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• Keep track of your busy schedule — manage your appointments,
keep your calendar, and handle your to-do list
• Keep in touch — use e-mail, SMS text messaging, or instant
messaging
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• How to use your BlackBerry GPS
• Lifestyle applications you’ll want
to install
• Ten fun games for your BlackBerry
• All about the BlackBerry browser
• How to bookmark and organize
Web sites
• A comparison of SureType and
QWERTY keyboard features
• How to take pictures and video
with your BlackBerry
• How to sync your BlackBerry with
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• Manage meetings, appointments, and
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• Surf the Web, handle e-mail, and
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Robert Kao has created numerous applications on the BlackBerry platform
and founded a mobile startup. Dante Sarigumba has written several
BlackBerry applications and is the cohost of a regular podcast, Mobile
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BlackBerry
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About the Authors
Robert Kao is one well-rounded professional. His ability to translate his technical knowledge and communicate with users of all types led him to coauthor BlackBerry For Dummies, BlackBerry Pearl For Dummies, and BlackBerry
Storm For Dummies. He started out as a BlackBerry developer for various
financial firms in New York City, that truly global city. A graduate of Columbia
University, with a computer engineering degree, he currently lives in South
Brunswick, New Jersey.
Dante Sarigumba is a long-time user of a BlackBerry and a gizmo enthusiast.
He develops BlackBerry applications and cohosts the Mobile Computing
Authority biweekly podcast. He lives in South Brunswick, New Jersey with his
wife, Rosemarie, and two sons, Dean and Drew.
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Dedication
I would like to thank my father (MHK) and mother (SYT) for everything
they’ve done for me. I wouldn’t be here without their kindness and support.
I would also like to thank my lovely wife, Marie-Claude, and little Jade for all
their support.
— Robert Kao
To Yosma, Dean, and Drew: my greatest treasures. Thank you for your
thoughts, understanding, and support.
— Dante Sarigumba
Authors’ Acknowledgments
Collectively, we want to give a big thanks to Greg Croy for the opportunities
to work with the For Dummies brand, and we congratulate him on his retirement! Enjoy it Greg.
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⻬ Katie Mohr, our new acquisitions editor. We look forward to working
with you.
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⻬ Kevin Michaluk, a.k.a. CrackBerry Kevin, for making us better.
⻬ Carol McClendon, our agent, for presenting our proposal to the right
people.
⻬ Victoria Berry, PR of Research In Motion, for getting us access to proper
channels at the right time.
In addition, we thank the rest of the Wiley staff. Without you all, this book
would not have been possible.
— Rob & Dante
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Contents at a Glance
Introduction ................................................................ 1
Part I: Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry ........................ 7
Chapter 1: Your BlackBerry Isn’t a Fruit ......................................................................... 9
Chapter 2: Navigating the BlackBerry ........................................................................... 19
Chapter 3: Turning On Your BlackBerry — And Keeping It Happy ........................... 35
Part II: Getting Organized and Productive
with Your BlackBerry ................................................. 53
Chapter 4: Keeping Track of Your Acquaintances ...................................................... 55
Chapter 5: Don’t Miss Your Appointments................................................................... 85
Chapter 6: Your To-Do List and Keeping Your Password........................................... 97
Part III: Getting Multimedia and Online
with Your BlackBerry ............................................... 117
Chapter 7: You’ve Got (Lots of) E-Mail ....................................................................... 119
Chapter 8: Too Cool for E-Mail ..................................................................................... 147
Chapter 9: Surfing the Internet Wave .......................................................................... 173
Chapter 10: Calling Your Favorite Person .................................................................. 197
Chapter 11: Taking Pictures and Recording Video with Your BlackBerry ............. 215
Chapter 12: Getting Entertained with Your BlackBerry ........................................... 231
Chapter 13: Getting Around with Your BlackBerry GPS ........................................... 249
Chapter 14: Lifestyle Applications ............................................................................... 257
Part IV: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager .... 265
Chapter 15: Syncing the Synchronize Way ................................................................. 267
Chapter 16: Switching Devices ..................................................................................... 283
Chapter 17: Unite! Your BlackBerry ............................................................................ 291
Chapter 18: Protecting Your Information ................................................................... 301
Chapter 19: Installing and Managing Third-Party Applications ............................... 311
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Part V: The Part of Tens ........................................... 321
Chapter 20: Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories ......................................................... 323
Chapter 21: Ten Must-Have BlackBerry Programs .................................................... 329
Chapter 22: Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry ...................................................... 333
Chapter 23: Ten Web Site Categories for BlackBerry Browsing .............................. 337
Index ...................................................................... 345
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Introduction ...................................................................
About This Book .............................................................................................. 2
Who Are You? .................................................................................................. 2
What’s in This Book ........................................................................................ 3
Part I: Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry.............................................. 3
Part II: Getting Organized and Productive with Your BlackBerry ... 3
Part III: Getting Multimedia and Online with Your BlackBerry ........ 3
Part IV: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager......................... 4
Part V: The Part of Tens ........................................................................ 4
So Many Models, So Little Time..................................................................... 4
Icons in This Book ........................................................................................... 5
Where to Go from Here ................................................................................... 6
Part I: Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry ......................... 7
Chapter 1: Your BlackBerry Isn’t a Fruit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
How It All Works: The Schematic Approach .............................................. 10
The role of the network service provider ......................................... 10
Connecting to your computer ............................................................ 11
BlackBerrying the world with your BlackBerry ............................... 12
Oh, the Things You Can Do! ......................................................................... 13
All-in-one multimedia center .............................................................. 14
Internet at your fingertips................................................................... 14
Me and my great personal assistant.................................................. 14
A computer in the palm of your hand ............................................... 15
Look Dad, no hands! ............................................................................ 16
Chewing on Hardware ................................................................................... 16
Saving power ........................................................................................ 16
Putting a sentry on duty ..................................................................... 17
Chapter 2: Navigating the BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Anatomy 101: The Body and Features of Your BlackBerry ...................... 19
Display screen ...................................................................................... 24
QWERTY keyboard .............................................................................. 25
SureType keyboard ............................................................................. 25
Escape key ............................................................................................ 28
Trackball ............................................................................................... 28
Menu key ............................................................................................... 28
The microSD slot.................................................................................. 29
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General Navigation Guidelines..................................................................... 29
Switching applications ........................................................................ 30
Changing options ................................................................................. 31
General Keyboard Shortcuts ........................................................................ 31
Using Home screen shortcuts ............................................................ 32
Other (non-Home screen) shortcuts ................................................. 33
Chapter 3: Turning On Your BlackBerry — And Keeping It Happy . . .35
Making Your BlackBerry Yours ................................................................... 35
Branding your BlackBerry .................................................................. 36
Choose a language, any language ...................................................... 37
Typing with ease using AutoText ...................................................... 37
Getting your dates and times lined up .............................................. 40
Customizing your screen’s look and feel .......................................... 40
Choosing themes for your BlackBerry .............................................. 43
Wallpaper for your BlackBerry .......................................................... 44
Let freedom ring................................................................................... 45
Keeping Your BlackBerry Safe ..................................................................... 50
Block That Spam ............................................................................................ 51
Part II: Getting Organized and Productive
with Your BlackBerry ................................................. 53
Chapter 4: Keeping Track of Your Acquaintances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Accessing Your Contacts .............................................................................. 56
Working with Contacts ................................................................................. 57
Creating a contact ................................................................................ 58
Adding contacts from other BlackBerry applications .................... 62
Viewing a contact................................................................................. 63
Editing a contact .................................................................................. 63
Deleting a contact ................................................................................ 64
Transferring Contacts from Cellphones ..................................................... 65
Copying contacts from a SIM card..................................................... 65
Copying a contact to a SIM card ........................................................ 69
Copying Contacts from Desktop Applications ........................................... 70
Looking for Someone? ................................................................................... 71
Organizing Your Contacts ............................................................................ 73
Creating a group................................................................................... 74
Using the Filter feature on your contacts ......................................... 76
Setting preferences .............................................................................. 78
Sharing a Contact .......................................................................................... 80
Sending a vCard ................................................................................... 80
Receiving a vCard ................................................................................ 81
Searching for Somebody Outside Your Contacts ...................................... 82
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Chapter 5: Don’t Miss Your Appointments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Accessing BlackBerry Calendar ................................................................... 85
Choosing Your Calendar View ..................................................................... 86
Moving between Time Frames ..................................................................... 87
Customizing Your Calendar ......................................................................... 89
All Things Appointments: Adding, Opening, and Deleting ....................... 90
Creating an appointment .................................................................... 91
Opening an appointment .................................................................... 94
Deleting an appointment..................................................................... 94
Appointments versus Meetings ................................................................... 95
Sending a meeting request ................................................................. 95
Responding to a meeting request ...................................................... 96
Chapter 6: Your To-Do List and Keeping Your Password . . . . . . . . . . .97
Accessing Tasks ............................................................................................. 98
Recording a New Task................................................................................... 98
Navigating the Tasks Fields .......................................................................... 99
Task field ............................................................................................... 99
Status field .......................................................................................... 100
Priority field ........................................................................................ 100
Due field .............................................................................................. 101
Time Zone field................................................................................... 102
Reminder field .................................................................................... 102
Categories field................................................................................... 102
Notes field ........................................................................................... 103
Updating Your Tasks ................................................................................... 103
Deleting a Task ............................................................................................. 103
Organizing Your Tasks List ........................................................................ 104
Customizing tasks .............................................................................. 105
Creating a category............................................................................ 107
Assigning categories to your tasks .................................................. 108
Filtering the list .................................................................................. 109
Creating Recurring Tasks ........................................................................... 110
Using Password Keeper .............................................................................. 111
Accessing Password Keeper............................................................. 112
Setting a password for Password Keeper ....................................... 112
Creating credentials .......................................................................... 112
Random password generation ......................................................... 113
Using your password ......................................................................... 114
Password Keeper options ................................................................. 115
Changing your password to Password Keeper .............................. 115
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Part III: Getting Multimedia and
Online with Your BlackBerry ..................................... 117
Chapter 7: You’ve Got (Lots of) E-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119
Getting Up and Running with E-Mail ......................................................... 119
Using the BlackBerry Internet Service client ................................. 120
Combining your e-mail accounts into one ...................................... 120
Adding an e-mail account ................................................................. 121
Setting up e-mail in an enterprise environment............................. 122
Getting e-mail in an enterprise environment using Desktop
Redirector ....................................................................................... 122
Customizing Your E-Mail ............................................................................ 123
Configuring your e-mail signature ................................................... 123
Enabling wireless reconciliation ...................................................... 125
Automating replies and out-of-office messages
(for enterprise users) .................................................................... 127
Accessing Messages .................................................................................... 127
Receiving e-mails ............................................................................... 128
Sending e-mail .................................................................................... 131
Spell-checking your outgoing messages ......................................... 134
Adding a sender to Contacts ............................................................ 135
Deleting e-mail .................................................................................... 135
Filtering your e-mail........................................................................... 136
Searching through Messages like a Pro .................................................... 140
Searching by sender or recipient..................................................... 140
Searching by subject ......................................................................... 141
Running a general search.................................................................. 141
Saving search results......................................................................... 143
Reusing saved searches .................................................................... 144
Long Live E-Mail ........................................................................................... 145
Chapter 8: Too Cool for E-Mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147
Sending and Receiving PIN-to-PIN Messages ........................................... 148
Getting a BlackBerry PIN................................................................... 149
Assigning PINs to names ................................................................... 150
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message .......................................................... 151
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message ....................................................... 153
Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way ...................................................... 153
Using shorthand for speedy replies ................................................ 154
Awhfy? ................................................................................................. 155
Showing some emotion ..................................................................... 156
Sending a text message ..................................................................... 158
Viewing a message you receive........................................................ 159
Always Online Using Instant Messaging ................................................... 159
Chatting using IM rules ..................................................................... 160
Instant messaging on your BlackBerry ........................................... 161
Using BlackBerry Messenger ............................................................ 165
Taking control of your IM app.......................................................... 169
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Chapter 9: Surfing the Internet Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Getting Started with BlackBerry Browser ................................................ 173
Accessing Browser ............................................................................ 174
Hitting the (air) waves....................................................................... 176
Navigating Web pages ....................................................................... 176
Saving a Web page address .............................................................. 180
Sending an address by e-mail ........................................................... 181
Saving Web images ............................................................................ 181
Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites .............................................................. 182
Adding a bookmark............................................................................ 182
Available offline .................................................................................. 183
Modifying a bookmark....................................................................... 183
Organizing your bookmarks ............................................................. 183
Exercising Options and Optimization Techniques.................................. 186
Configuring Browser .......................................................................... 187
General Browser properties ............................................................. 188
Cache operations ............................................................................... 190
Installing and Uninstalling Applications from the Web .......................... 192
Browser’s Behavior in an Enterprise Environment................................. 194
Using Browser on your company’s BES .......................................... 194
Using your network provider’s browser ......................................... 195
Setting the default browser .............................................................. 195
Chapter 10: Calling Your Favorite Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197
Using the BlackBerry Phone Application ................................................. 197
Making and Receiving Calls ........................................................................ 198
Making a call ....................................................................................... 198
Receiving a call................................................................................... 199
Handling missed calls ........................................................................ 200
Phone Options while on a Call ................................................................... 201
Muting your call ................................................................................. 201
Placing your call on hold .................................................................. 202
Adjusting the call volume ................................................................. 202
Customizing the BlackBerry Phone........................................................... 202
Setting up your voice mail number ................................................. 202
Using call forwarding......................................................................... 203
Configuring speed dial....................................................................... 204
Arranging Conference Calls ........................................................................ 206
Talking privately to a conference participant ................................ 207
Alternate between phone conversations ........................................ 208
Dropping that meeting hugger ......................................................... 208
Communicating Hands-Free ....................................................................... 209
Using the speaker phone .................................................................. 209
Pairing your BlackBerry with a Bluetooth headset ....................... 209
Using voice dialing ............................................................................. 211
Multitasking while on the Phone ............................................................... 212
Accessing applications while on the phone ................................... 212
Taking notes while on the phone..................................................... 212
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Chapter 11: Taking Pictures and Recording
Video with Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215
Say Cheese: Taking Pictures ...................................................................... 215
Reading the screen indicators ......................................................... 217
Choosing the picture quality ............................................................ 217
Zooming and focusing ....................................................................... 218
Setting the flash.................................................................................. 218
Setting the white balance.................................................................. 219
Setting the picture size...................................................................... 219
Geotagging .......................................................................................... 219
Working with Pictures................................................................................. 220
Viewing ................................................................................................ 220
Creating a slide show ........................................................................ 221
Trashing .............................................................................................. 221
Listing filenames versus thumbnails ............................................... 221
Checking picture properties............................................................. 222
Organizing your pictures .................................................................. 222
Sharing your pictures ........................................................................ 224
Setting a picture as caller ID ............................................................. 225
Setting a Home screen image ........................................................... 225
Setting Camera Memory Options .............................................................. 226
Say Action: Capturing Video ...................................................................... 226
Customizing the Video Camera ................................................................. 228
Chapter 12: Getting Entertained with Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . .231
Accessing Media .......................................................................................... 231
Let the music play.............................................................................. 232
Now showing ...................................................................................... 234
Lord of the ring tones ........................................................................ 235
Picture this ......................................................................................... 236
Recording your voice ........................................................................ 237
Viewing and Controlling Media Files ......................................................... 238
Turning it up (or down) .................................................................... 238
Navigating the menu .......................................................................... 238
Changing the media flavor ................................................................ 239
Working with Media Files ........................................................................... 240
Greeting BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager ............................... 241
Synchronizing with iTunes using BlackBerry Media Sync............ 245
Downloading sounds ......................................................................... 246
Transferring media files using the microSD card .......................... 247
Chapter 13: Getting Around with Your BlackBerry GPS . . . . . . . . . . .249
Putting Safety First ...................................................................................... 249
What You Need ............................................................................................ 250
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Your GPS Application Choices ................................................................... 251
BlackBerry Map .................................................................................. 252
Google Maps ....................................................................................... 252
TeleNav GPS Navigator ..................................................................... 254
Garmin Mobile .................................................................................... 255
Chapter 14: Lifestyle Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257
PeeKaWho Email and SMS Alert ................................................................ 257
BlackBerry Facebook Application ............................................................. 258
Unify4Life ...................................................................................................... 260
MiuTunes ...................................................................................................... 261
Viigo RSS Reader.......................................................................................... 262
SmrtGuard, Your BlackBerry Guardian .................................................... 263
E*TRADE for BlackBerry............................................................................. 263
Part IV: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager .... 265
Chapter 15: Syncing the Synchronize Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267
Meeting Your BlackBerry Desktop Manager ............................................ 267
Installing BDM and Desktop Redirector .......................................... 268
Launching BDM .................................................................................. 268
Connecting BDM to your BlackBerry .............................................. 270
Running BDM for the first time ........................................................ 271
Setting Up Synchronize ............................................................................... 271
Configuring PIM synchronization .................................................... 272
Mapping fields for synchronization ................................................. 276
Confirming record changes .............................................................. 278
Resolving update conflicts................................................................ 279
Ready, Set, Synchronize! ............................................................................. 280
Using on-demand synchronization .................................................. 281
Automatic synchronization .............................................................. 281
Chapter 16: Switching Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283
Switching to a New BlackBerry .................................................................. 283
Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device ................................................. 286
Palm device requirements ................................................................ 286
Windows Mobile device requirements ........................................... 287
Running the wizard ............................................................................ 287
Chapter 17: Unite! Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .291
Getting Started with BlackBerry Unite! ..................................................... 291
Minimum requirements..................................................................... 292
Where to get it .................................................................................... 292
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Installing BlackBerry Unite! ........................................................................ 292
Registering and opening Unite! ........................................................ 293
Adding BlackBerry users .................................................................. 294
Sharing Calendar Events on BlackBerry Unite! ........................................ 295
Downloading and Syncing Files ................................................................. 296
Downloading files remotely with Download Manager................... 296
Syncing files with Folder Sync .......................................................... 297
Restricting and Monitoring BlackBerry Usage......................................... 298
Chapter 18: Protecting Your Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .301
Accessing Backup and Restore .................................................................. 302
Backing Up, BlackBerry Style ..................................................................... 303
Backing up your BlackBerry manually ............................................ 303
Setting up automatic backups .......................................................... 304
Restoring Your Data from Backup Information ....................................... 305
Protecting Your Data, Your Way ............................................................... 306
Backing up, your way ........................................................................ 307
Restoring, your way ........................................................................... 308
Clearing BlackBerry information, your way ................................... 309
Backup and Restore Wirelessly ................................................................. 310
Chapter 19: Installing and Managing Third-Party Applications . . . .311
Accessing Application Loader ................................................................... 311
Installing an Application ............................................................................. 313
Uninstalling an Application ........................................................................ 315
Uninstalling with Application Loader.............................................. 315
Uninstalling with your BlackBerry handheld ................................. 316
Upgrading Your BlackBerry OS ................................................................. 317
Finding and Installing Applications from App Stores ............................. 319
Part V: The Part of Tens ............................................ 321
Chapter 20: Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323
microSD Card ............................................................................................... 323
BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway ......................................................... 324
Stereo Headsets ........................................................................................... 324
Case and Belt Clip ........................................................................................ 324
Screen Protector and Skins ........................................................................ 325
Extra Battery, Charger, and Charging Pod ............................................... 325
Full Keyboard ............................................................................................... 326
External Speaker .......................................................................................... 327
Car Mount ..................................................................................................... 327
Unify AV Solution ......................................................................................... 327
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Chapter 21: Ten Must-Have BlackBerry Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329
SmrtGuard, Your BlackBerry Guardian .................................................... 329
VibAndRing................................................................................................... 330
Handmark Pocket Express ......................................................................... 331
PeeKaWho — Email/SMS Alerts ................................................................. 331
Digby ............................................................................................................. 331
Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile ................................ 331
iSkoot Skype Client ...................................................................................... 332
Nobex Radio Companion ............................................................................ 332
WorldMate .................................................................................................... 332
Ascendo Money ........................................................................................... 332
Chapter 22: Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .333
Great Free Classic Games ........................................................................... 334
Bookworm .................................................................................................... 334
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart ........................................................................ 334
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 ......................................................... 335
Texas Hold’em King 3.................................................................................. 335
Guitar Hero III Mobile .................................................................................. 335
Aces Solitaire Pack ...................................................................................... 336
Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge ..................................................................... 336
Chuzzle.......................................................................................................... 336
Nintaii ............................................................................................................ 336
Chapter 23: Ten Web Site Categories for BlackBerry Browsing . . .337
Weather......................................................................................................... 338
News .............................................................................................................. 338
Search Engines, Directories, and Portals ................................................. 339
Business ........................................................................................................ 339
Travel ............................................................................................................ 340
Sports ............................................................................................................ 340
Advice and Self-Help.................................................................................... 341
Social and Virtual Networking ................................................................... 341
Shopping and Shipping Information.......................................................... 342
Other Browsing Categories ........................................................................ 342
Index ....................................................................... 345
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H
i there, and welcome to the third edition of BlackBerry For Dummies.
The BlackBerry is the best-selling smartphone in North America, and
we assume that you own one. This is a great book to have around when you
want to discover new features or need something to slap open and use as a
quick reference. If you are new to the BlackBerry and have some basic questions (such as “What is a BlackBerry?” or “How can a BlackBerry help me
be more productive?”), you can benefit by reading this book from cover to
cover. If you bought the previous editions of our book and recently got a new
BlackBerry, this third edition bridges the gap and gets you up to date on the
latest innovations that have been added to your device. No matter what your
current BlackBerry user status — BUS, for short — we’re here to help you get
the most out of your BlackBerry.
Right off the bat, we can tell you that a BlackBerry is not a fruit you find at
the supermarket but rather is an always-connected handheld device that
has e-mail capabilities and a built-in Internet browser. With your BlackBerry,
you are in the privileged position of always being able to receive e-mail and
browse the Web.
On top of that, a BlackBerry has all the features you expect from a personal
organizer, including a calendar, to-do lists, and memos. Oh, and did we mention that a BlackBerry also has a built-in mobile phone? Talk about multitasking! Imagine being stuck on a commuter train: With your BlackBerry by your
side, you can compose e-mail while conducting a conference call — all from
the comfort of your seat.
That’s not all. BlackBerry goes a step further to make it more fun for you to
own this device. You can snap a picture with its camera, listen to your music
collection, and enjoy capturing and watching video.
In this book, we show you all the basics but then go the extra mile by highlighting some of the lesser-known (but still handy) features of the BlackBerry.
Your BlackBerry can work hard for you when you need it, as well as play
hard when you want it to. (Need we say that we’re ready, willing, and able to
show you where to get great games for your BlackBerry?)
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About This Book
BlackBerry For Dummies, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive user guide as well as
a quick user reference. This book is designed so that you certainly can read it
from cover to cover if you want, but you don’t need to read one chapter after
the other. Feel free to jump around while you explore the different
functionalities of your BlackBerry.
We cover basic and advanced topics, but we stick to those that we consider
the most practical and frequently used. If you use or want to use a certain
function of your BlackBerry, we likely cover it here.
This book is also targeted to the latest models as of this writing. Without
going into the many model numbers, if you see a camera lens in your device,
this book is intended for you. If you own a BlackBerry that doesn’t have a
camera, you should get the second edition of this book. If your BlackBerry
is a touch-screen model, you should pick up BlackBerry Storm For Dummies
(published by Wiley and also written by us).
Who Are You?
In this book, we tried to be considerate of your needs, but because we’ve
never met you, our image of you is as follows. If you find that some of these
images are true about you, this might just be the book for you:
✓ You have a BlackBerry, and you want to find out how to get the most
from it.
✓ You don’t have a BlackBerry yet, and you’re wondering what one could
do for you.
✓ You’re looking for a book that doesn’t assume that you know all the
jargon and tech terms used in the PDA industry. (PDA stands for personal digital assistant, by the way. Take that, you jargon, you!)
✓ You want a reference that shows you, step by step, how to do useful and
cool things with a BlackBerry without bogging you down with unnecessary background or theory.
✓ You’re tired of hauling your 10-pound laptop with you on trips, and
you’re wondering how to turn your BlackBerry into a miniature traveling
office.
✓ You no longer want to be tied to your desktop system for the critical
activities in your life, such as sending and receiving e-mail, checking
your calendar for appointments, and surfing the Web.
✓ You like to have some fun with, play games on, and be entertained by a
device but don’t want to carry an extra game gadget in your bag.
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What’s in This Book
BlackBerry For Dummies, 3rd Edition, consists of five parts, and each part consists of different chapters related to that part’s theme.
Part I: Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry
Part I starts with the basics of your BlackBerry: what it is, what you can do
with it, and what the parts are. We describe the differences between owning
a BlackBerry with a SureType versus a QWERTY keyboard. We also show you
how to personalize and express yourself through your BlackBerry. This part
wraps up with must-knows about security and where to go for help when you
get into trouble with your BlackBerry.
Part II: Getting Organized and Productive
with Your BlackBerry
Part II deals with the fact that your BlackBerry is also a full-fledged PDA. We
show you how your BlackBerry keeps your contacts in Contacts as well as
how to manage your appointments and meetings in Calendar. We also show
you how to create a to-do list and have Calendar manage your to-do’s for you
so that you don’t miss a task. As you’ll see, most BlackBerry applications
interconnect, working hard for you. And finally, you’ll never forget your passwords anymore by keeping your BlackBerry organized and secure through
the Password Keeper application.
Part III: Getting Multimedia and Online
with Your BlackBerry
Part III shows you how you can use the true strengths of the BlackBerry — its
always-connected e-mail and its Web-surfing functionality — but it doesn’t
stop there. We also point out how you can use other forms of messages on
the BlackBerry that you might not have known about, such as PIN-to-PIN messages and BlackBerry Messenger. We also describe the fun features of your
BlackBerry, such as using its camera to take pictures and capture videos, listening to music, and watching videos. Rest assured that your BlackBerry will
be a good companion when you’re traveling because we also show you how
to use its GPS. And for those who want to extend their BlackBerry’s usefulness beyond the out-of-the-box applications, we recommend and describe the
best applications to enhance your lifestyle.
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Part IV: Working with BlackBerry
Desktop Manager
In Part IV, we detail BlackBerry Desktop Manager and show you some of the
hoops you can put it through with your BlackBerry, including making backups and installing BlackBerry applications from your PC to your BlackBerry.
You also find out how to port data from your older devices — BlackBerry
or not — to your new BlackBerry. We didn’t forget to cover important stuff
such as data-syncing your appointments and contacts with desktop applications such as Outlook and Lotus Notes. And for those who have multiple
BlackBerry devices at home and are willing to take the extra effort, we
describe how to use BlackBerry Unite, software that you can download free
from Research In Motion’s Web site that allows you to manage near-real-time
synchronization of data through a PC connected to the Internet.
Part V: The Part of Tens
All For Dummies books include The Part of Tens, and this book is no different.
In Part V, we show you where to get cool BlackBerry accessories, download
useful applications, visit useful mobile Web sites, and (of course) get great
games to play on your BlackBerry. In addition, we keep this list up to date on
our Web site at www.blackberryfordummies.com.
So Many Models, So Little Time
When you first visit the Web site for Research In Motion (RIM, the brains
behind the BlackBerry device), you might be overwhelmed by the many
variations of BlackBerry. These devices comes in many colors, some with
QWERTY keyboards, some with a QWERTY-like keyboard (which RIM calls
SureType), some with a camera, and some with two screens. Whew!
Don’t worry, it isn’t as complicated as it seems; let us break it down for
you. (Remember that we’re not talking about the touch-screen BlackBerry
here.) We generally don’t like to generalize, but you can pretty much divide
the BlackBerry with keyboard into two categories: the SureType and the
QWERTY. And why did we make such a separation? You operate the two
models a bit differently. But that doesn’t mean that the functions underneath
are different. Beneath the surface, they are quite similar. For example, both
models can do e-mail, but how you get to your e-mail application is a bit different in each. It’s that simple. Of course, there are other small (yet important) differences, which we denote in this book with a Pearl icon (see the
following section). The Pearl icon covers the traditional Pearl model and the
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Pearl Flip, which is the only BlackBerry flip phone as of this writing. Pearl Flip
is actually a Pearl that features a different hardware look and an extra screen,
but the user experience should be very similar to that of a Pearl.
This book is written with the latest models of the SureType and QWERTY
types in mind. If you have a slightly older model, not to worry; you’ll find this
book useful because the functionality is still similar. You just might discover,
however, that some of the newer functions we cover may not be available
on your particular (older) BlackBerry. Of course, you can always refer to the
second edition of this book.
Icons in This Book
If a paragraph sports this icon, it means we’re talking about BlackBerry
devices that are provided by your employer.
Text marked with this icon applies to the BlackBerry Pearl or the BlackBerry
Pearl Flip, which use the SureType technology. Other BlackBerry models use a
full QWERTY keyboard. On the Pearl’s and Pearl Flip’s SureType keyboard,
many keys share letters.
This icon highlights an important point that you don’t want to forget because
it just might come up again. We’d never be so cruel as to spring a pop quiz on
you, but paying attention to these details can definitely help you.
This book rarely delves into the geeky, technical details, but when it does, this
icon warns you. Read on if you want to get under the hood a little, or just skip
ahead if you aren’t interested in the gory details.
Here’s where you can find not-so-obvious tricks that can make you a
BlackBerry power user in no time. Pay special attention to the paragraphs
with this icon to get the most out of your BlackBerry.
Look out! This icon tells you how to avoid trouble before it starts.
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Where to Go from Here
To find out more about the book, or if you have a question or comment for
the authors, please visit us at either of the following:
✓ www.blackberryfordummies.com
✓ www.blackberrygoodies.com — where we answer your submitted
questions!
Now you can dive in! Give Chapter 1 a quick look to get an idea of where this
book takes you, and then feel free to head straight to your chapter of choice.
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Part I
Meet and Greet
Your BlackBerry
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In this part . . .
he road to a happy and collaborative relationship
with your BlackBerry starts here. Chapter 1 covers all
the nuts and bolts: how the BlackBerry works, its look and
feel, and its connectivity. Chapter 2 describes the major
differences among BlackBerry models. Chapter 3 discusses
customizing your BlackBerry and also offers timesaving
shortcuts.
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Chapter 1
Your BlackBerry Isn’t a Fruit
In This Chapter
▶ Checking out your BlackBerry behind the scenes
▶ Seeing what your BlackBerry can do
▶ Handling the hardware
B
ecause you’re reading this book, you probably have a BlackBerry (and
we’re pretty sure that you’re not eating it). We’re just curious, though —
what actually convinced you to buy this particular handheld mobile device?
Was it the always-connected e-mail, the multimedia player to replace your iPod
or iPhone, or a really good sales pitch? We know; the list could go on and on —
and we might never hit on the exact reason you got yours. For whatever reason
you bought your BlackBerry, congratulations; you made an intelligent choice.
The same smarts that made you buy your BlackBerry are clearly at it again.
This time, your intelligence led you to pick up this book, perhaps because
your intuition told you there’s more to your BlackBerry than meets the eye.
Your hunch is right. Your BlackBerry can help you do more than you
thought. For example, your BlackBerry is a whiz at making phone calls, but
it’s also a computer that can check your e-mail and surf the Web. We’re talking World Wide Web here, so the sky’s the limit. Help is always at your fingertips instead of sitting on some desk at home or at the office:
✓ Need to check out the reviews of that restaurant on the corner?
✓ Need to know — right now — what’s showing in your local movie theaters, or what the weather will be like tonight, or what’s the best place
to shop the sales?
✓ Need to know your current location and get directions to that cozy
bed-and-breakfast, or retrieve news headlines, or check stock quotes?
✓ Want to do some online chatting or view some pictures online?
✓ Hankering to network with your old classmates?
You can do all these things (and more) by using your BlackBerry.
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BlackBerry is also a full-fledged personal digital assistant (PDA). Out of the box,
it provides you with the organizational tools you need to set up to-do lists,
manage your appointments, take care of your address books, and more.
Being armed with a device that’s a phone, an Internet connection, a PDA,
a GPS, and a full-on media player all built into one makes you a powerful
person. With your BlackBerry (along with this resourceful book), you really
can increase your productivity and become better organized. Watch out,
world! BlackBerry-wielding powerhouse coming through!
If you stick with us, you find out all you need to get the most out of your
device or maybe even save a troubled relationship. (Well, the last one is a bit
of an exaggeration, but we got your attention, right?)
How It All Works: The
Schematic Approach
For those who always ask, “How do they do that?” you don’t have to go far;
the following sections are just for you.
The role of the network service provider
Along with wondering how your BlackBerry actually works, you might also
be wondering why you didn’t get your BlackBerry from RIM (Research
In Motion) rather than from a network service provider such as AT&T or
T-Mobile. Why did you need to go through a middle person? After all, RIM
makes the BlackBerry.
That’s an excellent question — and here’s the quick-and-dirty answer: RIM
needs a delivery system — a communication medium, as it were — for its
technology to work. Not in a position to come up with such a delivery system
all by its lonesome, RIM partnered (and built alliances across the globe)
with what developed into its network service providers — the usual suspects
(meaning the big cellphone companies). These middlemen support the wireless
network for your BlackBerry so that you can connect to the BlackBerry Internet
service — and get all those wonderful e-mails (and spend so much valuable
time surfing the Internet). See Figure 1-1 for an overview of this process.
