Win a BlackBerry Bold 9700 & More from Ringtone Expressions and CrackBerry.com!

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CrackBerry and the folks from Ringtone Expressions have teamed up to bring you yet another chance to win a shiny new BlackBerry Bold 9700. We still have a few finalists left to announce in the iluvBB contest who are competing for their own chance to win a Bold 9700 or Storm (and more!), but if you didn't get in on that one you can have another go.

Contest Prizes and Overview: Ringtone Expressions wants you to create ringtones for special people in your life and doing so could win you the grand prize of a BlackBerry Bold 9700. 10 finalists will all receive a $50 ShopCrackberry.com gift certificate as well. Head over to the full contest page for all the details. You can enter now and the contest ends next Tuesday November 3rd at Midnight PST. Full rules are available here. Good luck!

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Bla1ze's Free Media Picks - Start Your Week Off Right!

Bla1ze's Free Media Picks - Start Your Week Off Right!

In light of all the Storm news we decided to hold this back until today. No worries though, here it is for you all. The top FREE picks from wallpapers, themes, ringtones and even a few videos for everyone to enjoy. Check it out and stay tuned for next week folks. Until then, keep crackin'

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Halloween Radio Channel Is Back On Slacker For All Your Spooky Music Needs

Slacker Radio is geared up for Halloween. Be sure to check out their dedicated Halloween channel that is currently running. All the spooky music you can handle is being made available, everything from Michael Jackson's Thriller right down to the soundtrack from the Halloween movies can all be streamed to your BlackBerry Smartphone or over your PC. Great if you are in the mood for some spooky music on the go or hosting a Halloween party and don't want to have to worry about gathering up music.

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BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Version 1.7 Released

BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Version 1.7 Released

The folks at RIMGeeks have been busy these days keeping their BlackBerry swiss army knife app updated. The latest version is now available for download and corrects a few issues found in version 1.6. A quick look at the change log reveals a few key improvements and fixes:

  • Auto Update Feature Now Included (upon load bbsak will check to verify you have the most current version install)
  • Compact view button now available in all expanded windows
  • Restore Apps completion popup now pops up at correct time
  • Some small speed tweaks also included with this version
BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife is great for advanced users who want more control over their device and what their OS loads or doesn't load for that matter. A great all around tool with awesome functions, stick to the rule of thumb though. If you're unsure of whast some of the operations are--better to not mess around with them or at the very least, check the CrackBerry forums for some more information.
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Phone Slipper Case Doubles as a Wallet - 20 To Be Won!

The last week or so I've been using the Phone Slipper on my Tour. For years I've opted to be wallet-less, carrying a few cards, my license and cash in my pocket. I've tried wallets, money clips and rubber bands but nothing seemed to do the trick. Countless times I've lost, misplaced or forgotten cards due to my ways, but I made due the best I could. A few months back I discovered the Phone Slipper and I was overjoyed. I carry my BlackBerry with me everywhere I go (duh, who doesn't?!) and to be able to carry my cards and ID right on the phone would be ideal. The Phone Slipper fits on snug like a regular silicone case, but the obvious difference is the "slit" in the side. You can easily put in a credit card, ID, business cards and more. I've found that I can fit just about 2 credit cards, my ID and a business card before it feels "bulky". The cards stay snug against the back of your device, and you can easily slide them with the help of the opening in the back. The build an overall deisng is great, and the only fear I have is that the slit will wear down over time with the constant rubbing of the cards (but only time will tell). The phone slipper sells for a very reasonable $9.95 (83xx) and $19.95 (Tour) and is available in black. The biggest downside is that it is currently only available for the Tour and 83xx series.

Contest: To enter to win 1 of 20 Phone Slippers, just leave a comment on this post telling us why you need one and be sure to include your device model (Tour or 83xx). Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count!

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inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry Smartphones Gets Official; Now Available for Pre-Order!

