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SMR Podcast #203:Digging Holes



Episode #203 of the SMRPodcast has been recorded. posted an is ready for your consumption. This weeks finds us limping a little as our third leg Robb is on vacation however, Rod and Chris still give you a good show.

We start the show recapping our hole digging adventures which found Chris and Rod using a pretty big power tool but not very well. As soon as we get into tech we discuss the new Office for the iPad then immediately go into the revelation of the dealings between RSA and the NSA.

After getting into some conversation about the battle between Aereo and CBS, we also have some fun talking about the worse movie Chris has seen in a long time. We have all this and more on this weeks episode of the SMRPodcast.


Show Details

  • Recorded: April 01st, 2014
  • Published: April 02nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 47sec

Check out the official SMR Podcast site here 

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AT&T Offers BlackBerry Customers Attractive Deal



ATT has stepped up to the plate and put together a very nice offer for qualified BlackBerry customers. Today I received word that ATT is offering BlackBerry customers the opportunity to get a new BlackBerry Device for $0 down and the option to get a $100 bill credit for each new qualified device.

Check out the details below and take full advantage of this deal specifically for BlackBerry customers.

ATT loves Blackberry customers and we welcome them to switch to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, with Mobile Share Value plans that offer amazing value for individuals, families and small businesses. Qualified BlackBerry customers can get a new BlackBerry device from ATT for $0 down and no annual service contract with ATT Next, bring their own device, or get a device on a traditional contract. In all of these scenarios, customers may be able to take advantage of the $100 bill credit for each new qualified line of postpaid wireless service added until April 30. Needless to say, it’s never been a better time to switch to ATT. In addition, we have other very attractive plans for business and government customers using BlackBerry devices.

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Microsoft is Shutting Down Windows Live Messenger, What Should I Do?


On May 1st, 2014 Microsoft plans to shut down Windows Live Messenger. As a result, the messaging application will no longer work.

For those using BlackBerry 10, you have the option of installing Skype, which allows you to continue chatting with your existing Windows Live Messenger contacts. Skype is not available for BlackBerry OS devices though, so consider encouraging your friends to install BBM, which runs on Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones.

To install BBM on an Android or iOS device, simply visit and follow the instructions to get the free BBM download from the appropriate app store.

Make sure you pop by too, so you can invite friends from Facebook and Twitter, and to create a personalized BBM PIN that you can share with your friends so they can easily connect with you after they install BBM.


With that being said, follow these steps to remove Windows Live Messenger from your BlackBerry smartphone.

How to remove Windows Live Messenger on BlackBerry 10 smartphones

  1. While viewing your Home screen, touch and hold the Windows Live Messenger app icon until it begins to pulse
  2. On the Windows Live Messenger app icon, tap BBM-TrashBBM-Trash
  3. How to remove Windows Live Messenger on BlackBerry OS smartphones

BlackBerry OS 6, 7, or 7.1

  1. Select Options from the Home screen or, using Universal Search, enter Options
  2. Click Device and then Application Management
  3. Highlight Windows Live Messenger
  4. Press the Menu key, and then click Delete
  5. If prompted, click Reboot Now

BlackBerry OS 4 and 5

  1. Select Options from the Home screen
  2. Select Applications and highlight Windows Live Messenger
  3. Press the Menu key, and then click Delete
  4. If prompted, click Reboot Now

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BlackBerry Gives T-Mobile It’s Wish



Well if you would have been reading between the lines, this shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that BlackBerry has decided that it is best not to renew its T-Mobile U.S., Inc. Licensing agreement. This comes of the heels of some bad blood spewing between camps from what most would consider some low down dirty shame marketing done by T-Mobile recently targeting current BlackBerry users via email to trade in their legacy devices for iPhones.

I have to admit that as a T-Mobile customer and BlackBerry user, that email really rubbed me the wrong way and I let T-Mobile know just how I felt about it via Twitter and Facebook. I could get deep into that subject but as time has passed I have learned to let things go as there is no reason to continue fuming about it.

This is really some big news for many as it came from outta nowhere but may be not as big for T-Mobile. The way I see it T-Mobile got just what they wanted and I would consider this a win on T-Mobile’s part. If you look at it BlackBerry has done very little or nothing to provide any kind of marketing for any of the BlackBerry 10 devices to help push consumers awareness. If you sit around and wait on carriers to push your product 100% then you are putting yourself and your relationship with that carrier in a bad position. With that said, the carrier also has a responsibility on their part as well to have their staff properly trained on devices and products that they support. <v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75"
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T-Mobile totally disrespected BlackBerry, the brand, the product, services and BlackBerry customers.  Maybe this is best that they part ways as there was nothing positive coming from this relationship to build on. I am on the fence about this recent decision as I enjoy the speed and services of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network. I can put a T-Mobile sim card in 3 of my current BlackBerry devices and be content and happy with the services. For now I will continue to use T-Mobile as my secondary provider with a love hate relationship about it.

Is this now something that BlackBerry users should really look deeper into? What happens with ATT, Sprint and Verizon? Are we looking at a possible end of life cycle support for BlackBerry consumer products with carriers? So many questions run through my mind as we embark on a path of uncertainty.

Please see the Press Release below and leave us some feedback


Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will not renew the T-Mobile U.S., Inc. license to sell BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25, 2014.

BlackBerry customers on the T-Mobile network should not see any difference in their service or support.  BlackBerry will work closely with T-Mobile to provide the best possible customer service to any customer remaining on the T-Mobile U.S. network or to any customer purchasing devices from T-Mobile’s existing inventory.

BlackBerry is also working closely with other carrier partners to provide consumers and business users with alternatives should they decide to transition to another carrier and remain with BlackBerry for their long-term device and service needs.  For additional details, offers and assistance, business customers and consumers can go to

“BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years.  Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers.  We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen.  “We are deeply grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers and will do everything in our power to provide continued support with your existing carrier or ensure a smooth transition to our other carrier partners.

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit

Media Relations Contacts:
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(519) 888-7465 x77273

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A Dad’s Look at OS 10.2.1 for The Z30


Today I ran across a video review update for the BlackBerry Z30 over at Originally did an initial review of the Z30 but it was prior to the 10.2.1 update. This video review featured BlackBerry 10′s OS 10.2.1 update and included some very nice features and uses for the Z30.

What I enjoyed most about this video is that it shows just how useful the Z30 can be with real world everyday usage. Some of the features shown in the video are features that even I, BlackBerry Hank, have yet to take full advantage of.

I’m sure you will enjoy this review so please leave us some feedback!











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