Facebook Places Now Available For BlackBerry!

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Thanks for your feedback on the beta release of Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones v1.9! Your input is valuable in shaping our app, and we strive to incorporate your requested features and improvements in future versions. With that being said, I’m pleased to announce that Facebook Places is now available on BlackBerry smartphones. The final release of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9 will be available for download in BlackBerry App World™ (North America only) within the next 24 hours!

What is Facebook Places?

With Facebook Places, you can use your BlackBerry smartphone to conveniently share where you are, what you’re doing, and who you’re with. While you are checking in, you can tag a friend and include a comment to let your friends know what you’re up to. You can also see where your friends are and what they’re doing.

Facebook Places uses cell tower triangulation and the GPS technology on your BlackBerry smartphone to find places of interest close to your location. You can view the location of a Facebook Place on a map to see exactly where it is and check out the surrounding area. You can also get directions to and from a Facebook Place simply by clicking on the map image, which will seamlessly launch the BlackBerry® Maps application.

To start using Places, click on the Places icon on the nav bar. You can check in to Facebook Places within a 2-kilometer radius of your location and see where your friends are checking in around you.

Checking in is a cinch – you can either select a nearby place or add a new place if your location isn’t listed. Keep in mind that any place you create is public, so other people can view your created place.

You can add comments and tag friends when checking in, or view who is currently at your location.

Simply launch BlackBerry Maps by clicking on the map image on the check-in screen. This allows you to view an enlarged map of your location and provides additional map functionality like getting directions.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on Facebook Places, so be sure to leave us a comment and tell us what you think. For those longing for Facebook Chat, we’ve definitely heard your pleas and are thrilled to know you want it so badly – expect to see it coming soon in a future release!

Changelog for Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9:

Item Description
Facebook Places You can now share your location with your friends using Facebook Places.
Messages list You can now view your Facebook messages list.
Searching You can now search Facebook for people and pages.
Friends and Pages screen The friends list has been redesigned and you can now view your Pages list from the Friends screen.

Download the final release of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9 from BlackBerry App World™ today!

About Sean Hungerford

I’m the head of Product Management for BBM. I lead a team of incredible product managers that work closely with the development and marketing teams to bring the world’s best mobile social networking experience to users on BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. When I’m not busy with BBM you may find me on the tennis court or exploring KW with my Irish R&W Setter named River (for more on him check out my BBM Channel C0024F014 #Shamelessplug).

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  • Evelina

    Well I guess that is nice that people can check to see how close they are, however, I could do that just by making arrangements and calling. It would have been better for me if I could share my videos on FB from my blackberry curve, Which I yet have no answers to why, I could not.
    Yet sent to a friends via e-mail, she could.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6R45WLQQTYWN3R7IXKSDJXG5BE ladydee

    When will v1.9 be available to the rest of the world is it only in North America? Or is that only Places?

  • Gilang Watulesi

    Heiii.. When it will release in Indonesia?…

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  • Lilcampbell4u

    With a title that says Facebook Places NOW Available For Blackberry!, you’d think the app would be available…now… -_-

  • Scoiner

    this sounds great, until someone goes on your facebook and sees your not at home and robs your house…..

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  • anon

    why only north america?

  • http://www.intomobile.com/ Simon Sage

    Cool. Any address book integration? It would be cool to see a contact’s last check-in.

    • http://blogs.blackberry.com Douglas tr0n Soltys

      Hey Simon buddy!

      In BlackBerry 6, if the FB user is connected to their entry in the BB Address book, a places check in will show up in the recent activity screen within the address book.

  • Rosinchuk

    After the upgrade to 1.9, Social feeds no longer recognizes facebook as an integrated application.

  • Rosinchuk

    After the upgrade to 1.9, Social feeds no longer recognizes facebook as an integrated application.

  • Claudio

    No way in hell brazilians will get their hands on it, right? Sure, just like my freakin’ GPS and Blackberry Maps are useless… they’re just there, sitting, being still.. Well Blackberry soldiers, you’d better watch out, every day more and more people over here are trading in their Blackberries for iPhones and Android based smartphones. And lemme tell you this: I’M NEXT ONE IN LINE!!!!

  • Claudio

    No way in hell brazilians will get their hands on it, right? Sure, just like my freakin’ GPS and Blackberry Maps are useless… they’re just there, sitting, being still.. Well Blackberry soldiers, you’d better watch out, every day more and more people over here are trading in their Blackberries for iPhones and Android based smartphones. And lemme tell you this: I’M NEXT ONE IN LINE!!!!

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  • @~systembugs

    retrieving information takes ages … but it works. UI looks much much better. Keep it goin.

  • @~systembugs

    retrieving information takes ages … but it works. UI looks much much better. Keep it goin.

  • Mike

    Working great so far! I like more than the old version. Just missing the chat feature >:-((

  • Mike

    Working great so far! I like more than the old version. Just missing the chat feature >:-((

  • Mike

    Working great so far! I like more than the old version. Just missing the chat feature >:-((

  • Mike

    Working great so far! I like more than the old version. Just missing the chat feature >:-((

  • Foxxie1

    Im loving the new version of facebook for blackberry but the places part is just saying my location is temporarily unavailable😐 help ???

