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Rogers BlackBerry 8310r...any day/week now

Rogers BlackBerry 8310RYesterday afternoon I received an email from our regular Rogers tipster informing me the BlackBerry 8310r was now present on his ordering system (which it was not there the day before) and that the pricing was slotted in at the same rate as the 8300. This was our tipster's first glimpse of '8310r', with no other internal correspendence or announcements made about the GPS-enabled 8310r yet, so he guessed it could still be a few days or even a couple of weeks before the device becomes widely available to consumers.

The BG is also reporting that the 8310r is now available through Rogers, but that they may have jumped the gun a bit (they found images on the Rogers website, but no other written updates/specs are posted yet reflecting the release of the BlackBerry 8310r).

Either way it's good news for Canadians... the BlackBerry 8310r should be here soon! 

Foleo Canned; iPhone Sales Huge; GPhone Details Emerge

Here's a quick Round Up of some of the interesting headlines going on this week outside of the CrackBerry world:

Foleo Cancelled! -  looks like Palm is pulling the plug on this one for the time being so they can focus on their  smartphone platform. Dieter over at WMExperts.com just posted an excellent follow-up article this morning in the wake of the Foleo's demise. Read Foleo Cancelled, A Curious Absence?

iPhone is #1 Smartphone?! - Looks like th iPhone outsold every other smartphone in July and grabbed 1.8% of the entire U.S. phone market. The numbers don't surpise me - with all the hype initial sales were guaranteed to be huge. I'm more curious in the numbers 12 months from now. It looks like Apple is getting Aggressive! They have SLASHED the price on their 8gig phone by $200 and are dropping the 4gig model altogether. Get the Details.

Introducing the Google Phone - The GPhone (or is it Gphone or gPhone?!) rumors have been going on for a while now and the frenzy is going to pick up even more now that the Boston Globe published a story with juicy details.

Updated: AT&T BlackBerry 8820 Not Available Today?!

BlackBerry 8820

*** Updated: September 4th, 9pm CST Click Here for Updated Post ***

We beat the Boy Genius by a week on this one... on August 28th we announced the WiFi-enabled BlackBerry 8820 would start showing up in A&T stores on September 4th. It looks like our  tipster was right!

According to BG, the BlackBerry 8820 "soft launched" yesterday and should be available in stores as early as today as the units arrive. Pricing is said to be the same as the 8800... with a 2 year contract the price will come in at $299. The 8820 will outright replace AT&T's 8800 - apparently all 8800 shipments have been stopped indefinitely. It hasn't shown up on AT&T's website yet for direct ordering, but hopefully will appear there soon!

Since our tipster was apparently right on the 8820, does that mean his other prediction will come true? Can we expect to see the GPS-enabled AT&T BlackBerry 8310 Curve on September 24th?!

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Happy Labor/Labour Day!

To everyone in the USA, Happy Labor Day! To our friends north of the border, Happy Labour Day!

It's the one day of the year when I try and sleep in (early riser...usually up around 6am)...I managed to make it until noon this year!!  I guess the wedding reception I attended last night helped the cause. :) Now it's time to work on some house painting. Maybe I'll come in with a blog post between coats of paint. Enjoy your day! Try and keep it free of labor (no image with this post in my attempt to be lazy). We'll see you tomorrow! 

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Now Available on Alltel

Alltel BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Alltel this week introduced the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone to their BlackBerry offering. The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine technologies that allow it to connect to both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks. The 8830 operates in the United States on Alltel's CDMA network and comes with an unlocked SIM card slot for international roaming on GSM/GPRS networks. 

“Since today’s economy operates on a global scale, our customers require a smartphone with international capabilities,” said Wade McGill, senior vice president of wireless products and services for Alltel Wireless.   “The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is an innovative handset that will give our customers the connectivity they need with the reliability they have come to expect.”

“The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is a powerful and stylish smartphone that combines an industry-leading mobile communications experience with enhanced multimedia capabilities and built-in GPS,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “It’s also the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine CDMA and GSM connectivity, making it easy for Alltel customers to stay connected in the United States and abroad.” 

Even though the 8830 is now available from Alltel, you'll still have to wait a few days to get your hands on one. If you visit shopalltel.com the BlackBerry 8830 is currently on Back order, with an ETA of September 11th. Read the Full Press Release...

AT&T BlackBerry 8820 GPS Fear Mongering Unfounded

 BlackBerry 8820

Jibi, a legend in the BlackBerry world and owner of the coolest online 'handle', has set the record straight on all of the BlackBerry 8820 GPS 'Neutering' stories of the past two weeks.

