Smartphone March Madness Continues: Vote for the BlackBerry Tour to Take Down the Motorola Droid!
 


Which smart phone is better?survey software

* Update: It's looking like the Tour will be bowing out to the Droid on this one. At least it had a good run, knocking out the iPhone 3GS. So that's it for the BlackBerry Smartphones in this year's Smartphone March Madness. It'll be interesting to see who's in the running next year! *

After the BlackBerry Bold 9700 took an embarrassingly close loss to the Palm Pre Plus in the last round of Laptop's Smartphone March Madness, today it's the BlackBerry Tour going up against the Motorola Droid. The BlackBerry Tour already managed to knock out the Apple iPhone 3GS, which the bookies had favorited to make the finals, so the Tour has momentum going into this battle though it's trailing a little as I put this post live. BlackBerry lovers cast your vote for the Tour above and let's bring that Droid to the ground!

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CrackBerry Podcast 050: Our Longest and Best Show Yet?!!

At an hour and forty two minutes this has to be one of our longest CrackBerry Podcasts to date, but for Episode 050 we just couldn't hold back. Be sure to at least give the first five minutes a listen and we're sure you'll get hooked for the rest (you can always listen to some now and the rest later!). We cover a lot of good stuff in this episode, from the latest spree of OS updates and device-related leaks to our post-CTIA reflections and thoughts on where RIM's strategy lies in the months ahead. We also cover a ton of community emails.

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Official OS 5.0.0.586 For The BlackBerry Bold 9700 Released By COSMOTE

OS 5.0.0.586 has gone official for anyone who was hesitant to use a leaked OS release. Seems to be a fairly standard thing these days. Leak and then go official on some carrier. This time around COSMOTE was first out the gates with it. Best to read up in CrackBerry forums to see if any issues have been found within this release. Seems a lot of the officials being approved still have prominent bugs in them. Remeber to delete the vendor.xml file if COSMOTE is not your carrier folks.

Source: BBOS
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VQ Mileage Tracker

The good folks at Xpressions Inc. (makers of VQ Carfinder) are again showing some love to the CrackBerry Nation. You've all helped VQ mileage Tracker become one of the top 5 business apps in the CrackBerry App Store, and to show their appreciation, Xpressions Inc. is giving up 20 free licenses of their popular VQ Mileage Tracker. The app automatically tracks the distance you drive, date and time for your trip and the address to which you drove. A great app for keeping tracking of your business miles when on the road. VQ Mileage Tracker is on sale for $7.99 through April 30th. A free trial is available.

Contest: We have 20 free copies of VQ Mileage Tracker to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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White BlackBerry Bold 9700 Spotted On BlackBerry Website

Just in time for anyone who was doubting the existence of the white BlackBerry Bold 9700. Boy Genius Report did some digging around on international versions of BlackBerry.com, and found the freshly pressed white 9700 on the Thai website. Still no confirmation on when it'll appear in North American carriers stock, but this certainly leaves no doubt it'll be arriving at some point. I'd take Bold 9700 in white, although I'd have an invisbleSHIELD for it before it even arrived at my house.

Via: BGR

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.592 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520
In what seems to be an endless supply of leaks, OS 5.0.0.592 for the Curve 8520 has popped up this morning. BBLeaks again gave some love with another leaked build today, adding to the Bold 9000 and Curve 8900 leaks from yesterday. I'm starting to like these last two weeks with the insane amount of new OS' that have been coming up. Hit the link below to download. Note: The file is password protected - so use the password BBLEAKS.COM to get the goods.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. 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). *

Source: BBLeaks

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Super QWERTY From MMMOOO Updated To Version 1.3.0

Super QWERTY From MMMOOO Updated To Version 1.3.0

If you're a fan of Super QWERTY from MMMOOO you'll be happy to know it's recently been updated to version 1.3.0. The quick access key application has some new additions with this release. Most of important in my opinion, the addition of a backup/restore option for settings. Hopefully more developers will add this kind of stuff to their applications, it's always been a big pain readjusting apps after a fresh OS install. Other new features Include:

  • Addition of some popular apps as: iHeartRadio, Pandora, Salesforce.
  • Add Radio Toggle
  • Support power off
If you haven't tried out the Super QWERTY application, you can check out the free trial offered. If after the free trial, you can purchase super QWERTY for only $3.99.
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BlackBerry Services Arriving On KooDoo Mobile In Canada

Granted, KooDoo is just a branch off of its parent company TELUS but it does month to month services rather than requiring a contract. According to MobileSyrup and HoFo and well, the BlackBerry website that is already in place, it seems BlackBerry services will be arriving shortly for KooDoo customers.

