Archive for the ‘Tricks & Tips’ Category

Blackberry Curve Avoid Pocket Dialing

March 23rd, 2010

Stop calling people from your pants!  Pocket Dialing not only wastes energy and time, it also is just plain annoying!  Stupid phone user!

To avoid these embarrassing accidents, simply press the silver key on the very top of your phone until you get the “Entering Standby Mode”.

The next time you need to do something, the phone will remind you about it’s standby state, then will instruct you to again press the silver mute key on top of the phone to exit standby mode.

How to Use the BlackBerry 8830 GPS

March 21st, 2010

Global positioning software (GPS) allows you to pinpoint your location. Although there’s no GPS program on the BlackBerry, many BlackBerry applications use GPS to find your location and give you directions, determine what other locations are near you and give you the current weather conditions. The BlackBerry 8830 comes with GPS capabilities, but you may need to enable them before your BlackBerry’s applications can use them.

Step 1: Power up your BlackBerry 8830. Wait for it to finish its boot cycle and show the home screen.

Step 2: Press the menu key to open the list of available applications. Click "Options." Click "Advanced Options" from the list in the Options menu.

Step 3: Open the GPS menu. Change the GPS Services field to "Location ON." Press the menu key. Click "Save."

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How to Retrieve Voice Mails From Blackberry 8800

March 15th, 2010

If you miss a call on your BlackBerry 8800 phone, you need to view who the call was from and check if the person left you a voicemail. BlackBerry smartphones make recognizing you have a voicemail easy with an alert and an icon on the homescreen, and since the 8800 is part of Cingular (now AT&T), it has a fast retrieval system so you can quickly listen to your messages.

Step 1: View the homescreen of your phone. If there is a cassette tape icon at the top of the screen it means you have a new voicemail.

Step 2: Press and hold the "1" button on the phone.

Step 3: Enter the password you created when you initially set up your voicemail.

Step 4: Listen to your new voicemail messages.

How to Tether Your BlackBerry to Laptop with Verizon

March 14th, 2010

You can use some smart phones to connect your laptop or desktop computer to the Internet. BlackBerry smart phones are capable of this and, with a Verizon account, tethering a laptop with a BlackBerry is quick and simple. Be sure beforehand that your particular Verizon plan allows for tethering.

Step 1: Connect your BlackBerry smart phone to your computer with the USB cable that comes packaged with your phone.

Step 2: Open your BlackBerry Desktop Manager software and click the IP Modem icon in the main menu. If you do not have this software, install it from the BlackBerry support site; it includes the drivers needed to recognize your phone as a modem.

Step 3: Click the "Configure" button, then pick the "Set-Up Option" from the drop-down list labeled "Connection profile."

Step 4: Select "Verizon" from the list of service providers and click "OK."

Step 5: Click "Connect" to complete the process.

How to Add a GPS to Blackberry Maps

March 11th, 2010

BlackBerry handsets come preloaded with the BlackBerry Maps application as the default mapping software for the device. BlackBerry Maps provides adequate functionality to navigate effectively, even though it is more basic than other offerings on the market. BlackBerry Maps used together with the BlackBerry device’s built-in GPS can provide real-time, turn-by-turn directions.

Things You’ll Need:
  • BlackBerry Smart Phone
  • BlackBerry Maps Application

Step 1: Navigate to the BlackBerry’s Options menu. Choose "Advanced Options" then "GPS". From the "GPS Services" field, select "Location On". Return to the main menu.

Step 2: Open the BlackBerry Maps application. From the main menu, scroll to and select "Maps".

Step 3: Enable GPS navigation. Open the BlackBerry Maps menu using the BlackBerry device’s menu key. Scroll to "Start GPS Navigation" option and click using the trackball.

Step 4: Wait for the BlackBerry to acquire GPS tracking satellites. Once the tracking satellites are acquired, BlackBerry Maps can be used to provide turn-by-turn directions.

How To Download Ringtones to a Blackberry 7100I

March 3rd, 2010

The BlackBerry 7100I is a smartphone cell phone that is manufactured for the Sprint network. As with most smartphones, the BlackBerry 7100I features a microSD memory card storage slot. This is extremely advantageous for users who want to download their own ringtones to their cell phone because with a microSD memory card, they can do so without having to incur any text messaging charges. With the appropriate adapter, you can download ringtones to a BlackBerry 7100I completely free of charge.

