Poynt Updated To Include Support For Pearl 3G, Telmap, VZ Navigator 5.0

Here is a good showing of developers who were ready for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Poynt, developed by Multiplied media has made available version 1.5.4.12 of their popular application. In addition to having both the 9100 and 9105 supported even before release, they have also integrated the use of Telmap and VZW Navigator 5.0. Other items addressed in the application include better battery life as well as utilizing GPS information more efficiently. You can download Poynt from BlackBerry App World or by visiting the Poynt website.

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Atom Trap for BlackBerry Smartphones - 50 Copies to be Give Away!

Atom Trap is a super addictive game I recently downloaded. The object of the game is to trap the bouncing balls by firing your "photons" either vertically or horizonally, blocking off that portion of the board. Each level adds more of the balls into play, making the game play increasingly more difficult. Other features include over 50 levels to play through, a scoreboard, and multiple difficulty levels to choose from. Atom Trap is on sale for $0.99 until April 30th, and available for all devices running OS 4.2 and up.

Contest: We have 50 copies of Atom Trap to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Baltimore PD 

We previously did a post on the Baltimore PD BlackBerry initiative when it was an announced last fall.  This year at WES, the systems director for the Baltimore Police Dept. Gayle Guildford and the project manager Sergeant Sheree Briscoe were here representing the department as they were finalists for the Wireless Leadership Awards.

In an effort to get the beat cop out of the car where they are isolated from the community and back on the streets, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefield has armed them with BlackBerry devices.  The initiative is meant to go back the days of old when the neighborhood cop on the corner was a part of the community who knew everyone and everyone knew him.

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We've talked about the inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry quite a few times here on the CrackBerry blogs now, ever since we saw the first leaked photos, caught the official announcement and recorded a dummy unit video of it at CES.

We caught up with Eric of Allerta, maker of the inPulse Smartwatch, today at WES 2010 and finally got a chance to see this baby with its screen turned on. Check out the video above to get a glimpse of it. The watch will sell for $149 and is currently available for pre-order. You can jump over to freeupyourhands.com to learn more.

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Review: WhatsApp Messenger for BlackBerry Smartphones

In a perfect world, everyone would be using BlackBerrys. Actually, in a perfect world, I should be getting a lot more data for a lot less. Unfortunately, for both issues, we live in the real world. We all have friends and family that use other smartphones, regardless if they defected from the BlackBerry or were otherwise forced to leave. Those empty, silent BlackBerry Messenger contacts are a grim reminder that communication with them will never be the same way again. You have to resort to SMS, email or, ugh a phone call (I hope you sense a hint of sarcasm at this point). It is a slightly odd feeling, as you converse through alternate means, when you are so used to the “ping”.

WhatsApp steps up to the plate as a smartphone to smartphone instant messaging alternative. If you don’t have any sort of unlimited text messaging plan, this application is definitely right up your alley. Now I can harass, I mean, reach out my former BlackBerry friends, without racking up the SMS charges. Besides, I never did like the default look of SMS conversations. Now, let’s see what’s up with WhatsApp.

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Tether Targets Enterprise With Internet on the Go

Tether Targets Enterprise With Internet on the Go

Tether has just put out a fresh press release from WES 2010 announcing their new enterprise offerings. Previously only focusing on the consumer market, Tether is hoping that enterprise customers will adopt the new internet on the go solution. With the newmarket opputunities in the B2B sector and knowing that companies are always looking to adopt cost effective technoligies, Tether should fair quite well here. You can read the full press release after the break.

Press Release

Tether Targets the Enterprise With Internet on the Go

The new Business-to-Business offering will include enhanced features, such as data security, customization and data controls. -- Tether announced today that it will unveil its business-to-business proposition at the WES 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 27-29.

Building on the tremendous success of its consumer-focused business, Tether has developed a model that will allow corporate customers to increase productivity and lower costs. Tether was launched in March 2009 as a means of allowing people fast, affordable Internet access almost anywhere by letting them work on their laptop via their BlackBerry(R) data plan with no additional hardware. By selling its application to consumers though its website, www.tether.com, the company has attracted more than 100,000 users around the world.

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OtterBox Introduces New Colors For The 85xx Series Commuter Case

While walking the Solution Showcase at WES, I stopped by the OtterBox booth and discovered that they have some new colored Commuter cases available for the 85xx series device. For many years the only choice for colors on OtterBox cases was straight black, or black/yellow on the Defender Series cases.

They have now introduced a few more choices to that lineup; Ardoise Slate, Jade Green, Red Jasper, Scapolite Gray, Zircon Blue, and Pink/White "Strength" case. The Strength case is a limited edition case made to support the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. OtterBox will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the Strength case to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, with a minimum contribution of $50,000. 

I for one really like the new color choices, but I am a little disappointed they are only available for the 85xx series device right now. Hopefully the response to this case will be good, and OtterBox will expand production to other device models. 

The new colored Commuter Series cases can be purchased directly from OtterBox at this time. For more info on the Strength case, check out the video and press release after the jump.

