Unofficial Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Pricing

Unofficial Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Pricing

And again the BlackBerry Storm2 tipsters strike. This time, Engadget got sent in the image above that shows pricing information on the Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 and once again further confirms the October 28th launch date.

Unofficial Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Pricing:

  • 2 year: $279.99*
  • 1 year: $349.99*
  • Full Retail: $539.99
  • * = Price before $100 Mail-in Rebate
So after the mail-in rebate, we're talking $179.99 for the BlackBerry Storm2 on a 2-year contract. And let's no forget about the rumored BOGO deal. If that holds true, it will be TWO BlackBerry Storm2s $179.99. Keep your fingers crossed. Let's also hope they provide an incentive to BlackBerry Storm1 owners to upgrade at a reasonable rate.
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Vodafone / Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Inventory Updates

The above image was sent in by a few people this morning which further confirms the October 28th launch date of the BlackBerry Storm2. This **should** mean that between now and the 29th Verizon will actually announce the device, and from there it should be available to all channels (retail stores, online, phone upgrades) to actually be purchased on the 28th. According to this similar image posted today, the inventory levels on the Verizon system are still showing 0 inventory, but hopefully that will change soon. It also looks like the previously rumored Verizon Storm2 BOGO (buy one, get one) deal may just hold true.

In the Vodafone inventory short below (click image for larger view) you can see that at least one Vodafone warehouse is currently sitting with 3500 BlackBerry Storm2 units in. We're getting close now!!!

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.314 for Bold 9000 and Curve 8900

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.314 for Bold 9000 and Curve 8900

** Update - D'oh! Max users reach on the rapidshare downloads. Hang on tight... OK, done. Both links updated to megaupload. Read through the comments or chek the CrackBerry OS forums for download mirrors. **

The guys over at BerryReview got a hot tip and landed OS 5.0.0.314 for both the Bold 9000 and Curve 8900. If you've been hanging on to a buggy 5.0 build, now is your chance to upgrade. No word of any major finding or fixes for these, so be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you find out.

*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 App Roundup for October 23rd, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for October 23rd, 2009!

I hope everyone out there is looking forward to the weekend. The Bold 9700 has been announced, and so far this week there has been much rejoicing. We can expect the 9700 to arrive in early November, so that gives us something to look forward to in the near future! Back in the BlackBerry App realm, there is lots to cover this week. Covered in this weeks' edition of the Roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: Facebook 1.7, SendX, BerrySilent, Free mIQ Sync Service

New This Week: DoInventory Plus, You Got Blocked, Link Sum, DriveSafe.ly Pro

Apps on Sale: Orbital Series, THE Flashlight, Ace Email Viewer, Free Ringtones Maker, Calendar Date

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Phil Taylor

Freebie of the Week: Google Mobile App

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AddOnIsProfiler Pro

Both AddOnIs from Twinkler Software and Profiler from Toysoft are two of our best selling applications. The two have now teamed up for some very cool integrated features. Originally Profiler could not unlock your device to perform its automated functions, but now when integrated with AddOnIs, the new ProfilerPro can do what it needs to - even if the device is in standby.

Twinkler's AddOnis app and Toysoft's new ProfilerPro app now feature Integration. Previously, any app that put the device into Standby mode would not allow any automated Profile switching app to function. Twinkler and Toysoft have worked together to overcome this limitation. Twinkler has added specific code to AddOnis which allows Toysoft's Profiler app to "talk" to AddOnis and request that AddOnis take the device out of standby to allow Profiler to operate normally. Once Profiler has completed its operation, AddOnis will once again put the device back into Standby mode 

Current users of both apps may upgrade for free, while new users can grab both for 20% off in the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: To enter to win 1 of 25 copies of AddOnIs or ProfilerPro just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple submissions won't count. 

