BlackBerry News and Reviews

BlackBerry Storm 2 Unboxing

I know, I know... smartphone unboxing videos are a little pointless/lame, but seriously, how could I first lay eyes on a new BlackBerry and not capture that first 90 seconds of pure joy on HD?! So for all the BlackBerry Storm2 chasers out there, here's a look at my Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 9550 getting unboxed when I first received it on October 15th! Keep in mind this is not the way it will come from Verizon (this is a review loaner unit), so you can expect a prettier box with more stuff in it when you pick yours up. I guess that means we'll have to do up a second unboxing video once this baby hits the market for real. And if you haven't read it yet, be sure to check out our in-depth BlackBerry Storm2 Review.

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All Hedone Design Themes 50% Through October 22nd

As part of their ongoing birthday celebration (celebrating your birthday for more than one day is definitely our style) Hedone Designs is running a huge 50% off sale on all their themes. The sale runs now through October 22nd, and you can choose from any theme in the Hedone arsenal. You can pick from great themes like DigitalPro, Halloween, BussFast and more. Almost all of the themes sell regularly for $7.00, so you can get them for only $3.50. Just use the code HD50BDAY09 to receive the discount. The code will only work in our mobile app store or app store client from your device.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 on Bell Mobility's HSPA Launch List

BGR got hold of Bell's action-packed HSPA handset launch list, and it sports some BlackBerry Bold 9700 goodness. There are no solid details, but a shipping date of October 30th and launch date of November are listed. It looks like the 9700 will go run you $399.95 on contract, or $599.95 retail. Not wanting to be outdone, the Bold 9000 makes an appearance on the list as well. It seems to me like the Storm2 and 9700 are fighting for the spotlight, and with all the hype about the Storm2, I think most would say the 9700 is the most anticipated.

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Contest: m[i]Berry Theme - 50 Free Copies

One "happy Friday" contest before everyone hits the road for the weekend. Tony at Cocky Culture themes has created a great new theme titled m[i]Berry. The theme is custom from head to toe, with great icons, a clean banner and custom meters. The homescreen is totally customizable and the theme is 100% wallpaper friendly. I'm sure you all see where the inspiration came from, but at least its not just another look-a-like theme. m[i]Berry is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $1.99 through October 18th. To enter to win one of 50 free copies just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

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BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (BBSAK) v1.6 Released

A few months back we first checked out JL_Cmdr replacement BBSAK. We got word today that RIMGeeks have released an update to include some new features. BBSAK is a windows app that allows experienced users to tweak their device by accessing COD files, loading OS' and more. The new updates include:

  • Brand New Tabbed Layout for better organization
  • Animated app expansion
  • Multiple COD install now available through the "Install COD(s)" button
  • Multiple COD removal now available through the "Remove COD(s)" button (Read system required to remove cods)
  • Install JAD files (ALL CODs referenced in JAD file must be in the SAME FOLDER as JAD)
  • JAD Maker now included! (Box is drag and drop for windows xp and vista users only)
I've been saved by this app many times now, so I highly recommend having it installed just in case. If you are a CrackBerry Abuser you will certainly need this at one time or another. 

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BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Stress Test - The Aftermath

* If you haven't yet, be sure to first read BBM Stress Test Part 1 and BBM Stress Test Part II *

A week after embarking upon the mission of discovering the max number of contacts BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 can handle, I'm calling it quits on the experiment. It started off fun, grew a little difficult as my BlackBerry Bold began to bog down, and eventually the device just couldn't take it anymore and begged for mercy. The video above serves as evidence of this nutty/stupid/insane and I think somewhat historic event. Warning: It's a long video - I have over 90 minutes of recorded footage, but chopped it down to 15 minutes (cut out the cursing that occurred towards the end and made sure there were no clips where people's pins are shown). If you can make it to the end you're truly a BlackBerry addict. :)

So what what's the verdict? I still don't know the exact number! The total number of BlackBerry Messenger requests to come in was well over 10,000. I managed to get all the way up 2050 approved contacts, but started receiving the Max Number of Contacts Reached message long before that. But I found by closing chats, deleting some of the requests and leaving all joined BBM groups that even though I would get the max number message,  BlackBerry Messenger would still squeeze in a few more. At the end of the day, I'm not sure that RIM set an actual max number of approved contacts, but rather set a loose limit based on database size or total number of "things' going on in messenger at one time.