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Web servers
Figure 1-1:
Your e-mail
travels
to your
BlackBerry
through
service
providers.
BlackBerry
Internet
Service (BIS)
Wireless
network
E-mail servers
(personal and
Enterprise)
Network service providers don’t build alliances for nothing, right? In return,
RIM gave them the right to brand their names on the BlackBerry they offer
for sale. For example, a T-Mobile BlackBerry looks different from a similar
model you get from Vodafone.
Which leads to another question: Do BlackBerry functionalities differ from
phone model to phone model? Quick answer: On the core BlackBerry applications (such as Tasks and Address Book), you find no major differences. Other
features, such as Instant Messaging, might or might not be supported by the
network service provider.
Just to keep the score card straight, when we talk about features available
from one network service provider that aren’t available from others, we point
them out.
Connecting to your computer
Nowadays, a personal computer is a household necessity. People spend so
much time using them, and so much information is stored in them. No surprise that BlackBerry works hand in hand with your PC. The USB cable that
comes with your BlackBerry does more than just charge your device.
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Part IV helps you use your PC connection with the help of BlackBerry Desktop
Manager and all the utilities that come with it. For instance, in Chapter 15,
you find how to sync your device with the Personal Information Manager
data that you keep in your PC. You can also read Chapter 16 for directions
about switching from another device (even a non-BlackBerry device) to a new
BlackBerry. For example, you find out how to import your contact list into your
new BlackBerry. Chapter 18 tells you how to protect your data. Last, Chapter
19 talks about installing new applications to your BlackBerry with the help of
your PC.
Note that if you have a Mac instead of a PC, you can still sync with the
PocketMac Sync on your Mac. Research In Motion does not actually support
the application but does provide the software for free.
BlackBerrying the world
with your BlackBerry
If you received your BlackBerry from T-Mobile or AT&T, chances are that
your BlackBerry will continue to work when you travel to, say, London
or Beijing. All you need to worry about is remembering to turn on your
BlackBerry (and maybe the extra roaming charges).
Because your BlackBerry is quad band, it works in more than 90 countries.
What is quad band? Basically, different cellphone networks in different
countries operate on different frequencies. For example, the United States
operates on 850 and 1900 MHz, Canada operates on 850 and 1900 MHz, and
Europe and Asia Pacific operate on 900 and 1800 MHz.
Your quad-band BlackBerry is designed to work on 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800
MHz, and 1900 MHz, so you’re covered almost wherever you go. Check with
your network service provider to see whether your BlackBerry will work
at your destination before you hop on a plane, just to be sure.
Nothing stands still in this world, and this saying is proven by the fact that
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) has spawned High Speed
Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), technologies that have been growing
because they work on the same GSM phone infrastructure. This HSDPA is now
available in the United States through most major network service providers.
HSDPA competes in the marketplace against CDMA’s (Code Division Multiple
Access) EvDo.
What’s it to you? CDMA and GSM aren’t compatible. Your phone works on
only one technology. When you travel outside North America, you face the
burning question: CDMA or GSM? (Read: Will my BlackBerry work on this
country’s network or won’t it?)
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If you currently work with GSM, you should be okay to travel outside the
United States. Most non–North American countries are on GSM networks. If
you’re a CDMA kind of person, you might have some “issues,” as they say.
When in doubt, talk to your network service provider.
Oh, the Things You Can Do!
In the BlackBerry world, always-connected e-mail used to be the primary
factor that made BlackBerry very attractive and was likely first in the long
list of reasons you got yours. And, if you need to go global, you can use your
BlackBerry in more than 100 plus countries. Just hop off your flight, turn on
your BlackBerry, and voilà: You can receive and send e-mails whether you’re
in Hong Kong, London, or Paris. Your significant other can get in touch with
you wherever you are — just to say hi or to remind you that you promised
Aunt Edna a bottle of Chanel No. 5.
One caveat here — you need to make sure that your network service provider
has the technology to go global. See the preceding section of this chapter for
more info. Generally speaking, you can receive and send e-mails just like you
do when you’re at home.
Know your BlackBerry history
Your BlackBerry is truly a wondrous thing,
boasting many features beyond your ordinary
mobile phone. And its “sudden” popularity
didn’t happen overnight. Like any other good
product, BlackBerry has come a long way from
its (relatively humble) beginnings.
In the days when the PalmPilot ruled the PDA
world, Research In Motion (RIM, the maker
of the BlackBerry) was busy in its lab, ignoring the then-popular graffiti input method,
and designing a device with a QWERTY
keyboard — the kind of keyboard people
were already used to from working on their
computers. RIM didn’t stop there, however. It
added an always-connected e-mail capability,
making this device a must-have among government officials as well as finance and health
professionals.
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To meet the needs of government officials
and industry professionals, RIM made reliability, security, and durability the priorities
when manufacturing its devices. Today, the
BlackBerry comes from the same line of RIM
family products, inheriting all the good genes
while boosting usability and adding more functions to its core BlackBerry applications. As a
result, BlackBerry is popular among not only
prosumers (professional customers) but also
consumers. Starting with BlackBerry Pearl,
RIM has been targeting the mainstream consumer market. Clearly, with BlackBerry, RIM is
winning the hearts of consumers while maintaining its hold on the enterprise market.
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Although e-mail is BlackBerry’s strength, that’s not the only thing it can do.
The following sections go beyond e-mail to point out some of the device’s
other major benefits.
All-in-one multimedia center
Previously, many people hesitated to buy a BlackBerry due to the lack of multimedia functions. They wanted a camera and audio and full video playback.
BlackBerry has changed all that and has more features than you may expect.
Not only does BlackBerry have a high-resolution camera — but it also has a
memory slot for a microSD chip (see Chapter 2). What does that mean?
Well, it means your BlackBerry can function as the following:
✓ A music player
✓ A video player
✓ A portable flash drive
✓ Your personal photo collection
Internet at your fingertips
Yup, with the new BlackBerry Web browser, you can surf the Net nearly as
smoothly as you do on a desktop computer. Even better, you can continue
chatting with your friends through Instant Messenger, just as if you never left
your office. You’ll get an alert when your stock is tanking. True, that isn’t fun,
but you want this information as fast as possible.
Intrigued? Read how BlackBerry can take full advantage of the Web in
Chapter 9.
Me and my great personal assistant
You might be saying, “But I’m really a busy person, and I don’t have time to
browse the Web. What I do need is an assistant to help me better organize my
day-to-day tasks.” If you can afford one, by all means go ahead and hire a personal assistant. The next best thing is a personal digital assistant (PDA). Just
like people come in many flavors, so do many PDAs.
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Whip out that BlackBerry of yours and take a closer look. That’s right; your
BlackBerry is also a full-fledged PDA, helping you do all this and much more:
✓ Remember all your acquaintances (see Chapter 4)
✓ Manage your appointments (Chapter 5)
✓ Keep a to-do list (Chapter 6)
A computer in the palm of your hand
Remarkable communication device? Check.
Full-fledged PDA? Check.
Full-featured media player? Check.
These capabilities are just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t underestimate the
device because of its size: Your BlackBerry is also a powerful computer.
Need convincing? Here goes. Out of the box, with no fiddling, it comes with
a great set of organizational and productivity tools in the form of programs.
Software developers besides RIM are taking advantage of this growing market —
which means that hundreds of applications are out there for you. For example, you can download graphic-intensive games or a mortgage calculator.
Download? Absolutely! BlackBerry supports the downloading of applications
through BlackBerry Browser. And of course, downloading of the application
can be done both wired and wireless (or OTA — over the air). By the time
you read this book, Research In Motion will have rolled out the Application
Store Front, which is a single icon that allows you to browse through applications made by third-party developers. (For more information on downloading
third-party applications, see Chapter 9.)
To be honest, we have no way to foresee how many applications will be on
the market when you’re reading this book. And the price of an application
varies, depending on how sophisticated the program is, so we can’t really give
firm numbers. But if you’re curious, check out Chapters 14 and 21, where we
describe some of the best business applications. You should be able to find
some treasures suited to your field of work.
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Look Dad, no hands!
Your BlackBerry is equipped with an earphone that doubles as a mic for
hands-free talking. This accessory is your doctor’s prescription for preventing the stiff neck that comes from wedging your BlackBerry against your ear
with your shoulder. At the minimum, it helps free your hands so that you
can eat Chinese takeout. Some places require you by law to use an earphone
while driving (but only when you’re talking on a cellphone, of course).
We recommend that you avoid using your cellphone while driving, hands-free
or not.
But RIM didn’t stop with just your standard wired earphones. BlackBerry also
supports cool wireless earphones based on Bluetooth technology. How could
a bizarrely colored tooth help you here? Bluetooth is the name for a (very)
short-distance wireless technology that connects devices. See Chapter 12 for
how to connect your BlackBerry to a Bluetooth headset.
Chewing on Hardware
Reliability and quality were probably your main concerns when you decided
on a BlackBerry. Will the product last? Will it perform like the manufacturer
says? Will you regret having bought this item six months down the road?
The following sections look at some of the hardware features that make the
BlackBerry device a wise purchase.
Saving power
Anyone with BlackBerry experience knows it’s a highly efficient power
consumer.
The addition of a color, high-resolution screen, GPS and Bluetooth support
have weakened the power efficiency. Power requirements have increased so
much that you need to recharge roughly every two days. But hey, now you
have a GPS on deck!
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Putting a sentry on duty
The virtual world isn’t exempt from general human nastiness; in fact, every
day a battle is fought between those who are trying to attack a system and
those who are trying to protect it.
A computer connected to the Internet faces an extra risk of being cracked by
a hacker or infected by a virus. Viruses try to replicate themselves and generally bug you.
Fortunately, security is a BlackBerry strong point. Viruses often come as
e-mail attachments. However, BlackBerry supports very few file types out of
the box (mostly images and documents). You won’t face threats from e-mails
with these attachments. And data that you send to or get from the PDA is
encrypted (coded) to prevent snooping.
RIM also has a Signature process for application developers that forces developers to identify themselves and their programs if they’re developing any
applications for the BlackBerry that need to integrate with either BlackBerry
core applications or the OS.
Remember the I love you and Anna Kournikova viruses? These are virtual
evils transmitted through e-mail, scripts, or sets of instructions in the e-mail
body or attachment that can be executed either by the host e-mail program
or, in the case of an attachment, by the program associated with the attached
file. Fortunately, BlackBerry’s Messages does not support scripting languages. BlackBerry’s viewer for such files doesn’t support scripting either, so
you won’t be facing threats from e-mails having these attachments.
The security measures RIM implemented on the BlackBerry platform have
gained the trust of the U.S. government as well as many of the Forbes Top 500
enterprises in the financial and health industries.
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Chapter 2
Navigating the BlackBerry
In This Chapter
▶ Signing up, or BlackBerry Anatomy 101
▶ Understanding general navigating guidelines
▶ Using common shortcut keys
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egardless of whether you previously owned a BlackBerry, you might
have heard that the new BlackBerry is totally different. You might
be wondering how you spot a new BlackBerry. Looks aren’t deceiving in this
case. From the outside, the new BlackBerry is a lot slimmer than the older
BlackBerry handhelds. The new design has a brighter and higher-resolution
screen. But what makes it fundamentally different is the fact that it has a
trackball.
What? No more trackwheel? Where is the trackball? What can you do with it?
How can you navigate your BlackBerry better with the trackball? Those are
some of the questions that we answer in this chapter. Bear with us and you
will be master of your BlackBerry in no time.
Anatomy 101: The Body and
Features of Your BlackBerry
In this and the following sections, we show you all the keys and features on
your BlackBerry Bold, Pearl Flip, or Curve 8900. The three models are shown
in Figures 2-1, 2-2, and 2-3, respectively.
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End/Power
Mute
Volume Keys
Figure 2-1:
Main
features
on a
BlackBerry
Bold.
Alt
Shift
Send
Trackball
Menu
Symbol
Escape
Speakerphone Enter
Shift
Left Convenience key
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Send
End/Power
Volume Keys
Speakerphone
Figure 2-2:
Main
features
on a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip.
Menu
Alt
Trackball
Left Convenience key Symbol
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Escape Right Convenience key
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Figure 2-3:
BlackBerry
Curve 8900,
similar to a
BlackBerry
Bold.
First, the major features:
✓ Display screen: The graphical user interface (GUI) on your BlackBerry.
✓ QWERTY keyboard: The input for your BlackBerry — very
straightforward.
✓ SureType keyboard: The input for your BlackBerry Pearl. We cover
how to type with the SureType keyboard in the later section, “SureType
keyboard.”
✓ Escape key: This key is used to cancel a selection or return to a previous page within an application. If you hold it down, it returns you to the
Home screen from any program.
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✓ Menu key: This key displays the full menu of the application you are
using.
✓ Trackball: You navigate the display screen of your BlackBerry with the
trackball. It allows you four directional movements. When you press
the trackball, the short menu of the application you are using appears.
✓ Convenience keys: Depending on the BlackBerry model you have, you
have one or two convenience keys. By default, the convenience keys are
preprogrammed to open an application. In Chapter 3, we show you how
to reprogram the convenience keys so that they display the programs
you use the most.
✓ MicroSD slot: Although it is hidden inside your BlackBerry and can be
revealed only by removing the battery, the microSD slot is a crucial element to your BlackBerry media experience.
✓ Send key: Because your BlackBerry can also function as a cellular
phone, this key allows you to go straight to the Phone application,
regardless of which application you are currently using. When you are
already in the Phone application, the Send key starts dialing the number
you entered.
✓ End key: While on a phone call, use this key to end your call. If not on a
phone call, this key allows you to jump straight back to the Home screen
from wherever you are.
✓ Power key: Press and hold the Power key to turn your BlackBerry on or
off. On the 8800, pressing Power also turns on an extra backlight. This
feature is very useful when you’re in direct sunlight.
✓ Mute key: Mutes a call when on a call.
If you owned an older BlackBerry (one with a trackwheel), the Menu key
essentially replaces the trackwheel click but with added functions, like quick
access to the short menu. With the new BlackBerry, you can also click the
trackball to confirm selection choices.
Two types of context menus can appear on your BlackBerry, as shown in
Figure 2-4.
✓ Full menu: This menu lists all the options and features you can perform.
Full menu is access by pressing the Menu key.
✓ Short menu: This is an abbreviated list of the full menu (Figure 2-4).
Short menu is access by pressing the trackball when you are not
prompted by a dialog box.
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Figure 2-4:
Examples
of a short
menu in the
Memo
application.
Display screen
When you first turn on your BlackBerry, the display screen displays the
Home screen, which is your introduction to the graphical user interface (GUI)
of your BlackBerry. The different icons represent the different applications
found in your BlackBerry. See Figure 2-5 for an example of what your Home
screen might look like.
Depending on the theme you’re using, you might see your applications listed
in text form rather than as icons. Remember that how your GUI looks depends
on how you want it to look because the font and theme are customizable. For
more on personalizing your BlackBerry, see Chapter 3.
Figure 2-5:
Your
BlackBerry
might come
with a different default
theme.
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QWERTY keyboard
For those non–BlackBerry Pearl owners, this section is for you.
Unlike some PDA manufacturers — they know who they are — RIM chose as
the input method for the BlackBerry the same QWERTY keyboard you know
and love from your personal computer. We think that was a great decision
because it means that we don’t have to master some new way of writing —
graffiti or whatever — to get data into our BlackBerry. All we have to do is
type on a familiar keyboard — and we already know how to do that.
Whether you use your pinky or your index finger, how you type on your
BlackBerry is up to you. However, most people find that typing with two
thumbs is the most efficient method.
SureType keyboard
If you have the BlackBerry Pearl, this section is for you. The Pearl doesn’t
have a full QWERTY keyboard; rather, it works with a QWERTY-based keyboard known as the SureType keyboard. The idea is that many keys share
letters (refer to Figure 2-2 to see how this looks) and that the SureType
technology is smart enough to find what key combinations come up with the
words you want. Basically, with SureType, you can now type with only one
thumb, and your BlackBerry Pearl learns the words that you frequently use.
Here are tips to speed the learning curve when using SureType technology:
✓ Always finish typing a word before correcting it. This way, SureType
learns what you want to type next time.
✓ If SureType gets the word you’re typing right on the first try, simply
use the Space key to move on instead of clicking the trackball or
pressing Enter.
✓ Take advantage of Custom Wordlist, which is a list of words that you
define. More on this later in the “Custom Wordlist” section.
✓ Type! Type! Type! Because SureType learns how you type, the more
you use it, the smarter it becomes in adapting to your style.
SureType versus multitap
On your Pearl, you can type in another mode: multitap. The regular way — at
least we think of it as the regular way — is the multitap approach. The best
way to explain multitap is by example: Say you want to type an h character
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on the Pearl. You search out the h on your keyboard but then notice to your
dismay that the h shares a key with the letter g. What’s a person to do? Do
you really want to go through life writing GHello for Hello?
Actually, there’s a perfectly easy solution to your problem. To get the letter g,
you tap the GH key once. To get the letter h — the second letter in the key’s
pair — you tap the key twice — hence, the term multitap.
What about SureType? When you are in SureType mode, your Pearl tries
to help you do the communication thing by figuring out what word you are
typing. For example, if you want to type the word hi, you start by pressing
the GH key and then the UI key. Doing so prompts SureType to display a list
of words it thinks might be what you’re aiming for, as shown in Figure 2-6. If
the first listed word is what you want, simply press the Space key. The word
is automatically selected, and you can continue to type. If what you really
wanted to type appears a little later in the list, simply scroll to it by using the
trackball and press the trackball to select it. Over time, SureType learns the
words you’re most likely to use and sticks those at the top of the list. Yup,
that’s right — it gets smarter the more you use it.
Figure 2-6:
Now, did
you want to
type hi
or gi?
Custom Wordlist
SureType keeps all the words it has learned in a safe place — a Wordlist, to
be precise. It turns out that you can review your SureType Wordlist — and
even add to it — using the Custom Wordlist option. (Using this option to add
words or proper names to the list means that SureType doesn’t have to learn
them when you are in the act of typing.)
To see or add words by using the Custom Wordlist option, follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select the
Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select Custom Wordlist.
This opens Custom Wordlist. This is where you can see all the words
that SureType has learned. (If you purchased your BlackBerry recently,
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there might be only a few words or even no words in this list, depending
on how often you’ve used SureType mode to type.)
3. From within Custom Wordlist, press the Menu key and then select New.
Doing so brings up a dialog box that prompts you to type in a new word,
as shown in Figure 2-7.
4. To save your changes, press the Menu key and then select Save.
Figure 2-7:
Adding our
favorite,
btw, to
Custom
Wordlist.
Getting people’s names right is tough with SureType, but thankfully, you can
make sure that SureType automatically learns all the names in Address Book
as follows:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select the
Options icon.
2. Select Language.
You now see the Language option screen, where the handy Input Option
button makes its home.
3. Scroll to the Input Option button and select it.
This displays the Fast Options screen with the following options:
• Frequency Learning: If turned on, the word used most frequently
appears first in the SureType Wordlist while you type.
• Auto Word Learning: If turned on, SureType learns as you type.
• Use Address Book as Data Source: If turned on, SureType learns all
the names in your Address Book.
4. Make sure that the Use Address Book as Data Source option is
turned on.
If it isn’t, scroll to this field, press the trackball, and then select On from
the drop-down list.
5. To save your changes, press the Menu key and then select Save.
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Escape key
Simple yet useful, the Escape key allows you to return to a previous screen or
cancel a selection. The Escape key is the arrow key to the right of the trackball.
Trackball
You can perform two functions with the trackball: scrolling and pressing
down. When you scroll with your trackball, you can navigate the display
screen in four directions. In a text-filled screen such as the body of an e-mail,
you can usually navigate through the text in four directions.
Depending on where you are on the BlackBerry’s screen, different situations
determine what happens when you press the trackball, also called the trackball click:
✓ Display a drop-down list: When you are in a choice field, pressing the
trackball displays a drop-down list of choices for that field.
✓ Confirm a choice: The trackball can also function as a confirmation key.
For example, when you need to select a choice in a drop-down list, you
can press the trackball to confirm the highlighted choice.
✓ Display a short menu: When you are in a text-filled screen (e-mail body
or Web page), pressing the trackball displays a short menu (refer to
Figure 2-4, right), which is just an abbreviated version of the full menu.
You get the full menu by pressing the Menu key.
Menu key
The Menu key brings up the full menu for the application you are using.
When you are on the Home screen, pressing the Menu key displays a list of
applications installed on your BlackBerry. If you want to change the order of
the applications in the list, see Chapter 3.
When you are on the Home screen, the behavior of the Menu key depends
on the BlackBerry theme. The behavior just described is based on the
default theme. See Chapter 3 for more on changing themes.
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The microSD slot
Your BlackBerry comes with some internal memory, 1GB if you have the
BlackBerry Bold. If you are a music or video fan, you know that 1GB is not
going to keep you entertained for a long commute. But no need to worry.
The folks at Research In Motion have incorporated a microSD slot into your
BlackBerry so that you can add extended memory and store all the media
files you want in your BlackBerry.
You can purchase a microSD card separately for a relatively low price these
days. At the time of this writing, a 4GB microSD card costs about $20.
General Navigation Guidelines
In the Cheat Sheet at the front of the book, as well as throughout the book,
we show you shortcuts that are application specific. In this section, however,
we go over general shortcuts and navigation guidelines. On a Web page or an
e-mail full of text, you can perform the following tasks:
✓ Move to the top of the page: Press the T key.
✓ Move to the bottom of the page: Press the B key.
✓ Move to the top of the next page: Press the Space key.
✓ Select a line: Press and hold the Shift key and scroll the trackball
horizontally.
✓ Select multiple lines: Press and hold the Shift key and scroll the trackball vertically.
✓ Copy selected text: Press and hold the Shift key and press the trackball.
✓ Cut selected text: Press and hold the Shift key and press the Delete key.
✓ Paste text: Press and hold the Shift key and press the trackball.
✓ Insert an accented character: Hold down a letter key and scroll the
trackball.
✓ Insert a symbol: Press the Sym key and press the letter below the
symbol.
✓ Cap lock: Press the Alt and right Shift keys.
✓ Num lock: Press the Alt and left Shift keys.
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Here are the keys for the BlackBerry Pearl:
✓ Num lock: Press Shift and Alt.
✓ Move to the top of the page: Press the ER key.
✓ Move to the bottom of the page: Press the CV key.
✓ Move to the next page: Press the M or Space key.
✓ Move to the previous page: Press the UI key.
✓ Move to the next line: Press the BN key.
✓ Move to the previous line: Press the TY key.
✓ Switch between multitap and SureType mode: When typing in a text
field, press and hold the * key.
Switching applications
When you are navigating in an application, an option called Switch
Application appears when you press the Menu key. Switch Application, which
is similar to Alt+Tab in Windows, lets you multitask between applications
(see Figure 2-8).
Figure 2-8:
Switch
Application
menu.
Another way to switch applications is to press the Alt and Escape keys. (The
Alt key is located to the left of the Z key, and the Escape key is the arrow key
to the right of the trackball.)
If you always use a particular application, such as the Tasks application, you
can program the convenience key so that you can get to your favorite application even more quickly than by using the Switch Application function.
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Changing options
Throughout this book, you see examples of an options field being changed to
a different value. The easiest way to change the value in a field is to first use
the trackball to scroll to the field. Then press the trackball to display a dropdown list of choices (see Figure 2-9), and finally press the trackball again on
your choice.
Figure 2-9:
An example
of an option
field’s dropdown list.
General Keyboard Shortcuts
If you have a BlackBerry Pearl or Pearl Flip, this section does not apply to you.
All the shortcuts described here are for QWERTY-based BlackBerry models only.
In many instances in this book, when we ask you to go to a BlackBerry application (Profile, for example), you have to first scroll to it from the Home screen
and then click the trackball. You might be thinking “Hey, there must be a shortcut for this,” and you’re right. This and the following sections cover such general keyboard shortcuts, all in the name of making your life easier. (Shortcuts
that are more application-specific are covered in the chapter dealing with the
particular application.)
Before you get all excited about shortcuts, you need to take care of one bit
of housekeeping. To use some of these general keyboard shortcuts, you first
have to make sure that the Dial from Home Screen setting — buried deep
within the Phone application — is turned off.
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Other Pearl shortcuts
The Pearl has a few other shortcuts you may
find useful:
and hold the # key. If you don’t know what a
profile is, refer to Chapter 3.
✓ Switch between current profile and vibrating profile: From the Home screen, press
✓ Key lock your Pearl: From the Home screen,
press and hold the * key.
Inquiring minds want to know, so we’ll tell you. The Dial from Home Screen
option is designed for users who make frequent BlackBerry phone calls. If
you are not a frequent phone user and want to access all applications with a
press of a button, get ready to ditch Dial from Home Screen.
Here’s how to turn off the Dial from Home Screen setting:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, highlight the Phone application
and then press the trackball.
2. Press the Menu key and then select the Options icon.
A screen that lists a range of options appears.
3. Select General Options.
The General Options screen appears.
4. Highlight the Dial from Home Screen field and then select No.
Doing so shuts down the Dial from Home Screen option, enabling you to
use Home screen shortcuts.
5. To confirm your changes, press the trackball and then select Save
from the menu that appears.
If you’re a frequent phone user on your BlackBerry, as opposed to an e-mail or
Internet user, you might not want to turn off the Dial from Home Screen
feature.
Using Home screen shortcuts
After you disable the Dial from Home Screen feature, you are free to use any
Home screen shortcut. (The name for these shortcuts is actually a pretty
good fit because you can use these shortcuts only while you are on the Home
screen.)
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Okay, here goes. To call up the application listed in the first column of
Table 2-1, press the key listed in the table’s second column.
Table 2-1
Home Screen Shortcuts
Application
Shortcut Key
Messages
M
Saved Messages
V
Compose
C
Search
S
Contacts
A
Tasks
T
Profile
F
Browser
B
Calendar
L
Calculator
U
MemoPad
D
Keyboard Lock
K
Phone
P
Other (non-Home screen) shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used at any time, regardless of which screen
you’re currently in — or whether you have Dial from Home Screen enabled,
for that matter:
✓ Soft Device Reset (also known as the 3-Button Salute): Pressing Alt+
cap+Del forces a manual soft reset, which is just what you need when
your BlackBerry has crashed or when you install an application and it
needs a manual reset. A hard reset can be done by pulling out the battery
from the back of the BlackBerry. What’s the difference between a soft
reset and a hard reset? Without getting into the technical jargon, from a
BlackBerry user’s perspective, a hard reset takes longer and is usually the
last resort to solve any issues before contacting the help desk.
✓ HelpME: In the BlackBerry world, SOS is actually spelled Alt+cap+H. Use
it when you’re on the phone with technical support. (It gives support
personnel info such as your BlackBerry PIN, memory space, and version
number so that they have information about your BlackBerry when they
try to troubleshoot your problems.)
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Note: Your BlackBerry PIN isn’t a security password; rather, it is a
unique number that identifies your BlackBerry, sort of like a serial
number. But unlike a serial number, you can message another BlackBerry
by using PIN-to-PIN messages. For more on PIN-to-PIN messages, see
Chapter 8.
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Turning On Your BlackBerry —
And Keeping It Happy
In This Chapter
▶ Putting your stamp on your BlackBerry device
▶ Watching your BlackBerry’s back
▶ Blocking spam e-mail and unwanted SMS messages
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egardless of how long you’ve had your BlackBerry — one week, one
month, one year, or five years — you’ll want to have it around for
as long as you possibly can. (Or, at least until you have the bucks for that
way-cool new model that’s surely coming down the pike.) And, for the
duration that you do have your device, you’ll want to trick it out so that
your BlackBerry doesn’t feel and sound exactly like the millions of other
BlackBerry devices out there. (C’mon, admit it — your BlackBerry is definitely a fashion statement, so you better feel comfortable with what that
statement is saying.)
In addition to customizing your BlackBerry so that it expresses the inner you,
you want to make sure that you keep your BlackBerry in tip-top shape by
watching out for things such as your BlackBerry battery life and information
security. Luckily for you, this chapter puts any and all such worries to rest by
filling you in on all you need to know to keep your BlackBerry a finely tuned
(and yet quirkily personal) little PDA.
Making Your BlackBerry Yours
BlackBerry devices are increasingly popular, so much so that close to 8
million BlackBerry smartphones are out there serving the needs of people
like you. Because of this fact, we’re certain that finding ways to distinguish
your BlackBerry from your colleagues’ is high on your list of priorities.
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Your wish is our command. Follow the tips and techniques outlined in
the following sections and you, too, can have your very own personalized
BlackBerry.
Branding your BlackBerry
Like any number of other electronic gadgets that you could possibly own,
your BlackBerry comes to you off the shelf fitted with a collection of whitebread factory settings. This section helps you put your name on your
BlackBerry, both figuratively and literally. You can start by branding your
name on your BlackBerry. Follow these steps:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon, and then press the
trackball.
2. Scroll through the list of options until you find the Owner setting and
then press the trackball.
You see places to enter your owner information.
3. Enter your name in the Name field and your contact information in
the Information field.
The idea here is to phrase a message (like the one shown in Figure 3-1)
that would make sense to any possible Good Samaritan who might find
your lost BlackBerry and want to get it back to you.
If you lock or don’t use your BlackBerry for a while, the standby screen
comes on, displaying the owner information that you entered. Read how
to lock your BlackBerry, either manually or by using an auto setting, in
the later section “Keeping Your BlackBerry Safe.”
4. Confirm your changes by pressing the trackball and then choosing
Save from the menu that appears.
Figure 3-1:
List your
owner
info here,
shown on a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip.
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Choose a language, any language
Branding your BlackBerry with your own John Hancock is a good start, but setting the language to your native tongue so that you don’t need to hire a translator to use your BlackBerry is equally important — and equally easy. You can
also set your input method of choice here, which can affect whether AutoText
shows up. Don’t worry. We explain what that means in the next section.
Here’s how you choose a language:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options (wrench) icon, and then
press the trackball.
2. Scroll through the list of options until you find the Language setting
and then press the trackball.
Here you can choose the language and input method of your choice.
3. Select the Language field and then scroll the drop-down menu to
select your native tongue.
Depending on your network provider, as well as what region (North
America, Europe, and so on) you’re in, the language choices you have
can vary. Most handhelds sold in North America default to English or
English (United States).
If your network provider supports it, you can install more languages into
your BlackBerry by using Application Loader in BlackBerry Desktop
Manager. For more information on Application Loader, see Chapter 19.
4. Confirm your changes by pressing the trackball and then choosing Save.
Isn’t it great when you can actually read what’s on the screen? But don’t
think that you’re finished quite yet. You still have some personalizing to do.
Typing with ease using AutoText
Even the most devoted BlackBerry user has to admit that typing on a full keyboard is easier than thumb-typing on a BlackBerry. In an attempt to even the
score a bit, your BlackBerry comes equipped with an AutoText feature, which
is a kind of shorthand that can cut down on how much you have to type.
Even if you have the BlackBerry Pearl with SureType technology, you can still
benefit by using the AutoText feature. (For more on SureType technology,
see Chapter 2.)
AutoText basically works with a pool of abbreviations that you set up —
you then just type an abbreviation to get the word you associated with that
abbreviation. For example, after setting up b/c as an AutoText word for
because, anytime you type b/c, you automatically get because on-screen.
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Your BlackBerry comes with a few default AutoText entries. Here are some
useful ones:
✓ mypin — displays your BlackBerry PIN.
✓ mynum — displays your BlackBerry phone number.
✓ myver — displays your BlackBerry model number and OS version.
The whole AutoText thing works best if you set up your own personal code,
mapping your abbreviations to their meanings. (This is why we’re discussing
AutoText as part of our personalization discussion.) To set up your own code,
do the following:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon,
and then press the trackball.
2. Scroll to the AutoText option, and then press the trackball.
Here, you can choose to see (or search for) existing AutoText words or
create new ones.
3. Press the Menu key, scroll to New, and then press the trackball.
The AutoText screen appears, as shown in Figure 3-2.
4. In the Replace field, enter the characters that you want to replace (in
this example, b/c). In the With field, type what replaces your characters (in this example, because).
Figure 3-2:
Create
AutoText
here.
5. In the Using field, choose between the SmartCase and Specified Case
options.
• SmartCase capitalizes the first letter when the context calls for
that, such as the first word in a sentence.
• Specified Case replaces your AutoText with the exact text found in
the With field.
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For example, say you have the AutoText bbg set up for the term blackberryGoodies.com and you want it to appear as is, in terms of letter
cases (the first b is not capitalized). If you were to choose SmartCase
for this particular AutoText, it would be capitalized as the first word in
a sentence, which is not what you want. On the other hand, if you use
Specified Case, your AutoText always appears as blackberryGoodies.com
no matter where it is in the sentence.
6. Scroll to the Language field and then select All Locales from the list
of options.
Our preference for this setting for any self-created AutoText is All
Locales. What this means is that regardless of the language input
method (for example, English UK or English US or French), any self-created AutoText is available for you to use. So, in the case of the AutoText
bbg (blackberryGoodies.com), whether you are typing in French or
Chinese, you can use this AutoText. On the other hand, if you select
only the French input method for bbg as the Language field, you would
be able to use this only if your input method is set to French in the
Language option.
You can choose the input method in the Language options. We go over
choosing a language input method next.