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Energy Theme for the BlackBerry Storm


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Our friend Wayne from WJD Designs is back with another original theme for the BlackBerry Storm (that's Storm2 ready) called ENERGY. If you jump over to the CrackBerry forums you can read Wayne's thought process behind this latest design:

After working on and running some themes on the market (even my own) I see that sometimes all the pretty animations are very cool but not good for performance... So I wanted to make a theme that I can use along with my customers that featured a great visual display with performance that lets me still use all my favorite applications...

So I would love to present "ENERGY" - an electrically charged theme that takes a balance of bold colors that will shoot through your cerebellum and make you say "OOooOO" From the blue pinstripe on the title bar to the chrome border around the custom made icons you will love every part of this theme...

Features:

  • Multiple On Screen Shortcuts
  • Custom Easy To Read Signal and Battery Meters
  • Wifi Information Ready for Storm 2
  • Custom Icons
  • Right Mix of Colors
  • Hidden Today Feature
  • 12 on Screen Icons (Fully Customizable)
  • "Precision Zen" Type Front Icon Structure
  • Font Easy on the Eyes
  • WJD Designs Theme

Energy sells for $3.99 in the CrackBerry App Store. Right now it's only available for the BlackBerry Storm, but Wayne plans to roll it out for more device models shortly.

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Berry on Board. Helpful BlackBerry Apps for Parents.

Though my wife and I have only been in the game for just over two and a half years, parenting is a wonderful, amazing (sometimes stressful) time. He’s had plenty of milestones already; he can differentiate a cellphone from a BlackBerry and can even tell you some of the BlackBerry models. Okay, okay so there are obviously more important milestones that have been reached, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree (or is it BlackBerry doesn’t fall far from the bush?). They say that BlackBerry is a lifestyle. So since you can incorporate your BlackBerry into everything that you do, why not incorporate applications too?

I’m not saying to use it to look up a baby sitter. There are quite a few applications out there that may help you boost your already powerful parenting prowess. How many times have you quickly scribbled down the dates your child said his or her first words or took their first walk? How often do you try to get your child interested in studying? How frequently do you juggle children with a shopping cart and a missing grocery list? If they haven’t bugged you for a snack, or got into anything yet, why not take a few minutes to check out some useful apps?

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BlackBerry Master Control Program 0.9.2 Beta 10 Now Available

BlackBerry Master Control Program is one of those applications that is a must have for any advanced BlackBerry user. Be it to create back up files, take screenshots or even create .cod and .alx files, it's a great application to have at hand should you ever need it.  The latest version has been released putting it at version 0.9.2 Beta 10 and this time around the list of changes has seen some exponential growth.  Read on to get a look at the change log.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Simulator Now Available For Download

Posts like this one are oh so bittersweet. Sure you get a chance to get a look at the BlackBerry Bold 9700 up close and maybe even drool a little over it's beauty, but it makes ya just rip it off your screen and have it in your hands. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 simulator is now up and available for download. If you're a developer or just a CrackBerry addict, ya might wanna grab this one. A little sidenote though, the OS on the simulator is not the launch OS we're hearing 5.0.0.321 was the "gold" code.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Launching October 28th According to Launch .pdf and Updated Intranet Blog Post

Now this looks promising! In the past few minutes two big things have happened that point to Verizon launching the BlackBerry Storm 9550 on October 28th:

1. Member DonNguyen posted a Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 launch document in the forums, that goes through the device in detail and points to the October 28th date. BE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT... we're talking Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 stuff in detail. See Forum Post | View .pdf

2. Our pal big-g just sent in the photo above snapped from the ever-popular Verizon intranet blog showing an update to the BlackBerry Storm2 post that also points to the October 28th launch date.

Hopefully this means the BlackBerry Storm2 is back on track to getting announced and will be available for purchase soon.

