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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 Unboxing

Can't wait for AT&T to release their BlackBerry Bold 9700? Then check out this official AT&T unboxing and walk through video of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone. It's a sold overview and review of this next generation BlackBerry Bold. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available in the coming weeks for $199 (pay $299 and send in a $100 mail-in rebate). You can check out the Bold 9700 on AT&T's website for more info.

More → Releases Free App for BlackBerry - Enter to Win a Free Garmin Nuvi GPS! recently released their free application for BlackBerry Smartphones. The app gives you an easy view of traffic conditions, including color-coded traffic flow maps, incident data, mass transit data and more. This is extremely handy for travelers or commuters who need to keep tabs on traffic conditions. The app is available totally free from BlackBerry App World.

In honor of the launch of the free mobile application on the BlackBerry, WHERE has partnered with to give away a free Garmin Nuvi 1390 T to one of its readers. The contest rules are easy: In the comments section of this post, share the funniest bumper sticker you've ever seen while waiting in traffic. Haven't seen a funny one? Then make one up yourself! Oh but be sure to keep it somewhat suitable for work. The top 10 finalists will be chosen by the WHERE team on Monday, November 2nd. Then it's up to you, the CrackBerry community, to vote for the winner! The winner will be notified via email and will receive a free Garmin Nuvi. Keep reading for full details.

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BoxTone 5.0 Officially Released

Yikes... it's been a while since we've done an "enterprise" post around here. We got word from BoxTone back on Monday actually that they have released BoxTone 5.0. The release includes some major upgrades as the service just keeps getting better and better. BoxTone provides support for various devices and complete end-to-end secure service for IT teams. If you're in a company that runs a lot of BlackBerry devices, read on for the Boxtone 5.0 updates that include:

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RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis Speaks About the BlackBerry Bold 9700 In Germany

While press releases for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 were fired off around the world yesterday, the "official" unveilng took place in Germany. At this point we know that numerous carriers will be picking up the device November (think everywhere the original Bold is sold, and more (Bell), some even offering pre-release ordering for it. This video, while not carrier specific, shows off the device rather nicely and even cuts to RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis explaining the new features and services built into the new BlackBerry Bold 9700.

While we know the Bold 9700 is coming soon, not all carriers have released pricing information at this time. Once we start to get listings of all carriers' pricing, we'll be doing a round-up so you're all in the loop in regards to what we can expect to have to pawn to be able to afford this new device. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing carriers are even acknowledging the BlackBerry 9700 is indeed coming.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 On The Global Market

All right, we all know the BlackBerry Curve 8520 has some less then desirable specifications when compared to other devices that are currently and soon to be available. Granted, I have spoken before about the BlackBerry Curve 8520 having similarities to the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in its processor and memory allocation, and I even compared it to the BlackBerry Bold. While the BlackBerry Curve 8520 may not mean much to most folks, one thing I noticed recently is that the 8520 is making a big splash in the global market. So, while it may not have fully taken off here in the US and Canada, the writing is on the wall that the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is still quite a popular and money making device for Research In Motion and indeed does serve a purpose.

If anyone has looked at the RIM press release website recently, the statements I'm making here should be quite clear. Serbia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Russia are all among the global markets wherein RIM has launched the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and these are just examples. The RIM press release page is mainly covered by other areas around the globe, and RIM is meeting demand for a cost effective BlackBerry across the board. How this will impact RIM's financial earnings remains to be seen, but clearly the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a hit and that bodes well for BlackBerry users everywhere.

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United States Postal Service Embraces The Mobile Web

The United States postal service has launched their mobile website for all to utilize. The mobile portal allows for tracking and delivery confirmation, zip code look up and USPS location look up as well.

“Our new mobile capability makes USPS services even more convenient for our customers,” said Robert Bernstock, president, Mailing and Shipping Services.

Any mobile user with web access will be able to log on to the Postal Service mobile site no matter where they are, without having to use a personal computer, Bernstock said.

