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Exchange contacts with the Nokia SMS protocol from your BlackBerry



SMS VCard Add-on is a BlackBerry app that enables your BlackBerry to receive, import and send contacts using the same SMS protocol as Nokia.

If you’re not familiar with the feature, with a Nokia device you can bring up a menu that allows you to send someone else’s contact information to a friend via SMS, MMS, Bluetooth and InfraRed. Note that only the Name, Phone and Email fields are sent due to SMS size restrictions.

SMS VCard Add-on is available for $1.99.


Xobni Plus now available with BlackBerry version soon to come


Xobni is a must-have application for those using Outlook. Simply put, it connects your Outlook contacts and emails with the major social networks, thus giving you an additional layer of detail to your mail and contacts. The service also provides better search functionality to the Outlook platform. Bill Gates called it “very, very cool. The future of social networking.”

With Xobni Plus, you get all the functionality of the free version, with some new features including:

  • Advanced search query builder
  • Ability to search within conversations and networks
  • Support for phrases and Boolean queries
  • Xobni Rank-powered autosuggest
  • Advanced conversation and network filtering

I’ve been told by the company that Xobni for BlackBerry will be available this summer. I’ll get some updates about the BlackBerry product as soon as possible, and you can register to be notified when it launches.

Download the free version of Xobni for Outlook and try it out.

If you like it, consider upgrading to Xobni Plus for $29.95.


Enterprise-grade address book Sensobi beta – 100 invites!



Sensobi is an address book for enterprise professionals. The address book will keep detailed information about your contacts including when you last spoke and what it was about.

The developers of Sensobi have worked hard to integrate it seamlessly with your BlackBerry. You can do anything with Sensobi that you can with your existing address book. If you add/edit/delete a contact in Sensobi or the default address book, it will reflect the changes in the other. If you sync your contacts with your PC Desktop Manager or Microsoft Exchange, Sensobi will pick up those changes as well.

The application is currently free and in the next few months, the company will be launching a premium version as well. The app currently works with OS 4.2 or higher (i.e., any that support App World), with the exception of the BlackBerry Storm. Storm support is coming soon.

Sensobi are giving BlackBerry Cool readers 100 invites. Just go to sensobi.com/form/bbcool and use the passcode bbcool.


gwabbit email signature to contacts now available for BlackBerry


Gwabbit is a cool app that we saw at WES 2009. The app searches through your message folder, finds email signatures and converts them into contacts. For those users syncing their contacts to Outlook, gwabbit’s automated capture keeps contacts updated globally.

gwabbit for BlackBerry joins gwabbit for Outlook, as an automatic email contact management solution for both desktops and smartphones. gwabbit for Outlook automatically identifies signatures in incoming emails and creates them as new or updated contacts on your desktop. gwabbit for Outlook is available for a single, one-time fee of $19.95. The two products together deliver complete email contact management for any professional on the road or at their desk.

Gwabbit for BlackBerry is available on App World for $9.99.

Gwabbit for Outlook is available for a one-time fee of $19.95.


Add contacts automatically after calls on your BlackBerry


Phone Assistant for BlackBerry

Phone Assistant version 1.4 is a great app that runs in the background and adds functionality to your BlackBerry that should be native with the device.

Phone Assistant enables you to quickly add contacts to your address book on the go. Once the conversation is ended, you will be prompted to add the contact only for new contacts if does not exist in the address book.

The existing functionality in the BlackBerry devices to add phone number to the address book only adds to the default “Work” category and in case you want to change that, the only way to go about it is to copy/paste. Phone Assistant will enable you to add the contacts in a quick and efficient way immediately without having to remember to add your important contacts later.

Purchase Phone Assistant version 1.4 for $2.99.


Star Contacts for Blackberry v.1.0 for BlackBerry Reviewed!


Contact managers can be handy for those who need a little more dirt on their contacts, only to add it to a swelling Address Book. That’s precisely what Star Contacts by Sparkle Solutions Inc. is for. It’s a comprehensive address and contact management software. It can hold thorough Home, Business and Personal Information of your contacts, and offers users a better – a faster and more receptive – search engine than that of the Address Book that comes standard with every BlackBerry device. Though I’m often a skeptic when it comes to contact managers – they’re always trumpeting the “nicer, better, faster” mantra – I decided to give this one a try and was, in some instances, pleasantly surprised.

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