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Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Elecite/eVeek launched this new theme a little while back now, but I just had it get it up in the blogs... those who like car-styled themes will really appreciate this one. Ascarii is styled in red and black colors and looks great, especially on a Bold (Rogers Bolds have red keys) and the chrome in the theme matches that of the frets between the rows of keys on the keyboard as well. You can grab this hot theme from Elecite.com for $6.99. It is available for 83/88/90XX series devices.

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

2008 is long gone folks! 2009 is off to a great start for all of us around here at CrackBerry. Lots of stuff is planned for the CrackBerry Nation in the coming months as the community keeps growing.

One thing I have noticed in the past year is that many more BlackBerry users are starting to utilize the media functionality of their devices and columns such as this one are gonna be used to help you utilize those features of your devices. 

Now, let's put those new SD cards you got for Christmas to work!!

The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

Ronen over at BerryReview noticed this, but everyone knows of President Elect Obama's predicament with him wanting to keep his BlackBerry (who could blame him?) throughout his presidency. It just seems as though those pesky advisors of his are still going after him about getting rid of the device he loves so dear, even going so far as to try and force him to use some crazy Windows Mobile device. The NY Daily News reached out to some players in the advertising world and had them create some mock-up advertisements to show their support for the President of the United States being a BlackBerry user. Quite hilarious. Check em out!

T-mobile 8900 Pricing And Launch Date for Biz Customers!

The T-Mobile 8900 saga continues as the day of February 11th may seem miles away for those who have waited this long for the device to show up. Now we have heard on many occasions that business customers are going to get an early launch of this device on January 19th. But what we have not heard is any sort of indication on pricing for said business customers, untill now that is.

  • Corporate Customers: $499.99 MSRP
  • 2 YR Agreement: $300 instant rebate, $199.99
  • 1 YR Agreement: $250 instant rebate, $249.99

The above is the reported pricing business customers can expect to see if the launch of Jaunary 19th holds true and we have no reason to believe it won't be happening. Now if we could just get confirmation on the "consumer" pricing we'd be all set, but typically that is the same as business account pricing minus the 1 year agreement option. Question remains. How many T-Mobile business subscribers do we have out there that are surely grabbing this great device?

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Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Now this is some awesome stuff we got going on here! Jason Calhoun dropped by the forums yesterday to let the CrackBerry Nation know about his hottest new theme for the BlackBerry Bold. I have to say I’m blown away by this one - the time he spent on DroidBerry really shows. Styled of course after the Android mobile operating system, this theme looks sharp, with 5 homescreen icons that are user customizable and all notification, battery and signal icons are the exact icons from Android. A little note about the clock though... it don't work (RIM - we need widgets!). However, it is optional as you can get the theme without it. DroidBerry is available from the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store for $7 and is a true Android replica with BlackBerry style... yeah baby!

Get Tiltris Game, Free For BlackBerry Storm!

Time to show all you Storm owners out there some love of course! BBWorld.info found this interesting game floating around on GetJar. As seen in the video it's basically Tetris with a twist, quite literally. Tiltris makes use of the Storm's built in accelerometer and looks like it will have you twisting, turning and ...umm... in my case, cussing in no time.

You can grab the download from GetJar's mobile site, using the access code 40256 for absolutely no charge. Let us know in the comments what you think about it!

BeamReader For BlackBerry Moves Out Of Beta!

BeamReader For BlackBerry Moves Out Of Beta!

I got an email yesterday letting me know BeamReader has now moved out of beta. SLG Mobile (formerly BeamBerry Solutions), which recently was a part of the BlackBerry Cool 15 and got offers from the BlackBerry Partners Fund has released version 1.0 of their amazing PDF reader application. What sets this apart from other PDF applications is its great ability to render PDF files directly on the BlackBerry - no internet connection and no pre "formatting" of the files is required before you view them. This ensures a secure environment for your information and the included file browser is top notch and has the ability to launch other applications from within itself. No hassle.

PDFs are displayed as they should be with all of their fonts showing correctly, rather then having them replaced by substitution fonts, which often times makes the PDF files look leaps and bounds away from their original format which is never a good thing, especially if appearences are vital in your files. Definitely an app worth checking out!
Does Your BlackBerry Messenger Show Hotlinks? If Not Read On to Learn the Quick Fix!!

Have any of you out there ever found yourself copy and pasting URLs or phone numbers directly from BlackBerry Messenger and either inputting them in your web browser or adding them to your contacts? I know I have for sure and often wondered why they were not converted to hyperlinks and creating menu items for phone functionality.

Well, long time friend of CrackBerry, Stinsonddog has the answer for us on how exactly to get that fixed in 4.6/4.7 OS, so that those items do indeed show the way they should as elsewhere in the BlackBerry OS. This is something that seemingly was overlooked by RIM and hopefully they fully fix it for all us Bold and Storm owners.

BlackBerry On Fido Getting Closer!

BlackBerry On Fido Getting Closer!