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WorldMate Partners Up with American Express Business Travel

WorldMate has announced today that they have partnered up with American Express Business Travel. This will allow American Express Business Travel users to have better service on the go with the well established WorldMate application. The program is currently rolling out to some clients and will be fully available later this year. Hit the jump for the full release.

Press Release

WorldMate to Provide Mobile Travel Services to American Express Business Travel

Orlando, FL, WES 2010, April 27, 2010 - WorldMate today announced its collaboration with American Express Business Travel, a leading global travel management company, to add WorldMate's mobile technology to their overall mobile platform for clients. WorldMate's premium services will broaden American Express Business Travel's current mobile offering and be available to its customers using BlackBerry® smartphones.

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Here it is! The moment soooo many of us BlackBerry users have been waiting for.... an official first look at BlackBerry 6. Check out the video above and be sure to drop a comment letting us know what you think.

When Mike Lazaridis introduced it during the WES 2010 keynote, he said the development team had three key design principles in mind while working on it:

  • fresh, but familiar
  • easy to use, but incredibly powerful
  • fun, but approachable

Watching the video, it looks like BlackBerry 6 is well on its way to taking the BlackBerry experience to the next level. It's still very BlackBerry (which is definitely a good thing), but with BlackBerry 6 we'll be getting a bunch of new features and refinements throughout the operating system. The best news here is that Lazaridis said we'll see it launch in the next calendar quarter, so we won't have to wait too long to get our hands on it. The wait should give us just enough time to master the BlackBerry 6 dance moves.

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WES 2010: KeyNote Live Blog!

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From the Forums: More BlackBerry 9670 and BlackBerry atlas (8980) Photos Emerge

Now that the Bold 9650 and 3G Pearl are both out in the open, we can again turn to some other BlackBerry devices that are still floating in the rumor mill. We've seen various shots of both the 9670 and atlas in the past, and forums member B.I.G.G.I.E has posted a few more for your viewing pleasure. Nothing terribly exciting this time around, but a few more angles and some OS details for both devices. The clam-style 9670 featuring BlackBerry 6 (OS 6.0) and a 5 megapixel camera recently came out of nowhere at us (we've been hearing Verizon asked RIM to build this one as an exclusive for them), while the atlas (as it's labeled here) was the codename for what was the BlackBerry 8910 and is now the 8980 (click link for another related forum post). Hopefully more to come in the near future. Hit the jump for more images.

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Official BlackBerry Pearl 3G Launch Video!

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Somehow during yesterday's BlackBerry Pearl 3G announcement madness we failed to notice the commercial for it that RIM posted up to their youtube channel. While it may not be quite as on the edge as that Lane Bryant video we saw last week, it's definitely a departure from the the last few launch videos we've seen RIM do that tend to put the focus straight on the device. This one is all about the BlackBerry ownerership experience rather than the device itself and focuses on how a Pearl 3G owner integrates the phone into her daily life. It's a good style of commercial for sure and Santogold fans will like the soundtrack. Virgin Mobile Canada actually did a similar style of online video a while back for the Pearl 8130 with their Sweet Life with BlackBerry commercial... I've re-embedded it below for old time's sake since I dubbed it back then to be the Best BlackBerry Commercial Ever.

What's really interesting about the Pearl 3G is that while the advertising we have seen so far seems to be geared towards women, I think this is a device you will end up seeing a LOT of men using too. It's a powerhouse yet it's really pocketable. If anybody believed in the notion that Pearls are for Girls, the Pearl 3G should shatter that stigma. Over the years we've been a bit guilty of neglecting the Pearl here on the blogs in favor of devices with a full qwerty, but I have a feeling that'll change with this one hitting the market. Enjoy the videos!

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Contest Winners: BeeSweeper, MobileQs Trivia, BlackBerry Music Gateway and More

We're hard at work here in Orlando for WES 2010, but we still have some winners to announce (we wouldn't dare miss a week of contests). We'll try to sneak in some more free stuff this week in between all the crazy news. Remember if you're a developer or retailer and want to run a contest, you can hit us up at editorial(at)crackberry.com. Congrats to all the winners - hit the jump for the full list.

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for April 26th 2010 - 50 Copies of Digital Steel to be Won!

Contest: 50 Copies of Digital Steel to be won. Leave a comment!

Hello again Theme Junkies. I'm sure everyone is a little more concerned with all the goodies to come from the team at WES, but let's calm the shakes from your weekly theme withdrawals first, so you can focus on the news. Hit the jump and check out some of the great themes we have this week, a couple from the tip line, and a couple dug up out of the forums.

