BlackBerry News and Reviews

MailMinder updated to version 2.0 - get it for 50% off!

MailMinder has just been updated to version 2.0, adding many new features. If you have not heard of MailMinder, it is an app that allows you to filter your incoming email, as well as set custom LED color notifications. New features in version 2.0 include:

  • Set rule for a single email account (or all mail accounts)
  • Add multiple actions for each rule
  • Daily statistical graph of your mail, and actions that were taken
  • Now set rules for messages with no subject, based on domain, part of senders name, messages from anyone in/not in your address book
  • Create rules for a contact directly from the BlackBerry address book
  • Set the default action to take when no rule matches
  • Disable MailMinder from changing the LED fi you have another app already doing that

In my opinion, MailMinder is one of the best filter tools available, especially if you are one who receives a ton of email each day. For the next 2 weeks, you can download MailMinder for 50% off at CrackBerry App Store. Simply enter the promo code CRACKMAIL when downloading via the mobile store. It is compatible with all devices 4.5 and up.

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Review: Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 3G

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G. This device has been a long time coming. Since we first heard about the device way back, it has been on the list of original Pearl form factor fans every. While some have moved on to other devices, simply due to lack of patience in waiting for the next generation Pearl others have stayed true to the Pearl form factor. For me, the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 series smartphone was the device that brought me into the BlackBerry world.

All devices before the Pearl looked bulky, aged and just unappealing. That is, until that fine day in September of 06' when the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 was exclusively released on T-Mobile then making it's way across carriers a short time after. Finally, after all this time we now have a fresh, newly styled and more powerful BlackBerry Pearl with 3G. Read on after the jump for my thoughts on the new Pearl and to find out if the joy of the original Pearl series was restored with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

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Rumor: BlackBerry Onyx II (delta) - A BlackBerry Bold 9700 refresh just around the corner?

There have been plenty of news floating around over the past two days regarding the BlackBerry Onyx II (delta). Some of hits on points relating it to the BlackBerry 9700a we saw the UAProf doc on previously, though that document showed the resolution as 360x480 (not 480x360) which previously linked the 9700a to the slider before it took the more official bump to 9800. But we're not exactly positive of the relation there so we won't speak about it but, rather stick to what we do know.

Judging by the rumors that are going around and things that we've been hearing as well, what we should be expecting Onyx II to be essentially a BlackBerry Bold 9700 with 512mb of RAM, a 5MP camera and of course the ability to run the fancy new BlackBerry 6 with Webkit baked in. The bigger addition to the rumors that we've been hearing on our end is that the device will also run a new updated processor and that can run OpenGL. If that is indeed the case and turns out to be true, it could be the first GSM device with OpenGL support (we're still not sure where the 9800 slider weighs in on the Open GL side of things... we're hoping it will get it first/too). If you tuned in to The Cell Phone Junkie Podcast last week where Kevin was a guest, he actually referenced the Onyx II and Onyx III (Onyx II has no touchscreen, Onyx III -- likely coming next year -- would add it). Lots of rumors floating around in BlackBerry land, that's for sure.

After hearing this news I began to really think about it and where exactly the Bold 9700 is going to fit in here. If it really is just a refresh of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 what does that mean for the current 9700 and its ability to run BlackBerry 6? Seems kind of strange to have a refresh of a fairly new device already in the works and it may not please a few people to know their device just got outdated so quickly, if all turns out to be more then a rumor.

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CrackBerry Podcast 053: Pearl 3G review; CB Idol announced and lots more BlackBerry banter...

Time for another CrackBerry Podcast! In this show we cover quite a bit of stuff.... Bla1ze gives his impressions of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (full review hitting the blogs soon), I announce CrackBerry Idol and between the crew we cover a lot of BlackBerry news and go through a bunch of community emails. There's interesting discussion about the new AT&T data plans, we hypothesize on how much we want (or don't necessarily want) the 9800 slider and a whole lot more. Enjoy the show!

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Want to be a regular contributor on Here's your chance... Introducing CrackBerry Idol 2010!

Been wishing you could write for Here's your chance!

Everybody's favorite tv show is now done for the season (and with Simon leaving you know it'll never be quite the same again), so we decided it was time to put a BlackBerry slant on idol spirit with our own CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition!

