BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Now Available from Telus

Our CrackBerry Tip box was flooded this morning by happy canuks letting us know that the Telus BlackBerry Storm2 9550 is available on Telus' website. It's kind of interesting to see a carrier offering both GSM and CDMA-based smartphones... Storm2, Tour 9630... Bold 9700?? Tough Decision! 

The Telus BlackBerry Storm2 9550 sells for $199.99 on a three-year contract, $499.99 on a two-year contract, $549.99 on a one-year contract or you can pick it up for $599.99 off contract. If you're not yet familiar with the BlackBerry Storm2, you'll want to check out our BlackBerry Storm2 Review and BlackBerry Storm2 Features and Specifications page. 

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Berry Wars, Revamped And Renamed As Druglord Wars And Now On Sale For Only $3.99

Awesome news comes to us from Epic applications today. Druglord Wars (formerly Berry Wars), which was previously a number one top selling game in the CrackBerry store has gotten a new name and a new UI to go with it. For those of you all unfamiliar with Berry Wars it is an is an adventure game pitting you against the world of street dealers, crooked cops, and drug cartels in a battle for money and drugs. Starting off in debt, you will build your drug empire by visiting over 10 beautifully rendered cities, and fight attackers out to get you. New updates to the game include:

  • Global online leaderboard to compare your skills to the world
  • 17 drugs to buy and sell in 11 beautifully rendered cities
  • 18 weapons and storage containers to take down enemies and hold more drugs
  • Over 125 custom designed images just for BlackBerry
  • Save games and preview progress before resuming
  • Unlimited gameplay mode to see how far you can take your drug empire

This new version was beta tested right here in the CrackBerry forums with many users loving the new improvements to the game and UI. Currently device support is for OS 4.6 and up with 480x320 or 480x360 screens, but are planning to support 4.5+ with 320x240 soon. Right now you can grab the all new Druglord Wars for only $3.99, which would normally be $4.99 and check it out.

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RIM Security Chief Speaks About Smartphone Attacks

RIM Security Chief Speaks About Smartphone Attacks

In an article posted by Reuters, Scott Totzke, RIM's vice-president of BlackBerry security speaks about the security of smartphones these days making some bold, but reasonable statements about where we could end up if we are not careful.

Totzke, along with Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer at Flexilis shared issues and concerns for the smartphone market both agreeing that users need to be more aware of what, exactly they are installing on their devices. Essentially, if warnings are not heeded in these areas your smartphones could be used in DDOS attacks. Totzke was quoted as stating "I think that's an area of concern," while Mahaffey stated "These are not telephones anymore. These are computers. So people are going to have all the problems on their phones that they have on their computers."

The smartphone market is growing massive and it has reached a point where security concerns are now going to be a huge factor with the amount of information and data users store on their devices. We have seen some "proof of concepts" lately wherein security has been breached on a multitude of devices and one can only hope that manufacturers are working hard to help keep their users safe and that users will utilize all offerings such as updates and patches.

So what's your take on it? As a smartphone owner, do you give any thought to security? Or do you just assume it's all good and keep installing apps like crazy?!

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Recently DreamTheme launched 20 new personalization products across 3 new app categories. This week they have just released a new ringtone bundle called Dancify. The Dancify DreamTones app is a small app you install that gives you access to over 20 professionally recorded vibes you can then save as a ringtone. The DreamTones packs actually are composed of 7 or 8 tracks, with segments of different lengths to allow a bit more control over the nature of the ringtone you are interested in for assignment to different events on your BlackBerry. You can check out Dancify and DreamTheme's other DreamTones packs by listening to them at www.dreamtheme.com.

For those of you that have already bought the 'Unlimited Dreaming' package from DreamTheme, the Dancify DreamTones are now available to you at no charge. You can buy Dancify DreamTones, Unlimited Dreaming, or anything else from DreamTheme's catalogue here at the CrackBerry App Store. Use the code "Crack" to get an additional 15% off when purchasing through the CrackBerry App Store Client or Mobile App Store site!

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.348 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520!

We saw OS 5.0.0.348 leak last week for the Bold 9000 and Curve 8900. This time it's the BlackBerry Curve 8520 that's getting some love. I can't wait for 5.0 to roll out officially for more devices.... it'll be happy times for many a BlackBerry user out there.

*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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Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Release Date Approaching!

We've seen that Verizon is planning on pushing the BlackBerry Curve 8530 out the door on November 20th according to the press release they put out a little while back now. The pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be set at $99 after the $100 MIR and the above picture highlights some of the devices best features.

We've had the chance to go hands on with the BlackBerry Curve 8530 already in our review so be sure to give that a look before you decide on picking up the second BlackBerry device on Verizon to have WiFi. As an entry level device the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a great introduction to the BlackBerry world and with Verizon offering it with 3G speeds it's even more solid then that of it's GSM version brother, the BlackBerry Curve 8520.

