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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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.607 for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550

Off what seems to have been our biggest week ever for leaks, we have a fresh OS for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550. OS 5.0.0.607 is ready and waiting, so fire up App Loader and give it a go. No word of what has changed as of yet, so be sure to drop a comment and let us know what you find out. This is not an official OS, so use caution when installing.

*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 Bold 9700 in White Coming to Rogers?

BlackBerry Bold 9700 in White Coming to Rogers?
 

As was the case with the Bold 9000, it looks like our good friend the Bold 9700 will be made available in white as well. MobileSyrup has landed some Rogers intel that shows a white Bold 9700 may be on the way. The system is now showing the device listed as RIM 9700B/WR which hopefully means RIM 9700 Black/White Rogers. Still just some early specualting, but a Bold 9700 in white would look pretty spiffy. We'll try to do some more digging and see what we can find out. Would you buy a white Bold 9700? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: MobileSyrup

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BlackBerry Pearl 9105 to Have T9 Style Keyboard?
 
Disclaimer: Image is a **mockup** of how the 9105 might look.

There have been so many rumblings lately on the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 front that I wish it would just get announced already. WES is just a month away, so maybe they'll do it up then. We've seen loads of photos, mixed bits of info and even a possible release date. Now BBnews.pl has some new info and it appears as if the BlackBerry Pearl 9105 may be part of the series and sporting a classic T9-style keyboard. We know the 9100 will carry the Pearl SureType keyboard, and we've seen what could be a full QWERTY keypad coming to a new Pearl as well (though possibly that will be a new Pearl flip), but this 12-button layout looks to be a natural fit on the 91xx candy bar form factor. Suffice to say that with a device like this RIM is making it clear that they're really pumping out the designs and form factor options in trying to make sure there is a BlackBerry device that appeals to everyone as more of the mainstream consumer feature phone market makes the upgrade into smartphones. Drop a comment and let us know what you think!

Source: BBnews.pl

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Download It Now: Free CrackBerry Podcasts App Available in BlackBerry App World!

Yep, that's right... we finally have a "crackberry app" in BlackBerry App World!! You can now download the free CB Podcasts app, powered by Podtrapper, and automatically download and easily listen to CrackBerry Podcasts right on your BlackBerry!

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Review: Calendar Pro for BlackBerry Smartphones

Review: Calendar Pro for BlackBerry Smartphones

Is time always on our side? Sadly, no. This is especially true when your daily routine is thrown a curveball by life itself. Some take these detours in stride, while others, not so much. Not everyone can handle life’s little, while managing their professional and personal schedules or appointments. The next thing you know, important events are forgotten and you begin to stress, as you strain to keep everything organized. Of course the first question to be asked is – why the heck haven’t you been using your BlackBerry to help you out?!

The BlackBerry calendar has done a fantastic job so far by reminding me of important appointments and such; though my wife tells me that I should use it more often. Don’t tell her, but I think she may be right. The problem I have, is that I typically input entries with such haste, that I tend to leave out information that I could make use of. The reason is because, as great as it is, I don’t necessarily see the native calendar set up to work how I would like it to be. The solution may be the Calendar Pro application. Let’s see if this “powerful time management system” is the answer.

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What is a Blackberry Enterprise Server?  Do I need one?

Before we answer the second question, do I need one; let's look at what is a BES and how it works. First the BES is software; Research in Motion does not sell server boxes. In fact many businesses are installing the BES in a virtual server in order to reduce the number of physical server boxes. I've always thought that calling it a "server" was not a good idea; to me it brings up metal images of a new blade for the rack.

So why do companies buy a BES? The quick answer is security and control. The BES offers mind blowing control through 450+ IT policies that can be applied to all or selected handhelds in the corporate environment. Some of the policies control SMS, passwords, PIN to PIN, 3rd party apps & remote wipe.

