Articles by Jared Dipane

Classic

BlackBerry has shared some news that is sure to disappoint those who love the BlackBerry Classic. The company has decided to end manufacturing of the phone, meaning once the existing stock sells out you won't be able to purchase one anymore. In an effort to continue to innovate, BlackBerry has decided to update its available lineup with only "state of the art devices".

4th of July Sale: Save 20% on your favorite ShopCrackBerry accessories

Before you fire up the grill and fireworks this 4th of July, swing by ShopCrackBerry to save 20% on your favorite accessories.

Starting today, everything in store including our most popular cases and covers, charging docks, screen protectors, and batteries are all up for grabs at a boomin' 20% discount! There's plenty to check out for popular devices like the BlackBerry Classic, Unlocked Passport, Priv, and many more.

After you've filled your cart, use coupon code: stars16 to enjoy instant savings on everything. If that's not enough to spark your interest, we even offer free shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental U.S., along with reasonable rates on expedited options. Don't miss out this holiday week, because the gettin's only good until midnight, July 5.

Light'em up and let's shop!

Amazon Prime Day makes its triumphant return on July 12

Amazon is bringing back Prime Day, the day in which it offers an abundance of awesome deals for Prime members. Beginning July 5 Amazon will begin running a number of specials leading up to the big day, which will be July 12. Last year the retailer slashed pricing on Chromebooks, Kindles, televisions, security cameras and more.

These awesome charging accessories are up to 70% off right now!

Right now you can save up to 70% on a variety of chargers and charging accessories from RavPower at Amazon. From desktop charging stations to wireless chargers and portable power banks, these deals will help you keep your phone and tablet charged in just about any situation.

T-Mobile now pushing Marshmallow update for BlackBerry Priv

T-Mobile is now pushing the Marshmallow update out for BlackBerry Priv owners. The update has been available for unlocked Priv's for some time, but it is great to see T-Mobile sending it out to its customers. With Marshmallow, you'll have the enhanced permission controls, Doze, adaptable storage and much more.

From T-Mobile's support page:

  • Beginning June 13, the BlackBerry PRIV receives a software update to Android version 6.0.1/build AAE153. This update provides features and improvements:
    • Android Marshmallow software
    • Performance and stability enhancements

If you have yet to receive the update notification, you can check for it manually now. To do so, head into your Settings, About device and finally check for the update.

Verizon

Verizon has announced that it will be discontinuing its paid Visual Voice Mail service on select phones as of July 8, 2016. The service, which previously cost $2.99, allowed customers to access their voicemails in a more visual manner. Those who are using the feature will be transitioned to Basic Voice Mail services, but you won't lose any of your existing messages.

T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier move is all about thanking you

T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier move is all about thanking its customers. After doubling its subscriber base from 33 million to 66 million, the carrier wants to give back to everyone who made it possible.

SanDisk 200GB card

Right now you can pick up SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $60, a savings of $20 from its normal price. We've seen the price of these cards drop significantly over the past couple of months, and at $60 this is an absolute bargain. Whether you are looking to add storage to your phone, tablet, camera or just to have it for backing up files, this card makes a great addition to any collection.

Bell

Bell will have to issue up to $11.82 million CAD in rebates to current and former customers. The ruling is in relation to the carrier charging premium texting fees that were hidden in third-party advertisements without customer approval. This all began back in 2012 when the Canadian Competition Bureau began an investigation into many of the big carriers, including Bell, Rogers, and Telus.

John Chen

John Chen is no stranger to turning companies around, and that is what his main focus was when he came to BlackBerry. So, how did BlackBerry convince Chen to join the company? How is he progressing? Well, Chen recently sat down to answer some questions regarding why he accepted the position, his plans to fix the company and much more.

You can grab six microUSB cables of various lengths for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code

Right now you can pick up six Tronsmart microUSB cables for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code 6USBCORD, a savings of $4. The set comes with various cable lengths, including (1) one-foot cable, (2) three-foot cables and (3) six-foot cables. If you are the one who never seems to be able to find a cable when you are in need of one, you'll want to grab this collection.

BingeOn T-Mobile

T-Mobile has announced that it has once again added a number of new BingeOn partners. This marks the fifth expansion of the service in the six months since its release, and it holds some big name additions. While some of these previously allowed music streaming under Music Freedom, they now offer unlimited video streaming as well.

Mpow Buckler

Right now you can pick up the Mpow Buckler, the company's latest waterproof Bluetooth speaker, for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code NJB5QCK7. It has an IPX4 rating, so it will work great by the pool, out camping and even in the shower with its suction cup.

Sony microSD

If you are looking to add some storage to your phone or tablet, you'll want to check out this deal from Sony on microSD cards at Amazon. You can grab a 128GB card for just $33, its lowest price yet. Should this be too much storage or more than you wanted to spend, Sony is also offering discounts on its other cards as well.

BlackBerry Priv

If you have been waiting for the price to drop below $400 to pick up a BlackBerry Priv, your time has come. Right now, you can pick one up at eBay for just $380, which is the lowest we have seen it yet. Recently Newegg offered the phone for $400, and before that it was available for $450.

BlackBerry Priv

Newegg has a great deal going on right now for the BlackBerry Priv, dropping the price down to just $399. The units being sold are unlocked AT&T variants (STV100-1), so you will be able to use it on the GSM carrier of your choice.

Coocheer Bluetooth speaker

Right now you can pick up this Coocheer Bluetooth speaker for just $9 at Amazon with coupon code TUFIEZWH, a savings of $11. In addition to being Bluetooth, the speaker also has built-in NFC for quick and easy pairing to any phone that is compatible. The premium sound with bass enhance technology will give you a great quality of audio output for keeping the party going.

BlackBerry Priv

AT&T has slashed the price of the BlackBerry Priv by $60, dropping it down to $639 off contract. While this isn't a huge savings, it exceeds the $50 cut that BlackBerry recently did on the phone. If you are in the market for a new phone or have been eyeing the Priv but waiting for the price to drop a little, this may be your time to pick one up.

Priv Marshmallow

BlackBerry is now pushing out its first Marshmallow beta update for the Priv to those who signed up to help test it.

T-Mobile customers who signed up for the beta will begin receiving their invites to download the update in 24 hours, according to Nathan Webster who is the manager of BlackBerry's beta program.

So, if you are on the current beta be sure to check for an update. If you are a T-Mobile customer, keep an eye on your inbox in the coming days for your invite. The update weighs in at over 1.7GB, so you will want to make sure you have plenty of battery power and a good Wi-Fi connection to get it downloaded.

Verizon

Verizon has announced its Q1 2016 earnings with $32.2 billion in total operating revenue coming in, of which $22 billion came from the wireless end of the business. The carrier was also able to add 640,000 postpaid net additions, which is a low-volume quarter for them. Customer retention remained solid at Verizon, with its retail postpaid churn as low as 0.96%, a huge improvement year over year.

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