Verizon BlackBerry 6 Upgrade Guide spotted in retail store

More good news on the Verizon OS 6 front. Eagle-eyed forums member maddog241 spotted this booklet in a local Verizon retail store. Certainly at this point the guide shouldn't have been out in plain view, but it is yet another sign that BlackBerry 6 for the Bold 9650 and/or Curve 3G (hopefully) draws near. We've had a few other hints here and there lately leading us to believe OS 6 is getting closer, but still no 100% solid proof. Leaving DevCon this year, the consensus was that all supported devices would see BlackBerry 6 by the end of the year, but as that isn't looking so true at this point, add this to the rumor pile for now and we'll keep crossing our fingers. Keep reading for more images.

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The BBC posted this video preview of The One Ronnie show to their youtube account earlier this week. It's definitely a good little piece of British BlackBerry humor (note for the North Americans in the crowd, that "Orange" is a cellular carrier!). Check it out for a Wednesday morning laugh. I spotted this one on Isaac Kendall's facebook stream, so thanks Isaac!

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IM+ Talk out of beta – 20 copies to be won!

IM+ Talk out of beta – 20 copies to be won!

It wasn’t too long ago when we mentioned what the folks at SHAPE Services were up to. Okay, okay, it was a brief mention, but the thought of VoIP over 3G/EDGE should have tickled your fancy. IM+ Talk is now out of beta and sporting a new version – 4.3! Here’s what the change log tells us:

Version 4.3

  • VoIP over 3G/EDGE support
  • Special build for 6.0 OS devices
  • Many bugfixes and overall performance optimization

Check out some of the features of IM+ Talk:

  • Call Skype users to their PCs - With IM+ Talk for BlackBerry you can talk with other Skype users all over the world.
  • Free VoIP calls in WiFi areas and over 3G/EDGE - In WiFi areas and over 3G/EDGE IM+ Talk allows users to make free VoIP calls in half-duplex mode, similar to a walkie-talkie.
  • Make cost-effective calls to any destination - Call any landline or mobile phone cost effectively. IM+ Talk uses callback technology, which ensures best phone call quality anywhere in the world.
  • Receive calls from Skype contacts and calls to your SkypeIn number
  • See who is online and chat with Skype users - Have conversations with other users who are logged in with their Skype accounts on PC or mobile. Text messaging is cost effective way to say something to your contacts instead of sending an SMS.

The idea of being able to make free VoIP calls via 3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi should make you want to call everyone and tell them all about it. Why not; it’s free as long as you select “VoIP only” or “VoIP preferred”. For more information on saving with IM+ Talk, click here. IM+ Talk is available for $29.95 and is available to BlackBerrys running OS 4.3 or higher.

Contest:We have 20 copies of IM+ Talk to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. Perhaps you can tell us who you talk to the most - how much money do you think you will save? Basically, tell us why you think you deserve IM+ Talk! Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Contest Winners: Accessories, PrivacyStar, Wave, Sheath and more!

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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Rhapsody for BlackBerry now available

Rhapsody for BlackBerry now available

Rhapsody for BlackBerry is now out of beta, and available for download. For $10 per month you can access 10 million songs on demand from the popular music service. The content will stream to your device over WiFi or 3G. You can also purchase songs from within the app for around a buck per track. As with most streaming music applications, you can also stream a wide variety of radio stations.

It's hard to say if the $10 per month is worth it, seeing as there are a lot of other streaming music services out there, with a wide range of prices. But, it is another option for you music lovers. You can download Rhapsody for most devices over at BlackBerry App World. You will need to signup for a subscription/free trial.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for December 21, 2010 - 50 copies of Corky by BerryGoodThemes up for grabs!

Contest: Win a free copy of Corky by BerryGoodThemes for your BlackBerry!

The holidays are in full swing with just a few days left until Santa makes his way around to all the good boys and girls. I assume you have all been good CrackBerrians this year, so why not treat yourself (and your BlackBerry!) to a theme or two? Better yet, gift a theme to someone special in your life, and know you've given a gift that keeps on giving. Don't forget to read through to the end and enter to win a free copy of Corky by BerryGoodThemes. Here's hoping you all have a safe and very happy holiday!  

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You gotta love Virgin Mobile Canada/Virgin Mobile. Every year they give us a new holiday greeting. Of course, none have been as hawt or as funny as the Nicole Arbour one we posted back in 2008 - I keep waiting for a follow-up greeting from Mrs. Claus but it hasn't happened yet - so be sure to check it out (again) above to get into the festive spirit!  ** Note: Language warning. Don't watch if you get offended easily. ** 

And if you want to see this year's official greeting from Virgin Mobile as well as a couple other gems from years gone by, you can watch them below. Thanks for the chuckle Virgin Mobile, and happy holidays!!