7. Confirm your changes by pressing the trackball and then choosing
Save.
If you specify a language input method other than All Locales, your input
method setting in the Language option must match the Language field in
AutoText to use your newly created AutoText. Follow these steps:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon, and then press the
trackball.
2. Scroll through the list of options until you find the Language setting,
and then press the trackball.
Here you can choose the language and input method.
3. Select the Input Method field and then select the input method you
need from the list.
For your new AutoText setting to work (assuming that you didn’t choose
All Locales as the language for your AutoText), this option needs to
match the input method set in your Language option.
4. Confirm your changes by pressing the trackball and then choosing Save.
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Getting your dates and times lined up
Having the correct date, time, and time zone is important when it comes to
your BlackBerry for, we hope, obvious reasons. Many of the fine features
that make up the BlackBerry core experience, as it were, depend on the time,
date, and time zone being accurate.
Need an example? How about your BlackBerry calendar events? Imagine, if
you will, that you have set up a make-or-break meeting for 9 a.m. (in your
time zone) with a client in Paris, France, which is in who-knows-what time
zone. You definitely want to be on time for that appointment, but you probably won’t be if you’re planning on having your BlackBerry remind you —
that is, if you haven’t set up the appropriate date, time, and time zone. Follow
these steps to do that:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon, and then press the
trackball.
2. Scroll to the Date/Time setting and then press the trackball.
The Date/Time screen appears.
3. Scroll to your time zone and press the trackball.
The Date/Time screen confirms the time zone that you chose.
4. Scroll to the Time field and use the trackball to adjust the proper hour
and minutes.
5. Scroll to the Date field and use the trackball to adjust the date
appropriately.
6. Scroll to the Date/Time Source field and press the trackball.
This sets your date and time source to your service provider’s server
time. See Figure 3-3.
7. To confirm your changes, press the Menu key and then select Save.
Doing so saves your date and time settings in perpetuity — a really long
time, in other words.
Customizing your screen’s look and feel
Right up there with making sure that your date and time settings are accurate
is getting the display font, font size, and screen contrast to your liking. Now we
know that some of you don’t give a hoot if your fonts are Batang or Bookman
as long as you can read the text, but we also know that some of you won’t stop
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configuring the fonts until you get them absolutely right. For all you tweakers
out there, here’s how you play around with your BlackBerry’s fonts:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon, and then press the
trackball.
2. Scroll to the Screen/Keyboard setting and then press the trackball.
The Screen/Keyboard screen appears with various customizable fields,
as shown in Figure 3-4.
3. Highlight the Font Family field and then select a font from the dropdown list.
You can choose from three to ten fonts, depending on your provider.
Figure 3-3:
Set the
time source
of your
BlackBerry
to your
network
provider’s
clock,
shown on a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip.
Figure 3-4:
The Screen/
Keyboard
screen,
waiting for
personalization.
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4. Continuing down the Screen/Keyboard screen, highlight the Font Size
field, and then select a font size.
One thing to keep in mind is that the smaller the font size, the more you
can see on-screen; however, a smallish font is harder on the eyes.
Note: As you scroll up and down the list of fonts and font sizes, notice
that the text The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
in the background takes on the look of the selected font and size so that
you can preview what the particular text looks like. (In case you were
wondering, this sentence uses every letter in the alphabet.)
5. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and choosing Save.
Similar to setting Font Size, you can also play with Font Style to set it to Bold,
Italic, or Plain.
With fonts out of the way, it’s time to change the brightness of your screen
as well as a few other viewing options, including how to program the
Convenience key to exactly what is convenient to you:
1. Press the Menu key, scroll to the Options icon, and then press the
trackball.
2. Scroll to the Screen/Keyboard setting and then press the trackball.
The Screen/Keyboard screen appears with its various customizable
fields. (Refer to Figure 3-4.)
3. Highlight the Backlight Brightness field and then select the desired
brightness from the drop-down list.
You can choose from 0 to 100, where 0 is the darkest and 100 is the
brightest.
4. Highlight the Side Convenience Key Opens field and then select what
you want your left-side key to open when you press it.
If you have a BlackBerry Pearl, you see Left Side and Right Side
Convenience Key options. Perform Step 4 for both the left- and
right-side Convenience keys.
5. Select the Backlight Timeout field, press the trackball, and choose the
amount of time for the backlight timeout.
You can choose from ten seconds up to two minutes. The lower this
setting, the less time you’ll have backlighting (after you press each key).
However, a low setting helps you conserve battery life.
When you’re outdoors with a bright sun on your BlackBerry, you’ll probably have difficulty reading your BlackBerry screen. Press and quickly
release the Power button (in the upper-left corner of your BlackBerry).
This brightens your BlackBerry screen so that you can see it even under
a bright sun.
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6. Highlight the Trackball Horizontal Sensitivity field and then select
how sensitive you want the trackball to be horizontally.
You can choose from 20 to 100, where 20 is the least sensitive and 100 is
the most sensitive.
7. Highlight the Trackball Vertical Sensitivity field and then select how
sensitive you want the trackball to be vertically.
Again, 20 is the least sensitive, and 100 is the most sensitive. Keep in
mind that if your trackball is too sensitive, it will be hard to control.
8. To confirm your changes, press the Menu key and select Save.
Choosing themes for your BlackBerry
Your BlackBerry is preloaded with different themes, which are predefined
sets of looks (wallpaper, fonts, menu layout) for your BlackBerry. You can
download themes from BlackBerry’s mobile Web site.
Regardless of what BlackBerry model you have, follow these steps to change
your theme:
1. Press the Menu key and then select the Options icon.
2. Select the Theme setting.
You see a list of available themes.
3. Scroll to and select the theme you want.
You see a preview of the theme you’ve selected. See Figure 3-5.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Activate.
You should be able to see the change immediately.
Figure 3-5:
Preview of
currently
selected
theme.
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You can download other themes. Just remember that you have to use your
BlackBerry, not your PC, to access the following URLs:
✓ http://mobile.blackberry.com
✓ http://blackberrywallpaper.com
Wallpaper for your BlackBerry
Like your desktop PC, you can customize the BlackBerry Home screen with
personalized wallpaper. You set an image to be your BlackBerry Home screen
background by using the BlackBerry Media application. Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select the Media
application.
This opens the Media application, where you see different categories:
Music, Video, Ringtones, and Pictures.
2. Scroll to and select the Picture category.
Doing so brings up two folders: The Preloaded Media folder stores pictures that came with your BlackBerry, and the Device Memory folder
stores pictures that you took with your camera.
3. Scroll to and select one of the folders.
This lists all the pictures in the folder.
4. Select the picture you want to use for your Home screen background.
The selected picture appears in full-screen view.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Set as Home Screen Image.
The picture is now your new Home screen wallpaper.
6. Press and hold the Escape key (to the right of the trackball) to return
to the Home screen and see the result.
You can download free wallpapers from the following Web sites (as long as
you use your BlackBerry, not your PC, to access the URLs):
✓ http://mobile.blackberry.com
✓ www.blackberrywallpapers.com
✓ www.blackberrygoodies.com/bb/wallpapers
After you have your BlackBerry’s look and feel just the way you want, there’s
just one thing left to do before you can move on. You need to get your
BlackBerry to sound the way you want it to.
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Let freedom ring
The whole appeal of the BlackBerry phenomenon is the idea that this little
electronic device can make your life easier. One of the ways it accomplishes
this is by acting as your personal reminder service — letting you know
when an appointment is coming up, a phone call is coming in, an e-mail has
arrived, and so on. Basically, your BlackBerry is set to bark at you if it knows
something it thinks you should know, too. Figure 3-6 lists the kinds of things
your BlackBerry considers bark-worthy, ranging from browser alerts to tasks
deadlines.
Figure 3-6:
Set
attentionneedy
applications
here.
Different people react differently to different sounds. Some BlackBerry barks
would be greatly appreciated by certain segments of the population, whereas
other segments might react to the same sound by pitching their BlackBerry
under the nearest bus. The folks at Research In Motion are well aware of
this and have devised a great way for you to customize how you want your
BlackBerry to bark at you — they call it your profile.
You can jump right into things by using a predefined profile, or you can create
your own profile. The upcoming sections take a look at both approaches.
Whether you create your own profile or customize a predefined profile, each
profile is divided into seven categories that represent the application for
which you can define alerts:
✓ Browser: Alerts you when you receive a new channel push, which is just
a Web page sent to your BlackBerry.
✓ Calendar: Alerts you when you have upcoming appointments.
✓ Level 1 (urgent e-mail messages): Alerts you with a special tone when you
have an urgent e-mail. What’s considered an urgent message? E-mail can be
defined as urgent by your sender. Also, a BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN message
can be considered urgent. For more on PIN-to-PIN, see Chapter 8.
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✓ Messages [Email]: Alerts you when a new e-mail message is in your inbox.
✓ Phone: Alerts you if you have an incoming call or a new voice mail.
✓ SMS Text: Alerts you when you have an SMS message.
✓ Tasks: Alerts you of an upcoming to-do deadline.
You can personalize all the listed applications according to how you want to
be alerted. Because the way you customize them is similar, we use one application, Messages, as an example in the text that follows, as we customize a
predefined profile that comes with your BlackBerry.
After this, we go over creating a profile from scratch. You might be wondering: Why do I need to create a profile if I can personalize the predefined ones?
Well, for those of you who like to keep the predefined settings the way they
are, creating a profile is the way to go.
Using factory settings
If you’re okay with customizing a predefined, factory-loaded profile, just do
the following:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Profile application.
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles (Quiet, Vibrate,
Normal).
2. Scroll to the end of the list and select Advanced.
A screen appears listing different profiles.
3. Scroll to the Normal profile in the list, press the Menu key, and then
select Edit.
The Normal screen appears, listing the applications with alert capabilities that we mention in the preceding section. (Refer to Figure 3-6.)
4. Select the Messages [Email] application.
You’re faced with the Messages for Normal profile, which is divided into
an Out of Holster section and an In Holster section, as shown in Figure 3-7.
A holster (in this context) is simply the belt clip or case that houses your
BlackBerry while you’re not using it. BlackBerry is smart enough to know
when it is in a holster.
You can choose another application and follow the next steps to
personalize the other applications listed in each profile.
5. Highlight the Out of Holster field and then select a tone from the dropdown list of alert options.
Doing so enables sound in the Out of Holster mode.
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Figure 3-7:
Choose
a tone to
alert you
when your
BlackBerry
is out of its
holster.
6. Highlight the Ring Tone field and then select the tune you like from
the drop-down list.
As you scroll through the tunes and pause, your BlackBerry plays the
tune so that you know what it sounds like before you change it.
7. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
As you might have guessed from how Messages in the Normal profile is
divided, your BlackBerry can notify you in different ways based on whether
your BlackBerry is in plain view (Out of Holster) or tucked away next to your
belt (In Holster). To set up a different sound for In Holster mode, just put the
necessary info in the fields for the In Holster section — and be sure to choose
a different tune this time. (Choosing the same tune kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?)
If you’re like us and you get more than 200 e-mails daily, you probably don’t
want your BlackBerry sounding off 200 times a day. You can set up your
BlackBerry so that it notifies you only if an e-mail has been marked as urgent,
requiring your immediate attention. You can do this by setting the notification for your Messages application to None for both In Holster and Out of
Holster. Then in the Level 1 option (refer to Figure 3-6), you can set your
desired notification for both In Holster and Out of Holster. That way, you
have conveniently filtered out any unnecessary e-mail notifications, leaving
just the urgent stuff to sound off to you.
Creating your own profile
You need to know which applications on your BlackBerry have alert capabilities because you can then personalize each “Hey, you!” to your liking. You
can have your BlackBerry so personalized that you can tell whether you have
a phone call or an incoming message just by how your BlackBerry sounds.
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If you’re already familiar with the different applications and are clear how
you want each one to alert you, go on and create your own profile. As we
mentioned before, you can achieve the same result by personalizing the predefined profiles that come with your BlackBerry. But if you are one of those
who like to keep the predefined profiles the way they are, create a new profile by following these steps:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Profile application.
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles (Quiet, Vibrate,
Normal).
2. Scroll to the end of the list and select Advanced.
A screen appears listing different profiles.
3. Press the Menu key and then select New.
A new Profile screen appears, as shown in Figure 3-8, prompting you to
name your profile.
Figure 3-8:
A menu that
lets you
create your
own profile.
4. In the Name field, enter a name for your profile.
For this example, just type My Profile.
5. Configure your new profile.
Refer to Steps 3 through 7 of the previous section to customize each one
of the seven applications.
6. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
Your newly created profile appears in the Profile screen.
7. Select My Profile, as shown in Figure 3-9.
Doing so allows you to start using your newly created profile.
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Figure 3-9:
See your
newly
created
profile here.
You can switch between your current profile and the Quiet profile by pressing
and holding the # key. This works on all BlackBerry smartphone models.
Regardless of whether the ring tone is for an incoming call or an incoming
e-mail, you can download more ring tones to personalize your BlackBerry.
Also, you can use any MP3 files in your Media application as your personalized ring tone. Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select the Media
application.
This opens the Media application, where you see different categories:
Music, Video, Ringtones, and Pictures.
2. Select the Music category.
Doing so brings up folders named Preloaded Media and Device Memory.
If you have a microSD card inserted, you also see the Media Card folder.
3. Select one of the folders.
This lists all the music in this folder.
4. Highlight the music file you want to use for your ring tone.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Set as Phone Tune.
This sets the music file as your new phone tune.
6. Press and hold the Escape key (to the right of the trackball) to return
to the Home screen.
You can also download free ring tones at http://mobile.blackberry.
com — just be sure to call up this URL with your BlackBerry, not your PC.
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Keeping Your BlackBerry Safe
The folks at Research In Motion take security seriously, and so should you.
Always set up a password on your BlackBerry. If your BlackBerry hasn’t
prompted you to set up a password, you should immediately do so. Here’s
how it’s done:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Password option.
3. Highlight the Password field and then select Enabled.
All this does for now is enable the Password feature. You won’t be
prompted to type a password until you save the changes you just made.
4. Click the Set Password button.
At this time, you should be prompted to enter a new password, as
shown in Figure 3-10.
Note that if you have set a password before, the button will be called
Change Password.
5. Type a password, and then type it again for verification.
From this point on, whenever you lock your BlackBerry and want to
use it again, you have to type the password. How do you lock your
BlackBerry? Good question. Keep reading.
Remember that when you set your password on a BlackBerry Pearl, you
must make sure that you know what letters your password uses and not
just which keys you pressed. You need the same password if you link your
BlackBerry with BlackBerry Desktop Manager for synchronization. For more
on BlackBerry Desktop Manager, refer to Chapters 15, 16, 18, and 19.
Figure 3-10:
It’s time to
enter a new
password.
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Setting up your password is a good first step, but just having a password
won’t help much if you don’t take the further step of locking your BlackBerry
when you’re not using it. (You don’t want people at the office or sitting at
the next table at the coffee shop checking out your e-mails or phone history when you take a bathroom break, do you?) So, how do you lock your
BlackBerry? Let us count the ways . . . we came up with two.
You can go the Autolock after Timeout (also known as Security Timeout)
route by following these steps:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Options icon.
2. Select the Password option.
The Password screen appears.
3. Highlight the Security Timeout field and then select the desired
minutes.
The preset times range from 1 minute to 1 hour.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
If you’re more the hands-on kind of person, you can go the Manual Lockout
route by scrolling to the keyboard Lock icon on your Home screen and pressing the trackball. (Pressing K while at the Home screen does the same thing.
Make sure to turn off the Dial from Home Screen option. See Chapter 2 for
more info on using Home screen shortcuts.)
As a shortcut, to lock your BlackBerry, just press and hold the asterisk (*) key.
No matter what route you take to lock your Blackberry, you use your (newly
created) password to unlock it when you get back from wherever you’ve been.
Block That Spam
With your existing BlackBerry OS, you can block certain e-mails, SMS numbers, or BlackBerry PINs from getting to your inbox. It’s like having your own
spam blocker on your BlackBerry!
To set up your personal spam blocker, follow these steps:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Options icon.
2. Select the Security option.
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3. Highlight the Firewall option and press the trackball.
This opens the Firewall screen.
4. Highlight the Status field and select Enable.
This enables the spam blocker.
5. Under Block Incoming Message, make sure what you want to block is
selected:
• SMS: Select this check box if you want to block SMS messages.
• PIN: Select this check box if you want to block BlackBerry PIN
messages.
• BlackBerry Internet Service: Select this check box if you want to
block e-mail messages (for example, the e-mail account that you
set up from Google or Yahoo! mail).
• Enterprise Email: Select this check box if you are within a large corporate e-mail network and want to block the enterprise e-mail.
6. In the Except Messages From area, select the desired options:
• Contact: Select this check box if you want to block everything
except the e-mails and phone numbers in your Contacts.
• Specific Address: Select this check box if you want to block everything specified by you (you can set up the list below).
7. Press the Menu key and select Configure Exception.
This opens the Firewall exception screen.
8. Press the Menu key and select the desired options:
• Add Email: You can specify the e-mail you want to block by selecting this check box.
• Add PIN: You can specify the BlackBerry PIN you want to block by
selecting this check box.
• Add Phone Number: You can specify the SMS number you want to
block by selecting this check box.
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In this part . . .
his part covers how to use your BlackBerry to its fullest
to get — and keep — you organized. Peruse the chapters
here to find out how to use Contacts, keep appointments,
keep on track with to-do lists, and keep your passwords
safe and easy to retrieve.
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Chapter 4
Keeping Track of Your
Acquaintances
In This Chapter
▶ Exploring BlackBerry Contacts
▶ Adding, viewing, editing, and deleting contacts
▶ Transferring contacts from cellphones to your BlackBerry
▶ Finding a contact in Contacts
▶ Organizing Contacts
▶ Sharing BlackBerry contacts
T
he idea of storing contacts was around long before the BlackBerry was
conceived. The Contacts feature (formerly called Address Book) on the
BlackBerry serves the same function as any list of contacts: It is an organizational tool that gives you a place to record information about people. This tool
gives you a central place from which you can retrieve information so that you
can reach your contacts by phone, cellphone, e-mail, snail-mail, or the speedy
messaging of PIN, SMS, MMS, or BlackBerry Messenger. Depending on the type
of work you do, Contacts is likely an essential tool, and your BlackBerry is
there at the ready.
You can benefit from using BlackBerry Contacts if you answer yes to any of
the following questions:
✓ Do you travel?
✓ Do you meet clients frequently?
✓ Do you spend a lot of time on the phone?
✓ Do you ask people for their phone number or e-mail address more
than once?
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✓ Do you carry around the old-fashioned paper day planner with a section
allocated for recording contacts? Or do you write phone numbers of
acquaintances on the back of business cards?
✓ Is your wallet or purse full of these “important” business cards, but you
can never seem to find the ones you need when you need them?
Regardless of how you keep your contact information, it’s time to get down to
business and organize your contacts by using your BlackBerry. In this chapter,
we show you how to make your BlackBerry a handy, timesaving tool for managing your contacts’ information. Specifically, you find out how to add, change,
and delete contacts as well as how to locate them later. You’ll also be amazed
at how well Contacts is integrated with all the other BlackBerry features you’ve
come to know and love — phoning contacts, adding invites to your meetings,
adding contacts to BlackBerry Messenger, and composing e-mails.
If you’re one of those, um, stubborn folks who insist that you don’t need
Contacts — “I’m doing just fine without it, thank you very much!” — think of it
this way: You’ve been using a virtual contact list all the time — the one buried
inside your cellphone. And that address book often isn’t even a very good one!
When you’re ready to join the rest of us in this millennium, read this chapter
to see how to transfer all that good contact info from an old phone into your
new BlackBerry-based Contacts.
Accessing Your Contacts
The good people at Research In Motion make it easy for you to find Contacts.
Start by taking a look at the BlackBerry Home screen. The Contacts icon
looks like an old-fashioned address book. (Remember those?) If you have a
hard time locating it, Figure 4-1 shows what it looks like in both BlackBerry
incarnations. (For more information about the BlackBerry models and their
differences, check out this book’s Introduction.) To describe Contacts in this
chapter and for most of the illustrations throughout this book, we use the
BlackBerry Bold model.
Opening Contacts couldn’t be simpler. Follow these steps:
1. Use the trackball to highlight the Contacts icon.
2. Click the trackball.
Alternatively, you can press Enter.
Your BlackBerry Contacts feature is accessible from a number of applications,
including Phone, Messages, and Calendar. For example, say you’re in Calendar
and you want to invite people to one of your meetings or appointments. Look
no further — Contacts is on the menu, ready to lend a helping hand.
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Figure 4-1:
The
Contacts
icon as
depicted on
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip
(left) and
BlackBerry
Bold (right).
Contacts
You can also get to Contacts by pressing A while at the Home screen. Go to
Chapter 2 for more on Home screen shortcuts.
Working with Contacts
Getting a new gizmo is always exciting because you just know that your
newest toy is chock-full of features you’re dying to try out. Imagine having
a new BlackBerry, for example. The first thing you’ll want to do is try to call
or e-mail someone, right? But wait a sec. You don’t have any contact information yet, which means you’re going to have to type in someone’s e-mail
address each time you send an e-mail — what a hassle.
It’s time to get with the plan. Most of us humans — social creatures that we
are — maintain a list of contacts somewhere, whether in an e-mail program
such as Outlook or Lotus Notes, in an old cellphone, or maybe on a piece of
paper kept tucked away in a wallet. We’re pretty sure that you have some
kind of list somewhere. The trick is getting that list into your BlackBerry
device so that you can access the info more efficiently. The good news for
you is that the “getting contact info into your BlackBerry device” trick isn’t a
hard one to master. Stick with us, and you’ll have it down pat by the end of
this chapter.
Often the simplest way to get contact information into your BlackBerry is
to enter it manually. However, if you’ve invested a lot of time and energy in
maintaining some type of contacts application on your desktop computer,
you might want to hot-sync that data into your BlackBerry. (For more on
synchronizing data, check out Chapter 15. It gives you details on how to synchronize some of your desktop application data — contacts, e-mails, appointments, and memos stuff.) You can also transfer your old cellphone contacts to
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your BlackBerry. Intrigued? Then check out the “Transferring Contacts from
Cellphones” section, later in this chapter. Do you have an address book in
another smartphone, such as a Palm Treo or a Windows Mobile? No problem.
Most of these devices allow you to sync to a desktop computer application
such as Outlook. But this is not a book about other smartphones, so please
refer to your other device’s instructions on how to sync it to your desktop.
After the data is in the desktop, you can check out Chapter 15 for details on
synchronizing it to your BlackBerry.
Creating a contact
Imagine you’ve just run into Jane Doe, an old high school friend you haven’t
seen in years. Jane is about to give you her number, but you don’t have a pen
or pencil handy to write down her information. Are you then forced to chant
her phone number to yourself until you can scare up a writing implement?
Not if you have your handy BlackBerry device on you.
With BlackBerry in hand, follow these steps to create a new contact:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Contacts application.
Contacts opens. You can also access Contacts from different applications. For example, see Chapter 7 to find out how to access Contacts
from Messages.
2. Highlight Add Contact and then press the trackball.
The New Contact screen appears, as shown in Figure 4-2.
3. Scroll through the various fields, stopping and entering the contact
information that you feel is appropriate.
Use your BlackBerry keyboard to enter this information. For an overview
of the different keyboard types, see Chapter 2. Note, however, that all
BlackBerry keyboards look (and work) alike. When entering an e-mail
address, press the Space key to insert an at symbol (@) or a period (.).
We don’t think you can overdo it when entering a person’s contact information. You should strive to enter as much info as you possibly can.
Maybe the benefit won’t be obvious now, but in the future when your
memory fails you or your boss needs a critical piece of info that you just
happen to have at the ready, you’ll thank us for this advice.
To create another new blank e-mail field for the same contact, press the
Menu key and then select Add Email Address. You can have up to three
e-mail addresses per contact.
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Figure 4-2:
Create a
new contact
here.
If a contact has an extension for his or her phone number, no problem.
When calling such a contact from your BlackBerry, you can instruct
BlackBerry to dial the extension after the initial phone number. When
entering the phone number into the New Contact or Edit Contact screen,
type the primary phone number, press the trackball, select Add Pause
from the menu that appears, and then add the extension number.
4. When you finish entering the contact information, press the trackball
and then select Save.
At this point, you should see your Jane Doe added to the list, as shown
in Figure 4-3.
Figure 4-3:
The
Contacts
screen after
adding
Jane Doe.
The menu is always available through the Menu key, but just for convenience,
we prefer to use the trackball when a menu is available through it. Also, when
a menu is available through a press of a trackball, it’s always a shortened
menu list. The application is smart enough to figure out which menu items to
display based on where you are.
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Taking notes
The Notes field on the New Contact screen (you might need to scroll down
a bit to see it) is useful for adding a unique description about your contact.
For example, use the field to jog or refresh your memory with tidbits such
as Knows somebody at ABC Corporation or Can provide introduction to a
Broadway agent. Or perhaps your note is something personal, such as Likes
golf; has 2 children: boy, 7 & girl, 3; husband’s name is Ray. It’s up to you.
Again, the more useful the information, the better it will serve you.
Adding your own fields
Perhaps you’d like to add contact information that doesn’t fit into any of
the available fields. Although you can’t really create additional fields from
scratch, you can commandeer one of the User fields for your own purposes.
The User fields are located at the bottom of the screen; you have to scroll
down to see them. Basically, you can use these fields any way you want
(which is great), and you can even change the field’s name. (Face it, User field
is not that helpful as a descriptive title.) For example, you can rename User
fields to capture suffixes (such as MD, PhD, and so on). Or how about profession, birth date, hobbies, school, or nickname? When it comes down to it,
you decide what information is important to you.
Keep in mind, though, that changing the field name for this particular contact
changes it for all your contacts.
To rename a User field, follow these steps:
1. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to navigate to one of the User fields.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Change Field Name.
Note: The Change Field Name selection on the menu appears only if the
cursor is in a User field.
3. Use the keyboard to enter the new User field name.
4. Press the trackball or the Enter key to save.
You’re all set.
Adding a picture to a contact
Most modern phones can display a picture of the caller. And BlackBerry is
no stranger to this neat feature. For this to work, you first need the obvious, a picture of your friend or acquaintance. After you have the picture in a
digital format that your device supports, you can get it into your BlackBerry
through e-mail or copy it to the microSD card. Don’t worry — we won’t leave
you helpless if you don’t know how to get media to that microSD; Chapter 12
is your gateway to media satisfaction.
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After a picture is inside the BlackBerry, adding it to one of your contacts is a
snap. Follow these steps:
1. On a contact’s Edit screen, press the Menu key and then select Add
Picture (see Figure 4-4).
Figure 4-4:
Add a
picture
here.
2. Use the trackball to navigate to the drive and folder that contain the
picture.
You can use multiple locations for storing media files such as pictures.
Chapter 12 gives you the scoop.
3. Select the picture you want.
The picture you choose is displayed in full on the screen.
4. Press the trackball and then select Crop and Save.
You’re all set. Just save this contact to keep your changes.
5. Press the Menu key and select Save.
Assigning a tone
Oh no, you’ve been awakened with your BlackBerry ringing in your nightstand. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell who’s calling? Ring tones help you
decide whether to ignore the call or get up and answer it. Hopefully, you can
easily switch to Sleep mode if you decide to ignore the call.
Follow these steps to assign a ring tone to one of your contacts:
1. Press the trackball and then select Add Custom Ring Tone from the
menu (refer to Figure 4-4).
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2. Press the trackball.
A list of ring tones from which you can choose is displayed. You can
also select Browse to navigate to the drive and folder containing the ring
tone. You can use multiple locations for storing media files such as ring
tones. Chapter 12 gives you the scoop.
3. Select the ring tone you want.
The ring tone appears in the Custom Phone Tune field. To save these
changes, save this contact.
4. Press the Menu key and select Save.
Adding contacts from other
BlackBerry applications
When you receive an e-mail message or get a call from someone, you have
contact information in Messages or Phone. (RIM makes this easy for you
because Messages and Phone can recognize phone numbers or e-mail
addresses and then highlight that information for a quick cut and paste.)
Maybe that info isn’t complete, but you definitely have at least an e-mail
address or a phone number. Now, if you’re pretty sure that you’ll be corresponding with this person and he or she isn’t yet listed in Contacts, it’s just
logical that you’d want to add the information.
If you have a sharp eye, you might have noticed that Phone lists only outgoing numbers. That’s half of what you need. Oddly enough, you can access
the history of incoming phone calls inside Messages. To do so, in Messages,
press the trackball and click View Folder on the menu that appears. Scroll
and click Phone Call Logs.
Like e-mail, a call log entry stays in the list as long as you have free space in
your BlackBerry. This could mean months or years depending on your model
and usage. When BlackBerry runs out of space, it starts reclaiming space a
chunk at a time by deleting read e-mails and phone call logs, starting from the
oldest.
When you have an e-mail or a phone log open, just scroll to an e-mail address
or a phone number and press the trackball while that piece of information is
highlighted. An Add to Contacts option pops up on the menu. (This particular menu item is located at the bottom of the list, so you might have to scroll
to see it.) Select Add to Contacts, and a new New Contact screen appears,
prefilled with that particular piece of information. Now just enter the rest
of the information you know about the person, and it’s ready to be saved to
Contacts. This is just one more sign of BlackBerry’s ongoing attempt to make
your life easier.
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Viewing a contact
Okay, you just entered your friend Jane’s name into your BlackBerry, but you
have this nagging thought that you typed the wrong phone number. You want
to quickly view Jane’s information. Here’s how you do it:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Contacts application.
Contacts opens.
2. Scroll to and highlight the contact name you want and then press the
trackball.
Pressing the trackball or the Enter key while a name is highlighted is the
same as opening the menu and choosing View — just quicker.
View mode displays only information that’s been filled in, as shown in
Figure 4-5. (It doesn’t bother showing fields in which you haven’t
entered anything.)
Figure 4-5:
View mode
for a
contact.
Editing a contact
Change is an inevitable part of life. Given that fact, your contact information is
sure to change as well. If you want to keep the information you diligently put in
Contacts current, you’re going to have to do some updating now and then.
To update a contact, follow these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Scroll to and highlight a contact name, press the Menu key, and then
select Edit.
The Edit Contact screen for the contact name you selected makes an
appearance.
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In Contacts (or any BlackBerry application, for that matter), displaying a
menu involves a simple press of the Menu key. You see the Edit option
on the menu right below View.
3. Scroll through the various fields of the Edit Contact screen, editing the
contact information as you see fit.
If you want to replace only a few words or letters located in the middle
of a field (instead of replacing all the text), scroll the trackball while
pressing and holding the Alt key (located to the left of the Z key) to position your cursor precisely on the text you want to change. Then make
your desired changes.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
The edit you made for this contact is saved.
When you’re editing information and you want to totally replace the entry
with a new one, it’s much faster to first clear the contents, especially if you
have a lot of old data. When you are in an editable field (as opposed to a
selectable field), just press the Menu key and then select Clear Field. This feature is available in all text-entry fields and for most BlackBerry applications.
Deleting a contact
When it’s time to eradicate somebody’s contact information in Contacts
(whether it’s a case of duplication or a bit of bad blood — yes, we admit to
have occasionally stricken somebody from our Contacts list in a fit of pique),
the BlackBerry OS makes it easy to delete a contact.
Here’s how to delete a contact:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Scroll to and highlight a contact name you want to delete, press the
Menu key, and then select Delete.
(If you don’t initially see the Delete option, scroll down to the bottom part
of the screen.) A confirmation screen appears, as shown in Figure 4-6.
3. On the confirmation screen, select Delete.
The contact you selected is deleted and disappears from your contact list.
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Figure 4-6:
The confirmation
screen
when you’re
about to
delete a
contact.
Sometimes dealing with the confirmation screen can be a pain if you want to
delete several contacts in a row. If you are 100 percent sure that you want to
ditch a number of contacts, you can suspend the Confirmation feature by setting the Confirm Delete option to No on the Contacts Options screen. See the
“Setting preferences” section, later in this chapter, for more on Contacts
Options.
It also pays to spend a little bit of time adding your own contact record(s). We
recommend adding at least one record for your business contact info and one
for your personal contact info. This saves you time having to type your own
contact information every time you want to give it to someone. You can share
your contact record by sending it as an attachment to an e-mail (see the later
section, “Sharing a Contact”).
Transferring Contacts from Cellphones
Suppose you have an old cellphone that has served you well for many years.
Most likely you’ve accumulated contacts on that phone by painstakingly
typing them each time in the past. You’d really like to have the same contacts
on your BlackBerry as you have on your cellphone, but you just cannot bear
the thought of typing them all again. You think to yourself, “There has to be a
way.” Good news: You’re right; there is.
Copying contacts from a SIM card
We’ve copied contacts from Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, and Samsung cellphones — and in theory, our method should also work on other phones. The
trick is to use the SIM card as an external storage device — sort of like a floppy
disk. What exactly is a SIM card? The acronym stands for Subscriber Identity
Module. The non-head-scratching definition describes an electronic chip that
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is capable of storing information such as your phone numbers and contacts.
Basically, you store your old phone’s contact list on the SIM card, insert that
SIM card into your BlackBerry, and then upload the contacts from your SIM
card. (For all the gory details, check out the steps later in this section.)