For those out of the loop, it started with BlackBerry Cool's August 16th Exclusive, which  spread word that the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry 8820 would have its GPS 'neutered', which if believed as read, meant that all GPS applications with the exception of Telenav would be unuseable. The suspected reasoning was that AT&T was choosing Apple over RIM in their quest to push iPhone sales.

As true BlackBerry Addicts, at CrackBerry.com we were quick to report the 'rumor' and perpetuate the fear to our six or seven daily readers (that's my job, don't hold it against me!). :)

Fast forward to August 28th, and I posted a tip I received announcing September 4th as the launch date for the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 as was seen on AT&T mailers. This same correspondence made no 'official' mention of the GPS being anything less than intact, which made us question "What's going on here?!"

Proceed to August 29th, and our buds at BBCool posted a story saying it looked like CrackBerry.com's tip was right, as they had news that RIM and AT&T were negotiating a deal to leave the BlackBerry 8820 un-neutered. The Reason? AT&T didn't like all the negative feedback they were receiving. Everyone danced with joy that the BlackBerry 8820 would come through with its 'boys' fully functioning! Then as the BlackBerry Blogosphere was rejoicing its job well done in having made a Carrier change its tune, along came Jibi writing for the BG to set the record straight. more after the jump

Traders Say Rumors Say Microsoft May Acquire RIM

Microsoft & RIM According to Traders, RIM's stock rose to a record today on speculation that Research in Motion (or somepart of RIM) is going to be acquired by Microsoft.  Bloomberg.com has the Details.

RIM's stock gained $3.13, or 3.8 percent, to $84.95 at 11:21am this morning (New York Time) and earlier climbed as high as $85.

Steve Sachs, head of trading at Rydex Investments in Rockville, Maryland told Bloomberg, "We're hearing the same rumor everyone else is, the Microsoft and RIM rumor. I can't even count the number of times we've heard that over the last three years."

"There's a rumor Microsoft is going to acquire some or part of RIM, and that may be what's driving the stock up,'' Greg Palmer, head of equity trading at Pacific Crest Securities Inc. in Portland, Oregon also told Bloomberg. "But it doesn't make sense because they've already got a handheld product.'

Seems Crazy to me. What would RIM go for? 1.1 Jillion Dollars?! The real story here is, do you own RIM stock? Maybe it's time to buy some!

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BlackBerry 8310 Curve Coming to AT&T September 24th

BlackBerry 8310

This just in - AT&T has sent out correspondence regarding the BlackBerry 8310. As expected, it will have all of the same features of the 8300 Curve, with the addition of GPS. It will still be referred to as the Curve, and the expected launch date is September 24th. There was no information regarding what operating system will ship on the device (hopefully OS4.3!). Stay tuned for more details as we get them. 

This tip comes to us from the same source who brought yesterday's big news that it's looking like the AT&T BlackBerry 8820 will soon begin shipping with full GPS capabilities rather than the locked down GPS previously rumored.

Now rewind back to August 17th when we posted the story 'My AT&T Curve Doesn't Have GPS! What the?!' about a CrackBerry.com member finding a mistake on AT&T's website. When viewing the Features section within the 360º degree tour of the AT&T 8300 Curve, an icon for integrated GPS is present (view screenshot). We let this slide by as a web design error/ quality control oversight at the time, but it seems AT&T intentionally or unintentionally let the cat out of the bag - they were teasing us with the GPS-enabled 8310!

September 4th Launch Date for the AT&T BlackBerry 8820

This just in - AT&T has sent out mailers announcing September 4th as the official launch date of the new BlackBerry 8820. According to our tipster, the specs are still calling for full integrated GPS. That's right, from the documentation he received from AT&T there is as of yet no "official" mention of the GPS being locked down as per previous reports! What's going on here?!

September 4th is not far away.  I guess all will be known soon! Stay Tuned...

* * UPDATE - August 29th * *

It seems that our 'tipster' was RIGHT! The boys at BBCool are reporting that our Rumor (above) is indeed likely Fact. Apparently RIM and AT&T are in the process of re-negotiating the GPS status of the BlackBerry 8820. The reason? Negative feedback and Bashing in the Blogosphere got AT&T's attention and made them reconsider the decision to limit the GPS on the 8820. Whether this is the true reason or not I'm not sure, but if so kudos to all the websites, bloggers and individuals who raised their voice! CrackBerry.com did its part - the 15 minutes I put into photoshopping the 'AT&T Angel or Demon?' graphic was time well spent if this all proves to be true! :)

Thanks for Keeping it Real!

Queen Elizabeth Joins the CrackBerry Club

The Queen's AddictionAt the beginning of July we brought word that the Queen would soon be getting a BlackBerry. Fast forward a few weeks and the Queen has a full out BlackBerry Addiction.

