BlackBerry News and Reviews

New BlackBerry Smartphone Owner? Here Are Some Free Apps to Check Out

Were you one of the lucky ones to open that unexpected present and see a BlackBerry Smartphone staring back at you? If you were, you were probably filled with joy and excitement, and then as the day went on you began to think what else you could possibly need for it to function, or how you can make it a great counterpart of your everyday life. While there are endless amounts of ways to make the device your own, the hunt can be a difficult one because of just how much is available. As always, we are here to try and help make your hunt an easy and painless one.

Let's start with some free applications, because well, we all know the holiday's just passed and not everyone has money to spend on additional applications and such for their device. There are a lot more than this out there, but as a new BlackBerry owner we're just looking to help you get your feet wet in the world of BlackBerry and CrackBerry. Enjoy!

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Role Call Tasks Contest- 200 Copies to Give Away!

Recently I had posted on a application called Role Call Tasks, an app that places all your to-do's into one organized spot.  This app is great for organizing monthly bills, items to purchase, or for the person who just has a lot to keep track of and is a little forgetful like myself.  Due to positive response, Blue Sky Analytics has decided to give 200 copies to the CrackBerry Community. They have made some great updated from your feedback, and are fixing up the app even more in the future.  As a reminder Role Call Tasks is compatible for all devices running OS 4.6 and up.  It is available for $3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest:  We have 200 copies of Role Call Tasks 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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Maritime Master from Cleric Software - 30 Copies to Give Away

If you're a fan of Air Traffic Control, you should definitely check out Maritime Master. The game has a simple premise, but it is highly addictive and has endless replay value. You have to guide your ships to the dock by drawing their course through the water. After the cargo is unloaded, you draw another path off-screen for the boat to get away. The more you play the harder it gets, and you can unlock all 5 levels as you progress. Maritime Master is currently available for the Storm and Storm2 only (due to the unique "drawing" gameplay) and is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99.

Contest: We have 30 copies of Maritime Master 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 won't count.

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CrackBerry / TeleNav Giveaway Winners Announced!

It was a long wait, but the winners are finally in. We had a blast on this one and changed up our standard "leave a comment" contest format a bit. To enter you were required to follow both @crackberry and @telenav on Twitter, fan both on Facebook and then send a tweet saying Hey @Crackberry - I want to win the @TeleNav bundle. We had loads of entries and the results are in. The winners are:

Grand Prize: a one-year subsctiption to TeleNav GPS Navigator, a $100 gift certificate, a car charger and device car mount Paul Cimino (@Paul_Cimino)   Runners Up: one-year subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator Karla Jensen (@kar_frankie_jen)
Charles Canady (@charlescanady) 

Thanks to everyone that entered and espeically TeleNav for hooking us up with such great prizes. The winners should receive an email in the next few days. To check out more on TeleNav, head over to

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Hedone Design Rings In The New Year With 50% Off Theme Sale

The holidays are not quite finished as of yet. Personally, I don't consider them over until we get to ring in the new year. The folks at Hedone Design appear to feel the same way. From now up until January 2nd you can grab any Hedone Design theme at the sale price of 50% percent off. Taking advantage of the deal is as easy as entering the coupon code NewYear50 at checkout - click update and make sure the adjustment has gone through, then complete the order. With great selection Hedone Deisgn has built up, everyone should be able to find something they'll enjoy.

Please note: The coupon will only work in our mobile app store from your device, so you'll have to visit from your BlackBerry browser and put in the coupon from there.

