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Radio Saver 

Epic Applications has dropped two new apps - Radio Saver and Auto Redial. Radio Saver automatically turns your device radio on and off depending on your coverage. If you are in a poor service area, the radio is turned off to save battery life. When the signal returns, it is automatically switched back on. Radio Saver works on any device running OS 4.3 and higher and is totally customizable.

Also check out Auto Redial which automatically calls back the other party when your call is dropped. Don't waste time playing phone tag after a dropped call, you can set Auto Redial to retry the call instantly or up to 10 seconds later. The app even knows if you are in a poor service area and waits to make the call. Auto Redial works on devices running OS 4.3 and higher.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 First Impressions

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 First Impressions

I received my Curve 8520 today (which is now available on T-Mobiles site) and was extatic to get it out of the box and start playing around. Kevin has given us his pre-release review of the entry-level device, but I was happy to have one to play with for myself as well. Mind you, I'm always happy to get a new device to review, but this one will be my first GSM device so I'm in for a totally different experience. Coming from a CDMA carrier I may sound a bit jaded at times, so throwing in a SIM card and firing up Wifi was really something to look forward to. Having my Tour for a few weeks now I'm fully ready to give another device my time (for a few hours anyway). The Curve 8520 is available on T-Mobile today for $129.99 on contract, or at WalMart for $48.88 on contract (yes same phone, same service). This is just a quick look at the Curve 8520, with a more detailed review to follow.

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Quick Preview of BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

To say Kevin was "overjoyed" with the news of Desktop Manager finally coming to Mac would be an understatement. I ventured into New York today for a T-Mobile event to check out the Curve 8520, and I was excited to see an early version of Desktop Manager for Mac up and running. RIM Product Manager Andrey Feldman took some time to give me a quick look at the software, and I must say it is great to finally see it in action. There is no exact release date (none that I could get anyone to admit at least) but I was told it will be available in September. I was able to play around a bit and got a good look at some of the features.

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New WinWithBlackBerry Contest Live: Sports Challenge Gives Chance to Win Phones, Accessories, Tickets and More!

It's no secret that the boys and girls down in Waterloo love sports (especially hockey!), so we shouldn't be too surprised to see them launch a new contest at WinWithBlackBerry.com focused around sports.

The BlackBerry Sports Challenge gives you the chance to instantly win BlackBerry smartphones, accessory packs, jerseys, game tickets and more, as well earn points (ballots) for the grand prize draw of a VIP trip for four to a 2010 NHL finals game, all expenses paid. You can click the image above to jump on over for the details/rules and to register to win. Good luck!

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Contest: Win a BlackBerry Curve 8520 from CrackBerry.com!

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 officially becomes available from T-Mobile tomorrow (go to Walmart for the best price!) and we wouldn't be CrackBerry.com if we didn't mark the event with a contest and give the community a chance to win one for free.

If you're unfamiliar with the Curve 8520, you can check out our pre-release BlackBerry Curve 8520 review and read the official press release. After that, just leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a free BlackBerry Curve 8520. Now for the big question... if you win, do you go for the black version or the frost version (pictured)???  Good luck!!!

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BlackBerry Storm 9990 Device Model Surfaces in Photo - New Device Model for Storm 2??

Don't take this one as news (or even rumor) at this point, but rather as something that's popped up in the CrackBerry forums that makes for an interesting discussion for a Tuesday morning. CrackBerry member PensHockey posted the image above last night that was emailed to him from a friend - along with a subject title of Tropic (and no body text) in the email....

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Pops Up on Vodafone UK

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Pops Up on Vodafone UK

Its not much to go on, but this is an image of the Curve 8520 in the Vodafone UK computers. We know that it will be available on TMobile and in WalMart stores tomorrow, but we've had no solid date for any other carriers. It looks to be right around the corner, as some users reported seeing it pop up as "coming soon" on Vodafone's site. We'll have more details as they emerge.

