Posts Tagged ‘BlackBerry How tos’

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, and visit the MyBlackBerry Community while there. Read the tutorials, blogs and forums on, 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.

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How to Watch TV for Free on a BlackBerry

March 24th, 2010
There are a several different ways of watching TV on your BlackBerry, but many of them require paying for software, tedious downloading, and are not completely reliable. Viuvision is a mobile phone website that provides free and easy access to various TV programs from your BlackBerry, with only a few steps.


Step 1: Click on the icon that looks like the earth; it’s located on your BlackBerry’s desktop.

Step 2: Type "," into the BlackBerry’s browser.

Step 3: Agree to the terms, then click on the TV Icon that you wish to watch and wait about 30 seconds for it to load. The low-bandwidth options include "Cartoons," "C-Span," "BroBible" "Classic Movies," and "Classic Martial Arts." The medium bandwidth option offers a few more channels: "Medical" and "NASA."

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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.

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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