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iluvmybb finalist - CrackBerry Therapy

Entry #43 - CrackBerry Therapy | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 8 more to come! *

The second finalist to be announced in our I Love My BlackBerry Video Contest is Entry #43, by Raymond Mendoza. If you're a BlackBerry user and visit CrackBerry.com on a regular basis, the odds are pretty good that someone you know -- a loved one or coworker -- has probably told you to seek help for your BlackBerry addiction. Watch the video above to see CrackBerry therapy brought to life! Raymond had his friends Aileen, Czar, Glen, Joel and Rohith help him out to get it all done. Raymond let us know that he wanted the video to be funny in a dramatic way. I'd say he definitely succeeded. Job well done!! 

We'll announce another finalist video right here tomorrow. One of the things you'll notice when checking out all of the contest videos submitted is that there are few popular categories of ideas: song / music video, short commercial, original skit/film, etc.. Once all the ten finalists have been announced and the voting is open to the community, we're going to run some bonus round posts here on the blogs looking at other awesome entries in these different categories (and we'll give away some bonus round prizes too!).

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BlackBerry Storm2 Emulator Found on Verizon's Website

Despite its announcement by both Research in Motion and Vodafone one week ago today, Verizon has yet to formally announce the BlackBerry Storm2 though they're clearly ramping up for its ultimate launch. We already saw the Storm2 360 degree demo buried on their website. Next up, new CrackBerry member djkhl930 just discovered the BlackBerry Storm2 emulator sitting on verizonwireless.com, usable and just waiting to get pushed to the live Storm2 site. You can click the image above to jump over and get a feel for the new touch screen BlackBerry.

This is so frustrating. Verizon, can we pleeeeaazzze just announce the Storm2 already?

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 Unboxing

Can't wait for AT&T to release their BlackBerry Bold 9700? Then check out this official AT&T unboxing and walk through video of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone. It's a sold overview and review of this next generation BlackBerry Bold. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available in the coming weeks for $199 (pay $299 and send in a $100 mail-in rebate). You can check out the Bold 9700 on AT&T's website for more info.

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Traffic.com Releases Free App for BlackBerry - Enter to Win a Free Garmin Nuvi GPS!
 

Traffic.com recently released their free application for BlackBerry Smartphones. The app gives you an easy view of traffic conditions, including color-coded traffic flow maps, incident data, mass transit data and more. This is extremely handy for travelers or commuters who need to keep tabs on traffic conditions. The Traffic.com app is available totally free from BlackBerry App World.

In honor of the launch of the free Traffic.com mobile application on the BlackBerry, WHERE has partnered with CrackBerry.com to give away a free Garmin Nuvi 1390 T to one of its readers. The contest rules are easy: In the comments section of this post, share the funniest bumper sticker you've ever seen while waiting in traffic. Haven't seen a funny one? Then make one up yourself! Oh but be sure to keep it somewhat suitable for work. The top 10 finalists will be chosen by the WHERE team on Monday, November 2nd. Then it's up to you, the CrackBerry community, to vote for the winner! The winner will be notified via email and will receive a free Garmin Nuvi. Keep reading for full details.

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BoxTone 5.0 Officially Released

BoxTone 5.0 Officially Released

Yikes... it's been a while since we've done an "enterprise" post around here. We got word from BoxTone back on Monday actually that they have released BoxTone 5.0. The release includes some major upgrades as the service just keeps getting better and better. BoxTone provides support for various devices and complete end-to-end secure service for IT teams. If you're in a company that runs a lot of BlackBerry devices, read on for the Boxtone 5.0 updates that include:

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While press releases for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 were fired off around the world yesterday, the "official" unveilng took place in Germany. At this point we know that numerous carriers will be picking up the device November (think everywhere the original Bold is sold, and more (Bell), some even offering pre-release ordering for it. This video, while not carrier specific, shows off the device rather nicely and even cuts to RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis explaining the new features and services built into the new BlackBerry Bold 9700.

