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MySpaceIM Now Available For The BlackBerry

MySpaceIM Available on the BlackBerryThe instant messaging feature of MySpace, known as 'MySpaceIM' is now available on the BlackBerry.

I'm not a huge MySpace fan, never got into it... But I would think this software on the BlackBerry would be GREAT for keeping in touch with your MySpace friends without having to be stuck in front of a computer.

For more on MySpace IM For the BlackBerry and other Smartphones, click here.

Bell Announces 8830 Availability in Canada

BlackBerry 8830 from BellAfter the Sprint/Verizon announcement yesterday telling us they will carry the 8830, Bell came through today with their announcement. Better late than never I suppose!

The 8830 'World Edition' is the first BlackBerry to utilize CDMA connectivity in Canada and the US. It also offers international voice and data roaming on GSM/GPRS networks.

For all of you CrackBerry junkies in Canada this is good news for many of you. You'll soon be able to take advantage of the features within the 8830.

For the official press release from Bell, click here.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the BlackBerry Mom - part 1 - Pink Cases!

With Mother's Day JUST around corner (for those who have forgot it's coming up on Sunday, May 13th), it is time to start thinking Gifts for Mom. While the beauty of flowers as a gift cannot be disputed for the "typical" mom, I'd argue a blackberry use'n and abuse'n mother would MUCH prefer something for her blackberry that's PINK.

The good news for those thinking about buying a pink blackberry accessory for mom is that there is no shortage out there. The bad news? You may have a tough decision ahead of you to just pick out one item (so buy many items and let her rotate them!).

For part one of Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the BlackBerry Mom we'll start with 5 PINK Cases:

Naztech Boa H5 in Pink Name: Naztech Boa H5
Description: The Naztech Boa case for the blackberry combines beauty that mom is going to love with functionality by utilizing superior materials and workmanship.
Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7130
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Cost: $24.95

Click Here for More Details and to Buy Now...

Naztech Sport Pouch in Pink Name: Naztech Sport Pouch Case
Description: Whether mom is skiing the slopes, riding the trail, running at the gym, or jogging down to the coffee shop, the Naztech Sport line will provide her with maximum protection for her blackberry.
Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry Pearl 8100
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Cost: $34.95

Click Here for More Details and to Buy Now...

BlackBerry Pearl Skin Pink Name: BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Skin
Description: The rubberized exterior guarantees mom a sure grip, protecting all corners of her Pearl against bumps and scratches. It will also help prevent mom's berry from sliding across her car's dashboard or other slick or angled surfaces. And it's PINK!
Compatible Devices: BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Cost: $9.95

Click Here for More Details and to Buy Now...

BlackBerry Leather Pouch Pink Name: BlackBerry Leather Pouch
Description: If your mom is the practical type, this handy and well-designed case will keep her berry protected at all times. It guards against slips, scratches, and wear and tear, so she can pop it in her briefcase or pocket without thinking twice.
Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7210, BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 7250, BlackBerry 7270, BlackBerry 7280, BlackBerry 7290
Cost: $19.95

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Naztech Caimen 5A in Pink Name: Naztech Caimen 5A
Description: The exact crocodile pattern has been etched on premium quality skins resulting in a surface that requires an expert to tell the difference between the genuine crocodile skin leather and the faux crocodile leather. Feel free to tell your mom it cost 5x more than you paid - she'll never know and we won't tell!
Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7130e
Cost: $34.95

Click Here for More Details and to Buy Now...

Is your Mom sporting an 8700? Check out the Mobi Products Crystal Case in Pink!

Does your mom Destroy BlackBerries? She might need an Otterbox - check out our review!

Stay Tuned for more Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the BlackBerry Mom. Next up - Pink Headsets!

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition coming to Sprint

Our friends at Sprint have set up a website for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition to let us know it will be available in July. Such a tease!

BlackBerry Sprint 8830 World Edition

Talk about the 8830 Sprint site in the CrackBerry forums!

Verizon/BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Following yesterday's RIM/Verizon announcement of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, we're pleased to show you an image of this sweet-looking device. I can't wait to get my hands on one!