Fueling the addiction above all things is her new found ability to stay on top of horse racing results 24/7! A highly placed palace source told The People,

"Her Majesty has always been keener than most 81-year-olds to stay up to date with modern gadgets, but she finds her BlackBerry is the most useful of all."

"She can surf the net for racing results and used it constantly during the big York meeting last week but the Duke is going mad. At 85 he's more reluctant to embrace technology and thinks his wife is like a distracted teenager. He even muttered he wished she would 'get rid of the bloody thing'."

Welcome to the CrackBerry Club Queen! Though it's an addiction most of us never want to give up, help is only a click away. CrackBerry.com has you covered with our 13 Steps to Breaking a BlackBerry Addiction Program!

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RIM Winning the Legal Game Against Atari in BrickBreaker Copyright Infringement Dispute

BrickBreaker or Breakout?

Don't get me wrong, I love Atari, but when I read the latest news about the legal actions between Atari and RIM it was enough to make me want to toss my Atari t-shirt in the dumpster. Come on guys, can't we all just get along here???

First Looks: BlackBerry Pearl 2 (8120) Images

BlackBerry Pearl 8120

Here's a first look at the new BlackBerry Pearl 8120, courtesy of Hayden over at PinStack.com. According to Hayden, the BlackBerry 8120 in his possession offers:

  • WiFi, but no built-in GPS (will most likely depend on the carrier)
  • OS 4.3 installed (more details on OS 4.3)
  • WiFi browser
  • Improved version of SureType
  • Improved email layout and display
  • Improved voice control software
  • Improved keyboard layout
  • Improved camera w/ improved flash
  • External Entry MicroSD slot
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • New Dimension L theme
  • Improved build quality

As you can read, the theme here is "improved". For all the SureType fans out there, the Pearl 2 (I'm going to be stuck on calling it that for a while) should be worth the upgrade. The only thing I'm not a fan of at this point is that Gold color! Is it just me, or does it make the device look sort of dated vs. cutting edge?! Hopefully it will be available in every color under the rainbow and more when it hits retailers in the weeks ahead. More Images Here...

My Kind of Mayor - DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty

Mayor Fenty with his 3 BlackBerrys

Talk about CrackBerry Addiction! Washington DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty was spotted in his city this weekend at the Eastern Market's re-opening event. Hanging from his belt were his famous three Blackberries - one for mayoral duties, one for personal responsibilities and one for immediate contact with the city's Police Chief. Rumors have circulated that Mayor Fenty may be in the market for a fourth BlackBerry.

Maybe I should move to Washington...Fenty sounds like my kind of Mayor! And definitely a worthy candidate for CrackBerry.com's upcoming "BlackBerry Addict of the Year" award. If you know Mayor Fenty, send him my way for an interview!

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Sneak Peek: BlackBerry OS version 4.3 Screen Captures

BlackBerry OS 4.3 ScreenShots

Member Fr0zen over at BBF managed to get his hands on a BlackBerry Curve running RIM's new OS version 4.3 and was kind enough to post some screen captures.

There appear to be a lot of cool little improvements and tweaks that should make this a welcomed upgrade. Items to note:

  • Voice Notes Recorder integrated into the Media Manager
  • Playlists function added to the Music player
  • A revamped look and improved functionality to Email/Calendar/Appointment menus
  • The ability to differentiate between SMS and Email inboxes when viewing together
  • Menu View options (short & long)
  • Menu Option for OTA wireless upgrades
  • Fr0zen also claims the web browser opens web pages much faster (excellent!)

You can view more screenshots here. Hopefully 0S 4.3 will be available for download in the weeks ahead.

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The World's First $10.5 Million Cell Phone!

 Private Island Offer

And who says cell phone carriers don't have a sense of humor. Check out Sprint's new commercial for their $10.5 Million cell phone at PrivateIslandOffer.com.

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Vodafone BlackBerry 8310 coming to UK September 3rd

Vodafone 8310Yesterday we brought word that the BlackBerry 8310 would soon be coming to the United Kingdom, but we were left hanging on the exact date and who the carrier would be.

The answers came quick! The 8310 will become available on September 3rd and Vodafone will be the initial carrier (they have an exclusive until the end of October). The 8310 adds GPS to the standard Curve, and Vodafone is offering 1 year of free Vodafone Sat Nav on BIS activations.

For Pricing and More information, read the full release after the jump... Click Here!

RIM's BlackBerry Home Server Would Allow Users to Transfer Files Between Home PC and BlackBerry Handheld

BlackBerry Home Server

According to Scotia Capital analyst Gus Papageorgiou, Research in Motion is working on a technology that would allow BlackBerry users to wirelessly transfer files between their handheld devices and their PCs. Though RIM has made no announcements, and a company spokeswoman said she wasn't aware of any such plans, Mr. Papageorgio says he has gathered information that makes him believe it is on the way.