You can think of CrackBerry Idol as a very fun and very public application process to become a regular-contributing member of the CrackBerry editorial team. If you've ever thought to yourself, "I wish I could write for" or "man, I could do a way better job than Kevin or Adam on that review" or "CrackBerry needs a female writer on the site" then this is the chance you have been waiting for. The winner of CrackBerry Idol 2010 will have the opportunity to join the CrackBerry team on a paid freelance basis (1-2 articles per week - nothing too crazy so you can still keep your job, go to school, etc.). There are lots of wicked goodies along the road to being crowned the CrackBerry Idol 2010 winner, including free BlackBerry apps, accessories and phones (not to mention you'll be CrackBerry famous once your face hits the blogs) so it's definitely worth putting in your creativity, time and effort. The CrackBerry Idol winner will even get to attend the BlackBerry Developer Conference this September with the Crack team in San Francisco! The great news here is we're looking for more than one new individual to join the CrackBerry editorial team, so even if you don't win the final community vote but impress the heck out of the judges you may just find your name here on the blogs one day.

The first step on the road to becoming the CrackBerry Idol is making it through the audition round, which is now open! Get on it!! For full contest details keep reading below or jump over to the contest site at I have a feeling we're in for a fun summer here on the blogs with this event going on. Spread the word, and good luck! 

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Trillian for BlackBerry beta coming 'in the next few days'

A few week back we got a tease that Trillian for BlackBerry was indeed on the way, and just got word that the public beta should be available in the next few days. I've played around with the app a bit, and I have to say I'm impressed. It integrates multiple IM services well and makes for an easy one-stop for your messaging. Trillian supports MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, MySpace, Facebook, Jabber and Google Talk. The app has a clean layout and is easy to navigate, and has visual notifications as well as LED indicator. Features include:

  • Send pictures
  • Stay signed on for up to 7 days with the application closed
  • Contact avatars
  • Manage your contact list - group contacts, rename contact list items, sorting and offline contact preferences
  • Alerts and notifications: LED alert, email push notifications, full integration with standard profiles
  • Set local display name, set local avatar
  • Copy & paste in message windows
  • Privacy managment (blocking, visibility controls, etc)
  • View user information (AIM profiles, etc)

The Trillian team will be taking in feedback throughout the beta to make things even better. The app will be available as a beta until a full release is ready, at which point it will be available in BlackBerry App World for around $5-10 (price has yet to be determined). We'll let you know when it is available for download, but for now hit the jump for some more screenshots.

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CrackBerry Coveroo contest winners announced!

We added a little more anxiety this week since we left the winners of our CrackBerry Coveroo contest out of the weekly theme winners post, but we have them selected and are ready to roll. We have a total of 15 winners that will get their choice of Coveroo including the new 9650 and Pearl 3G additions. If you weren't one of the lucky few, you can still check out all the great designs at Choose from a huge selection of designs and logos, or do up something custom of your own. Hit the jump for the winners list. Congrats!

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Leaked OS: for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100, 9105)

Now that the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is hitting carriers and more users are able to actually go out and grab the devices, we figured we'd better start posting the leaked OS for it. Again, BBLeaks brings us this release and while the OS that came preloaded on the Rogers (.629) is working quite alright, it's nice to see an update. Back up your data, give it a test run and let us know how it works in the comments if you are among the few to have a BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

*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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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Leaked OS: for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

Here is a little something for all you new BlackBerry Bold 9650 users just in case you're not happy with the release or previously leaked OS. The folks over at BBLeaks have just put out OS for you all to check out. Standard disclaimer applies and for those who might just happen to care, this is a Verizon build not Sprint so please, make sure you delete the vendor.xml file as well.

*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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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    BlackBerry Accessory Roundup Summer Edition: Win a great summertime accessory for your BlackBerry

    Enter to win one of these great accessories just in time for summer!

     Golla Sabine Smart Bag  Sola Rocsta Solar Charger  Aquapac for BlackBerry

    Summer is just about here (or it is here depending who you ask) and being on the go, you'll want to make sure you have the best gear for your BlackBerry. Whether headed to the beach or Wally World, these accessories will make sure you're ready for the trip. 