This sounds easy to do, but it might be tricky depending on the type of phone
you have. A caveat: You can do this only on a GSM phone. (GSM is short for
Global System for Mobile Communications, probably the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world.) To tell whether you have a GSM phone,
first check whether you have a SIM card. To do that, take out the battery of
your cellphone. Behind it, you should see a SIM card, looking (we hope) like
the one you see in Figure 4-7. If you don’t, your phone is not a GSM phone.
Figure 4-7:
Transfer
phone info
from your
cellphone
with a
SIM card.
If your cellphone is a GSM phone and you’re determined to forge ahead and
transfer your cellphone contact info to your BlackBerry, we’re here to help.
Obviously, we can’t give instructions for all the types of phones out there.
For the purpose of showing you what’s what, we assume that you want to
transfer the contacts on a Nokia 6300 phone to your BlackBerry. (Why the
Nokia 6300? That’s the one the dartboard told us to use.) Please check the
manual of your phone for the equivalent steps.
No more digressions! If you want to know the steps for copying contacts from
a Nokia phone to a BlackBerry by using a SIM card, here they are:
1. Take out the SIM card buried inside your BlackBerry and put it in the
Nokia phone.
Most people are uncomfortable doing this, but taking out a SIM card and
putting it back in is no big deal. The SIM card is usually behind the battery, so you have to slide or take off the back cover of the device to get
to it. On the BlackBerry, the back cover has a groove where you can put
your thumb and push the cover out. A Nokia phone has a simple locking
mechanism — a notch that protrudes in the back of the phone — which
you slide to take off the back cover. When the cover is off, remove the
battery and you can see the SIM card. Slide the SIM card’s plastic enclosure; it should pop open. You can then remove the SIM card from the
enclosure.
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Because this step requires you to remove the batteries from both your
BlackBerry and your Nokia phone, both devices are going to power off
(obviously).
We’re going to resuscitate both, starting with the Nokia. After you put
the battery back in the Nokia phone, it resets, and you should see the
display come up.
2. On the Nokia phone, select Names by pressing the top of the rightmost
top button.
Note that the display above the rightmost button shows Names. Names
is the equivalent of Contacts. The phone displays a list of contacts.
3. Select Options by pressing the leftmost top button.
The Names menu appears, as shown in Figure 4-8. Note the Mark All
menu item.
There is no trackball for scrolling and selecting, but you can use the middle
button, which has a silver edge around it. You can scroll up by pressing
the top silver edge or scroll down by pressing the lower silver edge.
4. Select Mark All.
You can make the selection by pressing the middle button while Mark
All is highlighted.
Figure 4-8:
The Nokia
6300 Names
menu.
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5. Select Options by pressing the leftmost top button.
The Names menu appears.
6. Select Copy Marked.
Another menu appears, displaying two options: From Phone to SIM Card
and From SIM Card to Phone.
7. Select From Phone to SIM Card.
8. Select All and then select Keep Original from the menu that follows.
A confirmation screen appears.
9. Select OK to confirm the copy.
Your phone starts copying the contents of the Phone Book to the SIM
card. While it’s making the copy, the screen displays a bar that moves
back and forth. If you have many contacts on your phone, this process
can take some time, so be patient. When the contacts are loaded into the
SIM card, the screen displays the number of contacts that were copied.
You can proceed with the next step.
10. Take out the SIM card from the Nokia phone and put it back into your
BlackBerry.
Reinserting the SIM card and battery resets your BlackBerry.
11. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
12. In Contacts, press the Menu key and then select SIM Phone Book.
It might take some time to load the contacts from your SIM card; how
long depends on how many contacts you’ve saved to the card. (You’ll
see a progress bar on the screen.) After the contacts are loaded, they
are listed on the screen, and you can start browsing or copying them to
your Contacts list.
The SIM Phone Book menu item is located toward the bottom of the
menu, as shown in Figure 4-9. Depending on your model, you might need
to scroll down to see it.
13. To copy a contact to Contacts, just highlight the contact, press the
Menu key, and then select Add to Contacts.
Your contact has now found its way to the BlackBerry Contacts. You can
repeat this step for all the contacts you want to copy. Although this is
a tedious process, it’s still a lot better than trying to type each one on
your BlackBerry.
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Figure 4-9:
The
Contacts
menu,
showing the
SIM Phone
Book option.
Keep in mind that SIM cards do have a limited capacity. If all your contacts
don’t fit on the SIM card on your first try, here are two ways you can add leftover contacts to your BlackBerry:
✓ One by one: If only one or two contacts are not included, you might be
better off just typing them into your BlackBerry.
✓ In batches: If you have many more contacts left, you probably should
try doing multiple saves. The trouble here is that you have to figure
out what contact info was saved on your first try — which, of course,
lets you know what you still have to copy. We recommend loading such
contacts in batches. To do that, first delete the names from the SIM
card after they are loaded onto your BlackBerry. (That gives you a clean
slate.) Repeat Steps 2 and 4 from the preceding list, but when you get to
Step 5, select One by One from the menu rather than All. This allows you
to select the remaining contacts to copy to the SIM card one at a time,
instead of copying the whole shebang one more time. When the remaining contacts are in the SIM card, you can copy the second batch of
names and load them to your BlackBerry by using the preceding steps.
Repeat as needed.
Copying a contact to a SIM card
You can reverse the info-import process, too. That is, you can copy from your
BlackBerry Contacts list to a cellphone. “Can this be done?” you implore.
To which we reply, “Why, certainly, with a little help from two BlackBerry
experts.” For, truth be told, this feature of Contacts is probably one of the most
difficult tricks to figure out unless somebody shows you how it’s done:
1. Start by viewing the contact information.
Follow the steps in the “Viewing a contact” section, earlier in this chapter.
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2. On the view screen, scroll to a Phone Number field, press the Menu
key, and then select Copy to SIM Phone Book.
The Copy to SIM Phone Book feature (see Figure 4-10) shows up only
when you position the cursor in a Phone Number field.
Figure 4-10:
Copy
BlackBerry
info to a
cellphone.
3. On the Phone Book Entry screen, press the trackball and then select
Save.
This operation is a snap, and the screen immediately returns to the view
contact screen shown as a result of Step 1.
If your phone doesn’t recognize your BlackBerry SIM card, perhaps the phone
is locked. Phone providers do this all the time: They lock the phones to their
network, making it unusable in other networks. If this is the case, call your
phone provider and ask for instructions on how to unlock your phone.
Copying Contacts from
Desktop Applications
Most of us have desktop applications that we use to maintain our network —
you know, Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, or Novell GroupWise. A word
to the wise: You do not want to maintain two Contacts lists — one in your
BlackBerry and one on your desktop computer. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Luckily for you, RIM makes it easy to get your various contacts — BlackBerry,
desktop, laptop, whatever — in sync. Your BlackBerry comes with BlackBerry Desktop Manager (BDM), a collection of programs, one of which is
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Intellisync. Intellisync allows you to sync between your device and the PC
software. It also allows you to set up and configure the behavior of the program, including how the fields in the desktop version of Contacts map to the
Contacts fields in your BlackBerry. But you’re not going to read about it here.
For that, check out Chapter 15, which has complete details on how you can use
the Intellisync feature of BlackBerry Desktop Manager to synchronize with the
applications in your device — including, of course, your Contacts list.
Looking for Someone?
Somehow — usually through a combination of typing skills and the shuttling
of data between various electronic devices — you’ve created a nice, long list
of contacts in Contacts. Nice enough, we suppose, but useless unless you can
find the phone number of Rufus T. Firefly at the drop of a hat.
That’s where the Find screen comes in. In fact, the first thing you see in
Contacts when you open it is the Find screen, as shown in Figure 4-11.
You can conveniently search through your contacts by following these steps:
1. In the Find field, enter the starting letters of the name you want to
search for.
Your search criterion is the name of the person. You could enter the last
name or first name or both. The list is usually sorted by first name and
then last name. As you type the letters, notice that the list starts shrinking based on the matches on the letters that you enter. Figure 4-12 illustrates how this works.
2. Scroll and highlight the name from the list of matches.
If you have multiple matches, use the trackball to scroll through the list
to find the person’s name.
Figure 4-11:
Your search
starts here.
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Figure 4-12:
Enter more
letters to
shorten the
potential
contact list
search.
If you have a long list in Contacts and you want to scroll down a page at
a time, just hold down the Alt key (it’s located to the left of the Z key)
and scroll. You get where you need to go a lot faster.
3. Press the Menu key and select from the possible actions listed on the
menu that appears.
After you find the person you want, you can select from these options,
as shown in Figure 4-13:
• Email: Starts a new e-mail message. See Chapter 7 for more information about e-mail.
• PIN: Starts a new PIN-to-PIN message, which is a messaging feature
unique to BlackBerry. With PIN-to-PIN, you can send someone who
has a BlackBerry a quick message. See Chapter 8 for more details
about PIN-to-PIN messaging.
• Call: Uses Phone to dial the number.
• SMS: Starts a new SMS message. SMS stands for Short Messaging
Service, which is used in cellphones. See Chapter 8 for more
details about SMS.
• Send to Messenger Contact: Adds this contact to your contacts
list in BlackBerry Messenger. (Note that this option appears only if
you have BlackBerry Messenger installed.)
• MMS: Starts a new MMS message. MMS is short for Multimedia
Messaging Service, an evolution from SMS that supports voice and
video clips. See Chapter 8 for more details about MMS.
If you have a finger-fumble and press a letter key in error, press the Escape
key (the arrow key to the right of the trackball) once to return to the original list (the one showing all your contacts), or press the trackball once and
select View All.
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Figure 4-13:
You get
action
options for
the selected
contact.
If you think you’re hallucinating when you notice that sometimes the item
Email <contact name> or Call <contact name> appears on the menu
and sometimes not, just relax. There’s nothing wrong with your eyesight or
your mind. Contacts is smart enough to know when it’s appropriate to show
those menu options. If a contact has a phone number, Call <contact
name> and SMS <contact name> show up, and the same is true for e-mail
and the personal identification number (PIN). In fact, this list of actions is
a convenient way to find out whether you have particular information — a
phone number or an e-mail address — for a particular contact.
In a corporate environment, your BlackBerry Enterprise server administrator
might disable PIN-to-PIN messaging because it doesn’t go to the corporate
e-mail servers and, therefore, can’t be monitored. If this is the case, the
menu option PIN<contact name> won’t appear, even though you entered
PIN information for your contacts. Note that you’ll still be able to receive a
PIN-to-PIN message, but you won’t be able to send one.
Organizing Your Contacts
You’ve been a diligent boy or girl by adding your contacts to Contacts, and
your list has been growing at a pretty good clip. It now has all the contact
information for your business colleagues, clients, and (of course) family,
friends, and relatives. In fact, Contacts has grown so much that it holds hundreds of contacts, and you start to notice that it now takes you more time
to find somebody, especially when you can’t remember the name right away
and are trying to explore the list knowing that when you see the name you’ll
recognize it.
Imagine that you’ve just seen an old acquaintance, a sales rep for XYZ, Inc.,
and you want to greet the person by name. His name is on the tip of your
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tongue, but you just can’t remember it. However, if you saw his name on a
list, it would jump right out at you. The trouble is that your list has 300-plus
names, which would take you forever to scroll through — so long, in fact,
that the person would surely come right up to you in the meantime, and
you’d have to reveal the fact that you can’t remember his name. (How embarrassing.) In this scenario, the tried-and-true Find feature wouldn’t be much
help. What you need is a smaller pool of names to search through so that you
can stumble across the needed name much more quickly.
This isn’t rocket science. You’re going to want to do one of the following:
✓ Organize your contacts into groups: Using groups (as every kindergarten teacher could tell you) is a way to arrange something (in your
case, contacts) to make them more manageable. How you arrange your
groups is up to you because the organizing principle should be based
on whatever makes sense (to you, at least) and fits the group you set up.
For example, you can place all your customer contacts within a Clients
group and relatives in a Family group. Then, instead of searching for
names of individuals within one humongous list, you can search within a
smaller, more manageable group.
✓ Set up your contacts so that you can use some kind of filter on them:
Another way to organize and streamline how BlackBerry Contacts
lists your contacts is to use the Filter feature in combination with
BlackBerry’s Categories. (Categories is just another way that Contacts
helps you filter contacts.) Using the Filter feature narrows the Contacts
list to such an extent that you have to use only the trackball to scroll
down and find your contact — no need to type search keywords, in
other words.
Whether you use the Group or Filter feature is up to you. You find out how to
use both methods in the next sections of this chapter.
Creating a group
A BlackBerry group in Contacts — as opposed to any other kind of group
you can imagine — is just a simple filter or category. In other words, a group
just arranges your contacts into subsets without affecting the content of
your contact entries. In Contacts itself, a group shows up in the contact list
just like any other contact. The only wrinkle here is that when you select the
group, the contacts associated with that group — and only the contacts associated with that group — appear on-screen.
Need some help visualizing how this works? Go ahead and create a group,
following these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
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2. Press the Menu key and then select New Group.
A screen similar to that shown in Figure 4-14 appears. The top portion of
the screen is where you type the group name, and the bottom portion is
where you add your list of group members.
Figure 4-14:
An empty
screen
ready for
creating a
group.
3. In the New Group field, enter the name of the group.
You can name the group anything, but for the sake of this example, we
named the group Friends. After entering the name of the group, you’re
ready to save it. But hold on a sec — you can’t save this group until you
associate a member to it. To satisfy such a hard-and-fast rule, proceed
to the next step to add a member.
4. Press the trackball and then select Add Member from the menu that
appears.
The main Contacts list shows up in all its glory, ready to be pilfered for
names to add to your new group list.
5. Select the contact you want to add to your new group list, press the
trackball, and then select Continue from the menu that appears.
Everybody knows a Rob Kao, so select him. You’ll notice that doing so
places Rob Kao in your Friends group list, as shown in Figure 4-15. (Rob
Kao, a coauthor of the book you’re holding, is a very popular fellow.)
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to add more friends to your list.
After you’re satisfied, save your group.
7. Press the trackball and then select Save Group from the menu that
appears.
Your Friends group is duly saved, and you can now see Friends in your
main Contacts list.
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Figure 4-15:
Your new
group has
one
member.
Using the Filter feature on your contacts
Are you a left-brainer or a right-brainer? Yankees fan or Red Sox fan? An Innie
or an Outie? Dividing up the world into categories is something everybody
does (no divisions there), so it should come as no surprise that BlackBerry
divides your contacts into distinct categories as well.
By default, two categories are already set for you on the BlackBerry: the
Business category and the Personal category. But why stop at two? BlackBerry makes it easy to create more categories. In the following sections, you
first find out how to categorize a contact, and then you see how to filter your
Contacts list. Finally, you find out how to create categories.
Categorize your contacts
Whether you’re creating a contact or editing an existing contact, you can categorize a particular contact as long as you’re in Edit mode.
If the trick is getting into Edit mode, it’s a pretty simple trick. Here’s how
that’s done:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Highlight the contact, press the Menu key, and then select Edit.
Contacts is now in Edit mode for this particular contact, which is exactly
where you want to be.
3. Press the Menu key and then select Categories.
A Categories list appears, as shown in Figure 4-16. By default, you see
only the Business and the Personal categories.
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Figure 4-16:
Default
categories.
4. Press the Space key or the trackball to select the check box next to
Personal.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
You are brought back to the Edit screen for this particular contact.
6. To complete your changes, press the trackball and then select Save
(again) from the menu that appears.
You now have one — count ’em, one — contact with Personal as its category,
which means you can filter your Contacts list by using a category. Here’s how:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Filter.
Your Categories list makes an appearance. If you haven’t added any
categories in the meantime, all you see here are the default Business and
Personal categories.
3. Press the Space key or the trackball to select the Personal check box.
Your Contacts list shrinks to just the contacts assigned to the Personal
category, as shown in Figure 4-17.
Figure 4-17:
The
Contacts list
after a filter
is applied.
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As you add more contacts to a category, you can also use the Find feature and
enter the first few letters of the name to further narrow the search for a contact. If you need a refresher on how Find works, see the “Looking for
Someone?” section, earlier in this chapter.
Adding a category
Whoever thought the default categories — Business and Personal — were
enough for the complexities of the real world probably didn’t have many
acquaintances. BlackBerry makes it easy to add categories, so you can divide
your world as much as you like. Just do the following:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Filter.
You get a view of the default categories. (Refer to Figure 4-16.)
3. Press the Menu key (again) and then select New.
A pop-up screen appears, asking you to name the new category you
want to create.
4. In the Name field, enter a name for your category and then press Enter.
After you enter the name of the category, it’s automatically saved and
you see the Filter screen, which lists all the categories, including the one
you just created. Just press the Escape key (the arrow key next to the
trackball) to get back to the Contacts main screen.
You might not be able to see special characters, such as a single quotation
mark, on the keyboard. To enter a single quote, press the Alt key (it’s to the
left of the Z key) and the Sym key to display the list of symbols. On the screen
that follows, scroll and click the quote.
Note that the Contacts application won’t allow you to add a contact to a group
if that contact does not have an e-mail address. (It’s very strict on this point.)
If, however, you don’t have an e-mail address for someone you’d like to add to
a group, skirt this roadblock by editing that contact’s information and putting
in a fake (and clearly inactive) e-mail address such as [email protected]
address.no.
Setting preferences
Vanilla, anyone? Some days you’ll wish that your Contacts list were sorted
differently. For example, there’s the day when you need to find the guy who
works for ABC Company but has a foreign name that you can hardly pronounce, let alone spell. What’s a body to do?
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You’re in luck. Once again, the good people at RIM have anticipated this scenario and have made available to you Contacts Options, which is a palette
of tricks that you can use to navigate some out-of-the-ordinary situations.
Contacts Options sports a very simple screen, as Figure 4-18 makes clear, yet it
provides you with three important options that change how Contacts behaves:
✓ Sort By: Allows you to change the way the list is sorted. You can change
the sort field criteria from First Name, Last Name, or Company from the
menu choices. You can use the Space key to toggle among the choices.
Remember that guy from ABC Company? You can use the Sort By option
to sort by company. By doing that, all contacts from ABC Company are
listed next to each other, and with any luck, the guy’s name will jump
out at you.
✓ Separators: Allows you to change the dividers in the Contacts list. It’s
purely aesthetics, but check it out — you might like the stripes.
✓ Allow Duplicate Names: Self-explanatory. If you turn this on, you can
have multiple people who happen to share the same name in your Contacts
list. If it’s turned off, you get a warning when you try to add a name
that’s identical to someone who already exists in your list. Maybe you
are just tired and mistakenly try to add the same person twice to your
list. Then again, sometimes people just have the same names — perhaps
you know three people named John Smith. We recommend keeping the
default value of Yes, allowing you to have contacts with the same names.
✓ Confirm Delete: Allows you to display a confirmation screen for all
contact deletions. You should always keep this feature turned on for
normal usage. Because you could accidentally delete somebody from
your Contacts list in many ways, this feature is a good way of minimizing
those accidents.
Figure 4-18:
Choose your
sort type
here.
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How do you change any of these options? The fields behave like any other
fields on a BlackBerry application. You simply highlight the field, press the
trackball, and select Change Option from the menu that appears. You then
see a menu screen that allows you to select the possible option values. For
example, Figure 4-19 shows the possible Sort By fields.
Figure 4-19:
The Sort
By field
options.
Sharing a Contact
Suppose you want to share your contact information with a friend who happens to have a BlackBerry as well. A vCard — virtual (business) card — is
your answer and can make your life a lot easier. In BlackBerry Land, a vCard
is a contact in Contacts that you send to someone as an attachment to an
e-mail. (Keep reading for more on sending vCards.) At the receiving end, the
BlackBerry device (being the smart device that it is) recognizes the attachment and informs the BlackBerry owner that he or she has the option of
saving it, making it available for his or her viewing pleasure in Contacts.
Sending a vCard
Because a vCard is nothing more than a Contacts contact attached to an
e-mail, sending a vCard is a piece of cake. (Of course, you do need to make
sure that your recipient has a BlackBerry device to be able to receive the
information.)
Here’s how you go about sending a vCard:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Messages application.
The Messages icon may differ from theme to theme, but most themes
use an image of a mail envelope, as shown in Figure 4-20.
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2. Press the Menu key and then select Compose Email.
A screen appears, allowing you to compose a new e-mail. Your next step
is to enter the name of the recipient of this e-mail.
3. In the To field, start typing the name of the person you want to receive
this vCard. When you see the name in the drop-down list, highlight it
and press the trackball.
You are now presented with an e-mail screen with the name you just
selected as the To recipient.
4. Enter the subject and message.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Attach Contact.
Contacts opens.
Figure 4-20:
Launch
Messages
here.
6. Highlight the name of the person whose contact information you want
to have attached and then press the trackball.
The e-mail composition screen reappears, and an icon that looks like a
book indicates that the e-mail now contains your attachment. Now all
you have to do is send your e-mail.
7. Press the trackball and then select Send from the menu that appears.
You just shared the specified contact information. (Don’t you feel right
neighborly now?)
Receiving a vCard
If you’re the recipient of an e-mail that has a contact attachment, here’s how
you save it to Contacts:
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1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Messages.
2. Select the e-mail that contains the vCard.
The e-mail with the vCard attachment opens.
3. Scroll down to the attachment. When the cursor is hovering over the
attachment, press the trackball and select View Attachment from the
menu that appears.
The vCard makes an appearance on-screen. Now save the contact in
Contacts.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Add to Contacts.
The vCard is saved and is now available in your BlackBerry Contacts list.
Searching for Somebody
Outside Your Contacts
Does your employer provide your BlackBerry? Do you use Outlook or Lotus
Notes on your desktop machine at work? If your answer to both of these
questions is yes, this section is for you. BlackBerry Contacts has a feature
that allows you to search for people in your organization, basically through
Microsoft Exchange (for Outlook), IBM Domino (for Notes), or Novell
GroupWise. Exchange, Domino, and GroupWise serve the same purposes,
namely, to facilitate e-mail delivery in a corporate environment and to enable
access to a database of names.
For you techies out there, these person databases are called Global Address
Lists (GALs) in Exchange, Notes Address Books in Domino, and GroupWise
Address Books in GroupWise.
If you want to search for somebody in your organization through a database
of names, simply follow these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Lookup.
Some corporations might not have the Lookup feature enabled. Check
with your IT department for more information.
Although you access the Lookup feature inside Contacts, it actually is
going beyond your device and into your company’s Exchange, Domino,
or GroupWise database, depending on which e-mail server your company uses.
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3. On the screen that appears, enter the name you’re searching for and
then press the trackball.
You could enter the beginning characters of either a person’s surname
or first name. You are not searching through your contacts but through
your company’s database, so this step might take some time to complete depending on the criteria you entered.
For big organizations, we recommend being more precise when doing
your search. For example, searching for Dan yields more hits than
searching for Daniel. The more precise your search criteria, the fewer
hits you’ll get and the faster the search will be.
While the search is in progress, you’ll see the word Lookup and the criteria you entered at the top of the list. For example, if you enter Daniel,
the top row reads Lookup: Daniel. After the search is finished,
BlackBerry displays the number of hits or matches, for example, 20
matches: Daniel.
4. Select the matches count to display the list of matches.
A screen that displays the matching names based on your criteria
appears. A header at the top of this screen details the matches displayed on the current screen as well as the total hits. For example,
if the header reads something like Lookup Daniel (20 of 130
matches), 130 people in your organization have the name Daniel, and
BlackBerry is displaying the first 20. You have the option of fetching
more by pressing the trackball and choosing Get More Results from the
menu that appears.
You could also add the name or names listed in this result to Contacts
by using the Add command (for the currently highlighted name) or the
Add All command for all the names in the list. (As always, press the
trackball to call up the menu that contains these options.)
When you think you’ve found the person you’re looking for, the next
step is to check the information to make sure that you have the right
person.
5. Select the person whose information you want to review.
The person’s contact information is displayed on a read-only screen.
Information might include the person’s title; e-mail address; work,
mobile, and fax numbers; and the snail-mail address at work. Any of that
information gives you confirmation about the person you’re looking for.
Of course, what shows up depends on the availability of this information
in your company’s database.
This is one of the longest chapters in the book, but you’ve just explored a
core application that you are going to use with your BlackBerry many times.
If you’ve skipped some topics, you can always go back and refer to this chapter in the future whenever a Contacts question comes to mind.
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Chapter 5
Don’t Miss Your Appointments
In This Chapter
▶ Seeing your schedule from different time frames
▶ Making your Calendar your own
▶ Scheduling a meeting
▶ Viewing an appointment
▶ Deleting an appointment
▶ Sending and receiving meeting requests
T
o some folks, the key to being organized and productive is mastering
time management and using their time wisely (and we’re not just talking about reading this book while you’re commuting to work). Many have
discovered that there is no better way to organize their time than to use a
calendar — a daily planner tool. Some prefer digital to paper, so they use a
planner software program on their PC — either installed on their hard drive
or accessed through an Internet portal (such as Yahoo!). The smartest of the
bunch, of course, use their BlackBerry handheld because it has the whole
planner thing covered in handy form with its Calendar application.
In this chapter, we show you how to keep your life (personal and work)
in order by managing your appointments with your BlackBerry Calendar.
What’s great about managing your time on a BlackBerry instead of on your
PC is that your BlackBerry is always with you to remind you. Just remember
that you won’t have any more excuses for forgetting that important quarterly
meeting or Bertha’s birthday bash.
Accessing BlackBerry Calendar
BlackBerry Calendar is one of the BlackBerry core applications, like Contacts
or Phone (read more about the others in Chapter 2), so it’s easy to get to.
From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select Calendar. Voilà!
You have Calendar.
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Choosing Your Calendar View
The first time you open Calendar, you’ll likely see the Day view, which is a
default setting on the BlackBerry, as shown in Figure 5-1. However, you can
change the Calendar view to a different one that works better for your needs:
✓ Day: This view gives you a summary of your appointments for the day.
By default, it lists all your appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
✓ Week: This view shows you a seven-day summary view of your appointments. By using this view, you can see how busy you are in a particular
week.
✓ Month: The Month view shows you every day of the month. You can’t
tell how many appointments are in a day, but you can see on which days
you have appointments.
✓ Agenda: The Agenda view is a bit different from the other views. It
isn’t a time-based view like the others; it basically lists your upcoming
appointments. And in the list, you can see details of the appointments,
such as where and when.
Different views (like the week view shown in Figure 5-2) offer you a different
focus on your schedule. Select the view you want based on your scheduling
needs and preferences. If your life is a little more complicated, you can even
use a combination of views for a full grasp of your schedule.
Figure 5-1:
Day view in
Calendar.
To switch between different Calendar views, simply follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select Calendar.
Doing so calls up the Calendar application in its default view — more
than likely Day view.
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Figure 5-2:
Change your
Calendar
view to fit
your life.
2. Press the Menu key and then select the view of your choice from the
menu that appears (shown in Figure 5-3).
If you start from Day view, your choices are View Week, View Month,
and View Agenda.
Figure 5-3:
The
Calendar
menu lets
you select
different
views.
Moving between Time Frames
Depending on what view of Calendar you’re in, you can easily move to the
previous or next day, week, month, or year. For example, if you’re in the
Month view, you can move to the next month (um, relative to the currently
displayed month). Likewise, you can also move to the previous month. In
fact, if you like to look at things in the long term, you can jump ahead (or
back) a year at a time. (See Figure 5-4.)
You have similar flexibility when it comes to the other Calendar views. See
Table 5-1 for a summary of what’s available.
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Figure 5-4:
Move
among
months or
years in
Month view.
Table 5-1
Moving between Views
Calendar View
Move Between
Day
Days and weeks
Week
Weeks
Month
Months and years
Agenda
Days
You can always go to today’s date regardless of what Calendar view you’re in.
Just press the Menu key and then select Today from the menu that appears.
Furthermore, you can jump to any date you choose by pressing the Menu key
and then selecting Go to Date. Doing so calls up a handy little dialog box that
lets you choose the date you want. To change the date, scroll the trackball to
the desired day, month, and year, as shown in Figure 5-5.
Figure 5-5:
Go to
any date
you want.
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Customizing Your Calendar
To change the initial (default) view in your Calendar — from Day view to
Month view, for example — Calendar Options is the answer. To get to Calendar
Options, open Calendar, press the Menu key, and select Options from the
menu that appears. You see choices similar to the ones shown in Table 5-2.
Table 5-2
Option
Calendar Options
Description
Formatting
First Day of
Week
The day that first appears in your Week view.
Start of Day
The time of day that defines your start of day in Day view. The
default is 9 a.m. If you change this to 8 a.m., for example, your
Day view starts at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.
End of Day
The time of the day that defines the end of day in Day view.
The default is 5 p.m. If you change this to 6 p.m., for example,
your Day view ends at 6 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.
Views
Initial View
Specifies the Calendar view that you first see when opening
Calendar.
Show Free Time
in Agenda View
If yes, this field allows an appointment-free day’s date to
appear in the Agenda view. If no, the Agenda view does
not show the date of days on which you don’t have an
appointment.
Show End Time
in Agenda View
If yes, this field shows the end time of each appointment in
the Agenda view. If no, the Agenda view shows only the start
time of each appointment.
Actions
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Snooze
The snooze time when a reminder appears. The default is 5
minutes.
Default Reminder
How far in advance your BlackBerry notifies you before your
appointment time. The default is 15 minutes.
Enable Quick
Entry
Day view only. Allows you to make a new appointment by
typing characters. This way, you don’t need to press the
trackball and select New. Note: If you enable this, Day view
shortcuts described on the Cheat Sheet (at the front of the
book) do not apply.
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Managing multiple calendars
Like your e-mail accounts, you might have multiple calendars. For example, you might have a
calendar from your day job and you might have
a calendar from your personal life or softball
club that you belong to. Whatever the reason,
your BlackBerry has a great way for you to
manage multiple calendars.
From Calendar Options, you see a screen similar to the following figure. The different color
squares that represent different calendars —
this gives you a better view of which event
belongs to which calendar. For example, you
can have your day job calendar as red and your
softball club calendar as green. When you have
two events conflict at the same time slot, you
can better prioritize with the color.
To change the color of each calendar, follow
these steps:
1. Open Calendar.
2. Press the Menu key and select Options
Menu.
This opens a screen similar to the following
figure.
3. Select a calendar of your choice.
The calendar properties screen opens.
4. Highlight the colored square and then
select the desired color.
5. Press the Menu key and tap the Save
button.
All Things Appointments: Adding,
Opening, and Deleting
After you master navigating the different Calendar views (and that should
take you all of about two minutes) and you have Calendar customized to your
heart’s content (another three minutes, tops), it’s time (pun intended) to set
up, review, and delete appointments. We also show you how to set up a meeting with clients or colleagues.
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Creating an appointment
Setting up a new appointment is easy. You need only one piece of information: when your appointment occurs. Of course, you can easily add related
information about the appointment, such as the meeting’s purpose, its location, and whatever additional notes are helpful.
In addition to your standard one-time, limited-duration meeting, you can also
set all-day appointments. The BlackBerry can assist you in setting recurring
meetings as well as reminders. Sweet!
Creating a one-time appointment
To add a new one-time appointment, follow these steps:
1. Open Calendar.
2. Press the Menu key and then select New.
The New Appointment screen appears, as shown in Figure 5-6.
3. Fill in the key appointment information.
Type all the information regarding your appointment in the appropriate spaces. You should at least enter the time and the subject of your
appointment.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
This saves your newly created appointment.
Your new appointment is now in Calendar and viewable from any Calendar
view. Also, keep in mind that you can have more than one appointment in the
same time slot. Why? Well, the BlackBerry Calendar allows conflicts in your
schedule because it lets you make the hard decision about which appointment you should forgo.
Figure 5-6:
Set an
appointment
here.
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Creating an all-day appointment
If your appointment is an all-day event — for example, if you’re in corporate
training or have an all-day doctor’s appointment — select the All Day Event
check box on the New Appointment screen, as shown in Figure 5-7. You
can do so by scrolling to the check box and pressing the trackball. When
this check box is selected, you will not be able to specify the time of your
appointment — just the start date and end date (simply because it doesn’t
make sense to specify a time for an all-day event).
Figure 5-7:
Set an allday event
here.
Setting your appointment reminder time
Any appointment you enter in Calendar can be associated with a reminder
alert — either a vibration or a beep, depending on how you set things up in
your profile. (For more on profiles, see Chapter 3.) You can also choose to
have no reminder for an appointment. From the New Appointment screen,
simply scroll to the Reminder field and select a reminder time anywhere from
none to 1 week before your appointment time.
Profile is simply another useful BlackBerry feature that allows you to customize how your BlackBerry alerts you when an event occurs. Examples of events
are an e-mail, a phone call, or a reminder for an appointment.
By default, whatever reminder alert you set goes off 15 minutes before the
event. But you don’t have to stick with the default. You can choose your own
default reminder time. Here’s how:
1. Open Calendar.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Options.
Doing so calls up the Calendar Options screen.
3. Select Default Reminder.
4. Choose a default reminder time anywhere from none to 1 week before
your appointment.
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So from now on, any new appointment has a default reminder time of what
you just set up. Assuming that you have a reminder time other than none, the
next time you have an appointment coming up, you see a dialog box like the
one shown in Figure 5-8, reminding you of the appointment.
Figure 5-8:
You get a
reminder
dialog box if
you want.
