Exceeded Data/Voice Message on Options > Status Screen (Type B U Y R). Qu'est-ce que c'est?!

I'm pretty sure that's the weirdest looking blog post title ever to appear here on CrackBerry.com, but bare with me and I'll explain... As we were winding down Podcast Episode 041, we got a last-minute email from Lisa (who by the way has listened to every single episode - totally hardcore!) that posed the following question:

About 6 months ago, I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8330 through Verizon's New Every Two program for 49.99 and let me tell you I totally love it. My question is when you go into Options and Status and type the letters b-u-y-r, 2 hidden rows show up: Data Usage and Voice Usage. What do they mean? Should I be worried that I've exceeded these amounts? I've looked all over the web for an answer and can't seem to find it.

For users who may be on a BES, typing buyr on the options > status screen will let you know if an IT Policy is enabled on your device. If you're a BIS customer, you'll get the Data Usage and Voice Usage stats. Lisa's question had us stumped on the podcast, and to be honest, we're still not totally sure what the verdict is here. If you don't have the exceeded 250k data / exceeded 60 minutes voice message, what you'll see are actual figures of data used and minutes of voice used. Some googling around found that **maybe** this exceeded message (which can't be reset as far I know) is related to an old warranty/return type thing from RIM - once you've used over 60minutes voice/250k data the device is yours to keep whether you like it or not. But not all devices seem to show this message even when going over the limits. Below you'll see some screencaps sent in by Dave snapped from his Curve 8520, Curve 8900 and Storm. All of them are running on unlimited plans and the messages displayed are all different - on his Storm he gets the exceeded limits message, and on his 8520 he has exceeded the limits but the usage stats keep rolling. Does whether or not the exceeded message appears depend on the device, OS version, carrier, plan, BIS vs. BES, etc.? Maybe if you unlock your device the exceeded message goes away? As pointed out in the comments, does BUYR = buyer's remorse??

I'm an addict (never claim to be an expert just in case things like this pop up and I don't know the answer!), so on this one we'll throw it out to the community and hopefully somebody reading this can explain exactly what these messages refer to and why they are there. I bet it's something simple like the max usage allowed before a return, but I just don't know for sure! Type BUYR into your Status screen and see what you get. Any ideas here? 

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Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Here's my pick for theme of the week... Digital by Hedone Designs! The best thing about HD's new Digital theme is that's available for most BlackBerry smartphone models, including the 83xx, 88xx and 87xx series phones (on OS4.5) and newer devices including the Curve 8350, 8500, 8900, Bold, Tour and Storm (sorry Pearl users). As for the theme itself, here are the official words on it:

Elegant and simple, however sophisticated and advanced HedoneDesign Digital theme combines fast performance of your BlackBerry, usability, reliability, yet graphic sophistication and as many as eight color backgrounds, that will change your blackberry to exactly that image that best suits you.

Higher models (8900, 9000, 9500 and 9600 series) allows the closure of navigation panel (icons) on homescreen. That allows you to have a better view on the desired wallpaper.
The higher series have enabled a quick navigation to specific content. You can quickly get to the button for clock (alarm), options and manage network connections, as is reflected in the attached image. Eight different colored backgrounds can be downloaded free of charge from HedoneDesign website.

The Digital theme sells for $6.99 and is available via the CrackBerry App Store. It's definitely a classy theme for your BlackBerry. If you're heading to a fancy event this weekend (wedding, ball, gala, soiree, etc.!) it'll definitely go nicely with your dress attire. :)

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Contest: 50 Free Copies of Twitterlerts

Contest: 50 Free Copies of Twitterlerts

After our contest blowout last week, we wanted to sneak in one more before the weekend so we don't seem like slouches. You may remember we checked out Twitterlerts earlier this month. The app is a twist on the standard Twitter client, and lets you search for topics or keywords and set alerts on your device. Its a handy app to have to keep tabs on your brand, favorite topics and more.You can set multiple alerts, and never miss a thing on Twitter. Twitterlerts is on sale now in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99.

We have 50 free copies of Twitterlerts to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple submissions won't count.

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BBFileScout- Renamed, Updated And Now Better Then Ever!

BBFileScout- Renamed, Updated And Now Better Then Ever!