  • Foxxie1

    Im loving the new version of facebook for blackberry but the places part is just saying my location is temporarily unavailable😐 help ???

  • Foxxie1

    Im loving the new version of facebook for blackberry but the places part is just saying my location is temporarily unavailable😐 help ???

  • Foxxie1

    Im loving the new version of facebook for blackberry but the places part is just saying my location is temporarily unavailable😐 help ???

    • Sarahemma93

      mine too😦 have u sorted it?

    • mashado

      Make sure your GPS Services is set to ‘Location On’ and not on ‘E911 Only’.

      Options > Advanced Options > GPS

      • kim

        that worked! thanks! :DDD

      • Anibarlow

        Ok so I went into Options>Advanced options>GPS but it wont let me change the GPS services, it just put a black box around the word “location off” and wont let me change it. Help

      • BlackBerryHelp_Heather

        What BlackBerry device are you using? Also, what is your handheld software version listed under Options>About?

      • Anonymous

        I have a same problem and I’m using v.5.0.0.681…

      • Anonymous

        Hey Slomotion,

        What model BlackBerry are you using?

      • Anonymous

        Hey Slomotion,

        What model BlackBerry are you using?

      • Anonymous

        I’m using blackberry curve 8250

      • Anonymous

        Hey Slomotion,

        The BlackBerry 8520 does not have built in GPS, the GPS options are listed for connecting to an external GPS device. http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/KB25069

      • Anonymous

        O I see, so it’s under investigation…

      • Anonymous

        Hey Slomotion,
        In your case the resolution would be to use an external GPS device because the BlackBerry 8520 does not have built in GPS, currently this feature is only available to devices with built in GPS or devices connected to an external GPS device.

      • Anonymous

        But I can use foursquare or add location in twitter, is this different?

      • Anonymous

        sorry I mean 8520:)

      • Bella3588

        It was driving me crazy!!! Thanks so much for the tip MASHADO!!!

      • Suzm806

        My location is on.. and still greyed out.. wont let me use “Places”

      • TH

        Mine is on but still won’t work

      • Mcs 89

        I did that and still doesnt work..

      • Daks

        how do you do this though ???

    • Avelice

      having the same problem as yours. can not turn on the “share my location”.

      • C0r4lis

        I have the same problem !

      • bbhelp_cynthia

        Can you please provider your location (country) and wireless provider? What model of BlackBerry are you using?

      • JaiHook

        I have the Blackberry Tour with Verizon and the place is not working and it will not let me select the share my location option

      • http://www.fantasticweapon.com/ c4

        I bet you anything it’s a verizon thing – i’m having the same problem and i also have verizon. a couple years back, google maps wouldn’t work on my phone, either. no location based services worked, and it wasn’t cause of any location settings being turned off. any news from verizon on this?

      • Anonymous

        Hi c4,

        Have a look at this article: How to enable and configure Places in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.9: http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/KB24962

        Hope this helps.

      • http://www.fantasticweapon.com/ c4

        Thanks for the link – it’s weird, because while the option is still greyed out, the Places part of the app is now fully functional.

      • Alvarez K

        gps is “on” and “share my location” is still greye.d out. i hve the 8520… Tmobile, USA

      • emmerrrrr

        i have the curve 8520 and am on t-mobile uk. mine won’t work!

      • JNY

        I’m from UK and I’m Virgin, and the model is 8520

      • JNY

        I’m from UK and I’m Virgin, and the model is 8520

      • bbhelp_cynthia

        Can you please provider your location (country) and wireless provider? What model of BlackBerry are you using?

      • Suzm806

        having same problem – Curve 8330 – Verizon

      • Austin3159

        im in the United States (California) and i have the curve8520 with T-Mobile. how can i get Places to work?

      • Modest-Machine

        Same problem here too. UK/O2/BT – Curve 8520

      • pfft

        Im on tmobile and ihave bb 8520

    • Jrm4013

      In the Facebook App under Options, there is a setting for Facebook Places and a check box that says Share my Location with Facebook. However, it is shaded and won’t let me check the box. Does anyone know a way around that?

      • parker917

        did you ever find a way around the shaded box? mine is doing the same thing.

      • Ryan

        I am having the same problem on my blackberry… the shaded box will not let me check it. Any answers?

      • Desertboishane

        Same problem here… and I dont think anyone knows how to fix it because I have not found a single response on how to fix this anywhere on the net, I been searching all day😦

      • bbhelp_cynthia

        Make sure your GPS Services is enabled go to Options > Advanced Options > GPS > Location On
        Can you please provider your location (country) and wireless provider? What model of BlackBerry are you using?

      • mikeybb181

        hi cynthia i am also having the same problem with the facebook places my location is on and i receving is location is temoraly not availible ? any ideas ?

      • Xtcrob

        Im in the UK using a Storm 2 and my checkbox is shaded ans my GPS is on, what do i have to do to be able to check in on my BB

      • elin

        hi..my gps location is on but the places part is just saying my location is temporarily unavailable😐 help ???

      • Weedakotah6

        when i go to advanced options i dont have GPS under it ?

    • MASCIE

      MINE SAYS THAT 2

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