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Windows Phones from the Perspective of a BlackBerry User - Smartphone Round Robin

Week 2 of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin had me using two HTC-manufactured phones running on the Windows Mobile platform, specifically the AT&T Tilt 2 and the HTC HD2 (the HD2 is the unit in the photo above sporting the massive display). With the holidays happening, my time for the Round Robin this week was a bit on short supply, but since we're following up on my novel of a Droid Review I figure you all won't mind if I keep this one a little shorter. For in-depth technical reviews, be sure to follow the device links above and you'll jump over to where you can learn about both the Tilt 2 and HD2 in detail. That said, it's time to reflect upon my time spent on both of these phones and assess how Microsoft is doing in the smartphone ecosystem with their mobile operating system.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Dec 2009

Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Storm2 9520

Any BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 users out there wanting a leak? Here it is for you all. Download, install and enjoy. Be sure to leave some comments here and in the forums if you come across any changes and be sure to back your stuff up before you load any unreleased OS.

*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. *

[ BBLeaks ]

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Introducing SmrtMonitor - Get A Complete Breakdown Of Your BlackBerry Usage!

I've always been a big fan of the "I love BlackBerry" app from EarlySail. The only problem with that application is that it really could be more advanced in its breakdown of how you use your BlackBerry. Today, we have a new entrant that looks to fill that void. SmrtMonitor is an application which tracks and monitors your BlackBerry usage in the background and actually breaks down your usage to percentages to give you a better idea of how you spend your time. Do you spend more time messaging people? Maybe you spend more time using a specific application? Now you can get a full break down of each, that is if you're not too scared to find out. SmrtMonitor is available for all devices 4.2+ and is currently on sale for only $3.99 until December 31st.

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PBA Bowling 2 -- OpenGL Game for BlackBerry Storm2 -- Now Available! Plus All Concrete Software Games Now 40% Off!

While at the BlackBerry Developer Conference this year, Adam and I got to sit in on developer session on how to best make use of OpenGL in BlackBerry devices. During that session one of the games demoed was PBA Bowling 2. Just a little over a month later, we now have a finalized version for the BlackBerry Storm2. Since PBA Bowling 2 makes us of the OpenGL graphics engine it looks great on the Storm2's screen and also makes great use of the accelerometer. Right now you can grab PBA Bowling 2 for only $2.99. That's 40% off until January 4th folks. If you download it, let us know in the comments what you think of it in comparison to other BlackBerry games that are not using OpenGL.

All of Concrete Softwares other games are on sale for 40% through January 4th as well. You can choose from greats like Sid Meier's Pirates, Aces Mahjong, Aces Blackjack and more. Check out the full Concrete Software lineup in the CrackBerry App Store

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CrackBerry Reminder: What You May Have Missed This Week

buzzd Updated - Integrates Facebook, Twitter and More

buzzd is an application bringing you info on people, places, and events that are "buzzin" near you.  The application was recently updated across all platforms to include many new features.  Along with its core features buzzd has now added Facebook and Twitter integration, allowing you to post a buzz from your location/event that will seamlessly update your statuses.  You can also now add a thumbs up/down to a venue, letting your friends know whether they should attend or not waste their time.  The feed section will show you who has posted buzz's near, you, allow you to view their rating of the venue, and access their profile to add them as a friend if you so choose.  With this update adding/inviting your friends is now a breeze.  Simply click "invite friend" and send them an email or text message to their phone.  The app is optimized for most major cities but I have found that it works very well in a tiny town like my own.  buzzd is available for all devices and can be found on the buzzd website as well as BlackBerry App World free of charge.

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InstantLog for BlackBerry Smartphones Logs Calls, SMS Messages, and Emails - 25 Free Copies

Twinkler Software's new BlackBerry application InstantLog saves all your vital communications to your BlackBerry's calendar.  The user can define exactly what to log, with options like all incoming calls, outgoing calls, missed calls, emails, and SMS messages.  You can select which one of your calendars you would like your info logged to and even record your different types of info to multiple BIS or BES calendars.  Twinkler Software also added a privacy feature, allowing you to add email/SMSaddresses to a blacklist that will never be logged.  Whether you are a business user looking to record important communication or just want to save info from your personal life, you may want to check out InstantLog.  It is available for $3.99 at the CrackBerry App Store and compatible with all devices running OS 4.6 and up.  A free trial is also available.

