BlackBerry Curve 3G available from T-Mobile September 8th for $79.99

Today via their Facebook page, T-Mobile announced that the BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available starting September 8th. The latest entry level device will carry a great price tag of just $79.99 with a two-year contract. The Curve 3G will ship with OS 5.0 installed but is said to be BlackBerry 6 ready so we'll see what happens down the road. In true T-Mobile fashion the device will most likely be available in multiple colors at some point as well.

Via: Phonescoop

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Aug 30th, 2010 - 25 copies of HTC Incredible to be won!

Contest: 25 Copies of HTC Incredible to be won. Leave a comment!

Happy Monday theme junkies! This is the last theme roundup for August, it seems like the summer flew by, and school is right around the corner. Theme devs have been hard at work lately, filling up my tip line with tons of great themes, and I have some of the best to show you here today. Hit the jump and take a look at this week's picks.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Aug 2010

Chat it up with Chatmosphere - Full featured IRC client for BlackBerry

Once upon a time, IRC was all the rage, allowing users to connect in real time across the world. It evolved into the instant messaging clients we know and love today, but there are still millions of people that communicate via IRC even today. To date, there really hasn't been much in the way of IRC clients for BlackBerry, and I have seen many requests for an app in the forums. I gave Chatmosphere a whirl the other day when it landed in my inbox, and I was pretty impressed with how well it works. 

The home screen (seen above) gives you the option to select from various popular topics, search what you're interested in, or just hit up a random chatroom to start connecting. A quick search of "BlackBerry" yielded several results from different countries, and I was connected with a chatroom in France in no time. After spamming them with a few test messages, a quick click in the menu allowed my to change my nickname to one other than what was randomly generated for me. Surfing through several chatrooms was a breeze, and the chat itself was quick and seamless, with no lag on my 9700. The application even supports emoticons and font colors, just like you were sitting at a PC. Clicking someone's nickname opens a prompt where you can choose to private chat in a separate window, or ignore the user. Clicking the BB Key allows you to either go back to the Search page, leaving the chatroom, or to add another chatroom. 

Chatrooms are tabbed at the top of the screen, allowing you to participate in multiple chats at the same time, switching with a click. A few shortfalls I noticed while using the application, there is no support for the BlackBerry typing shortcuts (ie: space twice for a period), and the application doesn't remember the nickname you set between sessions, instead randomly generating a handle for you each time. All in all a very good solution for those looking for a way to use IRC from their BlackBerry device, and hopefully future updates will resolve those minor issues.

Available in the CB store on sale for $4.99, it's regular $7.99. The app includes a 14 day trial, so I would suggest giving it a try to see if it's what you need before shelling out the cash. If you're a dedicated IRC user though, you'll likely find yourself considering purchasing the app.

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Future Shop systems showing Sept 15th release date for Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800

We've been hearing for quite some time that release dates for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 on Canadian carriers was set for September. The big three, Bell, TELUS and Rogers have all confirmed an inevitable launch but no dates were set by any. Rumors suggest TELUS will launch on Sept 16th but, we now have the above information which suggests a Rogers release one day earlier on the 15th. We're assuming the $999.99 price point is just a Future Shop place holder so, nothing can be said about official pricing from this information. We'll be sure to keep you all updated though as we find out more information. So, who's grabbing a Torch on launch day in Canada?

Source: TrustedNerd

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 27th, 2010! Win 1 of 100 Unlock Codes from CellUnlock!

Hey folks, here we go with another app round up for you. This week, we tried to stay away from too much focus on the BlackBerry Torch as it's been highlighted quite a bit. That said though, we do have a great contest for new BlackBerry owners in general. This week, we got 100 unlock codes for you from CellUnlock. And of course, the winners of Hypoxia are also listed within. Be sure to drop some comments for your chance to win. Here's to hoping you all have a great weekend. :)

Freebies of the Week: iGolf, Tag Reader, BiblioSearch

In Case You Missed It: ShortCut Manager , Trillian For BlackBerry, Internals

New This Week: CountIt, GPS Guru Pro, Rendezvous

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Short Cut Lite

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 100 Unlock Codes From CellUnlock!

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BlackBerry Alert: BlackBerry Internet Service outage?

BlackBerry Alert: BlackBerry Internet Service outage?

The forums are filling up. The CrackBerry support email is getting lots of folks stating issues and we're led to believe we may have an outage on our hands. Some folks are reporting slow web browsing, email delays and general connectivity issues. Thus far, seems limited to North America but, if you're in another area and experiencing issues then please, let us know in the comments. I'm on Rogers and not seeing this yet, how about you all?

