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iVista2 Is Here And Ready For All Devices!

iVista2 Is Here And Ready For All Devices!
 
BlackBerry Storm Version of iVista 2

iVista for Trackball BlackBerry Smartphones (Bold shown)

Zack over at TheZMan has pumped out another winner, iVista2! Most of you should remember iVista and how it was the fastest selling theme to grace the ShopCrackBerry.com App Store. The reason the original iVista sold so fast was, to put in Kevin's words, was because "It ROCKS!"

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MetroPCS Launches BlackBerry Solutions!

MetroPCS Launches BlackBerry Solutions!

Prepaid BlackBerry services have been making a great deal of noise lately. Now small US carrier MetroPCS has decided to jump on board as well, not only by offering up some seriously attractive unlimited plans but now offering up BlackBerry solutions for their customers. Service of course does not come without some caveats, first of course being the relatively small coverage area offered by MetroPCS and another being the insane price customers are expected to pay for a new BlackBerry 8330. As you can see from the pic above, the buy in cost is $449 with unlimited everything plans rolling in at $50 ($10 more for BES) and no contracts. I'm sure some of you out there MAY take advantage of the offer, but only if you are within a MetroPCS coverage area.

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Telus Launches Black And Pink 8230 Flip!

Telus Launches Black And Pink 8230 Flip!

Telus customer? Not interested in the Storm? How about an 8230 in Black or Pink? Telus has finally gotten around to officially launching the device after many weeks of pre-release advertising (in hopes to stave off sales from Bell which released the device prior to Telus). If you are gonna grab this one up it will set you back $49.99 on a 3 year contract with an accompanying plan in the $30-40 range. One thing to point out about the Telus pink version... it actually differs from other carriers' versions as the pink is on the external housing rather then just around the keypad. A nice touch special to only Telus at this point.

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RIM Teases Masses With FaceBook 1.5 Again!

RIM Teases Masses With FaceBook 1.5 Again!

Anyone notice anything a little weird about the description of the Facebook application here? How about the fact the page is describing FaceBook 1.5 functionality when it has yet to be released?! Way to go RIM, you tease us with mistakenly  intentionally releasing information in the RIM support knowledge base then you go ahead and update the FaceBook description on the landing page yet, you still don't release it to the masses. That my friends is called creating anticipation, although I have other words not so work friendly for it.  How about we give you to the end of the day to release it or else we start a CrackBerry Picket!

[ Boy Genius ]

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TetherBerry Contest Winners Announced

The TetherBerry contest was a quickie, being post yesterday morning and ending at Midnight, but even in that short time thousands of you entered to win 1 of 100 free copies! The 100 free winners are listed after the break. Congrats!!

If you didn't win, keep in mind that TetherBerry is now available until March 12th for an introductory one-time fee of $39.99. You can visit TetherBerry.com for more details.

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BerryBuzz Winners Announced and Sale Extended!

Following up on our contest last week for 100 Free Copies of BerryBuzz, the winners have been announced! The 100 winning CrackBerry.com members' usernames are listed after the break

BerryBuzz Sale Extended: If you're not one of the lucky winners, you can save yourself 25% on BerryBuzz if you buy it today or tomorrow. To take advantage of the savings, visit CrackBerryAppStore.com on your BlackBerry and use coupon code buzzpromo when checking out.

* Please Note: The coupon code will only work in the mobile app store (crackberryappstore.com) and not in our website software store (software.crackberry.com). For a tutorial on using coupon codes in the mobile app store, click here. *

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Leaked: OS 4.7.0.114 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!

Here it is... the eagerly anticipated OS 4.7.0.114 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!

* Update: OS 4.7.0.114 now available for the Storm 9500 too >> *

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CRACKBERRY SMASH!!! Take that iPhone, G1 and Palm Pre! Storm owners have a new hero today and his name is Fabian Heuwieser. Fabian just released CrackBerry Smash for the BlackBerry Storm and it is a fun time killer of an app that lets you lay the SMASH down on the smartphone competition.

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Extended Battery for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review

A Hands-On Review of the Seidio Innocell 2600mAh Battery for the Curve 8900

[ This review comes to you via CrackBerry member c_scheuer. Post your BlackBerry Smartphone, Accessory and Software reviews in our Community Reviews forum! If promoted to the blogs you'll receive a $20 coupon to ShopCrackBerry.com! Click Here for more details. ]

Today I wanted to post a review about a wonderful product by Seidio. Today I will be reviewing the 8900 Extended Battery and back cover. Let's see where to get started... Boy there is so much to this review its hard to decide where to begin!

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We're only 16 days away from the official start of the 2009 Formula 1 season and some hardcore Lewis Hamilton fans (along with a bit of help from Vodafone and McLaren we assume) have put together what has to be one of the sweetest ads / elaborate stunts / examples of corporate viral advertising for the BlackBerry Storm ever. LOVE IT!

Watch the video. Seriously?! An RC car controlled by the Storm? An F1 car controlled by the BlackBerry Storm? I wants it!!!! After BlackBerrys and smartphones, Formula 1 is my passion (can't wait for Melbourne!). So if you're reading this McLaren, how about you bring this CrackBerry Addict down to Monaco this season for a pit tour :-)

[ via PitPass ]

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Dilbert Seeks Help for his Smartphone Addiction... Not!

Lol... now how many of you guys reading this agree with 'ole Dilbert on this one?!

Thanks to RazrRob for sending in.

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bluCTRL Helps Expand Your Berrys Uses!

bluCTRL Helps Expand Your Berrys Uses!

