Contest Winners: Cellunlock, GelaSkins, ContactOrder and RingScheduler

Another week closer to the end of the year, and more contests come and gone. If you haven't yet, don't forget to enter our CrackBerry / TeleNav Giveaway - Win a One-Year Subscription to TeleNav and a $100 ShopCrackBerry.com Gift Certificate and our Holiday Contest: Win a Custom Painted BlackBerry Bold 9700 and More. We'll have some more great stuff to give away this week (as always), so if you didn't win this time around there are always more freebies on the way.

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BeeJive IM 2.0 For BlackBerry Released - Get It Today For 50% Off Regular Price

It's been a long road of beta testing for the BeeJiveIM team but, the day has finally come. BeeJiveIM 2.0 for BlackBerry smartphones is now available for purchase or as a free 30 day trial. If you were a beta tester the new features should be no surprise. But, for those of you out there that may have passed over the beta, new features are as follows:

  • Facebook chat: Chat with your Facebook friends while on the go, and see a record of your chats on facebook.com.
  • Clickable Twitter usernames: Click on a Twitter username in a chat to launch Twitter.
  • Refined and responsive UI: Take advantage of BeejiveIM’s custom-written user interface, offering speedy and responsive controls and a modern look-and-feel.
  • Voice notes: Instantly record and send voice messages to your IM contacts. Voice notes are perfect for on-the-go chatting, such as when you are walking down the street or need to get information to someone quickly and don’t have time to type.
  • GPS location: Send your current GPS location with a link to Google Maps, taking advantage of your BlackBerry's location features and adding a new location-aware element to your chats.
  • More chat styles: Customize your chat styles and colors and set different backgrounds and wallpapers.
  • File transfers with all IM services: Easily send, receive, and review file attachments, and see previews of images right inside your chat. 
  • Push notifications: Whether running in the foreground or the background, BeejiveIM will always notify you of new instant messages. 
  • Improved Battery Life:  Staying in touch with all your friends is now far gentler on your battery.
  • Support for the 5.0 OS and Storm:  BeejiveIM supports all BlackBerrys running 4.2.1+ and 5.X operating systems, including the Storm and Storm 2. 

Right now and through the holidays BeeJiveIM is on sale $9.95 for a device license and $14.95 for a user license. That's 50% off the original price of BeeJiveIM. Just be sure to check out the differences between the two options and as always, all versions get free upgrades. Full press release after the jump.

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Sprint Branded BlackBerry 9650 Essex Spotted

Sprint Branded BlackBerry 9650 Essex Spotted

Looks like we have another showing of the BlackBerry 9650 Essex / Tour 2 in the CrackBerry forums.  This time, Matt_25 was able to grab these pics of the Sprint branded version (OS, no device logo) and post them for everyone to get a look at. Anytime we start seeing branded devices appear, such as we have with the Verizon and now Sprint versions you know that launch is nearing close.

For some, it may not be as close as we want it to be but that's the waiting game for CrackBerry addicts. If we had to take a guess on an official release for the Essex / Tour 2 we'd point it towards sometime in the New Year. We don't think it'll be here for the last minute holiday rush. Could be February or we wouldn't be surprised to see it even hit later, maybe in March. But again, that's just a guess. Two more shots after the jump, rest of the details can be found in the forums.

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Bell Set To Release BlackBerry Curve 8530 During The Holidays

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is making its way across to all the CDMA carriers out there. This time, the folks over at MobileSyrup got the goods on the Bell Mobility in Canada release of the latest curve generation. No pricing or details at this time but according to the post Bell customers will be able to grab the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone on December 26th. Odd day for a launch, boxing day and all but hey I do know a lot of people who wait till right after Christmas to buy their goodies simply based on the deals you can get.