While we know the Bold 9700 is coming soon, not all carriers have released pricing information at this time. Once we start to get listings of all carriers' pricing, we'll be doing a round-up so you're all in the loop in regards to what we can expect to have to pawn to be able to afford this new device. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing carriers are even acknowledging the BlackBerry 9700 is indeed coming.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 On The Global Market

BlackBerry Curve 8520 On The Global Market

All right, we all know the BlackBerry Curve 8520 has some less then desirable specifications when compared to other devices that are currently and soon to be available. Granted, I have spoken before about the BlackBerry Curve 8520 having similarities to the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in its processor and memory allocation, and I even compared it to the BlackBerry Bold. While the BlackBerry Curve 8520 may not mean much to most folks, one thing I noticed recently is that the 8520 is making a big splash in the global market. So, while it may not have fully taken off here in the US and Canada, the writing is on the wall that the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is still quite a popular and money making device for Research In Motion and indeed does serve a purpose.

If anyone has looked at the RIM press release website recently, the statements I'm making here should be quite clear. Serbia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Russia are all among the global markets wherein RIM has launched the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and these are just examples. The RIM press release page is mainly covered by other areas around the globe, and RIM is meeting demand for a cost effective BlackBerry across the board. How this will impact RIM's financial earnings remains to be seen, but clearly the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a hit and that bodes well for BlackBerry users everywhere.

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United States Postal Service Embraces The Mobile Web

United States Postal Service Embraces The Mobile Web

The United States postal service has launched their mobile website for all to utilize. The mobile portal allows for tracking and delivery confirmation, zip code look up and USPS location look up as well.

“Our new mobile capability makes USPS services even more convenient for our customers,” said Robert Bernstock, president, Mailing and Shipping Services.

Any mobile user with web access will be able to log on to the Postal Service mobile site no matter where they are, without having to use a personal computer, Bernstock said.

“If they’re on the road, they’ll be able to use the Post Office locator function to find a Post Office that’s close to them. And they’ll also be able to track and confirm delivery of their mail or packages using their mobile phone,” he said.

The press release also mentions the fact the USPS is working on further applications for smartphones which takes advantage of more features such as GPS search and more. Mobile web use is on the rise, it's great to see more and more adoption of it go live.

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Email Templates Pro and Lite Help You Be More Productive

Here is a cool application that I'm sure many can put to use. Email Templates is an email solution for those times where you may find yourself having to send out the same email on numerous occasions. Anyone in sales, marketing, customer support or business development could put this to use, and it comes loaded with some unique features:

  • Unlimited Customizable Templates (Pro version)
  • Personalize each response on-the-go with "Placeholders"
  • Integrates with native Email, PIN & SMS applications.
  • Supports ultra-Large Templates; each upto 124,000 characters long!
  • Quickly save any email as a Template using SaveAsTemplate option.
  • Allows for storage of user created templates on SDCard.

Email Templates comes in two versions at this time, lite and pro. Lite is a free, limited version which only allows for 3 templates to be created and stored on the device memory. The pro version allows for unlimited creation and storage of templates to the SDCard and costs $9.99.

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Oops: BlackBerry Storm2 9550 Shows Up In Upcoming Best Buy Mobile Buyer's Guide... Missing The 2

Gotta love our CrackBerry community. Member zachslusser just got home from his local Best Buy, where on the way he out he spotted the new Best Buy Catalogue that's to come out on October 25th sitting in a box behind the counter and grabbed it as a parting gift. Nicely done :)

Inside is a photo and blurb about the BlackBerry Storm 9550. No pricing or availability are listed, which makes sense since this catalogue probably finalized for press before RIM even announced the new Storm, though it would have been nice if somebody could have tipped Best Buy off earlier that it was to be called the BlackBerry Storm2. After typing Storm2 so many times over the past week, it just seems wrong to see BlackBerry Storm 9550 written without the 2 anymore. More images at the link below. Thanks zachslusser!

PS. Dear Verizon. Puhleaze announce the BlackBerry Storm2 already. You're giving me an ulcer.

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