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Win A Free BlackBerry Smartphone Every Day In June!

Who doesn't want a chance to win a FREE BlackBerry? The Weather Channel Mobile just kicked off their second annual Mobile Month to promote the use of it's enhanced mobile products for the summer months.  Last year the event saw over 700,000 entries, the most of any contest held by The Weather Channel.  The contest runs now until June 30th, and you can enter for a chance to win every day.  To enter visit weather.com/mobile, or jump straight to the contest page

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OS Leaks: 4.5.0.153 for GSM Devices & 4.6.0.278 for 8220!

Phew what a Monday! Yesterday, Storm users finally got an official update from Verizon and Curve 8900 users got 4.6.1.250.  This morning more OS leak love landed for GSM users. OS 4.5.0.153 has shown up for devices across the board.  Pearl 8220 users can also download leaked OS 4.6.0.278. You can catch all the links below. 

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PodTrapper Updated To Version 2.1.0

PodTrapper Updated To Version 2.1.0

I love it when great apps just keep getting better. PodTrapper which we have covered on numerous occasions here at CrackBerry has just gotten that much better with the recent changes that have been put into effect. For those unaware of how or what Pod Trapper is, Craig's review is something you'll want to have a look at if being able to download podcasts direct to your device is something you need in your life.

For those of you all out there that have been happily using PodTrapper for a while now, the change log has some fine points in that are worth mentioning:

  • Multiple playlist support
  • Preserve episodes from auto deletion
  • Rearrange playlists
  • Ability to pause via mute key on top of handheld while locked/holstered
  • Ability to assign actions to convenience keys while BB is locked

While those are the major changes, there is a whole laundry list of minor changes that have been considered as well. You can read the full changelog here. And for those new to the PodTrapper application, a free trial is available in the Shop CrackBerry Store, after which the application costs $9.99.

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Premium Bussfast Theme From Hedone Designs

Premium Bussfast Theme From Hedone Designs

One of what I would consider the top theme makers out there is back after a short break! Hedone Hawker has come back and dropped his latest piece of art on us named Bussfast. With support across the board for all qwerty BlackBerry devices, Bussfast lives up tp previous work done by Hedone in the fact it simply looks sharp on any device.

Today plus features, user-customizable icon placement and straight up good looks make this one a hot item to have. Welcome Hedone back to the BlackBerry world and keep your eyes out for more of his work...  he's looking to impress us all with some mad theming skills.

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Leaked - OS v4.7.0.151 for Storm 9500!

Leaked- OS v4.7.0.151 for Storm 9500!

Storm 9500 owners out there should be pleased to see this one, 4.7.0.151 has leaked online and is now available online for all too grab, of course again this is NOT an official RIM release of the OS so standard disclaimers apply. Be sure to share your findings in the CrackBerry forums. And all you 9530 owners, sit tight if the 9500 is showing up now history tells us the 9530 version is not far behind.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. * 

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Leaked - Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.250 Found Online!

Leaked - Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.250 Found Online!

Well what do we have here now? Break out your USB cables and fire up desktop manager all you 8900 owners, the newest leaked OS 4.6.1.250 just hit the net over at BerryReview and is now downloadable . Disclaimer applies of course.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions.

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Best of SPE, 31 May 2009

New Slacker Application version 2.0.2!

New Slacker Application version 2.0.2!

One of the CrackBerry nations favorite streaming radio applications got a nice update yesterday. Slacker is now sitting at version 2.0.2 and has included many bug fixes in the latest version the major changes outlined below.

The major enhancement of the application update is that we have optimized the application to perform faster and remove many of the "Gaps" when skipping or transitioning songs. When a song first starts, there's alot of activity going on, but after 10-15 seconds you should get near instant skips (Depending on your connection speed).

To upgrade to the new version, please start by uninstalling the current version by going to Options > Advanced Options > Applications on your BlackBerry phone. Then find the Slacker Application, highlight it and press the BB Menu button and choose Delete. Once completed restart your device and grab the latest version from Slacker.

Head On Over To The Slacker Website For More Info And Downloads>>>

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Vivid Premium Storm Theme!

Vivid Premium Storm Theme!

Long goes my battle to find the perfect BlackBerry Storm theme and luckily I was able to get my hands on the above hotness from WJD Designs. Vivid looks great at that lovely Storm display and while the included background is amazing, any other background you wish to use looks great as well due to the icons used as they are not really "invasive" of the overall look of the theme.

With 2 hidden homescreen buttons that allows you to hide your icons when not in use and the "must have" spots that support quick launch and your favorite weather application Vivid is a nice addition to my Storms theme selection, but really me describing the theme does not do this one justice. In order to get a feel for the speed in this theme checking out the video is a must, that way you can see for yourself lag is not an issue here. Vivid is on sale for $5 right now till the 31st.

Grab Vivid For Your Storm From The Shop CrackBerry Store>>>

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 036

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 036

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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BlackBerry Storm 9530 OS 4.7.0.148 Available This Sunday!!

*UPDATE* -Update services are now live, go and get your .148 on if you haven't already.