A week ago we dropped photos and some preliminary specs here on the "BlackBerry Watch" that has been speculated about in the blogosphere since May. And today, the inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry gets official. As we reported previously, the inPulse smartwatch is not a BlackBerry Smartphone on your wrist, nor is it manufactured by Research in Motion (nor is RIM developing an accessory like this on their own - this is the "BB watch"). Rather, the inPulse smartwatch is manufactured by Allerta, a new Waterloo-based start-up focused on intelligent smartphone accessories, and works as a companion to your BlackBerry Smartphone to notify you of incoming BlackBerry messages/events.

inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry Tech Specs & Key Features

  • 1.3" full colour organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display
  • Bluetooth® v2.0+EDR
  • 150 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Glass lens and full metal body
  • 22mm interchangeable wrist band
  • Vibrating motor
  • Micro-USB port (for charging)
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Dimensions: 51mm height x 38mm width x 12mm depth

Jumping over to the inPulse FAQ page reveals other key stats. Battery life is slated at ~ 4 days depending on use and can be recharged in about 30 minutes via standard microUSB cable. To use the inPulse wristwatch you must also install an app onto your BlackBerry that runs in the background. Cool feature - you can set the inPulse (clock, timers, multiple alarms) right from your BlackBerry. It can receive firmware updates wirelessly, and will work on all BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 4.3 and up.

As for price, the inPulse smartwatch rings in at pretty reasonable $149 USD. It's available for pre-order now (not taking payment yet but you can get on the waiting list), with the first consumer shipments scheduled for February 2010. For more info, you can check out the press release below, visit getinpulse.com for more product info and to pre-order, and check out the inpulse blog at inpulse.tumblr.com to stay on top of developments.

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Verizon Officially Announces the BlackBerry Storm2!

Here it is Storm2 chasers... the press release we have all been waiting for! And it looks like you won't have to wait long now to pick up a BlackBerry Storm2, with availability scheduled for October 28th - this Wednesday. As previously posted, Verizon Blackberry Storm2 pricing comes in at $179 on a 2yr contract after a mail-in rebate, but there's no mention of a BOGO promotion or upgrade incentive for Storm1 users... at least in the press release (if any of these promotions do exist, could be they'll roll into action in the near future). If you haven't done it yet, be sure to check out our BlackBerry Storm2 Review. Press release below.

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Verizon Officially Releases OS 5.0.0.328 For The BlackBerry Storm 9530!

Finally, the waiting and anticipation is over. Verizon has started pushing OS 5.0.0.328 to BlackBerry Desktop Manager for all Storm owners to install 24 minutes after we leaked it. If you haven't gotten the alert already it's time to fire up BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software (you too Mac users!) and see if it's there waiting for you. It's now up at http://vzw.smithmicro.com/blackberry/ as well.

OS 5.0 brings with it some significant changes to the OS and should correct a lot of issues some of you were having with your BlackBerry Storm 9530's and being an official OS you can load it without any worries of running beta software. Already got it loaded up? What do you think of it? How is it working for you? Let us know in the forums or in the comments. Now the question remains. How long will it be before we see other carriers hop on board and start releasing 5.0 for other devices?

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Tired of Waiting for Verizon to Make 5.0 Official? We Got It. Leaked: OS 5.0.0.328 (and .327) for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!

* Update 3: LOL.. that was fun for 24 minutes. LOOKS LIKE THE OFFICIAL IS UP! Check your Desktop Manager Software! *

* Update 2: Looks like megaupload is letting the file download again... keep tabs on the comments in case the link doesn't work for you anymore *

* Update: wow... looks like megaupload has some sort of attack system in place.  The .238 file got 243 downloads in about 30 seconds, and I think we must have tripped some sort of hacker attack alert as they've temporarily suspended the file (it's still in the account). Watch the comments below for download mirrors. *

So it's Sunday night, October 25th, and we know BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners are sitting on CrackBerry by the thousands waiting for Verizon to officially release OS 5.0.0.32x for the BlackBerry Storm 9530. Leaked info leading up to the this official release has been kind of weird... sometimes stating the official version would be 5.0.0.323 (which we already leaked the other day) and other times stating .328. Some info put the push at 7pm EST tonight, which has passed, the change log puts it at 10pm EST (any minute now) so in true CrackBerry fashion we've dug up the goods for you so you can get a head start. At the link below we've actually got two newer 5.0 builds... 5.0.0.327 and 5.0.0.328. They're both running the same platform version (4.2.0.128) so are likely near identical, so it's probably best to go for .328 but you can try them both out if you like.

