BlackBerry News and Reviews

Mobile Auction Manager for eBay

Its no secret that there are virtually no eBay applications for BlackBerry. Well PB Mobile Soft has taken note and released Mobile Auction Manager for eBay. The app lets you check auctions, find items, bid and even get outbid alerts. You need to sign up with Mobile Auction Manager on the web to authorize the app with your eBay account, but after that you're good to go. Its not the best looking UI (something in 'eBay colors' would have looked better) but this could prove an invaluable tool for loads of users. I personally used to be on eBay all the time, and would have loved an app like this. Mobile Auction Manager is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.50 through the end of the month.

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iluvmybb shout out - CSI Waterloo

Entry #67 - CSI Waterloo | View All Contest Video Submissions >>

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* Finalist Voting Now On - Be sure to Vote for your Favorite Video Entry!! *

With the finalists all announced in the I Love My BlackBerry video contest and voting now open, it's time for us to highlight on the blogs some of the other notable entries that were submitted. Over the next few days we'll run these bonus round faves in the blogs. While all entries in the contest are going to receive a free year of SmrtGuard and Slacker Radio Plus service, all of the shout outs are also going to get a free Coveroo for their BlackBerry! There'll be a lot of shout outs (in no particular order), so stay tuned!

My first shout out goes to entry #67 - CSI Waterloo! This one was actually put together by two of our hardworking CrackBerry Twelpers, @michaelwpg and @Shao128. The intro on this one is stellar and I couldn't help but appreciate the CrackBerry Kevin portrait they worked into the vid (kinda creepy actually! lol). Great work guys. And I'm posting this one first in the shout outs because Shao, who also develops BlackBerry Apps via ShaoSoft, has offered up one of his apps for free to everybody who submitted a video in the contest. What a nice guy! We'll be sending out emails next week to all who participated. Wicked! That's it.... sit back and enjoy the show!

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Rogers Reduces Prices On BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Curve 8900 And BlackBerry Curve 8520.

Amidst all the BlackBerry 9700 news some other changes did happen at Rogers the other day. Rogers has since reduced the pricing on some of their other BlackBerry offerings such as the BlackBerry Bold 9000, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and the BlackBerry Curve 8520. Often times when a new BlackBerry such as the 9700 comes people may have no interest in that device. If you're one of those people you may see it as the time to get a BlackBerry you do want at a discounted price. 

All the mentioned devices are still great and no one out there should have to worry about them being obsolete for a little while yet. This would be a great time to grab a new device on the cheap and still have some of the best devices BlackBerry offers.

The BlackBerry Bold 9000 is now going for $99.99 in black or white and the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is now set at a mere $79.99, while the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is at what it should have been released at, being $49.99. All based on 3/yr long contracts with Rogers, of course.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Live On The Bell Website!

Gotta love carriers and their late night website updates. Last night it was Rogers, toinight we have Bell going live with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on their website. Bell rings in the device slightly cheaper then Rogers though at least in terms of 3 yr contracts.

As shown above, $229.95 will get ya a brand new BlackBerry Bold 9700 and prices goes down from there depending on term. 2 Yr/ $449.95 with a 1 yr contract rolling in at $549.95 and finally, no contract set at $599.95. Oh and the best part, some stores already have them in stock so check them out!

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Introducing the CrackBerry Theme Store: On-Device Client for Free and Paid BlackBerry Themes

GRAND OPENING SALE: Save 20% on All Themes Purchased Through the CrackBerry Theme Store Client Until Nov. 15th by Using Coupon Code cbthemes at Checkout!

Are you always changing up the theme on your BlackBerry? Love free themes? Don't mind paying for a nice premium theme from my time to time? If so, you'll want install our new CrackBerry Theme Store client on your BlackBerry. Themes have always been a popular category within our CrackBerry App Store, so we've taken it one step further with a dedicated theme store client. You can click the image above to learn more about the theme store and send yourself the download link, or simply visit from your BlackBerry's web browse. Deal of the Day, browse by category, free apps, specials and bundles are all there - it's a feature-rich theme browsing and downloading experience. 

* Note to Storm2/OS 5.0 users and Feedback/Bug Reporting: As this is a new app client we're rolling out (let's call it theme store *beta* to be safe), it's always possible you could run into a minor bug or glitch. If that happens, please send your feedback and findings to so we can get it addressed asap. Storm2 and OS 5.0 users should pay special attention to the fact that compatibility is still being confirmed by content providers for some themes/apps within the catalogue (you may see some apps/themes listed that are not yet optimized for your device) - if you're on 5.0 already or a Storm2 you may want to wait a day or two. *

* Message to Theme/App Developers: If you don't have your free and paid apps and themes in our CrackBerry App/Theme stores... what are you waiting for?! Get on it!! Click here for the details. *

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Alert: T-Mobile Service Outage Being Reported

* Update: Looks like things are starting to return back to normal for some... *

Looks like T-Mobile customers are reporting service issues, both voice and data, for the last little bit. Sounds like it's actually a nation wide outage. You can stay on top of it in our Service Outage forums. Let's hope they get back up and running soon... they have a new BlackBerry Bold 9700 to roll out!