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Air Canada Releases Application for BlackBerry Smartphones

Air Canada announced the release of their new BlackBerry application today. Customers will be able to access numerous features from within the application, expediting their travel and making for a better overall experience. With the Air Canada application, you can easily check flights, receive notifications, check in, find flights, book flights and more. You can customize for various notifications for flights and other alerts as well. The application is a free download and should be extremely useful to travelers who fly Air Canada. Hopefully more airlines (and other agencies like rental cars and hotels) will put out apps of their own to make traveling that much easier. The Air Canada app is available free in BlackBerry App World, or by visiting

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Cameraless BlackBerry Bold Available from AT&T This Friday

Following in the footsteps of Verzion's non-camera 8830WE and Tour, it looks like AT&T will be making a cameraless BlackBerry Bold available this Friday. From their @BizSoltions Twitter account, AT&T dropped this tweet earlier today:

"Starting Friday -- BlackBerry Bold will be available from AT&T in a model without a camera, for secure workplaces."

This could be a welcome relief for those who are not allowed to have camera phones in the workplace. I personally think having an option for a BlackBerry without a camera is a necessity given the high security of many industries. So will you be picking one up? Drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts. 

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

If you didn't get in on the OS 5.0 action yet, you may want to give it a go this time around. It has been less than a month since we saw OS leak for the Tour, and today OS for the Tour 9630 surfaced on the web. Reports are mixed on this one, so be sure to let us know how it works out for you. As always, use caution when installing a leaked OS.

*OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. 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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New Metallic Theme From JC Designs - 100 Free Copies

John from JC-Designs reached out to me a few days ago, mentioned it's been a while since he has made a theme but wanted me to have a look at his latest, Metallic. As always with all of Johns work, I was impressed with the time and detail put into this one. First off you have customized icons, sliding docks and hidden areas all which blend awesomely. Secondly, all icons are user customizable and John has even included 7 different colored wallpapers to make use of with the desktop download.  And finally, it's weather slot friendly and hidden today features round out this one. Devices supported are 83xx, 85xx, 89xx, 90xx, 95xx and finally 96xx Series.

Contest: In addition to placing this theme (and many others of his) on sale for only $2.99, John wanted to extend a little gratitude to the CrackBerry community for the love which has been show to him over the past while. With that, we're gonna be giving away 100 copies of Metallic to some lucky readers, drop a comment here and we'll make sure it's accounted for (duplicate entries will be excluded). Contest will close on October 22nd, good luck folks.

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FlipOff Silences Your Storm When Its Turned Over

I got word of a cool app called FlipOff by Backroom Software that lets you disable features on your Storm just by laying it down. FlipOff lets you choose to disable SMS, phone calls, radio, emails, vibration, alerts and more. You can customize it the way you like, place your Storm face down on a table or desk and that's that. As soon as it is face down, FlipOff will act according to your settings. This is extremely handy for business purposes - you can walk into a meeting, set your Storm face down and not have to worry about changing profiles. There are mulitple options and profile settings so everyone should be able to tweak to their liking. The premium version sells in the CrackBerry App Store for $1.49. A free version is also available with slimmed down features.

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Mobiola xPlayer - An Alternative Media Player for BlackBerry Smartphones with Live Radio and Podcasts

Mobiola xPlayer is no new kid on the block. Back when OS 4.5 was set to be released this application was just entering an early beta stage and now, the betas continue but the product is already well developed. A few things have been added to xPlayer in it's time, and the feature set for this application has rounded out nicely and makes for a great alternative to the BlackBerru built in media player.

Features Include:

  • Watch fullscreen videos, listen to live music and stay informed about the latest events from live news!
  • Explore 100+ predefined radio stations in all genres: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Hiphop & RNB, world, pop.
  • Listen to actual business, sport, music podcast on the go and add your own podcasts!
  • All the most popular audio and video formats are supported: mp3, m4a, avi, mp4, 3gp, wma, amr, mid, wav, aac, WMV.
  • Mobiola xPlayer works via all types of connection - BIS, BES, Wi-Fi and direct TCP.
  • Playlist management: Create, Edit and Save your own playlists. Search file option. - new feature
  • Sort your playlist by title, by author, by path or shuffle it.
  • Forward/Rewind feature.
  • Use different themes to change the look of xPlayer.
  • Background mode.