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Review: SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro for BlackBerry

Just imagine you're on your work or home computer and you get an incoming text, email, BBM, tweet, etc. Normally you have to stop what you're doing and pick up the phone. With SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro for Blackberry there's no need to even look away from the screen. It's as easy as pressing the ALT-TAB keys to switch from one application to another. Pocket Controller by SOTI Inc. connects your device to your computer via USB or Wi-Fi and, voila, instantly use your keyboard, mouse and monitor to remotely control and view your smartphone in real-time.

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Dress up your BlackBerry for the holidays - Get your holiday ringtones, themes and wallpapers right here!

The holidays are officially upon us. The gifts are wrapped (or they should be), the plans have been made and the snow is falling (at least where I live it is). You've decorated your house, busted out the holiday music and tackled the mall, so the only thing left is to deck out your BlackBerry with some holiday media. We have wallpapers, ringtones and themes galore to get you flying into the holiday spirit. We have a fresh CrackBerry Holiday theme for 2010 and RIM has some BlackBerry Holiday themes of their own. We even have some spiked egg nog in the CrackBerry offices too, but we couldn't figure out how to make that available as a download on your BB. So check out the links below and grab up some holiday cheer so your Berry fits in with those pink bunny PJs grandma gave you.

Holiday Media:

Ringtones | Themes

Holiday Wallpapers:

Storm/Torch | 8900, 97xx & 96xx | Bold 9000 | 83xx & 85xx | Style/Pearl 3G | other BBs

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After the influx of BlackBerry Torch 9800 commercials that popped up upon the device's release, it's great to see some commercials for other devices as well. The latest I caught as I was going to sleep last night and it kind of threw me for a loop when the white Bold 9780 popped up and I didn't see a Torch. I guess it makes sense to see a Bold 9780 on a T-Mo commercial since they don't have the Torch. And it's always great to see a white device in action. I do love these commercials since they actually have a point and show off some of the device/apps, unlike the Love What You Do commercials which really didn't get the point across (for me anyway).

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Review: News Feeds for BlackBerry

Review: News Feeds for BlackBerry

Last week, Research in Motion released its News Feeds to the United States and Canada. In March of 2010, RIM acquired app maker Viigo; makers of the number one RSS reader apps. News Feeds seems to be the first direct fruits of that effort. The app is very reminiscent of the Viigo news reader; you can even import your Viigo news feeds into the new app. 

Though the app works well and new feeds are simple to add, it lacks the visual appeal that newer OS6 applications have. The Social Feeds app does a much better job of presenting and navigating news feeds. But then again, not everyone can run OS6 on their device. For these people, News Feeds is a quality piece of software. For others, the simplistic style and stoic visuals will be a turn-off.

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Official OS 6.0.0.380 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 from StarHub Ltd.

Some keen eyed members of the forums spotted a nice present for Curve 3G owners. It looks like StarHub Ltd is the first carrier of the Curve 3G (9300) to drop an official version of OS 6.0. Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come for other 6-less devices, but don't get too excited just yet. If you're a lucky Curve 3G 9300 then fire up the ol' App Loader and get ready for some OS 6 lovin'. No reports on how it's running yet, so be sure to swing by the forums and let us know. As always, use caution when installing any OS.

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From NikkiSoft (makers of QuickLaunch) comes a brand new app called QuickFind. QuickFind is a GPS application that allows you to find previously marked location such as a parked car, landmark or an address using your BlackBerry. The app is ideal for outdoor uses like geocaching, hiking and fishing. QuickgFind will display your location and your target location on a sonar-like display and help you navigate to the destination showing your position, direction, speed and bearing. Upon arrival at the marked point, QuickFind alerts you with a vibrate/LED combo. Never lose your place again with QuickFind at your disposal.

Features:

  • Locations can be added by marking your current location, entering known gps coordinates of a location or performing a lookup by entering an address or landmark
  • Locations can be mapped using Google Maps or BlackBerry Maps
  • Turn by turn directions to your destination can be displayed for driving, biking or walking routes in 9 different languages
  • When you approach your destination a configurable alert will go off. You can have several combinations of alerts such as blinking led, audio ping and vibrate.
  • Option to keep your backlight on while navigating
  • Information can be displayed in imperial or metric format

QuickFind is currently only available for the Torch and Storm series and sells for $1.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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Case-Mate Barely There Case for BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Case-Mate Barely There Case for BlackBerry Pearl 3G
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One of my favorite cases for all my devices has to be the Barely There from Case-Mate. The Barely There case for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is Case-Mate's new line of sporty cases for the Pearl 3G. Not only do they provide some protection to the back and sides of your Pearl, they also offer some great style in a variety of colors to keep things fresh. These cases are designed to protect the design of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G while allowing more of it to show.

