Win a BlackBerry Torch from SmrtGuard

Win a BlackBerry Torch from SmrtGuard

SmrtGuard is offering their followers a chance to win a brand new BlackBerry Torch and a lifetime subscription to SmrtGuard (a $599 value). All you need to do is write why you like their application and how it helps protect your device as your status on Facebook and Twitter. You can double your chances of winning by posting to both sites.

SmrtGuard offers data, spyware, and spam protection for your smartphone and has the ability to remote wipe and backup/restore personal data. They were an editors choice winner at the 2010 CrackBerry App Awards and have a designed a great app for mobile security. Keep reading for details on how to enter.

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Rhapsody for BlackBerry beta - Get yourself a free 7 day trial

Honestly, I'm not sure how we missed this for so long but, thanks to Evan sending in the tip to us we can now share it with you folks. Rhapsody, the online music store has been beta testing their BlackBerry application for quite some time now. Seems as though the beta was private for a while but is now accessible via their download page. Right now if you head if you visit the page on your BlackBerry device you can download the app and sign up for a free 7 day, unlimited trial of Rhapsody on your BlackBerry. Check it out and let us know what you think and a big shout out to Evan for letting us know it was now available.

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eBay for BlackBerry - Updated to include BlackBerry Torch 9800 support

When the BlackBerry Torch initially launched, quite a few applications were yet to include support for the device. eBay for BlackBerry was among those apps that just were not ready. Today, the application has been updated and is now showing as supported in BlackBerry App World. The latest version shows as 1.0.2.7. We're not sure if any other changes have been made to the application aside from Torch support but at least now it's available for download. If you're not seeing it in BlackBerry App World try refreshing using the ALT RSTR method and it should show up for you provided you're in a country where the application is available.

Source: BBRocks
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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.921 for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100/9105)

We're still waiting for a BlackBerry 6 leak for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G as well in case some of you out there forgot. It's not just the BlackBerry Bold 9700 that we're waiting on here. However, to hold Pearl 3G owners we got a fresh new leak of OS 5.0.0.921 for you all. As always, use caution when loading this one up. Be sure to back up your data and let us know in the comments if you all find anything new within.

*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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    Mr. Number Professional - Enter to win one of 25 free copies!

    A while back we mentioned an application called Mr. Number Call Block, a free call blocker for your BlackBerry. Well the development team has been hard at work, and has just launched a new premium app called Mr. Number Professional, which combines two of their most popular and functional apps (Call Blocker and Caller ID). If you get a lot of spam calls or texts, or calls from unknown numbers, you will want to check this application out.

    Features:

    • Manual and automatic reverse lookup (Caller ID) for US numbers
    • Control what other users see when you call them
    • Block any caller with custom blacklist and whitelist
    • Block known telemarketers automatically
    • Send blocked calls to voicemail or hang up
    • History of every number looked up, every call blocked and why
    • Optional: back up your contacts online and move them to any supported phone

    Check out Mr. Number Professional in the CrackBerry App Store today!

    Contest: Mark at Mr Number has given CrackBerry 25 free copies of Mr Number Professional to pass along to our readers. To enter just leave a comment below before midnight PST this Sunday. Winners are chosen at random, good luck!

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    Qwell for BlackBerry - Free and paid pro version now available

    We've mentioned Qwell a few times here on CrackBerry and now we get to bring you some even more great news about the do not disturb application. When first launched, Qwell was being offered as a free trial but once the free trial was over you had to pay to keep using the application. Now, the basic Qwell offerings are free for all users and a new pro version has been introduced.  The difference between free and pro?

    Qwell Pro features Personalized Outgoing Mesage. For example, "Hello it's Dave, I'm on vacation with my family and I'm not taking calls at this time. However if this is regarding the sale of the house, please press '9' to get through to me.. Otherwise press '1' and leave a voicemail"

    You can upgrade your free version of Qwell to the pro version for only $2.99. Also, be sure to check out their FaceBook and Twitter page where you could possibly win a free BlackBerry Torch. When we last posted about it, the FaceBook page was set to US only. This has since been corrected so have at it.

