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Stuck on the BBM Wait List? Just Ask a Friend For Help

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The demand for BBM for iPhone and Android has been insane. Since it’s release on Monday the app has been download over 10 million times and has quickly shot up to the number two spot in the iTunes App Store. Of course all this demand hasn’t been all good news, it’s forced BlackBerry to use a wait list after too many sign ups on a beta version of the Android app delayed the release a few weeks ago. And while the long wait is tough for those looking to get back into BBM, there have been some tips that tried to help you get past the wait. CNET found one where you have to open and then force close the app but we found one that we think is simpler. Just ask a friend who already got into the app to for the email address they used to sign up.

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Here’s where you enter your friend’s email address

When you first open up the BBM app you’re asked to enter in the email address that you used to pre-register on BBM.com or to sign up. Instead of entering your own email address here just enter in the email address of your friend who already got in. The email address needs to be the one they used in the BBM app to sign up and the one that got sent the email telling them they could sign up. That’s it. From there you’ll see the “Congratulations!” screen to let you get started with BBM. Tap “next” on that screen and you can create your BlackBerry ID using your own email address, get your PIN and return to the world of BBM. No more waiting.

And don’t worry, this does nothing to affect your friend’s email or their BBM. This just gets you into the app and from there you can create your own BlackBerry ID with your own email address. We’ve tested this a few times using BBM for iOS on an iPad and iPhone 5S using multiple email addresses and each time it worked perfectly.

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And you’re in!

Now as for finding those friends who already got in, odds are you’ve probably already seen them post their new PINs on Facebook, so just message them and see if they can help you out.

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It’s Here: BBM Is Now Available For iPhone and Android

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It’s finally, finally here. After long waits and many delays BlackBerry has finally released BBM for iPhone and Android, and unlike in September this time it looks like it’s here to stay. The app is free and you can get it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. It will work on Android phones running Android 4.0 and up as well as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 6 or iOS 7.

Once you download the app you’ll need to sign in with your BlackBerry ID (if you don’t have one or don’t remember it you can also create a new one). If you signed up at BBM.com over the last few months you should be good to go from there and can enjoy BBM on your non-BlackBerry. If you didn’t you may have to wait a bit as BlackBerry is trying to avoid the problems of rapid sign-up that caused the most recent delays by slowly letting new users into the app. Sadly there’s no counter in the app to let you know where you are in line, but from what we’re hearing the “line” to get into BBM is moving pretty quickly. And if you don’t have the patience to wait there are already a few “hacks” popping up to get you in right away as CNET has found.

So what are you waiting for? Go download the app and get back to BBMing.

More info: BBM.com

BlackBerry Delays BBM For Android and iPhone

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While this was supposed to be the weekend for BBM to finally hit Android and the iPhone it now looks it was all a false start. BlackBerry did plan on releasing the app for both platforms this weekend, but due to a mix of demand and an unreleased Android app (like the one from the pic above) BlackBerry has paused the rollout until further notice.

According to a post on their Inside BlackBerry blog, an unreleased version of app was posted online and downloaded a pretty incredible 1.1 million times in the first eight hours of being available. But that app, as unreleased apps often do, had some issues. While BlackBerry is trying to fix those issues, they decided to pull the app from both the App Store and Google Play Store in the interim. For those who managed to download an official version of the app, BlackBerry also confirmed that those has already downloaded the official BBM for iPhone app will be able to continue to use it, though BlackBerry will disable the BBM for Android app until they can re-release the official version in the Play Store. Regular BBM for BlackBerry will continue to work just fine.

No word on when BlackBerry will restart the roll-out or when it will hit the US, but we’ll let you know here once they do.

More info: BBM.com

Where to Get The iPhone 5S on Friday

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The iPhone 5C went on pre-order last week, iOS 7 came out today and BBM hits the iPhone this weekend but for iPhone users the biggest thing to happen this week is the launch of the iPhone 5S this Friday. The 5S is the most fastest, most powerful iPhone yet with an even better camera and really cool fingerprint scanner called Touch ID and for many is the iPhone to upgrade to. Well, if the 5C isn’t for you and you’re ready to upgrade to the 5S here’s what you need to know to pick it up on launch day.

Unlike the 5C, there were no pre-orders for the 5S and rumors are that supply on Friday will be very low. There are rumors floating around that supply issues is why Apple didn’t put it up for pre-order, they want to make they had enough ready to go on launch day (note: Apple usually sells millions of iPhones during launch weekend and they probably have millions ready for the 5S they just wanted to be extra cautious here). Anyways, if you want that new 5S right away here’s where you can grab it.

