main device as well as the sliding screen. It fully surrounds the sides and edges of your device, keeping it safe from the harsh landings it may endure that would otherwise scratch it up. It does add a bit of bulk, but if you want to keep your BlackBerry Torch safe this case really can't be beat. Check out the video above for a hand-on look and we have more photos below. For more info and to purchase, click on over to ShopCrackBerry at the link below.

    OtterBox Commuter
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    Facebook now available in BlackBerry App World

    I remember way back when everyone was going crazy about the Facebook app. The rumor of highly anticipated updates kept us on edge for weeks. Well today RIM has finally released an update for Facebook for BlackBerry to bring things up to speed a bit. The new app has some overhauled features that make it a bit more manageable. New features include support for Facebook Places, a dedicated inbox, Facebook search, navigation updates, friends list page and more. You can grab the new version now from BlackBerry App World.

    Note: The latest version isn't showing on the web for everyone, so check App World from your device for the update.

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    BlackBerry Bold 9780 Video Unboxing and First Impressions!

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    Officially announced by Research In Motion (see press release) on Oct. 27th that it would be rolling out worldwide in the month of November, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is beginning to hit carriers around the world. My local Rogers store go them in stock today, so I rushed out to grab one and immediately put it down on the good 'ole green CrackBerry review table for a closer look. You can check out the video above for the ritual unboxing as well as some quick hardware comparisons to other BlackBerry device models and a look at BlackBerry 6.

    As a one year refresh device compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the BlackBerry 9780 isn't *that* much different. Visually, the black color version is more blacked-out around the edges. Inside, the memory is doubled up to 512MB of flash memory and the camera moves up from 3.2 to 5 megapixels. The chipset is updated to the same that is used in the Torch and Pearl 3G, which means it gets Wi-Fi N and has slightly better video recording resolution than the 9700. Last but not least, the Bold 9780 ships with BlackBerry 6 preloaded. 

    So while it may not be all that different from the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9700 was and still is a pretty awesome device and the 9780 simply improves upon.  Some initial thoughts:

    • Look/Feel - I like the dark look, and like the Bold 9700 it's a great feeling phone in hand.
    • Performance - It's FAST. BlackBerry 6 feels pretty darn snappy on the 9780. It's the fastest BB6 experience I've felt to date. From scrolling through the OS to snapping photos, it's quick.
    • Battery Life - I haven't tested it yet obviously, but I'm assuming it's going to rock :)
    I think I called the BlackBerry Bold 9700 the "pinnacle of the traditional" BlackBerry experience, so really, I guess the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the "NEW Pinnacle of the traditional BlackBerry experience." I'd really like to RIM add a touchscreen to this form factor and somehow make the screen just a little bit bigger, but all in all if you're a heavy communicator and get stuff done quick kind of person, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is likely the BlackBerry for you. Stay tuned for the full the review!

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    Virgin Mobile launching the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in white

    We've known for quite some time now that Virgin Mobile was all geared up to release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 at some point. While the exact date still evades us, Best Buy has once again posted up devices even before the carriers and this time they've also outted something that was rumored but never really confirmed. As you can tell from the above pic, Virgin Mobile will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in white whenever they decide to actually make it available and looks like it will be unbranded as well just like the Bell version (no carrier logo). Pricing falls in line with the rest of the carriers when it comes to no contract pricing ($499.99) but using their SuperTab option you can get the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for $129.99. Thanks Borna!

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    Xobni for BlackBerry updated with OS 6 support, Torch integration, new features, bug fixes and more

    Our friends at Xobni let us know that they have made some great updates to Xobni for BlackBerry. The latest version brings along OS6/Torch support as well as some cool updates and minor bug fixes. Version is hot off the presses and ready to roll. Features include:

    OS 6 Support

    • Touching the Xobni bar or flicking up works on compose, reply and forward actions now work on OS 6x devices
    • Updated High-Definition icons
    • Touch scrolling enhanced for optimized scrolling experience
    • Editing is aware of virtual keyboard display and formats content shown on remaining screen
    • Add picture for contacts via cameraMultiple interface updates (including improved setup guide, keyboard shortcuts to options, contact detail UI update)


    • Key stability and performance improvements
    • Improvements for activation & trial related issues
    • Contact Extraction and contact edit improvements
    • All user preferences are maintained during upgrades
    • And much more!

    Xobni for BlackBerry is available for download for just $9.99 from the CrackBerry App Store. 

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    Official OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Beeline

    Hot off the presses comes an official OS release for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. From Beeline we have OS now available. Torch users can head over to the official download site to get in on the fun. Some improvements have come along in the last few leaks for the Torch, so here's to hoping there is some goodness in this one. Fire up the ol' App Loader and give it a go, then be sure to drop a comment with your findings. As always, use caution when updating your device.

    Source: BBRocks

    More → Game Center 2010 for BlackBerry now available

    If you're a NFL fan then you know when the weekend rolls around you live and breathe football. No matter if you're a Giants or Cowboys fan you want your scores, stats and news on the fly. Well Game Center 2010 is here to help. With this new app direct from the NFL, you can keep up with all the latest news right from your device. Get in-game audio highlights of big plays, customized "my team" alerts, pregame press conference video and much more. If you're looking to get a bit more than just the standard scoreboards some other apps offer, then Game Center 2010 is the way to go. Pick it up now from BlackBerry App World for $4.99.

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