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Role Call Tasks for BlackBerry Smartphones

Role Call Tasks

If you're like me, you have a lot of daily tasks to keep track of which can make your life hectic and quite disorganized. Role Call Tasks is a helpful program ensuring that us busy (or forgetful) people get our to-do's organized effectively. When creating your tasks, you have options to add categories, date and time, status, priority, recurrence, and the task details for each item. When in the application you can choose to view by the category, date or what's due today which really makes finding and completing these tasks quick and easy. I have found that adding my monthly bills to this program really helps remind me when everything is due, and definitely stops me from forgetting them. Role Call Tasks is a very good application for those looking to keep all their tasks and bills organized in one program. The application also integrates with Outlook tasks and the BlackBerry calender. Role Call Tasks is compatible with OS 4.6+ and is available for $3.99 at the CrackBerry App Store.

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AstraSync Giveaway - 10 Free Copies To Be Won!

AstraSync Giveaway - 10 Free Copies To Be Won!

The holiday season has put Rockliffe Systems in a very giving mood. They have decided to give away 10 copies of their popular application/service AstraSync 4.0. If you don't already know about AstraSync, its a tool that synchronizes your email, calender, contacts from mail services such as Exchange, FirstClass, and Google to your BlackBerry. Essentially, the service gives you all the benefits of BES on your BIS service. Then contest is simple. Register with AstraSync, download the trial version (you will be provided with OTA download link), and send message to crackberry@astrasync.com from the refer a friend option in the main menu. Only one entry per person, multiple entries will be deleted. Contest ends December 24th and the winners will be notified by email in the new year. AstraSync is compatible with any BlackBerry running OS 4.2 or higher.

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review


After testing out numerous different Blackberry devices over the past few years, I always find myself with "one more thing" i wish the device would have included. With the Tour it was Wi-Fi, with the CDMA Curve 2 it was a higher resolution camera, and with the 8900 or Pearl Flip it was 3G. Finally, I can say that RIM has "checked all the boxes" with the introduction of the Blackberry Bold 9700, AKA the Bold 2. Add in the change from the trackball to an optical trackpad, and the Bold 9700 has been the Blackberry I've been waiting for. The Bold 9700 used in this review was provided by RIM, and has service with AT&T. It is available for $99 with a 2 year contract after mail in rebate.

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First Orion Launches PrivacyStar Application for BlackBerry Smartphones

PrivacyStar is a new service that launched today which enables users to take complete control of their phones by reporting potential telemarketing violators to regulatory enforcement authorities, blocking any and all unwanted callers.

“While federal and state Do Not Call programs have been successful, we believe that millions of unwanted calls and telemarketing violations occur each day in the United States,” said Jeff Stalnaker, president of First Orion. “A major contributor to this problem is the inability to identify and quickly shut down violators. PrivacyStar not only empowers callers to immediately decide who can no longer call them, it also provides regulatory agencies with new capabilities to identify and shut down the worst violators. Another very popular feature offered by PrivacyStar is the Caller Look-up feature that allows users to find the name associated with a phone number with a simple keystroke.”

PrivacyStar is full of additional features which make the application the first in the market to offer a solution to actually assist with reporting Do Not Call list violator. As well as being the first to offer users an online portal to manage blocked callers (including unblocking), provide additional details on violations and manage their Privacy Star account. You can grab the application free for 30 days starting today. Following the trial period, PrivacyStar is available for $2.99 per month, OS 4.5+ supported.

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Zenprise has just announced a service enhancement to their MobileManager offerings for IT departments. The new enhancement which is called User Health check allows an IT Admin to run a full scan to diagnose and resolve the most common user support issues. A 100 point health checklist includes such items as checking for hardware and software issues with the device, user configuration errors, carrier related problems, backend server issues, or device encryption problems. All of which, when diagnosed correctly can be fixed up with very little user interaction and no wasting of time which is always important when it comes to enterprise solutions. With the influx of users who may be getting new devices for the holidays, this should come in quite handy.

