Rogers Curve 8520 Dummy Phones Have Arrived - Launch Can't Be Far Off

No crazy news here, just some eye candy to tide us over. Our pal Treatz sent in these images of the Rogers Curve 8520 dummy phones. We get a great look at both the black and lavender 8520's, and more confirmation that the launch must be right around the corner. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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Hedone Designs Shows Us All That Simple Black and White Can Be Awesome
Black and white - two pretty plain colors right? Well Hedone Designs is out to change that with his new theme. Simple Black and White is a optional set of two themes which are elegantly designed to be simple yet stunning at the same time. 6 icons across the bottom main screen are indeed customizable to your needs, and Hedone has made a lot of customizations to the signal and battery meters as well. These themes really do look great on device, and pictures in this case really do not do theme any justice. Hedone has done up a video for us, so that you may get a better look at what exactly is going on in these themes so be sure to check it out. Simple Black and White are available as separate downloads for Bold, Tour and 8900 as well as 8300 and Storm devices for $3.99 until October 6th.

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Yahoo! Fantasy Football '09 A to Z

We're a few weeks into the football season, and many of you have Yahoo! fantasy teams to track. Why not get the most out of your BlackBerry and use the Y! Fantasy Football '09 app to keep your team going strong. Take a look at the video above for the scoop on the app, and for more information check out Y! Fantasy Football '09 in BlackBerry App World.

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Elecite Releases New Premium Theme Archaic

Elecite Releases New Premium Theme Archaic

Elecite has just released a new theme and this time around we get a look at some cool transitions built right in. You have four "pages" you can scroll through - an icon dock, calendar list, message list, and media page. Crisp icons and an awesome wallpaper set this theme off, so be sure to check it out. Currently available for BlackBerry 8350, 8500, 8900, 9000, 9500 and 9600 series devices and is priced as always at $6.99 and more screenshots are available here.

*As a CrackBerry bonus, Elecite has offered up 30% off for the first 100 people to purchase Archaic, just visit Elecite add theme to your cart and use the coupon code acb *

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Contest Winners: Worldmate Live, Premium Themes, Textender & More

 

A great variety of contests this week. We started out with some great premium themes, some free copies of Textender and threw in some cool accessories and even better Worldmate Live subscriptions. You can also grab the MacBerry Widgets theme for 25% off - head to bPlay.com and use the code cbwidgets25 at checkout. Tons of goodies to be won this time around, so check out the full winners list after the jump. We already got the fun started this week as well, so check out our contest from Cell Unlock for 100 free unlock codes.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.238 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520!

I sort of feel bad for any "uninitiated" BlackBerry users stumbling upon CrackBerry.com today for the first time... the homepage blogs are full of these scary looking white screen captures full of funny numbers that likely don't mean much. But to the hardcore CrackBerry users out there, it's a joyous sight to behold. Next in line up for some OS 5.0 love is the newly released BlackBerry Curve 8520 which also gets version 5.0.0.238 software. This is pretty huge news. So many OS updates with the same version number, even sharing the same Known Issues log... all great signs that an official OS 5.0 rollout will happen sooner than later, and will likely hit at once to all devices that are going to get the update. 

*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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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.238 for the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900!

Seriously Bold and Curve 8900 owners... you didn't think we'd leave you hanging too long did you? If you listened to CrackBerry Podcast 042 you'll know I've fallen in love with my BlackBerry Bold all over again so seeing version 5.0.0.238 firmware leak brings some serious joy to my CrackBerry heart. As with all of our leaky leaks - install with caution and be sure to jump into our Beta OS forums for findings and help.

*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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I really love the direction theme developers are heading these days, coming up with designs that are both useful and fun. It makes me wish RIM would take some time to develop some more lively themes to ship native on the BlackBerry OS. I'm sure the option of a fun "consumer" theme would go a long away with new first time BlackBerry owners.

I also love the direction theme developers are taking with their promotional videos! Check out the video above for the Hemisphere theme, from Jmal and AHaz Designs. Fun theme hey? You can jump over to the product page for all the nitty gritty details - this theme offers a lot. And, best part yet, it's on sale right now until October 4th for just $2.99 and is available for pretty much every device model. Check it out!

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Leaked: *Actual* OS 5.0.0.230 for BlackBerry Storm 9530!

