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Media Markt now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

Joining the list of retailers taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now is Media Markt. As posted on the site, Media Markt Germany is expecting to have the device available as of Sept. 20, 2017, for shipping but as with all pre-orders, that is subject to change.

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Last day to enter to win a TUMI Flip Case from BlackBerry Mobile!

We've teamed up with BlackBerry Mobile to give ten lucky CrackBerry readers a new Tumi Flip Case for the BlackBerry KEYone!

Enter the contest now and you could be the winner! Make sure you read the full details at the bottom of the page to get in on this giveaway and good luck!

THE PRIZE The winners will receive a brand new TUMI Flip Case for the BlackBerry KEYone

THE RULES Use the widget below to enter. There are several different options, and if you complete them all you'll have the maximum chance at winning! Come back daily for more entries! Please note, we DO verify the winning entries, so if you say you completed something, but you didn't actually do it, you'll be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.

This one's open internationally, so have at it! Also, in the event the winner does not reside in the US, please be aware that the prize may be subject to customs fees and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner. The contest ends on September 4th. We'll announce the winners in the widget below shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Win a BlackBerry KEYone Tumi flip case from BBMobile!

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Here are the CrackBerry #ShotOnBlackBerry photo contest winners!

There were so many amazing entries in our recent photo contest. I highly recommend checking out the hashtags #shotonKEYone and #shotonBlackBerry in our forums and on Twitter and Instagram to see all the entries and many more photos posted by fans just like you. And make sure you use the hashtags when you post too, so other fans can connect with you.

We had a really hard time narrowing down the winners, so instead of six winners, we chose TEN! Those photos are below.

  • #ShotOnKEYone
Instagram: smokyogi - The other side of Windsor

Forums: BernardoCarpio - KEYone, shot in a fishing village in Mactan island, Cebu Philippines. Edited in blackberry app using the reel filter. I am quite pleased with the HDR and autofocus speed.

Twitter: @deacondel1 - My colleague brought her dog to work, and I snapped his picture with my Blackberry KEYone!

Twitter: @Mike_Neale - A lovely Dragonfly.

Twitter: @TheLostTapesCA - Chapman's Peak, Cape Town

  • #ShotOnBlackBery
Forums: VLinSD - Seminario Park, Guayaquil, Ecuador. New year's trip, 2017. Iguanas let people visit this park in the heart of the city.

Forums: epg - Shot on BlackBerry Priv

Instagram: parcequenatacha

Twitter: @MidVids - Banff Springs Hotel, BlackBerry Passport

Twitter: @BrianD063 - Love the BlackBerry DTEK60 camera for it's ease of use in every day situations.

Thanks so much for all the entries! Winners, I will be in touch soon to get your shipping info!

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Black Edition vs. Space Black vs. Limited Edition Black BlackBerry KEYone... Say what?!

Double tap this photo if you think I'm a jerk (but secretly still 🖤 me) for posting a photo of THREE BlackBerry #KEYone Black Editions because you want one right now but need to wait a little longer! 😂 #hoardingphones #blackberry #10yearsofcrackberry #android #IFA2017

A post shared by CrackBerry Kevin (@crackberrykevin) on Sep 2, 2017 at 9:39am PDT

The new blacked-out BlackBerry KEYone goes by three different names and variations depending on where in the world you live. There are some differences between each model. Let's set the record straight.

For those of you jonesing for the newly-announced black version of the BlackBerry KEYone, I don't blame you. It's one hot... err.. dark looking phone. You really can't go wrong with the KEYone in either color - my informal polling so far has shown about a 50/50 split on the debate of which of the two color schemes looks best. That said, when it comes to the black KEYone, there's more than just a color decision to be aware of but a specs and price one as well. And, to add a little extra confusion to the mix, the black version of the KEYone itself comes in three different varieties depending on where in the world you live. Let's clean up the confusion!

Key Differences of the Black BlackBerry KEYones explained

We'll get to the black Black KEYone's in a second, but first, we need to recap where the original KEYone is at for this discussion.

Original "Silver Edition" BlackBerry KEYone - 3GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage, $549USD outright/unlocked pricing. There are regional variations of this phone supporting different carrier bands and versions of the keyboard the phone ships with, when it comes to the name and RAM and Storage, it's all the same.

Now, when it comes to the black KEYone, there are three (well, more like four, I'll get to that) ways that the KEYone is being referenced:

1. BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition - You can think of this effectively as BlackBerry Mobile's default worldwide edition of this phone. Compared to the original BlackBerry KEYone, it ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage. There's no US pricing for this phone just yet (will get to that shortly), but based on the Canadian pricing it looks like these bumped specs add about $100 to the price of the phone.

2. BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black from AT&T - On September 1st, AT&T began selling the KEYone in Space Black color scheme. Design-wise, it looks identical to the Black Edition, but specs-wise it's the same as the "Silver Edition" KEYone, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. AT&T is selling this blacked-out version of the KEYone for $500 outright, which is about $50 less than the original KEYone. With a date for the spec'd up Black Edition not being announced yet, I'm assuming AT&T has an exclusive on the color black in the US, at least for a little while, so for now if you're in the US and really want a Black Edition KEYone your best bet would be to buy it in Canada and get it sent over. But honestly, the price of ~$16 bucks a month is a pretty sweet deal.

3. BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black from Optiemus India - The BlackBerry KEYone is now being marketed, sold and supported in India by BlackBerry licensing partner, Optiemus. While this phone ultimately carries the Made in India sticker (my understanding is some final assembly and software loading happens in India), as we saw with my review unit it's really the identical device to the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is one exception though - the Made for India KEYone also features a Dual SIM card slot (note, the second SIM card uses the MicroSD card slot so if you're running two SIMs you can't take advantage of expandable storage). Note, if you're outside of India and decided you really, really, really needed to have a dual SIM KEYone, you could buy it from Amazon India (you'd need somebody in India to re-ship it to you outside of India), but keep in mind if you run into any need for support or warranty issues you would need to deal with BlackBerry Mobile India (Optiemus) and not BlackBerry Mobile (TCL).

4. Bonus - KEYone in China - Recently, the BlackBerry KEYone began selling in China through JD.com (their equivalent to Amazon). In reality, they're selling the Black Edition KEYone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB and one SIM card slot, but they're keeping it simple, and it's just called the BlackBerry KEYone.

But.. but. but... Why?!

Many times this year I've said that 2017 feels like the good 'ole days of BlackBerry are back, and this slightly confusing rollout just adds to that. If you think back to phones like the BlackBerry Curve, we saw different colors and iterations of the phone with every carrier. AT&T had the BlackBerry Curve 8300 and 8310 (with GPS!), while T-Mobile had the Curve 8320 (with WiFi!) and Sprint/Verizon launched the Curve 8330 in CDMA. And carrier partners often launched a special edition color exclusive only to them.

With TCL Communication aka BlackBerry Mobile effectively relaunching the BlackBerry phone brand this year as they roll out the KEYone to more and more markets, it's clear that they're working with carrier and retail partners on marketing and distribution partnerships (they're just not selling the phone online unlocked). It's a smart move as this one of those tactics that helps get BlackBerry in front of users again as in many places it's been out of sight and out of mind for many years (I love seeing the KEYone in Sprint locations!).

The downside of this, of course, is that with more partner wheeling and dealing happening, it's more likely that these types of situations arise, which can be a bit more confusing for us consumers. I get the mechanics of all this of course, but in CBK's head, it does feel like it would be easiest to just do one blacked-out KEYone and roll that baby out everywhere under the one name. Maybe with the KEYtwo! :)

3GB RAM / 32GB Storage vs. 4GB RAM / 64GB Storage

One of the questions I've been receiving a lot of recently is whether or not the additional GB of RAM in the black KEYone increases the speed/performance of the KEYone and makes the Black Edition the KEYone to go for. Based on my usage to date (MrMobile's too - see his excellent video embedded above), I'd say not really, but maybe... it depends. Both variations are equally fast in regular use. More RAM doesn't make the phone snappier in daily use - technically where it could/should make a difference is that if you're running a lot of apps all the time that chew up RAM it'll help prevent slowdowns (especially as you're jumping back and forth between a bunch of open apps). So for some I could see that the extra GB of RAM could/should make a difference, but for me at least -- and I run a lot of apps -- it's felt more or less similar. As for more storage memory, while I always side with the more the better, the fact that you can throw in a MicroSD card if you need more storage space makes this benefit more of a nice to have than a potential must-have. If you watch my initial KEYone review I said I wouldn't mind a version with a bit more RAM and more storage, and low and behold that device now exists! Good going BlackBerry Mobile making dreams come true.

