AT&T Store

AT&T will give its customers an even longer amount of time to pay for their new smartphones with $0 down. The newly unveiled Next 24 plan will allow those folks to take 30 months to pay for their device in monthly installments starting on November 9.

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Theme from S4BB

I'm fairly sure that S4BB are the biggest developer for BlackBerry 10 and if we were to tell you when each of their apps got updated we would soon bore you. However, I'm quite a fan of their app 'Theme' so I decided it was well worth mentioning that if has today been updated for you BlackBerry Passport owners.

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SPB TV

Here's a blast from the past. Who remembers SPB TV from legacy BlackBerry devices? Bla1ze took a look at this one on video back in 2009 and this week I was pleased to see it arrive in BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 handsets. It may be the Android version, but it works so that'll do me.

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Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

In 2015, customers on Sprint's Now Network shouldn't expect to sign a two-year contract and walk out the door with a $650 iPhone for just $200. According to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, the carrier may transition from the contract and subsidy model in favor of phone leasing programs and equipment installment plans.

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Sprint reports Q2 operating loss of $192 million

Sprint has reported its second quarter 2014 financial results today. Overall the carrier is reporting an operating loss of $192 million on operating revenue of $8.5 billion. On the subscriber front, Sprint said it has added a net total of 590,000 customers. Most of these additions were through its wholesale business, however, as the company experienced a net loss of 272,000 postpaid customers while picking up a total of 35,000 prepaid customers.

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New BBM features are great but will you pay for them?

The latest update to BBM has arrived and most folks on BlackBerry, iOS and Android have been checking it out over the weekend. Based on feedback I've looked at in the CrackBerry Forums, it seems a lot of people are really liking the new additions and options such as Timed Messages, Message Retraction but as the press release noted upon their arrival, "unrestricted access to these features will become part of a broader bundle of features that will be offered as part of a BBM subscription".

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AT&T and Verizon to connect cross-carrier VoLTE calls by 2015

Soon customers on AT&T and Verizon will be able to call each other with HD voice quality thanks to a partnership that will bring cross-carrier compatibility to each network's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Currently, the higher quality HD voice benefits of VoLTE calls are limited to customers who are in a VoLTE network and who own a VoLTE compatible device where the calls are made to another customer on the same network.

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These professional BlackBerry Q10 leather holsters are 53% off today!

The stylish CrackBerry branded leather holster is made of a fine, durable leather that features a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your waist, pocket or purse. This leather case gives you and your BlackBerry Q10 a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Get yours in black, brown, red or white today for just $13.95!

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Three

New legislation could be in the works to effectively force UK operators to offer roaming options for customers where signal is poor. The UK government continues to work with mobile carriers on a solution to address black spots and areas where signal is hard to come by. The plan is to offer said roaming support to make it possible to switch between networks to maintain service, something mobile operators previously rejected.

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Reminder Now 2.0

Developers Emberify have been rather busy of late. It was only at the end of September that we announced their new application, Reminder Now, and just a couple of months down the line they are introducing version 2.0 to us with some new features thrown in the mix. In addition, Emberify have also just become a BlackBerry Enterprise Partner which is great to hear.

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Max Secure

When it comes to app giveaways things don't get much bigger than this. Max Secure are giving CrackBerry readers the chance to download a massive selection of apps for free. In fact, it's value is $10,000 - wow!

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Go vote for ReFocus Tech games in the NGF Awards

Time for a little something different this Sunday. We always support developers who brings us apps and games natively built for BlackBerry 10. They run smoother and they do put a lot of time and effort into developing these apps for us. ReFocus Tech has brought apps a handful of apps but they have also created some games for BlackBerry 10 too. Namely, Hues and Pastry Push. And both games have been nominated in the Nasscom Gaming Forum Awards being held at the Nasscom Game Developer Conference.

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If you're looking for app bargains this Sunday, then maybe you'll be interested in these two apps on sale today. Nemory Studios has discounted a couple of apps, namely Twittly and Messenger Pro (previously named Messenger for Facebook). Twittly, is the most recent app to be added to the Nemory Studios' app roster and is a pretty slick Twitter client with lots of really neat features. Messenger Pro, much like its previous name suggested, is a Facebook messenger app. It's pretty smooth app and works well.

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Hub++ adds Passport support and goes on sale for a limited time

As a BlackBerry abuser, there is nothing like seeing the LED flash when a new notification comes in. Hub++ is a headless application that gives users more control and customization over how messages are received. Whether you want to change the LED color and pattern for a specific account or create a system notification profile, this application will let you do so with ease.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 1, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation, hope you all enjoyed your Halloween! This week sure went by quick whether you were trick or treating, wearing a costume at a party, or simply having fun with friends and family. Don't forget, there is still time to enter the CrackBerry Halloween Contest 2014 for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Magic Icon by Toysoft Development

First up this week is an application to help you arrange the icons and folders on your desktop. By using the slider bar and tapping on the create button, you can create between one and thirty invisible icons at a time on your homescreen. With these icons you can manipulate the position of your other icons into different arrangements to create your own patterns, show off your backgrounds, or design your own unique icon placements. In addition, you can even enter in a name for your icons as well using the space provided. Certainly an application geared for those of us who are seeking more options when customizing our device. Magic Icons is only compatible with OS 10.3 and is $0.99.