This is a good example of how great donation ware gets better. BBFileScout has been updated recently as BBRocks pointed out to me. Lots of new stuff was included with this version's changelog including a name change for the application itself, BBFileScout from here on out will just be named FileScout. For those of you out there who have used the app on occassion know how great it is, and for those of you who don't now is the time to download this awesome file explorer for your BlackBerry. New changes include:

  • ‘BBFileScout’ is now called ‘FileScout’ The double ‘BB’ was removed from the application name cause of legal concerns – actually this change requires, that you have to delete your current BBFileScout installation [Options - Advanced Options - Applications] (reboot might be required) before you can install FileScout v1.2.0.0. I am sorry for this inconvenience.
  • New Option: ‘Check for Updates’ – allows you directly from FileScout to check, if a new Version of the application is available.
  • Renamed ‘Stack’ to ‘vClipboard’ in the hope that this is easier to understand for most of the users how copy and move operations can be performed.
  • New “Search for text” function in the integrated text editor (incl. “Find next” function and case sensitive/case insensitive switch)
  • New keyboard shortcut: + (M)odify Image
  • New Thumbnail Option: ‘Do not try to reload broken images’ – when you have specified a ‘Thumbnail-Store Directory’ FileScout can also store the information about broken images – so the next time folders with broken images are opened there will be no warning message for the same files again.
  • If ‘Confirm Delete of files & directories’ is enabled, and you want to delete multiple files you have a new checkbox in the confirm dialogue: ‘Do not ask again for this selection?’ – once this is checked, all files of the selection will be deleted without additional confirmation.

Some great changes there but please keep in mind, you must be running OS 4.3+ to use this application. As always, this application remains donationware meaning if you download it, use it and love please donate to help keep the development going.

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Training Center DVDs for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available from Made Simple Learning

Our friends at Made Simple Learning have just released their new suite of BlackBerry training products, the All-in-One Training Center! Available on DVD from Amazon or by download from MadeSimpleLearning.com, this is a good alternative for those who want a comprehensive package they can work through to get up to speed with their device. The training center includes:

  • Videos Now - full Video Library (over 80 Videos per device) which can be viewed on any PC or Mac
  • Videos to Go - full Video Library in a self-installing file (for PC users) and easy install (for Mac users) which loads the videos right onto your Micro SD card. (Videos to Go requires a BlackBerry 96xx, 95xx, 90xx, 89xx, 88xx, or 83xx BlackBerry Smartphone with at least 250 MB free on a Micro SD media card)
  • Made Simple Guide Book - The most comprehensive Guide Books available for BlackBerry Smartphones

The training center DVD are currently available for $31.99, which is 20% off its regular list price. You can grab the training center for the BlackBerry TourStormBold, Curve 8900, 88xx Series, Curve 8350i and Curve 83xx series and DVDs for other devices will be available soon. And once you get hooked on your BlackBerry, you may want to check out our CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse book so you can get your addiction under control. PS. You can now pick up the CrackBerry book for your Kindle for just $7.99.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 28th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for August 28th, 2009!

Howdy folks, hope you've all had a great week. Lots to get talkin' about in this weeks' BlackBerry App Roundup, so let's get down to business. Covered in the Roundup this week are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: V CAST Video Available for the Storm, LaunchPad Updated to v1.5, BerryScroll Flick Scrolling for the Storm, Poynt Adds Local Restaurant Search, BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Updated

New This Week: UnlockIt, ControlBBanel, Squirrel Hunter, Call Blocker Pro

Apps on Sale: I Charge Cool, Empower SMS Viewer, LaunchPad, SlickTasks, MP3 Ringtone Creator

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09

Freebie of the Week: Blink Previous

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$1.00 Off All Bplay College Themes Through Sunday

$1.00 Off All Bplay College Themes Through Sunday

Its that time of year, students heading back to school and leaving the summer behind. If you're looking to show some love for your school, you can check out the great line of college themes from Bplay. They have many top schools like Arizon, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida State and many more. Each theme has custom icons in school colors and is complete with a logo wallpaper. The themes normally sell for $5.99, but now through Sunday you can save $1.00 on all 40 college themes. Head over to CrackBerryBplay.com to check out the full lineup.

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BlackBerrius Maximus: Berrys at the Ballpark

BlackBerrius Maximus: Berrys at the Ballpark
 

There is nothing like summer in New England, if you live up here, you know what I mean. If you are a baseball fan - there is just no place like Fenway Park - the place to be - in the summer here in Boston.

Recently, I was able to score two tickets to Fenway (no easy feat in this town) and I took my BlackBerry toting 17 year old with me. Two red sox fans, two BlackBerry 8900s and two tickets to Fenway Park - what could be better.

Since my son Dan is just about as much of a techie as his old man, he affectionately has earned the title "Maximus Junior" around here. We decided to use both Berrys to the max that day.

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Contest: 100 Free Copies of Missed Call Alert

Missed Call Alert

If you're constantly on the go and find yourself missing calls, this app is for you. Missed Call Alert integrates with your device and provides you with recurring audible alerts for missed phone calls. You can choose to have it repeat every 30 seconds, 5 minutes or more. You simply set the options and pick an alert in your profiles and your done. Missed Call Alert even supports both vibrate and silent profiles. The app regularly sells for $4.99, but to celebrate the launch, we have 100 copies to give away free. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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Free SleekBerry Theme For BlackBerry Curve 8900!

