Moby Dick as told by a BlackBerry Torch user

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In the past RIM has never really cranked out "consumer" commercials for their devices. iPhone and Android really had them beat in that department. With the release of the BlackBerry Torch on AT&T we've seen some great spots that really show off the device as well as the operating system. The latest commercial creatively tells the story of Moby Dick while showing off some of what BlackBerry 6 can do on the Torch. All in all a pretty cool ad.

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.212 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330

Leaked: OS 6.0.0.212 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330

And now that device has gone official, there is already a leaked OS waiting for everyone. As advertised in the press release, the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9330) is BlackBerry 6 capable but, it's up to Verizon to certify the release for their network. This time though, we already have BlackBerry 6 available for those who are actually going to be picking up the device. For those keeping track, that's two devices out there that have BlackBerry 6 available to them. The two being, the BlackBerry Torch and now the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. Still no 9700 or 9650 leak, yet.

*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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Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion launch the all new BlackBerry Curve 3G
 

We've known this was coming for a while now and today is the day. Verizon and Research In Motion have just announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 3G for the Verizon network. The brand new BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in business sales channels beginning Sept. 16. After that, it will be available for purchase online and in stores in the coming weeks. The device will sell for $29.99 with a new two year agreement after rebates, plus data plan. You can hit the jump for the full press release. Also, as noted in the press release the BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon will come in Charcoal and Fuschia red color variations and is most certainly BlackBerry 6 capable. Be sure to check out full review of the GSM version  available here.

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Contest Winners - WordBldr, Stealth 2.0 and AddOnis & WiFi Hero!

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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Red & White BlackBerry Torch 9800's coming to AT&T

Red & White BlackBerry Torch 9800's coming to AT&T

Looks like Kevin's dream of having a White BlackBerry Torch 9800 just got one step closer. It really hasn't been in doubt that red and white would both be arriving, since the parts for them have been up on 3rd part retailer sites for a while now. But, more a question of when, exactly they would arrive. Engadget sources claim "mid to late November" for the release and to go with the red and white will also be an olive color. Sounds good, put me down for one sexy red one please. Anyone else? Oh ya, if that Samsung Galaxy Tab is something you're interested in as well, you can check out the full coverage over at Androidcentral for details on that.

Source: Engadget

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MeterBerry for BlackBerry

MeterBerry has long been one of the best apps for checking out all the stats on your device. Over it's lifespan it has undergone quite a few upgrades and the latest brings some cool features as well as suppoft for the Torch/OS 6. New features include color-coded, customizable banner indicator for battery, temperature, and free application memory. MeterBerry is truly an all-in-one for all there is to know about what is ticking on your BlackBerry.

Contest: To celebrate the launch of version 2.5 we have 100 copies of MeterBerry to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PDT. 

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Leaked OS: 6.0.0.225 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Leaked OS: 6.0.0.225 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Torch users get another leak today. Courtesy of forums member orleff we have OS 6.0.0.225 for the Torch 9800. Hopefully some good improvements come with it, so if you do install be sure to drop a comment with your findings. The download is a bit slow but we'll try to get some mirrors up soon. Be sure to use caution when installing a leaked os. Hit the forums for more discussion.

*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).  *

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BerryBuzz updated to version 3.1.11 with new features

BerryBuzz (one of my all-time must have favorite BlackBerry apps) has just been updated to version 3.1.11. The new version includes updates for some popular apps as well as improved support for the Torch/OS 6. BerryBuzz now supports Google Voice, AP Mobile, Nimbuzz, the latest SocialScope, Trillian, Pingchat, Kik Messenger, Blaq, Pocket Informant, myKite and OS 6 social feeds. There is also a new search filter in the BerryBuzz interface to make finding apps a bit easier as well. BerryBuzz is a Crack Team favorite and definitely worth checking out. It sells for $5.95 in the CrackBerry App Store and a free trial is available. The upgrade to version 3.1.11 is free for all current BerryBuzz users.

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Jawbone Battery Meter for BlackBerry now available

Jawbone Battery Meter for BlackBerry now available

*Update: Sadly looks like this may only be for the Jawbone ICON but hopefully will be out for other models somewhere down the road *

Jawbone headsets are one of the best selling for BlackBerry and for good reason. They are stylish and well built and offer simple features that any BlackBerry user needs. One of the big drawbacks for a long time however was the lack of a battery meter. There was really no way to know when you're device needed a charge, so you pretty much had to wing it when you felt it was dying. Well now you can rest easy with the new Jawbone Battery Meter app for BlackBerry. The small app installs on your device and gives you the battery status of your Jawbone headset via a notification icon. A very cool utility that should be a welcome addition to any Jawbone user. The app is totally free, but you'll have to sign up for MyTalk at Jawbone to get your hands on it. Thanks Julian!