After hearing that OS 4.7.0.141 failed Verizon testing, and seeing yesterdays MR2 info sheet, everyone has been getting a bit anxious waiting for something from Big Red.  Well we just officially got word that Verizon will release OS 4.7.0.148 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 this Sunday, May 31st at 3pm EST

Customers will be able to get the update via the Web at www.blackberry.com/update beginning Sunday, May 31 from 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Verizon Wireless will also be rolling this update out to customers through an over-the-air download beginning Sunday night (10 p.m. Eastern Time). To get the download over the air, go to Options> Advanced Options > Wireless Updates.  

It's about time right?  Hopefully this update will have some good fixes. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

 

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 29th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for May 29th, 2009!

Hope everyone has had a great week. Hard to believe May has almost come and gone! In this months' last roundup we have the following titles:

New This Week: Dial Voice Mail, SmrtGuard for BlackBerry, StudentDocket for the BlackBerry Storm, Flag Your Emails, Note2Self

Apps on Sale: StopTilt, PatternLock, Bartender Pro, Call Blocker, Doodle, PhoneLog, SearchCraig, Connect Four

Cool at BlackBerry App World: GreenFinder

Freebie of the Week: Livecontacts LC Mobile for BlackBerry

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Power User Must Have: Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold

Learn More About the Fuel Case and Purchase @ ShopCrackBerry.com >>


Hands-On Look at the Case-Mate Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold

Power user? BlackBerry Bold not making it through the day? You need to pour some FUEL into it! What you're looking at in the photos above is a new carrying / charging solution from the folks at Case-Mate that will power your BlackBerry Bold for a long, long time without adding any size or bulk to the actual smartphone you hold in your hand.

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Evernote Now Available For BlackBerry Curve 83XX Series

We covered the intial launch of Evernote on the Bold, Storm and 8900 series devices and Evernote left us with the promise that older devices would indeed, soon be supported. A few upgrades later,a few kinks worked out within BlackBerry App World and we now have a compatible version for ALL 83XX Series devices. Be sure to check it out via BlackBerry App World or direct from the Evernote website.

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Coming Soon: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605

We first got word of this new BlackBerry accessory back in January at CES in Las Vegas. At that time, it did not have an official name, and was simply being called a "bluetooth visor". Apparently the RIM marketing folks have been hard at work, and have now come up with the name of... Wait for it... Wait for it... Wait for it... BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605. Whoa! Where's the creativity RIM, that was the best you could do???

All kidding aside with the name, this is will be nice addition to the BlackBerry lineup of accessories. It will feature hands-free calling, no installation of the device, up to 13 hours talk-time, and the best part yet, is supposed to be compatible with GPS mapping applications. No firm details on release date yet, however you can sign up on the BlackBerry website to be notified on its release, and keep your eyes posted to ShopCrackBerry.com for when it hits the store.

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Telus Mobility Releases OS 4.5.0.160 for CDMA Curve 8330

Telus Mobility has released OS 4.5.0.160 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330.  This is an offical release for CDMA devices, just be sure to delete the Vendor.xml file if you are not a Telus user.  

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IM+ Beta Contest Winners!

IM+ Beta Contest Winners!

A little while back now we had a look at Shape Services IM+ offerings and with that Shape Services was kind enough to give us 30 activation codes for some lucky CrackBerry Nation members to make use of. Read on for a list of our winners and don't forget if you are not among the winners IM+ is available in the Shop CrackBerry Store and does offer a free trial so you can give it a go before you buy. Winners after the jump and thanks to all who entered. 

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Software Update For VZW Storm Owners May 31st?

Software Update For VZW Storm Owners May 31st?

With all the talk of the Storm 2 happening in the past few days, it's good to finally see some news for current Storm owners as well. The Crackberry tip line has been busy for the past few days with scattered reports of a new OS to be issued to Verizon customers. 

From the information in this image, it looks as if tommorrow the software will see technical acceptance, and then be issued to customers starting on May 31st.  This of course assuming it actually gets approved by Verizon, since we all know what happened last time.

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Fabian Heuwieser BlackBerry Apps on Sale for 99 cents!

Fabian Heuwieser BlackBerry Apps on Sale for 99 cents!

Let the sales on awesome applications keep rolling. Fabian Heuwieser (@FabianMH on Twitter) has also posted all of his great apps on sale for just $.99 cents up until May 31st. No coupon code required. There are lots of popular titles here, including VibAndRing, BlinkWhileCall and my personal favorite time waster TyperSpeed! Also, while your perusing the paid applications, Fabian also has some great free apps as well.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 To Launch In Next 6 Months?

BlackBerry Storm 2 To Launch In Next 6 Months?

Rumors, rumors everywhere. Last week the word all over was that the Storm 2 would (hopefully) launch by the end of June (or maybe July). Wishing it to be true but his gut telling him otherwise, to that end Kevin announced CrackBerry's Storm 2 contest. In yesterday's podcast where we caught up on a bunch of devices and release rumors, we concluded it could easily be another six months before Storm 2 would hit. It just wouldn't make sense for Verizon to release it much less than a year earlier than Storm 1. And it looks like that speculation is a bit more official. As it turns out, Reuters has reported that Lowell McAdam of Verizon stated in a webcast today:

"Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless network.

Still, nothing is set in stone, and over the next six months does it mean it could be sooner than later... but we will see what pans out. Hopefully sooner. And I guess it sounds like Verizon may be offering up the Palm Pre at some point as well. I wonder what will be the bigger seller in 2010 for Big Red.. Storm 2 or a VZW Palm Pre? 

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