    • Golla Sabine Smart Bag - This top loading trendy pouch, made from durable but soft material, will keep your device secure no matter where life takes you. The sturdy D-ring attached at the top of the pouch, which is also fully removable, clips easily to your belt loop or purse strap, or you can attach the included lanyard for more carrying options
    • Sola Rocsta Hyrbid Solar Charger - The Solio Rocsta Hybrid Solar Charger is your perfect companion when your lifestyle takes you to far-off horizons. With it's rugged shell and built-in carabiner the Rocsta can even power your gadgets while being attached to a backpack, belt loop, or bicycle.
    • Aquapac for BlackBerry -  The Aquapac case is fully waterproof to a depth of 15 feet. It is also salt-water and UV (sunlight) resistant, this case will keep your BlackBerry clean and dry in any conditions, the Aquaclip seal makes sure it stays free from dirt, dust and sand. The Aquapac is a tough, waterproof plastic sheath with a patented Aquaclip Locking Closure System.

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    Improve and keep track of your battery life with BatteryEx - 100 copies to be won!

    BatteryEx is a very helpful application for monitoring your battery life, and even adding a boost to it. The application has two ways of displaying the battery level and other information. The first is by means of an icon on the homescreen of your device, in the notification area, giving you quick and easy access to your battery info. The second way of viewing the battery info is in the application title (multiple options for what you would like displayed). BatteryEx also has a built in "battery booster" which will shutdown your device's cellular radio (or WiFi) when you have no signal, essentially saving you wasted battery power. BatteryEx is available for all devices OS 4.6 and higher, and on sale for $1.99 until June 11th. There is also a free version, however you will not get the battery boost feature in this version.

    Contest:  We have 100 copies of BatteryEx to give away.  Just leave a comment on this post to enter.  Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.  Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count. 

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    BlackBerry theme roundup for June 3rd 2010 - 50 copies of ColorStarsBB to be won!

    Contest: 50 Copies of ColorStarsBB to be won. Leave a comment!

    It's been a busy week here at Theme Roundup Central, I've just finished moving, and finally have my internet access back, so I apologize for the delay. First order of business though, is to satisfy those cravings for new themes! We have some absolutely awesome themes this week, with some great tips sent in on the tip line, and a few I reached out to the developer for. Hit the jump and read on, I'll have you sporting a new theme in no time.

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    BlackBerry Bold 9650 now available for purchase on the Verizon website

    It's not much of a shocker any more but it sure is a great sight to see. You can now head on over to the Verizon wireless website and place your order for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. As noted above, it'll set ya back $149.99 with rebates and of course, you will have to sign up for a new two year contract but that sure beats those pesky Canadian 3 year ones any day. Stop reading this and get to ordering. Oh yeah, for those of you who cannot have cameras. Verizon has you covered as well with a camera-less version available to you for the same price.

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    First look: BlackBerry Curve 9300 images!

    First look at the next generation of low-cost BlackBerry Curve, the 9300...

    ** images removed per request ** 

    Back on April 8th we outted a new BlackBerry device model by finding it's UAProf xml document up on BlackBerry's website, and now we've got the first solid photos of it here for you to enjoy. What you're looking at (more images below) is the next-generation of the BlackBerry Curve 8520/8530, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (and we're sure a Curve 9330 CDMA variation is in the works too).

    As you can tell from the photos and from what we gathered previously from the UAProf doc, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 is really a refresh to the 8500 series, adding 3G and the WiFi n standard on top of the existing 8500's specs (9300 retains the lower res 320x240 display). While we just received the photos today on the 'ole CrackBerry tip line, we're not totally sure on how new/old the hardware/software being displayed actually is. This unit is showing off OS 5.0 (while leaked photos of the 9800 and 9670 have been running BlackBerry 6) and only 256MB of memory vs. the 512MB newer devices are getting. I would **hope** by the time the Curve 9300s hit the market that they'd be running BlackBerry 6 and 512MB of memory, though it is possible that in a plan to further differentiate the lower end of the BlackBerry lineup from the higher end that RIM would keep the Curve platform on BlackBerry 5.0 and the 256MB of memory for the time being. You can just taste this one coming to AT&T and being promoted with their new $15/mo. data plans (especially if they leave WebKit off of it which will make it that much easier to stay under 200MB of data usage). We'll just have to wait and see how this one pans out. More photos below!  