Just over a week ago a hybrid version (homemade installer) of OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 surfaced. Due to the non-standard installation method we decided to leave it off the blogs and just leave it in the forums for the hardcore crackies to play with. Now that an actual version of OS 5.0.0.230 has leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 (standard installation method), it's good to go. There's lots to read about 5.0.0.230 for the 9530 in the forums, so follow the links below and get your OS on!

*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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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330!!

Wow. Now this is pretty huge. We've been wondering what the cut off was for OS 5.0... in other words, which existing BlackBerry Smartphone models would see the upgrade. First we had heard that devices with less than 128 megs of flash memory wouldn't get 5.0. Then we heard the real cut off was OS 4.6: Devices running 4.6 or higher would get 5.0, while those with less than 5.0 wouldn't get it. Whichever reason, it meant bad news for BlackBerry Curve 83xx series owners (exception - 8350i??). But look what leaked today - OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330. If you have one and want to be a risktaker, give it a go and let us know how it works! We're still not certain this will get rolled out officially by carriers, but at least it exists! 

*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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I recently got the chance to check out Tazzle IT, and I can simply say I'm in love. This great little device allows you to easily view, print and send files wirelessly to any PC without the need for cables or additonal accessories. The Tazzle IT can be carried around anywhere as it is smaller than most USB flash drives. You simply plug the device into a PC, fire up the application and you're off. You can view files on a PC that are stored on your device, print documents without having the files on a PC, and even transfer items from your device to a PC. This adds a ton of mobility to your BlackBerry device. You can store important documents, email attachements and more and have quick and easy access to them over multiple PCs. The documents will be safe and secure on your device, as nothing will be permanently saved on the PC. By far my favorite feature of the Tazzle IT is the ability to print directly from my device. Countless times I've had to move documents or files to a PC, and then open and print them. Now I can send the document to the printer with a few clicks and that's that. The Tazzle IT is available for $79.95 from TazzeIT.com and the setup is a breeze. If you are on the go or simply use multiple systems to get things done, the Tazzle IT may be just what you need.

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Mac User Love: Get the CrackBerry.com Widget!

Mac user? If so, we know you're tapping your feet waiting to for RIM to officially release Desktop Manager for Mac (which is supposedly going to happen on October 2nd, 2009). In the meantime, while we're waiting for some BlackBerry Mac love we thought we'd drop a little CrackBerry Mac love. 

Courtesy of CrackBerry reader Mathew Sechler, you can now download the free CrackBerry.com Widget for Mac! I know a lot you hardcore Mac users / CB readers simply keep CrackBerry.com open in a browser tab all day long (and you can still do that!) when you're at work or at home in the evening (and you're on the site from your BlackBerry when it between!), but the CrackBerry widget makes it easy for the rest of you to stay connected from your Dashboard. Within the widget, you can choose between the blogs, forums and store feeds so you'll always know what's new in the world of CrackBerry. You can grab it from the link below. Big thanks to Mathew for this. Enjoy it Mac users!!

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Shoot It! Offers Premium Post Card Messaging for BlackBerry Smartphones; We've Got Freebies!

Last week we told you about Hippopost for BlackBerry smartphones, which allows you to snap a photo on your BlackBerry and send it to a person as a real physical postcard for free (ad supported). Hippopost got an enthusiastic response from the community so I'm sure all of you will like this app too... As it turns out, another postcard app for BlackBerry launched earlier last week in App World, shoot it!

Whereas Hippopost is a free service, and in being free the postcards come with advertising front and back, shoot it! is a paid service. Postcard credits start at 99 cents for US addresses, $1.24 for other North American and UK addresses, and $1.49 for other Western European addresses with quantity discounts starting at just 10 postcards.The 4" by 6" real postcards are printed and mailed the next business day.

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AOL Radio Player Now Available For BlackBerry Bold

Add this to the list with Pandora, Slacker and all the other radio apps for BlackBerry. Now one of the most popular PC radio players, AOL Radio, is available right on your BlackBerry. AOL Radio has 30 genres with over 400 stations varying from jazz to classic rock to country. If you are looking to change up your radio app and try something new, then you may want to give this one a swing. The only drawback is that it looks to only be supported on the Bold for now. AOL Radio is available as a free download from BlackBerry App World.

