BlackBerry Storm2 Cases

BlackBerry Storm2 Cases

Looking for your first case or skin for the BlackBerry BlackBerry Storm2? Here's Your Chance to Win One! Just leave a comment to this post letting us know which form of protection (case, skin, shield, etc.) you plan to buy first for your new BlackBerry Storm2...

Cases and Skins for the BlackBerry Storm2

Back on October 19th, shortly after the BlackBerry Storm2 was announced, we ran a post on the blogs asking soon-to-be BlackBerry Storm2 owners what the first type of BlackBerry Storm2 accessory they would buy would be: some form protection, a hands-free accessory, charger, spare battery, etc.

70% of respondents to that poll voted that a cases for the BlackBerry Storm2 (or some other form of protection) be the first item they take care of (wow!). From there, it only makes sense that we follow up and find out exactly which type of offering be the most popular. These days there are many ways in which one can protect their BlackBerry model from scratches, bumps and drops, each offering their own pros and cons compared to the other.

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 Official Firmware Updates Released Across Multiple Carriers

BlackBerry Tour owners have got some official OS update love. Here is a quick run down of who has released what OS for the Tour. Be sure to check your desktop if your carrier is support or if it's not, you can hit up the direct downloads from each carriers BlackBerry downloads page. Just remember to delete your vendor.xml file if the OS you download is not from your carrier.

[ Bryan Court. Of BBOS ]

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BlackBerry Storm2 9520 Official 5.0 OS Update For Vodafone Users

* Update from Kevin - Oops.. kind of a dumb post here (blame Bla1ze on a lack of sleep.... and me too for not catching it immediately! I thought he meant 9500 and not 9520 and got excited for everybody! lol). The Storm2 from Vodafone actually ships with this firmware version. This is only news / an official upgrade to people who were running earlier pre-release versions of the Storm2 from Vodafone, which would be a small handful.  No Storm 9500 users, there isn't an update for you yet. It even sounds like it could be 2010 now before one is available to you. :( Sorry for the confusion here!!!

Just in case any BlackBerry Storm 9520 users were feeling a little left out in regards to the OS 5.0 release on Verizon. Vodafone has started pushing OS 5.0.0.306 through to customers via BlackBerry Desktop Manager since yesterday and while it's only a Desktop Manager install at this time the post of the installable file has to come soon. If you are a Vodafone customer you can grab the update now and if you're not, just sit tight till the install file shows up for download.

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BlackBerry Storm2 Now Live On Verizon Website; Buy One Get One Applicable!!

It's time Storm2 chasers! The BlackBerry Storm2 has arrived on the Verizon web site and is now available to order. You can place your order via the site or head on down to your local Verizon store tomorrow morning and grab one. Buy One, Get one also applies to the BlackBerry Storm2 so you might want to take advantage of that while you can. Looking forward to hearing from you new users tomorrow be sure to let us know in the forums when you get yours!

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Contest: Seidio Innocase Snap Case for BlackBerry

Contest: Seidio Innocase Snap Case for BlackBerry

55 Innocase Snap Cases to be Won! Leave a Comment to this Post including the name of the BlackBerry Device Model you own. Details below...

A few weeks back we looked at the Seidio Innocase Snap for the BlackBerry Tour. The sleek case covers the back and sides of your device, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors to trick out your Bold, Tour, Storm or Curve. The Snap sells for $19.95 at ShopCrackBerry.com, but if you get in on the contest action right now you can may just get lucky and be able to snag one courtesy of Seidio for free! We have a big handful to give away (15 for Tour and 10 each for Storm, Curve 8900, Curve 83xx and Bold to be exact) so there is plenty of love to go around. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your device model. We'll select random winners for each device from all the entries. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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BlackBerry Storm2 Product Manager Gets Interviewed

The official Inside BlackBerry blog just put up a cool interview with the Product Manager of the BlackBerry Storm2, Yasser Mirza. If you're a Storm2 chaser getting ready to stand in line tomorrow morning, definitely jump over now and read the Q & A in detail. We'll repost one of the questions here as a freebie to get you started...

