Introducing SmrtGuard-Free: Provides Remote Tracking and Wiping of Device (and More) for Free!

OK CrackBerry Nation, listen up. This is one I'm pretty dang excited about. If you're a reader of CrackBerry.com you're likely familiar with SmrtGuard by now as we've talked about it a bunch of times since it was still in beta. SmrtGuard, a BES for BIS application so to speak, is known for its "Find my BlackBerry" functionality along with Remote Data Wipe and OTA Data Backup / Restore features. It's definitely one of those must-have apps for BlackBerry BIS customers, but it has always been a must-have app with a price. But there's good news... the folks at SmrtGuard have now rolled out the SmrtGuard-Free version so it's an app we all can now afford.

For the whopping price of $0.00, you get all of these features FREE for LIFE:

  • Find my BlackBerry
  • Remote Data Wipe
  • Remote Listen (Remote Call Fwd) - Yes, you can remote call fwd your BlackBerry to another number in case you left it at home!
  • Add a Loved-one as a tracker (have your loved one get SmrtGuard, and add yourself so you can track each other) -> aka the Valentine's Day gift of trust :)
  • Personal Guardian and SIMCard Guardian

Did I mention you get all of that FOR FREE?! Oh yeah, you also get their secure data back-up and migration (in case you are switching from Android to BlackBerry or vice versa) features for 30 Days, which comes standard in their premium version of SmrtGuard Pro. To get SmrtGuard-Free, just follow the link below and enter your email address to be sent the link. This is one of those apps I really think every BlackBerry user should have installed and running, so be sure to spread the word.

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Pageonce Personal Assistant 2.5 for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Offering Push Notifications

Having been a Pageonce user since their initial beta releases, I have to say, while this was a long time coming I'm sure as heck happy to see it. Pageonce has released version 2.5 of their Personal Assitant application and with this release they have indeed added push notifications to the mix.

Now as your customized accounts have changes happen, you are instantly notified of what went on. Anything from flight changes, bills that arrive or even credit card transactions. It all is captured for you and delivered to your device so that you can quickly and accurately keep track of the things that are important to you. The basic Personal Assistant is made available for free while premium services with added features are available for only $6.99. Both of which offer the email alert system.

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Cignias NAO Symphony Music System Review

Cignias NAO Symphony Music System Review
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There are numerous iPod/iPhone docks on the markets these days, but there are very few options available for BlackBerry users to wirelessly stream music from their devices. There is of course the BlackBerry Stereo Music Gateway that runs off Bluetooth, but it has limited range, about 20-30 feet from the device. For me, that distance limitation does not make the BlackBerry Stereo Music Gateway a useful accessory for me. I am constantly moving around my house, and lose connection. 

The solution to this problem has come from a new company called Cignias. They have developed an advanced wireless music system that allows the user to wirelessly stream music from their BlackBerry to the NAO Symphony System via Wi-Fi. The system also allows for streaming via Bluetooth, and the old fashioned way by a direct connection via 3.5mm cord.

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Snaptu For BlackBerry Updated To v.1.2.8

Snaptu For BlackBerry Updated To v.1.2.8

Snaptu, the widget-based application got a version bump up to v1.2.8 from the previously available v1.2.7. Sadly, I cannot find any definitive change log but from my use it does seem to have sped up the application a little bit more and you can now add a Google search bar to the main screen, were as before it was just a widget. 

Since Snaptu allows for multiple widgets to be created from within the app, you can add quite a few of your personal favorites: Twitter, Picasa, AccuWeather, RSS News Reader, Live Soccer Scores, MyMovies and the list goes on from there. I personally enjoy the Google reader widget since Google has yet to give us a dedicated solution. But I digress, you all can ask Adam how he feels about the situiation - he'll appreciate your concern, and of course be sure to check out Snaptu. ;)

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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 5th, 2010; Contest: 50 Copies of TyperSpeed to be Won!

This week, I'm going to introduce a new feature to the App Roundup... The weekly giveaway! That's right, each week I'll have a new app up for grabs... All you have to do is answer a simple question I ask regarding the featured app each week. Leave your answer in the comments (please only 1 answer per person), and we'll randomly select winners from your answers. Winners will be announced in our weekly winners announcement on Tuesday.

This week we've got 'TyperSpeed' from our bud Fabian Heuwieser up for grabs... and we have 50 free copies to give away. Keep reading for all the details.

Giveaway of the Week: TyperSpeed

Freebies of the Week: The Help Haiti App, Imagining Theme, Carbon Fiber Theme

In Case You Missed It: Verizon Launches VZ Navigator 5.0, Storm Unlock, AT&T myWireless App

New This Week: inText, Piczzle, Dog Emergency

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Madden NFL 10

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Another BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Spotted Gallivanting Around

Alright folks, this is getting kind of out of hand. Normally before a device is released we see a few hands-on photos and videos of them but with this particular device, the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has surely seen more then a "few" hands on. The newest one comes to us courtesy of FeedBerry which is an Indonesian site and will be doing a follow up post after some more hardware testing. So, not only is it making its rounds in the US and Canada, it has gone international now.

