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You can save thousands of bucks every year on your mobile phone bill by switching to FreedomPop. Learn more about how it's possible to get 100% free talk, text and 4G LTE data every month here. FreedomPop is offering over 65% off the certified pre-owned HTC Evo 4G LTE (here is the Android Central review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE), which works out to just $99.99, plus free shipping. Other top-notch handsets from Samsung, HTC, and LG are also discounted and offer the same access to free talk, text, and data services from FreedomPop. The icing on the cake is an unlimited talk and text trial for your first month.

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Even the police feel over-charged by Rogers

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If you think you're dishing out too much to service provider Rogers, you'd be in the same boat as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Newly discovered documents have revealed that as of August 1, Rogers had imposed a new set of fees on police divisions seeking data about their service subscribers. Though many of these requests were processed for free according to Rogers, some required a "minimal" charge to produce affidavits in court and track location when provided a warrant. The fees for affidavits have since been dropped, but location tracking charges remain.

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BlackBerry 10 device simulators updated to 10.3.1.2072

BlackBerry 10 device simulators updated to 10.3.1.2072

A little something for BlackBerry developers. If you head over to the BlackBerry developer site, you'll find a new batch of device simulators available for download. The last release shows them as running v10.3.1.2072 which should help with testing out any apps you're working on. As always, they're available for Window, Mac and Linux via VMWare images. There is no notable changes or fixes listed at this time, so you'll have to run through them and see what has been addressed.

PS: For those who might ask. No, you can't run these on devices. It's just the simulator not a complete OS.

Thanks, Thurask!

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BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

While there's already several options for picking up a BlackBerry Classic in the UK such as through Carphone Warehouse, Selfridges, Amazon and ShopBlackBerry, O2 is now offering the device as well. Previously listed as coming soon, the BlackBerry Classic can now be purchased through the O2 website with free next day delivery when you order by 10pm and pricing starts at $0 for depending on tariff chosen while Pay & Go customers are asked to hand over £359.99.

More information/Purchase the BlackBerry Classic at O2

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How would you improve BBM Channels?

How would you improve BBM Channels?

During CES 2015, BlackBerry decided to go ahead and share some hard numbers surrounding BBM and how it's performing. Taking a look back at the numbers, it's easy to see there were some 'wins' there for BlackBerry and the platform. They showed growth across the board with over 140 million new registrations to BBM from iPhone and Android devices, 70% of users being active daily, and the BBM Shop saw 175 million visitors in the last year. No one buys stickers, right? Well, 300 Million were shared so someone is buying them.

One number that stuck out to me is the number of BBM Channels that were created. According to BlackBerry, there were 1 Million (and counting) channels created. That number seems low to me (it might be good to BlackBerry, I don't know), and I can't help but think it's because BBM Channels hasn't received an update in quite some time. I honestly can't even remember when the last noticeable change in BBM Channels occurred. The only thing I can think of is when Hootsuite integration was added and that wasn't a direct change. If you never used Hootsuite before you might not even know BBM Channels integration exists.

That got me thinking about ways to improve BBM Channels, because as much work as the folks at BlackBerry are doing with BBM, it seems as though BBM Channels is lagging a bit in terms of development and expansion of the product. Maybe it's just not the right time. Maybe an update is coming. But for now, here's a small list of things I and others I asked would like to see added that I believe would help not only improve the experience when using BBM Channels but also make people want to use it more.

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BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

Although B&H Photo and Video might not be the first place you think of when looking to purchase a BlackBerry Classic, they've now added the device to their offerings and you can order one directly through their website or if you live in New York, you can pick up the device in person. Pricing at B&H falls in line with other retailers including ShopBlackBerry with it being set at $449 without contract and factory unlocked. You can read our full review of the BlackBerry Classic or head on over to the B&H website right now to place your order.

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The Amzer Pudding TPU case is a slim profile skin case for your BlackBerry Passport

Leather flip cases are all good and well for some people. However, we all have different tastes and I have skin case for review for those who like such cases. I tried the OEM Hard Shell for the BlackBerry Passport but since that only really covers up the corners of the device, I decided to look elsewhere. That's when I came across the Amzer Pudding TPU case.

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For those who use ReadItNow! this is for you. The app has received another update. An update with quite a lot of new features too, as well as fixes, which are always welcome. I really love to see developers constantly update and improve their apps and taking on user feedback. ReadItNow! is one of my most used apps and so I am very thankful to see it constantly updated.

If you don't know already, ReadItNow! is a third party Pocket client for BlackBerry 10. It is a read it later service that I make use of daily. This version brings a handful of new features including better control over font size and line height, so you can customize things the way you want. The ReadItNow! has also partnered with the developer of Hub Browser which means you can open articles via the Hub Browser app. You can change this back via the Settings within the ReadItNow! app.