Creating a recurring appointment
You can set up recurring appointments based on daily, weekly, monthly, or
yearly recurrences. Everyone has some appointment that repeats, such
as birthdays or anniversaries (or taking out the trash every Thursday
at 7:30 a.m. — ugh).
For all recurrence types, you can define an Every field. For example, say you
have an appointment that recurs every nine days. Just set the Recurrence
field to Daily and the Every field to 9, as shown in Figure 5-9.
Depending on what you select in the Recurrence field, you have the option
to fill in other fields. If you enter Weekly in the Recurrence field, for example,
you have the option of filling in the Day of the Week field. (It basically allows
you to select the day of the week on which your appointment recurs.)
Figure 5-9:
An
appointment
recurring
every nine
days.
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If you enter Monthly or Yearly in the Recurrence field, the Relative Date
check box is available. With this check box selected, you can ensure that
your appointment recurs relative to today’s date. For example, if you choose
the following, your appointment occurs every two months on the third
Sunday until July 31, 2012:
Start: Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12 p.m.
End: Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Recurrence: Monthly
Every: 2
Relative Date: Selected
End: Saturday, July 31, 2012
On the other hand, if all options in our example remain the same except that
Relative Date is not selected, your appointment occurs every two months, on
the 21st of the month, until July 31, 2012.
If all this “relative” talk has you dizzy, don’t worry: The majority of your
appointments won’t be as complicated as this.
Opening an appointment
After you set an appointment, you can view it in a couple of ways:
✓ If you’ve set up reminders for your appointment and the little Reminder
dialog box appears on-screen at the designated time before your appointment, you can view your appointment by clicking the box’s Open button.
In the same dialog box, you can Snooze the reminder (refer to Figure 5-8).
✓ You can open the appointment from Calendar by going to the exact time
of your appointment and viewing it there.
While looking at an appointment, you have the option of making changes (a
new appointment time and new appointment location) and then saving them.
Deleting an appointment
Deleting an appointment is straightforward. When in Day or Week view,
simply scroll to the appointment that you want to delete, press the Menu key,
and select Delete from the menu that appears.
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If the appointment that you’re deleting is part of a recurring appointment, a
dialog box pops up asking whether you want to delete all occurrences of this
appointment or just this particular occurrence, as shown in Figure 5-10. After
you make your choice, your appointment is history.
Figure 5-10:
You can
delete all
occurrences or
just the
single
instance of
a recurring
appointment.
Appointments versus Meetings
Technically, any event in your Calendar counts as an appointment, whether
it’s a reminder for your best friend’s birthday or a reminder of a doctor’s
appointment for a checkup. However, when you invite people to an appointment or you get invited to one, regardless of whether it’s a face-to-face meeting or a phone conference, that appointment becomes a meeting.
Sending a meeting request
Sending a meeting request to others is similar to creating a Calendar appointment. Follow these steps:
1. Open Calendar.
2. Press the Menu key and then select New.
3. Fill in the key appointment information (subject, location, and time).
4. Press the Menu key and then select Invite Attendee.
You’re taken to Contacts to select your meeting attendee.
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5. From Contacts:
• If you have contacts in Contacts: Highlight the contact you want and
press the trackball.
• If you don’t yet have contacts or if the one you want isn’t in Contacts:
Select the Use Once option to enter the appropriate e-mail address
and press the Enter key to finish and return to Calendar.
6. After returning from Contacts, you see the attendees in your Calendar
meeting notice.
7. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
This action actually sends an e-mail to your meeting attendees, inviting
them to your meeting.
Responding to a meeting request
Whether for work or a casual social event, you’ve likely received a meeting
request by e-mail, asking you to respond to the meeting by choosing one of
three options: Accept, Tentative, or Decline. (If it’s from your boss for an allstaff meeting and you just can’t afford to decline again because it’s so close
to Christmas bonus time, that’s an Accept.)
You can accept any meeting request from your managers or colleagues on
your BlackBerry just as you would on your desktop PC. In the PC world, you
respond to an e-mail request for a meeting by clicking the appropriate button
in your e-mail client (Microsoft Outlook, for the vast majority of you). In the
BlackBerry world, a meeting request also comes in the form of an e-mail;
upon reading the e-mail, just choose Accept, Tentative, or Decline in the
Messages application. Your response is sent back in an e-mail. We go into
more detail about the Messages application in Chapter 7.
After you respond to the meeting request, the meeting is added to your
Calendar automatically. If you have a change of heart later, you can change
your response (yes, you can later decline that useless meeting after all) in
Calendar, and the declined event disappears from your Calendar.
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Chapter 6
Your To-Do List and
Keeping Your Password
In This Chapter
▶ Getting to know the Tasks application
▶ Adding, changing, and deleting tasks
▶ Managing your Tasks list
▶ Setting up recurring tasks
▶ Using Password Keeper
U
sing your BlackBerry as an organizational tool is one of the key themes
in this book. And speaking of organization, what better proof of your
impressive organizational skills could exist than the fact that you use task, or
to-do, lists? Knowing what you need to do today, tomorrow, the entire week,
or perhaps the whole month makes you more efficient on your job and in your
personal life. The fact is that you not only need to know what your tasks are,
but you also need to prioritize them — and reprioritize them, if necessary. And
with your BlackBerry as your able assistant, you can.
In this chapter, we introduce you to your Blackberry device’s Tasks application. Stick with us as we explore this valuable tool, jumping from creating
and maintaining your to-do list to setting alerts for a recurring task in a single
bound. We also throw in a few tips and tricks to make maintaining and searching your Tasks list easier and faster. Of course, we can’t advise you on how to
actually do the task after your BlackBerry calls your attention to it, but with
your BlackBerry in your palm, you’re at least a step closer to clearing your
desk. Finally, we also give you the scoop on keeping your passwords safe by
using the Password Keeper application.
Even if you keep a to-do list on your desktop (Outlook, anyone?), consider
switching to all BlackBerry, all the time. You’ll love the greater flexibility that
comes with greater mobility. Or, if you just can’t give up your desktop application, you have the option of using both applications and just synchronizing
them. (More about that later in the chapter.)
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Accessing Tasks
Tasks can be found in the Applications folder on the Home screen, as you can
see in Figure 6-1. Just look for the icon of a clipboard with a check mark.
Figure 6-1:
Going from
Applications
to Tasks.
The icons used by other providers might be different from what you see here.
If this is the case for your BlackBerry, just remember that Tasks is always in
Applications. If you can locate the Applications icon, it’s just a matter of
pressing the trackball to locate the Tasks icon.
Recording a New Task
The first step when building a to-do list is to start recording one. Don’t groan
and roll your eyes, dreading how long this will take. This is easy, so just relax
and you’ll be finished in a snap.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Select Tasks.
The Tasks application opens. Similar to Contacts and MemoPad, the
screen that appears is divided into two parts: The top shows the Find
field, followed by the list of tasks or *No Tasks*.
2. Highlight Add Task and press the trackball.
Alternatively, you can press the Menu key and then select New (as shown
on the left of Figure 6-2). The New Task screen appears, as shown on the
right side of Figure 6-2, ready and willing to document your new task.
This simple screen features easy-to-understand fields that describe the
task you’re about to enter.
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Figure 6-2:
Select
New and
an empty
task screen
appears.
3. Use the trackball to move to each field and enter information
for your task.
Some fields are for text that you enter yourself, and some fields hold
items you select from a menu specific for that field. In other words, for
text fields, you have to type the stuff you want; but for nontext fields,
you select the field, press the trackball again, and then make your
choice from the selection that appears. (Pretty convenient, huh?) We
explain all these fields in the next section of this chapter.
To update a field from a list of choices, select that field and then press
the trackball.
4. After filling in the relevant fields, press the Menu key and
then select Save.
Doing so saves your task, and you should see the task added to the
Tasks list.
Navigating the Tasks Fields
The New Task screen (refer to Figure 6-2) is straightforward and contains few
fields. Although the few fields there are self-explanatory, we (being the thorough guys that we are) describe each one here.
Task field
Use this field to log the subject of your task or a short description of your task.
Make this field as descriptive as you can: The subject you type here should be
specific enough that you can differentiate this task from the rest in your list.
For example, if you make several presentations to clients, you don’t want to
call your task Prepare Presentations. You want to be specific so that you can
distinguish it from other tasks. Perhaps name it Product X Benefit Forecast to
XYZ CFO. You can search on this field from the main Tasks screen.
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Status field
Fill in the Status field to indicate the current state of your task. Status is a
selection field — that is, after highlighting the field, you press the trackball
and select a value from the list.
The choices you see give you a good idea of the field’s purpose. The
following are the possible values you can choose from:
✓ Not Started: You haven’t started this task yet. Because this choice is the
most common, Not Started is the default choice when creating a task.
✓ In Progress: You are in the midst of the task.
✓ Completed: You are finished with the task.
✓ Waiting: Your task is ongoing and depends on another task or another
event. For example, you’re waiting for Joe in Accounting to get you
a spreadsheet so that you can include it in your report and complete
the task.
✓ Deferred: Your task is on hold. Maybe you just don’t need to work
on this task at the moment, or you need more information before you
decide whether this task is worth doing. Either way, you want to keep
the task listed so that you can track it or resurrect it. Perhaps this task
isn’t a big deal today, but it could become important in a month or two.
By tagging a task as Deferred, you keep yourself aware of a task that
might or might not ramp up.
Priority field
In the Priority field, you can specify the timeliness or urgency of the task.
Like the Status field, the choices here are selections you make from a menu.
You can choose from one of the following values:
✓ High: This is the highest possible setting. You should consider the most
urgent task to be of high priority.
✓ Normal: This is the default value, which applies to most tasks. In reality,
a Normal task can jump to become a high priority when it’s not finished
in time, but you have to decide and assign that yourself.
✓ Low: Just like you’d surmise, a Low rating tags a task as being less
critical — you can put this one off until you’re finished with the High
and Normal tasks. You can rate all your nice-to-have tasks with this
priority. Hint: When you’re finished with your High and Normal tasks,
reprioritize your Low tasks.
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Due field
Consider the Due field your task completion deadline. Here, you can enter
a due date for your task. The default here is None; to change the value to a
specified due date, follow these steps:
1. Select the field.
A pop-up menu appears on-screen offering two options: None and
By Date.
2. Select the By Date option.
A date field appears on the next line, as shown in Figure 6-3. The value
of the date defaults to the current date. If the current date is not your
intended due date, proceed to Step 3 to change the value of this date.
Figure 6-3:
Set a task’s
due date
here.
3. Select the specific portion of the date that you want to change.
The portion of the date that you highlighted is now editable. The date
portions that you can change are year, month, day, and time. Although
this is a date field — like any date field in Tasks, for that matter — setting
its value does not create an entry in Calendar.
4. Using the trackball, scroll to the specific date value you want and then
press the trackball to accept the change.
At this point, you should have the right value of the date component
you want.
Note: Say you modified the day but you want a specific time on that day.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 but this time highlight (and edit) the time component of
the date.
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While you are specifying the due date, you might see the Recurrence and No
Recurrence fields. These fields show up only when you select By Date in the
Due field. Intrigued? Check out the “Creating Recurring Tasks” section, later
in this chapter, for details about these fields.
Time Zone field
The Time Zone field holds the time zone related to the date fields used for
this task: Due (preceding section) and Reminder (following section). If these
fields have values of None, this field is irrelevant.
You can specify a time zone different from your locale. For example, if you
live in New York and you anticipate completing this task in Mexico City, you
can specify the Mexico City time zone. Then, all the times in this task become
relative to Mexico City.
Reminder field
From the Reminder field (a date field), you can set an alarm or a notice on the
date and time you specify. You can set it just like you would set the Due field.
(See the earlier section “Due field.”) Setting a reminder is useful, especially
for those important tasks that you can’t afford to forget (such as buying a
birthday gift for your significant other).
Again, just like any date field in Tasks, setting its value does not make it show up
in your Calendar. The type of reminder you get is based on your active profile.
(See Chapter 3 for details on how to customize notifications in your profile.)
When the reminder date is met, BlackBerry notifies you and displays a
reminder screen. On this screen, you will see the name of the task and possible actions: Open (opens the task), Mark Completed (shows up for a task
with a status other than Completed), and Dismiss (closes the screen).
Categories field
Use the Categories field to assign a specific category that you can use to filter
your Tasks list later. By default, this field is blank. However, you can easily
assign a value to it from the Categories screen available through the context
menu. We find that using the Categories field is important for organizing your
list, so we describe it fully in the section “Organizing Your Tasks List,” later
in this chapter.
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Notes field
The Notes field is a free-for-all text field. You can put anything here you want,
such as a detailed description of the task or any other info that relates to
this task.
Updating Your Tasks
When it’s time to update your Tasks list — say, after finishing a high-priority
task or when you want to change the due date for a specific task — the Tasks
application won’t stand in your way. You can quickly go back to your Tasks
list and update those records.
To update a specific task, follow these steps:
1. Select Tasks.
The Tasks application opens to the Find screen, which displays your
current Tasks list.
2. In the Tasks list, select the task you need to edit.
The screen that opens is the same one you used to create the highlighted task, although obviously this display has fields filled with the
information you already entered.
3. Update the fields.
Go through each of the fields that you want to edit.
Tasks and Notes fields are text fields that you can edit from here. To
update the other fields, you have to highlight the field and then press
the trackball to make those fields editable.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
This saves your task, and you can see the updated task in the Tasks list.
Deleting a Task
Just like folks make a ritual of spring-cleaning when winter fades, the same
is true for your tasks. When a task is completed and keeping it just takes up
space, simply delete it through your Tasks application.
In simple steps, here’s how:
1. Select Tasks.
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The Tasks application opens, displaying your Tasks list.
2. Using your trackball, highlight the task you want to delete.
3. Press the Menu key and then select Delete.
You see the standard Confirmation screen.
4. If you’re sure that this task is doomed for the dustbin, highlight Delete
on the Confirmation screen and press the trackball.
The task is deleted, and your Tasks list is updated.
Organizing Your Tasks List
As time goes by, your Tasks list is sure to grow — which means that the time
it takes to find a task in your list is sure to grow as well. One way to stay organized is to make it a habit to delete finished tasks from your list, as we detail
in the preceding section. (The shorter the list, the better, we always say.) We
recommend weeding out your Tasks list every time a project or a goal is completed. After all, when a particular project is completed, you probably don’t
need to go back to the tasks you did for it.
If you’re someone who just loves to document everything you accomplish
(or you work in an environment where you’re expected to keep a listing of
tasks completed — can you say quarterly employee review?), you might not
relish the idea of deleting any entry from your Tasks list. In that case, regularly archive a copy of your entire Tasks list before you do any weeding, and
you’ll have a complete record of every stitch of hard work you contributed
to a project. To archive, synchronize your BlackBerry with your desktop
and store the data in whatever time-management software you use on your
desktop. BlackBerry can synchronize to personal as well as enterprise timemanagement software. (For details on how to synchronize, see Chapter 15.)
After synchronization, you can print the Tasks list related to this completed
project (via your desktop application), which you can file. Having a hard
copy of those completed tasks can give you peace of mind as you delete
tasks from your BlackBerry. The best of both worlds, right? You clean up
your Tasks list (making it easier for you to do a search), and you have an
archive (in case you need a historical reference).
Another way to stay organized is to sort your Tasks list. Even after you
weed out tasks you’ve completed, you may still have difficulty finding a task
from your list. Fear not; help is available. Chances are that when you look
for a task, you know something identifiable about it, such as its priority or
due date. Because you assign information about your task when you create
it (see the earlier sections “Navigating the Tasks Fields” and “Updating
Your Tasks”), you can use that information as part of a task sort in your
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BlackBerry. By default, your Tasks list is sorted by the name or subject of
your task, but you can also sort by priority, due date, or status. For example,
if you know the due date of your task, you can sort your list by due date and
thus quickly find the task at hand.
“Sounds great,” you say, “but how do I change the sort criteria?” We’re glad
you asked. Because changing how you sort basically involves customizing
your BlackBerry device, we’re going to stick that discussion in the next
section of the chapter.
Customizing tasks
You can make two — count ’em, two — Tasks customizations through the
Options screen: sorting by criteria and toggling the deletion confirmation
screen. Locating the Options screen from the Tasks application is easy. Just
press the trackball and select Options. The Tasks Options screen appears,
displaying two sections, Views and Actions, as shown in Figure 6-4. You can
set the following here:
✓ Sort By: Here you can change how the list is sorted. The default task listing is the alphabetical order of the subject from A to Z (no reverse). To
change to a different sort field, follow these steps:
a. On the Tasks Options screen, highlight the Sort By field and then
press the trackball.
A list displays your sorting options. You can choose from Subject,
Priority, Due Date, or Status.
b. Highlight your choice and then press the trackball.
✓ Snooze: For tasks with reminders, this option allows you to snooze the
alarm. The default value is None, but you can set it to 1, 5, 10, 15, or 30
minutes.
Figure 6-4:
Change
your Tasks
sort options
here.
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✓ Confirm Delete: This option allows you to control whether you want the
application to display a confirmation screen upon deleting an item from
your list. In other BlackBerry applications, this option is common. These
confirmations appear as a safety feature so that you don’t accidentally
press Delete and lose something important. You can always turn this
feature off in any of your BlackBerry applications, but we generally recommend that you keep the value of this field set to Yes, meaning that it
prompts you for every delete.
There are exceptions to every rule, however. When you begin to weed
out a bunch of outdated tasks from your Tasks list, toggle this feature off
so that you don’t get 27 prompts in a row when you’re deleting 27 items.
(But toggle the feature back on when you’re finished weeding.)
To turn off this feature, just do the following:
a. On the Tasks Options screen, select the Confirm Delete field.
The screen shows your two choices: Yes and No (See Figure 6-5).
No means you want to toggle off the Confirmation screen.
b. Select No.
The Tasks Options screen updates to show No in the Confirm
Delete field.
c. Press the trackball and then select Save.
The Tasks application applies the change you made.
Another field you can see from the Tasks Options screen is Number of Entries.
This field is just informational, showing you how many tasks you have in your
Tasks application.
Figure 6-5:
Toggle
delete
confirmation
here.
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Creating a category
Sometimes sorting on a specific criterion such as Subject or Due Date still
might not give you a quick answer to what you’re looking for. For example,
if you want to know how many more personal tasks you still have to do as
opposed to the more business-oriented stuff you have going, sorting is of no
help, right? What you really need is a way to filter your list based on certain
groups that you define. (Personal versus Business would be a good start.)
The good people at RIM anticipated such a need and introduced categories.
So what exactly is a category, and why is it important? A category is a way for
you to group your tasks in a manner that you can come back to. The grouping is the category, and the listing with a certain category is a filter. To make
a task part of a group or category, you simply assign it a category when you
record a task, or you can update the task and assign it a category then. (See
earlier sections in this chapter for how to do both.)
To make use of this feature, start by creating a category by following
these steps:
1. Select Tasks.
The Tasks application opens, displaying your Tasks list on the Find
screen.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Filter.
The Select Categories screen appears (see Figure 6-6), listing all the
available categories. The two default entries on the list are Business
and Personal. By all means, feel free to use these default categories.
Consider, though, that these categories are broad and might not be helpful if you have a lot of tasks. (Imagine going to a grocery store with only
two sections: perishable and nonperishable.) Our advice to you: Go the
extra mile and create some categories to work with.
Strive to define groups or categories that are meaningful in your line of
work and not so broad.
3. Press the Menu key and then select New.
The New Category screen appears, allowing you to define a new
category. Imagine that.
4. On the New Category screen, enter your category name in the text
field and then press the trackball.
Doing so establishes your category and lists it as an option on the Select
Categories screen. Refer to Figure 6-6.
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Figure 6-6:
Organize
with
categories.
You can define as many categories as necessary up front. This way, you
won’t have to go back and create them. After you have the categories you
want, assign your tasks to those categories.
One important aspect of categories you should be aware of is that they are
shared among applications — specifically, among Contacts, MemoPad, and
Tasks. This sibling relationship might sound trivial at first, but don’t make the
common mistake of assuming that what you change in Tasks does not affect
other BlackBerry apps. The case of categories would show you how wrong
such assumptions are. The importance of this comes into play when you
delete a category in an application. For example, if you’re working in Tasks
and you decide to delete a category, you’ll soon discover that you’ve lost that
category in Contacts as well — with all its assignments. (The Contacts contact
is still intact but will be missing the category assignment.)
Assigning categories to your tasks
Here’s how to assign a category to an existing task while you’re in the Tasks
application:
1. Select the task in the Tasks list.
The Edit Task screen appears, ready for any changes you’d like to make.
2. Select the Category field.
3. In the list that appears, select the category.
The category you selected is entered into the field.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
The task is now associated with the category you selected.
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Filtering the list
As you can read in the two preceding sections, you create categories and
assign them to your tasks. To see the tasks associated with a certain category, just filter the list, which is way easy. Like all other options, Filter is
available through the menu while you are in the Tasks application. Selecting
that menu option gives you a screen that allows you to select any category
listed. After you choose a category, the list is filtered so that only those tasks
assigned to the chosen category are visible.
So much for the overview. Here are the nitty-gritty details:
1. Select Tasks.
The Tasks application opens, displaying your Tasks list.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Filter.
The Select Categories screen appears, listing all the available categories
(refer to Figure 6-6).
3. Select the category you want.
A filtered list appears, containing just the tasks associated with the chosen
category. Note that the list has the category name as the heading, as
shown in Figure 6-7.
After you have the necessary categories, divide your tasks into appropriate
categories to make running a task sort easier.
Figure 6-7:
A filtered
task list.
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Creating Recurring Tasks
A more advanced feature in Tasks is to create a recurring task — you know,
one that repeats periodically. Maybe the recurring task is deadline driven,
such as filing your taxes or paying bills, or buying presents for your significant other for his or her birthday, for Valentine’s Day, or for an anniversary.
(Other times, a recurring task might be something a bit more mundane, such
as turning in a weekly status report to your boss.)
Making a task recur is simple, although it might not be obvious at first. (Rest
assured; we show you the trick.) Basically, you either create a task from
scratch or you use an existing task.
If you don’t see the Recurrence field while looking at your existing task, the
task doesn’t have a due date — and it has to have a due date to make it a
recurring task.
Say you want a task to repeat every year. With the Tasks application running,
do the following to make the task recur on a yearly basis:
1. In the Tasks list, select the task you want to recur.
The Edit Task screen for the specified task appears.
2. If the Due field on the Edit Task screen reads None, highlight the field,
press the trackball, and then select By Date from the menu.
The screen displays a Date field — short for Due Date. The default date
is the current date, so if you haven’t yet changed the default date to
your due date, do that now. (The “Due field” section, earlier in this
chapter, has all the details on how to do this.)
If you scroll down the screen, notice that the Recurrence field appears
with a default value of None. Recurrence always appears after a due date
is specified, so you will see it the next time you open this task.
3. Select the Recurrence field.
Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly selections appear. These designate
when your task recurs. For our current example, we want the task to
repeat yearly.
4. Select Yearly from the list.
At this point, your task recurs yearly, beginning on the date you specified in the Due field (Step 2).
Note: The End field below the Recurrence field is the end of the recurrence
and comes in handy when you specify a relative reminder. For example, consider the following:
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Due: Mon, Dec 15, 2008 5:00 p.m.
Reminder: Relative
15 Min.
Recurrence: Yearly
Every: 1
End: Mon, Dec 15, 2010
Relative Date: (Checked)
Occurs every year until Dec 15, 2010
Your task will recur every December 15 of each year until 2010. You won’t
see any difference in the behavior of this task versus a nonrecurring task.
However, at 4:45 p.m. every December 15, you’ll get a reminder. By default,
your BlackBerry will vibrate to alarm you (see Chapter 3 for details on customizing your Tasks notification in Profiles).
Also, after the End field is a Relative Date check box field. To select/deselect
this field, use the trackball to scroll and highlight the field and then press
the Space key. Mark the Relative Date field if the date is not exact but relative on the day: For example, you want the task to recur every third Monday
of December rather than every December 15. This field is associated to
Recurrence and will appear only when it’s appropriate. In fact, you will not
see this field for daily or weekly — only for monthly and yearly recurrence.
Using Password Keeper
Suppose you’re in front of an Internet browser, trying to access an online
account. For the life of you, you just can’t remember the username that
matches your password. It’s your third login attempt, and if you fail this time,
your online account is locked. Then you have to call the customer hotline
and wait hours before you can speak to a representative. Argghh! We’ve all
done it. Luckily, the folks at RIM created an application just for people like
you (and us) so that you never get locked out of your own online accounts
again — and yet can keep intruders at bay.
Password Keeper is the simple yet practical BlackBerry application that
makes your life that much easier.
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Accessing Password Keeper
Whether it’s the BlackBerry Pearl Flip or Bold, Password Keeper is always
filed in Applications (as shown in Figure 6-8).
Figure 6-8:
Password
Keeper
in the
Applications
folder.
Not all BlackBerry devices come with Password Keeper out of the box. You
may need to specifically request that your service provider install it on your
BlackBerry. It is free, though.
Setting a password for Password Keeper
The first time you access Password Keeper, you’re prompted to enter a
password. Be sure to remember the password you choose because this is
the password to all your passwords. Forgetting this password is like forgetting the combination in your safe. There is no way to retrieve a forgotten
password, unlike with many Web sites. In addition, you are prompted to
enter this master password every time you access Password Keeper.
We know it sounds perverse to set up yet another password to help you
manage your passwords, but trust us. Having to remember just one password
is a lot easier than having to remember many.
Creating credentials
Okay, so you’re ready to fire up your handy-dandy Password Keeper application. Now, what kinds of things does it expect you to do for it to work its
magic? Obviously, you’re going to need to collect the pertinent info for all
your various password-protected accounts so that you can store them in the
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protected environs of Password Keeper. So, when creating a new password
entry, be sure you have the following information (see Figure 6-9):
✓ Title: This one’s straightforward. Just come up with a name to describe
the password-protected account — My Bank Account, for example.
✓ Username: This is where you enter the username for the account.
✓ Password: Enter the password for the account here.
✓ Website: Put the Web site address (its URL) here.
✓ Notes: Not exactly crucial, but the Notes field does give you a bit of
room to add a comment or two.
Figure 6-9:
Set your
password
here.
The only required field is Title, but a title alone usually isn’t of much use to
you. We suggest that you fill in as much other information here as possible,
but at the same time be discreet about those locations where you use your username and password — so don’t put anything in the Website field or use My
eBay Account as a title. That way, if someone does somehow gain access to
your password to Password Keeper, the intruder will have a hard time figuring
out where exactly to use your credentials.
Random password generation
If you’re the kind of person who uses one password for everything but knows
deep in your heart that this is just plain wrong, wrong, wrong, random password generation is for you. When creating a new password for yet another
online account (or when changing your password for an online account you
already have), fire up Password Keeper, press the trackball, and then select
Random Password from the menu that appears, as shown in Figure 6-10.
Voila! A new password is automatically generated for you.
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Figure 6-10:
Generate
a random
password.
Using random password generation makes sense in conjunction with
Password Keeper because you don’t have to remember the randomly generated password that Password Keeper came up with for any of your online
accounts — that’s Password Keeper’s job.
Using your password
The whole point of Password Keeper is to let your BlackBerry’s electronic
brain do your password remembering for you. So, imagine this scenario: You
can no longer live without owning your personal copy of the A Chipmunk
Christmas CD, so you surf on over to your favorite online music store and
attempt to log in. You draw a blank on your password, but instead of seething, you take out your BlackBerry, open Password Keeper, and do a search.
Like Contacts (see Chapter 4), you just type the first letters of your account
title in the Find field to search for the title of your password. After you find
(and highlight) the title, you press the trackball and the screen for your
account appears, conveniently listing the password. All you have to do now
is enter the password into the login screen for the online music store and
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore will soon be wending their way to your address,
ready to sing “Chipmunk Jingle Bells.”
Yes, you do have the option of copying and pasting your password from
Password Keeper to another application — BlackBerry Browser, for instance.
Just highlight the password name, press the trackball, and select Copy to
Clipboard from the menu that appears. Then navigate to where you want
to enter the password, press the trackball, and select Paste from the menu.
Keep in mind, for the copy-and-paste function to work for passwords from
Password Keeper, you need to enable the Allow Clipboard Copy option in the
Password Keeper options (see the upcoming Table 6-1). You can copy and
paste only one password at a time.
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After you paste your password in another application, clear the Clipboard by
pressing the trackball and choosing Clear Clipboard. The Clipboard keeps
your last copied password until you clear it.
Password Keeper options
The Password Keeper’s Options menu, which is accessible by pressing the
Menu key while in Password Keeper, allows you to control how Password
Keeper behaves. For example, you can set what characters can make up a
randomly generated password. Table 6-1 describes all these options.
Table 6-1
Password Keeper Options
Name of Option
Description
Random Password Length
Select between 4 and 16 for the length of your randomly generated password.
Random Includes Alpha
If True, a randomly generated password includes
alphabetic characters.
Random Includes Numbers
If True, a randomly generated password includes
numbers.
Random Includes Symbols
If True, a randomly generated password includes
symbols.
Confirm Delete
If True, all deletions are prompted with a confirmation screen.
Password Attempts
Select between 1 and 20 attempts to successfully
enter the password to Password Keeper.
Allow Clipboard Copy
If True, you can copy and paste passwords from
Password Keeper.
Show Password
If True, the password appears on the View screen.
If False, asterisks take the place of the password
characters.
Changing your password
to Password Keeper
If you want to change your master password to Password Keeper — the password for opening Password Keeper itself — simply follow these steps:
1. Select Password Keeper.
The initial login screen for the Password Keeper application appears.
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2. Enter your old password to access Password Keeper.
3. With the Password Keeper application open, press the Menu key and
then select Change Password.
Doing so calls up the Password Keeper screen that allows you to enter
new password, as shown in Figure 6-11.
4. Enter a new password, confirm it by entering it again, and then use
your trackball to click OK.
Figure 6-11:
Change your
Password
Keeper
password
here.
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In this part . . .
ere’s the good stuff — using your BlackBerry for
e-mail (Chapter 7), text messaging (Chapter 8),
going online and Web surfing (Chapter 9), and making those
all-important phone calls (Chapter 10). Explore the camera
that comes with the BlackBerry (Chapter 11) and have fun
with its multimedia capabilities (Chapter 12). Get directions
from the BlackBerry GPS (Chapter 13) and take advantage of
must-have applications (Chapter 14).
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In This Chapter
▶ Linking your e-mail accounts to your BlackBerry
▶ Mastering e-mail basics
▶ Spell-checking your messages
▶ Searching your e-mail
▶ Saving messages
Y
our BlackBerry brings a fresh new face to the convenience and ease
of use that we associate with e-mail. You can direct mail to your
BlackBerry from up to ten e-mail accounts, from your work e-mail to personal
e-mail from providers such as Yahoo! and AOL. You can set up an e-mail
signature, configure e-mail filters, and search for e-mails.
In this chapter, we show you how to use and manage the mail capabilities
of your BlackBerry to their full potential. From setup to sorts, we have you
covered here.
Getting Up and Running with E-Mail
Regardless of your network service provider (such as T-Mobile, or Rogers,
or Vodafone), you can set up your BlackBerry to receive mail from at least
one of your current e-mail accounts. Thus, with whatever address you use
to send and receive e-mail from your PC (Yahoo!, Gmail, and so on), you
can hook up your BlackBerry to use that same e-mail address. Instead of
checking your Gmail from your desktop, for example, you can now get it on
your BlackBerry.
Most network service providers allow you to connect up to ten e-mail
accounts to your BlackBerry. This provides you with the convenience of one
central point from which you can get all your e-mail, without having to log on
to multiple e-mail accounts. Such convenience!
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In an enterprise environment, you might not be able to access the BlackBerry
Internet Service (BIS) site to link your personal e-mail accounts to your
BlackBerry, depending on your company policy. If you work for a Fortune
500 company, most likely you can’t access the BIS. However, you can still
configure e-mail settings (such as the BlackBerry e-mail filter and BlackBerry
e-mail reconciliation) to make your e-mail experience that much better. If
you’re an enterprise user, skip to the parts where you see the Enterprise
icon to configure your e-mail settings. If you haven’t set up e-mail on your
company-owned BlackBerry, see the upcoming section “Setting up e-mail in
an enterprise environment.”
Using the BlackBerry Internet
Service client
You can pull together all your e-mail accounts into one by using the
BlackBerry Internet Service client (formerly known as the BlackBerry Web
client). The BlackBerry Internet Service client allows you to
✓ Manage up to ten e-mail accounts: You can combine up to ten of your
e-mail accounts onto your BlackBerry. See the next section for more
details.
✓ Use wireless e-mail reconciliation: No more trying to match your
BlackBerry e-mail against e-mail in your combined account(s). Just turn
on wireless e-mail reconciliation and you’re good to go. For more on
this, see the upcoming section “Enabling wireless reconciliation.”
✓ Create e-mail filters: You can filter e-mails so that you get only those
messages that you truly care about on your BlackBerry. See the
“Filtering your e-mail” section, near the end of this chapter.
Think of the BlackBerry Internet Service client as an online e-mail account
manager, but one that doesn’t keep your e-mails. Instead, it routes the
e-mails from your other accounts to your BlackBerry (because it’s directly
connected to your BlackBerry).
Combining your e-mail accounts into one
To start aggregating e-mail accounts (such as Gmail) onto your BlackBerry,
you must first run a setup program from the BlackBerry Internet Service
client. You can access the Service client from your BlackBerry or from your
desktop computer.
