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You can now pre-order a special edition gold plated BlackBerry KEYone from Axiom

Sure, the Limited Edition Black KEYone announced for India is cool, but if you're looking for a KEYone that's a little more bespoke, Axiom might have what you're looking for. Right now, the retailer is taking pre-orders for their own special edition gold plated BlackBerry KEYone.

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BlackBerry Productivity Tab update brings back the dedicated Tasks tab!

Sometimes when you make a change in an app it's really good and everyone loves it. Other times, it doesn't work out that way and you have to consider possibly reverting some of the changes. The latter is what happened with the BlackBerry Productivity Tab and the latest update aims to make things right after the Tasks tab was uncermonioulsy moved to the bottom of the calendar view.

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Check out the first videos of the special edition BlackBerry KEYone!

It's limited and special and black and totally HOT!

In case you missed it, a new version of the BlackBerry KEYone has been revealed — but you won't be able to get your hands on it just yet. It's a limited edition all-black version of the KEYone, or as it's officially known, the Limited Edition KEYone Mercury Black Device by BlackBerry made by Optiemus Infracom. As the name would lead you to believe, it's the BlackBerry KEYone only it's totally blacked out — and it looks amazing. But the fun doesn't stop there.

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MrMobile goes hands-on with the BlackBerry KEYone Special Edition

Normally, a new color option and a minor spec bump aren't newsworthy enough for a hands-on video. But the BlackBerry KEYone Special Edition (or, if you want to be all official about things, the "Limited Edition KEYone Mercury Black Device by BlackBerry made by Optiemus Infracom") is noteworthy for more than a new paint job. For one thing, the special-edition KEYone improves on the base model in RAM and internal storage, two areas it was especially lacking. And for another, it's assembled by an entirely different company.

Of course, there's more to the story, so click on through for MrMobile's BlackBerry KEYone Special Edition hands-on ... and be sure to check out all the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coverage on CrackBerry for all the fine details I missed!

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Understanding the difference between the KEYone from Optiemus in India and the KEYone from BlackBerry Mobile, a business unit of TCL

With the cooperation of TCL, Optiemus is launching the BlackBerry KEYone in India under the BlackBerry Mobile India banner

Today, Optiemus Infracom Limited announced they are launching the BlackBerry KEYone in India and will be available as of August 8th as an Amazon India Exclusive. This is awesome news for BlackBerry fans in India, because one of the most frequently asked questions I have received this year is Will the KEYone launch in India?

For many months I wasn't sure if it actually would, for good reason. As we clarified earlier this year, there are currently three companies that BlackBerry has licensed the BlackBerry brand to for the manufacture and sale of BlackBerry Smartphones: TCL Communication, Optiemus Infracom and BB Merah Putih. Optiemus has the rights to BlackBerry in India and BB Merah Putih to Indonesia, while China-based TCL Communication is the main partner globally supporting markets including North America, Europe, the Middle East, China and Latin America.

With TCL owning the hardware design of the BlackBerry KEYone, there was no guarantee that India would get a KEYone as TCL didn't have the rights to launch it in that market. That said, the launch of the KEYone in India by Optiemus shows that BlackBerry's hardware licensee partners can work together if they choose to.

The launch of the KEYone in India by Optiemus shows that BlackBerry's hardware licensee partners can work together if they choose to

In this case, it appears that Optiemus and TCL Communication struck a deal for TCL to supply KEYone components to Optiemus so they could launch the KEYone in India. I don't know the full logistics of how this hardware deal works, but what I can tell you is that the Optiemus BlackBerry KEYone I'm holding feels 100% a KEYone - the design, materials and build quality are of that same premium standard I've come to expect from a KEYone. It looks and feels identical.

[Update: After noticing that the box my Optiemus KEYone arrived in said the device was Made in China and manufactured by TCL and Imported by Optiemus, I reached out to Optiemus for further clarification. They noted that the first lot of Limited Edition Black devices ("just a few devices") was provided to them by TCL but come September the units shipping to customers will be Made in India.]

That said, there are a couple of differences under the hood from the KEYone units I have experienced to date - the Optiemus KEYone is shipping with 4GB of ram and 64GB of storage, the ability to run dual SIM cards and it is also available in a version labeled "Limited Edition Black." I love the look - I'd love to see TCL bring this blacked-out color scheme to their markets as well.

When it comes to the marketing, sales, distribution and support of the KEYone in India, this all being driven by Optiemus (not TCL Communication). Optiemus' marketing is aimed at the local Indian market, and if you buy an Optiemus KEYone, any/all customer support for this phone will be handled by Optiemus (bbcare@optiemus.com). You can also find them on twitter at @bbmobileindia and on Facebook.