Sure we have seen it before, we've even seen the BlackBerry roadmap for Fido most recently, but it seems that day is getting closer and closer now. According to BGR the parent company of Fido, being Rogers wireless has finally given in to user demand and are now getting ready to launch their BlackBerry devices and are currently in the process of getting all their CSR's trained up on their BlackBerry skills.

From the information available it looks like the launch device will be the 8100, but we can expect more from Fido in the way of newer devices later on this year, especially UMA enabled (UNO on Fido) devices such as the 8900 and the 8120 and finally the 82XX. This is good news for Fido customers as most have been purchasing unlocked BlackBerry devices at premium costs, once the line up gets rolling you'll be able to get that subsidized pricing, but alas 3 yr contract will still apply.

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Poynt Now Available For Curve 8900 And Pearl Flip 8220!

We have covered this great application before, even giving it a thorough review to let you all know what it's about. Personally, I have no qualms in saying this is one of my favorite applications for my BlackBerry. After having got my 8900 though I was rather disappointed Poynt didn't work on it. No worries though, as Poynt has now been updated to accomodate BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 devices... time to grab it. If you have never used Poynt before, it's worth having a look.

Colorware Now Ready For Your Storms!

Colorware Now Ready For Your Storms!

It was only a matter of time before this option became available and for some maybe it took too long. But yesterday's word that ColorWare should bring a smile to all you Storm owners faces if you are down with some serious customization of your device. ColorWare is now able to take your Storm to the next level by adding your selected splash of color, be it Cobalt Blue or Ferrari Red or as shown above, Crush Orange. Prices start at $129 and move up from there. It's pricey for sure, but if device personalization is a priority and you have the cash to shell out, it's a sweet solution. I'm really digging the Crush Orange and Carbon rendition pictured above. Now I just need a need a Storm... lol, anyone wanna hook me up?

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BlackBerry Theme Central's Blowout Sale!!

BlackBerry Theme Central's Blowout Sale!!

WooHoo! I love these kinds of posts. Got an email from Shayne today from BlackBerry Theme Central, letting me know of a big sale they got going on for all of their themes. Bold, Curve, Pearl whatever,all on sale for the next 2 weeks for only $2 a pop!! That's a deal no one can refuse really, especially with all the new themes BlackBerry Theme Central has been turning out. Everyone is bound to find something they'd enjoy.

Check Out All The BlackBerry Theme Central Themes In ShopCrackBerry Store>>>

XBerry Live for Blackberry!

XBerry Live for Blackberry!

I know for a fact a lot of BlackBerry addicts out there are also hardcore gamers, whether it be Xbox, PS3, Wii or PC games such as WoW (yeah, I went there!). This application is for all you Xbox Live fans that wanna keep track of it all on the go. With XBerry Live! You have all the access you want to Xbox live stats, online status, gamer pictures, avatars, latest games, achievements, and more. One of the best features of the application, other then it notifying you when they're are new versions available is the fact you can also set device notifications so you never miss a thing.

With support for Curves, Pearls, Bolds and yes, even Storms (disable compatability mode) as well as 8800 and 8700 series devices everyone can get in on the Xberry Live! action.

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New Ice Blue Theme For Your Bold From Visto Themes!

New Ice Blue Theme For Your Bold From Visto Themes!

So the holidays are now over and I'm sure some of you out there got shiny new Bolds for Christmas. No better way to give it some love then to grab a nice new theme from Visto Themes. Corey has released "Ice Blue" this time around and with the unique stylings on this one it's sure to please. The icons look great and really stand out on the white background and have great transitions when focused on. I normally dig darker themes but "Ice Blue" has the perfect balance of dark and light colors to keep me happy. Overall this is one very sharp theme.

For more screenshots and to get a look at other themes offered by Visto Themes hit up the forums.

*UPDATE* Due to popular demand, Corey just let me know he has released Ice Blue for 83XX/88XX devices, those versions can be found in The Shop CrackBerry Store as well.

    Curve 8900 Replica Theme - For 83xx/88xx 4.3/4.5!

    Curve 8900 Replica Theme - For 83xx/88xx 4.3/4.5!

    Sure the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has been launched in a few countries already. But for those of you who are not interested in importing the device from another country but are still patiently waiting with your BlackBerry Curve 83XX or 88XX devices in hand, CrackBerry forums member tom1l21 has just the fix for you all! His Curve 8900 replica theme willl either increase your want for the next gen Curve or give you just enough of a glimpse to keep you waiting patiently.

    This theme has been a hot item in the forums. Supporting OS' 4.3 and 4.5 and packing a lot of the real 8900 theme's details, it is currently available in bottom dock and icon styles. Features of the 8900 replica theme theme include:

    • User Customizable Bottom Dock
    • User Defined Fonts
    • Genuine OS 4.6 Icons
    • Genuine Application Screen Background (not locked)
    • Programs folder added on application screen
    • Transparent Dialog Box (Does not conflict with Opera Mini)
    • Look for Today, Today Plus, Today Plus with Crossbar, and L Themes coming soon!

