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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RIM Introduces The BlackBerry Developer Resource Center

RIM Introduces The BlackBerry Developer Resource Center

As Research In Motion continues their efforts to meet developers needs, they have just launched into beta the BlackBerry Developer Resource Center. As part of the BlackBerry forums, the BlackBerry Developer Resource Center will serve as a destination for all items pertaining to developer support resources information. From the announcement:

There are two major things we are looking to accomplish with the developer resource center.

First, we want to make it easier for you to find the right resources.  The resource center enables you to search by topic – regardless of the available resource format.  So now you can search for “networking” and find the relevant video, tutorial, knowledge base article, sample code and community support forum discussion.  All of these format types will now be available in a consistent article template.  Within the resource center, we have organized all of the content into specific topics which are consistent with the support forum boards (i.e. Java, Web, Themes, etc.).   When we release the full version of the resource center, the integrated search will also include product documentation resources.

Second, with the community’s help, we want to build the best set of resources for BlackBerry development.  One of the great things about the resource center is that it’s social.  You can comment on helpful resources – and we’re excited to announce that you will also be able to create and submit your content for publishing.  This can be done by leveraging existing support forum posts to create an article, embedding a video, or writing a new article from scratch.  The RIM® Developer Relations team will then review for technical accuracy and publish to the community.  Community generated content will soon be another way to earn recognition points as part of the Developer Recognition Program. Here’s more information on how to write and publish your own article.

Right now, Research In Motion is testing things out with this system. So if you are a developer you may want to have a look and join in on the action.

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Shortly after the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G were announced, we headed over to the BlackBerry room to get some hands-on time with the devices. Check out the video above for a quick look of what's in store. Mike McAndrews, RIM's VP of Product Marketing, was on hand so for this video (more vids to come) we had him walk us through the devices.  In addition to the new 9650 and Pearl 3G hardware, I was pretty excited to see the new line of BlackBerry Pearl 3G cases RIM had in the showcase. Featuring a combinanation of hard case and rubber skin, they look awesome!

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If you've owned a lot of BlackBerry Smartphones over the years, you know that when it comes to things like the battery door latch, SIM card and MicroSD card design and placement that RIM is always doing something different. Sometimes the designs are winner and sometimes, well, you can struggle with removing that SIM card for what feels like hours (especially if your name is Bla1ze!).

Enter the new Pearl. When pulling the battery door cover off the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G, we were a little confused for a second by this bright orange tab we were looking at, until it sunk in what we were looking at... a super easy and convenient way to remove the SIM card from the device. Check out the video above to see the mechanism in action. Good stuff right there!

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Rogers and TELUS Announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Rogers and TELUS Announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Not that it's really comes as any suprise at this point, considering we've already seen the dummy units arrive in stores for Rogers customers. But, we now have all the official word flowing in. Rogers and TELUS both, have issued press releases letting potential BlackBerry Pearl 3G owners know they will indeed have the device available.

While Rogers has yet to put any pricing or launch details to work here other than stating a May release with the deivces coming in red and black, TELUS has stated in their press release that they will be carrying both black and pink versions. Either of which will be available starting at $29.99 with a 3 yr contract. We're hoping Rogers will match that price as well. That's two of Canadas big three carriers, still no word from Bell as of yet.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Officially Announced!

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Officially Announced!

Today at WES 2010 in Orlando, RIM has finally announced that the long awaited Bold 9650 will be coming to North American networks in early May. The device will support 3G and have both Wifi and an optical trackpad. As expected, the device will also be rocking a full 512 MB of flash memory, which should allow for OS 6 down to fly when it gets released down the road. No official date just yet, but we should know more in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for the full release.

Press Release

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

CDMA customers get a bold new choice with powerhouse 3G smartphone that offers premium features and performance together with popular keyboard and trackpad, as well as support for Wi-Fi and high-speed 3G networks around the world

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone - the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold portfolio of premium smartphones. Sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a global smartphone for CDMA customers who want to stay connected, productive and entertained.

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RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone!

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone!

We've been speaking of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 for quite some time. Now, at WES 2010 we can put the official stamp all over this thing. Research In Motion has just announced the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Original lovers of the BlackBerry Pearl will feel right at home with this device. You can read on after the jump for the full press release and specification list of the all new BlackBerry Pearl 3G.