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The Teen First Look: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

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Earlier this month Samsung  unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 and new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Note 3 is the highly anticipated follow-up of last years Note 2, while the Galaxy Gear is a “smartwatch” that, when paired with the Note 3, does a lot more than just tell the time. Both are very impressive but the one you’re gonna care about most right now is the Galaxy Note 3, and if you’re looking for a new Note you’ll be happy to know that this looks like it’s a very worthy successor to the Note 2.

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iPhone 5C Pre-Order: All The Details

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The iPhone 5C goes on pre-order tonight at around 3:01 AM Eastern Time (or 12:01 AM for those on the West Coast). All the major carriers will sell the iPhone 5C and all will be taking pre-orders starting tonight. If you’ve been waiting for the 5C here are all the details on where you can pre-order one of the newest iPhones.

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: What’s New and What You Need To Know

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As you’ve heard, this week Apple unveiled not one but two new iPhones, the long rumored iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. From all the rumors and leaks it seems that we’ve seen everything with these phones months ago but this week Apple made it all official.

Both the iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale next Friday (and the 5C is available for pre-order tomorrow), but to help you decide on which iPhone is right for you we’ve rounded up everything that’s new and what you need to know about in each phone below.

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Here We Go: Apple Sends Out Invite For An iPhone Event Next Week

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It’s been rumored for months and the date was leaked a few weeks ago but now it’s all official. Apple this afternoon sent out invites for an event next week where they are expected to announce two new iPhones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5S is said to be the successor to the iPhone 5 and have a similar design with a faster processor, larger battery, 13 megapixel camera with improved flash, and a fingerprint sensor in the home button. The 5S is also said to come in a gold/”champagne” color in addition to the usual white or black.

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The new iPhone 5Cs next to the gold iPhone 5S (pic from BGR.in)

The iPhone 5C is a cheaper iPhone that is said to be replacing the iPhone 4S at the bottom of Apple’s line-up. It will be made of plastic instead of the aluminum the 5 and 5S are made of, but will come in a wide range of colors including yellow, pink, light green, light blue and white. Yes, the same colors as the ones seen on the dots on the Apple invite above. The 5C is said to have many of the iPhone 5/5S’s features like running iOS 7 and having a 4 inch Retina display, but it won’t have all the newest parts like the faster processor, 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner. Then again, since it’s supposed to be several hundred dollars cheaper than the 5S we wouldn’t expect it to.

Both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are expected to be released about 10 days after Apple’s event, on September 20th.

There are also rumors that Apple might use this event to update the iPad, iPad Mini and MacBook Pro but most expect those to be updated in October as Apple has done in the past. Whatever Apple does announce though you know we’ll have it covered for you here.

More info: USA Today

Top 5 New and Upcoming T-Mobile Phones: Summer/Fall 2013

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We’ve done AT&T, Verizon and Sprint which means we’re down to T-Mobile.

Out of all the carriers, T-Mobile has been by far the most active in 2013. They finally launched the iPhone 5, got rid of 2 year contract plans, and launched JUMP!– a sort of upgrade/insurance program that let’s you swap your current phone for a new one (like a Galaxy S III for a Galaxy S4 even if it fell in the pool or you dropped it and cracked the screen). All of this on top of launching phones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Q10.

Of course as with the other carriers,T-Mobile looks to really ramp things up in the coming months. If you’re on T-Mobile and have an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks or months these are some of the best phones either already at T-Mobile or rumored to be coming to a T-Mobile store near you very soon. The last thing you want is to go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later.

While not everything here is confirmed to be coming to T-Mobile (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are five phones you should be excited for if you have an upgrade coming up.

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Top 5 New and Upcoming Sprint Phones: Summer/Fall 2013

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We’ve covered some of the best new and upcoming phones coming to AT&T and Verizon, now it’s time for Sprint’s turn.

As far as new phones go, Sprint has released most of the big ones including the HTC One and Galaxy S4 but they look to really ramp things up in the coming months. If you’re on Sprint and have an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks or months these are some of the best phones either already at Sprint or rumored to be coming to a Sprint store near you very soon. The last thing you want is to go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later.

While not everything here is confirmed to be coming to Sprint (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are five phones you should be excited for if you have an upgrade coming up. Read the rest of this entry