Phone Geeks for Blackberry, RAZR and CU320


With a shiny new Blackberry 8700c, it's fun to see what the power nerds are doing to make it fast and personal, here are some great sites to follow:

* "Blackberry Forums": This is pretty active and the "8700": forum has some good things on problems and new software like a video player.
* "RIMarkable": A blog of rumors including that about a Wifi Blackberry.
* Perhaps the best news is that Cingular is relenting on "unlocking": with some folks just asking Cingular for an unlock code. In olden days, they were pretty difficult about it, but seems like they are more reasonable now.
* "Cingular": itself now has a decent set of forums for BlackBerry.
* Once you've unlocked your Blackberry, you can use other operating systems that are customized for other carriers like "Bharti": Quite a few folks are using Hong Kong CLS since it supports Chinese language input and output. "Pinstack OS listing": even lists all the various carrier specific operating systems across the world so you can find "CSL": very easily.
* BTW, you can access everything on "Pinstack": from their "": site.
* "Ringtones": The 8700 takes some wierd MP3 format I haven't studied. Here are some ringtones. Not really clear how to get them down to the 8700 though.
* "Video": SonaMobile has a video player for the 8700g in beta.
* "": This is some sort of free uploader that takes your content, makes it a WAP site that the phone can then download.
* "": Another forum for cingular users.
* There are lots of folks who will for a fee ranging from $24 to $150 say that they will unlock your phone if your carrier won't. For instance there is "superunlock":
* "": This is one of a number of hosted solutions that lets you have an Exchange serve in the sky so if you are startup you get calendar sync mainly.

Finally I also now have an LG CU320 mainly so I could say I have a 3G phone. Its first to market so not clearly the best. No one for instance knows how to "unlock": it. Right now Cingular will give you the unlock code but LG won't tell you how to enter it if you can believe that!