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Click's Picks! Free BlackBerry Media Roundup

Click's Picks! Free BlackBerry Media Roundup

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and themes picks for the week past. Little late in getting this one up, so hopefull you won't mind. Also, I'm going to be starting up some new work soon, so won't have as much time to work on Click's Picks down the road. One way or another CrackBerry will make sure a weekly round up of the best free BB media out there happens, so don't worry, we'll keep your BlackBerry happy!

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Clarity Theme for the BlackBerry Storm

Over the weekend YourFriendWayne from WJD Designs released his latest theme for the BlackBerry Storm, Clarity. Clarity follows up on the success of CANDi and brings with it a clean design that adds sliding screen action to a fully customizable dock. Features include:

  • 5 Custom on Screen Docked Icons
  • 32 Custom on screen Sliding Icons
  • Slide Selector Tool Helps you Know what Screen your On
  • Today Feature Enabled
  • Quick Code to provide quicker Performance
  • Fully Custom Icon Set
  • Plays well with 151 Leak and Many Others
  • Plays well with 5.0 Leaks

I absolutely love how themes are beginning to make use of sliding screen action. It really brings that feeling of having a desktop space that's larger than the actual dimensions of the piece of glass. Clarity sells for $4.99. You can get more info, see more screen caps and pickup Clarity at the link below.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Sept. 2009

BlackBerry App Center - Where Is It Now?

BlackBerry App Center - Where Is It Now?

It really wasn't that long ago that RIM was hiding the BlackBerry App Center under a shroud of secrecy. Details were slim, facts were not clear and everyone was left wondering what exactly was going on. Well, the shroud of secrecy didn't last that long and RIM began explaining exactly what the application center was to be. We all know carriers love to push certain items to our devices, some are useful some are better off having never been pushed considering it's nothing more than carrier advertising. We all see it, until we hide the icons and forget about them till a later time.

BlackBerry application center was created to clean this up and give users the option of which "carrier related" items they wished to install on their devices as well serve as a repository for carrier approved applications. So..where is it? We have seen it on the Storm and more recently we know for a fact it is still being built into OS' considering all 5.0 leaks have it held in the install files.

It leaves the question will application center be used at some point in time further down the road more widely? A lot of developers ask questions about BlackBerry app world and why not all carriers are having it proloaded and RIM's response to that is that they are indeed working alongside carriers to make that happen, but all are not on board with the idea yet. But if application center was designed for this why does it remain unused? Do you want it or feel it's even needed? Sound off your thoughts in the comments.

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Law and Order for BlackBerry Law & Order for BlackBerry

Here's a Deal of the Day for all the Law & Order fans out there... this one isn't available for the Storm unfortunately, but until midnight CST tonight you can grab Law & Order: Celebrity Betrayal for $2.99 - that's 40% off it's regular $4.99 price tag. Here's the app description:

Become the newest member of the Law & Order team! Play through an original storyline, investigate the scenes, break leads and interact with cast members like Lieutenant Anita Van Buren and Executive ADA Jack McCoy, who will help with your investigation. Then, use the evidence collected during the trial and see what the verdict will be. Become immersed in both the crime-solving and trial experiences and feel as though you have taken part in a Law & Order episode!

Solve the murder of an international pop star! Play first as a detective and question witnesses, examine scenes and collect evidence. Once you've made an arrest, continue the game as an Assistant District Attorney and take your case to trial. Make objections and select evidence carefully to win the case. Features:

  • Interact with your favorite cast members from the real show.
  • Play through a variety of user interfaces: Collect and catalogue evidence, interrogate suspects, and prove your case in court.
  • Unlockable mini-games like Warrant Race, Coffee Run, Case Overload, and Takeout Dash add fun elements and replay value.
  • Multiple ending scenarios.
  • Play with or without tutorial.
  • Game automatically saves your progress so you can resume a case where you left off.

I haven't had a chance to play this one yet, but Concrete Software typically makes solid BlackBerry games. If you want to take advantage of the savings and give it a go, be sure to report back in the comments with your thoughts on it.

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Cellunlock 100 Free Unlock Codes!

Ahh, it's a lazy Sunday, no better time for another CrackBerry contest. The good folks from CellUnlock have been kind enough to hook up the CrackBerry nation with 100 free unlock codes for any North American carrier, no matter what device it is.

Gotta love that, unlock codes are something everyone can use especially if you are looking to switch carriers. We'll let this one run for the next week and close it on October 4th. Big thanks to Cellunlock for making this happen for us all. Just leave a comment for your chance to win! Multiple entries will be excluded so please, only enter once.

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