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Are You Having Problems With Your BlackBerry Messenger Remote Back Up And Avatars?!?

After reviewing the forums for the past few days, I noticed a lot of users were having issues with their BlackBerry Messenger which was also noticed by DangermouseUK. The issues seen in this case is that avatars and remote back up of BlackBerry Messenger contacts is not correctly working. This current situation appears to be affecting not only BIS users but BES users as well.

From the information gathered, it seems the issues started as of Friday and have not been corrected since then. Not only are BIS and BES users not able to sync avatars you can't register a new email, restore a backup remotely, and even restoring using a backup file from the PC using device switch or the feature built into messenger, will NOT initiate a PIN switch on RIM servers.

This is a confirmed issue and from the information, it does appear that the servers designed to support these features are not responding to the requests to perform the actions mentioned. So I ask you all, anyone having issues with remote back up of BBM contacts? Maybe you have some people on your list who once had avatars and now, do not? Let us know in the comments if you're affected by this.

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You didn't forget about the Bumper to Bumper laughs contest did you? In honor of the release of the App for BlackBerry, our friends at partnered with CB to give away a Free Garmin Nuvi 1390T to the CrackBerry reader who could come up with the best bumper sticker slogan! From Where:

Here are the top 10 funniest submissions to the Bumper to Bumper Laughs contest. Now we ask that you help us pick a winner by voting for your favorite bumper sticker slogan. If the winning slogan was submitted by multiple contestants, the contestant who submitted it first in the original contest post will be awarded the prize.

Vote For Your Favorite Bumper Sticker Slogan!(trends)

Make your vote count! Voting ends this Thursday evening at midnight and we'll announce the winner on Friday. And if you haven't tried it yet, you can click here to download the App for BlackBerry from App World and give it a go.

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BlackBerry Tour Now Available on US Cellular

The wait is over for US Cellular customers. Reports have been flying in on this one, and it is true that the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is now available for on US Cellular. The device sells for $499.95 flat out, but you can grab it for $199.95 after a mail-in rebate. This requires a 2-year contract with a calling plan of $39.99 or higher plus the BlackBerry Email & Web plan at $24.99. So if you're a US Cellular user and have been hanging on to that 8330 (or maybe even and 8830?!) you can now grab a shiny new Tour. Head over to US Cellular for all the details.

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Rove Mobile Releases Updated Mobile Admin Professional 5.0 and New Mobile Admin Basics

Contest: Leave your best IT disaster story and how Mobile Admin would have helped and win 1 of 5 free Mobile Admin Basics licenses!

It was back in April of 2008 that Rove Mobile introduced their popular Mobile Admin 4.0 software for IT administrators. Fast forward to today and Rove has improved upon their solution with the release of Mobile Admin 5.0 Professional and a new product, Mobile Admin Basics, which trims down on some of the features (but cuts down on the price) found in the pro version, but should get it into the hands of more IT administrators at a great price point. The pro version has also undergone a price reduction. For more information you can read the press release below and jump over to to compare the two offerings.

Contest: We often do contests around here for the BlackBerry end consumers, so it seems about time we do one for the admins! Rove Mobile wants to hear your IT horror story. Let us know in the comments how having Mobile Admin could have helped you and you coul win a free copy! Contest ends Sunday at midnight.  

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Verizon Ad Offers Free BlackBerry Curve ... Running Palm OS?


I always crack up when I see things like this. Lila sent in this ad from Verizon offering a free BlackBerry Curve, the only issue is that the Curve is running Palm OS. We've seen this a few times in the past, there was a messed up Radio Shack ad that showed WinMo running on a BlackBerry, and this one that had the BlackBerry OS running on a Nokia E71. You really think someone would catch these before they went to print. Thanks Lila for sending this in!

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Contest: Carrier Unlock - 75 Free Unlock Codes has again offered up 75 free codes for CrackBerry readers. Their codes are good for your brand new Storm2, as well as T-Mobile, AT&T, Fido & Rogers devices - so if you don't have a Storm2 or you are on another carrier you'll have to sit this one out. As an added bonus they are also running a promo to go along with the contest. CrackBerry readers can receive codes for the above carriers for only $6.99 ($3.00 off). Just head over to and use the promo code CB at checkout. To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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Contest Winners: Iris Theme, Unlock Codes, Seidio Cases, TweetGenius and More!


What a great week for contests! I love when we can spread the love and have a variety of loot to be won. Apps and themes and unlock codes and accessories - a perfect contest setup. Be sure to checkout the winners of the Win a BlackBerry Bold 9700 contest from Ringtone Expressions (we'll be contacting you all shortly with your prizes). We started the fun this week already with some free copies of bbOSalert, and more contests are on the way. Don't forget to drop your vote in our I Love My BlackBerry contest as well. If you didn't walk away with anything this week, keep trying and don't give up. Congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry 101: Configure Your BlackBerry as an IP Modem Using Desktop Manager

This 101 comes courtesy of probigeorge11 and michaelwpg. 