Step 1: Slide the microSD memory card inside the microSD memory card USB adapter, and then plug the USB adapter into your computer’s USB port.

Step 2: Locate the ringtones that you wish to download to your BlackBerry 7100I. Drag and drop the ringtones to the "Sounds" folder of your microSD memory card.

Step 3: Unplug the USB adapter from the computer, and remove the microSD memory card from the USB adapter. Insert the microSD memory card within the microSD memory card slot located on your BlackBerry 7100I.

Step 4: Access your BlackBerry’s memory settings. Click the "Menu." Click "Settings." Click "Memory." Click "Card Memory."

Step 5: Open the "Sounds" folder. Scroll to the ringtone you wish to download to the BlackBerry 7100I. Click "Options." Click "Move to Phone." Repeat for each ringtone you wish to download to the BlackBerry 7100I.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add pictures and music to the phone in the same manner, but place pictures in the "Pictures" folder and music in the "Music" folder on your microSD memory card.

  • Make sure you put the ringtones in the "Sounds" folder because they will not transfer to your BlackBerry 7100I correctly if you don’t.

Top 10 BlackBerry Tips

March 1st, 2010

BlackBerrys have a lot of settings hidden in the OS. Here are some of the most popular BlackBerry Tips for any user.

  1. Switch the signal bars to decibels – If you want a more precise measurement of your wireless signal, just hold down the ALT button while typing N M L L. The meter on the main screen will change to a number. Do these steps again to change it back.
  2. Give the audio a boost – Many people say that the ringtone or music isn’t loud enough on the BlackBerry. Go to Menu > Options > Audio Boost > On.
  3. Enable separate app for SMS text messages – Don’t like your email crammed in with text messages? Separate them by going to Messages > Menu > Options > SMS and Email Inboxes > Separate.
  4. Quick period – At the end of a sentence, press the Space key twice and a period will be typed automatically.
  5. Switch to another program – Hold the ALT key and press Escape. Continue to hold ALT and select the program you want to switch to.
  6. Send your PIN – Need to send somebody your PIN so you can communicate with them? Just type MYPIN in an email or text message and the text will change to your actual pin number.
  7. Start in Safe Mode – Install an app that screwed things up? Start in Safe Mode so you can get rid of it. Remove and reinsert the battery, then when the light goes off while starting, press and hold the Escape button until the main screen loads.
  8. Add more callers – Press Menu while on a call and select Add Participant if you wish to add more people to the call.
  9. RebootALT + CAPS + Delete reboots the device.
  10. Change ring tone – Don’t like the default ring tone? Change it under Menu > Profiles > Advanced > (Active profile) > Phone > Ring Tone.

How Do I Get My Calendar to Sync Wireless on My Blackberry Storm?

March 1st, 2010

The BlackBerry Storm smart phone has several applications that allow users to organize their contact information and upcoming events. You can synchronize your BlackBerry Storm with your computer to keep your information up to date. The wireless synchronization feature for the calendar is available to users who have access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Software, which is commonly used by businesses to assist employees in keeping their data current.


Step 1: Click the "Setup" folder and tap "Setup Wizard."

Step 2: Select "I Want to Use a Work Email Account with a Blackberry Enterprise Server" and choose "Next."

Step 3: Enter your email account information and click "Save."

Step 4: Tap the "Calendar" icon on your Blackberry Storm LCD screen to bring up your calendar.

Step 5: Choose "Options" and pick the calendar you want to synchronize to your computer.

Step 6: Select "Yes" in the "Wireless Synchronization" drop-down menu.

Step 7: Press the "Menu" button on the Blackberry Storm and choose "Save" from the drop down menu to save the calendar’s wireless synchronization settings.

How to Completely Reset a BlackBerry Curve 8330 to Factory Settings

February 22nd, 2010

Users of the BlackBerry may find, upon rare occasion, that the device requires a master reset. This is performed if the BlackBerry freezes up or if the file system has become corrupt.
The master reset reverts all settings on the BlackBerry to the default factory settings. Research in Motion (RIM), the creators of the BlackBerry, had the insight to build the master reset function into the software settings on BlackBerry devices. Performing the master reset will delete all data and applications from the device. Reinstall all applications after executing the master reset.

