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Officially announced by Research In Motion (see press release) on Oct. 27th that it would be rolling out worldwide in the month of November, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is beginning to hit carriers around the world. My local Rogers store go them in stock today, so I rushed out to grab one and immediately put it down on the good 'ole green CrackBerry review table for a closer look. You can check out the video above for the ritual unboxing as well as some quick hardware comparisons to other BlackBerry device models and a look at BlackBerry 6.

As a one year refresh device compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the BlackBerry 9780 isn't *that* much different. Visually, the black color version is more blacked-out around the edges. Inside, the memory is doubled up to 512MB of flash memory and the camera moves up from 3.2 to 5 megapixels. The chipset is updated to the same that is used in the Torch and Pearl 3G, which means it gets Wi-Fi N and has slightly better video recording resolution than the 9700. Last but not least, the Bold 9780 ships with BlackBerry 6 preloaded. 

So while it may not be all that different from the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9700 was and still is a pretty awesome device and the 9780 simply improves upon.  Some initial thoughts:

  • Look/Feel - I like the dark look, and like the Bold 9700 it's a great feeling phone in hand.
  • Performance - It's FAST. BlackBerry 6 feels pretty darn snappy on the 9780. It's the fastest BB6 experience I've felt to date. From scrolling through the OS to snapping photos, it's quick.
  • Battery Life - I haven't tested it yet obviously, but I'm assuming it's going to rock :)
I think I called the BlackBerry Bold 9700 the "pinnacle of the traditional" BlackBerry experience, so really, I guess the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the "NEW Pinnacle of the traditional BlackBerry experience." I'd really like to RIM add a touchscreen to this form factor and somehow make the screen just a little bit bigger, but all in all if you're a heavy communicator and get stuff done quick kind of person, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is likely the BlackBerry for you. Stay tuned for the full the review!
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Virgin Mobile launching the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in white

We've known for quite some time now that Virgin Mobile was all geared up to release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 at some point. While the exact date still evades us, Best Buy has once again posted up devices even before the carriers and this time they've also outted something that was rumored but never really confirmed. As you can tell from the above pic, Virgin Mobile will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in white whenever they decide to actually make it available and looks like it will be unbranded as well just like the Bell version (no carrier logo). Pricing falls in line with the rest of the carriers when it comes to no contract pricing ($499.99) but using their SuperTab option you can get the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for $129.99. Thanks Borna!

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Xobni for BlackBerry updated with OS 6 support, Torch integration, new features, bug fixes and more

Our friends at Xobni let us know that they have made some great updates to Xobni for BlackBerry. The latest version brings along OS6/Torch support as well as some cool updates and minor bug fixes. Version is hot off the presses and ready to roll. Features include:

OS 6 Support

  • Touching the Xobni bar or flicking up works on compose, reply and forward actions now work on OS 6x devices
  • Updated High-Definition icons
  • Touch scrolling enhanced for optimized scrolling experience
  • Editing is aware of virtual keyboard display and formats content shown on remaining screen
  • Add picture for contacts via cameraMultiple interface updates (including improved setup guide, keyboard shortcuts to options, contact detail UI update)


  • Key stability and performance improvements
  • Improvements for activation & trial related issues
  • Contact Extraction and contact edit improvements
  • All user preferences are maintained during upgrades
  • And much more!

Xobni for BlackBerry is available for download for just $9.99 from the CrackBerry App Store. 

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Beeline

Hot off the presses comes an official OS release for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. From Beeline we have OS now available. Torch users can head over to the official download site to get in on the fun. Some improvements have come along in the last few leaks for the Torch, so here's to hoping there is some goodness in this one. Fire up the ol' App Loader and give it a go, then be sure to drop a comment with your findings. As always, use caution when updating your device.

Source: BBRocks
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NFL.com Game Center 2010 for BlackBerry now available

If you're a NFL fan then you know when the weekend rolls around you live and breathe football. No matter if you're a Giants or Cowboys fan you want your scores, stats and news on the fly. Well NFL.com Game Center 2010 is here to help. With this new app direct from the NFL, you can keep up with all the latest news right from your device. Get in-game audio highlights of big plays, customized "my team" alerts, pregame press conference video and much more. If you're looking to get a bit more than just the standard scoreboards some other apps offer, then NFL.com Game Center 2010 is the way to go. Pick it up now from BlackBerry App World for $4.99.