“If they’re on the road, they’ll be able to use the Post Office locator function to find a Post Office that’s close to them. And they’ll also be able to track and confirm delivery of their mail or packages using their mobile phone,” he said.

The press release also mentions the fact the USPS is working on further applications for smartphones which takes advantage of more features such as GPS search and more. Mobile web use is on the rise, it's great to see more and more adoption of it go live.

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Email Templates Pro and Lite Help You Be More Productive

Here is a cool application that I'm sure many can put to use. Email Templates is an email solution for those times where you may find yourself having to send out the same email on numerous occasions. Anyone in sales, marketing, customer support or business development could put this to use, and it comes loaded with some unique features:

  • Unlimited Customizable Templates (Pro version)
  • Personalize each response on-the-go with "Placeholders"
  • Integrates with native Email, PIN & SMS applications.
  • Supports ultra-Large Templates; each upto 124,000 characters long!
  • Quickly save any email as a Template using SaveAsTemplate option.
  • Allows for storage of user created templates on SDCard.

Email Templates comes in two versions at this time, lite and pro. Lite is a free, limited version which only allows for 3 templates to be created and stored on the device memory. The pro version allows for unlimited creation and storage of templates to the SDCard and costs $9.99.

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Oops: BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Shows Up In Upcoming Best Buy Mobile Buyer's Guide... Missing The 2

Gotta love our CrackBerry community. Member zachslusser just got home from his local Best Buy, where on the way he out he spotted the new Best Buy Catalogue that's to come out on October 25th sitting in a box behind the counter and grabbed it as a parting gift. Nicely done :)

Inside is a photo and blurb about the BlackBerry Storm 9550. No pricing or availability are listed, which makes sense since this catalogue probably finalized for press before RIM even announced the new Storm, though it would have been nice if somebody could have tipped Best Buy off earlier that it was to be called the BlackBerry Storm2. After typing Storm2 so many times over the past week, it just seems wrong to see BlackBerry Storm 9550 written without the 2 anymore. More images at the link below. Thanks zachslusser!

PS. Dear Verizon. Puhleaze announce the BlackBerry Storm2 already. You're giving me an ulcer.

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IM+ All In One Instant Messaging For BlackBerry Updated To Version 8.3.0

* Update: NOW ON SALE - Shape Services saw the post and comments and until November 22nd has put IM+ on a 30% off sale. You can now grab it for $27.95 at the same link below. * 

A new update for IM+ Messenger was released the other day. IM+ Messenger is a instant messaging application which allows you to connect to multiple networks all within one application. You can have all your contacts in one spot no matter what they are using be it MSN, Yahoo, Googletalk, Facebook as well as Skype and many others. Some of the features in the new version are:

  • Group chat in Skype
  • Speech Recognition subscription
  • User Avatars
  • UI improvements and general bugfixes

This is a greap app for those who have friends in many social networks and are looking for the versatility to keep communication with them all. IM+ is a little on the costly side as it's priced at $39.95 but well worth it if you rely on being able to stay in touch with everyone and a free trial is available for you to check out.

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Updated: Google Maps for BlackBerry v3.2 - Now with Layers!

Calling all Google Maps for BlackBerry users (I'm guessing that's just about everybody reading this). Google Maps for Mobile version 3.2 was officially released for BlackBerry Smartphones today, and with it comes support for layers. What's a layer you ask? Well, you can watch the video above to see it explained, or read this:

Layers make it easy to view various types of information on your map and are especially helpful in situations when you're traveling somewhere new. For example, you can turn on the Wikipedia layer to read entries about nearby places, then use the transit lines layer to help map out a route. Or you can use the My Maps feature of Google Maps to create a collection of places you're planning to visit on your trip and then use Google Maps for mobile to access it from the road. You can also turn on the Google Latitude layer to see your friends' locations. 

Just point your BlackBerry's browser to to download this latest version.