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    CrackBerry Poll: How often do you use the WiFi on your BlackBerry?
      How often do you use the WiFi on your BlackBerry?customer surveys

    There's actually a good backstory to this CrackBerry Poll that prompted me to post it.... 

    I received an email from a reader recently looking for advice. Let's call her Rachel. Rachel's AT&T contract is expiring soon (she's actually been with AT&T for 8 years and hasn't had any issues with them) and was thinking about renewing as she really wants to get a BlackBerry Torch. However, Rachel was concerned that with a device like the BlackBerry Torch that AT&T's new 200MB and 2GB BlackBerry data plans don't provide enough data for her as she wants to be able to go BBM, Facebook and browse the web all day long without running into overage charges (she used to have the unlimited plan but turned it off a year ago when she went back to school and can only get the new plans now). With T-Mobile offering unlimited minutes/messaging and data for basically the same price, Rachel was starting to think she should make the switch to T-Mobile and settle on a Bold 9700 even though what she really wants is a Torch. What oh what to do?!

    My advice to Rachel began with a simple question.... do you have WiFi access where you live, go to school and work? While 200MB is plenty of data for many BlackBerry users and 2GB of data is likely plently for most BlackBerry users, including Rachel, taking advantage of WiFi hot spots where you spend the majority of your time can greatly eliminate your data concerns. This is especially the case on BlackBerry 6 where you don't have to toggle between Hotspot browser and Internet browser anymore - if you're on WiFi, you're using WiFi.

    It turns out it never occured to Rachel that she could use WiFi on the BlackBerry Torch, and that she does in fact have WiFi access at home, work and school. Decision made, Rachel is definitely getting the BlackBerry Torch she wants. My last bit of advice to her was to pick up a spare battery - heavy WiFi use can eat up the battery life a bit. 

    I have a feeling a lot of BlackBerry owners out there are like Rachel - either not realizing they could use the WiFi on their BlackBerry or just not using it as effectively as they can. Vote on the poll above and let us know where you rank. And remember, if you do want to save on your monthly bills, going for the cheapest data plan and maximizing your WiFi use is a good way to save. 

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    Nobex Radio Companion for BlackBerry updated to version 2.2.9

    Ever since I’ve had the chance to review Nobex Radio Companion, I always seem to compare other radio streaming apps to it. More often than not, they have faltered in comparison. Nobex Radio Companion is a fantastic way to not only stream your favourite radio stations from your BlackBerry, but also access information about the artist, as well as their song. Do you find the lyrics are lost on you? Luckily, you can access song lyrics; allowing you to belt out your favourite tunes –much to the delight of your fellow commuters.

    Nobex comes in two flavours – free and premium. The free version lets you listen to radio stations from your own Country. The premium version opens up the world for you, by giving you 6000+ radio stations from over 100 Countries, as well as the playlist for 2700+ of those stations. Through Nobex, you can hear song snippets to discover what you like and then purchase those that tickle your fancy. Songs can be purchased via an email link or directly from your BlackBerry. They have recently updated Nobex to version 2.2.9 – trust me, they have done more than slap on a new coat of paint.

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    Mobile coupon provider Shooger now available for BlackBerry
     

    Mobile coupon provider Shooger announced today the availability of their new BlackBerry application. Shooger allows consumers to find money-saving deals on various products and services. The app includes location based offers and displays coupons on your device to show to merchants. Categories include restaurants and bars, home improvement, travel, sports & recreation and more. Features of the app include:

    • Location-based offers: Find deals by proximity, category and keyword
    • Maps and click-to-call: Click on a coupon for maps, driving directions, the merchant's website and a click-to-call option
    • Coupon redemption: Show the merchant the Shooger coupon on your mobile device for the discount
    • Clip and follow to save: Clip coupons to save them and follow favorite merchants to receive alerts when new deals become available

    Shooger is available free for all devices running OS 4.6 or higher from shooger.com.

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    Bell releases BlackBerry app for Canadiens fans

    Bell releases BlackBerry app for Canadiens fans

    Bell has released a BlackBerry app to help Montreal Canadiens fans get more out of their hockey season. The free app brings fans closer to the game and keeps them informed with the latest news. Users will have access to all scores, news and team stats in addition to live game broadcasts. The coolest part of the app perhaps is the interactive features. Fans can post photos through the app that can appear on the big screen during a game, and also help vote for the games three stars each night. The Official Canadiens Mobile App is free and available for download OTA directly from Bell at the link below.