To access the Service client from your PC, you need the URL that is specific
to your network service. Contact your network service provider (T-Mobile,
Verizon, and so on) directly to get that information.
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After you’ve logged on to the Service client, you should see a screen similar
to Figure 7-1. If your network provider has activated your BlackBerry, you
should see one e-mail address, the default address of your BlackBerry.
From the Service client, you see three options on the left navigation bar.
The E-mail Accounts option allows you to add, edit, and delete e-mail
accounts. In addition, for each e-mail address, you can set up filters and
an e-mail signature. We don’t cover the other two options because they’re
used infrequently.
As mentioned previously, your BlackBerry already has a default e-mail
address you can use to receive and send e-mail. If you don’t have any other
e-mail account that you want to meld into your BlackBerry e-mail account,
simply skip to the upcoming “Customizing Your E-Mail” section.
Figure 7-1:
Set up
an e-mail
account
here.
Adding an e-mail account
You can have up to ten e-mail accounts on your BlackBerry. To add an e-mail
account to your BlackBerry account, follow these steps:
1. From the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer to Figure 7-1), click
the Setup Account button.
You see the add e-mail account screen.
2. Enter the e-mail address and logon credentials for that e-mail address:
• The e-mail address is the address from which you want to receive
e-mail, for example, [email protected]
• The account logon is the one you use to log on to this particular
e-mail account.
• The password is the one you use with the logon.
3. Click the Next button.
You’re finished. It’s that easy!
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You can also manage your accounts from your BlackBerry. From the Home
screen, press the Menu key and select Set Up Internet E-Mail. The rest is
pretty much the same on the BlackBerry as it is on a PC.
We suggest that you first register and create your account by using your PC.
Then for subsequent visits to the BlackBerry Internet Service client, you can
use your BlackBerry. This way, you can minimize any errors or out-of-network
coverage issues while setting up your account.
Setting up e-mail in an
enterprise environment
This section is intended for those whose BlackBerry can’t receive and send
e-mail yet — like when you first get your BlackBerry or you swap an old one
for a new one. If your e-mail function works properly on your BlackBerry, you
can skip this section.
Follow these steps to activate your BlackBerry for enterprise use:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and select Enterprise
Activation.
The Enterprise Activation screen opens, with two fields for you to fill in:
• Your corporate e-mail address, for example, [email protected]
abcCompany.com
• The password that your IT department gives you.
2. Type your corporate e-mail account along with the appropriate
password.
If you don’t know these pieces of information, contact your corporate
system administrator.
3. Press the Menu key and select Activate.
Your BlackBerry attempts to activate itself with your corporation.
Some corporations don’t allow any employee-purchased BlackBerry
smartphones to be activated with corporate e-mail. Check with your
system administrator for corporate BlackBerry policies.
Getting e-mail in an enterprise
environment using Desktop Redirector
If you are a sole proprietor or consultant who works in a corporation that
runs Exchange or Lotus, and you would like to get enterprise e-mails on your
BlackBerry, this section is for you.
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Normally, to get enterprise e-mail, your BlackBerry would have to be
configured with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). This is typical if
your employer hands you a BlackBerry. However, if you work for a large
company as a contractor, you probably won’t be getting a BlackBerry from
the company you work for. When you want to get enterprise e-mail so that
you don’t fall behind (especially if you don’t work five days a week), you
need Desktop Redirector.
For you start using Desktop Redirector, you first need to install BlackBerry
Desktop Manager; see Chapter 15 for details about how to do this. After
you’ve installed Desktop Manager with Redirector, make sure that Redirector
starts every time you boot up your PC.
Depending on the corporate security policy, some corporations allow
Desktop Redirector and some do not. Before you start using Desktop
Redirector, contact the IT department in the company you work for.
Here are just a few caveats when using the Desktop Redirector:
✓ You can get enterprise e-mail as long as your PC is turned on and has an
Internet connection.
✓ When someone sends you an attachment, you can’t retrieve it from your
BlackBerry.
✓ When someone sends you a meeting notice, you can’t accept or reject it.
Customizing Your E-Mail
In the following sections, we go over the details of the following e-mail
configurations:
✓ Configuring an e-mail signature: If you’re tired of writing Regards, John
Smith over and over to close an e-mail, set an e-mail signature.
✓ Enabling wireless e-mail reconciliation: After enabling e-mail reconciliation, whatever you see on your BlackBerry is what you get in your
e-mail account(s). You no longer have to double-delete a message in
both your BlackBerry and your e-mail account(s).
✓ Configuring autoreplies: Whether you are out of the office or just want
a quick response message sent to your senders, this is where you can
specify the message they see. This feature is for enterprise users only.
Configuring your e-mail signature
By default, your e-mail signature is something like “Sent via My BlackBerry,”
which can be cool in the first week, showing off to people that you are a la
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mode with your BlackBerry. But sooner or later, you might not want people
to know that you are out and about while answering e-mail. Or, you might
want something more personal. Follow these steps to configure your e-mail
signature by using the Service client:
1. Log on to the Service client on your PC.
The BlackBerry Internet Service client appears (refer to Figure 7-1).
2. Click the Edit icon for the desired e-mail account.
The edit screen appears, as shown in Figure 7-2.
3. In the Signature field, type the desired text for your e-mail signature.
4. Click the Save button.
If you work in an enterprise environment, you might need to perform these
steps directly on your BlackBerry. Keep in mind that you can set up an e-mail
signature on your BlackBerry only if your company is using BlackBerry
Enterprise Server (BES) 4.0 or later. Check with your BlackBerry system
administrator to see what version of BES your company uses.
Here’s how to configure your email signature in an enterprise environment:
1. Open the Messages application.
You see a list of e-mails (the message list).
2. Press the Menu key and select Options.
3. From the Options screen, select Email Settings.
Here you see a list of e-mail setting options.
4. Highlight the Use Auto Signature field, press the trackball, and
select Yes.
Doing so enables your e-mail signature.
Figure 7-2:
The e-mail
account edit
screen.
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5. In the text box at the bottom of the screen, type your e-mail signature
(see Figure 7-3).
6. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save.
Figure 7-3:
The Auto
Signature
field.
Enabling wireless reconciliation
With wireless reconciliation, you don’t need to delete the same e-mail in
two places (on your computer and on your BlackBerry). The two e-mail
inboxes reconcile with each other, hence the term wireless reconciliation.
Convenient, huh?
Enabling wireless e-mail synchronization
You can start wireless e-mail synchronization by configuring your
BlackBerry. Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and select Messages.
This opens the Messages application. You see the message list.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select Options.
The Options screen appears, with two option types: General Options
and Email Reconciliation.
3. Select Email Reconciliation.
This opens the Email Reconciliation screen, which has the following
options:
• Delete On: Configures how BlackBerry handles your e-mail
deletion.
• Wireless Reconciliation: Turns on or off the wireless sync function.
• On Conflict: Controls how BlackBerry handles any inconsistencies
between e-mail on your BlackBerry and the BlackBerry Internet
Service client.
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With this option, you can choose who “wins”: your BlackBerry or
the BlackBerry Internet Service client.
4. Select Delete On, and then select one of the following from the
drop-down list:
• Handheld: A delete on your BlackBerry takes effect on your
BlackBerry only.
• Mailbox & Handheld: A delete on your BlackBerry takes effect on
both your BlackBerry and your inbox on the BlackBerry Internet
Service client.
• Prompt: This option prompts your BlackBerry to ask you at the
time of deletion where the deletion takes effect.
5. Select Wireless Reconciliation, and then select On from the
drop-down list.
6. Select On Conflict, and make a selection from the drop-down list.
If you choose Handheld Wins, the e-mail messages in your e-mail
account will match the ones on the handheld.
Unfortunately, some e-mail accounts might not work well with the e-mail
reconciliation feature of the BlackBerry, so you still might have to delete an
e-mail twice.
Permanently deleting e-mail from your BlackBerry
When deleting e-mail on your BlackBerry, the same message in that e-mail
account is placed in the Deleted folder. You can set up your BlackBerry to
permanently delete e-mail, but use this option with caution — after that
e-mail is gone, it’s gone.
To permanently delete e-mail on your Service client from your BlackBerry,
follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select Options.
3. On the Options screen, select Email Reconciliation.
4. On the Email Reconciliation screen, press the Menu key and select
Purge Deleted Items.
You see all your e-mail accounts.
5. Choose the e-mail account from which you want to purge deleted
items.
A screen appears, warning you that you are about to purge deleted
e-mails on your Service client.
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6. Select Yes.
Deleted e-mails in the selected e-mail account are purged.
Unfortunately, some e-mail accounts might not work with the Purge Deleted
Items feature.
Automating replies and out-of-office
messages (for enterprise users)
Setting an autoreply for your e-mail is easy on the BlackBerry. Whether you
need to acknowledge incoming e-mail to senders or establish an out-of-office
reply, you can set it up via this feature:
1. Open the Messages application.
You see a list of e-mails (the message list).
2. Press the Menu key and select Options.
3. From the Options screen, select Email Settings.
You see a list of e-mail setting options.
4. Highlight the Use Out of Office Reply field, press the trackball, and
select Yes.
Auto Reply is enabled.
5. In the text box at the bottom of the screen, type your autoreply
message.
6. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and then selecting
Save.
Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Internet Service does not have the “out-ofoffice” message feature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work around it. One
way to set your out-of-office message is by going to your e-mail service
account (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and so on) and set the out-of-office message
from there. If you are like us and have more than one e-mail account routed
to your BlackBerry, you have to do this for each account. It’s not ideal, but
it works.
Accessing Messages
From Messages, you send and receive your e-mails and also configure
wireless e-mail reconciliation with your e-mail account(s).
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To access Messages, press the Menu key from the Home screen and select
Messages. The first thing you see after opening Messages is the message
list. Your message list can contain e-mail, voice mail messages, missed phone
call notices, Short Messaging Service (SMS) messages, and even saved
Web pages.
Receiving e-mails
Whether you’re concerned about security or speed of delivery, with
BlackBerry’s up-to-date secured network, you’re in good hands when
receiving e-mail on your BlackBerry.
And whether you’ve aggregated accounts or just use the plain-vanilla
BlackBerry e-mail account, you receive your e-mail the same way. When
you receive an e-mail message, your BlackBerry notifies you by displaying a
numeral next to a mail icon (an envelope) at the top of the screen. This
number represents how many new (unread) e-mails you have. See Figure 7-4.
If you see a red asterisk next to the envelope, it is indicating that there is
new mail and you haven’t opened the Messages application yet.
Your BlackBerry can also notify you of new e-mail by vibration or a sound
alert or both. You can customize this from the Profile application, as we
detail in Chapter 3.
Figure 7-4:
You’ve
got (333)
e-mails!
Retrieving e-mail
Retrieving your e-mail is simple. Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and select Messages.
Doing so allows you to view your message list.
2. In the message list, scroll to any e-mail and press the trackball.
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You can tell whether an e-mail is unopened by the small unopened
envelope icon on the left side of the e-mail. A read e-mail bears an
opened envelope icon, a sent e-mail has a check mark as its icon, and a
document icon represents a draft e-mail.
3. After you finish reading the message, press the Escape key to return to
the message list.
Sorting the message list
The BlackBerry lists items in order by the date and time they were received,
but you can sort by different criteria. For example, to see only incoming
e-mail, press Alt+I.
Sorting and searching are closely related on your BlackBerry. In a sense,
searching is really sorting your e-mail based on your search criteria. On the
BlackBerry, you can search your e-mail by the name of the sender or by
keywords. Or you could run a search as broad as looking through all the
e-mail that has been sent to you. See the later section “Searching through
Messages like a Pro” for more on searching and sorting. For more predefined
hot keys, see the upcoming section “Reusing saved searches.”
Saving a message to the saved folder
You can save any important e-mail in a folder so that you can find it without
sorting through tons of e-mail. To do so, simply scroll to the e-mail you
want to save, press the Menu key, and select Save from the menu. A pop-up
message confirms that your e-mail has been saved. Note: Your saved e-mail
still remains in the message list.
To retrieve or view a saved e-mail, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select View Saved
Messages.
You see the list of all the messages you saved.
3. Select the message you want and press the trackball to open it.
Viewing attachments
Your BlackBerry is so versatile that you can view most e-mail attachments
just like you can on a desktop PC. And we’re talking sizeable attachments,
too, such as JPEGs (photos), Word docs, PowerPoint slides, and Excel
spreadsheets. Table 7-1 shows a list of supported attachments viewable from
your BlackBerry.
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Table 7-1
BlackBerry-Supported Attachments
Supported Attachment Extension
Description
.bmp
BMP image file format
.doc
MS Word document
.dot
MS Word document template
.gif
GIF image file format
.htm
HTML Web page
.html
HTML Web page
.jpg
JPEG image file format
.pdf
Adobe PDF document
.png
PNG image file format
.ppt
MS PowerPoint document
.tif
TIFF image file format
.txt
Text file
.wpd
Corel WordPerfect document
.xls
MS Excel document
.zip
Compressed file format
To tell whether an e-mail has an attachment, look for the standard paper clip
icon next to your e-mail in the message list.
You retrieve all the different types of attachments the same way. This makes
retrieving attachments an easy task. To open an attachment, follow along:
1. While reading an e-mail, press the Menu key and select Open
Attachment.
You see a screen that contains the name of the file, a Table of Contents
option, and a Full Contents option. For MS Word documents, you can
see different headings in outline form in the Table of Contents option.
For picture files, such as JPEGs, you can simply go straight to the Full
Contents option to see the graphic.
For all supported file types, you see Table of Contents and Full Contents
as options. Depending on the file type, use your judgment on when you
should use the Table of Contents option.
2. Scroll to Full Contents, press the Menu key, and select Retrieve.
Your BlackBerry attempts to contact the BlackBerry Internet Service
client to retrieve your attachment. This retrieves only part of your
attachment. As you peruse a document, BlackBerry retrieves more as
you scroll through the attachment.
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Editing attachments
Your BlackBerry comes with Documents To Go, which means that out of the
box, you can not only view but also edit Word and PowerPoint documents.
You can even save the documents to your BlackBerry and transfer them later
to your PC.
As an example, we show you how to edit a Word document that you received
as an attachment to an e-mail:
1. Open the e-mail.
2. In the message list, open an e-mail with a Word document attached.
This opens the e-mail for you to read. Notice the little paper clip,
indicating that it has an attachment.
3. Press the Menu key and select Open Attachment.
You’re prompted with a pop-up that asks whether you want to view the
Word document or edit with Documents To Go.
4. Select Edit with Documents To Go.
Here you can view and edit a document.
5. Press the Menu key and select Edit Mode.
In Edit mode, you can edit your document.
6. When are you finished editing and viewing, you can either save the
document on your BlackBerry or e-mail it:
• To e-mail the edited document, press the Menu key and select Send
via Email.
Here you will see an e-mail message with the Word document.
Follow the steps described in the next section to send this
attachment e-mail as you would any other e-mail.
• To save the document, press the Menu key and select Save.
Note that if you want to save the attachment to your BlackBerry,
you have to navigate the folder structure on the BlackBerry. For
documents, the default save location is usually in the Document
folder.
Sending e-mail
The first thing you probably want to do when you get your BlackBerry is to
write an e-mail to let your friends know that you’ve just gotten a BlackBerry.
Follow these steps to send an e-mail message:
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1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select Compose Email.
You are prompted with a blank e-mail that you need to fill out, just as
you would do on your PC.
3. In the To field, type the recipient’s name or e-mail address.
As you type, you see a list of contacts from your Contacts that match
the name or address that you’re typing. You can make a selection from
this list.
4. Enter a subject in the Subject field, and type your message in the
Body field.
5. When you’re finished typing, press the Menu key and select Send.
Your message has wings.
Forwarding e-mail
When you need to share an important e-mail with a colleague or a friend, you
can forward that e-mail. Simply do the following:
1. Open the e-mail.
For information on opening e-mail, see the previous section “Retrieving
e-mail.”
2. Press the Menu key and select Forward.
3. Type the recipient’s name or e-mail address in the To field, and then
add a message if needed.
When you start typing your recipient’s name, a drop-down list of your
contacts appears and you can choose from it.
4. Press the Menu key and select Send.
Your message is on its way to your recipient.
Sending e-mail to more than one person
When you need to send an e-mail to more than one person, just keep adding
recipient names as needed. You can also add recipient names to receive a Cc
(carbon copy) or Bcc (blind carbon copy). Here’s how:
1. Open the e-mail.
For information on opening e-mail, see the previous section “Retrieving
e-mail.”
2. Press the Menu key and select Compose Email.
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3. Specify the To field for the e-mail recipient and then press the
Return key.
By pressing the Return key, another To field is added automatically
below the first. The Cc field works the same way.
4. To add a Bcc recipient, press the Menu key and select Add Bcc.
You see a Bcc field. You can specify a Bcc recipient the same way you
do To and Cc recipients.
Whether you are composing a new e-mail, replying, or forwarding an e-mail,
you add new Cc and Bcc fields the same way.
Saving a draft e-mail
Sometimes the most skillful wordsmiths find themselves lost for words to
express the message they want. Don’t fret, fellow wordsmith, you can save
that e-mail composition as a draft until your words come back to you. You
only need to press the Menu key and select Save Draft.
This saves your e-mail as a draft. When you’re ready to send your message,
choose the draft from the message list. You can tell which messages are
drafts because they sport a tiny document icon; finished messages have an
envelope icon.
Attaching a file to your e-mail
Many people are surprised that you can attach any document on your
BlackBerry or on the microSD card. You can attach Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint documents, as well as pictures, music, and videos. To send an
e-mail with a file attached, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select Compose Email.
You are prompted with a blank e-mail that you can fill out as you would
on your PC. Enter the recipient’s name in the To field, and then enter the
subject and body of the message.
3. Press the Menu key and select Attach File.
You’re prompted with a pop-up that shows your folders. Think of this
as the folders on your PC.
4. Navigate to the file of your choice and press the trackball.
After you select a file, you see the file in the e-mail message.
5. When you’re finished, press the Menu key and select Send.
Your message and attached file wing their way to the recipient.
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Spell-checking your outgoing messages
Whether you are composing an e-mail message or an SMS text message
(see Chapter 8), you can always check your spelling with the built-in spell
checker. Simply press the Menu key and select Check Spelling. When it finds
an error, the BlackBerry spell checker makes a suggestion, as shown in
Figure 7-5. To skip the spell check for that word and go on to the next word,
press the Escape key. If you want to skip spell checking for an e-mail, simply
press and hold the Escape key.
Note that if you are used to MS Word underlining a misspelled word, your
BlackBerry does the same thing.
By default, the spell checker does not kick in before you send your message,
but you can configure it to check spelling before you send an e-mail. Follow
these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. Press the Menu key and select Options.
3. Select the Spell Check option.
4. Select the Spell Check Email before Sending check box.
5. Press the Menu key and select Save.
The underline feature is a default setting called Check Spelling as You Type.
To turn off this feature, disable the Spell Check option in Message Options.
Figure 7-5:
The
BlackBerry
spell
checker in
action.
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Adding a sender to Contacts
You can add a message sender’s contact info to BlackBerry Contacts directly
from Messages. You don’t even have to copy or write down the person’s
name and e-mail address.
To add a sender to Contacts, follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and select Messages.
2. In the message list, scroll to an e-mail and press the trackball.
3. From the open e-mail, scroll to the sender’s name, press the trackball,
and then choose Add to Contacts.
The New Address screen opens. The sender’s first name, last name, and
e-mail address are transferred automatically to Contacts.
4. If needed, add any additional information (such as phone number and
mailing address).
5. Press the Menu key and select Save.
Deleting e-mail
Keeping your message list tidy can help you stay organized and reduce the
amount of memory your e-mail takes. Cull those messages you no longer
need by following these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and select Messages.
2. In the message list, highlight the e-mail you want to delete and then
press the Delete key.
A deletion confirmation window appears.
3. Select Delete to confirm your deletion.
The deleted e-mail is toast.
To delete more than one e-mail, press the Cap key and scroll to highlight as
many e-mails as you want. After you make your deletion selections, press the
Delete key.
You can delete anything listed in the message list (such as an SMS or a voice
mail) in the same way that you delete an e-mail message.
If you want to really clean up your old e-mails and you don’t want to scroll
through tons of messages, you can do the following:
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1. Open the Messages application.
2. From the message list, highlight a horizontal date mark, press the
Menu key, and choose Delete Prior.
The date mark is simply a horizontal bar with dates. Just like you can
highlight e-mails in the message list, you can also highlight the date
mark.
A pop-up appears, prompting you for delete confirmation.
Before you take the plunge, remember that going ahead will delete all the
e-mails before the particular date mark. You cannot retrieve deleted items
from your BlackBerry.
3. Select Delete to confirm your deletion.
All your e-mails prior to the date mark are history.
Filtering your e-mail
Most of us get e-mail that isn’t urgent or doesn’t really concern us. Instead of
receiving these e-mails on your BlackBerry — and wasting both time and
effort to check them — you can filter them out. While in the BlackBerry
Internet Service client, set up filters to make your BlackBerry mailbox receive
only those e-mails that you care about. (Don’t worry; you’ll still receive all
your e-mails on your main computer.)
To create a simple filter that treats work-related messages as urgent and
forwards them to your BlackBerry, follow these steps:
1. Log on to the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer to Figure 7-1).
2. Click the Filter icon for the desired e-mail account.
The Filter screen that appears shows a list of filters that have been
created. See Figure 7-6.
3. Click the Click Here link.
The Add Filter screen appears, as shown in Figure 7-7.
Figure 7-6:
Filter list
screen.
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Figure 7-7:
Create a
filter for
your e-mail
here.
4. Enter a name in the Filter Name text box.
The filter name can be anything you like. We entered WorkUrgent.
5. In the Apply Filter When drop-down list, choose the condition to place
on the filter:
• A High-Priority Mail Arrives: Select this option if the filter applies
only to urgent e-mail.
• Subject Field Contains: When selected, the Contains field is enabled
(you can type text in it). You can specify what keywords the
filter will look for in the subject field. Separate each entry with a
semicolon (;).
• From Field Contains: When selected, the Contains field is enabled
(you can type text in it). You can type full addresses or part of an
address. For example, you can type [email protected] or just kao.
Separate each entry with a semicolon (;).
• To Field Contains: Similar to From Field Contains, enter e-mail
address(es).
• CC Field Contains: Similar to From Field Contains, enter e-mail
address(es).
For our example, we select From Field Contains.
6. Specify the text in the Contains field.
See the details in the preceding step for what to enter in the Contains
field. Continuing our example, type in the domain of your work e-mail
address. For example, if your work e-mail address is [email protected]
com, enter XYZCo.com.
7. Select one of the following options:
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Forward Messages to Handheld: Select this radio button, and you can
then select either or both of the check boxes below it:
• Header Only: Choose this if you want only the header of the e-mails
that meets the condition(s) you set in Steps 3, 4, and 5 to be sent
to you. (A header doesn’t contain the body of the e-mail — just
who sent it, the subject, and the time it was sent.) Choose this
check box if you get automated alerts, where receiving only the
subject is sufficient.
• Level 1 Notification: Level 1 Notification is another way of saying
urgent e-mail. When you receive a Level 1 e-mail, it is bold in
Messages.
Do Not Forward Messages to Handheld: Selecting this radio button means
that any e-mail that meets the conditions you set in Steps 3, 4, and 5 are
not sent to your BlackBerry.
8. Confirm your filter by clicking the Add Filter button.
You return to the Filter screen, where you can see your newly created
filter in the list.
If you have a hard time setting the criteria for a filter, just take a best guess
and then check it by having a friend send you a test e-mail. If the test e-mail
doesn’t get filtered correctly, set the conditions until you get them right.
As mentioned previously, in an enterprise environment, you might not have
access to BlackBerry Internet Service, but that doesn’t mean you can’t perform functions such as e-mail filtering. In fact, in an enterprise environment,
you can conveniently configure e-mail filters directly from your BlackBerry.
Here’s how:
1. Open the Messages application.
You see a list of e-mails (the message list).
2. Press the Menu key and then select Options.
3. Select Email Filters.
You are prompted with the Email Filters screen, which lists current
e-mail filters. (If you haven’t set up any filters, you see an empty list.)
4. From the Email Filters screen, press the Menu key and then select New.
A new e-mail Filter screen opens, as shown in Figure 7-8, from which you
can specify how you want your e-mails filtered.
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Figure 7-8:
New Filter
screen.
5. Enter an e-mail address in the From and/or Sent To fields.
You can either type the name of the person or make a selection from
Contacts. To retrieve a contact from Contacts, highlight the From or
Sent To field, press the Menu key, and select Select Name.
This takes you to Contacts, where you can select your contact:
• If you have contacts in Contacts: Highlight the contact you want and
then press the trackball.
• If you don’t have contacts or if the one you want isn’t in Contacts: If
you know the name of the contact, you can simply type the info in
the From or Sent To field on the Filter screen.
After you make this selection, press the Menu key and select Continue.
You return to the Filter screen.
6. Continue to fill in the Filter screen by defining more conditions:
• Subject: You can type any keyword(s) in the subject line that you
want to filter by.
• Message: You can type any keyword(s) in the message body that
you want to filter by.
• Sent Directly to Me: Select this check box to specify the condition of
an e-mail sent directly to you.
• CC to Me and BCC to Me: Select one or both of these check boxes to
specify the condition of an e-mail that you are CCed or BCCed on.
• Importance: Choose High, Normal, or Low from this drop-down list.
• Sensitivity: Choose None, Normal, Personal, Private, or Confidential
from this drop-down list.
• Action: Choose Forward or Do Not Forward from this drop-down list.
If you choose Forward, you have two more check boxes:
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• Level 1 Notification: Level 1 Notification is another way of saying
urgent e-mail. When you receive a Level 1 e-mail, it is bold in
Messages.
• Header Only: Choose this if you want only the header of the e-mail
that meets the condition(s) you set to be sent to you. Choose this
option if you get automated alerts, and receiving only the subject
is sufficient.
If you choose Do Not Forward, e-mail messages that meet the
conditions you set are not forwarded to your BlackBerry.
7. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save.
Searching through Messages like a Pro
Searching is one of those functions you probably won’t use every day — but
when you do run a search, you usually need the information fast. Take a few
minutes here to familiarize yourself with general searching.
The BlackBerry Messages application provides three ways to search through
your messages. Two of the three ways are specific, and one is a broad search:
✓ Search by sender or recipient: Specific. This method assumes that you
already know the sender or recipient.
✓ Search by subject: Specific. This approach assumes that you already
know the subject.
✓ General search: Broad. You don’t have a specific assumption.
You can search through anything listed in the messages list. This means that
you can search through SMS and voice mail as well as e-mail.
Searching by sender or recipient
Search by sender or recipient when you’re looking for a specific message
from a specific person. For example, suppose your brother constantly sends
you e-mail (which means your message list has many entries from him).
You’re trying to locate a message he sent you approximately two weeks ago
regarding a fishing trip location. You’ve scrolled down the message list,
but you just can’t seem to find that message. Or maybe you want to find a
message you sent to Sue but can’t lay your hands on it.
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To find a message when you know the sender or recipient, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, highlight a message that you sent to or received
from that particular person.
The choice you get in the next step depends on whether you highlighted
a sent message or a received message.
3. Press the Menu key and then select one of these options:
• To search for a message from someone specific: Because that
certain someone sent you the message, choose Search Sender.
• To search for a message to someone specific: Because you sent that
certain someone the message, choose Search Recipient.
This starts the search. Any results appear on-screen.
Searching by subject
Search by subject when you’re looking for an e-mail titled by a specific
subject that you already know. As is the case when running a search by
sender or recipient, first scroll to an e-mail that bears the same subject
you’re searching for. Then follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, highlight an e-mail titled by the specific subject
you’re searching for.
3. Press the Menu key and then select Search Subject.
The search starts, and the results appear on-screen.
Running a general search
A general search is a broad search from which you can perform keyword
searches of your messages. To run a general search, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and then select Search.
3. In the Search screen that appears, fill in your search criteria (see
Figure 7-9).
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Figure 7-9:
The Search
screen in
Messages.
The search criteria for a general search follow:
• Name: This is the name of the sender or recipient to search by.
• In: This is related to the Name criterion. Use this drop-down list to
indicate where the name might appear, such as in the To or Cc
field. From the drop-down list, your choices are From, To, Cc, Bcc,
and any address field.
• Subject: This is where you type some of or all the keywords that
appear in the subject.
• Message: Here you enter keywords that appear in the message.
• Service: If you set up your BlackBerry to receive e-mail from more
than one e-mail account, you can specify which e-mail account to
search.
• Folder: This is the folder in which you want to perform the search.
Generally, you should select All Folders.
• Show: This drop-down list specifies how the search result will
appear, namely, whether you want to see only e-mails that you
sent or e-mails that you received. From the drop-down list, your
choices are Sent and Received, Received Only, Sent Only, Saved
Only, Draft Only, and Unopened Only.
• Type: This drop-down list specifies the type of message that you’re
trying to search for: e-mail, SMS, or voice mail. From the dropdown list, your choices are: All, Email, Email with Attachments,
PIN, SMS, Phone, and Voice Mail.
From the Search screen shown in Figure 7-9, you can have multiple
search criteria or just a single one (it’s up to you).
4. Press the Menu key and then select Search to launch your search.
The search results appear on-screen.
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You can narrow the search results by performing a second search on the
initial results. For example, you can search by sender and then narrow those
hits by performing a second search by subject.
You can also search by sender or recipient when you’re looking for a specific
message from a specific person. To do so, scroll to an e-mail that bears the
specific sender or recipient. Press the Menu key and select Search Sender or
Search Recipient. If the e-mail that you highlighted is an incoming e-mail,
you’ll see Search Sender. If the e-mail is outgoing, you’ll see Search Recipient.
Saving search results
If you find yourself re-searching with the same criteria over and over, you
might want to save the search and then reuse it. Here’s how:
1. Follow Steps 1 through 3 in the previous section for an outgoing e-mail
search.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
The Save Search screen appears, from which you can name your search
and assign it a shortcut key. See Figure 7-10.
3. In the Title field, enter a name.
The title is the name of your search, which appears on the search
Results screen.
4. Scroll to the Shortcut Key field, press the trackball, and select a letter
from the drop-down list.
You have ten letters to choose from.
5. Confirm your saved search by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save.
Figure 7-10:
Name your
search and
assign it
a shortcut key.
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Reusing saved searches
Right out of the box, your BlackBerry comes with five saved search results.
Any new saved result will make your search that much more robust.
Follow these steps to see all saved search results:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the Menu key and select Search.
3. Press the Menu key and then select Recall.
The recall screen opens, and you can see the five preloaded search
shortcuts, as well as any searches you saved, as shown in Figure 7-11.
To reuse one of saved search results, simply select a desired search from the
list, press the Menu key, and select Search.
If you have multiple e-mail accounts set up, you can set up a search shortcut
so that you only view one specific account when you want to. For example,
say you have your personal e-mail and your small business e-mail account
both set up on your BlackBerry. In the Message application, you see e-mails
from both, which can be overwhelming at times. From the general Search
screen (refer to Figure 7-9), set the Service drop-down list to the one you want
and follow the preceding steps to save the search and assign a shortcut key.
The next time you only want to see a certain account, you can get to it in an
instant!
Figure 7-11:
The recall
screen,
showing
default
search
hot keys.
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Long Live E-Mail
No closet has unlimited space, and your BlackBerry e-mail storage has limits,
too. You’ve likely pondered how long your e-mails are kept in your BlackBerry. (The default is 30 days. Phew.) You can choose several options: from
15 days to forever (well, for as long as your BlackBerry has enough space
for them).
Because any message you save is kept for as long as you want, a good way to
make sure that you don’t lose an important message is to save it.
To change how long your e-mails live on your BlackBerry, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. Press the Menu key and select Options.
3. Select General Options.
4. Scroll to the Keep Messages option and then press the trackball.
5. From the drop-down list that appears, choose the time frame that you
want and then press the trackball:
• Forever: If you choose Forever, you’ll seldom need to worry about
your e-mails being automatically deleted. On the downside,
though, your BlackBerry will eventually run out of memory. At that
point, you must manually delete some e-mails so that you have
space to accept new e-mails.
A good way to archive your e-mail is to back up your e-mails by
using BlackBerry Desktop Manager. See Chapter 18 for more on
backing up your BlackBerry on your PC.
• Time option: If you choose a time option, any message older than
that time frame is automatically deleted from your BlackBerry the
next time you reboot your BlackBerry. However, the message will
be deleted only on your BlackBerry — even if you turn on e-mail
reconciliation — because these deletions are only on the device.
6. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save.
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▶ Sending PIN-to-PIN messages
▶ Using Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
▶ Setting up and using Instant Messenger (IM)
▶ Figuring out messaging etiquette
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our BlackBerry is primarily a communication tool, with e-mail
messages and phone conversations as the major drivers. Being the
social creatures that we are, however, we constantly come up with new
ways to communicate — ever more ways to overcome the distance
barrier, as it were. You shouldn’t be surprised that the folks at RIM have
moved beyond e-mail and phoning in their search for other ways to
communicate. (And we’re not talking semaphore or stringing together two
tin cups.)
