DIRECTV DVR Scheduler App Now Available for BlackBerry Smartphones

In the works for quite a while now, the DIRECTV DVR Scheduler app is now available for BlackBerry Smartphones. The easy-to-navigate app gives you quick access to various DVR and channel-browsing functions right from your device. Just fire it up, enter your login info and you're good to go. Search for shows, browse by channel, date & time and more. Once you find something you want to record, just hit the menu key and you can schedule it with a few clicks. The app is a welcome alternative to using the slim mobile site. The DIRECTV DVR Scheduler is free and runs on the Storm & Storm2, Bold, Tour, Curve 83xx, 85xx, 89xx and 88xx series devices. Hit the link below from your device to download. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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We got the above sneak peek of Root Mobile from CES this year and launch was promised to be soon. Here we are, just a few short weeks later and Root Mobile has now gone live and is certainly ready to track the coverage offered by your carrier.

“No one carrier is best everywhere, but everyone can find the carrier and phone that are best for them,” said Root Wireless CEO Paul Griff.  “It’s encouraging that thousands of smartphone enthusiasts have pre-registered to help map wireless network performance and we expect that, as the effort is more widely understood, the data provided by crowdsourcing consumers’ phones will provoke fundamental changes in the way that people evaluate and purchase their wireless service.”

Intially, Root Mobile was US only but that has since changed. US and Canadian carriers are now both supported. So, if you've ever questioned your carriers' true coverage areas, Root Mobile can help you put your coverage in comparison to others around you. The application can be downloaded, run in the background and then you can view the data as you see fit. All devices with GPS are supported with the exception of Storms running OS 4.7, so give it a shot and help out.

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for March 22nd 2010 -  50 Copies of BlackTechBB to be Won!

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

Happy Monday, theme-fiends! We have a great selection for you this week, ranging from some love for the bygone days of the BlackBerry UI, ramping up to the present day and some slick new themes. Some real talent on showcase this week, make sure you drop a "tip of the hat" to the free devs especially when you check out their threads in the forums. Always nice to see some appreciation for their efforts. Read on after the jump for details.

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TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.0 Releasing This Week

TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.0 Releasing This Week

TeleNav has long been one of the go-to applications for GPS services on your BlackBerry. Carriers across the world have it available for download on their BlackBerry devices, and some even have it specifically branded for their network.

Starting this Wednesday, March 24th, users on AT&T with the BlackBerry Curve 8900 or Bold 9000 can download the newest version of the TeleNav software, labeled on AT&T as AT&T Navigator 2.0.

This update comes with several great new features:

  • One touch speech recognition
  • Lane assist
  • Red light traffic alerts
  • Speed limit alerts
  • Turn by turn directions when out of a cell coverage area
These new features are a welcome addition to an already great application. I have been using this update for just over a month now, and I have been very impressed. Hit the jump for my thoughts and more info
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Best of Smartphone Experts, 21 March 2010

Verizon Push to Talk for BlackBerry Tour Available March 30th

Ok, well it looks like things weren't 100% go on the Verizon PTT release for the Tour. While the software was seen floating around and is available to download, you still can't actually activate PTT on the Tour 9630. We got some info that Push to Talk online training has begun for Verizon employees, and from the looks of things the software and service will be officially available for the Tour on March 30th ($5/month for the addition of PTT to a data plan). While most are left scratching their heads wondering why Big Red is launching the service on the Tour in the first place, apparently Verizon's plan is to "increase our PTT customer base in 2010 ... by winning over customers from the competition and encouraging some of our current BlackBerry Smartphone customers to begin using the PTT service." So while the software is ready to go, if you are planning to use PTT on your Tour it looks like you'll need to wait another week or so before you can actually activate the feature.

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CrackBerry Reminder: What You May Have Missed This Week

Slow news this week, but things should start picking up again very soon. We saw some more slider news as well as a few **though provoking** screenshots of what may (or may not be) OS 6.0. A few contests to keep our weekly streak going strong as well. Kevin is off to CTIA next week so we'll see if anything good comes down the line on the BlackBerry front from Vegas. If there's no big BlackBerry news, hopefully Ed Hardy will be there again so he can try and top his CES video. Hit the links below to see what you missed, and be sure to get in on the contests before the weekend is over.

What You May Have Missed:

Contest Reminders:

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RIM Scheduled Maintenance: BIS 3.0 For North American BlackBerry Users

As expected, Research In Motion has been sending out scheduled maintenance notifications to admins and carriers as they prepare to roll BIS 3.0 to North American users (view BIS 3.0 feature doc). Dates and timeframes are as follows, so you can all prepare for the inevitable loss of data connections:

  • There will be scheduled network maintenance by Research In Motion (RIM) affecting BIS customers between 0100 CT / 0200 EDT on March 28th and 0500 CT / 0600 EDT on March 28th.
  • Blackberry will be performing a BlackBerry Internet Service v2.8 upgrade to BlackBerry Internet Service v3.0
  • BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers may be unable to send or receive messages using their BlackBerry hosted email account or integrated third-party email accounts, view email attachments, activate email service, or request to see ""more"" text during the maintenance.
  • Wireless service providers and device resellers may be unable to create subscriber accounts or provision services for subscribers.
  • The estimated duration of impact is 4 hours and affects 100% of BIS customers. 