Step 1: Press the Main Menu button on the BlackBerry. The Main Menu button is located to the immediate left of the trackball.

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Battery Use Tips for your Maximum Battery Life

October 10th, 2009

All current Blackberrys use a Lithium-ion battery, or “Li-ion” for short. In the past, some BlackBerry devices used a Nickel-metal hydride batteries, or “NiMH”. This article focuses on the Li-ion battery.

One of the most often asked questions on the BlackBerryForums is about battery use, charging and draining. From my reading, there is lot of confusion over the false belief that new batteries must be conditioned and fully drained before charging. I hope these tips below help some users form some good battery habits!

Tips for new BlackBerrys and Batteries:

  1. When you get a new Blackberry, charge it fully to 100%. There is no 120% or 130%, so once it hits 100%, it is fully charged. This normally takes about 2-4 hours for a new device. There is nothing wrong with “over-charging” the battery, however there is no real need to do so. Sometimes, new Li-ion batteries will come fully charged out of the box.
  2. There is no “break-in” or “conditioning” required for the Li-ion batteries. They do not need the old “fully discharge – fully charge” routine for the initial three charges as was recommended on older battery technologies.
  3. If you are a brand new BlackBerry user, keep in mind that you are likely using (or playing with) your BlackBerry much more the first few days than in normal routine use. If you think you are having quick battery discharge issues, give yourself a week or so until your daily BlackBerry usage levels off to a perceived normal amount.

Tips for routine charging and ongoing use:

  1. There is no memory on a Li-ion battery, and thus it is recommended that you “top-off” the charge regularly during the day. Ten minutes now and then on your wall outlet, automobile or USB cable is recommended. The charger displayed above (the Doubletalk Charger) is personally my favorite all-around charger, allowing for only one charger for all of my needs – for auto or a wall outlet.
  2. Roughly every 30 charges, deliberately discharge your battery to 10-15%, and fully charge to 100% afterwards. This will help maintain the accuracy of the “fuel gauge” on the device (your battery meter or scale). It has nothing to do with the battery memory (as mentioned, Li-ion batteries do not have memory) but helps maintain the accuracy of the device’s percentage of battery charge left.
  3. Don’t drain your battery every day to 10-20% of its charge. You can actually expect battery problems by draining the battery. Again, to repeat, top-off your charge during the day whenever convenient – even ten minutes in the car or at your desk will give you an extra 20-25% charge.

Tips for reducing fast battery drain:

  1. A BlackBerry constantly searching for signal drains the battery quickly. In an office building, residence, or rural area with low signal coverage, you will experience a quicker battery drain. Turn off the “radio” on the homescreen or the data signal if you must reduce battery drain in severe circumstances (Options > Mobile Network > Data Services = OFF).
  2. Check your applications running in the background. There are commonly four or five applications that will always be running (Messages, Call Logs/Phone, BlackBerry Messenger, Homescreen, and the Browser; there are others such as BeamBerry and Alarms which will also run). Make certain that the browser is NOT on an active webpage (should return the bookmarks page only). Close any other applications that do not need to be running (the camera or a game you were playing or Google Maps).
  3. Turn off the Bluetooth connection when you don’t need it (Options > Bluetooth).
  4. Some applications such JiveTalk have a “battery save mode” when idle. Log off applications such as JiveTalk, AIM, Google Talk if you are not using them for long periods of time.
  5. Use your sleeper-magnet enabled holster. The magnet in the holster is there for a reason – it puts the BlackBerry to sleep, saves the battery, and makes you a happy camper.
  6. Turn your backlight down to 80%… for many, that is a barely noticeable difference in the screen brightness (Options > Screen/Keyboard).
  7. Get an extended-life battery if you think you need it ( Seidio Online has many choices for various models).
  8. Li-ion batteries have a typical life-span of 300-500 charges, which averages out to approximately two years. A Li-ion battery will normally maintain more of a full capacity charge and then “quit working” suddenly, rather than gradually becoming worse in performance.
  9. Store a Li-ion battery with about a 50% charge at normal room temperature. Hot temperatures (like an auto glovebox) will drain a stored battery quickly