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It looks like some "business professionals" are using the Curve 85xx series as seen here in the latest GEICO commercial. It turns out the GEICO Gecko is a BlackBerry user and is sporting a black Curve 8530 or 8520. The commercial is poking fun as it jokes about where the gecko actually carrys his device. Maybe he needs a better case from ShopCrackBerry :-)

Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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BoxTone Logo 

The folks over at BoxTone are having a webinar this week to discuss how they are leveraging the new features in the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and OS6 with the BoxTone Enterprise solution.

If you work with BlackBerry's in the enterprise space BoxTone is a must look at product. They really burst onto the scene and became a BES household name back in the Day Light Savings Time (DST) change. The provided a free product to help push down updates to handhelds to accommodate for the new DST.

This is one of those products that you need to look at AND they are giving away free stuff!

09.15.2010 : WEBINAR : Making BlackBerry 6 and BoxTone Central to Your Mobility Strategy, September 15, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Seeing increased demand to deploy the BlackBerry Torch 9800 featuring the new BlackBerry 6 OS? Boasting a richer browser experience, new touch screen capabilities and that legendary BlackBerry keyboard, the Torch is consumer friendly AND enterprise ready. But are you ready to rapidly deploy, manage and support these new devices at the lowest cost and effort? Then register now for this live 60-minute interactive Webinar on all that this great new smartphone has to offer when supported by best-practices, proactive mobile management.

Topics covered will include: 

  • how to make BlackBerry 6 the foundation for enterprise mobility
  • best-practices for management and deployment of BlackBerry 6 and all other smartphones
  • how to simplify migration and support via User Self-Service
  • tactics for policies and support of corporate-owned versus employee-owned smartphones.

All attendees who remain until the end of the Webinar will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Crackberry.

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PrimeTime2Go is available on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 from AT&T

PrimeTime2Go from QuickPlay Media has long been a favorite app on mine on my BlackBerry. I was happy to see that it is available for download for all AT&T BlackBerry Torch users. I have previously reviewed it with a Bold 9000, Curve 8900, and on the T-Mobile Bold 9700. The service on the Torch in general is just as I have experienced it on previous devices, so check out those reviews for more detail. For those who haven't heard of PrimeTime2Go, let me give you a quick synopsis of what it is.

PrimeTime2Go provides you with a mobile TV viewing experience. The service is only available on certain BlackBerry smartphones with Wi-Fi, and it costs $9.99 per month. If you are out of the house and on the road frequently, I have found this to be a great way to stay on top of your favorite TV shows

If you have a new AT&T BlackBerry Torch and are looking for a new entertainment app, I suggest you go to the media folder on your Torch and click on the PrimeTime2Go icon and start the download. Happy channel surfing!

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 Sept 2010

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OK, before you read any further, watch the video above. I'm typically not one to jump on using a theme that makes my BlackBerry look like a different smartphone altogether (even though the OS-clone themes tend to be some of our most popular theme sellers), but the WJD Designs promo video is so good I think may just have to rock the new XDroid theme this weekend on my 9700. Here's the overview of the theme from the developer:

Welcome to XDroid, not your average Android based theme. This theme is inspired by Motorola's Android device named "Droid X"... This was made to reflect everything from the icons to your unread messages to the function of the on screen widgets. Using the power of SVG code we provided a way to show the calendar and messages widget with a tap of the screen and still let the user hide it with one simple touch allowing them to see their wallpapers. Along with the widgets are the custom user defined Icon spaces with the text under them to give that Android feel. We also have the Droid X style bottom launch dock which allows the user get to the dial pad / contacts / and app screen with a quick tap.  

XDroid is currently available for the BlackBerry Storms, Bold 9700, 9650, 9000, Tour 9630 and Pearl 3G (os 5.0 required). I'm sure the minute Theme Builder 6 is available it'll be available for the Torch as well. Click on over to the XDroid product page below for full details and to buy. The price on this one is $3.99.