While their commercials are insanely annoying, KooDoo offers up a "TAB" system which allows customers to build credit towards new devices and accessories. So while they may essentially be a prepaid service, the cost of devices can still be somewhat subsidized. A lot of talk has been going on about the future of KooDoo given that their parent company is running CDMA as well as HSPA. With respect to that, an 8530 launch makes sense but so does say, a BlackBerry Pearl 9100 when it sees release.

Source: MobileSyrup
Via: HoFo

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Its NOT April Fools Sale - SmrtGuard Pro Unlimited Edition Lifetime License Today Only

If you've been thinking about picking up SmrtGuard, or you are a current customer, you can pick up an unlimited license today only. To celebrate (or not) April Fools Day, you can pickup SmrtGuard Pro Unlimited Edition for $99.99. This is a one-time fee for today only, and you'll never have to pay again. The offer includes lifetime upgrades and includes all of the features of SmrtGuard including remote wipe, backup, device tracking, location and more. Hit the link below for more information.

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Tumblr For BlackBerry Updated To Version 1.0.1

Tumblr For BlackBerry Updated To Version 1.0.1

Interesting, not sure how I missed this one but I'm sure I'm not the only one. Seems shortly after the intial release Tumblr rolled out an updated version of their mobile blogging application for BlackBerry. After collecting some feedback, they implemented the following changes:

New:

  • Post menu looks cooler
  • Added a post menu item for quicker posting

Fixed:

  • Fixed login problems reported by some users
  • Network options menu item fixed
  • Fixed an issue where media couldn’t be posted from the SD Card

Now, considering I missed this. My suggestion for the next release would clearly be to enable a method of checking for updates upon start up of the application. Makes sense to me, how about you guys?

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.592 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.592 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. 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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RIM Announces 4th Quarter Earnings; Conference Call Takeaways: "Roadmap Will Blow You Away" and Concierge App Mentioned

RIM announced their Year-End and Fourth Quarter results today, which you can read on the press release below the break. All in all it was a solid year for RIM when you look at the year over year growth in sales and subscribers, but the stock got beat up a bit in after hours trading as investors expectations were even higher. The two surprises here were the product mix being sold (higher % of lower end devices sold than expected) and that the carriers used this quarter to blow out more of their inventory from their channels.

On the investors conference call, RIM remained very optimistic about where they're at and where they're going. International markets are showing great growth and subscriber numbers in North America, where the competition is heating up, are still solid. Obviously RIM can't talk about unannounced or unreleased products, but on more than one occassion RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie told the analysts on the other end of the line that they'll just have to sit tight to see what's coming and that he was happy with the outlook. Balsillie did mention that WES is coming up at the end of April and there will be quite of bit a news surrounding all parts of the BlackBerry experience (so hopefully we'll see device announcements, software announcements, enterprise announcements, etc.). At one point Balsillie said "if you saw the roadmap you'd be blown away" which leads me to hope we'll be seeing a lot of cool stuff from RIM before this new fiscal year is through.

On a funny note, at one point during the call when talking about some of the recent announcements at Mobile World Congress, Balsillie mentioned the the word "concierge app" along with items that had been announced/released. A little blunder perhaps, as of course we have not seen the personal concierge app get released yet or even acknowledge it as an app that will get released. We have seen screen captures of it pop up however though in RIM developer presenations (with some mistaking it as OS 6.0). But let's hope this means we will in fact see the concierge app get released by RIM. It looks pretty cool! Read on for the release.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.592 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.592 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. 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 Accessory Roundup - Hard Protection Special; Chance to Win an OtterBox for your BlackBerry!

