T-Mobile Offering Free Visual Voicemail

T-Mobile Offering Free Visual Voicemail

Picked up a brand new BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile today? Make sure you activate your free visual voicemail services via the My T-Mobile website. Other savvy BlackBerry users have also found out that when logging into the site, if you have an older BlackBerry that has an OS on it that supports visual voicemail (Some leaked 4.6 and OS 5.0 versions), you too can activate the services.

Log in, change your device to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and under the services tab, you should now see visual voicemail is now available as an option. Check it out, let us know if it's working 100% for devices other then the 9700.

[ BerryReview ]

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Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting: Homer Simpson Rockin' A BlackBerry 7230

Ok, so maybe it's not really a celebrity BlackBerry sighting in the traditional sense, but it is a sure sign that BlackBerry Smartphones have gone mainstream, now even reaching that little 'ole famous town called Springfield. Last night on the Simpsons, Homer was spotted using a BlackBerry 7230 (or is that a 7290?!) after having been given a new position at work. I guess enterprises in cartoon land are still issuing "Old Blue" out to their users. Personally if I was Homer, I'd have asked for an upgrade to a brand spank'n new BlackBerry Bold 9700. More power, 3G and the 9700's battery life is still awesome.

I wonder what the smartphone of choice for those annoying neighbors over in Shelbyville is?

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All AHaz And JMal Designs Themes 50% Off For One Week

All AHaz And JMal Designs Themes 50% Off For One Week

AHaz and JMal Designs have been hard at work pushing out new themes for everyone and decided it's time to give a little thanks back to the community. For the next week all AHaz and JMal Designs themes are on sale for an awesome 50% off. If you have been considering grabbing a new theme for your device be sure to check their offerings out and a big thanks to AHaz and JMal for setting this up for us all.

[In order to get the 50% off you must use the coupon codes ahaz50 and jmal50 through the CrackBerry Mobile App Store or via the CrackBerry Theme Store application] 

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BlackBerry Developer Conference 2009: Looking Back At Year II Through The Eyes of a Developer


Yes, that's a BlackBerry Tour made out of Lego Building Blocks!

The second-annual BlackBerry Developer Conference is now a part of RIM history. Following last year's DevCon, we had Sharad Mohan, Co-Founder and CEO of Gym Technik, review the first-ever BBDC from his point of view as a new BlackBerry developer. This year, we asked Trevor Chong, Product Director of Gym Technik, to follow up with us on his four days of DevCon 2009 and share his thoughts with everyone by answering a few of our questions. To me, GymTechnik is a perfect example of who RIM targets with an event like the BlackBerry Developer Conference -- young guys, passionate about their product/service and excited at the opportunity in the mobile space and potential developing for BlackBerry has to offer -- who better to review DevCon?! So without further ado, let's turn it over to Trevor!

BlackBerry Developer Conference - Year II in Review
by Trevor Chong, Product Director of Gym Technik

As you know, we have been running our free fitness tracking service to all our members the past year. We would like to thank our users, our Ace and Beta members, and RIM for their great support this past year. We look forward to continue serving the BlackBerry community.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Available For Purchase!!!

Attention all T-Mobile users! The time has finally come... The first T-Mobile 3G BlackBerry is now available for purchase at T-Mobile.com. But wait... is it the 8900, or the 9700. Seems as if T-Mobile dropped the ball and used the wrong photo on the website. Big oops T-Mobile!

Pricing for the new BlackBerry Bold is very reasonable at $199.99 on the new Even More plan, or at $449.99 on the Even More Plus plan. For those wondering why the difference in pricing, here is the reason:

Two types of plans, two ways to save.

Even More Plans come with a 2 Year Contract and feature great phone discounts, so your upfront costs are lower.

Even More Plus Plans have no annual contract and currently provide our best monthly rate plan pricing. So you pay for your phone upfront, but the lower monthly plan costs save you money over time.

So there you have it, hurry up and go place your order. Drop us a note and let us know how the ordering goes. Hopefully T-Mobile won't have any problems fulfilling the orders. I have a feeling this will be a very hot selling device for T-Mobile.

Also be sure to check out CrackBerry's extensive reviews on the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 15 Nov 2009

Contest Reminder: ShortcutMe, ShakeItUp, Unlock Codes, Themes and More

Busy week for the Crack Team in San Francisco at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, but we didn't want to miss out on giving you some contests while we were hard at work. We had some unlock codes, a few themes and some apps to spread around. If you didn't get in on the action, head over to the contest posts below to leave a comment. You still have a few hours to get in on the fun and try your luck so don't miss out!