    For further information on the development of this theme check the forums. The theme sells for $7, but as added bonus from now until January 1st you can grab this theme in the mobile app store for only $5 (visit crackberryappstore.com on your BlackBerry's browser), that's a small price to pay for a theme that comes with free updates!

      SlingPlayer Mobile Beta for BlackBerry Finally Available!

      After a fairly lengthy wait for its release, it has finally arrived and now the fun begins for all you SlingBox owners out there. Provided you have one of the supported devices and a SlingBox you can now take advantage of a free 30 day trial of Sling Mobile for BlackBerry and if ya dig it enough you can get all the service you want for $29.99.

      A quick look through the forums shows a lot of users are already digging their services, so what do ya say folks? Will you be joining in on the action or passing it up? Or maybe you already got yours and wanna tell us all about how great it is... be sure to hit up the comments and let us know what's up with SlingBox on BlackBerry.

      For more information on Sling Mobile for BlackBerry check out Sling Media's site and if you are already set up and just need to install the app point your BlackBerry to the mobile site to get up and running.

      Yahoo!Go Updated For Your Bold!

      Yahoo!Go Updated For Your Bold!

      I'm positive some of you out there use this application for a great deal of things and I'm pretty glad myself to see that it has been updated for the BlackBerry Bold. Yahoo!Go is what I would refer to as an "integration application" as it wants to be your one stop shop for everything and pulls it off quite nicely after many upgrades to how it functions.

      Boasting what Yahoo calls "widgets" you can access a ton of things all from one central location. News, Ebay, Facebook, Flickr and even Myspace can be accessed from within Yahoo!Go. So while RIM offers similar services to some of this stuff, Yahoo!Go takes it and integrates it into one application.

      If you have tried Yahoo!Go before and were not really fond of it, give it a whirl again... you may come away pleasantly surprised with the appl this time around. And at $0 the price is right!

      * A little bit of a warning though for those who may be on *limited* data plans - the download does roll in at just a little over 1MB *

      Storm 9520 And 3G Pearl 8200 Flip Heading To Rogers!

      Storm 9520 And 3G Pearl 8200 Flip Heading To Rogers!

      Well isn't this a nice little piece of information to wake up to on Christmas morning. Seems that while we were all sleeping, Clearskies08 was leaving us all a nice present from our friendly neighborhood Rogers/Fido reps upcoming handset presentation. That's right folks, what you are seeing above is a pic of the 9520 Storm which will soon be available on Rogers in Canada. This device will have 3G HSPA bands for North America and comes with WiFi built into it.

      Not only was the 9520 Storm introduced, but the 8200 was as well, the 8200 being a 3G HSDPA Pearl Flip with WiFi and GPS built in AND a second video camera for video calling!!!!!!

      For more information on the coming devices as well as Fido's new BlackBerry offerings hit the jump.

      Track Santa Via Your BlackBerry!!

      Continuing a tradition that started in 1955 when a Colorado Springs newspaper mistakingly printed NORAD's phone number in an ad and a child called the number asking the whereabouts of Santa Clause, NORAD will once again be tracking Santa for all of us patiently waiting for the big guy to arrive. Things will be a little bit different this year though as NORAD and Google have teamed up to bring us BlackBerry users out there updates on Santa's location. Utilizing Google Maps search function to search "norad santa" will give you the current location of Santa. Just awesome!!

      Now this is great for those on the move needing to know the big guy's whereabouts, but Google now also has a Santa tracking service with its free Google Earth download as well for those of you staying at home on Christmas eve who want to catch the action ona a bigger display. I know my son and I will be tracking Santa, will you?

      New Cross Bar Extreme And Platinum Series Themes!

      New  Cross Bar Extreme And Platinum Series Themes!
      CrossBar Extreme
        Platinum Series

      Not one, but two (three if you include the versions lol) sweet new themes have been released by JC Designs - Gadgetbean.com recently for the Bold.

      The first one being CrossBar eXtreme (video) which is an amazing theme that has a whopping 19 user customizable icons for the homescreen. Seriously, I can't think of any reason while using this theme that you would ever really even need to use the application key to jump to the main screen of your BlackBerry. With so many user customizable icons on the homescreen, you can pack it all in there. Excellent!!

      Next up is my personal favorite of the lot, Platinum Series, which is coming available in Crossbar Plus and Today Plus variations. With its fresh looking icons and over all industrial look to it, it's easy to see why this one is my favorite of the bunch. Everything in this theme is laid out nicely and just seems to "fit". The menus are stylized to match the theme with a nice grey/platinum background and flow nicely throughout the whole theme.

      Both themes are now ready to go in the ShopCrackBerry Store for only $7 and be sure to check out the rest of the themes offered by JC Designs - Gadgetbean.com that are available. You can check out the forums for more info and screenshots as well.

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