The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has so far, been rumored to be arriving in April during WES 2010 according to some analysts out there. But really the device looks complete, the OS with each hands on keeps showing a higher revision then the previous and people are waiting for it. Research In Motion might as well just get it out to whatever carriers are picking it up and revise their WES launch plans to different device if they truly do plan on hanging onto the 9100 until then.

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BlackBerry OS Running On A Nokia 5700?

BlackBerry OS Running On A Nokia 5700?

I..really don't know what to say about this. It appears as though the above Nokia 5700 has been frankenstiened to run a port of the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 8220 OS more specifically. Maxpda is the source of this unruly behaviour and as much as I am appalled, I find myself unable to stop looking at it. Well, best I can say is if it's a fake, they sure did the video of it in action quite well.

[ Engadget / Unwired View ]

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T-Mobile UK Prepares For BlackBerry Storm2 Launch

T-Mobile UK Prepares For BlackBerry Storm2 Launch

Folks have been enjoying their BlackBerry Storm2's for a while now in the UK but due to an exclusive deal with Vodafone, carrier selection has been slim. With T-Mobile UK's recent announcement that will change and consumers will have another choice when picking up the BlackBerry Storm 2. Sometime this month, the device will be released on the T-Mobile UK network.

In addition to the announcement of the Storm 2 launch, Phil Lander, T-Mobile’s account director at RIM,  also confirmed that they’ll have an official Twitter application shortly. We already knew that but to hear it come way of a Research In Motion employee gives us hope we'll see it sooner then later.

[ IntoMobile via Mobile News ]

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Though the BlackBerry Storm2 is a much improved device compared to the original and was well-hyped prior to its release, when it came to the Storm2's actual launch it seemed Verizon was not all that interested in putting it front and center in their promotions, instead throwing their BIG marketing dollars and efforts behind the Droid (to be fair, there was this one decent decent Storm2 commercial). 

It's good to see then that Big Red is showing a little more love for the Storm2 in their latest we're better than AT&T commercial, which is not only pretty funny, but flashes the BlackBerry Storm2 all over the place. Good commercial. Makes me feel like heading to the nearest 7-11 to see if they have any Big Red in stock. Do they still sell that stuff? Thanks to Dave for sending this in!

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Fandango BlackBerry App Updated And Offering Special Deals

Fandango recently updated their BlackBerry application. Bug fixes and UI changes round out the latest version but for a short time you can also take advantage of the special offers Fandango has put in place. As the pic indicates, no service fee will be applied to any ticket sales from now until, March 7th. The app is free to download, so give it a run through and while you're at it, grab some tickets to a movie. I personally suggest Avatar if you haven't seen it yet.

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BerryWeather 2.1 Gets Official; Thank You to Beta Tester Contest: 50 Free Copies of BerryWeather to be Won!

The folks at Bellshare let me know their insanely popular weather application BerryWeather has been updated to version 2.1.40 and is now out of public beta and officially available. A lot of key differences came with the 2.1 version as it's a re-write of the original code which will perform better across all BlackBerry devices, while taking nothing from the BerryWeather that so many have come to love. As a thank yout to everybody at CrackBerry who helped Bellshare with the beta testing of the latest version, they have offered us up 50 free copies to give away to our readers.

Win a Free Copy of BerryWeather: Drop a comment on this post for your chance to win one of 50 full versions of BerryWeather. Let us know what your favorite season is or what you hate about your least favorite season. For me, it's winter. Hockey and curling and snowmobiling aside, Canadian winters are never fun as it often times gets cold enough to freeze your face off. I'd much rather be at the beach :)

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 Discontinued?

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 Discontinued?

Its been a few days now since we noticed T-Mobile pulling "older" BlackBerry Curve series devices. First to be noticed was the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and then eventually the BlackBerry Curve 8320 went AWOL as well. While we were waiting to see if it was just an inventory issue, it sure didn't seem that way considering T-Mobile typically just outright says it's out of stock on their site if it truly is. News from engadget today, seems to be a bit more clear as the comments they have gotten from T-Mobile are that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has "reached the end of its life-cycle".

With the BlackBerry Curve 8910 having been spotted rolling through the FCC with a smile on its face it could quite possibly end up at T-Mobile. It's logical for them to get the device with it's trackpad, larger display and like it or not many customers out there still have needs and wants for a EDGE only device and maybe the BlackBerry Curve 8520 won't fit that bill where as the 8910 could. All about choice. If given the choice between an 8910 or an 8520, I'd take the 8910.

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London Court Sides With RIM On Motorola Patent Issue

London Court Sides With RIM On Motorola Patent Issue

At least one court has sided with Research In Motion in regards to Motorolas patent claims. As reported by The Calgary Herald, the High Court Justice in London, England invalidated Motorolas  patent related to email gateway systems and went so far as to say even if it had been valid it hadn't been infringed by two communications systems used by Research In Motion.

