T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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BES12 isn't an update, it's a new era for enterprise mobility

That's according to BlackBerry who is now sending out emails to enterprise customers letting them know BES12 is well on its way and inviting them to sign up for more information as we get closer to full scale availability of the next generation of BES.

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Wallpaper Changer HD

If you are not aware, with BlackBerry 10.3, if you choose not have any Active Frames open you will be left with a blank screen just showing the time and date and therefore showing your chosen wallpaper in all its glory.

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Prevent unwanted calls with BlockIt for BlackBerry 10

One of the most anticipated features in OS 10.3, at least for me as a former BBOS user, is that call blocking applications would finally be possible. With BlackBerry opening up the API to developers it was only a matter of time before a variety of applications were made available to ensure calls from those pesky telemarketers or other callers you may not want to get through do not get answered.

BlockIt is a headless application that allows users to block incoming calls by a specific number using the Caller ID. After such a long wait, I'm glad this feature is finally available.

Features

  • Headless (running in the background). You don't have to leave the app open.
  • Black List, White List, Exception List
  • Create Block Phone Number from the Device Contacts
  • Create Block Phone Number from the Device Call Log
  • Create Phone Number manually
  • Wildcards Number Blocking i.e. 1800*
  • Assign Led Color to the phone number you want to block
  • Move phone number between Black List, White List, Exception List with single tap
  • View Block Call Log -Support Black and White Theme
  • Backup and Restore Database

Being able to setup and use the application is effortless. The interface is not cluttered at all and everything needed is laid out in an easy to read manner. At the top, you are presented with a drop down list to select the current profile or blocked list you wish to use. For example, you could select Block Black List, which only blocks the numbers populated there, Block All except Exception list, Block All, and so on and so forth.

Below this option is your personalized lists, Black List, White List, and Exception, that you simply tap on to access. The currently selected list is highlighted in orange, and you simply tap on the New Phone Number icon (plus sign) at the bottom to add a number to a particular list. After tapping on that button, you are directed to another page to input the important information concerning the number you wish to block. You can pull entries directly from the Contacts app or from your device call log or enter in a name, choose which list to add to, select an LED color and blink interval, manually add a number with area code, and, the most important, select the appropriate country code from the dropdown list. The app support all countries code and you can add/remove countries from the pick list in the Phone Add screen.

Please be aware that this will not work on numbers who block their Caller ID (i.e. Private Numbers, Unknown, etc.) and the application only works on OS 10.3 on the BlackBerry Passport and certain leaks on other devices.

Another interesting feature is how you can swiftly move numbers from one list to another. When a number is added, it appears on the main screen under the appropriate heading. To switch, simply tap on the tiny circular icons. For example, if a number is under the Blacklist you may tap on the +w or +e to move to the White List or Exception List.

Now for the part that matters. Once a number is entered all you have to do is wait for an incoming call. What happens is relatively obvious. When a call is received from a particular blocked number your device will blink the LED color chosen (if applicable), there will be no incoming call screen on your device, and the caller after a ring or so will see the line go dead with a fast busy signal. However, please note that the call does appear in the BlackBerry Hub and in your call log as a missed call.

In addition, for those of you concerned over permissions, this application requires a few in order to function properly. The full list can be found in the BlackBerry World description but the important ones are that it requires access to your Phone, Contacts, Shared Files (backup/restore), and Personal Call Logs (so it can read and pull call information).

The Good

  • Block incoming calls from contact list, phone log or by manual input
  • Setup user-defined profiles and lists according to category and preference
  • Intuitive and clean user interface

The Bad

  • Would prefer to have the phone log option sortable by date to quickly select the last known caller

The Bottom Line

Being able to prevent calls from certain parties including spammers is a most useful feature that had been lacking for quite some time on BlackBerry 10. Whether you wish to block a specific party or cannot be bothered at all with calls, BlockIt is packed with features to get the job done. Calls are picked up and ended without the individual even realizing they were blocked which works out well. You can purchase this application for $1.99.

More information/Purchase BlockIt

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BlackBerry scores patents for wearables, conference calling, enhanced security and more!

Each week on Tuesdays, the USPTO publishes approximately 3500 patents, and this week was a rather large one for BlackBerry. As noted by Bloomberg, BlackBerry had a total of 26 patents published this week and while we generally don't look towards patents for much info due to the sheer amount that get processed and never seen again, the patents published this week for BlackBerry are rather telling and hit on a lot of recent topics such as wearables, conference calling, new devices and enhanced security. We've gathered up all the patents from this week for everyone to go through, but as noted, there's a few stand out items here.

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AT&T boasts strong growth but misses earnings estimate

AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

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Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

I guess Shaq is too big of a star to wait until Thursday when the BBM team normally rolls out new sticker packs, because he has now popped up in the BBM Shop all by himself. If you're looking to bring Shaq Daddy to your device along with some of his classic trash talking lines, you'll be expected to throw up $1.99 for the complete set.

Fun facts: Shaq is worth over $350M and earned approximately $25M last year from business ventures. He actually owns 10% of the Five Guys burger franchise. Not bad for a guy who only ever hit one 3-pointer in his game career. The stickers are live right now in the BBM Shop.