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iluvmybb finalist - A Day In The Life Without My BlackBerry

Entry #45 - A Day in the Life WITHOUT My BlackBerry | View All Contest Video Submissions >>

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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 9 more to come! *

The first finalist to be announced in our I Love My BlackBerry Video Contest is Entry #45, by Alexandra Jessome. Take a few minutes to watch the video above and you'll see that Alexandra went above the call of duty with her original flick, enrolling the help of her friends, classmates, and family (even Grandma took part!) to put together the compelling story of not why she loves her BlackBerry, but rather how she wishes she could say she loves her BlackBerry once again. Congrats Alexandra. Awesome job!!!

We'll announce another finalist video right here tomorrow. The suspense continues.... so stay tuned!! And if you haven't had a chance yet to watch all the video entries, jump over to the contest videos page and check them out. There's literally hours of entertainment. Once all the finalists have been posted we'll open up the debate and voting to the community to choose the winners (so keep the comments friendly and non-competitive on these individual posts!). 

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buzzd, a social city guide on your BlackBerry

Ah, Friday night…okay so it’s not actually Friday night, but work with me. You’ve had a tiring week, you’ve put in long hours and your diligence has paid off. You leave work quickly before you’re dragged back in. The city is hustling and bustling with newly freed life, desperate to get home. You finally flop on your couch and put your feet up, when your BlackBerry rings. Your best friend is calling, wanting to shake off the week with you; they ask the all important question you’ve been waiting to hear: “What do you want to do?” The elation from your face quickly disappears, as your puzzled sounding response is delivered.

“I dunno, what do you want to do?”

It’s funny that, with all of the numerous bars, restaurants and other events happening around you, you seem to draw a blank. In the midst of the erupting city life, you wonder if you actually do have a life. As buzzd promises to be your social city guide, I thought it was worth a look at. If your new in town, newly on the scene or just looking for something new to do, check out the buzzd mobile app. Your City. Real Time.

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WunderRadio for BlackBerry Now Available - 50 Free Copies


Another great radio app has made its way to BlackBerry. WunderRadio, which is one of the iPhone's most downloaded radio apps, has been ported over to BlackBerry. The cool thing that sets this apart from Pandora and Slacker is the availability of over 50,000 stations including weather updates, fire and police dispatches, talk radio and more. There are over 400 genres including music, talk, sports, news and entertainment. WunderRadio also features a built in Twitter directory allowing users to connect directly to the on-air DJ. Support for Bluetooth headsets and podcasts are all included as well. WunderRadio sells for $9.99 and is available from

Contest: We have 50 free copies of WunderRadio 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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ActionPad for BlackBerry - 50% Off for CrackBerry Readers

As a special hump-day promo for the CrackBerry nation, the folks at S4BB have decided to offer a 50% discount on their top selling ActionPad application. ActionPad is an amped up version of the MemoPad app that offers an insane amount of functionality. With the application you can search, use hotkeys, encypt data, create categories, spellcheck and more. ActionPad is MemoPad on acid. If you're like me and use MemoPad daily, you may want to check this one out. Instead of the usual $9.99 tag, you can grab ActionPad for just $4.99 by using the coupon code CRACKBERRY_BARGAIN. This code will only work in out mobile app store or mobile app store client.

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Now You Can Be A BlackBerry Ninja Too... Or At Least Wear The Shirt!

We've all heard the term used right? BlackBerry Ninja -- it's not a new thing to hear these days. RIM, as they get ready for the BlackBerry Developers Conference has shown they are not some stuffy company and can (and do) like to have a little fun. The latest showing of this is a promotion for the BlackBerry Developers Conference wherein users can create avatars, wallpapers and even shirts with their own customized BlackBerry person on them.

If you are heading to the Developers Conference or if you just want to have a cool new wallpaper or avatar you'll definitely want to check this out. The creations are not limited to ninjas either. You can have vampires, pirates and more, or just be a person in general. As well, if you do so wish you can order up a shirt with the image on it and if you are attending dev con, can pick it up at registration or just have it delivered to your house. Check it out and get your ninja on, although it's maybe a little overused already and might want to be a BlackBerry pirate instead. Afterall, Halloween is just around the corner. ;)

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Accessories

Looking for your first accessories for the BlackBerry Bold 9700? Here's Your Chance to Win One! Just leave a comment to this post letting us know which accessory you plan to buy first for your BlackBerry Bold 9700...