Overall, if you like silver and want to save some money, going with the Silver Edition KEYone is totes fine. If you like black and want the extra RAM, you're going to want to get yourself a Black Edition. And if you're on AT&T and like black and want to save some $$, the Space Black will work well for you too. And if you desperately want a KEYone with dual SIM cards, you can get one from India. It's going to be the same quality as every other black KEYone, but just keep in mind that if you run into any issues your support is through Optiemus and not TCL/BlackBerry Mobile who is supporting the KEYone in every other market.

May the Force Be With You

Phewww... So much for being super concise. It turns out there's a bit to know on this VADERBERRY. In a world where CrackBerry Kevin makes all the BlackBerry phone decisions, I think I would have opted for this special edition of the KEYone to be called the KEYone Pro or KEYone World Edition, jacked up the price a bit more if necessary, and rolled it out with 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and Dual SIM across all international versions and offered this configuration in both Silver and Black. That said, I'm super content they've spec'd up the KEYone a bit more more with an alternative color and version that fans like myself can get behind. And did I mention the blacked-out KEYone is damn sexy?! Easily one of the most eye-catching phones of all time.

Hopefully, that helps. If you have questions, drop them in the comments or our CrackBerry KEYone forums.

If you're interesed in learning more about KEYone and buying your own tap here!

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Here's what changed with BBM this week and why it was changed

Following our post covering the recent issues that have come up with BBM users switching devices, Alex Thurber, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions Division at BlackBerry, took to the Inside BlackBerry blog to lay out exactly what changed with BBM this week and why the changes were made.

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What matters most to you in a BlackBerry All Touch smartphone?

We're interested to see what our community actually wants from an all touch BlackBerry device. Take the survey!

Looking back, we've seen BlackBerry embrace the all touch form factor as early as 2008 with their first all touch smartphone the BlackBerry Storm. Subsequent versions and new models like the Torch 9860 have kept the flame alive for BlackBerry all touch smartphones, and most recently with the move to the Android operating system, we've seen two all touch BlackBerry devices the DTEK50 and DTEK60.

Some people love these handsets and others never gave them any attention. With rumors online swirling about a potential new all touch device built by BlackBerry Mobile brand we're interested to see what our community actually wants from an all touch BlackBerry device. BlackBerry historically is a phone with a physical keyboard, yet the DTEK series had some small considerations like the convenience key that helped make them feel a bit more BlackBerry-esque.

We're still waiting for a true BlackBerry all touch device that honors the brand heritage in a more focused way. As the weeks fly by we're looking to see what matters most to you, our readers, as it pertains to a new BlackBerry All Touch. User's like the one below have made their desires super clear, we're interested to see what you have to say too!

Survey Time: It'll take you 3 to 5 minutes to fully complete this survey.

Survey Requirements: You do not have to have previously owned an all touch BlackBerry to take this survey, however, those who have interest in one are appreciated!

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available to pre-order from Saturn

Aside from UK retailers opening up their pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, we're also seeing German retailers loading up their pre-order pages as well. If Saturn is your preferred retailer and you're looking to score a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition as soon as a possible, you can now head on over to their site and get your order placed.

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Unlocked Mobiles UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition

Seems UK retailers are on the ball when it comes to pre-orders for BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition. In addition to Carphone Warehouse taking pre-orders, the folks at Unlocked Mobiles have also opened up BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition pre-orders through their site.

Pricing, when ordered from Unlocked Mobiles, is set at £548.99 including vat. with availability set for mid-September. As always, they can ship out within the UK for next day delivery through FedEx but International will take a bit longer.

See the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition at Unlocked Mobiles

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BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black now available from AT&T

Today is the day if you have been waiting to place your order for the BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black from AT&T. New and current AT&T customers can contact customer care or place your Space Black BlackBerry KEYone order online through the AT&T website.

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Win a Free BlackBerry KEYone in @CrackBerry's Back to School/Work Giveaway! [ Winners Announced]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: September 1st, 2018 - And we have THREE winners to announce in CrackBerry's Back to School with a BlackBerry KEYone giveaway. From entering on the CrackBerry.com contest (by leaving a comment on this post), the winner is wrecker385. And by entering on @crackberrykevin's Instagram Giveaway, the two winners are iam_xtopher and austinhuche. Congrats to the winners and HUGE thanks to everyone who participated. Keep following CrackBerry - you know another giveaway is just around the corner!

For many of us, our summer holidays are coming to an end which means it's time to get back to school and/or back to work. If you're not looking forward to that, hopefully, this giveaway will cheer you up. I've been out of school for a while now, but if I was starting off the new academic year, I could think of nothing better to get my school and work hustle on than rocking a BlackBerry KEYone courtesy of CrackBerry.com.