Q - Douglas Soltys: What was your vision for the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone? What were some of the key product features you focused on during development?

A - Yasser Mirza: Deliver the best touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone experience! Seriously though, there were three product features we focused on the most:

  • Typing - Providing an easy and enjoyable typing experience is a key pillar of the BlackBerry smartphone experience, so we wanted to make sure we met those expectations.
  • User experience - we wanted to make sure the user experience would be fast and responsive out of the gate. There are hundreds of enhancements in this product - both hardware and software - that have really come together in the BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone to provide the BlackBerry experience that people expect. 
  • "Eye-candy" factor - a consumer focused touch- screen smartphone needs to 'press the right buttons' with customers, if you know what I mean. =D We wanted to keep the existing industrial design but give it a sleeker look with cleaner lines.

It's a good read and I think very cool to personalize a gadget like the Storm2 by getting a glimpse of the people who work to bring it to life. Posts on the Inside BlackBerry blog have been few and far between (and entirely too full of the ® and TM symbols every time a product name is mentioned to really consider it an actual blog), but regardless of how one thinks of it, this post was solid.

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GPSed: Map your impressions

GPSed: Map your impressions

Oh look, another postcard. It’s a cheesy, yet thoughtful way to share your global adventure with your friends or family. I don’t see them that often anymore, but they are fun to receive, aren’t they? There’s always a friend or relative out there, exploring the globe and discovering new places. These postcards are a window into their world, but they don’t truly capture it. The picture rarely gives a personal vision of their adventure. It’s one thing to read their stories and imagine. It’s another thing to see it. Perhaps you want to follow in their foot steps. Perhaps you want to strike out on your own voyage. Whether it be across the ocean or across town, why not blaze a trail for everyone to see?

Though it’s been out for a while, I turned to GPSed to mark my path. GPSed helps you record and archive your potentially world spanning treks with your BlackBerry smartphone. Along the way, you can capture and share images you’ve taken to enhance your tales of travel (I told you the fish was that big!). You’ll spend less time picking and filling out postcards and more time making tracks. Is GPSed your next travel companion? Read on to decide.

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Entry #48 - I Love My BlackBerry, The Movie | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 2 more to come! *

Suspense. Drama. Action. Our 8th finalist's video entry in the I Love My BlackBerry contest has them all and then some. Kick back, hit play and watch I Love My BlackBerry, The Movie. Mike Neel packed a lot into this 4minute flick, which flows quick and holds your attention. Great job Mike (and evil girlfriend!)! You can read his overview of the video below.

Only two more entries left to get announced. We'll do them both up tomorrow for Storm2 launch day! Stay tuned!

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Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Bold 9000 in White Dummy Units Arriving in Stores
 

* Update - Just got further word from Treatz that Rogers is now shipping the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in lavendar. Take a look at it here. *

Our pal Treatz is at it again. This time he dropped us some great photos of mock units of both the Bold 9700 and Bold 9000 in white. The Bold 9700 should be hitting carriers in just a few weeks, so its no surprise that these units are landing in stores. I personally get a kick out of seeing the mock units. After all the specualting we do, its like a final flash of reality. Hit the jump for more photos, or head into the forums for some discussion.

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Plazmic Content Developers Kit - Its Current Issues and a Look At What is Possibly Ahead For It

The last time we took a look at the Plazmic Content Developers Kit it was due to the fact RIM had removed the Plazmic.com homepage and placed it on the BlackBerry Developers page. It was later explained to us that this move was completed in order to get Plazmic in line with the rest of the BlackBerry developer tools as Plazmic was now going to more of an "in house" mission to get it top notch. This time, we're going to have a look at where Plazmic is hoped to be heading and a quick review of some of the issues theme developers are now faced with when making themes for BlackBerry devices.