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UPS Mobile App for BlackBerry Smartphones Available Tomorrow

UPS announced today that they will be releasing a free mobile application in BlackBerry App World tomorrow. The app will allow users to track and create shipments, calculate time and in-transit and locate the nearest UPS locations. You will also be able to access your My UPS Address Book and create PDF labels which can be emailed and printed out for shipping. UPS Mobile does not require a login to track items, but when logged in you will be able to view history and creat nicknames for shipments. The app will run on the Storm, Bold, Curve 8900 and Tour upon release. 

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BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.55 Now Officially Available for Download

We updated the leaked BlackBerry Messenger post last night, but for those that didn't see it, BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.55 is now officially available. The update includes some small tweaks here and there, including picture previews, smaller status text, improved groups and more. The update will install right over your older version, but we highly recommend a full backup before you get going. You can snag the new version in BlackBerry App World or by heading over to blackberry.com/messenger on your device browser.

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BlackBerry Apps for Santa

BlackBerry Apps for Santa

This past weekend, we took our son to see the man himself; Santa Claus. The little guy was so excited, yet surprisingly patient, while we waited in line. We were unsure as to which way the visit would go - would he smile at the sight of Santa or would he cry? He didn't smile but, luckily, he was just acting shy. When he gets older, I know he will ask us so many questions about ol' Kris Kringle;

"How does he deliver all of those presents in one night?"

"How does he know if I've been bad or good?"

"Why does his belly shake like a bowl full of jelly…and Daddy's too?"

For the first two questions, I have the answer - Santa has a BlackBerry! Hey, why not? Santa is a pretty busy guy and these days, he needs more than elves to maintain his workshop's productivity. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to have a seat on Santa's lap to find out what applications he uses (mall security wouldn't have been happy, neither would my son). So I've compiled a list of what Santa may have on his BlackBerry smartphone, let's see if you agree.

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WIND Mobile Prepares For  Launch As Consumers Wait Patiently

WIND Mobile has been stirring up quite a fuss in the wireless market for Canada as of late. From their initial announcement of spending $442 Million in the wireless spectrum (1700mHz) auction to the most recent troubles they have had with the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission WIND Mobile and their parent company Globalive Wireless Management Corp. has customers excited.

After having the federal government overrule the CRTC, WIND Mobile is getting the last little bits in place for their launch, which is rumored to be today (we'll see if that pans out). Store locations have been set up and they have a recently announced deal with BlockBuster to sell service through in-store kiosks. Rate plans are still not fully available (although, previously leaked) but devices are ready to roll out, including what we all care about... BlackBerry smartphones. Heading up the pack in that area will be the BlackBerry Bold 9700. When it comes to device pricing, we already know WIND will be offering no contracts but that comes at the cost of higher then what were are used to paying for equipment. Sure, they will be discounted a little but it'll be similar to buying a device off contract from any of the big three carriers.

WIND Mobile will be available in Calgary and Toronto first going off and has their own 3G network but makes use of Rogers EDGE services for a "fallback" option. Something Bell and TELUS cannot do which does give WIND a slight advantage when it launches, which is rumored to be tomorrow. WIND of course will be expanding to other areas but one sour point at this time is Quebec. Currently, no service is being offered in Quebec due to fact WIND was beat out on spectrum pricing there. A partner would be needed to reach that area, which will at some point hopefully change. Exciting times for the Canadian wireless market as we welcome a new carrier and hopefully some great changes ahead for consumers.

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SmrtClipboard - Get It Today For 50% Off

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One of the mind boggling things about the BlackBerry OS is it's copy and paste functionality in some areas of it. Not all areas allow you to copy and paste all the information you may want to and in turn that often times has you copying one item, pasting then returning back to copy even more needed information. SmrtClipboard from SmrtGuard looks to offer a solution for this.