If Papageorgiou (I like typing that name!) is correct, the application will be called "BlackBerry Home Server" and would function in a similar manner to RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server. According to Papageorgiou, "Anybody who has an MP3 player and a mobile phone is a target for this service." Papargeorgiou claims the technology could broaden the consumer market for BlackBerrys and would represent a strong counterattack to Apple's iPhone in the battle for smartphone market dominance.

With BlackBerry Home Server, users would install software on their PC which would have access to RIM's network operating center. In turn, RIM's operating center would connect to the user's BlackBerry. The software would allow the user to access and organize their PC's digital media direct from their BlackBerry - think mobile iTunes.

I have to say, the consumer-targeted application does sound great, but I want to know more details!! Conceptually, it reminds me a little of WICKSoft's PocketVPN software, except it will run through RIM's network and I would assume the user's media files would have to be stored on RIM's server. Since the average user doesn't leave their computer on 24/7, it leads me to believe that all of the the media stored on the user's PC would sync to RIM's servers, so that a copy of the files/information are saved there for always-available access by the BlackBerry. Bandwidth and speed sound like they could be a challenge too. With Canada's expensive data plans for example, it would not take long to run up insane excess data charges if wirelessly transfering media files became a everyday habit. And if it takes forever to access a file, will people adopt it? 

Smartphone Experts is the Fastest Growing Retail Company In America & CrackBerry.com is Glad to Join the Family!

Smartphone Experts is #1

Wow, has it ever been an exciting couple of weeks. The Press Release we just published tells part of the tale. I am so happy to be able to announce that CrackBerry.com is now a member of the Smartphone Experts Family. CrackBerry.com is now securely in a position to keep getting bigger and better for years and years to come.

And as if this news was not enough, Inc.com has just posted the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies in America. Guess who's #1 on the list of the Fastest Growing Retail Companies in America? Smart Phone Experts!

A big congratulations go to Marcus Adolfsson, SPE's CEO, and the whole Smart Phone Experts team on this fantastic achievement. The "Crack Team" had a hunch in selling CrackBerry.com to SPE that we were putting its ownership into capable hands, and this further validates just how right we were!

If you're wondering what this all means for CrackBerry.com and the "Crack Team", don't worry, it's ALL GOOD! The BlackBerry Experts (Addicts?!) that started the site will continue to remain involved in the site's ongoing operation and editorial. CrackBerry.com has been a huge success since going live in February this year, and by taking the strong base we have established and adding Smartphone Experts' knowledge, experience, and resources to the mix there is no doubt The #1 Site for BlackBerry Users (& Abusers!) is going to take BlackBerry Addiction to the next level!

Smartphone Experts Acquires CrackBerry.com

INVERNESS, Fla., August 22, 2007 – Smartphone Experts (SPE), an e-commerce platform and smartphone accessory development company, has bolstered its portfolio of smartphone community sites by acquiring CrackBerry.com, a popular BlackBerry site. Having a community site tied in with BBerry.com, the BlackBerry accessories store that opened in June 2006 allows Smartphone Experts to provide BlackBerry users with a one-stop shop for all their needs.

“In a way CrackBerry.com and BBerry.com have followed a parallel track, reaching out to the continuously growing number of BlackBerry owners,” said Marcus Adolfsson, president of Smartphone Experts. “We are excited to be joining forces with such a strong team dedicated to helping BlackBerry users get the most out of, and now for, their devices.”

“The acquisition by Smartphone Experts means that we are are now part of a family of smartphone community websites,” said Kevin Michaluk, founder of CrackBerry.com. “I am proud that CrackBerry.com is becoming SPE's flagship BlackBerry-focused community site, following in the footsteps of such well-known and successful sites as TreoCentral.com and WMexperts.com.

“The winning team at CrackBerry.com has done an amazing job of building such a vibrant community that has been a favorite in the media, both traditional and online,” said Dieter Bohn, vice president of communities for Smartphone Experts. “We are excited to work with their ‘Crack Team’ of writers and moderators to deliver the types of news, reviews, first looks that will continuously ‘wow’ and inform BlackBerry users.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BlackBerry 8310 coming to the UK! And the Carrier is?!

BlackBerry 8310 going to the United Kingdom A RIM spokesperson confirmed news yesterday that the BlackBerry Curve 8310 will soon be making its way to the United Kingdom and that an announcement can be expected soon about which lucky network will get to carry the phone.

The GPS-enabled 8310 launched earlier this month in Germany.

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