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Talk about the 8830 in the CrackBerry Forums

Are CrackBerry Users "Insatiable Data Tokers?"

crack addictsInteraction with a device delivering data gives people a feeling of validation, inclusion and desirability. Feeling like the only person who isn’t getting e-mailed, buzzed, phoned and pinged can be a lonely feeling.

At least that is the theory in an article in last Sunday’s New York Times. We CrackBerry addicts know all about those Pavlovian responses to pings and vibrations. But the NYT article delves into the psychological underpinnings of our addictions to communication devices.

The article quote experts who study computer use and say the stated yearning to stay abreast of things may mask more visceral and powerful needs. Some of those experts theorize that constant use becomes ritualistic physical behavior, closely resembling addiction.

The brilliantly titled piece “It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Ping” goes on to point out that last week’s BlackBerry blackout didn’t affect behavior. People continued to check for e-mails and messages even though they knew the system wasn’t working.

One researcher uses the term “acquired attention deficit disorder” to describe the condition of people who are accustomed to a constant stream of digital stimulation and feel bored in the absence of it. Regardless of whether the stimulation is from the Internet, TV or a cellphone, the brain is hijacked in much the same way as a drug addict’s brain compels them to reach for their drugs.

For the full article go here.

RIM and Verizon Announce World's First Global CDMA/GSM BlackBerry

Verizon to offer the new BlackBerry 8830 Today Verizon and RIM have announced the release of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone. The phone will be available May 14 through Verizon business sales channels... And will be available in Verizon stores May 28.

Global BlackBerry service will also be available May 14. What does this mean? In a nutshell it means you can get wireless email and the convenience of ONE local number for domestic and international use in Australia, Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.

Some features of the new phone:

  • EV-DO/GPRS network connection for high-speed data transfer in more than 60 countries
  • GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while traveling internationally
  • Auto-selection of CDMA/GSM Mode
  • Thin form factor of just 14mm for both style and easy handling
  • New Trackball navigation system
  • Media player
  • Expandable memory option with microSDTM card (sold separately)
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-free, dial-up networking and serial port
  • Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)
  • Instant Messaging capabilities for quick and easy communication
Discuss the 8830 in our Forums

Did RIM Know Of Outage Problems Earlier?

crackberry breaking newsRussell Shaw over on his blog over at ZDNet.com is claiming that an engineer in San Francisco was given a heads up about the RIM outage two hours before last week’s BlackBerry outage actually occurred.

He had also been privy to information that e-mail activity was being disrupted two days prior to the outage as well, indicating that RIM knew about problems perhaps days earlier.

If that is the case, then RIM has a lot of ‘splainin to do. We’ll keep you updated.

New BlackBerry Application for Windows Mobile-based Devices

 windows mobile

After last week’s less than stellar performance, Research in Motion is attempting to bounce back by increasing its dominance in the market by making features of the BlackBerry available to non-Blackberry users.

RIM announced it will begin selling the software online later this year. It will have the effect of making devices equipped with Microsoft's Windows Mobile, such as the Palm Treo, work just like BlackBerries.

The British Daily Telegraph is reporting that RIM is launching the software as it is expanding its product and service offering to include consumers worldwide, rather than just corporate users.

Yesterday, RIM announced its plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices with a new software application suite that will enable devices from third-party manufacturers to benefit from BlackBerry software applications and services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile 6.

Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry e-mail, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform. Devices running the BlackBerry application suite will be able to connect to BlackBerry services via BlackBerry Enterprise Server as well as BlackBerry Internet Service.

"Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an important element of RIM's strategy to provide an open platform that supports industry standards and addresses the various needs of our customers and partners," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "This new software will provide a range of important benefits, including easier support of Windows Mobile-based devices within BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, a consistent user interface for BlackBerry applications across various devices, and the ability to run third-party applications developed for the BlackBerry platform."