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Toys R Us adds new enhancements to mobile site for the holidays

Toys R Us is making it just a bit easier to buy and save on all those goodies for the holidays. Everyone's favorite toy store has added some great features for mobile users. With the new enhancements, customers will be able to use both scannable coupons and eGift cards right on their devices. Users can also receive text message alerts with special promitions and sales in stores. Mobile features include:

  • Make Purchases Instantly: Mobile shoppers have access to the simplified navigation of Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com with products sorted by category and brand, making purchases from a mobile phone just as easy as from a computer.
  • Obtain Suggestions for Gifts: Shoppers who find themselves stumped when choosing the perfect present for the little ones in their lives can view top sellers or new products.
  • Locate a Store: Finding an "R"Us store while out on a shopping trip has never been easier with the company's mobile store locator.
  • Research Products During In-Store Shopping Trips: Customers have the benefit of immediately consulting the millions of customer reviews and ratings on Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com when making purchase decisions.

The Toys R Us mobile features are avaialbe from toysrus.com/mobile or by downloading the mobile app from BlackBerry App World.

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Contest Winners - mProductive, MobileQs Trivia, Elite, and ShopCrackBerry.com gift certificates!

Here are the winners from last week's round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry Style 9670 and red BlackBerry Torch 9800 headed to Bell

Just in case all the talk of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 releasing in Canada was driving you crazy because what you really want is red BlackBerry Torch or BlackBerry Style then this news may be more to your liking. It seems as though both the red Torch and BlackBerry Style will be shipped off to Bell locations across Canada starting on November 15th with device purchasing going live on November 23rd.

The red Torch is suggested to cost $179.99 with a 3-year contract while the BlackBerry Style retail price is said to be $399.99. The contract pricing for the Style at this point was not available. Which would drop the cost to something a little more realistic with contract terms but I'm sure that will pop up soon enough.

Source: BerryReview

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Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available for $149.99

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is slowly making it's way through Canadian carriers. If you're a Rogers customer you can now head on over to the Rogers website and place your order for the BlackBerry Bold 9780. One thing to note though is that Rogers doesn't seem to be feeling any pressure as of yet from TELUS regarding their pricing. The TELUS version will only set you back $99 while the Rogers version will cost you $149.99 both on 3-year contracts. However, if contracts aren't your thing both carriers have the device available for $499 sans contract.

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BlackBerry Storm 3 codenamed Monaco; BlackBerry Montana a touchscreen Bold?!

First things first, we're slapping the big ol' rumor tag on this one. Take it all with a grain of salt. In fact make it rock salt because at this point none of this is fully confirmed. New rumors have been suggesting a couple of new devices that are now in the works at Research In Motion, one of which we may have gotten a sneak peak at previously and another that may just be a total rehashing of what once was Magnum/Dakota.

That said, let's clear a few things up while we're at it. The BlackBerry Storm 2 (9570) refresh was often referred to as the BlackBerry Storm 3 whether or not that was ever the intention we do not know but now that it's been pretty much taken out of the picture as far as we know, that leaves the slot open for a real BlackBerry Storm 3 device (most likely, this one). Every device needs a codename to go along with it and the BlackBerry Storm 3 has now been suggested as taking on the name Monaco internally. When it comes to specifications for the device well, we're not even going to suggest any at this point because really it would all just be speculation on our part and we don't think adding to the rumors will do anyone any good. So, until we can confirm indefinitely you all can speculate along with us.

Moving on now, a lot of talk has been generated over the past few days about the BlackBerry 9900 aka Pluto. This numeric offering is far from new as you can tell from the linked article. Its actually been floating around since even before the BlackBerry 9630 was released and got many folks into a tizzy expecting a Bold touchscreen device. What ever became of it? Well, it was revealed as the Dakota/Magnum which never actually saw the light of day beyond it's prototype, and now its popped up again for better or worse. Codename this time? Montana. Given the past history tied to this device and codename we're not going to be holding our breath for information on it. Either Research In Motion is digging up a device that was shelved long ago and redoing it or the rumors of Montana are just simply a little off base. Alas, that's the joy of rumors. Personally, if I had too pick one out of these two rumors to be true-- I'm rolling with the information about the BlackBerry Storm 3 what about you all?