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Phone Halo is a nifty accessory that helps you keep track of your BlackBerry (among other things). If you've ever had one of those keychains that helps you find your keys by whistling, you already have an idea of what Phone Halo does - only better. A handy "keyfob" (the Halo) attaches to your keyring, purse, laptop bag etc. and a small app is installed on your device. Once setup, the Phone Halo unit will alert you when you part ways with your items. If you leave your keys behind and run out the door, your device will alert you immediately. Have your keys but not your BlackBerry? The Halo unit will alert you for that as well. If you're in the habit of leaving things behind, you can attach the unit to pretty much anything you want to keep track of (even your kids!). Phone Halo sells for $59.99, and includes the Phone Halo application as well as one Halo unit.

Contest: We have two Phone Halos to give away. Each set includes the BlackBerry application and one Halo unit. Just leave a comment on this post telling us how Phone Halo would help you keep track of your stuff. We'll select two winners to receive a Phone Halo. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment!

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Contest Winners: Druglord Wars, BeDroid/Ultimate Lock, BlackTechBB and More

Another week of contests come and gone. We lightened our load a bit, but still had some good stuff to give away. More cool BlackBerry stuff to unload this week, so be sure to check back for your chance to win some great apps and accessories. Don't forget to get in on our Follow CrackBerry contest where you can win some even BIGGER prizes too. If you didn't win anything in this round don't worry - there is always more to come!

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Backup Assistant Now Available from Verizon Wireless

Backup Assistant Now Available from Verizon Wireless

*Update: Looks like this may only be for the Tour as of now. More details as we find out. *

When it rains it pours. Verizon dropped both Push to Talk and an official Tour 9630 OS earlier today, and now it looks like they are pushing their Backup Assistant to devices as well. We heard a while back that the service was going to be heading to BlackBerry devices on Verizon, and although it didn't quite show up on schedule, its better late then never. Verizon users just need to take a look for the icon, and if its not showing sending the service books should do the trick. Once you have it up and running it will automatically backup your contacts and keep them safely in the cloud. 

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XM Radio Online+ Coming To Canada

XM Radio Online+ Coming To Canada

I'd like to say this comes as a surprise, but given that the SIRIUS app for BlackBerry already works in Canada to have an XM app show up is well, less then stellar news. Starting April 12th, XM listeners will be able to download the dedicated BlackBerry application to get XM on the go. Sharing the same subscription based model of it's counterpart SIRIUS app, you can expect to pay $7.99 a month for XM online+ or only $2.99 a month when bundled with an XM Canada subscription. A 14 day free trial will be included so you can check out the services and decide from there if you wish to sign up further. I hope some of the SIRIUS channels excluded from their app make the cut for XM otherwise, I'm not sure why this app in particular exists.

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BlackBerry Curve 8530 Coming To Cricket In August

BlackBerry Curve 8530 Coming To Cricket In August

Cricket has for a while now, been known as being a low cost carrier which serves approximately 4.6 million customers throughout the US. Coupled with their roaming agreements with other carriers, a lot of customers looking for a cheaper alternative have jumped ship from the big boys to take Cricket up on their offerings.

Looking at the recently leaked 2010 device line up BGR posted, Cricket is looking to take on a bigger market share by offering up BlackBerry services now. First device on their list? The low cost BlackBerry Curve 8530 of course. As the slides indicate, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be available from Cricket sometime around August. Could be quite a deal if Cricket has good coverage in your area.

Source: BGR

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Push To Talk Now Available for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 on Verizon Wireless

We've been back and forth with the Push to Talk info for a few weeks, but it now has finally made its way to Verizon (for real). Tour 9630 users can now officially add the service to their existing BlackBerry data plan. You can either call up customer service, or head to the personal or business account pages to add the service. Once you have it all set up, you'll be able to download the app and use the left convenience key to talk away. The PTT service is $5/month, but a limited free-trial is available for qualifying customers. Head over to verizonwireless.com for more or to add PTT to your account.

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LinkedIn For BlackBerry Now Available For Download

LinkedIn For BlackBerry Now Available For Download

The LinkedIn for BlackBerry app has finally been released. We've been hearing the word "soon" all to often when speaking of the application but the wait is finally over now. The interface has a familiar look to it, much like that we've seen in the Facebook and Twitter apps. While the app lacks some of the features of the iPhone version it does meet all the requirements needed to get things done via LinkedIn. All the basics are included, such as: Network Updates, Search, Connections, Invitations, Messages. Give it a run through folks and be sure to leave some comments on how it works for you all. Support shows for Tour, Bold, Curve with OS 4.3 and higher.