The official Verizon release should drop any minute or hour now, so even hardcore Stormies shouldn't feel bad if at this point they want to hold out for the update to come through BDM. But if you want it now, you can grab the latest and greatest below!

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 25 Oct 2009

Entry #70 - Romantic Evening Gone Wrong | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 4 more to come! *

If you watch all of the video submissions in our I Love My BlackBerry video contest, you'll find a handful of entries that went with a fairly literal take on BlackBerry love. Our sixth finalist, by Justin Brown, fits into that category and made a great video of it with some stellar and hilarious acting. Justin told us:

This video was filmed in West Paterson, NJ. It stars myself, Justin Brown, Susanne Madani, and of course Vanessa the BlackBerry Storm! This is just a hint on how much I love my BlackBerry. 

If there were Oscars for best actor and supporting actress actress in a Smartphone film or documentary, I think Justin and Susanne would definitely be nominated and be in the running to win. They own their roles in this one. Great job!!

Browsing through the comments to our previous finalist announcements, it looks like things are shaping up nicely for a tight race in the final community vote. In case you were wondering on the judging criteria, I instructed the judges to look at, in no particular order: entertainment value and impact, effort, originality/creativity, passion and stickiness. After watching 80 videos, the finalist videos should be the ones that really stand out in the brain hours and even days later. We left the rules on this contest pretty wide open (we were curious to see what kind of entries would result... and were pleasantly surprised!); so while high production quality is always nice, it wasn't a requirement to be considered a finalist here. In future video contests we'll maybe try it out with more rules (like you need to record the video on a BlackBerry). Four more finalists to be announced!

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New Little Chirp BlackBerry Twitter Client Now Available

A new BlackBerry Twitter client is now available. Little Chirp is a very basic Twitter client which only weighs in at 15KB in size so it utilizes very little memory space on your device. Twitter users who are looking for a full-featured client will want to stay a way from Little Chirp though as its only function is to just send tweets to Twitter and that's it. Quick tweets from your device with no extras is all Litlle Chirp will provide. I've come across a few times where this would be useful but again, if full features is what you want Lil' Chirp may not be for you. Little Chirp is available free via BlackBerry App World and all devices with the exception of the Storm are supported.

Be sure to follow the @CrackBerry Team for the latest news and help via our Twelper support.

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Hedone Design Releases Desire Premium Theme In All Its Artistic Elegance

Hedone Design is still partying hard as they celebrate their 1st birthday all the while cranking out new themes for us all as well. The latest piece of work to come from Hedone is Desire. Hedone was going for a good design on Desire all while keeping the theme highly functional. Desire is a perfect blance and I'd say Hedone met the goal he started out with on this one.

Desire has a artistic, grungy feel to it and is jam packed with all of the functions would expect from a theme, but has them placed in a unique way. 6 customizable icons on the main screen, hidden clock, profiles, connections and options buttons help maintain basic functions. The wings in the artwork serve as signal and battery meters and the overall feel of this theme is artisic elegance. As part of Hedone Designs birtrhday celebration you can grab Desire for only $3.99 and it is currently available for 8900,9000,9500 and 9630 series devices.

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Contest Reminder: Traffic.com, WunderRadio, AddOnis/ProfilerPro, HS-500 Headset, Bold 9700 Accessories

On the heels of our iluvBB contest (check out the videos here) we filled up the week with a variety of contests. We have some great apps, accessories and even a Garmin Nuvi from WHERE and Traffic.com. If you haven't yet, leave a comment on the original contest posts found below. You still have a few hours left - so don't miss out!

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iluvmybb finalist - Greased Touch Screen!

Entry #8 - Greased Touch Screen Song | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 5 more to come! *

Warning: If you watch this video you may find yourself randomly bursting into Greased Touch Screen lyrics and funky dance moves for days and days to follow. Don't blame CrackBerry. Instead, you can blame Charles Hedberg, our fifth finalist in the I Love My BlackBerry video contest, for putting together the video above. No, there's no fancy lighting or post production work on this one, but that doesn't take away from this rock'n video with a homemade karaoke flavor. Charles has heart and a definite love for his BlackBerry, that's for SURE. GREAT video Charles. I especially love the dance solo that kicks in at 2m28s. You can find the lyrics and story behind Greased Touch Screen below. 

