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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Control Your Email with MailMinder - 50 Free Copies

MailMinder

If you get tired of seeing junk mail when you see that flashing LED on your device, or only want to be notified of important messages, MailMinder may be just what you need. The app acts as a filter of sorts, letting you be alerted for only important messages, and having junk mail or other messages slip through the cracks. Features include:

  • Select email messages from your Inbox and set rules based on the sender or the subject of each email to automatically do one of the following whenever you receive a matching email:
    • Refrain from blinking the indicator light on the phone
    • Mark the email as read
    • Delete the email
    • Alert you that the email has been received (by turning on a solid message light and vibrating, playing a tone, or both)
  • Use as a junk mail filter and to prevent unnecessary new message indicators
  • Use to notify you when you receive an important email
  • Very easy to use with your BlackBerry email accounts
  • Audible alerts for important emails work regardless of the device's current ringer (sound profile) setting

MailMinder is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99 through December 31st, but we have 50 free copies to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. 

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Call Blocker Professional By Epic Applications Updated

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Call Blocker Professional from Epic Applications has just seen a great update come its way. The application has seen many changes and growth in it's lifetime and now this, the 5th revision is brings quite a few changes to it. Call Blocker Professional offers nearly every feature you could imagine for a call blocking app.

Check out the extensive feature list:

  • Pick up and hang up on the caller, or send them to voicemail
  • Extremely quick blocking and efficient operation through integration with Options screen, along with an icon to show you the current mode (Enabled or Disabled)
  • Comprehensive bulk blocking options--private numbers, unknown numbers, numbers not in your contacts, or even all numbers for privacy
  • Easily add numbers from your call logs or contact list, or by entering by hand
  • Block entire area codes (800, 866, etc)
  • Automatically send SMS to callers to let them know you are busy, or any other message you want
  • Automatically turn on and off at given times
  • Whitelist to allow for certain callers to always get through
  • Back up and restore your settings to avoid ever having to re-enter
  • Fully customizable to fit your needs

Having used similar applications in the past and having tested Call Blocker Professional, I would have to say it is my preferred application for this type of service. Call Blocker Professional is fully integrated with the Options screen. It also lets you know when it's enabled by notification icons and updating the app icon on your screen as well (OS 4.7+ only). And best of all, it actually works as advertised and the timer mode allowing you to enable and disable at set timed intervals is awesome. You can get Call Blocker Professional now for only $3.99 until December 31st after which, it will go back to the $5.99 price.

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Citrix Receiver  Arriving This Month For BlackBerry Smartphones

Citrix has been around for a while now and chances are you may have used their offerings without even really knowing it. Be it to access documents from the office while at home or attend an online meeting. Citrix powers a lot of the internet happening with their products and connectivity options. As they are to PC's, Citrix is making a name in the mobile market now as well. Currently, Citrix has applications out for iPhone and Windows Mobile so stepping into the BlackBerry smartphone sector was indeed, the next step. For connectivity to remote PC's, Citrix is offering this:

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Get More Out of Your Mobile Number with Google Voice

For years I stuck with the mobile number I was issued way back in 1996 when I purchased my first cell phone. I never thought of switching carriers, and I was happy to know that everyone that needed to contact me could do so easily. About a year ago after my BlackBerry addiction started to overtake me full-time, I realized that having a CDMA carrier number that wasn't easily portable wasn't the best thing. I thought about it for a while, and as the idea of carting around multiple devices all day didn't appeal to me, I decided to finally give up my roots and give Google Voice a shot. I had registered with the service ages ago, but left the number untouched for months. Now was the time to make it mine and spread my new number to the few people that actually call me.

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BerryWeather Updated to 2.0.63 - Add Your Own 'Weather Slot' to Any Theme

Just a few weeks back BerryWeather 2.0 was released with a ton of new features. Among them is my favorite of being able to have the weather info display on your homescreen backgound. My only gripe was that there was no way to disable all the excess text (conditions, location, etc) and show just the icon. Well in their latest update, Bellshare has given the option to completely customize this feature. Now you can create your own "weather slot" theme and tweak it to your liking. You can choose to show or hide the location, conditions, tempature, 'Feels Like' temperature, Hi/LO and observation time. You can choose where the icon is placed, as well as what wallpaper is displayed. I have to say I'm a huge fan of this update since I can now place the weather icon anywhere on my homescreen, ultimately making any theme on my device a "weather theme". BerryWeather is one of the higher priced apps at $9.95, but is well worth it in my opinion. 

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 To Support 802.11n WiFi?

BlackBerry Pearl 9100 To Support 802.11n WiFi?

The other day Boy Genius posted that he heard from one of his solid connects that the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has seen a little revision change since we last heard some specs on it. The change, was that of 802.11n WiFi capability being added to next gen Suretype BlackBerry smartphone.

We're going to toss some gas on that fire as well as I have done some digging around and found the above .rdf profile for the BlackBerry Pearl 9100. That's not to say it will show up in the final revision, but Research In Motion notes the files with the WiFi radio in the title and well, there is no 9100_802.11g/b to be found at this time. So does anyone actually need or want 802.11n on their BlackBerry smartphone to make this feature?

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