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OpenTable Mobile for BlackBerry Now Available

OpenTable Mobile for BlackBerry Now Available

Since I go out to restaurants quite a bit, OpenTable is by far one of my favorite sites. I'm glad to hear they have finally released a mobile app for BlackBerry. OpenTable mobile lets you search restaurants by cuisine, price and availability. You can check out detailed profile pages with photos, ratings and more. If you dine out often, OpenTable could be a welcome addition to your device. You can easily check out some great restaurants and make reservations right from your BlackBerry. OpenTable is available free from BlackBerry App World.

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Deal of the Day: Save 50% on QuickLaunch!

* Note: This deal of the day is now over. To see the current deal, you can always visit CrackBerryDealoftheDay.com. Be sure to set your device model using the selector tool. *

Since its release by NikkiSoft, QuickLaunch for BlackBerry has been able to call the CrackBerry Top 10 Best Sellers list its home. Initially available only for the Storm but now available for most BlackBerry device models, QuickLaunch helps you get more out of your BlackBerry experience by creating shortcuts to the things you use/do most. For more information, watch the video above and also read our QuickLaunch Review, this QuickLaunch 2.0 release post and check out the QuickLaunch product description page (lots of customer reviews).

QuickLaunch normally sells for $4.99, but as today's CrackBerry Deal of the Day you can get it 50% for only $2.49

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Possible Release Dates For Vodafone UK And Verizon?

We've already had plenty of up close and personal looks at the Storm 2 - much to the dismay of RIM as they promptly requested images and video to be pulled. But that is neither here nor there at this time. We know it exists, we know it will eventually hit carriers and now we are just that much closer to a possible release date month.

The good folks over at The BlackBerry Zone have posted that Vodafone UK is set to release the Storm 2 (9520) in October while Verizon is still on for a Storm 2 (9550) release in November. Now this month has actually been tossed around for a few devices, especially the Onyx. So we here at CrackBerry will still leave this one stuck under the "rumor" category, just for safety sake. Stay tuned as more information is developing. So what do you think? Is November going to be the month or will RIM delay it beyond that?

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Bartender Pro - What drink can you make?

Bartender Pro - What drink can you make?

Ah Summer - sun burns, shorts and sandals. There's still plenty of Summer left, and you know what that means. Time to throw another party! I don't know about the weather where you are, but here, it's been stifling hot out the past week or so. I guess I shouldn't complain though, it's also been beautifully sunny out. One way to beat the heat is with a cool drink. While I prefer sticking with water, lemonade or iced tea, some may opt for something stronger. You may see someone at the party attempting to make a crazy concoction. Feeling Adventurous? Yes? Feeling Tipsy?...maybe? Perhaps you should leave the drinks to a pro, Bartender Pro.

Bartender Pro is a fun application providing you with access to classic recipes, popular recipes and some that I've never even heard of; over 300 in total! You can even enter what ingredients you have and Bartender Pro will help you figure out what you can create! Maybe even a Flaming Homer perhaps? Just to be safe, why don't you hand over your car keys before taking a look at Bartender Pro?

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Contest Winners - SimpleWeather, Visto Themes, AppleBerry Dark, Coveroo and Express Unlock

What a week for contests! I love that so many are willing to give back to the CrackBerry nation and offer up their products and services. This week we had awesome contests for Tour Coveroo's, some free unlock codes from Express Unlock, Corey Visto and AppleBerry Dark themes and free copies of SimpleWeather. Loads of winners this time around and many more contests on the way.

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T-Mobile 8520 Unboxed Early From WalMart

What's this? A T-Mobile 8520 unboxing video you say? Why yes, it is. Seems the good folks at WalMart have been letting a few of these go out the door prior to the official launch date of August 5th. If you are looking to grab one of these for the $48.88 WalMart is charging new customers, you better hop to it, just in case head office puts a stop to it.

The new customer pricing is great on this one, although the poster of the video states off contract is $349.99, which is indeed a little more hefty for such a device. Now, who out there got one? Does your local WalMart have em? What about this "Out of The Box" Mac compatability - did you get a Mac desktop manager? So many questions! Let us know in the comments and in the forums what the deal is here folks ;)

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PortaServer - Mini Web Server For Your WiFi Capable Blackberry

Here is an awesome free application that you all you with a WiFi compatible BlackBerry may wish to download. Not because it's the hottest thing going since sliced bread--but simply to have it, as you never know when you may find a great use for it. Porta Server turns your WiFi enabled BlackBerry into a web server on the go and access its file system from any web browser on the same network. You can view or download pictures, music, videos, documents or web pages directly from your handset over a WiFi connection.

