RIM Announces the BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone!

FINALLY!!! For soooooo many of us traditional BlackBerry users out there, this is the new device from Research In Motion that we have been waiting for. Today RIM has officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9780, the GSM successor to the popular BlackBerry Bold 9700. Compared to the 9700, the 9780 doubles up its internal flash memory to 512MB, gets the new 5 megapixel camera that's already found in the Torch and Style, and ships with BlackBerry 6 out of the box. As for the BIG question of WHEN CAN I GET ONE? the good news is it'll start launching on carriers around the world next month. Read the press release below and keep it locked to CrackBerry for more!

Carrier Updates: T-Mobile has announced a November 12th launch date at $129.99 on a two year contract. As expected, Rogers and TELUS have now also both confirmed release but no availability or pricing available for those two. Bell and Virgin Mobile users, November 2nd release date with pricing set to $139.99 on 3yr contracts.

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BlackBerry Style Hands-On Video Impressions!

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We'll be following up shortly with our full BlackBerry Style 9670 review, but in the meantime figured we'd throw up our initial hands-on video impressions to ease the wait for all the flip phone lovers out there. The BlackBerry Style will be available from Sprint starting this halloween, October 31st for $99.99 on a 2 year contract (see announcement). It's an attractive price for what really is a solid little BlackBerry. If you're a fan of flip phones, you'll definitely want to head into a Sprint store and put yours hands on one. I'm not sure photos or even video quite do the Style justice.

To be honest, my expectations for the BlackBerry Style were set pretty low. The pre-release photos that leaked out onto the net didn't show off the 9670 in the best of light, and heck, we even ran a poll on CrackBerry here asking readers whether the Style was Hot or Not, and a full 81% of respondents said Not and that RIM should just skip the 9670 and move on to the next device. Ouch. Painful. But after using the Style I can definitely see why Sprint wanted this phone and why RIM built it. With 512MB flash memory, BlackBerry 6, 5 megapixel camera and a decently sized screen, the Style has solid specs and serves up pretty snappy performance. There is a big user base of people out there who simply love the flip phone form factor and who want a full physical keyboard. The BlackBerry Style fills that void. Check out the video above to see the Royal Purple BlackBerry Style in action, and stay tuned for the full review! 

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Further Information/Clarification on the Free BlackBerry PlayBook for Developers making PlayBook apps

Following up the live demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook yesterday at the Adobe MAX conference and the news from RIM's Co-CEO about developers making PlayBook apps getting a free PlayBook, RIM has followed up with some more information on their BlackBerry DevBlog to help clarify things:

There has been a lot of excitement about the BlackBerry PlayBook developer promotion announced by Mike Lazaridis at Adobe MAX this week. Further details about the promotion will be posted on our developer site as soon as possible, but the plan is to provide one free BlackBerry PlayBook to every registered vendor with a BlackBerry App World-approved AIR application that is available for the BlackBerry PlayBook prior to launch. The applications will need to meet the BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines and there will of course be some terms and conditions that are principally designed to prevent abuse of the promotion, but the intent is to reward developers who are working on apps in advance of the product launch. We'll keep you posted. Now get building those apps! 

So there you have it. Developers get your AIR applications on!! It would be great to see a BIG catalog of apps be available at launch, and this is definitely a nice incentive offered by RIM. Also nice to see from RIM... CrackBerry quotes on their BlackBerry PlayBook page. Keep it coming RIM... the future is looking bright.

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Official OS: for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 released by Sprint

For all you BlackBerry Bold 9650 users out there that only like to run official goodness on your devices and that are with Sprint. You'll be pleased (or disppointed?) to know that OS is now available for download. You can hit up the Sprint BlackBerry download page or go via OTA, although some folks reported that OTA was acting funny. Thanks to many, many folks who sent this in. Even though, most of you all were just ticked off that it wasn't BlackBerry 6 that was released.

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Download the BlackBerry PlayBook ringtones and sounds!

Download the BlackBerry PlayBook ringtones and sounds!

Since the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook SDK many developers have been poking around to see what goodies they can find hidden within. Some of those found goodies were the BlackBerry PlayBook ringtones and sounds. Ok, they're not really ringtones, rather just system sounds. Either way, they've all been extracted in .wav format and posted up for download, we're not exactly sure who did it but, thanks!

Click Here To Download The BlackBerry PlayBook Ringtones And Sounds

Source: BBLeaks

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CrackBerry Poll: How Many BlackBerry Messenger Groups do you belong to? What kind of groups are they?
How many BlackBerry Messenger Groups do you belong to?Market Research

BlackBerry Messenger. BBM. It's one of those hooks that keeps sooo many of us loyal to BlackBerry. Once you're connected to friends, family, co-workers and colleagues via BBM it's hard to not be. Over the past few months we've really seen Research In Motion start pushing BlackBerry Messenger on commercials and in advertisements, including one of its newest and best features, BBM Groups.