In an effort to cover all bases for the days when handheld sales level off, RIM hopes that selling the software could help it gain more subscribers. The down side is it could also damage sales of Blackberries themselves, which account for about 70 percent of RIM's revenues.

"Ultimately, when hardware slows down, we will be more and more of a service company," chief executive Jim Balsillie said.

Toronto Still Without Berry Data Service

Toronto left in the dark for BlackBerry Data Service

Rogers Communications BlackBerry users are back on-line in most places in Canada but areas of Southern Ontario remain affected.

Some Rogers Communcations customers are reporting that data service is still out, although the phones still work. And with Toronto being the center of the universe, it is wreaking havoc in business circles.

Rogers website and technical support call center are back up and running as of this morning.

The cause, according to Rogers spokesperson Taanta Gupta, was a cut in the fiber used by networking provider Allstream to bridge Rogers and Research In Motion's mobile networks and routing facilities.

Unlike last week’s BlackBerry outage caused by RIM, this appears to be an accident that Rogers had no control over. And unlike RIM, Rogers were quick to get the info out to its users. We’ll keep you updated as things change.

Toronto Execs Consider Move to Hamilton, Then Quickly Reconsider

Hamilton a Haven for BlackBerry Execs?*Canadian Humour Alert*

The move was considered, albeit briefly.

Upon re-instatement of data service, most execs were glad they did not make the move.

'It would have been more trouble than its worth' said Tyler Hendrickson, an executive for one of the big banks in downtown T-Dot. 'Besides, the Argos can kick the Tiger-Cats A** any day of the week'.

Commenting on remarks made by Hendrickson, Ti-Cats President Scott Mitchell noted, 'We aren't going to suck as much this year. I think.'

CrackBerry.com WAP Site Gets Even Better!

CrackBerry.com WAP Site Images CrackBerry.com has been online now for nearly two months (seems like we have been around forever doesn't it?) and while we have accomplished a lot on our way to establishing the #1 site for BlackBerry users on the web, the Crack Team still has a lot of items left to check off on the CrackBerry.com To Do list.

But I'm happy to announce we checked one more item off the list yesterday with further improvents to the BlackBerry-friendly version of CrackBerry.com. When you visit http://wap.crackberry.com on your berry, you can now view all of the news and blog posts that are featured on the main website (in either text-only or with-image versions). 

This improvement follows last week's long-awaited addition of the WAP friendly version of the CrackBerry forums. Add these recent improvents to our existing berry-friendly store (that features tons of software downloads (with lots of free trials!)) and our massive link directory (that features hundreds of links to all the best mobile sites for viewing on your berry), and wap.crackberry.com is the only url you need to remember and the first place to go when firing up your mobile browser (actually, if you just type in crackberry.com it should redirect you to the wap site, but incase it ever doesn't, you know the full url).

And if you don't like typing in URLS, you can download our Desktop Launcher from the wap site so you're never more than one click away from us.

Stay tuned for further announcements...as Happy Gilmore said to Shooter McGavin, "We've Only Just Begun".

Breaking News For Canadians

breaking newsComing on the heels of last week’s outage across North America, it seems that Canada’s largest BlackBerry provider, Rogers, is experiencing an outage of its own.

For much of this afternoon their website has been down. Technical support is also without power and cannot deal with any problems.

Service on the actual BlackBerry is apparently unaffected, so no missed e-mails and no more anxiety for CrackBerries out there. For now at least.

One last note. Rogers might want to put the message saying their tech support is down right at the beginning of the phone filtering process instead of wasting people’s time as they press one for this, “say yes” for that ad nauseam. We’ll keep you updated on changes.

Virtual BlackBerry on Windows Mobile

RIM announced today that they will provide users of certain Windows-mobile based devices with a virtual BlackBerry experience through a new software suite. Once installed, it will support BlackBerry email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.

Motorola Q with BlackBerry OS
BlackBerry Stylin' o the Q?

The new application will appear as an icon on the screen. Click it, and you’ll be catapulted into the BlackBerry world where you’ll see the familiar user interface of a BlackBerry smartphone. The device’s existing Windows Mobile applications are preserved, allowing the user to easily and quickly switch between the Windows Mobile applications and the BlackBerry application suite.