Press Release

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

What do you want in a mobile phone? Small? Stylist? Fast? Full-featured? How about all of the above?

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, the smallest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. Despite its impressively compact and elegant design, this stylish new handset is a powerful 3G BlackBerry smartphone with uncompromising performance and top–of-the-line features, including all the industry-leading BlackBerry® email, messaging and social networking capabilities that so many people love.

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RIM announced a major update to its BlackBerry MVS offering this morning with version 5 bringing a HUGE benefit - WiFi calling! We'll keep this post short for now (press release below with full explanation and demo video above) and circle back soon with more on this soon. It's definitely a big announcement from RIM for the enterprise space and one we're going to sink our teeth into. 

Press Release

RIM Announces BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 with Voice over Wi-Fi Calling

Provides Employees with Access to the Corporate Phone System Using BlackBerry Smartphones Over Wi-Fi at Work, Hotspots and Home

WATERLOO, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 (BlackBerry MVS 5) with voice over Wi-Fi calling. BlackBerry MVS provides a business user with the ability to use their regular desk phone number and extension from their BlackBerry smartphone.

With the new version 5, an employee will be able to make and receive enterprise phone calls from their BlackBerry smartphone over a Wi-Fi connection, adding to the existing capability available over cellular networks.

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A show like WES is always exciting for BlackBerry users because it's sure to yield some big corporate announcements from Research in Motion. My personal favorite reason for attending mobile conferences isn't just to experience first hand what's getting officially announced at the keynotes, but rather to see what I can unofficially discover among the thousands of people in attendance. 

Case in point... tonight at the lobby bar we cornered a BlackBerry game developer we recognized and scoped out the latest in-development titles running on his device. I got super stoked to see Pinball Deluxe for BlackBerry. BlackBerry Smartphones have been lacking a good pinball game and this one looks awesome. The game play on the Storm2 was super smooth and fun and the good news here is that the game is going to be compatible and run on pretty much all BlackBerry device models. If RIM wants to shake things up on OS 6.0 and changeup the default game from BrickBreaker, then Pinball Deluxe has my vote. I was digging it (immediate fun factor). No word on release date yet, but we'll let you know when it's available. Be sure to check out the video above to see it in action.

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Bold 9650 Spotted in Verizon Corporate Store Banner

Bold 9650 Spotted in Verizon Corporate Store Banner

It looks like Verizon may have jumped the gun on this one. A keen eye spotted this banner in a Verizon corporate store, and it looks like the device in the middle is the yet to be released Bold 9650. We're not sure who's to blame for this one, but you can be sure someone will be getting a talking to. With the Bold 9650 release still in the dark, its odd that Big Red would be sporting it in print ads already. Hit the jump for a closeup shot.

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RIM, FedEx Office, Hilton Worldwide Join HP to Make Printing On-the-Go Reality for Enterprise Blackberry Users

Thankfully we don't travel with steamer trunks anymore. But for business travel we still hump around the country with a travel suitcase AND the coveted laptop bag. With products like the Blackberry Presenter we dare to dream that we can travel without the laptop.

It's great that the laptop isn't needed to do PowerPoint presentations but there are times when printing documents on the go still require a laptop. Well now RIM, FedEx, and Hilton have joined forces with HP to enable the Enterprise Blackberry user more laptop independent. Hit the jump for the full release. 

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 21, 2010 - HP today announced a new services delivery platform - the HP MPS Smart Decision Suite - that enables customers to better analyse, report and predict the use of their imaging and printing devices through an HP Managed Print Services (MPS) engagement.

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WES 2010: The Monday Night Party Place to Be Is the BoxTone Lounge!

This one is for all the people live on location in Orlando attending WES 2010....

For the past couple of years at WES the good folks at BoxTone have organized the BoxTone lounge as the official unofficial place to chill between sessions and keynotes and meetings. Always a good time but somewhat lacking in the bevvies since it was a daytime thing, this year the Lounge is going BIGGER, better and badder with a South Beach mashup evening party around the Pool at the Marriott.

The BoxTone Lounge After Dark is the exclusive big party Monday nite after the opening reception. There is going to be an ICE LUGE (w00t!), good music, some fun games and a pile of surprises. They're expecting more than a thousand people to attend, and there are limited slots so all must register (click the image above).