Not that we’re dismissing the power of phones and e-mail. Both are wonderful technologies, but you might find yourself in a situation where other means
of communication would be more appropriate. For instance, e-mail isn’t the
tool of choice for instant messaging/chatting — most people would find that
method slow and cumbersome. Nor is e-mail the best tool to use when you
want to alert someone.
“What might be a better fit?” you ask. Read this chapter to find out. You
can familiarize yourself with some less obvious ways you can use your
BlackBerry to communicate — ways that might serve as the perfect fit for
a special situation. You get the inside scoop on PIN-to-PIN messaging and
text messaging (also known as Short Messaging Service, or SMS). We also
give you tips on how to turn your BlackBerry into a lean (and not so mean)
instant messaging machine.
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Sending and Receiving
PIN-to-PIN Messages
What happens when you use PIN-to-PIN messaging? First and foremost, get
the acronym out of the way. PIN stands for personal identification number
(familiar to anyone who’s ever used an ATM) and refers to a system for
uniquely identifying your device.
PIN-to-PIN, then, is another way of saying one BlackBerry to another BlackBerry.
As for the other details, they’re straightforward. PIN-to-PIN messaging is
based on the technology that underpins two-way pager systems. Unlike sending a standard e-mail, when you send a PIN-to-PIN message, the message
doesn’t venture outside RIM’s infrastructure in search of an e-mail server and
(eventually) an e-mail inbox. Instead, it stays solidly in the RIM world, where
it is shunted through the recipient’s network provider until it ends up on the
recipient’s BlackBerry.
Here’s the neat part. According to RIM, the message isn’t saved anywhere in
this universe except on the one device that sends the PIN message and the
other device that receives it. Compare that with an e-mail, which is saved in
at least four separate locations (the mail client and e-mail servers of both
sender and recipient), not to mention all the system’s redundancies and
backups employed by the server. Think of it this way: If you whisper a little
secret in someone’s ear, only you and that special someone know what was
said. In a way, PIN-to-PIN messaging is the same thing, with one BlackBerry
whispering to another BlackBerry. Now, that’s discreet.
If you tend to read the financial newspapers — especially the ones that cover
corporate lawsuits extensively — you’ll know that there’s no such thing as
privacy in e-mail. PIN-to-PIN messaging, in theory at least, is as good as the
old Cone of Silence. Now, is such privacy really an advantage? You can argue
both sides of the issue, depending on what you want to use PIN-to-PIN messaging for. Basically, if you like the idea that your communications can be
kept discreet, PIN-to-PIN messaging has great curb appeal. If you don’t care
about privacy issues, though, you still might be impressed by PIN-to-PIN messaging’s zippy nature. (It really is the Ferrari of wireless communication —
way faster than e-mail.)
The Cone of Silence in an enterprise environment has always been a thorny
issue to companies that have strict regulatory requirements. As expected, RIM
addressed this issue with a new feature to later operating systems allowing
BES administrators to flip a flag, forcing the device to forward all PIN-to-PIN
messages to the BES server. Third-party applications are also available now
that a company can install on the device to report PIN-to-PIN messages.
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A little bit of RIM history
Sometime during the last millennium, Research
In Motion (RIM) wasn’t even in the phone business. Before BlackBerry became all the rage
with smartphone features, RIM was doing a tidy
little business with its wireless e-mail. Back
then, RIM’s primitive wireless e-mail service
was served by network service providers on a
radio bandwidth, namely, DataTAC and Mobitex
networks. These were separate from a typical
cellphone infrastructure’s bandwidth. RIM
devices at that time already had PIN-to-PIN
messaging. This type of messaging is akin to a
pager, where a message doesn’t live in a mailbox but is sent directly to the BlackBerry with
no delay. (No one wants a paging system that
moves at turtle speed when you can get one
that moves like a jack rabbit, right?)
Several interesting facts followed from RIM’s
initial decision. Of note, most cellphone users in
New York City were left without service during
the 9/11 disaster. As you can understand, the
entire cellphone infrastructure in New York and
surrounding areas was overwhelmed when
faced with too many people trying to use the
bandwidth available. However, one communication device continued to work during that
stressful time — RIM’s PIN-to-PIN messaging
kept the information flow going.
Getting a BlackBerry PIN
When trying to call somebody on the telephone, you can’t get far without
a telephone number. As you might expect, the same principle applies to
PIN-to-PIN messaging: No PIN, no PIN-to-PIN messaging. In practical terms,
this means that you need the individual PIN of any BlackBerry device owned
by whomever you want to send a PIN message to. (You also need to find out
your own PIN so that you can hand it out to those folks who want to PINmessage you.) The cautious side of you might be thinking, Why on earth
would I give my PIN to somebody? This PIN is really not the same as your
password. In fact, this PIN doesn’t give anybody access to your BlackBerry
or do anything to compromise security. It’s simply an identification number;
you treat it the same way as you treat your phone number.
RIM makes getting hold of a PIN easy. In fact, RIM even provides you with
multiple paths to PIN enlightenment, as the following list makes clear:
✓ From the Help screen: You can find the PIN for any device right there
on its Help screen. On most BlackBerry models, you can call up the Help
screen by pressing Alt+Num+H. This shortcut to the Help screen is not
available on BlackBerry Pearl.
✓ From the Message screen: RIM also makes it easy for you to send your
PIN from the Message screen with the help of a keyword. A keyword is a
neat feature with which you type a preset word, and your BlackBerry
replaces what you type with a bit of information specific to your device.
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Sound wacky? It’s actually easier than it sounds. To see what we mean,
just compose a new message. (Chapter 7 gives you the basics on the
whole e-mail message and messaging thing, if you need a refresher.) In
the subject or body of your message, type mypin and add a space. As
soon as you type the space, mypin is miraculously transformed into
your PIN in the format pin:your-pin-number, as shown in Figure 8-1.
Isn’t that neat?
mypin isn’t the only keyword that RIM predefines for you. mynumber
and myver give you the phone number and OS version, respectively, of
your BlackBerry.
✓ From the Status screen: You can also find your PIN on the Status screen.
On most BlackBerry models, you display the Status screen by choosing
the following links starting from the Home screen: Settings, Options, and
Status. Use the trackball to highlight and click the link. Figure 8-2 shows
a typical Status screen. (The PIN is fifth on the list of items shown.)
Figure 8-1:
Type a
keyword
(left), add a
space, and
the keyword
gets translated (right).
Figure 8-2:
Find your
PIN on
the Status
screen.
Assigning PINs to names
So, you convince your BlackBerry-wielding buddies to go to the trouble of
finding out their PINs and passing said PINs to you. Now the trick is finding a
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convenient place to store your PINs so that you can use them. Luckily for
you, you have an obvious choice: the BlackBerry Contacts. And RIM, in its
infinite wisdom, makes storing such info a snap, just like the following steps
show. To add a PIN to someone’s contact info in Contacts, do the following:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Highlight a contact name, press the Menu key, and then select Edit.
The Edit Contact screen for the contact name you selected makes an
appearance.
3. On the Edit Contact screen, scroll down to the PIN field (as shown in
Figure 8-3).
4. Enter the PIN by pressing letters and numbers on the keyboard.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
The edit you made for this contact is now saved.
It’s that simple. Of course, it’s even easier if you think ahead and enter the
PIN information you have when you set up your initial contact info (by using
the New Contact screen), but we understand that a PIN isn’t usually the kind
of info your causal acquaintances carry around with them.
If all this talk about New Contact screens and Edit Contact screens doesn’t
sound familiar, check out Chapter 4, which covers the Contacts application in
more detail.
Figure 8-3:
Add a
contact’s
PIN info
here.
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message is no different than sending an e-mail.
Here’s how:
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1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Highlight a contact name and then press the Menu key.
If a contact has a PIN, you see a menu item titled PIN <contact name>.
Say, for example, you have a contact named Dante Sarigumba. When you
highlight Dante Sarigumba in the list and then press the Menu key, the
menu item PIN Dante Sarigumba appears as an option, as shown in
Figure 8-4.
3. Select PIN <contact name> from the menu.
The ever-familiar New Message screen, with the PIN of your buddy
already entered as an address, makes an appearance.
4. Treat the other e-mail-creation stuff — adding a subject line, entering
the body of your message, and then signing off — just as you would
with a normal e-mail.
Alternatively, if you know the PIN, you can also type it directly. Here’s how:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Messages.
The Messages application opens.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Compose PIN.
The ever-familiar New Message screen makes an appearance.
3. In the To field, enter the PIN and then press the trackball.
You just added a recipient in the To field.
4. Add a subject line, enter the body of your message, and sign off just
like you would in a normal e-mail.
Figure 8-4:
Send a PIN
message
via your
Contacts.
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Unlike e-mails, when you send a PIN-to-PIN message, you can tell if the
recipient got your message almost instantly. Viewing the Message list, you
see a letter D, which means delivered, on top of the check mark next to the
PIN-to-PIN message you sent.
Because of the nature of PIN-to-PIN messaging (the conspicuous lack of a paper
trail, as it were), RIM has set it up so that companies can disable PIN-to-PIN
messaging on your BlackBerry device. (No paper trail can mean legal problems
down the road — can you say Sarbanes-Oxley?) If your BlackBerry is from your
employer and you don’t see the PIN menu item allowing you to send PIN-to-PIN
messages, you can safely assume that your employer has disabled it. Contact
your BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) administrator to make sure. (See
Chapter 1 for an explanation of BES.)
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message is no different than receiving a standard
e-mail. You get the same entry into your Messages list for the PIN-to-PIN
message that you receive, and the same message screen appears when you
open the message. By default, your BlackBerry vibrates to alert you, but this
behavior can be customized in Profiles. In Profiles, PIN-to-PIN is a Level1
Message. (Check out Chapter 3 for more details on changing your profile.)
When you reply to the message, the reply is a PIN-to-PIN message as well —
that is, as long as your BlackBerry is set up to send PIN-to-PIN messages.
Again, because this involves a BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry communication, you
won’t see a PIN message show up on your desktop’s e-mail client’s inbox.
Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way
Short Messaging Service (also known as SMS, or simply text messaging) is so
popular these days that you see it used in many TV shows, including the
Fox Network’s American Idol, which lets you vote for the show’s contestants
by using SMS. Moreover, SMS is an established technology (not a new and
unproven thing, in other words) that has been popular for years in Europe
and Asia, where the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) is the
technology of choice among cellphone network providers. How short is
short? The maximum size per message is about 160 characters. If you send
more than that, it gets broken down into multiple messages.
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is the latest evolution of SMS. Rather
than a simple text message, you can also send someone an audio or a
video clip.
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SMS is a smash!
In the early days of SMS, phone providers gave
away their text messaging services for free. It
caught on like wildfire, especially in developing
countries where folks are a tad more cost
conscious. In those countries, it didn’t take
long before lots of folks started carrying a cellphone just to avail themselves of the free text
messaging. Adding to the appeal was the fact
that many network service providers didn’t even
force you to pay for a plan; you could walk into
any convenience store and buy a prepaid SIM
card, no questions asked. By the way,
Subscriber Identification Module, or SIM, is a
tiny electronic chip found in the back of a GSM
phone. This chip is your gateway to using the
phone network.
In the United States, however, it took some time
for SMS to catch up. For one thing, network
service providers in the United States are
divided between CDMA and GSM/GPRS technology. (See Chapter 1 for more on that divide.)
GSM/GPRS phones have allowed SMS since
1991; CDMA phones did not until about 2000.
(Competing innovations do have a downside,
right?) The second reason was that most
American homes were wired for regular phone
service, so cellphones were not necessarily
seen as something you just had to have.
However, the convenience of using cellphones
and SMS are making them more and more
attractive.
Whether you call it SMS, Short Messaging Service, or just plain text messaging,
your BlackBerry makes it simple. But before we go over the details, we want
to point out to all you BlackBerry Pearl owners that text messaging does
pose a challenge for beginners. It’s not that it’s a difficult task; it’s just that
it’s cumbersome to type the letters by using the limited keypad.
Also, you need to be aware of the trends and options for text messaging.
There is a growing SMS subculture among teenagers and those who jumped
onto the bandwagon early. These in-the-know folks use abbreviations
that might be difficult for you to understand in the beginning, so don’t dive
in without your oxygen tank. A quick preparation goes a long way toward
avoiding being labeled uncool when it comes to your SMS syntax. The
upcoming sections help smooth your path a bit by filling you in on the
basics of SMS-speak.
Using shorthand for speedy replies
From the get-go, text messaging sprang up from the wild and crazy world
of cellphone users. And those of you who’ve used a phone lately probably
know that phone design revolves around entering phone numbers rather
than entering the text to War and Peace. Time for a reality check: On a
regular cellphone, three letters share a single key. As you can imagine, trying
to bang out even a single paragraph can be a real pain.
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Human ingenuity prevails. People have found ways to circumvent the fact
that cellphones have such a limited number of keys at their disposal. One
strategy that we highlight here involves using abbreviations that allow you to
cut down on the amount of text you need to enter. These shorthand words
have quickly become quite hip, especially among the 14–18-year-old set.
Veteran text messagers (the hip ones, at least) can easily spot people who
are new to SMS technology by how they don’t use the right lingo — or use
such lingo incorrectly.
Proud owners of a BlackBerry Pearl Flip who are beginners to SMS might
be tempted to rely on BlackBerry’s default SureType feature when text
messaging. SureType is a technology used initially in BlackBerry 7100 series
and is carried on in the BlackBerry Pearl and Pearl Flip. SureType’s purpose is
to compensate for the limited keys at your disposal on this type of BlackBerry.
The software is smart enough to predict what you want to type. It can also
learn and become smarter as you use it. The technology is neat, making it
possible for you to type words faster and more easily on the BlackBerry Pearl.
However, you might find yourself in a situation in which you receive text
from buddies who use cool, with-it, hip, shorthand lingo, and you respond
with white-bread, uncool, complete words provided for you by SureType
technology. To preserve (or create) your cool image, we recommend disabling
SureType when you do any text messaging. (Chapter 2 fills you in on how to
toggle SureType on and off.) That way, you can master shorthand without any
interference from SureType and transform yourself into a text-messaging fool.
Awhfy?
In text messaging, the challenge lies in using abbreviations to craft a sentence
with as few letters as possible. Because text messaging has been around for a
number of years, plenty of folks have risen to this challenge by coming up
with a considerable pool of useful abbreviations. Don’t feel that you have to
rush out and memorize the whole shorthand dictionary at once, though. As
with mastering a new language, start out with the most commonly used
words or sentences. Then when you become familiar with those, slowly
gather in more and more terms. In time, the whole shorthand thing will be
second nature.
And what are the most commonly used terms? Funny you should ask. Table
8-1 gives you our take on the most common abbreviations, which are enough
to get you started. With these under your belt, you can at least follow the
most important parts of an SMS conversation. Feel free to check out the Web
site associated with this book (www.blackberryfordummies.com) for a
more comprehensive list of shorthand abbreviations.
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SMS Shorthand and Its Meanings
Shorthand
Meaning
Shorthand
Meaning
2D4
To die for
CUL8R
See you later
2G4U
Too good for you
CUS
See you soon
2L8
Too late
F2F
Face to face
4E
Forever
FC
Fingers crossed
4YEO
For your eyes only
FCFS
First come, first
served
A3
Anytime, anywhere,
anyplace
FOAF
Friend of a friend
AFAIK
As far as I know
FWIW
For what it’s worth
ASAP
As soon as possible
GAL
Get a life
ASL
Age, sex, location
GG
Good game
ATM
At the moment
GR8
Great
ATW
At the weekend
GSOH
Good sense of humor
AWHFY
Are we having
fun yet?
H2CUS
Hope to see you soon
B4
Before
IC
I see
BBFN
Bye-bye for now
IDK
I don’t know
BBL
Be back later
IMHO
In my honest opinion
BBS
Be back soon
IMO
In my opinion
BCNU
Be seeing you
IOU
I owe you
BG
Big grin
IOW
In other words
BION
Believe it or not
KISS
Keep it simple, stupid
BOL
Best of luck
LOL
Laughing out loud
BOT
Back on topic
OIC
Oh, I see
BRB
Be right back
RUOK
Are you okay?
BRT
Be right there
W4U
Waiting for you
BTW
By the way
W8
Wait
CMON
Come on
WTG
Way to go
CU
See you
TOM
Tomorrow
Showing some emotion
One aspect of written communication that has gotten a few folks in trouble
now and then is that the very same words can mean different things to
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different people. A simple example is the phrase, “You’re such a clueless
individual.” When you speak such a phrase (with the appropriate facial and
hand gestures), your conversational partner knows right off the bat (we
hope) that you’re teasing and that it’s all a bit of fun. Write that same phrase
in a text message and, well, you might get a nasty reply in return — which
you then have to respond to, which prompts another response, and soon
enough you’ve just ended that seven-year friendship.
Because SMS is meant for quick and short messages akin to chatting —
rather than long and drawn-out debates about what you actually meant when
you said what you said — a quick-and-dirty system for characterizing what
you’ve just written (I’m joking! I’m happy! I’m mad!) has sprung up. Known
as emoticons, these cutesy typographical devices let you telegraph your
meaning in sledgehammer-to-the-forehead fashion.
Yes, we’re talking smileys here — those combinations of keyboard characters
that when artfully combined, resemble a human face. The most popular
example — one that you’ve probably encountered in e-mails from especially
chirpy individuals — is the happy face, which you see used (usually at the
end of a statement) to convey good intentions or imply a happy context,
like this :).
Table 8-2 shows you the range of smiley choices. The trick to recognizing
what each smiley conveys lies in your ability to view them sideways (hopefully without developing a crick in your neck). Just remember that smileys
are supposed to be fun. They could be the one thing you need to make sure
that your “gently teasing remark” isn’t misconstrued as a hateful comment.
Table 8-2
Smileys and Their Meanings
Smiley
Meaning
Smiley
Meaning
:)
Happy, smiling
:(
Sad, frown
:-)
Happy, smiling, with nose
:-(
Sad, frown, with nose
:D
Laughing
:-<
Super sad
:-D
Laughing, with nose
:’-(
Crying
:’-)
Tears due to laughter
:-O
Yell, gasped
:-)8
Smiling with bow tie
:[email protected]
Scream, what?
;)
Winking
:-(o)
Shouting
;-)
Winking, with nose
|-O
Yawn
O:-)
I’m an angel (male)
:----(
Liar, long nose
O*-)
I’m an angel (female)
%-(
Confused
8-)
Cool, with sunglasses
:-|
Determined
:-!
Foot in mouth
:-()
Talking
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Smiley
Meaning
Smiley
Meaning
>-)
Evil grin
:-ozz
Bored
:-x
Kiss on the lips
@@
Eyes
(((H)))
Hugs
%-)
Cross-eyed
@>--;--
Rose
|@@|
Face
:b
Tongue out
#:-)
Hair is a mess
;b
Tongue out with a wink
&:-)
Hair is curly
:-&
Tongue tied
$-)
Yuppie
-!-
Sleepy
:-($)
Put your money
where your mouth is
<3
For heart or love
<(^(oo)^)>
Pig
Sending a text message
After you have the shorthand stuff as well as the smileys under your belt,
get your fingers pumped up and ready for action: It’s message-sending time!
Whether its SMS or a richer audio/video (MMS) message, here’s how it’s
done:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
Contacts opens.
2. Highlight a contact who has a cellphone number, press the Menu key,
and select SMS (or MMS) <contact name> from the menu that appears.
The menu item for SMS or MMS is intelligent enough to display the name
of the contact. For example, if you choose John Doe, the menu item
reads SMS John Doe or MMS John Doe, as shown in Figure 8-5. (Note
the space for entering your text message, right underneath the screen
heading.)
3. If you chose MMS, browse from your multimedia folders and select the
audio or video file you want to send.
When choosing MMS, this extra step allows you to choose the multimedia file. This is the only difference between SMS and MMS with regard
to sending a message.
4. Type your message.
Remember that shorthand business? You should start taking advantage
of it the first chance you get. (Practice makes perfect.)
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Figure 8-5:
Start your
text message here.
5. Press the trackball and then select Send from the menu that appears.
Your message is sent on its merry way.
Viewing a message you receive
If you have an incoming SMS or MMS message, you get a notification just
like you do when you receive an e-mail. Also, like e-mail, the e-mail icon at
the top of the Home screen indicates a new message. In fact, everything
about viewing SMS and MMS messages is pretty much the same as reading
an e-mail. So, if you have Chapter 7 loaded into your memory, you know how
to read SMS messages. The basic run-through is as follows:
1. Open Messages.
2. Scroll to the unread message.
3. Press the trackball.
4. Bob’s your uncle: The message appears on-screen.
You can customize how your BlackBerry notifies you when you receive an
SMS message. Chapter 3 has the scoop on all the customization options for
your BlackBerry, including options for SMS notification. (Look for the section
about customizing your profile.)
Always Online Using Instant Messaging
Real-time conversation with your friends or buddies over the Internet is
easier with the advent of Instant Messenger. This technology allows two or
more people to send and receive messages quickly with the use of software
that uses the Internet as the wire. It all started with pure text messages and
evolved into a rich medium involving voice and even video conversation in
real time.
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Messaging etiquette and a few words of caution
Here are some commonsense messaging rules
as well as a few words of caution. Even if you’re
new to messaging, being a neophyte doesn’t
give you free license to act like a jerk. So
remember, play nice and take the following
pointers to heart:
✓ Use smileys to avoid misunderstandings.
Read more about emoticons and smileys
earlier in this chapter.
✓ Do not ever forward chain letters. We mean
it. Never.
✓ If you need to forward a message, check
the entire message content first. Make sure
that nothing offends the recipient.
✓ Some things in this world need to be said
face to face, so don’t even think of using
messaging for it. Ever try dumping your
girlfriend or boyfriend over the phone?
Guess what? Using messaging is a far
worse idea.
✓ Keep your tone gender neutral. Some messages that are forwarded through e-mails
are inappropriate to the opposite sex.
✓ Capital letters are like shouting, so DON’T
USE THEM.
✓ Know your recipient. A newbie may not
easily grasp smileys and shorthand at first,
so act accordingly. (Read more about shorthand earlier in this chapter.)
✓ Don’t reply to any message when you’re
angry. You can’t unsend a sent message.
It’s better to be prudent than sorry.
✓ Don’t spread gossip or make personal
remarks about other people. Beware! Your
messages can end up in the wrong hands
and haunt you in the future.
✓ Easy does it. There is no documented evidence of the deleterious effects (physical
or psychological) of too much text messaging. However, don’t text-message as if you
wanted to enter the books as the first
recorded case of Instantmessagingitis. As
your great-grandma would tell you, too
much of anything is bad for you. It’s easy to
lose track of time doing IM.
✓ Drive safely. Tuck away your BlackBerry
whenever you’re in the driver’s seat.
You may not find Instant Messenger in your BlackBerry. That’s because it’s a
service provider’s prerogative to include IM on the BlackBerry it sells. (Most
providers, however, do support it for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip.) Also, your
company has the option of not including Instant Messenger. Here’s the deal:
You can add Instant Messenger to your BlackBerry even if it didn’t come as a
default. Now, for those who already have Instant Messenger installed, you’re
in luck. You can go on your merry IM way. However, for those of you lacking
an IM application, don’t despair. See the upcoming section, “Instant messaging
on your BlackBerry,” which shows you where to download Instant Messenger
so you can install it on your BlackBerry.
Chatting using IM rules
When America Online (AOL) came out with Instant Messenger (IM) in the
mid-1990s, it was an overnight hit. What made it successful was that it could
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provide quick (instantaneous) responses to any messages you sent. In addition, the service introduced many simple (yet clever) functions that offer you
a new way of communicating. For example, you can chat with multiple people
at the same time. You can tell whether someone is trying to type a message
to you. You can even tell whether your buddies are online, away from their
computers, or simply too busy to be interrupted at the moment. IM adds
up to a totally different slant on long-distance communication, opening a
wide array of possibilities — possibilities that can be used for good (team
collaboration) or ill (mindless gossip), depending on the situation.
As you might expect, IM is great for both personal and business applications.
Whether you’re maintaining friendships or busily working to create new
ones, Instant Messenger is definitely one powerful tool to consider adding to
your social-skills toolbox.
Instant messaging on your BlackBerry
Most network providers dish out the three most popular IM services to their
BlackBerry customers:
✓ Google Talk
✓ Yahoo! Messenger
✓ Windows Live Messenger (from the giant Microsoft)
Those three IM programs aren’t the only popular ones. Here are several more:
✓ AOL Instant Messenger
✓ ICQ Instant Messenger
✓ iChat AV (on the Macintosh)
✓ Jabber (open source, also known as free)
If you’re using an IM network that isn’t preloaded, you can always check
RIM’s Web site to download the applications: www.mobile.blackberry.
com. On this page, go to IM and Social Networking. The list of IM applications
should be listed on the next page with a link for download.
IM basics: What you need
Assuming that you have the IM application available in your BlackBerry, you
just need two things to start using the standard four IM programs:
✓ User ID
✓ Password
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Getting a user ID/password combo is a breeze. Just go to the appropriate
registration Web page (listed next) for the IM application(s) you want to use.
Use your desktop or laptop machine for signing up. It’s easier and faster
that way.
✓ Google Talk: www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount?
service=talk
✓ AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): https://reg.my.screenname.aol.
com/_cqr/registration/initRegistration.psp
✓ ICQ: www.icq.com/register
✓ MSN Live Messenger: http://messenger.msn.com/download/
getstarted.aspx
✓ Y! Messenger: http://edit.yahoo.com/config/eval_register?.
src=pg&.done=http://messenger.yahoo.com
Given the many IM network choices available, your friends are probably
signed up on a bunch of different networks. You may end up having to sign up
for multiple networks if you want to reach them all by using IM.
Going online with IM
After you obtain the user ID/password combo for one (or more) of the IM
services, you can use your BlackBerry to start chatting with your buddies by
following these steps:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select the IM application of your
choice.
To illustrate how to do this, we are using Google Talk. An applicationspecific logon screen shows up for you to sign on, similar to the one
shown in Figure 8-6. It’s straightforward, with the standard screen name
or ID line and password line.
2. Enter your screen name/ID and password.
Figure 8-6:
Logon
screen for
Google Talk.
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3. (Optional) If you want, select the Remember Password check box.
Also if you want, select the Automatically Sign Me In check box.
When the Remember Password check box is enabled, it allows you to
keep the ID/password information preentered the next time you come
back to this screen. (Um, that is, you don’t have to type this stuff every
time you want to IM.) We recommend that you select this check box
to save time but also set your handheld password to enabled so that
security is not compromised. Refer to Chapter 3 if you need a refresher
on how to enable passwords on your BlackBerry.
The Automatically Sign Me In check box allows you to toggle the feature
of signing in automatically when your BlackBerry is powered up. This is
helpful if you have a habit of turning off your BlackBerry periodically.
4. Press the trackball and then select Sign In.
At this point, IM tries to log you on. This can take a few seconds, during
which time the screen reads Sending request to AOL or Sending
request to Yahoo! or Sending request to ICQ while it’s in
this phase. After you’re logged on, a simple listing of your contacts, or
buddies, appears on the screen.
5. Select the person you’d like to chat with.
A menu appears, listing various things you can do. Features could differ
a little bit for each IM application, but for Google Talk, here’s a sample of
what you can do:
• Start Chat
• Send File
• Add a Friend
• Rename
• Remove
• Block
6. Select the action you’d like.
Adding a contact/buddy
Before you can start chatting with your buddies, you need to know their user
IDs as well:
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Provider
Where You Get Someone’s User ID
AIM
Your friend or by searching AOL’s directory
Google Talk
The text before the @ sign in his or her Google
e-mail address
Yahoo!
The text before the @ sign in his or her Yahoo!
e-mail address
ICQ
Your friend’s e-mail or the ICQ Global Directory
MSN
MSN passport ID or Hotmail ID
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Luckily for you, you don’t need to search around for IDs every time you want
to IM someone. You can store IDs as part of a contact list. Follow these steps:
1. Starting within the IM service of your choice, press the Menu key.
2. Select Add a Friend, as shown in Figure 8-7.
The Add a Friend screen appears.
3. Enter the user ID of your contact on the Add a Friend screen.
4. Press the trackball.
IM is smart enough to figure out whether this contact is a valid user ID.
If the ID is valid, the application adds the ID to your list of contacts. The
buddy goes either to the Online or Offline section of your list, depending
on whether your buddy is logged on. You’ll be warned if the ID you
entered is not valid.
Figure 8-7:
The Google
Talk menu.
Doing the chat thing
Suppose you want to start a conversation with one of your contacts (a safe
assumption on our part, we think). By sending a message within the IM
application, you’re initiating a conversation. Here are the details on how to
do it:
1. Log on to the IM application of your choice.
2. Select the person you want to contact.
A typical online chat screen shows up. The top portion lists old messages sent to and received from this contact. You type your message at
the bottom part of the screen.
3. Type your message.
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4. Press the Enter key.
Your user ID and the message you just sent show up in the topmost
(history) section of the chat screen. When you get a message, it’s
added to the history section so that both sides of your conversation
stay in view.
Sending your smile
You can quickly add emoticons to your message (without having to
remember all the character equivalents in Table 8-1). Follow these steps:
1. While you’re typing your message, press the Menu key.
A menu appears.
2. Select Show Symbols.
All the icons appear, as shown in Figure 8-8.
3. Select the emoticon you want.
The emoticon is added to your message.
Figure 8-8:
You can
choose from
many
smileys.
Using BlackBerry Messenger
RIM has entered the IM horse race in the form of a spirited filly named —
you guessed it — BlackBerry Messenger. This application is based on the
PIN-to-PIN messaging technology described earlier in this chapter, which
means that it is mucho fast and quite reliable.
However, with BlackBerry Messenger, you can chat with only those buddies
who have a BlackBerry and also have PIN-to-PIN messaging enabled. The
application supports IM features common to many of the other applications,
such as group chatting and the capability to monitor the availability of other
IM buddies.
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Running BlackBerry Messenger
You can access BlackBerry Messenger in the Applications folder from the
Home screen, as shown on the left in Figure 8-9. The first time you run
BlackBerry Messenger, it asks for two things:
✓ Your display name (as shown on the right in Figure 8-9)
✓ A password (in case you need to restore your contact list in the future)
You see a contact list the next time you open the application, as shown on
the left in Figure 8-10. (Okay, we know it looks empty here, but we show you
how to populate it in a minute.)
Pressing the Menu key lets you do these things, as shown on the right side of
Figure 8-10:
✓ Customize the groupings
✓ Add a contact
✓ Set your availability
✓ Start a conversation
✓ Change your options
Figure 8-9:
BlackBerry
Messenger
(left). The
prompt to
enter your
display
name (right).
Figure 8-10:
The
BlackBerry
Messenger
contact list
(left) and
menu (right).
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Adding a contact
With nobody in your contact list, BlackBerry Messenger is a pretty useless
item. Your first order of business is to add a contact to your list — someone
you know who
✓ Has a BlackBerry
✓ Is entered in your Contacts
✓ Has PIN-to-PIN messaging enabled
✓ Has a copy of BlackBerry Messenger installed on his or her device
If you know someone who fits these criteria, you can add that person to your
list by doing the following:
1. In BlackBerry Messenger, press the Menu key.
2. Select Add a Contact.
All the contacts in your BlackBerry Contacts show up on-screen.
3. Select the name you want to add to your BlackBerry Messenger
contact list.
A Message dialog box displays the Permission Request message.
BlackBerry sends the request to the potential contact, as shown in
Figure 8-11. You can edit the message that’s sent.
4. Type your message.
5. Select OK, and then select OK again in the screen that follows.
The application sends your request. As long as the person has not
responded to your request, his or her name appears as part of the
Pending Contacts group, as shown in Figure 8-12. When your contact
responds positively to your request, that name goes to the official
contact list.
Figure 8-11:
Potential
contacts
are asked
before being
added.
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Figure 8-12:
To-beapproved
contacts
are in the
Pending
Contacts
group.
Starting a conversation
You can easily start a conversation with any of your contacts. Follow
these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Messenger main menu, select the name in your
contact list.
A traditional chat interface opens, with a list of old messages at the top
and a text box for typing messages at the bottom.
2. Type your message.
3. Press the Enter key.
Any messages you send (as well as any responses you get) are appended
to the history list at the top.
Starting a group conversation
You can easily invite others to your BlackBerry Messenger conversation.
Follow these steps:
1. During a conversation, press the Menu key.
The BlackBerry Messenger main menu appears. This time, an Invite
option has been added.
2. Select Invite.
The Select a Contact screen opens.
3. Select people, one at a time.
You can choose any number of people.
4. Select OK.
You’re back to the previous conversation screen, but this time, the
history list shows the contacts you added to the conversation. The
newly selected contact can now join the conversation.
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You can make your name appear snazzy by adding symbols:
1. On the BlackBerry Messenger screen, press the Menu key.
2. Select Edit My Info.
3. Press the Sym key to choose the symbol you want.
You can quickly page down on the symbol screen by pressing the
Sym key.
Figure 8-13:
Adding symbols to your
name here.
Taking control of your IM app
If you use IM frequently — and you tend to chat with many contacts all at
the same time — your BlackBerry’s physical limitations may cramp your IM
style. No matter whether you use AIM, Y! Messenger, ICQ, MSN Messenger, or
BlackBerry Messenger, it’s still slower to type words on the tiny keypad than
it is to type on your PC.