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RIM Still Loves U2; Sponsoring the U2 2010 N.A. Tour

RIM Still Loves U2; Sponsoring the U2 2010 N.A. Tour

This may be shocking to some, maybe not to others. RIM has signed on to be the sponsors of the 2010 U2 North American tour.  The U2 360 Tour which has been touted as the largest rock and roll touring production, is set to go on the road again as the U2 2010 tour and tickets have been sold out in many areas just after the announcement.

The press release has all the details for the North American dates expected. The surprise of this information comes simply due to the fact that throughout the whole tour, BlackBerry was not a very prominent sponsor aside from the U2 mobile album, which is available via BlackBerry App World. No huge BlackBerry ad's on the monitors, no one handing out BlackBerry schwag or offering up contests, just a few banners here and there. Not to mention, during the Youtube broadcast concert from the Rosebowl, I never saw one BlackBerry logo. So I'm curious as to why RIM would sponsor U2 again as opposed to looking at other artists that would welcome their sponsorhip and most likely allow the brand to be more prodominate during events.

Update: Reading through the comments, it looks the BlackBerry presence may have been pretty decent afterall. Guess I just missed it!

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Contest Winners: WunderRadio, AddOnis/ProfilerPro, HS-500 Headset & Bold 9700 Accessories

A good variety of contests this time. Great apps WunderRadio, AddOnis and ProfilerPro. As well a BlackBerry HS-500 and some Bold 9700 Accessories. Don't forget we're in the midst of our iluvBB contest and only have a few more finalists to announce. Get a jump on this week as well with BerrySilent, Phone Slipper and even a Bold 9700 from Ringtone Expressions. Congrats to all the winners!

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Verizon to Launch New Curve as BlackBerry Curve2?!!

Between Storm2 and Bold 9700 posts, things were a little crazy on the blogs last week, but if you were catching everything you would have caught our Verizon BlackBerry Curve2 8530 Review on Friday. In that review I spent a lot of time (some would say way too much time) talking about the name of the new Verizon Curve. The box I received actually had the device labeled the "Curve 2" (with a space) while the About screen showed Curve 8530.

From there, I went on to argue that in a perfect BlackBerry world, calling this unit the Curve2 would make perfect sense in following the Storm2's branding, but that doing so totally ignores the fact the Curve 8900 (which features a better display and camera) exists on other carriers and would technically already be the Curve 2. Also, the fact that the original Curve 8530 codenamed "aries" didn't have WiFi but the latest units do, one could make the argument that it should really be the Curve 8550 just like the Storm2 is the 9550 vs. the WiFi-less 9530. Also seems weird that the rubber on the back below the camera would then say just Curve vs. Curve2. Does it really matter what they call it? Maybe not... but some of us crazy CrackBerries do care about these things. Check out the review for the full overkill rant.

As for the point of this post... well, in that review we posted one image from Verizon's Holiday Catalogue that showed the New Curve was coming, but BGR today followed up with the full catalogue that shows the new Curve and that it will be dubbed the Curve2. Definitely sounds better than Curve 8530 (am sure they'll sell more this way), but definitely is confusing from an overall BlackBerry brand marketing standpoint. 

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Boingo Mobile WiFi Launches for BlackBerry Smartphones

* Update - Looks like the BlackBerry Storm2 is supported too! Get Boingo Storm2 owners. *

Boingo Wireless, with over 100,000 WiFi hotspots around the world, today announced support for BlackBerry Smartphones beginning with the BlackBerry Bold, Curve 8900 and Curve 8320 (too bad they don't have it ready for the WiFi-equipped Storm2 yet, which hits stores tomorrow). I'm personally already a Boingo subscriber -- for $7.95/month it has been more than worth the money every time I'm stuck at an airport so I can get some work done from my laptop (not going to tether while roaming in another country) -- so this news is kind of exciting to me. Hopefully it will help reduce the stupidly expensive data roaming bills I often incur for my BlackBerry use when when traveling.

To learn more, you can check out the press release below and visit boingo.com. You grab the BlackBerry app at the link below.