Enter to Win a Free BlackBerry KEYone:

How to Enter:Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment on this article (the one that you're reading right now). It's as easy as that. Your comment can be about anything - but if you're looking for an idea drop a note as to how you're going to put your KEYone to use so you can get your school or work hustle on!

Contest Details: The giveaway is open worldwide. Entry deadline is Midnight Pacific Time on August 31st. We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry on September 1st. The winner will be contacted via email to arrange details on getting their KEYone.

Bonus Chance to Win: If you're looking for another chance to win a BlackBerry KEYone, be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Instagram. If you visit this post, you can leave a comment for your chance for you and friend to each win a KEYone.

Good Luck!

Thanks for participating. I hope everyone had a FANTASTIC summer holiday and has fun as they transition back to school/work life. I think it's going to be a busy and fun fall around here, so be sure to visit CrackBerry regularly!

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Carphone Warehouse now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

With the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now official, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has already fired up their pre-orders. If you're looking to move into a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition with its 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, you'll have to set down £549.00 vs. the £499.00 Carphone Warehouse is charging for the standard Silver BlackBerry KEYone.

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Having issues moving BBM from device to device? Read this!

If you frequent switching platforms (BlackBerry 10, Android, iOS) while using BBM, there's a good chance you might run into issues in the future that can cause loss of contacts, groups, and channels. Over the past few days, folks have been reporting multiple issues when switching BBM across platforms ranging from temporary server problems to contacts, groups, and channels no longer being accessible after the move.

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IDC MarketScape positions BlackBerry as a leader in EMM

In addition to earning the highest score in 6 out of 6 use cases in its Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management from Gartner two years in a row, BlackBerry has also improved their position within the IDC MarketScape EMM Report. This time around, the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Management 2017 Vendor Assessment has positioned BlackBerry as a leader in EMM.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming to markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia

In the lead up to IFA, we were teased something special from BlackBerry Mobile and now, TCL has revealed that the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is coming to markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

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Get a lifetime subscription to Serpstat, a powerful SEO tool, for just $35

Companies that live online are all about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Major search engines have a certain ranking formula, and if your site isn't near the top of the list, chances are your traffic will suffer. That's where optimization comes into play.

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Serpstat can give you a list of the best keywords, can compare keywords with the competition, find keyword variations, analyze trends, and figure out what will work best to grow your traffic. The tool includes five modules:

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If you're ready to hand SEO over to an automated tool, Serpstat is it. Right now, at 98 percent off, there's really no better time to invest.

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Skip downloading the Uber app, you can now request an Uber through BBM!

Back in July, Creative Media Works CEO, Matthew Talbot noted that BBM would be tapping into Uber to allow BBM users to request a ride through the messaging service and it has now arrived. Utilizing the Discover tab, folks can now sign up for Uber directly within BBM and request a ride skipping the need to download the Uber app directly.

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BlackBerry Mobile moving quickly to modernize BlackBerry experiences

Since the BlackBerry Priv was released, more and more BlackBerry owners have been looking to get their hands on a water-resistant BlackBerry and as we learned yesterday with a new BlackBerry device passing through the Bluetooth SIG coupled with tidbits of information from François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL, customers won't have to wait that much longer for BlackBerry Mobile to modernize the BlackBerry experience.

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Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available in Canada from Staples, Blueshop and more!

If you're looking to pick up an unlocked BlackBerry KEYone in Canada, you now have plenty of options to choose from. While some retailers have been taking pre-orders, others were waiting for the device to be made available through distribution channels and those have finally gone live. Right now, retailers such as Walmart, Staples, and Blueshop have put the BlackBerry KEYone up for sale.

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The State of CrackBerry Survey: Help us help you (and win big!)

Fair warning: this is a long one!

Our sites at Mobile Nations are living things. Not in the sense that they're breathing, eating, procreating beasts (though sometimes it feels that way), but in that they're always changing and evolving to meet the needs of our users — you.

We've gone through a number of changes over the past year, and we wanted to check in with you and get your opinion on all of it. How are we doing on reviews, on news, on recommendations, in the forums, on Facebook and Twitter, in our videos, and more? This is your chance to tell us.

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BlackBerry KEYone back in stock at Amazon and Best Buy!

When it comes to stock availability of the BlackBerry KEYone at Amazon or Best Buy, things have been a bit hit or miss. Now, though, that appears to be clearing up as both Amazon and Best Buy currently have the GSM and CDMA unlocked BlackBerry KEYone available for shipping.

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