When it comes to the marketing, sales, distribution and support of the KEYone in India, this all being driven by Optiemus (not TCL Communication)

I think it's also important to note that while Optiemus is launching the KEYone, I don't think this means we can nor should expect all of the BlackBerry hardware licensees to always work together in this fashion. Just as BB Merah Putih launched the BlackBerry Aurora all-touch phone in Indonesia, I'd expect to see Optiemus to launch some BlackBerry phones of their own design. And I wouldn't expect all future TCL-built BlackBerry models to be available from Optiemus.

I think reception to the KEYone globally has been so fantastic that for this particular phone both parties wanted to make the roll out of KEYone in India happen.

Bottomline, the KEYone is coming to India and if you live there and buy a BlackBerry KEYone from Optiemus, you should expect the same awesome device experience that so many other KEYone owners have been enjoying.

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Optiemus launches the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black in India

After plenty of rumors and speculation, Optiemus has now launched the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black in India. Unveiled at an event in New Delhi, the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black will be available exclusively from Amazon India and be made available starting on August 8 with pricing set at Rs. 39,990. Additionally, special offers are in place for American Express Card Members and those who sign up with Vodafone will get up to get up to 75GB additional data for 3 months.

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Your Ready Business: BlackBerry is back and the KEYone is ready for business

With the BlackBerry KEYone now available from Vodafone, the folks at Your Ready Business recently sat down with Logan Bell, Senior Product Manager BlackBerry Mobile, TCL Communication, to discuss the Android-powered Smartphone and why it's designed for businesses.

"The business person's friend is back." BlackBerry has always held a special place in the hearts of people who do business. The functionality, the security features, and slick design made it the obvious choice for anyone who wanted to work harder, stay safer and make the right impression.

Well, the phones you knew and loved are gone, replaced by something bigger, brighter and bolder, but still retaining the iconic BlackBerry features you know and love. That's right; the keyboard is back.

There have been a lot of changes though, including the biggest battery on a BlackBerry phone… ever. So, you get 26 hours of mixed use – watching videos, calls, emails – it's an all day battery. It's ideal for remote workers who are always on the go. If you've ever been in a situation where your battery is dying, and you can't find a plug for a quick charge, then you'll definitely appreciate it. And assuming you do manage to drain the battery, the Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 feature charges the KEYOne up to 50% in just 36 minutes.

The full blog post (and video) cover a lot of the features most CrackBerry readers already know about the KEYone but in case you're not familiar or are looking for more info about the KEYone, you'll want to hit play and read the post.

Read the full post at Your Ready Business

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BlackBerry KEYone looks all set to launch in India soon

Over the past few weeks, rumors and speculation surrounding the BlackBerry KEYone coming to India have been plentiful but it's looking now as though an official announcement is coming soon. The BlackBerry Mobile India Twitter and Instagram accounts have lit up with new teases, a new YouTube channel has been created and BlackBerry's own Alex Thurber has been busy packing for a trip to India.

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Every BlackBerry fan should have one of these patent posters

While scrolling through our CrackBerry Slack channel this morning, I happened to notice Adam had dropped a link to what appeared to be a patent site seemingly showing off a BlackBerry patent. To my surprise, it wasn't really a patent site at all but rather a shop, called Retro Patents, where you could buy prints of patents to be used as posters. The one he had linked to was the very first BlackBerry patent.

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BlackBerry KEYone now available at Sprint retail locations

As the first U.S. carrier to release the BlackBerry KEYone, Sprint started off their sales by making the device available online and through direct ship but now Sprint retail locations have begun sales as well. If you're a Sprint customer looking to pick up the KEYone you can swing by a Sprint retail location and walk out with a brand new KEYone of your very own.

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Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available in Canada from Walmart

Users are reporting that DTEK60 devices were being shipped rather than KEYone units due to what looks like a UPC listing error on Walmarts end. BlackBerry Mobile's last update made clear that KEYone would be available unlocked in Canada later this summer. There is a new listing on Walmart CA that has KEYone at $729 and is currently out of stock... Developing.

When the BlackBerry KEYone was initially announced as coming in an unlocked version in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile planned to have the device available starting in June but that release eventually got pushed to 'later this summer' due carrier partner demand. It's now later this summer, and Walmart has begun selling the KEYone unlocked in Canada.

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BlackBerry Privacy Shade gains some minor tweaks in latest beta

In addition to the new BBM beta being rolled out, BlackBerry has also released a new BlackBerry Privacy Shade beta. Granted, the changes are small this time around but still worth a mention for those who use the app as the minor fixes will improve the overall experience.