If you're reading this post on CrackBerry, I'm going to assume you know what BBM Groups are all about. If not, check out our BlackBerry 101 Lecture on BBM Groups. So the question I have today for CrackBerry Nation is how many BlackBerry Messenger Groups are you a member of? Cast your vote on the poll above and let us know!  

Following the vote, let us know in the comments what kind of BlackBerry Messenger Groups you're part of. Is it a social group for friends and family? A group for the people you work with? Maybe it's a group for the sports team you play on. BBM Groups are one of those BlackBerry things that have really impacted my life for the better! So if you're using Groups in a creative way, be sure to share your story with the community.

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First Ever BlackBerry PlayBook App Released! Get the CrackBerry Launcher for your BlackBerry PlayBook today!

Somebody has to be first, right? I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise then to see the first third party app to be released for the BlackBerry PlayBook be a CrackBerry Launcher app! While it's still an early build and only a few people in the world actually have BlackBerry PlayBooks right now to use it on, our friends at ShaoSoft got playing with the newly released BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK and BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator and have made this one available for download.

For more screencaps and download instructions (should you actually have a BlackBerry PlayBook), jump over to the forum thread at the link below. With the SDK available with plenty of time still leading up to the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook, keep in mind the app will only get prettier and more feature-packed by the time you get your hands on a PlayBook of your own.

More Info and Download the CrackBerry Launcher for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Contest: SimpleBB - A new theme available in 7 different colors. Win 1 of 100 free copies!

Contest: 100 free copies of SimpleBB to be won!

BB-Freaks is back again with a new suite of themes called SimpleBB. SimpleBB is available in black, red, purple, pink, blue, green, and orange; each version has the same icons and layout, but a different color scheme. I'm pretty sure you're going to want to buy more than one color because this is a great theme, easy to use, and very professional looking. The homescreen features a hidden today area as well as a hidden dock with 7-10 user-defined icons (depending on your device), minimalistic banners so you can show off your favorite wallpapers, and user customizable fonts in the menus and lists.

SimpleBB is compatible with 95xx/97xx/96xx/89xx/9000 devices, and is on sale for $1.99 right now in the CrackBerry store. You'll want to head over there and check this theme out.

Contest: BB-Freaks was kind enough to give us 100 free copies of SimpleBB to give away to you guys so if you want a chance to win (your choice of color) just enter your comment below. Winners will be chosen at random this Sunday at Midnight PST. One entry per person please, remember multiple entries will not count. 

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Adobe posts longer BlackBerry PlayBook demo video!

For those of you who missed the full presentation or are not wanting to watch the replay via the AdobeMAX website, Adobe has now posted a longer version of the BlackBerry PlayBook demo to Youtube. Kevin summed it all for us earlier today so, just sit back and enjoy this one. Needless to say, my desire to own a BlackBerry PlayBook has increased many times over.

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Verizon preparing for launch of BlackBerry 6?!

Verizon preparing for launch of BlackBerry 6?!

Sure looks that way. First, James sent us an email to the tips line letting us know that his "email setup application" was asking to upgrade. Then, after that we got a few more folks asking the same thing so we know it wasn't just a one off fluke that it happened. BlackBerry 6 for the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G is inevitable but is this a sign that Verizon is finally getting closer to an actual release? All users who reported the upgrade were running the previously leaked OS Anyone else get this update as well? Seems it only happens when setting up a new BIS email account. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Image Source: BerryReview

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BlackBerry PlayBook Live Demo! [video and photos]

It's a big week again for the BlackBerry PlayBook! If you were thinking the DevCon PlayBook announcement was smoke and mirrors due to the fact we didn't see a live demo, you can now rest easy knowing that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the real deal, and looks like it's going to kick some serious tablet ass.

RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was on hand today at the Adobe Air Max conference, where he showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook LIVE on stage. We caught some of the screen caps from the livestream (see below) and we've got a partial video of the demo above (thanks bizbuzz3). Hopefully we'll have even more video soon. All I can say is WOW. Based on the DevCon hype we've had high expectations for the PlayBook and what the new BlackBerry Tablet OS will be able to deliver, and based on this demo it's looking like the end product is going to be SWEET. The full flash support and REAL multi-tasking seriously makes the iPad/iOS operating system look more like a kid's toy. It was pretty awesome to see Lazaridis start playing a full screen video, then minimize it back to the homescreen and watch it still keep playing while moving around the homescreen. 