[ This is a guest review written by Phishgirl3 Write your own review of a device, app or accessory and if we feature it in the blogs we'll give you a coupon for accessories or apps from ShopCrackBerry.com! Details here. ]

Perusing the 8900 theme forums late last night I came across a new hotness called SleekBerry, by the up-and-coming Yves. I installed right away and was immediately impressed with his choice of icons and clean layout for this theme. The gray, black, and white color scheme and high transparency of the icons and menus makes this theme a great candidate for all you wallpaper lovers out there.

Six user customizable icons plus weather slot round out the much sought after personalization we all crave for our home screens. Warning for you that like bigger fonts: Yves went with a small one on this theme. Personally I love it, as I look for small fonts in themes I download. But, since I see a lot of requests for bigger fonts on the forums, I figured it fair to warn any potential users.

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BlackBerry Storm II's Popping Up on Ebay

BlackBerry Storm II's Popping Up on Ebay

Itching to get your hands on Research in Motion's next touchscreen BlackBerry Smartphone? A couple of Storm 2's have popped up on ebay recently and as you can tell are generating some bids. Legit or scam? When it comes to pre-release devices on ebay we've seen both happen, but in this case the seller has a solid rating so the odds are good it's legit even though the image used on the auction is one that was previously posted on the web.

Should you try and pick one it up? Having been there and done that, I'd probably recommend waiting for the production units to hit stores if it's something you plan to actually try and use. Though for many the appeal of having that little something you really shouldn't have may justify the cost even if the hardware is wonky, the pin gets killed, and the unit won't take newer software updates (aka... is a paperweight). At the time of this post there is a little over 13 hours left to go on the auction - I'll be curious to see what it goes for. Any bets??

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New Twitter Client TwiXtreme Now Available

New Twitter Client TwiXtreme Now Available

There is a new player in the Twitter client game, and it's making an entrance in grand fashion. TwiXtreme by Xtreme Labs gives BlackBerry users yet another option for their Twittering delight. I've played around with the app a bit, and I must say it is off to a great start. It has very cool animations, is ad-free and you can do all the usually Twitter actions like uploading pictures, retweets, mentions, trends and more. The app is has just been released, so I'm sure some updated will follow based on user feedback. If you're looking for a new client, or just something different, definitely check out TwiXtreme. A free OTA download is available here.

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Zeemote JS1 Mobile Gaming Controller Now Available

Zeemote JS1 Mobile Gaming Controller Now Available
Would you want a bluetooth gaming controller for your BlackBerry?(online surveys)

A while back we talked about the Zeemote Gaming Controller coming to BlackBerry but had no definite release date. Well it looks like it is finally available for purchase at shopblackberry.com for $39.99. You can use the Zeemote to control many popular games on your device, and the purchase even includes a free download from Gameloft. You can also navigate applications like the web browser, media player and maps using the remote. Honestly I think you'd have to be a pretty hardcore gamer to even think about picking up this $40 accessory, but to each his own. Anybody out there going to grab one of these? 

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Podcast Episode 041: Worst CrackBerry Podcast Ever?!

Well, I'm not really sure that this is the worst CrackBerry Podcast ever, but if not it has to be pretty close. I think we must have jinxed ourselves when we called Episode 040 the Best CrackBerry Podcast Ever. We're a little more disorganized than usual (hard to believe I know!) and there wasn't a whole lot new to talk about since our last podcast was recorded only six days earlier.

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Pageonce Releases Cell Minute Tracker For BlackBerry

Pageonce Releases Cell Minute Tracker For BlackBerry

Pageonce has always been one of my favorite applications on my BlackBerry. This time around Pageonce has expanded on the ability to review your wireless account which was included in their personal assitant application previously. Pageonce Mobile Minute tracker is now available via Blackberry App World and for those amongst you who like to keep track of your wireless account with up to date information, this is the application for you. Features include:

  • View current minute balance, rollover minutes, data plan, SMS use, billing cycle,
    and previous payments on a single page
  • Receive alerts when you reach 90% of your limit or when your bill is due
  • Breakdown information by family member
  • View your phone bill
  • 128 bit SSL encryption, insured by a top 10 A+ rated insurance carrier

The list of carriers supported for this application is rather large, but is contained to the US, Canada and the UK with the UK only supporting 02, but within US and Canada all major carriers are supported. Also to point out -- the application does come in two different versions: one free, one paid. You can view the differences between the two here on the Pageone site, that way you can decide what version is best suited for you. This is a great application for monitoring usage on your accounts and those of family members. Preventative measures can be put in place and in the long term could save you some cash and avoid overage charges. Be sure to check it out and if you are already using it--let us know in the comments how ya feel about it.

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Thumbplay Music Store Launches On BlackBerry App World!