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WES is the biggest BlackBerry show of the year so it only make sense that RIM's head honchos all be on hand. While RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will speak tomorrow morning during the general assembly keynote (we'll be live blogging it,) he spoke to analysts during Capital Markets today. During the event he highlighted a couple of interesting statistics, showed off a preview of BlackBerry 6 (hopefully this will be in the keynote tomorrow and we'll bring you a video) and from their handled some pretty intense Q&A. Some of the big takeaways:

  • App World Downloads - RIM has never been one to hand out App World statistics, but apparently now they are and they aren't too shabby. Mike said App World is delivering a million downloads per day.
  • OS 6.0 Availability - Coming in the next calendar quarter.
  • OS 6.0 Input - As thought (and makes sense) OS 6.0 will work on touch and non-touch devices.
  • OS 6.0 Backwards Compatibility - It seems the analysts in the room had the same burning question we have in terms of what current in-market devices will get OS 6.0. Mike L. didn't answer the question directly, but did make it clear that RIM will continue to do what they always do - carry on support for older devices as it makes sense (within memory limitations). So expect to see 6.0 launch on a new device and from there we'll see it trickle out to at least some current devices.
  • WebKit clarification - Mike L. clarified that the WebKit browser is an integrated part of OS 6.0. It's not a standalone app (you won't be able to install the WebKit browser on OS 5.0 for example). He further elloborated saying that it's not really a "webkit browser" but a WebKit rendering engine, which can be/is leveraged in areas/apps beyond just the browser.
Lots of interesting stuff here that we'll try and follow up with more detail on over the next couple of days. If you want to dig into the nitty gritty, you can listen to the whole keynote above.
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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd

Following up on all of this mornings announcements regarding the Bold 9650, Sprint has dropped a press release of their own. The CDMA carrier will be making the device available for purchase on May 23rd. Less than a month away, but still a bit of a wait for those chomping at the bit. No word from Verizon just yet with a date of their own, but I'm assuming we won't have to wait much longer for an official date from them as well.

Press Release

Advanced Features and Refined Style of BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Coming to Sprint

Available in all Sprint sale channels May 23, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers international roaming for a global smartphone experience

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --With an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features, compact and highly refined design and international roaming capabilities, the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9650 smartphone will be available from Sprint (NYSE: S). It will operate on Sprint's nationwide 3G Network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23.

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Following up this morning's official BlackBerry Bold 9650 announcement and our guided video tour of the Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G, we spent a few more minutes with the new CDMA Bold stacking it up against its two brothers the Bold 9650 and Tour 9630.

While the BlackBerry Tour brand has been given the axe and is now a member of the Bold family, the feel of the new Bold 9650 is obviously more Tour 9630 than Bold 9700 (or 9000). If you have held or own the Tour, in your hand the device feels almost identical, the exception being the center navigation area, where the Bold 9650's optical trackpad replaces the Tour 9630's trackball. Considering that a lot of Tour owners suffered issues early on with their trackballs, this change is most welcomed one. While you can't see the WiFi, it's now there, but for some reason this new flagship device is lacking the 802.11 n (it does have b and g) that the Pearl 3G has received. Maybe they ran out of room for n attena with all of the 9650's World Phone goodness in there.

As we reported on the other day, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 doubles up in device memory from the now standard 256MB to 512MB - a first for a BlackBerry Smartphone. The jump up in memory provides more room for apps and should handle OS 6.0 and the WebKit browser well when they get rolled out later this year. And as with the Storm2 and Curve 8530, the Bold 9650 gets OpenGL support for 3D graphics, something no other BlackBerry Bold or GSM BlackBerry device for that matter has.

Be sure to take a look at the video above... Adam did the recording on this one and left a little surprise at the very end for y'all. We'll be doing more in-depth reviews on the 9650 once we get to spend some real with it.

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Quick Look: BlackBerry Pearl 9100 & 9105

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I was super excited to get to WES here in Orlando in hopes of getting some news on the Bold 9650. I've been dying to head back to Verizon (for the service) and will definitely get my hands on one as soon as I can. What I didn't expect however was to become such a fan of the new Pearl series (the 9105 in particular). The device feels amazing, and although the keyboard may be a bit of an adjustment for some, I think that most will get the hang of it in no time. Its action-packed (although its has no OpenGL support) and I would honestly consider passing up on the 9650 for a chance to rock the 9105 (yes ... seriously). We had a walkthrough of the Pearl earlier, and Kevin has been swayed as well and is all about the "pocketability". Check out the video above for a quick look at the two devices and what they have to offer.

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Get Up Close and Personal with the BlackBerry Bold 9650 & Pearl 9100 Interactive Demos

Itching to get your hands on a new BlackBerry Bold 9650 or Pearl 9100/9105? Well you'll still have to wait a few weeks - but in the meantime, why not play around with one virtually? You can check out the new devices through interactive demos. Take the device for a spin, check out the installed applications, get some usage tips and more. A great place for new BlackBerry users to get to know the in's and out's of each device. Click through the menus and learn about applications such as Messages, Browser and BlackBerry Messenger and read up on just how each one works while checking out the device from all angles. Hit the link below get started.

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BlackBerry Mobile Voice System.  What is it? What's new?  Is it useful?

This morning we posted the RIM press release on the launch of Mobile Voice System (MVS) 5.0. We've talked about MVS in the past but what is MVS and how does it apply to the real world?

The quick and simple answer to what it is, MVS allows your Blackberry handheld to become one with your corporate desk phone giving you all the same options your deskphone offers you including dial by internal extension & transfers.

It also routes your calls through the PBX for long distance calls. If you're travelling outside your home city your wireless carrier can charge long distance rates that are less than desireable. MVS extends your corporate landline long distance rates to your Blackberry for all calls made with MVS.

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