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How to Maximize the Use of Your Blackberry

March 28th, 2010

Many die-hard BlackBerry smartphone fans cringe at the thought of someone buying a device and not using it to its full potential. It can seem overwhelming when first learning a new device and operating system, especially if using a smartphone for the first time. Fortunately, several online sources will guide you to getting the most out of your BlackBerry.

Step 1: Learn about your BlackBerry device. Download the user manual from BlackBerry.com, and visit the MyBlackBerry Community while there. Read the tutorials, blogs and forums on CrackBerry.com, or on the many other Web sites dedicated to BlackBerry smartphones. Before posting a thread, search the site to see if your question has been asked before.

Step 2: Add external memory. Most BlackBerry devices will hold microSD cards of 2 gigabytes and up. Because applications are stored to a BlackBerry’s internal memory, it’s wise to save media files, such as songs and photos, to external, removable memory.

Step 3: Customize your smartphone. The ways to personalize your BlackBerry are limitless. Set your notifications and sound profiles, download themes and ringtones, find wallpapers that make your home screen your own. Because the community of BlackBerry users is so large, most of these can be found free on sites like CrackBerry.com.

Step 4: Take advantage of communication capabilities. BlackBerry devices are known for their many efficient ways to do this, from BlackBerry Messenger, a instant-messaging service, to push e-mail, where other email addresses can be set to instantly push messages to the smartphone. Instant communication ability is one reason the BlackBerry brand is chosen by many business professionals.

Step 5: Download applications for your BlackBerry. Browse BlackBerry App World or ShopCrackBerry.com for apps that provide games and entertainment, enhance productivity and communication, and even offer streaming radio stations from all over the country. Many apps are free or under $10 in 2010.

Step 6: Back up and sync to your PC. Install Desktop Manager software, which comes with every new BlackBerry and also can be downloaded from BlackBerry.com. Desktop Manager allows you to synchronize contacts, calendars and media, as well as back up your device in the event you ever need to restore your data. Connect your smartphone to your PC via the USB cable that came with your device.

Step 7: Update your device’s software periodically. Research In Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry, and wireless providers continually release updates to the BlackBerry operating system to offers owners access to the most current features and performance tweaks. Look for official – not leaked – updates, back up your device first and always follow instructions.

Tips & Warnings

A data plan is required on BlackBerry devices, which is added to your wireless plan. Typically about $30 per month in 2010, the data plan is intended to be in the user’s best interests because a BlackBerry is a data-intensive device.

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