Source: Mashable
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Introducing the New Mobile CrackBerry Superstore - We're Celebrating with a 20% Off App Sale and Contest with Awesome Prizes!

Our on-device CrackBerry App Store client has been a big hit with the BlackBerry community since the original beta was first introduced nearly a year ago. With a huge catalog of apps, games and themes and features like the Deal of the Day, Version tracking, the ability for developers to run promotions and offer apps at prices as low as 99 cents and more, there has never been a lack of reasons to have it installed on your BlackBerry.

Today the on-device app store client has been re-labeled and re-launched as the CrackBerry Superstore. Why Superstore you ask? Because the CrackBerry Superstore is essentially four stores in one. Within the Superstore there are dedicated "aisles" for apps, games, themes and accessories. With a single click, customers can enter their aisle of choice and see deal-of-the-day, bestsellers, specials, new products, browse by category, and search. This division is useful for both consumers and developers. For example, great themes no longer compete with apps and games for the customers attention. It also makes it easier for customers to discover and compare similar products while developers increase their opportunity for appearing in top-seller lists, which helps drive their sales. In addition to the new store design, the store itself runs smoother and faster than ever.

CrackBerry Superstore Launch Contest: To celebrate the CrackBerry Superstore grand opening, we're giving away a 32GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad, 5 Blueant V1 Bluetooth Headsets, or one of 25 copies each of BerryBuzz, Druglord Wars, and iBerry - all top-selling apps. The contest runs from Tue, March 30 through Mon, April 5 at 12:00p CST. You can enter for your chance to win by downloading the CrackBerry Superstore via the email option on our download page (visit on computer). Click here for details.

CrackBerry Superstore Launch Sale: From now until April 5, all software purchases (apps, games, and themes) are 20% off in both the CrackBerry Superstore and the standard mobile web browser version of the app store (crackberryappstore.com on your BlackBerry). Customers just need to enter coupon code, "super" during checkout. Please Note: The coupon code does not work in the full web store (browsing from computer) - it's only valid in the mobile app store and SuperStore clients.

Download the CrackBerry Superstore: Click here to download the CrackBerry Superstore >>

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Verizon OS 5.0.0.591 Update For The BlackBerry Tour 9630 Now Live
  *UPDATE - Desktop Installer File Now Available For Download*

Since there was some rumors going around doubting which OS Verizon was going to be rolling out for the 9630 we figured we'd post this up for you all. No, sadly it's not the 5.0.0.608 version many had mentioned that would be released but it is indeed the the previously leaked (and expected) OS 5.0.0.591.

Verizon users who did not update to the leaked version should now check via OTA update to see if it's available for download. Many users are already getting their updates delivered but as to how wide spread it is, we're not sure. No harm in trying though that's for sure.

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Bell To Launch BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 On April 13th?

Bell To Launch BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 On April 13th?

With the BlackBerry Storm 9530 now discontinued on Bell it's time to move on to the next stage of Touchscreen BlackBerry devices. MobileSyrup brings word that Bell will be bringing the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 into play on or around April 13th.

TELUS has had the device for a while now which maybe gave them a little bit of an edge when it came to users out there wanting the Storm 2. But with this news anyone on Bell can now get in on the action. No definite pricing for the BlackBerry Storm 2 has been set as of yet but it's pretty safe to say it should match that of TELUS' pricing. And if so, expect to pay $199.99 on a 3 yr contract as a promo price while going as high as $549.95 with no contract according to MobileSyrup. Any Bell users been waiting for this?

Source: MobileSyrup

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.586 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700!

When it rains, it pours. Just to get your week off to a fun start and as a little thank you for voting for the Bold 9700 today in the Smartphone March Madness battles (if you haven't voted for the Bold 9700 to beat the Pre yet, VOTE HERE), Bold 9700 owners can grab OS 5.0.0.586. I haven't had a chance to install it yet, so not sure what's improved... if you give it a go be sure to report back in the comments. 

*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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