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Our pal JReel is back with another community BlackBerry Bold accessory review and this time he's taking a look at the BlackBerry Leather Wrist Strap for the BlackBerry Bold. This can also be used on the Pearl, Pearl Flip and Curve 8900, which all feature slots/hooks that allow you to attach a lanyard or charm.

As JReel points out, the Leather Wrist Strap may not be for everyone as a daily use thing, but as this video demonstrates, it's not a bad idea to keep a lanyard for your device handy to prevent disaster from happening...

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T-Mobile 8120 To Finally Get 4.5 OS?

T-Mobile 8120 To Finally Get 4.5 OS?

Wow! With all the hoopla going on with Bold and Storm and Javelin Curve 8900 leaks and official OS releases I guess it's easy to forget at times that there are still some devices out there that have yet to be upgraded to even 4.5.

Such is the case with the T-Mobile 8120, as Boy Genius Report has posted information about the upcoming launch of 4.5 for the 8120 said to be released on Friday. What on earth took T-Mobile so long to even approve this OS for launch? It's been available for other carriers for ages now. I guess all there is to say is if you have been waiting ever so patiently for an official release, the wait will soon be over.

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Official OS Releases For Bold And Storm (9500)!

Official OS Releases For Bold And Storm (9500)!

Well, what do we have here now? Official releases of some recent OS' for the 9500 series Storm and the Bold... sure is! Seems SiMobile has gone live with the official versions of the 4.6.0.247 for the BlackBerry Bold and following up last night's leak of 4.7.0.114 for the Storm, have also released 4.7.0.113 (9500 Storms only). You can grab both downloads at the links below and be sure to leave some comments. I'm rather interested to see if an official release of 4.7.0.113 will show up for the 9530 Storm. Thanks to all who emailed this one in!!

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Free Unlock Codes For The Next 48 Hours!

Free Unlock Codes For The Next 48 Hours!

That's right folks, totally free unlock codes for the next 48 hrs for all T-Mobile, AT&T and Rogers BlackBerry devices! So if you are looking to unleash your device from your carriers clutches for whatever reason, now is the time to do so.

* Final Update: OK CrackBerry Nation, what a giveaway this has been! The 48 Hours of Free BlackBerry Unlock codes will soon be coming to an end - you have until 5pm EST today (Friday) to get your order in for free. As long as your order is placed by then, CellUnlock.net will get your order processed. Once 5pm EST hits, CellUnlock.net will replace the CrackBerry Promo landing page (click the image above) with a link to save 50% on your unlocks - so even if you missed getting in on the freebie you're still in for a deal.

To keep up to date with CellUnlock's progress as they plough through the over 18,000 orders placed so far, visit this CrackBerry forums thread. CellUnlock is posting updates and answering questions there. Thanks CellUnlock.net!!!! * 

Hit this link, fill out the information (you enter the coupon code after you have added the item to cart and the price will reduce to $0.00) and shortly after that you will have your 100% Free unlock code courtesy of Cellunlock.net. Remember, it's only for the next 48 hours. Once that time is up, the codes will be expired and no longer valid. What are you waiting for? You're still reading this? Hit the link and get in on the action! Be sure to leave some comments as well to show some appreciation for the folks at Cellunlock!

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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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