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Gold Passport

Have some money to burn in your pockets and want to get your hands on a BlackBerry Passport in gold, platinum or rose gold? If so, the folks at Gold Genie are willing to help out. They're now taking orders for your choice of BlackBerry Passport with prices ranging from $1,893.83 USD to $2,020.26 USD.

Luxury retailers have seemingly been loving the latest batch of BlackBerry devices as several of them now have come out with their own variations, some slathering more gold on them than others. Karalux being one of the most impressive thus far having even gone into detailing the frets on the device.

It's not just the BlackBerry Passport either. The Porsche Design P'9983 has received the same treatment from Gold Genie, while as noted by N4BB, the BlackBerry Classic has been getting lots of love from WNG Supplies who reportedly has created a 24K carat gold version for Drake and a still fresh rose gold version for Khloe Kardashian.

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#rosegoldblackberryclassic #rosegold #blackberryclassic for our client. Order yours today

Whether you think they're beautiful or wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole, there's certainly a market for the luxury devices out there and retailers are letting it be known the new BlackBerry smartphones are ideal for being covered in all sorts of precious metals. Now we'll wait for the diamond encrusted versions to arrive.

Via: InsideMonkey

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UK Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in support of banning encrypted messaging apps. According to a new report, Cameron alluded that he would be for banning encrypted communication apps, which could include BBM, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, among others.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - CES

BerryFlow Upstream - CES

For those unfamiliar, Upstream is recurring BlackBerry focused podcast that aims to cover a week's worth of news within one session held by the folks over at BerryFlow every Sunday. Last night, I hopped on to discuss some of the recent announcements coming from QNX and BlackBerry at CES and considering we haven't done a CrackBerry podcast in a while, it only seemed fitting that I post Upstream here as well for those who might have missed it.

You can watch the video down below or grab the mp3 audio download as well. Drop some comments below with your thoughts on everything discussed. Also, let me know if we should do this regularly. You all would have a podcast to look forward to each Sunday / Monday.

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For you BlackBerry 10 users that use BeWeather 10 Pro for getting current conditions, forecasts and more, you'll want to keep an eye on BlackBerry World as there's an update rolling out.

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BlackBerry Z10 flip shell cases are only $14.95 today while supplies last!

When this OEM case is closed, the flip closure and hard shell protect the back and sides of your BlackBerry Z10 as well as the display, while automatically dimming your screen to help preserve power. Fold the flip back and sit your device at one of two angles to enjoy your favorite media! Get yours in black or white today and save 57%

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Impossible-Road-Hero

For you BlackBerry 10 users that like to game, Amazon are giving away Impossible Road (as their 'free app of the day'), which is certain to test your reflexes. The way this one works is that you control a 'ball' or sorts which you need to guide along the rollercoaster style course without coming off the track. Of course, this is not easy as the name suggests.

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I recently threw out the question to you BlackBerry Passport owners of 'How do you scroll', as over the past few months I've found myself using the Passport's display to scroll rather than utilizing the magical powers that are in the hardware keyboard, which also allows for scrolling.

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In this day and age getting hold of the ringtones you want is normally nothing more than a Google search away, so bear with me with this one, as it's actually pretty sweet.

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The Stilgut Leather Flip Case is an elegant way to carry your BlackBerry Passport in

I'm quite partial to leather flip cases on my BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ever since I got a red one for the BlackBerry Z10. Back in November 2014, I reviewed the OEM leather flip case for the BlackBerry Passport and while it was pretty good quality and well made, there were more negatives for me and so I looked around for an alternative leather flip case. Many had suggested the Stilgut Leather flip case, so I decided to give it a try. 

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Crossy-Road-BlackBerry-10-hero

Crossy Road has been available for iOS devices for a couple of months now and it's been a massive hit. It recently also launched on Android and within just a day or so it then showed up in the Snap store where we can get it onto our BlackBerry 10 devices.

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AT&T

Late last year, the FTC filed a lawsuit against AT&T, stating that the carrier was throttling data for users on unlimited plans, a practice that has allegedly been going on since 2011. AT&T is now looking to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by invoking the Tier II "common carrier" clause, which exempts the carrier from FTC's jurisdiction and places it under the purview of the FCC.

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iGrann Pro updated once again to improve image quality and Hub integration

Although iGrann Pro was just updated a few days ago to correct a few issues, another small update has now appeared in BlackBerry World. The latest release covers a bit of the same in the fact it addresses some issues with Hub integration as well as the quality of images that get uploaded to Instagram through iGrann Pro.

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