Contest: We have 25 free copies of InstantLog 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 won't count.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 25th, 2009!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone out there is doing just fine this Christmas morning. It's time to sit down, relax, maybe have some rum and eggnog and basically chill out for the rest of the day. Hopefully you make the roundup a part of your day as well. Covered in the roundup this week are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: New Website Launcher, Loopt Now Available on the Storm, Fandango for BlackBerry Now Available, Kayak for BlackBerry Updated, Gym Technik for the Storm

New This Week: AppClock, Battery Charging Screensaver, Calculator Mega Pack, HotkeyManager, WoWBerry

Cool at BlackBerry App World: SmartShopper

Freebie of the Week: Flixster

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CrackBerry ColorWare Holiday Contest Winners Announced!

Ho Ho Ho... CrackBerry Santa is in the House and with him he's brought some prizes for the lucky winners in our CrackBerry ColorWare Holiday Contest. For those of you who entered and didn't win, don't be too mad... at least we have the CrackBerry Holiday theme and launcher as some sweet gifts to keep you occupied until our next kick-but contest comes around (and that's never to far away). And now to the lucky winners.....

Grand Prize: a ColorWare BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Accessory Super Bundle
missginacandy Runner-Up Winners: A ShopCrackBerry Accessory SuperBundle (device of choice)
neuor, djnoodles, HollyDay, lovetobebold, Skinnygirl

BIG CONGRATS go to all the winners. We'll be emailing you in the next day or two to get your prizes. And BIG THANKS go to ColorWare for hooking us up with the Grand Prize. Lots more contests coming up in 2010, so keep it locked to!

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Bell Releases BlackBerry Curve 8530 At The Low Price Of $49.95

Right on schedule. As previous reports have come through for us. Bell Mobility has launched the BlackBerry Curve 8530 just in time for the boxing days sales that happen in Canada. You can pick up the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $49.95 on a three year contract. Other pricing below.

  • 2-year contract: $249.95
  • 1-year contract: $349.95
  • No Contract: $399.95

You can head on over the Bell Mobility website for the full details. If the site isn't your thing you can pick up the BlackBerry Curve 8530 in Black or Royal purple in stores tomorrow.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Free Download Of All You Need Is Love From The BlackBerry Commercials

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We've all seen the various BlackBerry commercials with the song playing in the background. Today, Research In Motion has posted the "All You Need Is Love" download for your BlackBerry and PC as a free download for all. Go grab it folks and add it to your holiday music collection. If you're interested in the history behind the Beatles song, check out the info on Wikipedia.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS Officially Released By Bell Mobility

I guess Bell Mobility was in the giving spirit this morning. Previously. we have seen many OS leaks for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and now, we have an official build of arrive with it never having seen a leak. Grab it folks, let us know in the comments if you find any fixes or bugs and let us all hope it maintains that awesome battery life.

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iPhone User on BlackBerry and Round Robin BlackBerry Podcast, Smartphone Round Robin

Yup, Christmas is upon. The holidays are here. Things are even quiet on the smartphone news front (everybody is saving their stuff for CES which happens at the beginning of January in Las Vegas). But on the Smartphone Round Robin front things are as busy as ever. My Windows Mobile review will be up on the blogs before this weekend is through.

This week it's our pal Rene Ritchie of who is getting down and dirty with the BlackBerry Storm2 and Bold 9700. If you haven't seen it yet, you can jump over to tipb to watch his BlackBerry First Impressions Video. Rene also posted a thread in the CrackBerry forums to get some help and feedback from our community. Be sure to post on this thread daily for your chance to win a new BlackBerry of choice! Full contest details here.

Round Robin BlackBerry Podcast: If you're a regular CrackBerry podcast listener, you neeeed to listen to this. Our pal Mickey over at The Cell Phone Junkie ran a very-special BlackBerry-focused podcast this week. He recently reviewed the AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 from AT&T and the show also features our Round Robin Podcast discussion on BlackBerry. Listen Now >>

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