PictureLink

If you're like me you make a ton of phone calls every day, and you may have trouble remembering speed dial numbers or get frustrated searching your contact list. PictureLink by Toysoft hopes to end the frustration by creating icon shortcuts for contacts right on your homescreen. You can assign any image you'd like to the contact, click the icon and it dials - thats it. All your important contacts can be seen quickly so you stay organized and don't have to search endlessly through your contact list. PictureLink also allows you to create web shortcuts in the same manner, giving you one click access to any website. The application is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99.

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T-Mobile Germany Displays BlackBerry Bold 9700 Online Coming In November

Here is a ray of light for all those stuck in the middle of the BlackBerry Storm 2 flood of information. T-Mobile Germany now has the BlackBerry Bold 9700 prodly displayed as a coming soon device, as spotted by Tainer030. Coming soon meaning November, as indicated on the T-Mobile Germany website. Check it out for yourself and remember, it's not that far off folks ;)

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Appears On Vodafone UK For Pre Order

Shortly after posting our review of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and Vodafone and RIM's Press Release, the above was posted to the Vodafone UK website. Anyone in the UK looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 can now get a jump on the rest of the world by placing their pre orders through Vodafone.

Prices while not listed are determined by the tariff in which you sign up but Vodafone makes no bones about letting you know you can get it all for free you take a £35/mnth plan. Live in the UK? Have you placed your order yet? Expected delivery of pre ordered devices is set for October 26th, rolling into November depending on orders placed.

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Vodafone and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Storm 2

Here's the press release that Vodafone customers have been waiting for. Vodafone and RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Storm2 Smartphone. For more info, be sure to check out our BlackBerry Storm2 Review. Pricing will be announced by the individual in-country operators, so you'll need to keep it locked to CrackBerry and your local Vodafone carrier site for all the details. However, we do know from the release that Vodafone UK will be offering the BlackBerry Storm2 free from £35 per month on a 24-month contract.

Press Release

Vodafone and RIM Introduce the BlackBerry Storm2 Smartphone

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Vodafone and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Storm2 smartphone for customers in seven European countries as well as South Africa.

The second generation of RIM's innovative and award-winning touch-screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Storm2 significantly improves the BlackBerry® touch-screen platform with new technology and new features to let customers stay easily connected to the people, places and things that matter most.

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The videos are now live, the specs are laid out and you can slap that official stamp all over this one. Research In Motion has just put the BlackBerry Storm2 up on the BlackBerry homepage. Be sure to check it out and dig into the awesome photos and video. Now RIM / Verizon, can we get that press release please. I'm sure we're all waiting to see a price and official launch date in writing.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Review

BlackBerry Storm 2 Review

It's that time again! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite energy drink, kick back and enjoy yet another CrackBerry.com pre-release BlackBerry Smartphone review. This time around we're looking at an officially-received BlackBerry Storm2. Has RIM taken the Storm to the next level with the Storm 2, or are we looking at a minor update? Should owners of the original BlackBerry Storm upgrade? Read on to find out!

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Specifications and Features

BlackBerry Storm 2 Specifications and Features

Full Features and Specs List for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550

Official word of the next generation BlackBerry Storm is finally here. Below you can find the full specs and features list for the BlackBerry Storm2. And be sure to check out our full BlackBerry Storm2 Review which covers even more of the enhancements in detail that the spec chart doesn't dive into. Face detection while on calls?? You betcha! The BlackBerry Storm2 has a proximity sensor that turns the display off while talking (w00t!). Multi-touch for the Alt and Shift keys? That too! Check out the specs and be sure to view the review for more details.

You can also download the Storm2 spec sheet (pdf) as well as a pdf on the Storm2's gestures.

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Google Voice For BlackBerry Updated To Version 0.1.5.1

Google Voice For BlackBerry Updated To Version 0.1.5.1

Google voice users may wanna look into this. Google voice has recently been updated to version 0.1.5.1. In typical Google fashion no change log was provided. Some users in the forums have noticed 5.0 compatability seems to be better and the Google voice access number has changed. What that could mean to users, I'm not entirely sure but in any event that's what is being reported. If you find anything new, be sure to let us know.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 User Guide Leaked!

For all those clammoring for some BlackBerry Bold 9700 information rather then BlackBerry Storm 2 information, this should hold ya over for the moment anyways. Seems the BlackBerry Bold 9700 user guide was leaked earlier for everyone to get a look at. Nothing to revealing to be found within it but, it does haver some OS 5.0 information that may be new to some users. Check it out, I know it's not much of a hold over but hey, better then nothing right?

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SendX 

How many times have you wanted to copy an email to the memopad or a task to your calendar and couldn't find an easy way to do it? With SendX just a few clicks gets the job done. You can easily move the data from one place to another in just a few seconds. Move call logs, SMS, emails, tasks and more to other applications on your device quickly and easily. SendX brings the term multitasking to a whole new level. The application sells for $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store, but is 20% off until tomorrow.

Contest: To enter to win one of 50 free copies just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm 2 Competitive Comparison Chart
 

Here is a cool document that is sure to make every potential Storm2 owner proud. This internal sheet shows the Storm2 in comparison to the Bold and iPhone on AT&T, and the Palm Pre on Sprint. Its a quick runthrough of the features that the Storm2 has that make it (and Verizon) better than the others. It does look like Verizon may have stretched a bit to get some of the categories for comparison (like OTA Music Download) but the Storm2 still wins out on this one. Fingers crossed that only another week or so and we'll be able to put it to the test on our own.