You’ll also start to look more attractive to your peers.

According to the RIM press release, key benefits of running the new BlackBerry application suite on a Windows Mobile-based device will include:

  • The added benefit of BlackBerry applications, such as email, phone, text messaging, browser, instant messaging and organizer with a consistent user interface and messaging experience.
  • BlackBerry “push” technology – messages and information updates can be delivered automatically to the Windows Mobile-based device, enabling users to be more responsive to colleagues, clients, friends and family.
  • Support for BlackBerry® Mobile Data System (BlackBerry MDS) allowing organizations to develop their own BlackBerry applications or deploy third-party BlackBerry applications that can run on Windows Mobile-based devices as well as BlackBerry smartphones.
  • Support for various input methods, including QWERTY keyboards, 5-way navigation, touch screen and stylus operation so users can continue to use the unique hardware features of their Windows Mobile-based device.
  • Support on BlackBerry® Internet Service, which provides push-based email from up to 10 supported email accounts (including most popular ISP accounts), attachment viewing and web browsing with optimized wireless efficiency.
  • Support on BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, which tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM® Lotus® Domino® or Novell® GroupWise® to provide synchronized, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data with the industry’s most advanced security features, over-the-air IT policy enforcement capabilities and optimized wireless efficiency.

## This Article Was Originally Published on AllBlackBerry.com

Patent Watch: RIM aims to simplify the task-key association

RIM aims to simplify the task-key associationThis one is from our friend Russell Shaw over at zdnet. He explains in detail a new patent application RIM has submitted.

I like the looks of it. For instance, a directory system can appear on screen, and to dial a certain number, all you would have to do is hit the corresponding key on your keypad. Makes sense to me.

However there is much more to the patent than that alone. Russell breaks the patent out section by section.

If there's one thing that RIM knows... it is 'innovate or die'. If they keep on their current course RIM will stay on top of the market for years to come! 

If you want to know more on this patent...

Read the full story here.

What We Got Here Is A Failure To Communicate

cool hand luke To quote that famous line from the movie Cool Hand Luke “what we got here is a failure to communicate.”

Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie was in a testy mood when he was interviewed by The Canadian Press agency on Friday. He flat out rejected any criticism that the BlackBerry maker left its customers in the dark after a major failure of a software component left BlackBerry users without service for half a day.

Balsillie is quoted as saying he believes the company handled the situation the right way by first attacking the network failure and providing explanations later.

Apparently RIM is unable to walk and chew gum at the same time.

BlackBerry users, techies and some providers were more than a little grouchy after their concerns about the shutdown were met with silence from RIM HQ in Waterloo, Ontario.

"In a sense people say ‘How come you didn’t communicate?’ I turn it around and say ‘Other than communicate what’s self-evident, you’d better have something that’s substantial to communicate,’" Balsillie said in the interview.

It wasn't until late Thursday night that RIM issued any kind of statement on why their system went down Between an initial terse 56-word comment on Tuesday and the second media release late Thursday there was 36 hours of non-communication.

RIM's consumer website still hasn’t even mentioned the outage although it did manage to find time to up date new phone offerings in the US.

Balsillie went on to say that the public relations nightmare surrounding the technical problems was “a bit of a damned if you do, damned if you don't'” situation.

And just what would have been damning about saying “Hey guys the fault’s at our end…don’t spend the next three hours rebooting your Berry”?

Dont Spend It All In One Place

cingular All's well that ends well it seems.

You may have lost that million dollar sale because you missed an important meeting when you didn't get that important e-mail from marketing. You are in expensive divorce proceedings because your husband's apology e-mails never made it to your Berry. You spent all morning at a diner in Queens because you didn't get the e-mail from you associates relocating to the Inn On The Park.

But fear not. Compensation is on the way.

According to the Consumerist Blog, which managed to get its hands on a confidential memo, Cingular will compensate BlackBerry users who suffered as a result of this week's big BlackBerry outage. Cingular users will be compensated up to $2.50.