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Slacker Radio Plus Giveaway - 5 three-month subscriptions and 5 one-year subscriptions to be won

If you've snagged a new BlackBerry Torch you've surely seen that Slacker radio comes pre-installed and ready to rock on BlackBerry 6. But if you weren't quite sure about shelling out for a premium subscription, here's your chance to win one. Slacker is probably the best know streaming radio app for BlackBerry and with the great features and updates, it's no secret why. The app is 100% free, and lets you take your music with you on the go with a great UI, ability to cache stations and other great features.

Contest: We have some Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions up for grabs. There are 5 three-month and 5 one-year subscriptions that will go to a few lucky winners. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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BBRedux gives you everything you could ever need, right on your homescreen - 25 free copies to be won!

Ever wish you could do more without needing to navigate away from your homescreen to find what you're looking for? Love your wallpaper, but don't want to sacrifice function to rock it proudly? You may want to take a look at this theme, the latest by BerryMobi, which combines a great look with tons of function. For touch devices, the homscreen holds 19 icons on the homescreen, 11 of them user-defined, and includes a hidden today. If you aren't a fan of hidden today themes, you can opt for the non-today version, which amps the number of apps up to 24. Non-touch devices have the same setup, with a few more icons available, namely 19 (13 user-defined) in hidden today version and 23 (17 user-defined) in the non-today versions. The theme includes three fully hideable docks, a weather slot, and is chock full of shortcuts. Fully skinned, and including the OS 6 icon set, its also extremely appealing to the eye. Available in the CB store for multiple devices for $3.99.

Contest: I have 25 copies of BBRedux to give away! Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Awesome free game from Tafasa - Finger Trap!

Awesome free game from Tafasa - Finger Trap!

From the developers that brought us PatternLock and such games as Word Search and Bubble Burst comes the latest time waster Finger Trap. The game operates on a simple premise, just put your finger on the red square and move it around to avoid the blue ones. You'll figure out pretty quickly though, that it isn't quite so simple playing the game. Fast reflexes and good eye-hand coordination is a must, and you'll easily find yourself wasting time getting lost in the game. With three difficulty settings, and options like randomizing the direction the blocks come from, you'll get plenty of play time on your touch device. Online leaderboards are filtered by difficulty, letting you see how you stack up against other players. Available as a free download from the CB store, it's supported on the 95xx series, and even the 9800.

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BlackBerry Torch Apps

Whenever a new BlackBerry device launches, we usually go back to the basics a little bit for all the first time BlackBerry owners in the audience. Of course, while the new app content here is catered towards the BlackBerry Torch, regardless of the BlackBerry device model you own you'll want to check out this list of 20 top BlackBerry apps. These 20 Torch app picks feature both free and paid titles, and all are available in our CrackBerry App Store (download the mobile client here). Lots of good titles are here, like BerryWeather, BerryBuzz, Tether, SmrtGuard, Google Maps and even the new Wallpaper Changer Pro with CrackBerry Wallpapers. Click the image above or follow the links below to discover some solid BlackBerry Torch apps, and if you have other recommendations of essential apps for new to BlackBerry Torch owners to check out, be sure to drop them in the comments! 

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Bell holding back BlackBerry 6 updates until 2011?

Bell holding back BlackBerry 6 updates until 2011?

Sure seems that way. Some leaked documents from Bell Mobility show that BlackBerry 6 isn't set for release on other capable devices until 2011. While Bell is set to release the BlackBerry Torch 9800 anytime now, the newly announced BlackBerry Curve 3G nor the BlackBerry Pearl 3G will get it right away, let alone the previously released BlackBerry Bold 9700.

As we've seen in the past carriers are often terribly slow to update to new OS' which, for customers is never really a good practice to see happening. While this information only gives us a look at Bell, it could be rather indicative of other carrier plans as well. Just look how long it took AT&T to release OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000. As BlackBerry users we always want to have the latest updates and that often means relying upon leaked OS' or using OS' from other carriers that are more liberal with their updates. Truly hoping Bell decides to change this plan, in the long run it's not great for their customer base to be stuck on an older OS.

Source: MobileSyrup

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RIM patent shows new rotatable keyboard design

RIM patent shows new rotatable keyboard design

When it comes to patents, finding new ones is sometimes fun. Some turn out to be actual products down the road while others sit in the registry never used. The latest one, “Handheld Electronic Device with Rotatable Member” filed by Research In Motion looks rather odd but, the given description helps better understand it.

“In a first aspect, a handheld electronic device, such as a smartphone, has a first device member and a second device member that are connected via a connector. The second device member is rotatable about a rotation axis that is canted relative to an axis of the second device member. As a result, when the second device member is rotated between a first position and a second position, its orientation changes. This may facilitate, for example, switching the handheld electronic device between a text entry mode and a telephone mode."