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    Newsy app for BlackBerry released

    Newsy app for BlackBerry released
     

    Newsy, the multi sourced news service has recently released their BlackBerry application. Now available in BlackBerry App World as a free download, BlackBerry users can get caught up on the latest news through the daily video short clips offered by Newsy. As mentioned in the press release:

    “In addition to the enormous success of our iPad, iPhone and Android apps, we continue to meet mobile users’ demand for quickly understandable and relevant video news with the Newsy for BlackBerry app,” said Jim Spencer, president of Newsy.com. “We’re bringing Newsy’s superior mobile experience to a much wider audience.”

    The Newsy application allows users to share videos via Twitter, Facebook
    and email as well as read and post comments – which are immediately synced
    with the website. It also features a ‘Sources’ button that enables easy
    access to the specific news stories analyzed in a Newsy video.

    Offering fresh snack-sized videos including world, business, sports and entertainment, the Newsy for BlackBerry app is a perfect fit for the growing number of BlackBerry users around the world seeking on-the-go news.

    Having used Newsy on my iPad I can say it certainly offers a different look at the news. Rather than the reporters offering only their take on the matters at hand, they take all the mainstream media outlets opinions and presents them to you. BlackBerry App World states support for all devices but, other sources say it will only work on 5.0 and above. If you download it, let us know which device you're on in the comments. I tested on my BlackBerry Torch and it worked fine with the exception videos do not play in landscape mode.
    Source: SMSEO
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    Verizon now offering the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9330) in fuchsia

    Indicated on the initial press release as "coming soon", Verizon Wireless now has the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 available in fuchsia. Can't say I'll be picking one up but, if fuchsia is your kinda color you can pick one up on the cheap. The BlackBerry 6 capable (OS 5 preloaded) device will set you back only $29.99 on a new 2 year contract and if that isn't enough to seal the deal they are also available on the Verizon BOGO offer.

    Source: BGR
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    *Beta* Allerta inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry Shows Up On Video (and yes, of course CrackBerry has one too)

    We've been talking about the inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry (aka "the BlackBerry watch") since we first posted the renderings of it almost a year ago. For those who've been waiting anxiously to be able to buy one of these bad boys, things are getting closer.  The watch is currently in a closed beta. While the beta testers weren't supposed to do any sort of reviews or posts on the watch while in beta, one tester just couldn't help but do up a video unboxing and walkthrough of his inPulse which you can watch below. It's a thorough unofficial first look.  Stay tuned to CrackBerry... our official beta review is coming soon. For more info on the inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry, visit getinpulse.com.

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    Virgin Mobile holiday line up confirms BlackBerry Bold 9780 launch date and pricing

    We've seen this date and pricing before but now, seeing the ad puts a little bit more confirmation into it. Virgin Mobile in Canada will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on October 21st, in time for the holidays. Price will be set at $149.99 on contract or with Virgins Supertab offerings and will also be available in white according to the ad. Of course, we're overlooking the fact the ad also shows the BlackBerry Bold 9780 as a BlackBerry Bold 9650 but, it's certainly not the first legit piece of material we've seen with errors on it. If that fact causes you some concern I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Still no word from TELUS, Bell or Rogers on the device though. But we've been advised that Rogers inventory on Bold 9700's has been low for a few weeks now, if not longer.

    Source: MobileSyrup

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    iSkin Vibes for BlackBerry Review

    iSkin Vibes for BlackBerry Review

    Hands-On Review of the iSkin Vibes for the BlackBerry Bold 9700!

    [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

    Looking for a high quality skin for your phone? If so, I'd definitely recommend checking out iSkin Vibes for BlackBerry. They're available for *most* BlackBerry Smartphone models, and while more expensive than the standard OEM BlackBerry Skin, there is a lot of value in them for the price. They're made of a transparent rubbery plastic that is sculpted tightly to the shape of the phone and feels good in the hand, and thankfully, the Vibes are odorless - sometimes phone skins have that horrible rubbery chemical smell. iSkin also includes a screen protector and wipe in the box, which is a nice touch.