Yes, that is right -- two whole American dollars. As they say, don't spend it all in one shop.

Cingular users can contact Customer Service and explain their loss and, depending on their service plan, will be credited anywhere from one to two dollars.

5 Things - What I Did During the RIM Network Meltdown

5 Things I Did During the RIM Network Meltdown1. Released anger. Kicking, punching and screaming was all above board here. Nothing like a well-timed and quickly released punch to a wall to relieve the tension!

2. Fiddled with the scroll-wheel. Almost not knowing what to do, I scrolled my scroll-wheel like nobody's business. Up, down, scroll scroll scroll... No particular reason... The built up energy and frustration had to be released!

3. Looked for Help. Thank goodness we created CrackBerry.com... It was the IDEAL place to go and chat with other CrackBerry addicts! Call CrackBerry.com my 'support group' if you will.

4. Prayed for a Resolution. Yes, as I sat there I kept thinking in my mind over and over again... Please let this be over... Please let this be over...

5. Asked Forgiveness for any sins I might have committed... Ok, I didn't really commit any sins... But if I did... and if YOU did... When the network went back up I hope you asked for forgiveness :)

Confessions of a Young CrackBerry Addict

BlackBerry Addicts ConfessThe following was posted in the CrackBerry Forums in the Confess Your BlackBerry Addiction thread by a young member of CrackBerry.com community. I thought it would make a nice post to get the weekend started. In fact, I think I'm going to get a new blog category created on this site called "CrackBerry Confessions" and we'll post some of the best stories we hear in the forums to it regularly.

Reasons I'm a CrackBerry
by member Businessceo1

I have a million reasons why I'm a CrackBerry, this is just a start: 

  • I was on my blackberry all through Church
  • I'm on it at work, between food orders (KFC)
  • I was Suspended from school for refusing to give it to teacher, after being caught using it during her Spanish class.
  • I fall asleep with it in my hands
    • and end up falling asleep much later because of it
  •  I find women blackberry users extremely attractive
  • I tend to have more respect for people who have blackberries
  • I'm in love with the LED light (Green or Red)
  • It has become my 7th finger, even when off
  • Longest distance without it was to the bathroom from my bedroom
  • I get mad, and ready to fight when some asks "is it a game?" or says "that thing"
  • It takes me twice as long to eat, because I won't put it down

Any of these sounds like you? I'm not 100% sure what a 7th finger is (I thought I had 10 to begin with??), but you definitely can't argue with his finding women blackberry users to be extremely attractive!! Anyways, I thought that was pretty good for a young CrackBerry Addict who still has so many years ahead of him to further fuel his BlackBerry addiction.

And speaking of BlackBerry Addictions, if you haven't registered yet for our Confess Your BlackBerry Addiction and WIN Giveaway , you had better get on it. You still have three big chances to win. May 1st we are drawing for the "Pimp my Berry" prize, which is $500 credit in the CrackBerry.com store which you can put towards software and accessories to take your Berry to the next level. And on June 1st we are having our Grand Prize Draw, the winner of which will receive $2,000 towards either "Getting Some Rehab" (a weekend vacation to getaway from your BlackBerry) or "Getting a Fix" (put that cash towards Berry stuff!).

To get in on the draw, all you have to do is become a Registered Member of CrackBerry.com. Once you're a member, you can give yourself an additional chance to win by telling us your best CrackBerry Addiction story. We have a panel of judges who are going to go through the confessions on June 1st and the best Confession will get a "special" prize (trust us, it will be good!).

Have a great weekend! 

JOB FLASH: BlackBerry Engineer wanted at AeroPrise, Inc.

CrackBerry.com Job PostingAeroPrise Inc., based out of Mountain View, California, is seeking a BlackBerry Engineer to join their company. AeroPrise is an emerging leader in the HOT sector of enterprise wireless. Click Here for Full Job Details.

Have a BlackBerry job to fulfill? Post it now on the CrackBerry.com Job Board

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