Even with 100% of all BIS customers without data, the real overall impact shouldn't be that bad. Considering most normal people sleep during the timeframe anyways. If all goes well, when ya get up we should have some BIS 3.0 action going on. Thanks to all those who sent this in.

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Best CrackBerry Contest Prize Ever: Win a Trip Around the World Courtesy of Fixmo Tools!!!

OK CrackBerry Nation, listen up because this is a contest you're going to want to get in on. The folks at Fixmo Corp have put together a contest for CrackBerry readers that is going to give one lucky winner an amazing grand prize... a trip around the world!!!

Grand Prize: The Grand Prize winner of the Fixmo Round the World Contest will win a Star Alliance Around the World economy class ticket and $1,000 in spending money. And rest assured once the lucky winner is chosen and booking their flights we'll put the forums into overtime so the winner can meetup with CrackBerry peeps in every destination (if you choose to make stop in Winnipeg the food/drinks are on me or if you swing by Toronto they're on the Fixmo crew!). I think this is quite possibly the best CrackBerry contest prize to date!

How to Enter: To enter the contest, just go to the crackberry app store or app world and download the free trial of Fixmo Tools. Using the feedback option inside the application tell us what you think would be the coolest utility you'd like to see on your BlackBerry. The contest is open between March 20th and March 27th. One entry per person. After March 27th, one winner will be selected and the grand prize of a trip around the world plus $1,000 spending money will be awarded. 25 free copies of Fixmo tools will also be awarded. The full rules and details can be found at No purchase is necessary. If you already have Fixmo tools installed on your BlackBerry, you can enter by using the feedback button. And remember, if you like Fixmo Tools and want to buy it, you can always save $5 off the retail price when you buy it via

That's it! Check out the contest site for full details, and go download the Fixmo Tools free trial and submit your feedback. Good Luck!!!

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Friday Fun EyeCandy: More Sexy BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Photos Emerge

It was back in November when we posted some of the first live images of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 here on CrackBerry. These photos might not be breaking news, but as BlackBerry lovers it's impossible to not love checking out some fresh pre-release pics. The crew of Tecnomovida landed some new photos of the upcoming Pearl 9100 which show off this little beauty. Nothing really new to look at per se, but some of the photos are at different angles than have been posted on previously which give even more perspective to what the new 3G Pearl will be like to hold. The device is still sporting the SureType keyboard and running OS, and also has some Curve 85xx style media keys on the top.

I'll be off to CTIA in Vegas next week where new devices often get announced by carriers and manufacturers. That being the case, I'm not expecting to see an announcement on the new Pearl next week. It does seems to be getting closer, however, so hopefully we'll hear about it "officially" sometime between CTIA and WES at the end of April. Hit the jump for some more shots.

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Official Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Update Coming on Monday?

Not really much to write home about here (unless of course someone at home has an 8530) but it looks like the Curve 8530 update we thought was coming from Verizon will indeed be arriving next week. According to our latest intel, OS will be available from Verizon starting Monday 3/22. From the sounds of it, the new software will be ready to go for both OTA and desktop installs. The site listed in the original PDF is now live but the software is still listed as "Coming Soon". Hang in there over the weekend, we'll see for sure come Monday if this holds true or not.

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Back on St. Patty's day we announced here on the blogs that Need for Speed Shift 3D for the BlackBerry Storm2 finally hit App World. This is one of the games that was demoed back at the BlackBerry Developer showing off RIM's newly announced Open GL APIs. With the 3D version of the game now available for the Storm2, I gave it a download and walkthrough and also compared to the 2D version available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (does not support Open GL) as well as the version of Need for Speed Shift available for the iPhone in Apple's App Store. Watch the video above to see how it unfolds and read on for some more details.

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Don't Miss a Beat with CBS Sports Men's College Tourney for BlackBerry

The NCAA tournament is in full swing, and some CRAZY games yesterday made for a great start. I'm sure the upcoming games will be just as nuts, so you won't want to miss a thing. To keep you updated when you're out and about, CBS has brought us CBS Sports Men's College Tourney for BlackBerry. The free app gives you news headlines, scores, player stats, bracket tracking and more. The app will keep you informed when you're at work or away from a TV/PC so you don't have to worry about not knowing whats going down. It looks like the app works on most devices (US only) and is 100% free. Head to Blackberry App World to download.

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The Case-Mate Hybrid case offers two layers of protection for your device, and brings a sweet look along with it. The base of the case is a silicone skin, and its covered by a hard plastic shell to hold on tight. It wraps around the entire device, leaving only the front screen and keyboard exposed. It has covers on the side buttons, and offers a good amount of protection that should keep your device safe from a few drops on the pavement (we've all been there). The case is a bit bulkier than some, but the overall two-part design is very cool. The Case-Mate Hybrid Case sells for $29.95 at and is available for the Bold 9700, Tour 9630 and Storm2.