Note: If you've missed any of our previous contest winners announcements, be sure to visit our contests blog category and scroll down through the posts. You should easily be able to find the winners announcement you may have accidentally missed out on.

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Phosphoresce Premium BlackTheme Now Available!

Phosphoresce Premium BlackTheme Now Available!

KD is back down to theme making after a short little break. Wasting no time, KD has jumped right back in with his new theme Phosphoresce. Intense graphics and screen transitions make this one an impressive and eye catching theme. Integrated hot spots and hidden areas help with the navigation, making it easier to access all device functions. You really need to see it in action before you can get a full feel for it but after having tested this one out on my 9700 I can say it's quite impressive.

Phosphoresce supports the 8900, 9000, Storm 1 and 2, Tour and 9700 and is currently on sale now until midnight tonight for only $3.99

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Making Use Of The BlackBerry Developer Issue Tracker

Making Use Of The BlackBerry Developer Issue Tracker

Back during WES 2009, Research In Motion launched a new tool for developers to make use of in order to help them track bugs in BlackBerry development tools. In the time since then, the BlackBerry developer issue tracker has seen some significant growth and has helped RIM learn more about where they need to be focusing attention when it comes to correcting issues.

With the BlackBerry developers conference wrapped up now, I figured it would be a good time to re-visit the issue trackers purpose and how it can help developers and users alike. After signing up for a developer zone account you then have access to all the information the tracker holds. Having an issue with the new BlackBerry Widget SDK? The developer tracker would be the place to report such issues. Need to check and see if a reported issue has been addressed and corrected? Logging into the developer tracker would be the spot to look.

Tools like the issue tracker are a great way to report and track any issues you may come across, the only caveat to this type of system is that it depends on users and developers involvement to make it useful. If developers do not share the bugs they come across it makes it rather difficult to fix the unknown. Getting involved is key here, so if you are a BlackBerry developer check out the issue tracker and report what you find that needs fixing.

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TwitterBerry To Grow Beyond Twitter - Becomes OpenBeak

Long lasting Twitter client TwitterBerry has been rebranded OpenBeak. The new title allows the app to grow beyond the Twitter platform in the future and expand to other areas. Twitterberry is one of the most well known Twitter clients for BlackBerry, but has been overshadowed as of late with the influx of new clients. Perhaps OpenBeak will step up with some new features that will get it back in the running. Current TwitterBerry users will be prompted to upgrade to OpenBeak, but if you're looking to try it out for the first time, head to m.openbeak.com from your device to give it a whirl.

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BlackBerry IM Clients Updated to 2.5.30

BlackBerry IM Clients Updated to 2.5.30

The native BlackBerry IM clients (Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN and ICQ) have been updated from version 2.5.27 to 2.5.30. As usual, no change log is available, but and update is an update right? The clients are all available from their individual download pages, or you can head to mobile.blackberry.com from your device to check them out. If you figure out what is new, drop a comment and let us know.

[BerryReview]

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AT&T Releases OS 4.6.0.304 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

Tips have been flying in and it looks like AT&T has released OS 4.6.0.304 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000. This isn't the grand 5.0 update we may have been waiting for, but an official OS update regardless. No word on the changes/updates in this version, but if you are still rocking an older OS version you may want to give it a go. Head over to the BlackBerry Software Download page to get going.

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How To: Dismantle A BlackBerry Bold 9700

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As with any device launch, a tear down video has been posted for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. These videos are great for those who wish to modify or customize their devices with other OEM parts. Be it changing the bezel, swapping out to an unbranded bottom piece or whatever else your heart desires. While we're still waiting for many online retailers to bring in parts for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, that hasn't stopped a tear down from being done. Check it out as long as it's not too painful to watch and remember such ventures do void warrenties.

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With the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on T-Mobile and AT&T software developers have been hard at work with getting their applications updated for the new device(s). Telenav is no exception to that, today we get a good look at Telenav GPS Navigator running on a T-Mobile 9700 courtesy of Telenav.

In addition to giving us a look at Telenav GPS Navigator running on the 9700, Telenav has also hooked us up with 3 one year subscriptions to give away to the CrackBerry community. Big thanks go out to Telenav for that.

[ Contest will run until next Sunday being November 22nd. Enter only once folks, duplicate entries will be ignored. Good luck to all! ]

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New BIS 3.0 And 3.1 On The Horizon; Coming As Soon As 2010?!?

We've been hearing about this for a while now and while it can still go under the rumors section considering no announcement has been made about it. Despite it not being official just yet, it's been something that has been in the pipe forever anyways as the details of BIS 2.5 and 2.6 already gave way to what exactly RIM's plans are for upcoming BIS iterations. The rumors at this point are that BIS 3.0 is coming in 2010 and shortly following the 3.0 launch, BIS 3.1 will be rolled out to consumers with a whole slew of new features.

