Articles by Bla1Ze

Plazmic 4.6 Gets Official Treatment

Plazmic 4.6 Gets Official Treatment

Hey everybody,I figured I'd get this out of the way before Kevin comes along and steals my spotlight by showing you some nice new pictures of the Storm and whatever else he can dig up at the Developers Conference lol. I had a sneaky suspicion this was coming anyways - it really would make no sense at all if this didn't show up at DevCon.

Now all you theme makers out there will have a great interest in this little bit of news, so I'm glad to bring it to you. The Plazmic 4.6 CDK has gone official on the BlackBerry site and is available for download. The upgrade you will see is from bundle 20 to bundle 24, and yes I can confirm that nasty crash bug with using your own fonts has indeed been corrected. With an official launch and less crashyness, let's get crack'n on some nice themes everyone.

Grab it over at BlackBerry.com >>

Introducing iBold From Elecite

Introducing iBold From Elecite
A few days after blogging about some unique themes from Elecite, where I made mention of hoping some BlackBerry Bold themes were coming soon, Peter took the time to email me and let me know they definitely had Bold themes in the works.

The iBold theme is the first theme for the BlackBerry Bold from Elecite. With user-arranged icon locations, a nice fullscreen banner and great animation for icons when selected, this is truly a clean and unique looking theme. I love how the calendar sits in the "blank" spot allowing for daily events to be highlighted.

You can pick this new theme up over at Elecite for $6.99 and while you are there might as well check out the contest from eVeek and Elecite, especially if you are a theme maker... you could win yourself some cash and prizes, with a total of $500 being given away to those who showing off the best theme building skills.

CrackBerry 4.5 OS Roundup.

CrackBerry 4.5 OS Roundup.

With a lot of the CrackBerry news as of late being focused on newly released and soon to be released devices, it's easy to forget that a lot of BlackBerry users out there are still waiting for official versions of the 4.5 OS to be launched. Before any of this Storm and Bold and Kickstart stuff even surfaced users concentrated on who had the latest 4.5 release, well... finally... I'm glad to say the search is coming to a close as more and more carriers quietly announce 4.5's availability. After the jump I've gathered up offical links for the latest in 4.5 OS versions for everyone. If you are having issues with updating your OS, you can always refer to the BlackBerry 101 on just how to do it. Don't forget, you can also visit BlackBerry.com/upgrades (need to use Internet Explorer) and follow the instructions on screen to find and install the latest officially available OS for your device.

Alltel Turns on MMS...Kinda?

Alltel Turns on MMS...Kinda?

Do you have MMS on your Alltel BlackBerry? Users of Alltel are now reporting in the forums and other places on the interwebs that  their devices now have the MMS option in the menu and have been able to successfully send and recieve MMS just fine. This however does not seem applicable to everyone and their has also been some news about the possibility that Alltel and RIM jumped the gun with enabling that services and will soon be pulling the plug just as fast as they enabled them.

The services of course are enabled by getting the new MMS service books on your device, in order to get them you can do the following.

  • Go to Applications (Menu Key)
  • Options
  • Advanced Options
  • Host Routing Table
  • Menu Key
  • Choose "Register Now"
Once that process is completed, you will get a device registration message and the new MMS service books at which point the options should show in your menus, also a battery pull may be required. Once again though, this seems like it may have been a boo boo on Alltel and/or RIMs part so don't shoot the messenger if it stops working. If it's working for ya let us know in the comments. In meantime Chad's checking on it for us ;)

Unique Themes From Elecite!

Unique Themes From Elecite!

Everybody loves new themes for their BlackBerry right? Of course ya do, but did any of ya's reach the point where the "typical" style of themes just are not doing it for you any more? I know I have.

Enter elecite and their serious collection of premium themes. Some of you will remember elecite from when the Bold was first announced. They had one of the hottest Bold -"esque" themes out there and were offering it up for free. Since then they have expanded their selection of themes and each one of them is uniquely amazing.

Read on for my look at 3 of these works of BlackBerry art.

Corey Visto BB OSX Now On Your Bold!

Corey Visto BB OSX  Now On Your Bold!

A few days back now I got an email from Corey Visto letting me know that he had just released a newly updated version of the beautiful BB OSX theme, only this time the update was to make it compatible with the Bold.

I have previously owned this theme on my Curve and my Pearl, so needless to say I was stoked to hear it would now be available for the Bold.

With a totally user customizable dock and fresh looking icons, this one is a treat for the eyes. But the thing I really love about this theme is that..even though it's OS X based, Corey still took the time to pound out some BlackBerry specific icons, such as BlackBerry messenger (pictured) and of course the ever popular BrickBreaker!

Download now from the ShopCrackberry.com Store:

Looking for other versions for your Curve or Pearl?  Check out the whole selection of Visto Themes!

BlackBerry Niagara Returns And The All New Apex?

BlackBerry Niagara Returns And The All New Apex?

Wow, the news just keeps coming today, this tidbit of information comes to everyone from the folks over at BlackBerryNews .