Accessories for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

When we posed the question recently asking What is the first accessory you'll buy for your BlackBerry Storm2?, it was clear that some form of protection - be it a leather case, rubber skin or invisible shield, was the most popular accessory category. When it comes to accessories for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, it is yet another new form factor from Research in Motion and thus need to be aware that some of your old stuff, but not all of it, will work.

Best Selling BlackBerry Bold 9700 Accessories

Though the Bold 9700 shares the same Bold name as its older 9000 model number sibling, the form factor is much different than its predecessor: its size is more Curve-like than Bold like, and similar to other newer BlackBerry Smartphones the Bold 9700 features a MicroUSB connection instead of the MiniUSB port found on the original Bold. The only consistent accessory component between the original Bold and the Bold 9700 is the battery - both use the same slim M-S1 battery. To see all compatible accessories for your BlackBerry Bold 9700 and stay on top of the latest cases, skins and accessories, simply visit our BlackBerry Bold 9700 Accessory page (link at the bottom of this article).

Contest: Now that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 has officially been announced, we'll do something a little bit different and celebrate the occassion by giving away some BlackBerry Bold 9700 Accessories! We already have OEM BlackBerry Bold 9700 skins in stock at, so we'll give away three skins to three lucky winners. All you need to do is leave a comment to this post letting us know what's the first accessory you plan to buy for your BlackBerry Bold 9700. A car charger? A Bluetooth headset? Maybe a BlackBerry Bold 9700 charging dock? Let us know! Contest ends this Sunday, Oct.25th, at Midnight PST. *

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BlackBerry Smartphone User Guide for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Now Available

In digging around the RIM website, LaBlackBerry has found RIM has posted the online userguide for the BlackBerry Storm2. The interactive userguide walks you through all the basic functions of the device and digs a little deeper by covering some more advanced options as well. In addition to the walkthrough, you can get a look at OS 5.0 if you have never installed it before, although visual doesn't really compare to having it in your hands. Right Verizon?

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NinjaThemes Linear Theme for Bold, Tour and Curve 8900

Ever wish the theme you wanted was available in a different color, one that fit your personality a bit more? The wait is over for many, as NinjaThemes has released another theme that is rather simplistic, yet very detailed. Linear is the newest series of themes made available by NinjaThemes, and is available in 7 colors. This theme, which is available for the Bold, Tour and 8900, comes in blue, green, grey, gold, pink, purple and red. The theme offers a simplistic bottom dock layout, with 6 icons that are user defined, as well as a weather slot for your favorite weather application or any other application of choice. This theme is on sale for $0.99 in the CrackBerry App Store through October 31st, which means you can pick up all 7 color variations for nearly the price of just one theme!

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Officially Announced!

Here it is folks, the official word soooo many of you have been waiting for. RIM has officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700 - the ultimate traditional BlackBerry to date. With more memory, a better camera and the new optical trackpad, the 9700 really does pack more punch into a smaller form factor than the original Bold 9000. Two versions of the device will be available to support various 3G network frequency combinations (T-Mo, AT&T), but other than the radio band differences it doesn't look like there are any spec changes between the two versions (pheww... same speedy processor, big 1500 mAh battery, etc.). View BlackBerry Bold 9700 Features and Specs

You can expect this Bold2 to drop on carriers around the world in early November. Until then, be sure to check out our pre-release BlackBerry Bold 9700 review, visit for more details and read the full press release from RIM below. More announcements are showing up from carriers announcing the device. Check out press releases for Rogers, Bell, AT&T and T-Mobile (T-Mobile site now live!).

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Official BlackBerry Bold 9700 Video

Ready for 1 minute and 1 second of full physical qwerty keyboard bliss? Yeah? Good. Then click play on the video above. Don't get any drool on your keyboard as you gaze at RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700. Check out the official announcement and features and specs.

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