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BigTinCan Crack It And Win Contest

BigTinCan Crack It And Win Contest

BigTinCan is offering up a unique contest for the CrackBerry community. They have some great apps in store for the BlackBerry Developers Conference and in celebration are giving away 1000 copies of their awesome BuzzMe Pro app. The rules are simple - you need to figure out what the acronym BOPA stands for. Just head over to the contest page to take your guess. Entrants who get 3 words correct will receive a free copy of BuzzMe Pro, and entrants who get all 4 correct will be entered in a drawing for a free BlackBerry. That's all there is to it. The winners will be announced during the BlackBerry Developers Conference November 9th.

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Contest: 200 Free Copies of BerrySilent

Contest: 200 Free Copies of BerrySilent

Last week we checked out BerrySilent from BellShare and it seemed to go over well. A cool app for the Storm, BerrySilent allows you to silence your ringer or change profiles just by placing the device face down. Another great app in the long line from Bellshare, BerrySilent is available in the CrackBerry App Store for only $1.99 through Friday (regularly $3.99). If you're not quite ready to buy it, you're in luck. We have 200 copies to give away. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter to win 1 of 200 copies. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Google Voice For BlackBerry Updated to Version 0.1.6

Google has made a bunch of new changes to the Google Voice system the past few days. Your mobile number can now be used with Google Voice and your carriers voicemail can also be integrated at this time. Some of these changes are probably the reasoning for the most recent mobile version update that Ronen at BerryReview was tipped about. Of course, Google does not provide us with any changelog so we can't be certain that's the reasoning for the update. In any event, it's there and ready to be download by all Google Voice for BlackBerry users. Let us know in the comments if you find any changes.

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Documents To Go For BlackBerry Updated To Version 2.0

Documents To Go For BlackBerry Updated To Version 2.0
Documents To Go is something all BlackBerry users should be aware of by now. With OS every since 4.5, Documents To Go has been preloaded on all devices by RIM. Many users have long since upgraded to the premium version that was offered, while many just chose to keep the basic functioning one on their devices for occasional use. Documents To Go is by no means a cheap application, with the premium version ringing in at $69.99. But for those of you who have seen the advantages of it, you might wanna check out the newly upgraded version 2.0.

The update brings some changes to the table that many users have been asking for such as wireless desktop syncronization and the ability to open password protected Office 2007 files. The only thing that may make you sway from buying it is the fact the upgrade is set at $29.99 alone, which is rather steep considering the cost of getting the premium version alone was over $70. If Documents To Go has been useful to you in the past, you may want to at least check out the free trial that is available and see if it's worth the investment to you.

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iluvmybb finalist - BlackBerry... A Love Story

Entry #69 - BlackBerry... A Love Story | View All Contest Video Submissions >>


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* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 3 more to come! *

We're into the home stretch in announcing the finalists in our I Love My BlackBerry video contest. Our seventh finalist is entry #69, titled BlackBerry... A Love Story. The vision and handy work of Michael Garcia and Elizabeth Bejarno, this is one hella-creative entry, playing off the mood and theme of an old Hollywood love story. Just hit play and watch. Pretty wicked, huh? You can find the story behind the video below.

Only three more entries left to get announced over the next two days before we get the community vote kicked off on Thursday (will run through the weekend to Monday night). If you've missed any of the finalist announcements so far, here's a recap of our first six so you can get up to speed:

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Service Pack 1 for BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0 Released
 

RIM doesn't often offer "service packs" for Desktop Manager (they usually just release updated versions) so we're not sure what this one entails. The software is listed as Service Pack 1 (5.0.1). Just some minor bug fixes and not a whole lot of upgrades in this release.

  • User interface for using your device as an IP modem
  • Support for new fields on the address book for your device
  • Enhancements to the synchronization process for organizer data
  • Support for Greek and Hebrew languages
  • Support for Windows(R) 7 

Head over to the BlackBerry Software Download page to update. Be sure to let us know if you find anything else new.

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