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Contest Winner: Unlock T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 from BlackBerry Emporium

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is finally available from T-Mobile, and as promised we teamed up with BlackBerry Emporium to give one lucky member an unlocked T-Mobile device. We had tons of entries in this one, and the member walking away with a new device is kronosx1. Huge thanks to BlackBerry Emporium for providing the device for this contest. If you didn't win, keep it locked here as always since more contests are on the way and you could be the next lucky winner!

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.296 Available For Download

With the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on AT&T for business customers RIM has finally posted the OS download for the device. AT&T is lagging behind in OS versions at this point, considering Rogers launched with OS 5.0.0.321 and T-Mobile launched with OS 5.0.0.344 and we already know RIM is well ahead of that as well with current OS sitting at 5.0.0.351 or higher. In any event, if you for some reason feel the need to reload your OS on your brand new AT&T 9700 the files are there for you to do so.

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Rove Mobile Admin Basics Contest Winners

We try our best to throw the Enterprise users some love when we can, and with our Rove Mobile contest we had 5 free Mobile Admin Basics licenses to give away. The winners were posted in the comments on the original post, but in case you missed it, here is a recap of the 5 winners. If you were one of the lucky ones and haven't received and email from Rove, contact roveit(at)crackberry.com to claim your license. Check out the winning entries after the jump.

Winnerskevandju, zaxxon, gm85, lund, jlsparks

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FileScout for BlackBerry Version 1.5.0.0 Released!

FileScout for BlackBerry Version 1.5.0.0 Released!

Fresh from being a finalist in the BlackBerry Developers Challenge, FileScout for BlackBerry has just been realeased and is now available for all to download. Matthias, the developer behind FileScout is always looking for ways to improve FileScout for the end user and is always open to suggestions for for making it better. This time around some nice changes have been implemented so be sure to have a look at the list:

What's new?

  • Display of thumbnails in search result (if thumbnail display is enabled and images are in the 'FileScout Image Cache')
  • Thumbnail- Options: New Button to generate all all thumbnails for all images on your device (incl. the SDCard) - this operation can take a while till it's completed - please be patient!
  • When resizing images to device resolution size you can now select to keep the aspect ratio of the original image. If this option is selected, then FileScout will cut (left & right or top & bottom) of the image so that it will fit to your device screen resolution.
  • User Defined resolution (image resizing) can be now be max 9999 pixel [but it's recommended not use more then 1200px]
  • Support for DesktopManager Backup & Restore (FileScout settings)
  • A '[W]' in the Screen Title indicating that the background threads (required for Search and other extended features) are still running (after FileScout is started) - once the threads are completed the '[W]'will disappear.
  • Integration in the RIMs FileExplorer Application: a 'Explore with FileScout' MenuItem is added
What's Fixed?
  • Search files in the current Directory only function fixed to be usable multiple times
  • Potential OutOfMemeory Error during start of FileScout (when the thumbnail store is getting too large)
  • Accessing OS5 System Folder for Bold, Bold2, Storm and Storm2, RIM confirmed that they made the System folder in OS5.x read only so files can only be viewed, not modefied.

As always, FileScout remains a donationware application so if you use it, enjoy it, please be sure to offer up a donation to Matthias for his hard work and efforts.

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Free National Football Post Application Now Available For BlackBerry Smartphones!

Any football fans out there? Of course there is. Need an application to help keep you keep up to date with all the football news? Of course you do. Handmark has teamed up with the National Football Post to bring you all the pro football news you can handle right on your BlackBerry Smartphone. The list of features is a must have for football fans:

  • NFL Hot News and Rumors
  • Columns from Michael Lombardi,Matt Bowen, Joe Fortenbaugh, Wes Bunting.
  • Fantasy Football
  • Scouting Report
  • News from your favorite NFL Team 

The free application is highly customizable so that you can adjust it to get only the news you want and filter out the rest. If you are a football fan it's a must have to keep up to date on the NFL happenings.

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Contest Winners: Unlock Codes, Themes, BlackBook, mblVault, ShakeItUp, ShortcutMe and More

Contests! I don't know what else to say this week. We tried to sneak in as many as we could while we ran around the Developers Conference last week. We had some great themes and apps as well as some unlock codes to spread around. Overall a good variety this week, and as always if you didn't win this time, don't give up hope as more contests are on the way. Congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Arriving in AT&T Stores

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Arriving in AT&T Stores

It looks like some AT&T stores have already started receiving Bold 9700 units. The device is already available for business customers, and should be widely available on November 22nd. The Bold 9700 is one of the most anticipated devices to date, and in the words of Ferris Bueller "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up". If you haven't already grabbed one up from T-Mobile, then you only have another week or so to wait so hang in there.

If you're looking to get ahead of the game, it appears as if AT&T has made the 9700 OS available for download as well. We saw a similar situation when the Rogers OS popped up in the forums before the device had launched, but this time the OS is officially available from a carrier site. The OS is 5.0.0.296 which is and older version than both the Rogers and T-Mobile devices.