Features Include:

  • Copy multiple pieces of info into clipboard
  • Paste with visual clipboard
  • Get copy confirmation with a short, crisp sound confirmation
  • Copy from Email Application and Paste to Calendar, Memo Pad, ToDo Item, Call Notes.
  • No fuss, no setup. Just install and works!
  • 5 Day Trial 
Now you can grab Smrtclipboard for only half price when you use the coupon code "SMRTCLIP" and in addition to that if you grab SmartGuard monthly services today, you can get Smrtclipboard for free. Just add SmrtGuard to your cart and then add Smrtclipboard and the price will adjust automatically.
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Elecite Is Back With A Fresh New Look And A Huge 50% Off Sale

The folks over at Elecite have been mad busy the past little while. In addition to pumping out some nice new themes they have been working behind the scenes on launching a fresh new site for everyone to make use of. Elecite is back now in full force, new themes are on there way and to celebrate the relaunch as well as the holidays, Elecite is having a massive 50% off all themes sale. No coupon code needed, no fuss. Just great themes at a great price. Be sure to check out the full selection and screenshots folks.

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*UPDATED* Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.55

*UPDATED* Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.55
*UPDATE*- Seems this one might go official. It's showing up on the BlackBerry site  *UPDATE 2*-Officially released version now available, will be avail. in BlackBerry App World.

Another day, another BlackBerry Messenger leak appears. This time we have 5.0.0.55 now available for download. Remember folks, these are all just maintenance releases if you have a working BlackBerry Messenger now, not any huge changes will come from installing the leaked versions that are showing up.

This one is for OS 4.7 and up like the last one and remember to back up your contacts before installing. If you get errors on the download, try again later or wait for a mirror to show up in the forums or comments.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.428 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.428 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Hey, Storm 2 owners looks like your OS dry spell is over. BBLeaks has just dropped OS 5.0.0.428 for you all to download and install. Word is it's a fairly decent OS that brings a lot of bug fixes to it and users should be quite happy overall. As always though, it's not an official OS so keep that in mind. Disclaimer is applicable for this and all leaks. Back up your data folks if you are gonna jump in on this one.

*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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Droid Hands-On Video, Smartphone Round Robin

Droid Hands-On Video, Smartphone Round Robin

It's Smartphone Round Robin time and we're kicking off Round #1 with CrackBerry taking Android for a spin! I know a lot of you out there are wanting to hear my thoughts on the Verizon/Motorola Droid, since it's a device that many BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners have either been tempted by or even jumped ship to rather than making the organic upgrade to the BlackBerry Storm2. So instead of making you all wait, we figured it was best to tackle this alien baby right away. 

Below you'll find a hands-on video of me taking my initial walk through of both the Droid and Sprint Hero with our resident Android expert, Casey Chan of AndroidCentral.com. As part of the discussion, I've created a CrackBerry on Android thread over at the Android Central forums as well. Speaking of forum threads, you'll want to jump into our CrackBerry forums to help out Matt Miller (palmsolo) who is off his Nokia devices to give the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Storm2 a go this week.

My full analysis and review will come on Friday, so stay tuned for that (teaser: there's things I like, things I really like and things I just can't stand). In the meantime, be sure to check out the video below and drop your thoughts in the comments. And don't forget - for your chance to win a device, you need to participate in the forum discussion (full details here).

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First Look: BlackBerry Pearl 9100 / 8100 Comparison Photos

BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (left) vs. the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100

It looks like Christmas came early on the good 'ole CrackBerry tip line. I woke up this morning to some nice 'presents' in the form of these BlackBerry Pearl 9100 photos. A few weeks ago we dropped a number of first-look BlackBerry Pearl 9100 images here on the blogs, but missing from that set of eyecandy were comparison photos to the original BlackBerry Pearl.

In these photos, the new Pearl is compared to a dummy unit of the Telus BlackBerry Pearl 8130. Though the 8130 is a dummy unit, it's a solid representation and gets the job done. As you can see, at first glance the new and old Pearl are similar in appearance, and then the latest RIM BlackBerry styling from devices like the Storm2 and Bold 9700 jump out at you on the 9100 - trackpad and beveled edges on the glass like the Bold 9700, battery door cover like the Storm2, sliced into a narrow form factor with a fierce looking keyboard.

My big question to everybody.... do you think now that the trackball (the original PEARL) is gone from the device, that the new Pearl needs a more manly name?? Sound off in the comments!

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