Anyone remember a ways back when we posted about the BlackBerry "Niagara"? And how it was seemingly a CDMA version of the Bold?, well the internal documents from RIM claim it as a successor to the 8830 World Edition, with all the styling queues of the Thunder/Storm, coming fully loaded with EVDO Rev a.(I personally think it looks more like a Bold then a Thunder).

Next on the list we have the new "Apex", Hmm..never heard of this one before, what is it?

According to the documents it's going to be a CDMA version of the Kickstart, headed to CDMA carriers in 2009, being a CDMA device will also be packing EVDO Rev.0. The article also makes mention of the 8330 Jupiter, being toted as a CDMA version of the Javelin, while like it's family member also packing EVDO Rev.0 and a larger battery.

So, all in all..everyone out there with a CDMA provider will be able to rock all the new BlackBerry devices just like GSM or at the very least..a similar variation there of. What do all you CDMA users say? Excited?. Let us know in the comments.

Specifications on the devices and how RIM views them after the jump.

Sign Of An AT&T Bold Soon?

Sign Of An AT&T Bold Soon?

I know, I know. We have all heard it before right? The AT&T Bold is coming on such and such a date, and while we all sit back and wait (some more patiently then others), we have seen 31 countries launch the Bold well before one of the biggest markets for RIM... the USA! AT&T was one of the first carriers to acknowledge they would be offering the BlackBerry Bold, yet somehow it appears they will be one of the last carriers to actually have it available for purchase.

Let the rumors begin (again), and let us just hope this one turns out to be true. BGR has posted some information from the Best Buy systems that indicate availability for the BlackBerry Bold will be October 26. Best Buy, being an authorized retailer, typically has a slight delay in their shipments compared to other carrier stores/outlets, so we are likely looking at an approximate launch date for AT&T on the week of the 20th. But I'm sure at this point most are thinking "I'll believe it when I see it." So what does everyone think? Is it finally AT&T's time or are we going to be looking at November before the Bold hits? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Real iBerry Blocks Custom L Theme Now Available For Bold!

Known as one of the Top selling themes in the ShopCrackBerry.com store the Real iBerry Blocks Custom L theme by JC Designs/GadgetBean has been a long time BlackBerry theme lovers favorite.

JC has taken time to go ahead and update this theme to meet the demands of all the new Bold users out there, who were wishing to have this hot theme to go along with their hot new devices, well that day has come..with user customizable icons on the main screen and rich crisp graphics that show off the Bolds high resolution, this theme is top notch and definetly worth the cost (which is $7), this is a piece of art. 

More Information & To Purchase:

BlackBerry Bold Series - OS 4.6

New to BlackBerry Themes? Check out our BlackBerry 101 Lecture!

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 022

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 022

Whats up CrackBerry nation?, it's almost the start of the weekend so I figured I'd get you all off on the right foot and break the weekly blahs for ya, enjoy some entertainment it's on me ;)

New Self Diagnostic Tool For Your BlackBerry.

New Self Diagnostic Tool For Your BlackBerry.

The good folks over at BlackBerryNews noticed today that RIM had added a Knowledge Base article outlining a new diagnostic tool that has been implemented into our beloved devices. So what does it do you ask?

Well, it allows you test how well your hardware is working... by going to the Options icon and choosing Status then typing the word "Test", you will be presented with a window telling you how to begin and allowing you to select what options to test out. The options include:

  • Keyboard And TrackBall
  • Misc
  • Handset Audio
  • Headset Audio
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • RF Components
  • GPS 
Overall a cool tool to test out if your BlackBerry is functioning up to par. Check out the video after the jump...people were curious how the "vibrate" test would work with a device simulator... it has some funny results ;)

CTIA 2008: BlackBerry News Galore On Day 2

CTIA 2008: BlackBerry News Galore On Day 2

Their was lots of news coming out of the RIM camp from CTIA 2008 yesterday. In total, 5 Press Releases came out regarding some new and exciting things for our beloved BlackBerry devices, some of which came seemingly out of no where and had to be unexpected by most people who were not informed of the recent partnerships ahead of time.

Yesterday saw partnerships announced with TiVo, MySpace, Microsoft, Slacker (who?) and probably the most interesting and compelling of all them... TicketMaster. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new stuff in the comments.

Let's have a look at some of what is coming to your BlackBerry soon after the jump..

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 021

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 021

Hey everybody, hope everyone is enjoying all the CTIA news..lots of cool things coming in the way of BlackBerry. It seems like it's only getting better for us all in the BlackBerry world, with lots of new apps and devices coming our way, and I'm sure there is more to come... in the meantime enjoy this weeks picks.

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 020

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 020

Hey everybody, hope you are all enjoying your long weekend! Considering it is probably gonna be a little bit of a slow news day out there for BlackBerry news I thought I'd get another edition of Bla1ze's Picks up for you all... as always enjoy and keep crack'n.

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 019

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 019

Hey folks, since this will be my first posting I wanted to send a shout out to Click for taking the time to do this previously for everyone. He has stepped down from his position of posting "Click's Picks" (congrats on your new baby!!) and I shall be taking over for him... with that taken care of let's get crack'n with the first Bla1ze's Picks shall we.

MiuTunes Opens BlackBerry Music Player Beta!