Alright children, settle down, class is now in session. As of the update to version 5.0.1, we now have the ability to configure our BlackBerry as an IP Modem for tethering. Today's lesson will be based around how to set up your BlackBerry as an IP Modem, using the new version of Desktop Manager, referred to as DM for the purposes of this lesson.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: *Tethering is a service offered by your carrier. Tethering without a tethering plan can incur large costs. Make sure you consult with your carrier before using your BlackBerry as a modem*

We will attempt to make this as simple and straightforward as possible, walking through step by step.

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ActionPad for BlackBerry

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to rely on my BlackBerrys memo pad application. Well maybe I could, but that’s beside the point. It’s always there to help you jot quick, yet important, information down and offers easy accessibility. It sure beats scrounging for scraps of paper, or even an actual memo pad to write on. I also pity the person who has to decipher my handwriting (I’m sure my signature has been mistaken for a prescription on many occasions). Despite it’s usefulness for capturing info on the go, its functionality is somewhat limited. As much as we love our BlackBerrys, we may find ourselves saying “Wouldn’t it be great if *insert application name* could do…” at times.

ActionPad is a beefier, meatier version of your native MemoPad. In other words, it serves up the functionality of MemoPad, with a side dish of features. These features include: hot keys, categories, desktop synchronization and memo encryption. Let’s see you do that with a pad of yellow sticky paper. Read on for more.

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New VistaLike Premium Theme From Hedone Design

Hedone Design has just released a new Windows Vista theme for those among you who enjoy the look of the Windows OS on your BlackBerry. As with all Hedone Design themes, VistaLike uses some awesome high resolution graphics to make it look great on any device. Numerous variations are available, so "style" of theme should not be an issue here. Zen, Today, Today Plus and many more are available for the choosing.

Along with the different variations available, Hedone has included it a wallpaper expansion pack that is available for download to allow for more personalization. Devices 4.5 OS + are supported with the excpetion of the BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry Storm2 series devices. Right now you can grab VistaLike for only $3.49 until November 6th. Be sure to check all the screenshots to ensure the version you choose is indeed the one you want.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Live On The Rogers Website!

Time has come for all you Canadian wannabe 9700 owners. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has just gone live on the Rogers website at the price we stated a few days ago. $299.99 and 3 yrs of your life is all it will take to get you the hottest new BlackBerry. What are you all waiting for? Go, Go, Go!

Thanks Garz!

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Review: Redfly Mobile Companion - Use Your BlackBerry Smartphone as a Laptop

Contest: Win a Redfly Mobile Companion for BlackBerry! Details Below..

If you're on the go and find yourself stuck in airports, on planes or in hotel rooms you know how valuable your BlackBerry can be to get work done. Be it emailing, finishing up a presentation or various other tasks, we like to use every spare minute to get things done. Sometimes the keyboard and small screen can bring your productivity down, and lets face it, not everyone has a laptop or netbook to cart around. Wifi isn't always available, and sometimes tethering isn't an option. All these added together can make for some crappy traveling and even less productivity. Enter Redfly from Celio Corp. Redfly carries the tagline "Use Your Smartphone Like A Laptop" and you can do just that. The unit itself is smaller than a netbook which makes for extreme portability, and you just plug in your device (or jump on via Bluetooth) and you're up and running. You're BlackBerry screen is instantly transported to the Redfly's 7 or 8 inch screen and you have a full QWERTY keyboard at your disposal. Now you can use the power of your BlackBerry as a laptop. Email, BlackBerry Messenger, MemoPad, Calendar and more are all at your disposal. Lets start from the beginning and take a look at the Redfly unit and all of its functions.

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iluvmybb contest - Vote For Your Favorite Video Entry!

Ok CrackBerry Nation. The time has come to vote your for your favorite entry in the I Love My BlackBerry Video contest! You can click the image above to to see the top ten finalist videos again and cast your vote. Voting will remain open until end of day on Thursday, and we'll announce the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Up on Friday.

Just a reminder, the winner will receive a new Macbook, their choice of BlackBerry Storm2 or Bold 9700, and a Schlage LiNK system, while the first runner up will receive their choice of Storm2 or Bold 9700 as well. Awesome prizes! We have some other great prizes lined up for all finalists and non-finalized entries as well, so everyone who submitted a video will be leaving this contest with a little more BlackBerry goodness.

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Update Twitter and Facebook with Free Vodafone Update App

This is one of the first of what is sure to be a long line of carrier released apps. The new Vodafone Update app allows you to easily update your Twitter and Facebook status all in one place. While not bursting with features, the app is great for casual users who don't want to install the Facebook app or a full blown Twitter client. Features include:

  • See status updates from your Twitter and Facebook contacts at a glance
  • What are you doing right now? Post tweets to one or both of your social networks
  • Reply to your friends' messages directly from your BlackBerry
  • Search for real-time news in Twitter
  • Share what you see with others instantly! Take photos with your BlackBerry and send them to one or both of your networks with just one click
  • Easy to use - just download, start and you're done

Vodafone Update is available totally free for the Bold and Curve 8900 only for now. We're not sure if it works across other carriers, so if you install it be sure to let us know!

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