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IM+ Pro updated to support BlackBerry Torch 9800

IM+ Pro updated to support BlackBerry Torch 9800

A few days ago the folks from SHAPE Services let us know that they completed their most recent build of IM+ Pro for BlackBerry. This latest release adds in support for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 as well adds support for upcoming BlackBerry 6 devices and those capable of upgrading. Aside from the newly supported device, SHAPE services also added one new feature to the application. That feature, is the ability to integrate your chat history with IM+ for Web. Now, you can go back and review your chats that took place on your BlackBerry any time you do so wish.

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Congrats Dave!!! Welcome to the Team! Let's kick things off with a look back at your CrackBerry Idol Audition Video!

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After three months of CrackBerry Idol craziness here on the blogs, the competition is now officially over. The winner of the final community vote is none other than the CrackBerry-addicted Dave Peckens. The voting was close, but in the end Dave emerged the winner capturing 29.8% of the popular vote, in front of Kerri (23.18%), Brittany (22.95%), Joseph (12.79%) and Aloha Joe (11.29%). As winner of CrackBerry Idol 2010, Dave will be accompanying Adam, Bla1ze, Isaac and myself to the BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco at the end of the month and you'll start seeing some posts from him here on the CrackBerry blogs in the near future. In his CrackBerry Q & A, Dave said if he won CrackBerry Idol he'd help us update and get our BlackBerry 101 section in tip top shape, which I'm definitely looking forward to (and going to hold him to that!).

Also, keep in mind that while Dave was voted CrackBerry Idol by the community, I've been watching all of the contestants throughout the competition and taking notes as to who else I'd like to start see contributing here on CrackBerry. We have some gaps to fill and things I'd like to see us do better. In the next few days I'll be reaching out to these contestants and I'm hoping they'll be interested in posting on CrackBerry too. We'll officially welcome them to the blogs when they make their first posts as CrackBerry writers. Exciting Stuff!

I hope everyone enjoyed CrackBerry Idol 2010. Yep, it was a long event, but over a quiet summer of BlackBerry news it gave us a lot of great content and introduced us to a lot of amazing people. I want to personally thank everybody who entered the competition -- I know how much time and effort goes into writing and doing video for these kinds of posts -- so really do appreciate it. That's it for CrackBerry Idol 2010! 

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 10th, 2010! Win 1 of 10 copies of Fixmo Tools

Howdy and welcome to another app roundup. Hol-eee Toledo! CrackBerry Idol winds up today! It’s been a crazy summer as everyone was waiting to see who will be the latest member of the rootin’, tootin’ CrackBerry team! I reckon they’ve been nervous as heck throughout the entire contest. Just a shakin’ in their boots! We also have a whole herd of contests to enter in this week. Speaking of contests, we’ve also got 10 copies of Fixmo Tools to give away this week as well. Leave a comment and you are as good as entered. PLUS the winners of 10 one year subscriptions to Nobex Radio Companion are announced! Have a terrific weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: TextWarrior, Visa Insider

In Case You Missed It: Feeds, Nimbuzz, ProOnGo Expense

New This Week: PC-Keypad, ThinkOfMe, Cycle Maps

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Truck Stop Coupons

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of Fixmo Tools!

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Dropbox for BlackBerry updated to v1.0.30

Dropbox for BlackBerry updated to v1.0.30

For those of you all who happened to get in on the Dropbox for BlackBerry beta, you can now log in and download the latest release available which, should be showing as v1.0.30. At this time, I couldn't find any change log to report about what exactly has been updated but, I can say just from using it that it does appear to work better on the BlackBerry Torch now. If you still haven't gotten into the beta release, then you may want to keep your eye on Dropbox site as they often make unannounced slots available.

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Mastercard releases MoneySend application for BlackBerry
 

Mastercard has finally released a version of their MoneySend application for BlackBerry devices. The application, is designed to make sending and receiving money from debit, credit, and prepaid Mastercard cards easier. It's not without it's minor flaws though. First, the application only works for the US. Secondly, your bank has to be on board for it to be supported. However, those issues aside it does offer some great features which could make it quite useful to some folks out there.

Features include:

  • Accept credit or debit card payments from anyone for free.
  • Send money to family members Sending fees apply.
  • Pay for informal goods and services.
  • Request money from people who owe you money.
  • Simplify your business or non-profit collection effort using Request Funds feature
  • View your MoneySend transaction history from your mobile phone

All in all, useful to some but for others maybe not so much. You can grab the application from BlackBerry App World. If you're looking to learn more you can hit the link below and head on over to the MoneySend website. It has plenty of details on support and how to get your services all set up.

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