Features:

  • Extremely slim profile
  • Impact resistant flexible plastic shell
  • Covers the back and corners of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G
  • Full-Face Screen protection included
  • Not compatible with Clear Armor

Available in silver, black and of course pink, the Barely There case for the Pearl 3G sells for just $15.95 at ShopCrackBerry.com. Check out the video above for my review and keep reading for some more images.

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Devilish is a cool little game for BlackBerry, just released by Cocky Culture. It is also their first attempt at game development and they did a great job. In the game you need to help Dante escape through the 9 levels of hell. You will need to guide him up and away from the lava below from platform to platform. On your way up you need to avoid obstacles like flaming arrows, spiked platforms and the Cerberus. You will also need to grab power ups, lives and items that will increase your score.

Overall, Devilish is a very good game and a great time waster. You can pick it up at the CrackBerry App Store for $1.99. It is compatible with the 9800 and 95xx BlackBerry devices.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Devilish to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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The Bold 9700/9780/Torch 9800 debate - Why I think the Bold 9780 is still the best

When the BlackBerry Bold 9780 was first announced I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. I had made the full-time jump from my CDMA ways to GSM with the Bold 9700 and it had quickly become my favorite device. I explained why I wasn't the biggest fan of the Bold 9650 and instead chose the 9700, and while along the same lines, the same goes for my choosing of the Bold 9780 over the Bold 9700. The decision of the 9700 over the 9650 is a tough one to field since it means jumping from CDMA to GSM, so the argument of the Bold 9780 over the 9700 comes a bit easier with both being GSM.

If you're at all a BlackBerry fan and are on the GSM side of things, there is really no denying the Bold 9700 is one of the best -- if not the best -- GSM BlackBerry devices there is (argue that as you see fit). Each user has his or her own opinion of why a device is good for them or what makes it "great", and the 9700 fits the bill 99% of the time. Myself, Kevin and Bla1ze have said over and over again how we love the 9700 as far as form factor, battery life and usability. Bla1ze has continued to use his Torch 9800 the past few months, yet I have decided to stick with the 9780 as I find it to be a great device and a great upgrade from the BlackBerry Bold 9700. I'm not saying that the upgrade is worth it for everyone, but for me it does the trick and does it extremely well. Keep reading for my thoughts on why I choose to use the Bold 9780 over any other BlackBerry on the market.

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Free Best Buy Reward Zone program app now available for BlackBerry

For those of you who shop at Best Buy and belong to their Reward Zone program, they recently released a version of their app for BlackBerry devices so members can access their account. If you're not familiar with the program, it allows you to accumulate points on all in-store and online purchases which are then turned into gift certificates redeemable only at Best Buy.

The app lets users view members' only special offers, see regular weekly deals with the option to buy or locate a store, and know when they've earned certificates. Members must first activate their online account at www.myrz.com in order to log into the app. You never know when they'll show some BlackBerry love and offer some great deals when upgrading or buying a new device.

Features

  • See the latest offers and promotions
  • Review point totals and recent purchases
  • Search for products or stores
  • Save and share info on your favorite products

The Reward Zone Program App for BlackBerry is compatible with all touch and non touch devices. Download from the link below or text RZ to 95173 (msg & data rates may apply.

Download the Best Buy Reward Zone app OTA

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CrackBerry Podcast 061- Surprise! It's a bonus podcast with CrackBerry Idol flavor...

Our year-end CrackBerry Podcast is coming up soon (we'll be recording that the week after xmas and before new year's), but in the meantime we have a special surprise for all our loyal listeners out there... a bonus podcast with some special guests! Craig, Adam and myself are NOT on this show, but we do have Bla1ze holding down the reigns with three of our former CrackBerry Idol contestants who are now contributors to CrackBerry - Joseph, Alicia and Kerri! 

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Sheath theme from Pootermobile - 50 copies to be won!

Sheath is a new theme from Pootermobile. It features a completely customizable dock that is vertically placed on the homescreen. The icons on this dock are displayed as text. You can place 11 of your favorite apps here for your keyboard device, and 15 for your touchscreen device. This definitely makes this theme one of the most functional homescreen experiences out there, and you rarely have to leave it. Sheath also features a big clock, transitions throughout, and is very wallpaper friendly.

Overall, Sheath is a very high quality theme that brings a totally custom look to your BlackBerry device. You can pick it up for $3.99 at the CrackBerry App Store. It is compatible with the 8900, 9000, 96xx, 95xx, 9700, and 9800.

Contest: We have 50 copies of Sheath to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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