Now, I was rather skeptical of how well this application would actually function or if it would at all for that matter. But after having downloaded, installed and tested I can say it works amazingly easy and while it's not an everyday use kind of application, I can see great uses for it should they arise.

A good example and my test, was that I had a song on my iPhone which was not present on my Bold in two minutes I was able to transfer the song from my BlackBerry to my iPhone simply by opening Safari and browsing and entering my WiFi's IP address and inserting the given password. Pic after the jump showing the file system on my BlackBerry through Safari on my iPhone.

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CrackBerry Contest: Win 1 Of 100 BlackBerry Curve 8520 Unlock Codes!

Leave A Comment Here To Win 1 Of 100 Unlock Codes!!

The 8520 official launch date is nearing ever so quickly and reports have been coming in of users who have already been able to pick up a sexy new 8520 at certain WalMart locations. Heck, even an unboxing video and officially the 8520 will launch on August 5th at all T-Mobile locations and supporting WalMart locations. Since the 8520 is being launched as a cost effective device ($48.88 at WalMart with New 2/Yr, $349.99 w/No Contract), many of those who it may interest may be grabbing more then one.

So CellUnlock.net was kind enough to provide us with 100 unlock codes for our users on T-Mobile or who have--plan on grabbing an 8520. Just leave your comment on this post for your chance to win and of course a big thanks to our sponsor--CellUnlock for making this happen for the CrackBerry community.

*Contest will close on Friday the 7th at 12am PST and winners will be announced on Monday, August 9th - please only leave one comment - multiple posts won't count!*

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 2 Aug 2009

Over 40 Precision Zen Themes For The BlackBerry Storm

Let's face it! Sometimes finding the perfect theme is a hard task. Even now a days with all the great theme makers out there making some seriously creative, innovative and just outstanding themes I still find myself going back to the original RIM supplied Precision themes on most of my devices. One device that stands out more then others where this is common practice is my BlackBerry Storm, seems no matter how many themes I try--I return to Precision based theme.

Feeling the same way about themes, CrackBerry forums member Rockee has put together a list of over 40 themes for the BlackBerry Storm. All styled with Precision icons but utilizing Plazmic to create an awesome array of variations. 8 icons, 12 icons, with or without quick launch, with or without weather eye slots, if a Precision theme is what you seek--Rockee has a variation that will fit your needs.

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T-Mobile Lists BlackBerry Curve 8520 As Coming Soon

T-Mobile Lists BlackBerry Curve 8520 As Coming Soon

Falling right in line with all prior predicitions, rumors and confirmation T-Mobile has posted the 8520 as a "Coming Soon" device on their site. August 5th will be a great day for those waiting to get their hands on one or--even two of these considering the low cost of $48.88 that they will be rolling into Walmart locations with. T-Mobile as of yet, has not posted any contracted pricing for the 8520 nor any off contract pricing either but we're expecting a $100-$150 range on contract for the 8520. And it just would feel wrong if we didn't give one of these away, so stay tuned for an upcoming contest we'll be having where you have the chance to win an 8520 of your own.

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CrackBerry Contests Reminder... Enter Now!

CrackBerry Contests Reminder... Enter Now!

Another week, another whack load of contests at CrackBerry.com. Hopefully we'll be able to keep this pace up for the weeks and months and years ahead! I've noticed lots of you who have never won anything before are finally leaving comments like I finally won! so hopefully with patience and time we'll see all active members around here win a prize or two. Entry for most of our contests ends at Midnight PST tonight, so follow the links below to leave a comment on each respective post/contest to enter (leaving a comment to this post won't enter you). Good Luck!!

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Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For August 1st 2009

Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For August 1st 2009

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and video picks for the week past.

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