Win a VIP Pass: If you're attending WES 2010 and are not already registered for the BoxTone party, you can register by visiting www.boxtone.com/afterdark and using code cracky1. We've got some VIP passes to give away too, so be sure to register now! We'll see you there!

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CrackBerry Coverage Goes to Orlando for WES 2010 - The Biggest BlackBerry Show of the Year!

Be Sure to Visit CrackBerry.com Tuesday Morning for our General Session Live Blog at 8:30am EST!

Finally! The time has come for the BIGGEST BlackBerry show of the year and the Crack Team is on hand in full force to cover all of the news coming out of WES 2010. We're not totally sure what's in store, but we're hoping for some good stuff - maybe some device announcements, software announcements and news for both enterprise and consumers a like. And regardless of the news to be announced, we're going to be working hard this show to deliver some original content you won't find anywhere else. You'll definitely want to keep it locked to CrackBerry.com this week. 

As for the Crack Team, in between the blog posts and podcasts, you can tune into us individually on twitter for the blow by blow as it happens:

That's it. Let the fun and games begin. Fingers crossed we get some cool news this week. Stay tuned!
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Oh my. This is a commercial I'm sure a few can appreciate. The folks behind the commercial, Lane Bryant created the commercial only to have it cancelled/chopped down by the TV execs at Fox and ABC. Now that it has been pulled, it's getting more exposure than if it had run in its entirety.

While the circumstances of it being pulled are undergoing scrutiny, we here at CrackBerry see nothing wrong with it. A beautiful woman, who happens to be a BlackBerry 8520 user. What's wrong with that? Nothing. Unless of course, the sight of a few curves scares you. Around here though, Curves are always a welcome sight. ;)

Source: IntoMobile

Via: Lane Bryant

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Pricing Set At $79.99 For Rogers And Bell

It was suggested previously that we'd see the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 roll in at around $49.99 w/ contract on Rogers and Bell. Turns out that price may have been a little lower then reality. As the above snapshot shows, Bell and Rogers have their pricing set at $79.99 for the new Pearl with new contracts.

As we have now seen the pics of the dummy device roll in and the launch announcement expected to happen at WES, it gives more weight to the May 6th launch date that we have been hearing. TELUS pricing has yet to be revealed but given carriers rarely stray from each others pricing it should be on par with that of Rogers and Bell, maybe less if they want to push their pink version out the door.

Source: MobileSyrup

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Nimbuzz - Update Adds Multilingual Support; Fixes Connection Issues

Another Nimbuzz update has been rolled out. This one is pretty simple when it comes to the change log involved. In the past users had some issues with connectivity when using OS 5.0 and it's many variations, the update serves to correct that. Aside from those issues, the application itself has been sped up a bit. Logging into the services is now faster then ever.

Finally, more users can now enjoy Nimbuzz as support for additional languages has been added (Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, German, Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish) specifically. 

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Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Now Available For BlackBerry Devices

A lot of people use WebEx in their job. The only bad part about that is that often times, it means having to be at your desk or at least near a computer in order to access it. Well, now BlackBerry users can have their WebEx meetings while on the go. The newly released WebEx Meeting Center has been released from Cisco and is now available via BlackBerry App World. Given the functions of WebEx lets have a look at what the mobile version offers:

  • View presentations and applications.
  • Start or join meetings quickly and easily.
  • See who attends and enable others to present.
  • Enjoy integrated audio.
  • Start group and private chats.
Not sure if this could be used as an alternative for sitting in a golf cart, when you're supposed to be attending a business meeting but it's nice to at least have the option. Supported devices include Bold 9700, Bold 9000, Storm series, Curve 8900 and Tour 9630. Since there has been a lot of questions surrounding the app, we've posted the facts and highlights from the press release after the jump.
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Free BlackBerry Game Pixelated Expands Feature And Device Support

Eric sent us an email last night letting us know his free Pixelated game had just been updated. Additional support has been added for the  BlackBerry Bold andCurve series devices. The new version also has a few feature changes to go with it aside from the general UI improvements.  An achievement system has been added in as well as the ability to back up and synchronize game settings. Pixelated has been consistently one of the top ten free games in BlackBerry App World, be sure to check it out.

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