What's New

  • You can now toggle the finder outline on or off
  • You can now enable/disable the filter from covering the virtual keyboard

As we near the end of the month, and reach the time when BlackBerry typically updates all their BlackBerry Hub+ Suite apps, folks waiting for this beta to go public likely won't have that much longer to wait. In the meantime, you can get a closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app in the video below or download the current version from Google Play right now.

Download BlackBerry Privacy Shade from Google Play

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BBM update brings animated stickers, richer video editing, and free custom PIN options

A new BBM Android beta has started rolling out, and it gives us a pretty decent look at what will be coming when it hits public release. Over the past few months, BBM has changed quite a bit both visually and in the features it offers, and this latest update sticks to that pattern as well by bringing new animated stickers, richer video editing and sharing, and free custom PIN options.

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Reminder: Follow BlackBerry Mobile on your favorite social media!

July has buzzed on by but it's not too late to catch up with BlackBerry Mobile and all social happenings. BBMobile has been crushing their Instagram game with regularly updated stories, videos, and posts. Right now there's actually a community call to action around the #ShotOnKEYone hashtag - so share your best summer photos shot on the BlackBerry KEYone for a chance to be featured on their channel.

☀ Summer is in full swing! 🌊 Tag us in your favorite KEYone summer photos using #ShotOnKEYone - we'll be featuring some amazing shots next week. Hit the link in our bio to learn more about this strong #BlackBerry camera. 📸 Until then, have a great weekend everyone! #TeamBlackBerry #KEYone

A post shared by BlackBerry Mobile (@blackberrymobile) on Jul 22, 2017 at 8:19am PDT

Besides Instagram, BlackBerry Mobile is prevalent on Facebook and Twitter keeping users up to date on the latest announcement and updates, such as back in stock notifications for some of their major retailers such as Amazon (US). If you're a YouTube viewer or avid LinkedIn user, BlackBerry Mobile has their own spaces on these platforms as well and are inviting users to subscribe.

Our post just earlier today on Orange France offering the BlackBerry KEYone was plucked right off the company's twitter where they even shared extra details that a retail presence for KEYone was setup in Paris. Finer details like this make BBMobile social channels a good place to join up so you can stay updated will all the announcements and upcoming news.

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BBM partners with Ariiyatickets to bring in-app ticket purchases to Nigeria

BBM has launched another new service in the BBM Discover Menu for users in Nigeria. This time around, they've partnered with Ariiyatickets to launch Event Tickets, a new service that allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance right inside BBM.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of Ariiyatickets.com said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

First-time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card, and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

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BBM Messenger Partners with Ariiyatickets to Offer Event Tickets Service to Users in Nigeria

New Service inside BBM Discover Enables In-App Ticket Purchase for Local Concerts and Other Events

Lagos, Nigeria – July 24, 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, today launches Event Tickets inside Discover with partner, Ariiyatickets. The service allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance – all without leaving the messaging app.

Ariiyatickets, similar to other Nigerian BBM Discover partners, uses the Interswitch mobile checkout feature developed for BBM Messenger. First time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

Digital tickets are increasing in popularity, especially among millennials, who rely on their phones more than any other age group. According to the World Factbook, Nigeria has no shortage of them, with a majority of the population under 25 years old. Going digital means users can skip the line, purchase tickets in advance, and transact in a streamlined, mobile-friendly experience with secured payment within BBM Messenger.

BBM Messenger is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, content and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, games, comics, video, shopping, travel, career, sports and polls.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of Ariiyatickets.com said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.

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BlackBerry KEYone in black rumored to be launching soon

Ever since the BlackBerry KEYone was initially released, there have been rumors (and hopes) that BlackBerry Mobile would be releasing an all black version and now, it looks as though that might become a reality. As spotted by the folks over at BerryLink, what appears to be a pre-release BlackBerry KEYone in black has been spotted posted for sale alongside various other rumors suggesting a launch in China scheduled for August 8.

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Orange France offering limited time special pricing on the BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone has now arrived at Orange France and for a limited time, the carrier is offering the new Android-powered BlackBerry for €119.90 after €100 refund when you agree to a 24-month term. Should you miss out on the special offer, which runs until August 22nd, the price of the KEYone will go to €219.90 or €599.90 if you purchase the device only.

According to the site, they KEYone is in stock right now and can be shipped out to you for free within 72 hours. Additionally, the @BBMobile Twitter account has noted Orange also has stock available in Paris via Boutique Orange Opéra.

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