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Get your daily Starbucks fix with Coffee Companion

Normally, I am not a coffee drinker. I usually get my caffeine fix from a can of soda. However, I must say that during this time of year, there is a propensity towards a certain seasonal drink at Starbucks, aka Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you are like me, you don't always have your Starbucks Loyalty card handy. To ensure you not only receive your gold stars on purchases but satisfy your addiction to this popular brand there is Coffee Companion.

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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Karma In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!

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Haunted Humpday Sale: BlackBerry Micro-USB Wall Charger only $4.95 today!

Designed to be the smallest and most compact charger for your BlackBerry device, this folding blade charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, the office or when you travel. The 3ft. cable provides just enough flexibility to work around most obstacles, too. Get yours today and save an amazing 83% off the list price!

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Passport

In this day and age, whenever BlackBerry launch a new handset there is always an element of 'will this thing sell' in all our minds. Sure, us BlackBerry fans already know the benefits that go hand in hand with rocking a BlackBerry, but for those folk on other platforms it's a pretty hard sell. Maybe that gap has been shortened now that the BlackBerry Passport is out. Let me explain....

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It was beaten to BlackBerry World as the first Twitch client for BlackBerry 10 but Blink is now available to download. It had a beta stint with lots of feedback from beta testers and is now ready for prime time. If you have been waiting for Blink, the wait is over. With Blink when watching a stream via the BlackBerry Passport, Q10 or Q5, it lines up neatly at the top, as opposed to the off center view eSporter has. On the same screen you can chat. With full touchscreen devices you can view videos in landscape mode, you won't see chat in that mode though.

Blink features

  • Browse currently streaming games and channels
  • View streams in full screen
  • Play streams on second display via HDMI or Miracast (where supported)
  • Login to their Twitch account
  • View profiles of other users. Follow/Unfollow
  • View streams from those they are following
  • Search for games, channels and users
  • Chat with Channels and other users

Blink is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices running OS 10.3 and is free. We love options and we thank developers for creating native apps for us. Keep 'em coming!

Learn more / Download Blink from BlackBerry World

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The converting app Convertly became available back in September and it has just received an update. The app converts units and currency for you. Designed for BlackBerry 10 and simple to use. You can convert between 24 different units and 167 currencies. For those who like choice, there are six color themes to choose from too.

Convertly v2.0 new features

  • Added support for BlackBerry Passport
  • Units now automatically rearrange based on most frequently used units (Now, base unit will be the most frequently used units for that specific category)
  • Added a 'copy' button on the conversions page to copy the conversion to clipboard
  • Added more industry grade units
  • Currency converter now sorted A-Z order by default
  • Added native application bar (swipe down)
  • Added Share, BBM, Contact and Rate Button button
  • Fixed bug in converting temperatures
  • Fixed text overflow issue
  • Minor fixes/changes

In conjunction with the Convertly update, the developer, who is also behind the augmented reality app, ARKick, is doing a giveaway for that app too. If you have been thinking about downloading ARKick and haven't yet done so, maybe you can get lucky with one of 100 free copies. If you want to nab yourself a free copy, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open up BlackBerry World
  2. Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
  3. Enter promo code ARKICK4CB
  4. The app should show up as free, tap FREE to download

If you miss out on a free copy here, you could head on over to the developer's BBM Channel for more promo codes - C004D92DA.

Learn more / Download Convertly from BlackBerry World

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BlackBerry CEO: 'We have to treat everything as part of our ecosystem, not just BlackBerry'

Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen travelled to Hong Kong to speak at the Technologies that Matter forum and cover a wide range of topics as noted below. The event itself wasn't streamed, so we've all been waiting to see if a video of the appearance would be uploaded and luckily, one has now arrived courtesy of BlackBerryClubs.

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10 v1.4 now available in BlackBerry World!

Right on schedule. Just as we highlighted yesterday, a new version of Blaq](http://crackberry.com/app/blaq-blackberry-10) (v1.4.0.950 if you need to know specifically) has now gone live on BlackBerry World and it's a pretty massive update to the native Twitter client. Luckily, we've got the full run down of what all has been fixed and improved, so have a look for yourself.

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Meet Windows Central, Mobile Nations' new home for everything Microsoft!

In addition to being the home of CrackBerry, the Mobile Nations' family also encompasses all the mobile platforms. We have Android Central for everything Android and Google, iMore for all your iOS and Mac needs and as of today, our WIndows/Microsoft site (formerly known as WPCentral) will henceforth be known as Windows Central. They're still covering everything you need on Windows Phones should you care about those in any way, but the Microsoft ecosystem has grown so large now with Windows, Xbox, Surface, hybrid computers and even Microsoft cloud services, a change was needed.

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NFC implant

I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

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#CESlive 2015 is going to be bigger and more amazing than ever!

At CES 2014 we at Mobile Nations teamed up with our friends at Geek Beat to bring you #CESlive, a unique live broadcast running every day from the show floor at CES 2014 — and CES 2015 is going to be even bigger than before. For #CESlive 2015 you can add Tom's Guide to the mix, with Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer joining Geek Beat's Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides and iMore's Rene Ritchie in hosting more than 80 interviews direct from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's going to be bigger and better than ever!

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