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Colorbeat Game for BlackBerry Smartphones

I came across this game this morning, and after playing for way too long I have to say it is overly addicting. Colorbeat is a crazy Brickbreaker/Bejweled/Snood mix where you try to elimate the line of balls on the top of the screen. The catch is that the "bouncing" ball swaps colors with a ball it comes in contact with, making it harder to know what will happen. The balls build up and move down the screen, and if you don't knock them off quick enough, the game ends when they hit the bottom. Overall Colorbeat is a very cool Brickbreaker alternative. It is available for all devices running OS 4.5 or higher. Colorbeat is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store through November 30th for $1.99.

More information and download of Colorbeat

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Review: Urbanspoon for BlackBerry Smartphones

Review: Urbanspoon for BlackBerry Smartphones

Where I used to live, the choices for dining were slim. It’s not always a bad thing; every Monday night was wing night at our favourite hang out. Since I moved to the West Coast, there’s almost too many to choose from!  Part of me wants to stick to familiar places, another part says to venture out and see what else is out there, still another part says to stop going out so much and save the money for a new BlackBerry. After trying to figure out what everyone feels like having to eat, there’s still the decision between the usual place or a new one. At this point, someone may get fed up and decide to order a pizza. Before you surrender to the salivating scent of pepperoni and cheese, grab a spoon…Urbanspoon that is.

At the BlackBerry Developer Conference 2009, Kevin gave us the heads up on Urbanspoon. The application helps you decide where to dine, based on the neighbourhood, cuisine and your budget. We’ve seen it in commercials featuring the ” SighPhone”, but now we users and abusers have the opportunity to search for places to stuff our faces. Grab a napkin and read on!

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BlackBerry Alert: BlackBerry Internet Service Down!

BlackBerry Alert: BlackBerry Internet Service Down!

Reports are flowing in, users are frantic. Yes, BlackBerry Internet Service is unexpectedly down across the board. What was initially thought as just as a North American outage has proven to be more widespread. Hang tight folks, we'll let ya know more when we know more. Until then, check out the CrackBerry forums and seek counsel from your peers if this is your first BIS outage. ;)

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Today Only: 50% Off All Toysoft BlackBerry Apps

Today Only: 50% Off All Toysoft BlackBerry Apps

Danny let me know that he is running a one day sale on all his applications and games. The sale runs through Midnight tonight and is for all of the great Toysoft apps. You can choose from games like SeaBattle, GoFish and Ballz or apps like Location Profiler, PictureDial or NotNow. All of the apps are 50% all day. You will have to purchase them from the CrackBerry App Store and use the coupon code 50toys (enter the code an click update and your cart should show the discount). For the full list of apps, check out Toysoft in the CrackBerry App Store.

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Going through the leftover footage we grabbed during the BlackBerry Developer Conference last week in San Francisco, I stumbled upon the above clip I recorded in the hallways of the conference area. It's pretty geeky cool - RIM had a flat screen set up with what I dubbed the "BlackBerry Matrix." 

The monitor showed the logos for apps being downloaded from BlackBerry App World in real time (though it may have been more like real time plus a one minute delay). It was mesmerizing. What you don't see in the video above is that if I just would have turned around for a second, the camera would have caught about 20 people huddled around the monitor just staring at the screen for minutes on end. The BlackBerry Matrix had us. 

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AT&T Announces The BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone

AT&T Announces The BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone

While all of the hype has been on the Bold 9700, we seemed to forget that the Curve 85xx series was heading to carriers as well. Both Verizon and Sprint will be getting the Curve 8530, and today AT&T announced the 8520 will be available "in the coming weeks". The latest device to the AT&T lineup holds the same specs as its siblings and will carry a $99.99 pricetag (after mail-in rebate). A 2-year agreement and monthly data plan will be required.

Press Release

New BlackBerry Curve 8520 Joins AT&T Smartphone Lineup

AT&T's Great-Value Smartphone Features Global Access, Slick Design, Robust Capability, Trackpad, Media Keys for easy access to Music and Entertainment, Preloaded Facebook and MySpace

DALLAS, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T*, the choice for twice as many smartphone customers than any other carrier and the first U.S. carrier to offer BlackBerry® service, announced today it will introduce the best value in its BlackBerry smartphone portfolio with the addition of the BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 8520 from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM).

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a stylish, easy-to-use, compact smartphone offering the best value for consumer and business customers looking for BlackBerry service. The smartphone features a full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad for easy typing and navigation, built-in Wi-Fi® and an advanced media player, plus dedicated media keys, smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, for a convenient way to control music and videos. The handset also provides global connectivity via phone, email, text, IM, picture messaging and social networking, with Facebook® and My Space applications preloaded.

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Available To Business Customers, Consumer Account Availability Nov 22nd!

AT&T is finally rolling out the BlackBerry Bold 9700 today. Only caveat at this time is that it's currently only available to business customers. The forums are filling up with users stating they have gotten emails from their business account reps announcing the availability. The device is now also showing up on their Premiere site for ordering.

If you have a consumer account, the wait is almost over as well. November 22nd is the general availability date for all non business purchases of the device and as we have seen you can expect to pay $199.99 for this beauty with a new 2 year contract.

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