This Week's BlackBerry Accessory Feature: OtterBox Cases


OtterBox 9700 Commuter Case
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How many times have you dropped your current BlackBerry Smartphone?online surveys

One afternoon last week in Las Vegas while Dieter and I were walking outside in front of the convention center leaving CTIA, a guy walking beside whipped his iPhone out of his pocket to answer a call but he somehow lost his grip and the iPhone literally went flying through the air before it smashing into the concrete. It happened quick and was painful to watch and both Dieter and I were sure that would now be an iPhone with a broken screen. But as the guy picked it up, I saw he had an OtterBox case on it. He dusted the phone off, all was good, and he kept going on his way as if nothing had happened. In this situation, I guarantee that would not have been the case had that iPhone not been wrapped in a hard case.

Even the best of us are bound to drop our BlackBerrys from time to time. It happens. The outcome of the situation depends on a lot of factors but one thing is certain - having some form of hard protection around your device will help it walk way from more abuse unscathed. I'm a big fan of OtterBox, so keep reading for your chance to win a one for your BlackBerry!

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Has Anyone Seen This BlackBerry Icon Or Screen Before?

Has Anyone Seen This BlackBerry Icon Or Screen Before?

I'm not exactly sure what that icon in the picture is or what screen it took me to is. What I mean by that is of course, aside from the obvious. Clearly it's some sort of application updater which alerts you of out of date applications and advises you to upgrade. But, I've never seen it before and well, it had no reason to show up when it did. So, I figured I would ask you all as well.

The shots were taken from a fresh installation of the leaked OS 5.0.0.586 for the 9700. And despite the newest BlackBerry App World already being installed, it popped up and advised it needed to be downloaded in order to work. Has anyone else come across this "Application Updater" icon or screen? Let us know in the comments if you have or what you think it is exactly.

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Kim Kardashian Proves That BlackBerry + Bikini = Hot!!!

It's been a while since we've done any Celebrity BlackBerry Sighting posts here on the CrackBerry blogs -- I think we just forgot about it somehow -- but these pictures of Kim Kardashian and her BlackBerry taken last week in Miami reminded us we'd better get on it! Yowza!!

Kim Kardashian has been a longtime BlackBerry user. Last time we posted on her she was sporting a Curve 83xx but by the looks of it has now made the jump up to the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Good choice Kim - shoot me an email if you need any tips on what apps to install or accessories to pick up. Three more photos after the jump. Try not to get any drool on your keyboard. :-)

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Review: Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones

[This review comes from our forum moderators chrisy520 and JeffH]

Garmin is a well-known name in the mobile and handheld GPS market. Garmin Mobile is one of the original GPS apps providing voice turn-by-turn directions for BlackBerry users. While there are numerous options for on-device GPS naviagtion, Garmin is one of the biggest names in the game. 

We reviewed Garmin Mobile version 5.4.5 using Verizon Tours running OS 4.7.1.61. Although Garmin's website states the only Verizon BlackBerry supported is the Storm, Garmin Mobile works on our Verizon Tours and presumably will work on any Verizon BlackBerry with autonomous GPS. Garmin has a free 7-day trial, so you can evaluate it for yourself.

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How Do You Use Your BlackBerry Series: Alert Settings and Notifications for Your Main Profile

<a href="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2986322/" mce_href="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2986322/">How do you mainly use alerts/notifications on your BlackBerry?</a><span style="font-size:9px;"><a href="http://www.polldaddy.com" mce_href="http://www.polldaddy.com">survey software</a></span>

Last week we checked out how everyone uses the Messages app, and it the results were pretty even. For the most part, it seems like the majority (6,196) use the Messages app for all emails and SMS, while others (5,328) use separate folders. The rest of the bunch (3,342) has a mix of both the Messages app and separate folders.

This week we move on to another burning question - how do you use alerts and notifications on your device? When I first started with BlackBerry, I had alerts setup for anything and everything. Now I've moved into only a select few alerts for important things like SMS, BBM and phone calls. I actually don't even use the LED for emails at this point since I check my device so often. I know that Bla1ze doesn't even use audible alerts on his device. So our question is this - how do you use alert settings and notifications? We've tried to include the best options in our poll (some specific answers may be missing) so choose what is closest to what you do. There are sooooo many options for profiles (bedside mode, in/out of holser etc) - but most people have one main setup they use daily. So pick the answer that best fits your main use - don't take into account times when you are in meetings etc. and change your device to vibrate/silent. Drop a comment and let us know your exact setup and why it works for you.  

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