BIS 3.0 (March 2010):

  • Improved the Gmail plugin
  • Synchronization deleted messages, read / unread and sent between the box and your own Gmail (so far worked only in the opposite direction)
  • The ability to add and remove labels from your device 
BIS 3.1 (Soon after): 
  • Synchronize Google Calendar
  • Synchronize your address book from Hotmail account
  • Synchronize your address book from Yahoo
  • Yahoo mailbox will cause an automatic download of Yahoo messenger on the device

All these features would be welcomed changes for sure but I'm positive these are not the only great changes we will see. New BIS features should include a lot more that what has been listed here but until an official statement comes out from Research In Motion we'll just have to sit back and wait.

[ BBNews.pl /BerryReview ]

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Wordpress Mobile Updated And Quickly Moving Out Of Beta

In the short time it has been out Wordpress for BlackBerry has seen some significant changes happen to the beta. Updates have remained and consistent and bug fixes have been put into effect almost instantly. Having updated the application to version 0.9.0.169 Wordpress claims they are almost out of beta now and the application sure is testament to that claim. New in 0.9.0.169:

  • Based on all the great feedback, we reworked much of the UI layout for the main view, blog view, and media view
  • Ability to upload videos from your media library
  • New option to set media file properties (filename, caption, title, and position)
  • Created a new file browser that resembles the native BlackBerry file browser
  • Big improvements in the speed at which you can view and manage comments
  • Lots of optimizations for uploading photos and videos using base64 encoding
  • Indonesian language support updated thanks to Kate of Pixel Insert
  • Improved French language support thanks to Yann Nave of blog.onbebop.net

The inclusion of video updating alone is a huge jump for Automattic but with all the other improvements I'm sure many people are looking forward to version 1.0's release.

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Calling All BlackBerry Developers: Get Your Own Dedicated Company Forum at CrackBerry.com For Free!

At the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Conference it was made clear on more than one occasion that to build better BlackBerry apps and maximize your app's awareness (and downloads/sales) you need to embrace all delivery channels (App World, Mobihand, etc.) and especially engage BlackBerry enthusiast sites such as CrackBerry.com.

During one DevCon session in particular, mention was made of a free service we offer here at CrackBerry that not all developers were aware of but encouraged to take advantage of, and that is getting your own dedicated forum within our CrackBerry forums. The BlackBerry Software and Service Companies forum is the place for developers to maintain a presence and reach out to our enthusiast community. Read on for more details!

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Entertaining with your BlackBerry Smartphone

Entertaining  with your BlackBerry Smartphone

Is there such thing as a bad excuse for a party? Birthday, Anniversary, a new BlackBerry Smartphone launched; these are all good reasons to throw a shindig. Though get togethers happen all year ‘round, it seems as though they are bigger and more elaborate around this particular time. Though they are an absolutely fantastic source of fun, family and friends, they can add stress to the slowly increasing hustle and bustle.

Your BlackBerry is to the rescue and it’s bringing a legion of applications to support you. Spend less time stressing and more time creating a party that will be talked about for years to come. Have a look at the list of applications after the jump and see if they will help you sharpen your planning prowess.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 13th, 2009!

Howdy folks! Hope everyone out there in CrackBerry Nation had a solid week. No fussin' about this week as I'm getting right down to business. Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: eBay Mobile for BlackBerry Coming Soon, ZBook OTA Phonebook Backup, Urbanspoon for BlackBerry, Craigslist App for BlackBerry Coming Soon

New This Week: clap'nSeek, BeDroid Theme, Memo Mosaic, MemoryFlash

Apps on Sale: Empower SMS Viewer, Ace Email Viewer, IM+ All-in-One Messenger, Mobile Auction Manager for eBay, NetworkAcc Mobile Network Accelerator

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Tetris

Freebie of the Week: UberTwitter

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Vlingo Updated For BlackBerry Storm2 And 5.0 OS Users!

Vlingo Updated For BlackBerry Storm2 And 5.0 OS Users!

This one is for all you vlingo lovin' BlackBerry Storm2 users out there. You'll be glad to know that vlingo has updated their great application to be compatible with your device. All Storm 5.0 OS users can grab the update from the vlingo site direct as we wait for it to be loaded into BlackBerry App World and if you are a premium vlingo user, you'll be glad to know it keeps all your settings intact. No need to reconfigure the application upon installation. If you are new to vlingo, give it shot it's a great application you just may find useful.

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