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    Happy day for RIM: ATT announces changes to data plans; BlackBerry sales likely to benefit

    * Update: Looks like my RIM HAPPY DAY slant on this AT&T news was spot on. I just received some info/quotes from RIM on today's news. Read it below. *

    AT&T announced some new data plans today that are going to make a LOT of existing AT&T BlackBerry users very happy and likely also help to make BlackBerry the device brand of choice for new first-time smartphone owners. Be sure to check out the press release below for full details. AT&T customers currently on the the $30/mo fair-use unlimited plan (5GB) can choose to stay on it, but that plan is now being replaced by the new Data Plus and Data Pro plans:

    • DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data - enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), send/receive 150 emails with attachments, view 400 Web pages, post 50 photos on social media sites and 20 minutes of streaming video - for just $15 per month. This plan, which can save customers up to 20 percent off their wireless voice and data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the month. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
    • DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data - enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, view 4,000 Web pages, post 500 photos to social media sites and watch 200 minutes of streaming video - for $25 per month. Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the month. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.

    If you've been tuning into the CrackBerry Podcasts for the past five months (including our WES 2010 podcast with BGR/Phonescoop), we've been making our prediction for a long time now on RIM's biggest opportunity to continue selling smartphones and signing up new customers by the gabillions, and that opportunity is the return of tiered pricing to data plans. It was inevitable that a carrier would at some point have to offer this type of plan. It's been unfair for a while now. AT&T Wireless indicated that 65% of its users consume less than 200MB per month -- the BlackBerry users out there! -- yet historically they have been paying the same data rate as the bandwith hogs (iPhone users).

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    Verizon officially announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650

    Just a few weeks after Sprint beat them to the punch, Verizon has offically announced that the Bold 9650 will be available online starting tomorrow and in stores on June 10th. The device will run you $149 after rebates, and in true Verizon fashion a no-camera model will be available as well. The pricing will require a matching data plan, Nationwide talk plan and a two-year contract. GlobalAccess Connect and Push to Talk will also be available at launch for $65/month and $5/month respectively. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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    BlackBerry Pearl 3G now available for ordering on the Rogers Wireless website

    If you've not had any luck finding the device through other retail channels, Rogers has now posted the BlackBerry Pearl 3G up on their site for ordering. As expected the device is carrying a cost of $49.99 on a 3/yr contract, $324.99 with a 2/yr and $379.99 for a 1/yr. If you are looking to grab one totally free of contract that will set you back $424.99. We've got a full hands on coming up a bit later here, just in case you still might be on the fence about picking one up.

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    Styles P writes his debut novel 'Invincible' on his BlackBerry

    It's becoming quite common to hear of folks using their BlackBerry Smartphones to harness creativity in ways some of us may not think of. Will.I.Am has been noted to use memopad on his BlackBerry for harboring his thoughts and lyrics to songs. Now, Styles P, a member of the hip hop group The LOX, is getting set to release his debut novel, most of which was written on his BlackBerry. As noted in the MTV interview, the unorthodox method of writing the novel took Mr. Styles P two years to write and finally the effort is seeing fruition. The novel is now available for sale in bookstores and online via his website. But we're still holding out for the zombie novel our friend, @a_silent_song is writing on her BlackBerry considering Kevin has a minor role in it.

    Source: MTV

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    Research In Motion introduces new feedback tool to BlackBerry Beta Zone users

    For all of you out there that signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you may have received an invite to check out the new BlackBerry feedback tool offered by Research In Motion. Now, before you go stating that I shouldn't have posted this, keep in mind Research In Motion has open betas and closed betas within BlackBerry Beta Zone and this is among one of the open betas.

    The new feedback tool offers direct access to send feedback for any Research In Motion developed application from within each app. The feedback can be specific to that application or if you just happen to think of something, you can choose the option of general feedback. This information allows Research In Motion to identify trends in issues that users may be seeing. With the collective information being reviewed, they can act more quickly in resolving any issues that arise. Remember, only BlackBerry Beta Zone users have access to this tool so be sure to sign up if you haven't already.

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    Official OS: for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 released by TELUS

    *UPDATE* - In the time since I checked and this going live, TELUS has updated to OS

    Here is another case of a leaked OS going official. TELUS has posted up OS for BlackBerry Curve 8530 owners just in case some of you all skipped over the leaked version. Given that the Sprint OS is already up into version that may be a better option unless you are wanting to stick to nothing but official OS'

    Thanks, @d0nkz

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