    I've been using the red iSkin Vibe on my precious Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700 to help keep it in pristine condition and have been really happy with it. The skin doesn't add too much bulk to the phone and it provides a good grip. It fits well on the device, leaving all ports and the camera perfectly accessible. The little cover for the headset port is a welcome feature. The volume up/down and convenience key buttons are nicely implemented into the skin as well, and still provide a crisp click when used. All in all, while it is on the pricier side of BlackBerry skins, I still give it two CrackBerry thumbs up. Check out the video above and photos below for a closer look, and for more information and to purchase you can click here.

    Bold 9700
    More Vibes from iSkin


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    India extends RIM's deadline to January; Unlikely to give in

    Tensions between India and RIM build up as the deadline for RIM to provide a solution to the governmental needs of India is extended to January 2011. An official of the department of communications in India said "[RIM] has till January to put all interception solutions in place." This shows how India is very serious about gaining access to monitor BlackBerry traffic, and is unlikely to give in like the Emirates. India had earlier been given access to monitor BlackBerry Messenger communications, but the government is seeking access to monitor corporate e-mail as well, despite RIM stating the difficulty in doing so. Interestingly, RIM has agreed to set up a local server in the country to have all communications happening through the BlackBerry network stay within the country. This could be the only chance for BlackBerry users in India, but only time will tell what happens next.

    Some local companies in India have already proposed alternative solutions to BlackBerry users in case the requirements set by the government are not met and BlackBerry services are suspended. Jaipur-based Data Infosys for example, has started offering a service called Bharat Berry, which bases on software from Funambol to enable push e-mail and synchronization of calendar and contacts. It is a question mark as of now whether BlackBerry users in India start adopting the use of these services, but the decision must be done quickly as the deadline is only a couple of months away. Calling all CrackBerry readers from India! How does this make you feel? What are you going to do? Voice your opinion in the comments!

    Source: livemint

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    BlackBerry Accessory Roundup - Win a Leather Pocket Pouch for your BlackBerry

    Contest: Want the best mix of style and protection for your device? Leave a comment and you could win a BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch!

    Pretty much every BlackBerry user has a case of some sort. Be it a skin case or hard case there is usually a reason behind it. Some choose their case for style, while others need protection. Depending on your job and your needs there is a case that will be fit for you. If you can't decide on what you like or prefer that "naked" look, a better bet may be a BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch. With the pocket pouch your device stays protected when not in use, but is at the ready when you need it. With its solid leather design and no clip, its sturdy yet sleek. The pouch can fit in a purse or pocket with ease and even has a proximity magnet to put your device to sleep when it's not in use. There is a full line of pouches available for all devices so be sure to check them out today!

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    Chat for Facebook

    Facebook chat is probably one of the best ways to keep in touch with friends. Not many other IM apps for BlackBerry handle it very well, so having a dedicated app for it is a welcome relief. Chat for Facebook lets you do just what it says. The app is only for Facebook chat and it has a pretty decent interface and easy to use options. Install, login and you're ready to roll. The chat view shows your online contacts and conversations as well as easy access to actions and menu. Overall the app could use a few more tweaks, but if you're big on using Facebook chat to stay connected, it may be worth the $4.99 price tag.

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    Show Me the Images updated to version 1.3

    Show Me the Images

    Jerome let us know that his awesome app Show Me the Images has been updated to version 1.3. The new update brings some new features as well as fixes to keep things running strong. In case you've never heard of it, Show Me the Images lets you automatically show images in your emails so you don't have to choose to download them. You can choose to download for all emails, or create a "safe list" of specific addresses. Updates include:

    • Cleaner interface
    • Consolidate Addresses - Ability to scan safelist/blocklist for address that have common domain names and create one entry out of many!
    • WiFi-only download of images to save on data charges for users on limited plans
    • Download Attachments option to Show Me the Images menu entry (OS 5.0+; Images only)
    • Backup and Restore menus to Options screen.
    • Add e-mail address found in an active field to safelist or blocklist

    Show Me the Images is available for $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store for all devices.

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    Contest Winners - Fast Torch,  PlayBerry, PC-Keypad, and more!

    Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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