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Leaked: BlackBerry Storm 2 OS 5.0.0.287 & Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.296

Unlike the Storm where is seemed like we had to wait forever for new OS leaks to show up after the device was released, Berry Review landed links to some leaked OS' before the device release. Both the Storm2 9520 and Bold 9700 are represented here, so those of you who have managed to track down a pre-release device can jump in on this, or if you just want to prepare for the arrival of your new BlackBerry you can grab the OS ahead of time so you're good to go on release day. This release is for the Storm 9520 not the 9500/9530. As always with any leaked OS, use caution when installing and don't break your new toy :-).

*OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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BlackBerry.com Revamped - Love What You Do

I first noticed the new "Love what you do" (or "Do what you love") BlackBerry campaign while watching the MLB playoffs. The broadcast was sponsored by BlackBerry so there were a few commercials touting the new tagline. I have to admit I love the new ads, aside from the fact that none of them really even show a BlackBerry. In addition it looks like BlackBerry.com has had a bit of an overhaul as well (nothing major - just a bit of a splash-screen update and some funky colors). There are a few variations of the new commercials floating around the airwaves, but the video above is the only one we've been able to track down. Head over to BlackBerry.com to check out the new look.

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BlackBerry Tour OS 4.7.1.57 Now Available for All Users

Over the weekend Sprint released OS 4.7.1.57 for its customers, and unfortunately the rest of the Tour owners were left in the dust. Well it looks like the OS is now available for all users to download. Some slight improvements on this one, so if you haven't made the jump to 5.0 you may want to check it out. You can grab it from the BlackBerry Software Download page.

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Elecite Releases Scenic As A Free BlackBerry Theme Download

Elecite has released a new free BlackBerry theme for a wide array of devices. Scenic was designed and released for free as a show of appreciation to all Elecite customers, and as such the staff of Elecite have asked we pass along a message to you all.

“As a team here at Elecite, we have decided to give away one of our latest themes absolutely free as a huge thank you to all of you Elecite supporters for making it the hottest theme site around. If you’ve never taken one of our themes for a spin, here’s your chance.”

The Scenic theme comes with 5-6 bottom dock icons and an assortment of over 50 beautiful icons to dress your BlackBerry with a VERY wallpaper friendly choice. Currently all BlackBerry Smartphones are supported with the exception of the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 series. Check it out and please be sure to leave your comments about the theme.

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SmrtGuard Protection Theme Deters Would-Be Thieves

SmrtGuard Protection Theme Deters Would-Be Thieves

If you're a SmrtGuard user you have the peace of mind that your data is safe should your device be lost or stolen. Why not let any potential BlackBerry thieves know that you are protected by SmrtGuard as well? Well now you can with the SmrtGuard Protection Theme. This simple theme has rotating "Protected By SmartGuard" wallpapers and a weblink to the SmrtGuard mobile site. Nothing fancy theme-wise, but it will let the world know that you have the best BlackBerry protection there is. The theme is available to current customers by visiting smrtguard.com/m.

Contest: To celebrate the release of the theme, the guys at SmrtGuard are giving away 100 free monthly subscriptions. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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We've covered the 7 Digital music store a few times here on CrackBerry ever since it was unveiled at WES. This time though its to bring some information not too many people in the "mobile music" industry have been able to accomplish (yeah, Pandora and Slacker I'm looking at you). 7 Digital has managed to make their application available to the Canadian market in just a little over a week after their official release on BlackBerry App World. Be sure to check it out if you haven't yet.
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White BlackBerry Bold Arriving On AT&T October 18th

White BlackBerry Bold Arriving On AT&T October 18th

It's been rumored, fondled and confirmed a good many times by now that the white Bold which is set to come to AT&T on October 18th, and later on Rogers, is probably no longer white. If you've got a love for the snow white BlackBerry Bold, it'll set you back $200 provided you're not holding out for the Bold 9700 Series which should be following alongside this release any time now. Rogers customers, we're still waiting to see a release date for "Snow White" (as I like to call it) in Canada but it can't be that far off.

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T-Mobile Giving Away Free BlackBerry Smartphones To Developers And Non Developers?

Ronen at Berryreview spotted this little tidbit for all BlackBerry fans. I decided to dig a little deeper  and actually call T-Mobile to find out the "real deal". Seems the the title is a little misleading-- in a good way for once. The code given on the T-Mobile site is actually a 9 month old, non advertised code which allows pretty much anyone who activates a new 2 yr contract with T-Mobile to get a free BlackBerry.

In addition to the offer on the site which shows rebates are required, Ben (the T-Mobile rep, Great guy) stated that rebates are longer required at this time for it any more. So, with that said if you are looking for a new T-Mobile BlackBerry and funds may be a little low, give em a call and see what you can make happen. Developer or not.

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Storm 2 Arriving October 21st To A Verizon Store Near You?!?

Throughout the day Storm 2 information has been spreading like wildfire, launch at this point as we all know is just around the corner. All reports and rumors have the device arriving October 21st for Verizon customers and posted in the forums is more information (confirmation?) that just makes that date even more relevant. Shown above is the launch date and other information from within the Verizon internal emails, so again it's pouring Storm 2 news upon us.

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