Source: BBLeaks

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Free App: Get BlackBerry 6 Universal Search results for the CrackBerry blogs and forums courtesy of ShaoSoft!

Undoubtedly, Universal Search is one of the best and most useful features of BlackBerry 6. A lot of developers have taken advantage of this feature and integrated it with their products. ShaoSoft has done the same, but for searching the CrackBerry forums and blogs. No need to go to your browser and search, just simply type your BlackBerry related query from the homescreen and select either "Search Blogs" or "Search Forums" from the Universal Search hits. The app is only 19kb and best of all its free!! So if you have a device running BlackBerry 6, head on over to the CrackBerry App Store and download it today. Thanks ShaoSoft!

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Get an extra browser tab on OS 5.0 with SecondTab

Get an extra browser tab on OS 5.0 with SecondTab

With the latest BlackBerry 6 software, the WebKit browser brings along tabbed browsing for viewing multiple web pages at once. OS 5.0 users aren't so lucky, but today our friend Fabian released a cool free app that aims to help out a bit. With SecondTab you can now have a second browser window open on your OS 5.0 device to make browsing the web a little bit better. The app is activated from the menu while in the Browser and can be swapped out using the application siwtcher (holding down the menu key). While it doesn't mirror the native browser (ie. providing bookmarks, history etc) SecondTab does allow you to enter a URL and have a separate browser window open. Pretty cool functionality and free is always good. You can download SecondTab from BlackBerry App World from the link below.

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Epic Applications sale now through Friday - Get some great apps and games for just $0.99

Derek let us know that now through Friday, Epic Applications is running a sale on all of their great apps and games. You can get some great buys, and pick up loads of good stuff for your BlackBerry, for just $0.99. The sale includes:

  • Home to Phone - revolutionary app to instantly send links from your desktop to your phone
  • Wallpaper Wizard - create colorful collages from your images right on your phone and rotate between them
  • Word Shuffle 2 - crowd pleasing word game that puts your spelling skills to the test
  • Pipe Dreams 2 - the classic pipe fitting game
  • Ultimate Lock - the ultimate lock screen app for your BlackBerry

Best-sellers, Druglord Wars 2 and Call Blocker Professional, are also on sale for $1.99 this week. You can check out all of them from the link below. Get on it while the gettin' is good!

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available online from Telus

Telus looks to be the first carrier to get the Bold 9780 out for public comsumption. The device is now listed in their online store (in some areas) and is available for purchase. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will run you $99 on a 3 year term, $399 on a 2 year term, $449 for 1 year or $499 no term. The device sports many upgrades over the Bold 9700 including BlackBerry OS 6, a 624 MHz processor, an updated 5MP camera, 512mb flash memory and much more. You can pick up one via Telus online, but we have yet to confirm if the device is available for purchase in stores.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for November 8, 2010 - Win 1 of 25 free copies of win7Ultimate!

CONTEST: Win of of 25 free copies of Win7Ultimate!

Well it's Monday, and you all know what that means!  Time for this week's installment of the CrackBerry Weekly Theme Roundup. We have all types this week, so you'll want to be sure to check them all out. Don't forget to read all the way to the end for the contest. This week it's all about you Torch owners, so make sure if you enter the contest you are aware it's just for Torch users. Enjoy, and see you all next week! 

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 7 Nov 2010

BlackBerry Torch arrives in red and white on AT&T

BlackBerry Torch arrives in red and white on AT&T

Been holding out for one of those red or white BlackBerry Torches on AT&T? Well, we have some great news for you then. Not only did AT&T drop the price of the BlackBerry Torch to $99 but they also dropped the red and white Torch for that price as well. That's right folks, any color you want now for $99 on AT&T. Who's biting at that price and if so, which color?

Source: Engadget
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