Motorola had requested that the ITC look into the actions of Research In Motion and their use of Motorola patents but with the London court ruling, the chances of the ITC weighing in now have just gotten a little slimmer. Invalidating one of the patents called out in the claims to the ITC Motorola has no choice but to pull that patent from their paperwork and subsequent claim to the ITC.

[ PhonesReview via Calgary Hearald ]

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Sirius XM Radio For BlackBerry Launched

Sirius XM Radio For BlackBerry Launched

We had heard before that SIRIUS XM was launching their dedicated app for BlackBerry sometime near the end of January. While that time came and past we still had no app from them available. Seems like we just had to wait a little bit longer, the observant folks in the forums have let us know the application is now available.

Devices supported, as indicated on the site are Curve 8500, Bold, Storm and Tour. With the application you do get a free 7 day trial and after that it's required that you sign up for one of the subscription options that are available. 120 channel, no ads - but sadly it appears no Howard Stern either. Check it out, let us know in the comments what you think of it.

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VersaTool (Beta) - A Suite Of BlackBerry Tools In One App

Marcus from Versatile Monkey, the creator of Podtrapper for BlackBerry, has just released a new beta application for you all to check out. VersaTool is a collection of tools all wrapped into one small application which is nice and lightweight. It features all the little functions your BlackBerry has or you wish it had in one spot. Be it the ability to start apps as your BlackBerry boots, down to creating an auto reply for emails right from your BlackBerry, to doing unit conversions on the fly - VersaTool has you covered. Read on after the jump for the full functions list and how you can help out with this new beta app.

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Gowalla Preparing Web Based Version For BlackBerry

Gowalla Preparing Web Based Version For BlackBerry

We've all become aware of the Foursquare app for BlackBerry that has been rolled out, what some of you may not know though is that competing service, Gowalla is looking to enter the BlackBerry realm as well. Josh Williams or @jw as he is known on Twitter, made it clear today that Gowalla was ramping up their mobile web offerings to cater to BlackBerry users.

I have to admit, even though I have a Foursquare account I rarely ever use it and I've never looked at Gowallas offerings in comparison. But, knowing that Gowalla has quite a presence on other platforms with applications already developed. Why are they going the mobile web route with BlackBerry as opposed to creating an app? Maybe, this is just the start of greater things to come but as I see it with Foursquares app already out there Gowalla may lose some ground with just a web based application.

[ Techcrunch ]

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Thumbplay Music - Beta Launched And New Content Providers On Board

Thumbplay Music is going full out these days. Having just launched their beta application for BlackBerry, Mac and PC. Those of you out there who signed up are already enjoying their offerings. More content providers are being added practically on a daily basis, which is great. Thumbplay is hoping to expand as much content as possible to make their product the best it can be.

The number of tracks offered by Thumbplay music now exceeds 8 million. With big names such as Warner, EMI, Sony and Universal on board Thumbplay is bringing the content. In addition to the big labels 25,000 independent labels have been added to the lineup and todays announcement brings content from AWAL; BFM Digital; DashGo; Dig Dis; E1 Music; Finetunes; IRIS; Nettwerk; Nu Urban; Oseao; Rebeat Digital; Record Union; RouteNote; Sundesire Records, Symphonic Distribution and The state51Conspiracy.

As of now, Thumbplay is still in private beta but you can register for your invite via their site. Full availability of the service is expected to be rolled out this quarter. The Thumbplay Music service will include a free, three-day trial of its unlimited, on-demand service.  Following the trial period, subscriptions are $9.99 per month.

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Smartphone Round Robin Aftermath

The Smartphone Round Robin is finally into the wind down phase. With so many platforms and devices participating this year the event has run a little long and has been a bit confusing to follow, but the content has been nothing less than stellar. If you're in the market for a new smartphone or are just curious to know how the experts perceive each competing platform based on their own favorites, do yourself a favor and check out all of the reviews. You'll be glad you did.

Going into this year's Round Robin I honestly wasn't sure how BlackBerry would be received by the editors of the other sites that comprise the Smartphone Experts Network. We put the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Storm2 into the challenge, which while definitely being better BlackBerrys than their predecessors and all-around solid smartphones, were not leaps and bounds different than the BlackBerry Bold 9000 the editors looked at last year. I was pleasantly surprised though by just how well-received BlackBerry was again this year in the Round Robin. Sure it got beat up a little bit here and there (web browser needs improving, BBM needs to be available on other platforms, etc.) but for the most part every editor had more than one or two nice things to say about BlackBerrys. Read on for some highlights!

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Mille BornesMille Bornes

One of my all-time favorite games is the classic card game Mille Bornes. I used to play it on family vacations for years, and although it has a pretty big learning curve, it is loads of fun to play. The premise is a road race where you take your "car" through a 700 mile trek, while your opponent(s) play hazards to hinder your progress. You are scored various points along the way, and the game requires multiple hands to win. Mille Bornes has been ported to BlackBerry by On Queue Software and while it doesn't have the greatest graphics, it still gets the job done and provides a load of entertainment. Mille Bornes is available now for all devices at ShopCrackBerry.com for $2.99.

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