That's five down, five more finalist videos to come! Stay tuned for more iluvmybb action!

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Official List of BlackBerry Devices to Get OS 5.0 Update

Been wondering if the BlackBerry Smartphone you already own will be getting the OS 5.0 update everybody keeps talking about? We knew there would be a cut-off somewhere down the road of older device models and it turns out we were pretty spot on with our hunches. but now we officially know which devices are getting the update thanks to a new knowledge base article on BlackBerry's website. Keep reading to see if your device made the cut.

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Entry #20 - Getting Away With CrackBerry Love | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 6 more to come! *

While the third finalist we announced in our I Love My BlackBerry video contest was a 9m13s long BlackBerry tale, our fourth finalist's video is short, but sweet. All of our judges got a real kick out of Jeff Jenson's CrackBerry Love video submission. It's definitely clever. You can read the story behind the video below. Nicely done Jeff!!

More finalist announcements to come. It wasn't easy for our judging team (ten person panel, 5 male, 5 female, varying ages - I'm not on the judging panel) to narrow down 80 entries to ten finalists. I'm sure when all is said and done you have may have a few picks different on your own top ten list (don't forget, we're going to follow up with some bonus round picks as well). But you can't make your own top ten list unless you watch them all, so be sure to visit the entries page to check them all out!

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Later Dude Pro- Now On Sale For Only $1.11

Later Dude Pro- Now On Sale For Only $1.11

We've reviewed Later Dude Pro, we've given away copies of Later Dude Pro. This time we're letting you know that Later Dude Pro is now on sale for only $1.11 until Monday, October 26th. Later Dude Pro is a perfect productivity application and is something RIM should really consider intergrating right into the OS, it would make a awesome addition to the core functionality. Be sure to check out Later Dude Pro while it's on sale if you don't already own it. The review can speak for itself in regards to how great it really is.

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iluvmybb finalist - The Scent of a BlackBerry

Entry #17 - The Scent of a BlackBerry | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 7 more to come! *

Friday night is movie night for many, so it's fitting that we announce our third finalist in the I Love My BlackBerry video contest just in time for the weekend. Entry #17, by Matt Galo (Stang68 on CrackBerry), created the epic major motion picture above, titled The Scent of a BlackBerry. At 9m13s you'll want to grab some popcorn and a beverage before hitting play, because you won't want to miss one second once the movie starts. As for Matt's thought process and story behind the flick, you can read that below. Amazing video Matt!

We're going to keep the finalist announcements coming over the weekend (maybe even up it to two a day for Saturday and Sunday) so keep it locked to CrackBerry for more finalist picks.  

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Verizon BlackBerry Curve2 8530 Review

Verizon BlackBerry Curve2 8530 Review


Hands on Initial Review of the Verizon BlackBerry Curve2 8530!

While on a recent trip I had a chance to spend some solid hands-on time with the Verizon BlackBerry Curve2 8530. I must admit to being a little surprised when I first received the Verizon BlackBerry Curve2. Firstly the name. The box actually labeled the device as the "Curve 2" and not the Curve 8530 (and that seemed to be the name others kept referring to the device as). I'm pretty sure Curve space 2 is not what the device will launch as though, but am guessing internally that has been the Verizon lingo for it in months past and some of that habit carried through as they get ready to launch (especially with talk of the Storm2. Secondly, the fact that the Curve 8530 now has Wi-Fi - which the first pre-production "aries" units did not (see first photos). We had heard all future Verizon BlackBerry devices wre mandated to have WiFi, so I guess that's holding true. And third, the fact that it isn't six months or more behind the GSM carriers, which historically has been the case. Just a few weeks ago we posted photos showing the Curve 8530 SKU already in Verizon's Inventory system. It's nice to see the CDMA folks are going to get the new Curve love in short order. It's not quite my usual pre-release green table review, but keep reading for a better look at the new Curve from Verizon!

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