More information/Purchase Magic Icon

CutePress by ShowStopper

For those of you who maintain WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress blogs, this handy little application was released to aid in updating them quickly and easily. From the developer that brought you FastPress, CutePress offers the ability to write/edit pages or posts, add/delete post categories, manage comments, and let you embed or upload images or files. In order to function properly you will have to enable XML-RPC from the admin end (Dashboard->Settings->Writing->Remote Publishing and check XML-RPC) as it is based upon this protocol to support both types of blogs. This application is available for BlackBerry 10 but does not yet support the BlackBerry Passport.

More information/Download CutePress

PhoneAbuser by Roger Leblanc

Next up on our list is an application that answers that age old question "how much time do you spend on your phone?" We all know we are addicts but are we really aware of how long we pick up our device and ignore everything and anyone around us. The interface is not complicated at all. It merely shows the day of the week and the counter showing how much time you've logged in. In terms of settings you can adjust the font size of the app as well as the active frame. PhoneAbuser is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Download PhoneAbuser

Handrite Notes Notepad Lite by Ben Lee

As the self-proclaimed post-it note queen in college, I can't help but be drawn to any and all applications that offer a similar experience. This intuitive handwriting application serves as your sticky note, to-do list, memo pad and journal. Geared towards those who need to capture thoughts, and ideas quickly it allows users to not only enter in their notes with the keypad but by capturing your strokes as well on the touchscreen. It doesn't purport to identify your exact handwriting but captures the strokes as you draw them. The result is a unique way of displaying your words, symbols, numbers, or anything else you wish to enter. Features include being able to insert pictures, change the font color or paper style, customizable pen styles, set labels, and save/export notes. This is the free version of the application and does contain ads on the main screen though not in the note itself.

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Fun Football Tournament by UBJ3D

Going through the forums I spied this new soccer game for touch only devices (sorry folks no Passport either). While it is an Android Port, Fun Football Tournament runs quick with no lag and comes with decent graphics and sounds. In terms of gameplay, the game itself is turn-based, which means that each player has ten seconds per turn, you control one footballer at a time (the one nearest the ball), and each one has four unique characteristics. Players can kick and dribble the ball, choose between two game modes, Friendly game and Tournament, and set various options. These include up to 8 human players, group stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final, select from among 48 national teams with real FIFA ranking systems, choose from three difficulty levels, and change the playing field (sunny, rain, snow, and indoor). It's an interesting game that you can download for free, though it does contain ads.

More information/Download Fun Football Tournament

What You Might Have Missed

Space Ball Evolution Free by Dimensions Entertainment

Searching for a challenging game that requires skill and dexterity? This game certainly boasts an amazing concept that will keep you occupied for hours. The adventure is comprised of four worlds, with six levels each, of 3D fun. It's a little tricky on how to explain how it works, but I like to think of it as a 3D space version of the wooden labyrinth game where you have to guide your ball through the course without succumbing to the various obstacles or falling off the edges. Not only does this entertain but can be frustrating at times. Space Ball Evolution is available for the Z10, Z3, and Z30. With only three lives per game you won't be able to put it down as you'll be trying to get things right.

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Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Masai Ujiri works wide with his BlackBerry Passport

Being President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri is a busy man. Add in the fact that he's also founder of the non-profit organization, Giants of Africa and you can bet his schedule is pretty hectic. In order to help him get through his days, Masai makes use of the BlackBerry Passport and in a new ad, he takes the time to let us know all about it.

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John Chen discusses selfies, Kim Kardashian and Apple Pay

BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, sat down with BNN recently to discuss an assortment of topics. Among them was targets for BlackBerry, monetization and security of BBM, how BlackBerry's Enstream deal differs from the mobile payment offering of Apple Pay, selfies and even Kim Kardashian's comments surrounding her BlackBerry and iPhone usage.

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Need a new BlackBerry? Save up to 55% on unlocked devices from ShopBlackBerry

Whether you're looking for a new BlackBerry or just looking to add to your already existing collection, you'll want to check out ShopBlackBerry. Freshly announced on the Inside BlackBerry blogs, starting tomorrow and running through the month of November you can save up to 55% on unlocked, select device purchases.

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Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.

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AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans

AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans

AT&T is bumping up data allotments on their $40 and $70 plans from 2 GB to 3 GB and 4 GB to 6 GB, respectively. The change kicks in November 2 and applies to Mobile Share Value plans.

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