MiuTunes Opens BlackBerry Music Player Beta!

May 1st marked the launch of a new beta program offered by Simprit. Some of you may know Simprit from their other popular program called GridMagic, but this beta is for their new media player program called MiuTunes, which I have to say is amazing at this point from my usage, so here’s my mini review so far…

First off the UI on this media player is awesome, think of the UI of Flipside, but only better, let’s have a look at it.

Real iBerry Blocks Custom L Theme

Real iBerry Blocks Custom L Theme

Ever since the Dimension L theme was introduced on CrackBerry, it has been a point of question for a lot of people in the forums and especially my “pm” box, lol. For a while there was a slick offering of it over at BBExtras.com but since that time the site is no longer offering themes, but luckily in came JC from GadgetBean.com to carry the torch. I recently won a copy of the Real iBerry Blocks Custom L Theme from a contest that was held over at BerryReview.com and figured I would share with you all the joy I found in this awesome BlackBerry theme.

Being designed with Plasmic 4.3, the theme is pretty slick with some rather unique animations in it. The icons have a nice “jiggle” effect to them and the applications button at the top slides in from the left hand side when highlighted on…The pictures really do not show this, so you will have to take my word for it ;)

The icons on this theme are nice and sharp and easily decipherable unlink some themes I have come across which leave you wondering “What the heck is that icon?” The shortcuts at the bottom are the calendar, tasks, contacts, browser, BlackBerry messenger, and the lock button. Unfortunately, there's no way to change these up :(

The email/messages window is nice and clear as well, the only problem I found was within the font selection, this theme will over ride whatever font it is that you have listed as the default and not give you any option to adjust it, but don’t allow this to take away from the theme it’s self. Overall the theme is EXCELLENT!! and the many other themes offered by GadgetBean are sure to please as well. The iBerry Blocks theme is available for BlackBerry 8800, 8300 and 8700 series smartphones and you can pick this theme up for $7 at ShopCrackBerry.com.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Sighting in the Wild...and a little info on the BlackBerry 9300

Hmmm... what’s this we have here, an 8110 in the wild?…seems that way, the 8110 was a “rumored” device for a long time now and today we can put some of those rumors to rest as we got our hands on one..the device was running v4.3.0.93 OS (not sure as to why 4.3.1 was not running on it) and includes GPS (which is absolutely amazing, in the testing it even tracked how fast we were driving down the road) and is looking pretty sweet to me! While it lacks the WiFi found on the GSM-based 8120, RIM has plenty of devices waiting to be launched that will include this feature (can you say 9XXX Series, more specifically 9300), unfortunately at this point we have no indication as to what GSM carrier the device will be assigned to as the “hands on” with the 8110 was with an unbranded device. Looking at the 8310 and 8320 Curve, it could make sense that AT&T and Rogers would get the GPS-equipped 8110 while maybe T-Mobile will get the WiFi-enabled 8120 that's already available outside North America. My time with this device was short (the photos had to be taken with my BlackBerry Curve) but at least at this point we know the 8110 is definitely out there and no longer a “rumor”. No definitive launch date or pricing either (sorry guys!, as I stated my time was short with this one). Some of the finer points in this Pearl form factor are listed below.

  • 3.5mm Head Phone Jack
  • SD Card Slot on the side (same as all new “Pearl” designs” ie..8130) 
  • 2MP Camera
  • Video Recording Capability
  • Integrated GPS
Pearl 8110 Pics And 9300 Details After the Jump...


Hard to tell from these pics but the keypad layout is slightly different.


Side loading SD card slot of course.


The 2MP Camera and battery door same as the 8120,8130.

Aside from the 8110 “rumor” being squashed and becoming a reality alot of conversation has been going around regarding the 9XXX Series of devices, while Jibi over at BGR set out to clarify a few things regarding the 9XXX Series of devices and the information that has been floating around surrounding those devices, we have also heard some further information that does seem to be relative at this point, regarding a specific model of the 9XXX Series being the 9300, it seems as though this specific model number will be the one with touch screen, WiFi and GPS all in one, but we’re still putting it under the rumor category as with every other site that has been sharing information about the 9XXX devices, we still have no documentation or pictures to go along with that information. 

BIS Email Basics

BIS Email Basics

Hey class, welcome to another BlackBerry 101! This is Bla1ze from the CrackBerry Forums and Videos4BlackBerry.info filling in for Kevin this week who is busy coming to terms with the iPhone in the Smartphone Round Robin. I had so much fun with Lecture 10: Getting started with Videos on your BlackBerry that I jumped at the chance to be a professor once again.

If you have all been doing your homework, you'll remember a few weeks back we learned The Basics of Setting Up Your BlackBerry as well as BES & BIS: What's the Difference?…well today we are gonna touch a little bit more on the BIS aspect of things, this is one of the first things people run into when purchasing a BlackBerry device, and often it seems to be more difficult then it really is..this lesson was put together in hopes to clear up some of the air for people…also in this lesson we will be covering some the "problems" that may arise when setting up a BIS email account as well…for example..GMail sending sent items back to your device…with that being said, this lesson will be a lengthy, but informative one…Let's get crack'n!

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