Research In Motion has always been known for their BlackBerry keyboard design. Some folks choose BlackBerry over other devices strictly based on the keyboard alone. With the exception of SurePress, Research In Motion has never strayed far from their original keyboard design and one has to wonder if this patent here will be the start of that. Of course, it could just be something thats been filed and will never see the light of day but at the same time, it could be something they are already currently working on for an upcoming device.

Source: Slashgear

Via: USPTO

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Hypoxia - All in one media player - 25 copies to be won!

I refuse to use the native media players on my BlackBerry. They function well, but there are a few reasons I eschew them. One major gripe for me is having to use a different app for each type of media I want to play. I have tried a few different apps over the last while, trying to find a better fit for my needs, and have found Flipside to be a great music alternative, and I'm currently using Good Video Browser for my vids. The problem is the same though, I still need a different app for each type of media. Hypoxia aims to solve that problem, giving me a one-stop shop for all my media needs and putting all of the media on my device within easy reach. No more having to exit out of my music player to look at pics I have taken. The UI is simple and clean, and a fair number of options are available within the app, including the increasingly popular ability to tweet what I'm listening to. One very cool feature is the ability to stream my media to/from my PC (uses a separate server program, available from their website) allowing me to access my entire music and video library right on my device. The developer has also integrated notifications into the app, allowing you to preview incoming emails, SMS, etc without ever having to leave the application, so you can decide if you want to answer that text from your wife or wait until the song is done. The most exciting thing about this app for me is that it is fully skinnable. Those who want to can create their own skins for the app, allowing a huge customization option for those out there who feel the need to make everything unique to themselves. Available in the CB store for $7.99 for multiple devices.

Contest: I have 25 copies of Hypoxia to give away! Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Could RIM and China Mobile be launching BIS?

Could RIM and China Mobile be launching BIS?

Word on the street is that China Mobile and RIM are currently piecing together plan rates for BIS. In other words, they are reportedly planning to expand BlackBerry service to individual users. In Guangdong, GoTone customers have had two plans made available to them, priced at 98 Yuan (Renminbi) and 108 Yuan (approximately $14.41 and $15.89 USD, respectively). Currently, enterprises act as BES wholesalers (unofficially) for individual users in some cities across the country. With BIS in place, customer will be able to pay for plans straight from China Mobile.

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Wordpress for BlackBerry updates to v1.4.1

Wordpress for BlackBerry updates to v1.4.1

Wordpress for BlackBerry got a slight bump in versions last night. The update, which is basically a bug squashing release addresses some minor issues within the previous release. The list is as follows:

  • Fixed empty title issue for those blogs with “Site Title” field set to empty value.
  • Fixed an issue on the comments screen that doesn’t permit editing of comments with weird characters within URL or e-mail field.
  • Introduced a better integration with the VideoPress service and the WordPress.com Space-Upgrade option.
  • Added support for blog shortcut icon.
  • Minor bug fixing.

Again just big fixes but, if you're one who likes to make sure your apps are up to date you can grab this one from BlackBerry App World right now.

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ShortcutManager for your BlackBerry Torch 9800 - 25 copies to be won!

Development on applications for BlackBerry 6 seems to be a bit slow so far, but ToySoft has their first app finished, and available for download. ShortcutManager lets you add shortcuts directly to your homescreen (or any other folder), for items as email addresses, PIN, SMS, contacts, phone numbers, and websites. Simply choose your type of shortcut, add a name and description, set the destination of the shortcut, and save it to your homescreen. You can also set an icon for each shortcut you create, adding some nice personalization to your BlackBerry 6 device. ShortcutManager also features the backup and restore of your shortcuts, as well as the ability to even shortcut an entire message. Overall, ShortcutManager is a very nice application. It has really helped speed up my overall productivity on my 9800. You can pick it up on sale for $2.99 at the CrackBerry App Store. It does require the BlackBerry 6 OS.

Contest:  We have 25 copies of ShortcutManager to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter.  Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.  Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.
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BlackBerry Theme Studio for the BlackBerry Torch?!?

BlackBerry Theme Studio for the BlackBerry Torch?!?

The above pic was posted to Twitter last night of what is claimed to be BlackBerry Theme Studio which shows off support for the BlackBerry Torch, Now, I'm sure a lot of theme builders are dying to get their hands on this and, I'm just as sure a lot of BlackBerry Torch owners are dying to see what theme devs can do with it.

The pic is cool and all but, unless this either leaks or Research In Motion starts distributing it through BlackBerry Beta Zone I'm not so certain we will see it before the BlackBerry Developers Conference. BlackBerry Theme Studio 5 was released there last year so logical analysis dictates Research In Motion sees Theme Studio as a developer tool. As such, it's not likely to release it on it's own but rather as part of a series of developer related announcements at DevCon 2010

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