More Best-Selling BlackBerry Tour Cases:
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Deal of The Day: Save 50% on BerryBuzz Today Only!


Recently updated, BerryBuzz is on sale for 50% off today as our Deal of the Day and you can pick it up for just $2.97. BerryBuzz is a simple app that lets you customize your device LED and alerts for different apps on your device. Want blue for BBM? Purple for Facebook? Orange for AIM? You can do them all and even create custom colors. Set alerts for IM apps, the Gmail app, tasks, calendar, all your email addresses and more. New additions to version 2.2 include the ability to backup and restore settings to your media card. A free trial is available, but don't think on it too long as you'll want to get it at the sale price before the day is over.

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Push to Talk Now Available For Verizon Customers

Push to Talk Now Available For Verizon Customers

Just in case you were wanting to sign up for this $5/month unlimited service, you can now get your push to talk on through Verizon. The offering comes as an application which is currently available through the Verizon application centre. After downloading and installing, you'll still need to speak to Verizon to have the service fully added on but at least you'll have the app installed already.

  • Make quick exchanges. - Push one button to contact team members or clients.
  • Place group calls. - Hold conversations with as many as 50 total participants.
  • Check team member status with Presence.- See who is available for a Push to Talk call.
  • Manage contacts for the entire company online. - Add, delete and assign contacts, create groups and more.
  • Use one number, one device. - Make and receive voice calls without needing a second device or phone number.
  • Enjoy coast-to-coast coverage. - Connect on our nationwide broadband network, and get expanded coverage across the United States within the National Enhanced Services Rate and Coverage Area. 

As expected, business clients are being targeted with this service offering and it does come with a few caveats. First, you need a PTT enabled device. Secondly, if you are roaming the service will not work. All minor caveats mind you but still stuff you should be aware of.

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First Real Pics Of Upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.0?!?

First Real Pics Of Upcoming BlackBerry OS 6.0?!?

Well, this is rather interesting to see. The above shots were recently posted over at BBLeaks. Now, while the pics are mentioned to be of OS 6.0 they are clearly just images of what might be. Nothing appears to be running on a device here. Oddly enough, they look all too familiar to the concierge app that was shown off at DevCon and again in a recent RIM held webinar. So, while we can't say for certain this is what it's going to look like or definitively confirm the accuracy (nor does BBLeaks), what do you think if this was indeed the case? Looks entirely too crowded for my liking, if they are indeed the real deal. Share your thoughts.

Source: BBLeaks

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Contest and Sale: Chance to win a Free 5BARz Road Warrior; Save $20 if you purchase the 5BARz Road Warrior from by March 26th. Full Details below... [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

We got a new accessory into the store this week that I haven't had a chance to use personally yet, but in speaking with some of the folks who have used it and checking around the net it is getting glowing reviews.... and I'm talking about the 5BARz Road Warrior by Cel Lynx.

With a retail price of $299.95, the 5BARz Road Warrior isn't what you'd call a cheap accessory, but for those who are continously dealing with weak signal strength on their BlackBerry due to where they live, work, drive, travel, etc. this is an accessory you'll want to check out. The 5BARz Road Warrior Cell Signal Booster is plug and play - just make sure the unit is plugged into an AC source or car adapter and the other end into your BlackBerry (or other smartphone). From there you should see your weak signal strength immediately take a big jump up, seeing those 5 full bars where you normally would see less. Be sure to check out the video above and 5BARz product page for more details. And we'll definitely be following up with a more in-depth review on the blogs here soon.

5BARz Sale: Until March 26th, you can save $20.00 on the 5BARz Road Warrior when you purchase it from All you need to do is use coupon code 5barz at checkout. Sale ends March 26th at Midnight PST.

Contest - Win a Free 5Barz!: Simply leave a comment to this blog post letting us know how owning a 5BARz Road Warrior could help you in your day to day BlackBerry use and you'll be entered to win. Contest entry closes this Sunday, March 21st, at Midnight PST.  Good luck!!

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One of the first videos I ever did up for was a BlackBerry 101 on How to Install the MicroSD Card into your BlackBerry Smartphone. To this day it is still one of the most popular articles viewed on though back in October 2007 there were only a few BlackBerry device models on the market that actually accepted a MicroSD card. We're into 2010 now so I figured it was time to do a little update covering both MicroSD card installation and SIM card installation.

Warning: I did this video one take, no excuses. It's a bit long and tedious (I like vids to be 3 or 4 mins tops but dang there are a lot of BlackBerrys on the market these days), but seriously...I did a few extra takes and they weren't any better. But at least this way you can follow the trials and triumphs as I walk through the BlackBerry lineup starting with the Bold 9700 and going down the line to earlier devices. Since this topic of video has helped sooo many people over the years, I'll be sure to follow up in the months ahead with some shorter / concise by device model clips. In the meantime, enjoy the show. :) 

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