Thumbplay has been around for a while as a content provider for such things as ringtones, real tones and games and have now launched their music download service within BlackBerry App World. The application itsself is free to download to your device but costs associated from the use of the app come from downloading full length MP3 Quality, DRM Free music files to your device, all of which can be played on mp3 players, your PC and of course your BlackBerry.

All songs are downloaded via WiFi for faster delivery or over 3G, EDGE and with music starting at $0.69 and going up from there the service is a cost effective way to get your music on the go. Paypal and debit cards are accepted for the payment processing so that makes it just that much easier.

The application itself is nice. Once downloaded and installed to your BlackBerry you can preview songs directly from it which makes accidental purchases of bad music impossible. So there goes my excuse for having Taylor Swift on my BlackBerry. ;)

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CrackBerry Debate/Poll: Do You Want SurePress on Your Touchscreen BlackBerry?
  What would you like to see RIM do with their touchscreen SurePress technology?(online surveys)

This one is going to be interesting.... Ever since RIM introduced the notion of a touchscreen that "clicks" with the BlackBerry Storm it has been met with some degree of polarity. There are those who don't see the need for it, there are those who love the concept of getting real tactile feedback while typing on a flat piece of glass and there are those who would maybe like it some of the time (but not necessarily all of the time).

RIM's SurePress design theory does have its benefits. Separating navigation from confirmation allows you to minimize accidental presses/taps (selecting something you don't want) - when browsing the web this is really handy in allowing you to hone in and click the right link the first time or still allowing you to type with accuracy in a bumpy environment (back of a NYC taxi cab). Of course, the main intent behind SurePress was for the device to be great for everyday typing and messaging. I hate to re-hash Storm 1's less than smooth rollout, but between the hardware design and initial software issues, using SurePress tended to be more of a challenge than convenience (though there are many a Storm owner who invested the time into the device and can now hustle with it).

The good news is that with all that we have seen of Storm 2 so far, the hardware design behind this next evolution of SurePress looks to be a lot better and early hands-on reports (including my own) suggest the device will be much improved for typing/everyday use compared to Storm 1, and easier for the average person to pick up and get the hang of immediately out of the box (keep in mind we're referring to Storm 2's tech as SurePress for this post though RIM may rebrand it - TruePress, ClickThru, VirtualClick, who knows!). That said, on CrackBery Podcast 040 we got onto the topic of Storm 2 and SurePress and I posed a question that's definitely up for debate... With SurePress, is RIM giving people what they want or are they trying to tell people what they think they need?

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HoneyDew Is Your Synchronized Todo and Tasks List That Makes Paper Lists Obsolete!

Have you ever made a grocery list only to forget it at home? I know I have plenty of times. Enter HoneyDew: HoneyDew is a synchronized todo and task list that will get rid of wasting paper. I think it's pretty common for must of us when its time to go grocery shoping or need to remember to do things around the house we write them down on a piece of paper so we don't forget. Well something always happens and the paper is thrown away or lost and we have to start a new one. The BlackBerrys have something that can fix that already in the Task or Memo app. That really only solves one side of the issue, what if after making a big grocery list I wanna share it with my Wife? I then have to give her my BlackBerry and let her manually copy into her BlackBerry, yuck, what a pain!

Well lucky for us the great people over at VersatileMonkey (the creators of the popular PodTrapper)has solved this issue. Once you have HoneyDew installed on your berry, open HoneyDew up and start adding things to a grocery list or a todo list. 

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The iPhone Ad You'll Never See

If you're like me, you probably get tired of seeing endless iPhone ads on TV and hearing "There's an app for that". Well CrackBerry member kelsch1 sent in this video of The iPhone Ad You'll Never See. This one gave me a great laugh for a slow Wednesday morning, so I figured it was best to share it with all the other CrackBerry lovers. It does have a bit of explicit language, so hide the kids for a minute while you watch it.

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BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Updated

BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Updated

We took a quick look at JL_Cmdr replacement BBSAK a while back, and I just got word that it has been updated with even more new features. Already packed with BlackBerry-tweaking goodies, BBSAK now added some much needed updates, and it sure to have more in store. I actually had to use this over the weekend on my Tour, and I must say it couldn't be any easier to use. Some of the new updates include:

  • Kill Processes Button added (if your having trouble connecting click kill processes to close
  • (BBdevmgr.exe and RimDevManager.exe both started by desktop manager)
  • Full System Dump (Save ALL Cods on device) (Dump CODs)
  • Save button added to Read System (saves all the file names to a SystemRead.txt)
  • ACCURATE Progress Bar added to 3rd Party Backup
  • Files now displayed as they are being saved
  • Can now Save Multiple CODs at one time 
For the full update log and more information, check out the BBSAK thread at RIMGeeks.
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