BluCTRL is definitely one of those applications/services you can add to your list of "cool things your BlackBerry can do" as far as I'm concerned. Most computers these days have Bluetooth built right into them or at the very least you may have a Bluetooth dongle sitting somewhere around that mess you call a computer desk. If that's the case you might as well put it to work - one good idea would be to set up your BlackBerry Desktop Manager software to do a Bluetooth sync with your PC as soon as you walk in the door everyday.

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Leave a Comment to this Blog Post for a Chance to Win a Copy of TetherBerry!

So here's the deal. This past Friday Bla1ze dropped in the blogs word about the open beta of a new tethering solution for BlackBerry called TetherBerry. With that one blog post TetherBerry saw their beta test base jump from 2,000 users to over 10,000 users! TetherBerry is now out of beta and in appreciation the folks behind TetherBerry have come back to the blogs bearing gifts...

TetherBerry Introductory Pricing: Until March 12th (this Thursday), you can pick up TetherBerry for a one-time introductory fee of $39.99. Click here to buy.

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Here is an awesome looking upcoming application. Fōne book, which is currently under development by Blinding Rain is building a great phone directory application specifically for the Storm. Blinding Rain's philosophy for this application is that users are seeking out  great looking, and for that matter, functioning applications for their Storms that will at least put it closer to the iPhone. While I'm all for the great applications philosophy, I personally believe that developers for BlackBerry devices can do this without the need to toss the iPhone "look" into it at all. Just make great applications for the Storm and users will be happy. But what do I know lol? Dig the video and leave some comments on what you think about Blinding Rain's efforts. Have they got a winner here?

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Free CB 2.0 Theme Now Available for 8800 and 8300 Curves

During our CrackBerry Birthday week festivities we released the Free HD CB 2.0 BlackBerry theme for the Storm, Bold and Curve 8900. Built for CrackBerry readers by Hedone Designs, the theme has already receieved over 20,000 downloads!

By way of popular demand, Hedone went back to the Plazmic drawing board and has now released the free CB 2.0 theme for the BlackBerry 8800 and Curve 8300 series devices. Sweeet. THANKS HEDONE!!

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Thought Piece: What to Call Future Palm Pre Owners....

Having attended CES earlier this year and both witnessing the unveiling of the Palm Pre and getting to go hands-on with it, I know when it officially gets released (assuming Palm lasts that long of course) that it will be a device worthy of the CrackBerry title Public Smartphone Frenemy #2. It's a big compliment to Palm that a crazy CrackBerry Addict like myself and an Apple fanboy for life like Rene Ritchie (of TheiPhoneBlog) both see innovations in the Pre and Palm Web OS that we wish our favorite devices possessed.

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BlackBerry Sponsoring the U2 360 Tour

BlackBerry Sponsoring the U2 360 Tour

Any U2 fans here in CrackBerry Nation? If so, this announcement may give ya cause for excitement... it was announced at U2.com today that BlackBerry will be sponsoring U2's upcoming 360 Tour. Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 will kick things off in Barcelona on June 30th and visit 14 cities across Europe before jumping over to North America in September. On the topic of the BlackBerry sponsorship, U2's manager Paul McGuiness commented,

"This tour announcement marks the first stage of a relationship and shared vision between RIM and U2 that we expect will lead to new and innovative ways to enhance the mobile music experience on the BlackBerry platform for U2 fans. We look forward to sharing more details as the relationship unfolds." 

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Free Titanium Series Themes For Your BlackBerry Storm!!

This is amazing! With over 7,000 thread views and only one screenshot ever posted before last night and the promise of it coming soon CrackBerry Forums member Zodiaq has finally set loose his Titanium series of themes coming in 6 different colors. This being Zodiaq's first theme, I have to say it has blown me away with the amount of detail and work put into all of them and it really shows. All 6 themes are available in the CrackBerry Forums for free (donations are accepted) in zip and OTA format for your downloading pleasure.

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Buy and Read Books on your BlackBerry via Shortcovers

Last week I discovered the newly-launched Shortcovers (which I told Rene over @ TheiPhoneBlog about and he posted) and finally over the weekend I created an account and put it to use.

Launched by Canadian book seller Chapters/Indigo, Shortcovers is a North American (USA and Canada) service that allows you to browse and purchase the electronic versions of books for reading both online (@ computer) and from your mobile device. Shortcovers currently offers both a BlackBerry and iPhone app. The video above has a way too much iPhone presence for my liking (a Bold and 8800 make appearances at least), but it does provide a good overview of the service.

I installed the Shortcovers BlackBerry app on my Curve 8900 (which their download page still refers to as the Javelin - and yes they do have a Storm version) without a hitch. The app is pretty basic, but is easy to use and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the app does make use of BlackBerry shortcuts. T and B will take you top and bottom while reading, and N and P will take you to the next and previous pages and you can scroll down with the spacebar. The mobile client even offers some social networking components -- such as the ability to Tweet what you're reading -- which is nice to see. There are a couple screen captures after the break so you can get a closer look. All in all, I'd say Shortcovers is off to a good start. With an app and service like this it's only after you launch that you can really see how people use it and gain insight from their feedback. So if you give it a go, leave your comments to this post and I'm sure Shortcovers will see it, listen to it and make version 2.0 of their client even better.

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BBFileScout - BlackBerry File Explorer And More!

For the past little while I have been testing out applications which allow you to manage your device and SD Card a little bit better in an effort to try and keep things a little more organized for myself. I have also been testing out alot of applications that allow me to create zip files on my device to allow for easier emailing of files that are often times larger then what BIS services allow me to transfer through email.

Enter BBFileScout, an amazing file explorer and zipping application that has just about everything I was looking for. I can view files, rename files, move files, hide files, zip filles and heck, even associate files to a specific application ie: .doc to Documents To Go. It also includes a c nicely integrated text viewer.

Here is a quick rundown of the BBFileScout features list:

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