Now granted, Mobiola xPlayer does cost $19.99 for the full list of features to be available. But, free trials of the application are available and since it's currently in beta testing for the next version release, you can be a part of the beta. Beta testers who provide a good amount of feedback for Mobiola xPlayer are rewarded with a free license at the end. You got nothing to lose in this case, try it out, beta test it and see how you like it.

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Hedone Designs Spectacularly Spooky Halloween Theme

After wrapping up his free Hedone Designs birthday theme, it was back to the grind for Hedone. This time around he cranked out an awesome new Halloween theme which is totally unique in design. Flying bats, pumpkins, witches and more set this theme off from the rest to give it plenty of character for the Halloween season. You'll want to check it out for the full effect of course, but mixed with bright and dark colors this is one is just awesome. All devices right down to the 8700 are supported and theme is only $6.99.

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The Verizon Guy and BlackBerry Tour Make Their Gameshow Debut on The Price is Right

Jerry sent this in and I must say it made me laugh a bit. Everyone's favorite gameshow The Price Is Right featured none other than the Verizon Guy sporting a BlackBerry Tour during the Showcase Showdown. Check out the video as the Verizon Guy touts the "global BlackBerry Tour" while presenting a showcase to the contestants - very cool! Thanks Jerry!

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PictureLink - Speed Dials and Shortcuts On Your Homescreen

If you're like me you make a ton of phone calls every day, and you may have trouble remembering speed dial numbers or get frustrated searching your contact list. PictureLink by Toysoft hopes to end the frustration by creating icon shortcuts for contacts right on your homescreen. You can assign any image you'd like to the contact, click the icon and it dials - thats it. All your important contacts can be seen quickly so you stay organized and don't have to search endlessly through your contact list. PictureLink also allows you to create web shortcuts in the same manner, giving you one click access to any website. The application is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99.

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T-Mobile Germany Displays BlackBerry Bold 9700 Online Coming In November

Here is a ray of light for all those stuck in the middle of the BlackBerry Storm 2 flood of information. T-Mobile Germany now has the BlackBerry Bold 9700 prodly displayed as a coming soon device, as spotted by Tainer030. Coming soon meaning November, as indicated on the T-Mobile Germany website. Check it out for yourself and remember, it's not that far off folks ;)

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Appears On Vodafone UK For Pre Order

Shortly after posting our review of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and Vodafone and RIM's Press Release, the above was posted to the Vodafone UK website. Anyone in the UK looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 can now get a jump on the rest of the world by placing their pre orders through Vodafone.

Prices while not listed are determined by the tariff in which you sign up but Vodafone makes no bones about letting you know you can get it all for free you take a £35/mnth plan. Live in the UK? Have you placed your order yet? Expected delivery of pre ordered devices is set for October 26th, rolling into November depending on orders placed.

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Vodafone and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Storm 2

Here's the press release that Vodafone customers have been waiting for. Vodafone and RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Storm2 Smartphone. For more info, be sure to check out our BlackBerry Storm2 Review. Pricing will be announced by the individual in-country operators, so you'll need to keep it locked to CrackBerry and your local Vodafone carrier site for all the details. However, we do know from the release that Vodafone UK will be offering the BlackBerry Storm2 free from £35 per month on a 24-month contract.

Press Release

Vodafone and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Storm2 Smartphone

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Vodafone and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Storm2 smartphone for customers in seven European countries as well as South Africa.

The second generation of RIM's innovative and award-winning touch-screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm2 significantly improves the BlackBerry® touch-screen platform with new technology and new features to let customers stay easily connected to the people, places and things that matter most.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Now Live On BlackBerry Official Website!

The videos are now live, the specs are laid out and you can slap that official stamp all over this one. Research In Motion has just put the BlackBerry Storm2 up on the BlackBerry homepage. Be sure to check it out and dig into the awesome photos and video. Now RIM / Verizon, can we get that press release please. I'm sure we're all waiting to see a price and official launch date in writing.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Review

It's that time again! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite energy drink, kick back and enjoy yet another pre-release BlackBerry Smartphone review. This time around we're looking at an officially-received BlackBerry Storm2. Has RIM taken the Storm to the next level with the Storm 2, or are we looking at a minor update? Should owners of the original BlackBerry Storm upgrade? Read on to find out!

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