BIG NEWS too... RIM is taking apps seriously here, with Lazaridis announcing that developers who submit PlayBook apps and get them approved into App World will get a FREE BlackBerry PlayBook. OHHH BABY!!! Heck, back stage, even Martha Stewart said she loved the PlayBook. Check out the photos below and stay tuned for more!

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Free BlackBerry PlayBook for developers who have their app accepted on AppWorld!

So you really want a BlackBerry PlayBook right? Better yet, you want it for free? You can get one. All you need to do is create an Adobe AIR application for the BlackBerry PlayBook and get it accepted to BlackBerry App World and you'll get a free one. Those were the words spoken by Mike Lazaridis today at AdobeMAX while demoing the BlackBerry PlayBook live on stage. That's one sure way to get developers interested, free devices always wins. Hell, it's got me interested in actually diving into the PlayBook SDK to see what I manage. Any devs out there now just a little more interested?

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Free and Pro CrackBerry Wallpaper Changer Apps Updated: Improved connectivity, Send to Friend feature added (pro)

The folks at ShaoSoft have released an update to the uber popular Free CrackBerry Wallpaper Changer and paid Wallpaper Changer Pro w/ CrackBerry Wallpapers apps. 

Both versions now offer improved connectivity (if you installed previously and had any issues with the app connecting you should be good to go now) and the Pro version also adds the awesome new feature of Send Wallpaper to a Friend! 

Save 50% on Wallpaper Changer Pro until October 27th: Thanks to our CrackBerry App Awards Winners sale, there's never been a better time to buy Wallpaper Changer Pro! You can grab it right now for the low price of $1.74. 

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RIM and Adobe experts hosting 5 week series of webcasts dedicated to PlayBook development

* Click Here to Read the Full Press Release on the new BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK! *

Research In Motion is wasting no time in reaching out to developers when it comes to the BlackBerry PlayBook. As we've seen more recently in the past, Research In Motion will be hosting some upcoming webcasts all of which are dedicated to developing Adobe AIR application on the BlackBerry PlayBook. As the information tells us:

The first webcast of a five week series hosted by RIM and Adobe experts will start on November 4, 2010 and will provide developers the opportunity to learn more about creating Adobe AIR applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.  Developers interested in signing up for the webcast series can visit www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webcasts.

With the SDK being released, Research In Motion is not only targetting previous BlackBerry developers but rather, any developer out there that has worked with multiple platforms. Rather than being limited to just the BlackBerry JDE developers can now make use of Flash, HTML, C++ and of course Adobe AIR 2.5.
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Contest Winners - Boss by AhazDesigns, Halloween, and MegaHorn!

Here are the winners from last weeks 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 theme roundup for October 25th, 2010 - Enter to win a free copy of Elegance!

Contest: Win a free copy of Elegance by AJCDesigns!

We are back again with another new week and another Theme Roundup here at CrackBerry. Last week we stuck with all Halloween themes, so you would get a chance to see what was available for the holiday. This week we are back to our standard ways, showcasing some of the new themes available out there for your BlackBerry. Please note, quite a few of the themes I include in the categories are actually available for other devices as well. So if you see one you like in a category other than the one for your device, it's often worth clicking through to see if it's available for you as well. And as always, make sure you read through to the end for the contest. Have a great week everyone!

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BlackBerry PlayBook - A quick look at the simulator

BlackBerry PlayBook - A quick look at the simulator

We've been messing around with the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator since the download links went live. Curiosity got the best of us, probably like most of you all that downloaded it and ran it. A few things to note about the release though for those who may be thinking about installing it but, have yet to do so. It's pretty slim on information. Aside from getting a look at the media player, the keyboad and some of the general layout of the device, not much else is shown off with the simulator.

It's still cool to play with mind you but, overall nothing is really revealed within the simulator unless you were really looking to get your hands on those BlackBerry PlayBook wallpapers. No apps are preloaded, no web browser is installed. Quite simply put, it's just the basics. Maybe even less. All that said, we should point out that none among us are BlackBerry developers. We may be missing some stuff that only a developer may see and appreciate but either way it's still cool to finally see some movement here. Click on through after the break for some more screen shots of the UI.

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BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR and simulators now available for download

* Updated: See official Press Release below! *

Since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook many folks have been waiting to get a deeper look into what, exactly can be done with the device. App developers especially. Now, the BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR app creation has been released and alongside it are the downloads for the simulators (Windows and Mac versions) for both. Of course, Research In Motion have marked both as beta's so you'll have to keep that in mind when exploring. We'll hopefully see plenty of updates for it over time but, for now this is the start of something good. Now, be honest. How many of you all are gonna download the simulator just to see what's up?

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