Do you just give up on the dream of IMing on the go? Not necessarily. The following sections show how you can power up your BlackBerry IM technique.
Less is more
If you can’t keep up with all your buddies, your best bet is to limit your
exposure. Take a whack at your contact list so that only your true buddies
remain as contacts whom you want to IM from your BlackBerry. Trimming
your list is easy — to delete a contact from your IM application, use the
Delete option from your BlackBerry Messenger main menu.
Deleting a contact or buddy from an IM application on your BlackBerry also
deletes it from the desktop or laptop computer version of the app. That’s
because the list of contacts is maintained at a central location — an IM server,
to be precise — and not on your BlackBerry.
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Jive on
If you want to make sure that you won’t have
text-messaging fees for using an IM client,
check out these IM programs:
✓ BeejiveIM (w w w . b e e j i v e . c o m /
download/blackberry.htm): This
one-time-fee program connects directly to
the Web instead of using SMS. It works with
multiple IM networks and multiple accounts
per network: AIM, Microsoft Live
Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google
Talk, ICQ, Jabber, and MySpace IM. This is
one of the best options.
✓ Nimbuzz (www.nimbuzz.com): Nimbuzz
supports many of the popular IM networks.
It even supports calls using the Skype network. And the best thing is that it’s free and
does not use SMS.
✓ IM+ (www.shapeservices.com/
eng/im/blackberry): If you don’t
want to pay annually, consider this service.
IM+ only asks for a one-time fee and also
supports Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, ICQ, Google
Talk, and Jabber networks. The best thing
about IM+ is that it sends messages by
using the Internet rather than SMS, which
is best suited for people who have the
unlimited data plan. You have to choose a
version: The Regular version connects to
BES. (See Chapter 1 for details on BES.)
BES is used by companies as a way of connecting the BlackBerry platform to a corporate network and e-mail server. The WAP
version allows a personal BlackBerry to
use the network provider’s WAP gateway
to connect to the Internet. The Shape
Services Web site has a comprehensive
FAQ (frequently asked questions) list for
details about the software.
Check out the Web site associated with this
book (www.blackberryfordummies.
com) for updates regarding these (and other)
recommendations.
A simple work-around here is to set up two accounts of your favorite IM
application — one for your BlackBerry and one for your desktop. By using
these accounts separately, you can limit the number of contacts you have
on your BlackBerry and still maintain a full-blown list of contacts on your
desktop.
Lesser typing — use shorthand
Cut down your typing time. Don’t forget the shorthand described previously.
It’s widely used in IM as well as texting, so refer to Table 8-1 whenever you
can so that you can quickly respond. Before you know it, you’ll have the
abbreviations memorized and be using them with ease. The emoticons also
can make your conversation more interesting. Always take them out of your
toolbox. Refer to Table 8-2 for the list of the most common ones.
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SMS versus connecting via the Web
SMS messages are short messages designed for cellphones. IM is a step up,
evolving from the Internet where bandwidth is no longer a concern. It
provides a better real-time conversation experience across distances. These
two technologies evolved in parallel. As more people use IM, it becomes
apparent that this technology has a place in handheld devices, where
mobility is an advantage. Some of the IM programs developed and used
in the BlackBerry in the past use SMS behind the scenes. And because your
BlackBerry can connect to the Internet, other programs use the Internet
directly. These differences can affect your monthly bill as well as your
messaging experience. Read on.
If you don’t have unlimited SMS but have an unlimited data plan, be careful with
any third-party IM software. Make sure that it is using the Internet instead of
SMS. If it is using an SMS, you’ll incur charges for every message sent and
received. As of this writing, most network providers charge 20 cents for every
SMS message. If you’re a heavy IM user, 20 cents adds up quickly and will be a
nasty surprise on your monthly bill.
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Chapter 9
Surfing the Internet Wave
In This Chapter
▶ Using BlackBerry Browser to surf the Web
▶ Mastering browser shortcuts and navigation tips
▶ Using bookmarks
▶ Customizing and optimizing Browser
▶ Downloading and installing applications from the Web
▶ Using Browser in an enterprise environment
I
t’s hard to believe that just over 13 years ago, more folks did not have
access to the Internet than did. Today, you can surf the Web anytime,
anywhere, and you can do it by using a traditional desktop or laptop computer, or even a tiny mobile device such as a PDA or a smartphone. Having
said that, it should be no surprise that your BlackBerry has a Web browser
of its own.
In this chapter, we explore ways to use BlackBerry Browser effectively.
We offer shortcuts that improve your experience browsing the Web. We
also throw in timesaving tips, including the coolest ways to customize your
browser to make pages load faster and a complete neat-freak’s guide to
managing your bookmarks.
Your network service provider might also have its own custom browser for
you to use. We compare these proprietary browsers with the default
BlackBerry browser so that you can decide which best suits your needs.
Getting Started with BlackBerry Browser
BlackBerry’s Browser comes loaded on your smartphone and accesses
the Web by a cellphone connection. When you run your BlackBerry on
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), the application is called BlackBerry
Browser; otherwise, it’s called Internet Browser. We just use Browser to make
things easier.
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The BlackBerry Browser has four variants:
✓ One that’s connected to your BES server.
✓ One that goes directly to your service provider’s network. This might be
called by the network service provider’s brand name.
✓ A browser that uses the WiFi connection.
✓ A WAP browser. Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP, was popular in
the 90s when mobile device displays were very limited and could only
display five to six rows of text. This technology lost its appeal with the
advent of high-resolution screens.
If you are a corporate BlackBerry user, your company administrator might
turn off or not install the other browsers except for the one that connects
through the company’s BES.
The following sections get you started using Browser. After you get your feet
wet, we promise that you’ll be chomping at the bit to find out more!
Accessing Browser
Browser is one of the main applications of your device, with its Globe icon
visible right on the Home screen, as shown in Figure 9-1. In most cases, you
open Browser by scrolling to this icon and then pressing the trackball.
If Browser is your default browser, you can access it from any application
that distinguishes a Web address. For example, from Contacts, you can open
Browser by opening the link on the Web Page field. If you get an e-mail that
contains a Web address, just scroll to that link. The link is highlighted, and
you can open the page by pressing the trackball.
When you access Browser from another application, you don’t have to close
that application to jump to Browser. Just press the Alt key (to the left of the Z
key) and the Escape key (to the right of the trackball) at the same time to
open a pop-up screen with application icons. Use your trackball to highlight
the Browser icon and then press the trackball to launch Browser.
By default, accessing Browser by clicking a Web address within another
application opens the Web page associated with that address. (In
Figure 9-2, we’re opening Browser from the Messages application.)
Opening Browser by clicking its icon on the Home screen gives you a
list of bookmarks.
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If you haven’t yet added bookmarks, the opening Browser screen looks like
Figure 9-3. You can find out more about adding bookmarks later in this
chapter.
Figure 9-1:
You can
open
Browser
from the
Home
screen.
Figure 9-2:
Open
Browser
from
Messages.
Figure 9-3:
Browser
with the
default
empty
Bookmarks
screen.
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Hitting the (air) waves
After you locate Browser, you’re ready to surf the Web. Here’s how:
1. Open Browser.
Unless the configuration is changed, BlackBerry displays your bookmarks when you open Browser. If you don’t yet have any bookmarks or
if you want to go to a page that isn’t in your bookmarks, skip to Step 3.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Go To.
3. Alternatively, in the screen that appears, enter a Web address, as
shown in Figure 9-4.
4. Select OK.
The Web page appears. While the page is loading, progress is indicated
at the bottom of the screen.
When you see a phone number or an e-mail address on a Web page, you can
scroll to that information to highlight it. When the information is highlighted,
pressing the trackball initiates a phone call or opens a new e-mail message
(depending on which type of link you highlighted).
Figure 9-4:
Opening a
Web page is
simple.
Navigating Web pages
Using Browser to navigate to a Web page is easy. Note that hyperlinks are
highlighted on-screen. To jump to a particular hyperlink, scroll to the
highlighted link and press the trackball.
Here are a few shortcuts you can use while navigating a Web page:
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✓ Quickly move up and down one full display page at a time by pressing 9
(down arrow) or 3 (up arrow).
✓ Quickly switch between full-screen mode and normal mode by pressing
the exclamation point (!) key. Think of full-screen mode simply as
another way to view the same Web page on your BlackBerry, but the
BlackBerry doesn’t show anything extra (for example, signals level) on
the top portion of the display screen. Normal mode is what you get by
default.
✓ To stop loading a page, press the Escape key.
✓ After a page fully loads, go back to the previous page by pressing the
Escape key.
And don’t forget the Browser menu (press the Menu key). It has some useful
shortcuts, as shown in Figure 9-5.
Here are the Browser menu options:
✓ Page View: Appears only if you are currently in Column view. This view
allows you to see the page as you would normally see it on your PC’s
Internet browser. The compressed version of the Web page takes up the
entire screen first. A menu option allows you to zoom in and out.
✓ Column View: This is the default view and normally does not appear as
a menu option. It shows up only if you are currently in Page view. With
this view, the Web page is displayed vertically, meaning that a wide Web
page wraps down and you can use the trackball to scroll up and down
the page.
✓ Find: Locates and highlights text within the current page. Like any other
basic Find tool, choosing this option displays a prompt to enter the text
you want to find. After the initial search, a Find Next menu appears for
finding the next matching text.
✓ Select: Shows up only if the trackball pointer is placed on text. This
feature allows you to highlight text on the screen for copying.
✓ Stop: Shows up only if you’re in the middle of requesting a page and
allows you to cancel such request. This is the same as pressing the
Escape key.
✓ Copy: This menu item appears if you have currently highlighted text.
Selecting Copy copies the highlighted text into memory so that you can
use it later for pasting somewhere else, such as in MemoPad.
✓ Full Image: This menu item appears only if you highlight an image and
only a portion of the image is displayed on the screen.
✓ Save Image: Also appears if you highlight an image and allows you to
save the image in the built-in memory or SD card.
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Figure 9-5:
The
Browser
menu has
lots of good
stuff.
✓ Home: The shortcut to your home page. The default home page can vary
from carrier to carrier, but to change it, follow these steps:
1. Open the Browser menu.
2. Select Options➪Browser Configuration.
3. Change the Home Page Address field.
✓ Get Link: This menu item appears if you have a currently highlighted
link. Choosing this menu item opens that page of the link. Hint: The
faster way to open a link is to press Enter.
✓ Go To: Allows you to open a Web page by entering the Web address and
pressing the trackball. As you enter more addresses, the ones you
entered before are listed in the History portion of the screen and stored
for possible future use so that you don’t have to type them again. To
find out how to clear that list, see the “Cache operations” section, later
in this chapter.
✓ Back <Esc>: Goes back to the previous page you viewed. This menu item
displays only if you navigated to more than one Web page.
When you see <Esc>, you can achieve the same function by pressing
the Escape key.
✓ Forward: If you’ve gone back at least one Web page in your browsing
travels, use Forward to progress one page at a time.
✓ Recent Pages: Browser can track up to 20 pages of Web addresses
you’ve visited, which you can view on the History screen. From there,
you can jump to any of those Web pages by highlighting the history page
and pressing the Enter key twice.
✓ History: Displays a list of the Web pages you visited and allows you to
jump back quickly to those pages. It is grouped by date.
✓ Refresh: Updates the current page. This is helpful when you’re viewing a
page with data that changes frequently (such as stock quotes).
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✓ Set Encoding: Specifies the encoding used in viewing a Web page.
This is useful when viewing foreign languages that use different
characters. Most BlackBerry users don’t have to deal with this and
probably don’t know what type of encoding a particular language
could display.
When you try to open a Web page, indicators appear at the bottom of the
screen that tell you the progress of your request. The left screen in Figure 9-6
shows that Browser is requesting a page. The right screen of Figure 9-6 shows
that you’ve reached the page and that the page is still loading.
Several icons are in the upper-right corner of both screens in Figure 9-6. We
explain them, from right to left:
✓ The rightmost arrow icon appears when Browser is processing or
receiving data.
✓ The bars to the left of the rightmost arrows show the strength of the
network signals (the same signal indicator for phone and e-mail).
✓ Your connection type also appears. In Figure 9-6, 3g means that the
connection is a third-generation network. (Chapter 1 gives you the
scoop on connection types.)
✓ The lock icon indicates whether you’re at a secure Web page. Figure 9-6
is showing a nonsecure page. Whether a page is secure depends
on the Web site you’re visiting. If you’re accessing your bank, you
most likely see the secured icon (a closed lock). On the other hand,
most pages don’t need to be secure, so you see the unsecured icon
(an open lock).
If you lose patience waiting for a page to load and want to browse somewhere
else, press the Escape key to stop the page from loading.
Figure 9-6:
Requesting
a page (left)
and then
loading
(right) it.
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Saving a Web page address
Entering a Web address to view a page can get tedious. Fortunately, you can
return to a page without typing the same address. While you’re viewing a
Web page, simply use the Browser menu (shown in Figure 9-7) to save that
page’s address.
You can save a Web page address in a couple of ways:
✓ Page Address: This option allows you to view the Web address of the
current page through a pop-up screen, which presents you with two
options to act on:
• Copy Address saves the page’s address on your BlackBerry
Clipboard and allows you to paste it somewhere else.
• Send Address presents another screen so that you can choose
whether to send the address by e-mail, MMS, PIN, or SMS. See
Chapter 7 for more on sending e-mail messages and Chapter 8 for
MMS, PIN, and SMS.
✓ Save Page: Use this option to save the Web address of the current page
to Messages. A message appears with the Browser globe icon to indicate
that it’s a Web link, as shown in Figure 9-8. Scrolling to that entry and
pressing the trackball launches Browser and opens the page for your
viewing pleasure.
Saving a page to your message list has a different purpose than bookmarking a page. When you save a page to your message list, you can
mark the page as unread, like an e-mail message, to remind yourself to
check back later.
Figure 9-7:
Use the
Browser
menu to
save a
Web page
address.
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Figure 9-8:
Save a Web
page link in
Messages.
Note: When you do not have network coverage and you try to access a Web
page, you’re prompted to save your request. When you do, your request is
automatically saved in the message list. When you do have coverage later,
you can open the same Web page from the message list, with the content
loaded already!
Pressing a letter key while a menu appears selects the first menu item that
starts with that letter. Pressing the same letter again selects the next menu
item that starts with that letter.
Sending an address by e-mail
You can send a Web address to any recipient via an e-mail by using the Page
Address option on the Browser menu. For a more direct way, simply select
Send Address from the Browser menu while the Web page is displayed. If you
know right away that you’re going to send an address to someone, use the
more direct method. It saves you a couple of clicks.
Saving Web images
If you have a BlackBerry with a color screen, you can view and save pictures
or images from a Web page. You can save images of JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP
formats. Any saved image is kept in the Pictures application, which enables
you to view it later, even when you are out of coverage. To save it from the
Web page, click the image you want to save and then select Save Image from
the menu that appears.
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Changing your Home screen background
This is a neat trick. You can use an image that
you have saved in your pictures list as the background on your Home screen. Here’s how:
1. From the Home screen, select the Media
icon and then select Pictures.
The Pictures application opens.
2. Scroll to and select the image you want to
set as your background.
3. Press the Menu key and then select Set as
Home Screen Image.
Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites
You don’t have to memorize all the addresses of your favorite sites.
BlackBerry Browser allows you to keep a list of sites you want to revisit. In
other words, make a bookmark so that you can come back to a site quickly.
Adding a bookmark
On the page you want to bookmark, select Add Bookmark from the Browser
menu. Remember that the menu is always accessible by pressing the Menu
key. Enter the name of the bookmark and then select the folder where you
want to save the bookmark in the Add Bookmark dialog box (as shown in
Figure 9-9). The default folder is BlackBerry Bookmarks, but you can save the
bookmark in folders that you create. To see how to create a bookmark folder,
skip ahead to the section “Adding a bookmark subfolder.”
The next time you want to go to a bookmarked page, return to the Bookmarks
screen by choosing Bookmarks from the Browser menu. From this screen,
you can find all the pages you bookmarked. Just highlight the name of the
bookmark and press the Enter key to open that page.
Figure 9-9:
Specify the
name and
the folder
in which to
store the
bookmark.
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Available offline
The Add Bookmark dialog box includes an Available Offline check box, which
you might be wondering about. If that check box is selected, you not only
save a page as a bookmark, but you are also caching it so that you can view
it even when out of network coverage (like when you’re stuck deep in a
mountain cave). So, the next time you click the bookmark, that page comes
up very fast.
We recommend that you create bookmarks to search engines (such as
Google) available offline because the content of the initial search page is not
likely to change from day to day.
If you’re working with version 3.8 or later of the BlackBerry OS, the Bookmarks
screen appears by default when you open Browser.
Modifying a bookmark
Changing a bookmark is a snap. Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Bookmarks screen.
To open the Bookmarks screen, select Bookmarks from the Browser
menu.
2. Highlight the name of the bookmark you want to modify, press the
Menu key, and then select Edit Bookmark.
3. On the screen that follows, you can edit the existing name, the
address the bookmark is pointing to, or both.
4. Select Accept to save your changes.
Organizing your bookmarks
Over time, the number of your bookmarks will grow. A tiny screen can make
it tough to find a certain site. You can organize your bookmarks by using
folders and help work around this problem. For example, you can group
related sites in a folder, and each folder can have one or more folders inside
it (subfolders). Having a folder hierarchy narrows your search and allows
you to easily find a site.
For example, your sites might fall into these categories:
✓ Reference
NY Times
Yahoo!
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✓ Fun
Flickr
The Onion
✓ Shopping
Etsy
Gaiam
Adding a bookmark subfolder
Unfortunately, you can only add subfolders to folders that are already listed
on the Bookmark page. That is, you can’t create your own root folder. Your
choices for adding your first subfolder are under WAP Bookmarks or
BlackBerry Bookmarks.
Suppose that you want to add a Reference subfolder within your BlackBerry
Bookmarks folder. Here are the quick and easy steps:
1. On the Bookmarks screen, highlight BlackBerry Bookmarks.
The initial folder you highlight is the parent of the new subfolder. So in
this case, the BlackBerry Bookmarks folder will contain the Reference
subfolder.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Add Subfolder, as shown in
Figure 9-10.
You see a dialog box where you can enter the name of the folder.
3. Enter the name of the folder (as shown in Figure 9-11) and use the
trackball to select OK.
We named our folder Reference. The Reference folder appears on the
Bookmarks screen (as shown in Figure 9-12), bearing a folder icon.
Figure 9-10:
Add a folder
here.
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Figure 9-11:
Enter a
folder name
for your
bookmarks.
Figure 9-12:
The
Bookmarks
screen
showing the
Reference
folder you
just added.
Renaming a bookmark folder
Renaming a bookmark folder you’ve created is as easy as editing a bookmark.
Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Bookmarks screen.
2. Highlight the name of the folder you want to change.
3. Press the Menu key.
A menu appears.
4. Select Rename Folder.
5. Type the name of the folder.
6. Select OK to save your changes.
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Moving your bookmarks
If you keep going astray looking for a bookmark that you think exists in a
particular folder but is instead in another, move that bookmark where it
belongs. Follow these steps:
1. Highlight the bookmark, press the Menu key, and select Move
Bookmark.
2. Use the trackball to move the bookmark to the location in the list
where you want it to appear.
3. After you find the right location, press the trackball.
Your bookmark is in its new home.
Cleaning up your bookmarks
Cleaning up your bookmarks list can help you keep organized. On the
Bookmarks screen, highlight the name of the bookmark you want to delete,
press the Menu key, and select Delete from the menu that appears.
You can clean up bookmarks wholesale by deleting an entire folder. However,
if you delete a folder, you delete the contents of that folder as well, so purge
with caution.
Exercising Options and Optimization
Techniques
Browser works out of the box. But everyone has his or her own taste, right?
You can look to Browser Options for Browser attributes and features you can
customize:
1. Press the Menu key.
2. Select Options.
The Browser Options screen offers three main categories to choose
from, as shown in Figure 9-13:
• Browser Configuration: A place to toggle Browser features.
• General Properties: Settings for the general look and feel of
Browser.
• Cache Operations: Allows you to clear file caches used by Browser.
If you feel speed-greedy after adjusting the options, see the sidebar “Speeding
up browsing,” later in this chapter.
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Figure 9-13:
The
Browser
Options
screen.
Configuring Browser
You can define browser-specific settings from the Browser Configuration
screen, which you access from the Browser Options screen. The customization
items you can amend (shown in Figure 9-14) are as follows:
✓ Support JavaScript: JavaScript is a scripting language used heavily to
make dynamic Web pages. A Web page might not behave normally when
this option is turned off. This option is off by default on the latest
BlackBerry smartphones with OS 4.6 onwards including Bold, Storm,
Pearl Flip, and Curve 8900.
✓ Allow JavaScript Popups: Most ad pages are launched as JavaScript
pop-ups. So, having this check box selected minimizes these ads. But
be aware that some important pages are also displayed as JavaScript
pop-ups. (Note that this option only shows up if you select the Support
JavaScript check box.)
✓ Terminate Slow Running Scripts: Sometimes you find Web pages with
scripts that aren’t written well. Keep this selected to keep Browser from
hanging. (Note that this option only shows up if you select the Support
JavaScript check box.)
Figure 9-14:
The
Browser
Configuration
screen.
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✓ Use Background Images: A Web page background image can make
the page look pleasing, but if the image is big, it could take time to
download it.
✓ Support Embedded Media: Select this option to support media such
as SVG (scalable vector graphics). Think of it as Flash for mobile
devices such as the BlackBerry. SVG can be a still image or an
animated one.
✓ Show Images: Controls the display of images depending on the content
mode of WML, HTML, or both. Think of WML pages as Web pages made
just for mobile devices, such as the BlackBerry. We recommend leaving
this selected for both.
Turn on and off the display of image placeholders if you opt to not
display images.
✓ Browser Identification: Specifies which browser type your browser
emulates. The default is BlackBerry, but Browser can also emulate these
instead:
• Microsoft Internet Explorer
• Firefox
We don’t see much difference in their behavior, so we recommend
emulating the default BlackBerry mode.
✓ Start Page: Allows you to specify a starting page to load when you open
Browser.
✓ Home Page Address: Allows you to set your home page. Note that the
home page is always available from the Browser menu.
General Browser properties
The General Properties screen does the same thing as the Browser Configuration
screen (see the preceding section): It lets you customize some Browser
behaviors. This screen, however, is geared more toward the features of the
Browser content. As shown in Figure 9-15, you can do this:
✓ Configure features
✓ Turn on features
✓ Turn off features
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Figure 9-15:
The General
Properties
screen.
From this screen, you use the Space key to change the value of a field. You
can configure the following features by selecting from the choices:
✓ Default Browser: If you have multiple browsers available, use this to
specify which one you want to use when opening a Web link.
✓ Default Font Family: When a Web page doesn’t specify the text font,
Browser will use the one you selected here.
✓ Default Font Size: When a Web page doesn’t specify the text font size,
Browser will use the one you selected here. The smaller the size, the
more text fits on the screen.
✓ Minimum Font Size: A Web page may specify a font size too small to be
legible. Specifying a legible font size will override the Web page.
✓ Minimum Font Style: When Browser is using the minimum font size, you
can choose what font to use. Some fonts are more legible, even in small
size, than others. If you’re not sure which one to use, leave the default
untouched.
✓ Default View: You can toggle the default view:
• Column wraps all Web page elements vertically, so you just scroll
up and down by panning the page.
• Page displays the page like you normally see in your PC’s Internet
browser. Pan the page to scroll left, right, up, and down.
✓ Image Quality: The higher the quality, the slower the page loads. The
default quality is medium. You have three options: low, medium, and
high.
✓ Repeat Animations: Sets the number of times an animation repeats. The
default is 100, but you can change this setting to
• Never
• Once
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• 10 Times
• 100 Times
• As Many as the Image Specifies
✓ Enable JavaScript Location Support: Web pages that have scripts that
take advantage of your BlackBerry’s location through GPS will work if
you have this selected.
✓ Prompt Before: You can have BlackBerry Browser give you a second
chance before you do the following things:
• Closing Browser on Escape: You’re notified right before you exit
BlackBerry Browser.
• Closing Modified Pages: You’re notified right before you exit a
modified Web page (for example, some type of online form you
fill out).
• Running WML Scripts: WML is a script that tells a wireless device
how to display a page. It was popular years ago when resolutions
of device screens were low, but very few Web sites are using it
now. We recommend leaving this field deselected because this
type of scripting is old and benign.
Cache operations
At any given time, your BlackBerry uses a few cache mechanisms. A cache
(pronounced cash) temporarily stores information used by Browser so that
the next time the info is needed, Browser doesn’t have to go back to the
source Web site. The cache can speed up displays when you want to view
the Web page again and is also useful when you’re suddenly out of network
coverage. When you visit a site that uses cookies, Browser caches that cookie.
(Think of a cookie as a piece of text that a Web site created and placed in
your BlackBerry’s memory to remember something about you, such as your
username.)
Browser also caches pages and content so that you can view them offline —
which is handy when you’re out of network range.
Some Web sites push (send information) Web pages to BlackBerry devices. An
icon will appear on the Home screen allowing you to quickly view the page.
After the Web page is delivered to your BlackBerry, it becomes available even
if you go out of the coverage area. If you subscribed to this service, your
device will have Web pages stored in the cache. Also, the addresses of the
pages that you visited (or your latest 20 in your history list) comprise a cache.
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The Cache Operations screen, shown in Figure 9-16, allows you to manually
clear your cache. To view the Cache Operations screen, follow these steps:
1. From the Browser screen, press the Menu key.
2. Select Options.
3. Select Cache Operations.
The size for each type of cache is displayed on this screen. If the cache has
content, you also see the Clear button, which you can use to clear the
specified cache type. This is true for all types of cache except for history,
which has its own Clear History button. You find four types of cache:
✓ Content Cache: Any offline content. You might want to clear this
whenever you’re running out of space on your BlackBerry and need
to free some memory. Or maybe you’re tired of viewing old content or
tired of pressing the Refresh option.
✓ Pushed Content: Any content that was pushed to your BlackBerry from
Push Services subscriptions. You might want to clear this to free
memory on your BlackBerry.
✓ Cookie Cache: Any cookies stored on your BlackBerry. You might want
to clear this for security’s sake. Sometimes you don’t want a Web site to
remember you.
✓ History: This is the list of sites you’ve visited by using the Go To
function. You might want to clear this for the sake of security if you
don’t want other people knowing which Web sites you’re visiting on
your BlackBerry.
Figure 9-16:
The Cache
Operations
screen.
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Speeding up browsing
On a wireless network, many factors can affect
the speed with which Web pages display. If you
find that browsing the Web is extremely slow,
you can make your pages load faster in
exchange for not using a few features. Here are
some of the techniques you can use:
✓ Don’t display images. You can see a big
performance improvement by turning off
the display of images. From the Browser
menu, select Browser Options➪Browser
Configuration, scroll to Show Images, and
change the value to No.
✓ Make sure that your BlackBerry is not low
on or out of memory. When your Black
Berry’s memory is very low, its performance
degrades. The BlackBerry low-memory
manager calls each application every now
and then, telling each one to free
resources.
Hint #1: Don’t leave many e-mail messages
unread. When the low-memory manager
kicks in, Messages tries to delete old
messages, but it can’t delete those that
are unread.
Hint #2: You can also clean up the
BlackBerry event log to free needed space.
Enter the letters LGLG while holding the
Shift key. This opens an event log, where
you can clear events to free memory.
✓ Turn off other features. If you’re mostly
interested in viewing content, consider
turning off features that pertain to how the
content is processed, such as Support
HTML Tables, Use Background Images,
Support JavaScript, Allow JavaScript
Popups, and Support Style Sheets. To turn
off other browser features, navigate to
Browser Options➪General Properties.
Warning: We don’t advise turning off features while performing an important task
such as online banking. If you do, you might
not be able to perform some of the actions
on the page. For example, the Submit button
might not work.
Installing and Uninstalling
Applications from the Web
You can download and install applications on your BlackBerry by using
Browser — that is, if the application has a link that lets you download and
install the files. The downloading and installing parts are easy. Follow
these steps:
1. Click the link from Browser.
It displays a simple prompt that looks like the screen shown in
Figure 9-17.
2. Click the Download button.
The download starts.
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Figure 9-17:
A typical
page that
lets you
download
an application on your
BlackBerry.
As long as you stay within network coverage while the download is progressing, your BlackBerry can finish the download and install the application
for you. If it finishes without any problems, you see a screen similar to
Figure 9-18.
As with a desktop computer, the download might or might not work for a
variety of reasons.
Sometimes the application requires you to install libraries, and sometimes the
application works only on a certain version of the BlackBerry OS. These issues
can be prevented, depending on the sophistication of the site where the link is
published. With most reputable sources, these issues are considered — and
successful downloading and installation are a snap.
Installing applications from nonreputable sources can cause your BlackBerry
to become unstable. Before you download an application from the Web, be
sure to read reviews about that particular application. Most of the time, other
people who tried the software provide reviews or feedback. Don’t be the first
to write the bad review!
Figure 9-18:
The download and
installation
were
completed.
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Your BES administrator can disable the feature in your BlackBerry to download and install an application. This is mostly the case for a company-issued
device. If you have problems downloading and installing an application,
check your company policy or contact the BlackBerry support person in your
company.
If you download an application that turns out to be a dud, you need to
uninstall it. See Chapter 19 for more on uninstalling an application from your
BlackBerry.
Browser’s Behavior in an
Enterprise Environment
Getting a device from your employer has both a good and an ugly side:
✓ On the good side, your company foots the bill.
✓ On the bad side, your company foots the bill.
Because your company pays for the bill, the company has a say in what you
can and can’t do with your BlackBerry device. This is especially true with
respect to browsing the Web.
Two scenarios come into play when it comes to your browser:
✓ Your browser might be running under your company’s BlackBerry
Enterprise Server (BES). With this setup, your BlackBerry Browser is
connecting to the Internet by using your company’s Internet connection.
It’s like using your desktop machine at work.
✓ Your browser is connected through a network service provider. Most of
the time, this kind of browser is called by the company’s name.
In most cases, your device fits in only one scenario, which is the case where
your browser is connected through your company’s BES server. Some lucky
folks might have both. Whatever scenario you’re in, the following sections
describe the major differences between the two and indicate what you can
expect.
Using Browser on your company’s BES
In an enterprise setup, your BlackBerry Browser is connected through your
company’s BES server. With this setup, the browser is actually named
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BlackBerry Browser. BES is located inside your company’s intranet. This
setup allows the company to better manage the privileges and the functions
you can use on your device.
For the BlackBerry Browser application, this setup allows the company to
use the existing Internet infrastructure, including the company’s firewall.
Because you are within the company’s network, the boundaries that your
network administrator set up on your account apply to your BlackBerry as
well. For example, when browsing the Web, your BlackBerry won’t display
any Web sites that are blocked by your company’s proxy server. The good
thing, though, is that you can browse by using the company’s intranet.
Know your company’s Web-browsing policy. Most companies keep logs of the
sites you view on your browser and might even have software to monitor
usage. Also, your company might not allow downloading from the Web.
Using your network provider’s browser
Any new device coming from a network service provider can come with
its own branded Web browser. It’s the same BlackBerry Browser, but the
behavior might differ in the following ways:
✓ The name is different.
✓ The default home page usually points to the provider’s Web site. This
isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most of the time, the network provider’s
Web site is full of links that you might not find on BlackBerry Browser.
✓ You can browse more sites. You’re not limited by your company’s
policy.
Most of the time, if your browser is through BES, surfing the Web is much
faster. This is not true in all cases, however, because the network bandwidth
of your BES affects the speed.
Setting the default browser
If you have more than one Web browser on your device, you have the option
to set the default browser. This comes into play when you view a Web
address by using a link outside the browser application. For example, when
you view a contact with a Web page in Contacts, the Contacts menu contains
a Get Link option. Clicking Get Link launches the default browser.
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To set up the default browser, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Home screen.
2. Select Settings➪Options➪Advanced Options➪Browser.
3. Use the Space key to change the value of the default browser
configuration, as shown in Figure 9-19.
Figure 9-19:
Use the
Space key
to change
the value of
the default
browser.
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Chapter 10
Calling Your Favorite Person
In This Chapter
▶ Accessing the BlackBerry Phone application
▶ Making and receiving calls
▶ Managing your calls with call forwarding and more
▶ Customizing your BlackBerry Phone setup
▶ Conferencing with more than one person
▶ Talking hands-free on your BlackBerry phone
▶ Multitasking with your BlackBerry phone
T
he BlackBerry phone operates no differently than any other phone you’ve
used. So why bother with this chapter? Although your BlackBerry phone
operates like any other phone, it has capabilities that far outreach those of
your run-of-the-mill cellphone. For example, when was the last time your
phone was connected to your to-do list? Have you ever received an e-mail and
placed a call directly from that e-mail? We didn’t think so. But with your
BlackBerry, you can do all these things and more.
In this chapter, we first cover phone basics and then show you some of the
neat ways BlackBerry Phone intertwines with other BlackBerry applications
and functions.
Using the BlackBerry Phone Application
Accessing the Phone application from the BlackBerry is a snap. You can
press the green Send button located right below the display screen to get
into the Phone application.
You can get to the Phone application also by pressing any of the numeric
keys. To do this, however, you have to make sure that the Dial from Home
Screen option is enabled in Phone Options. If you’re a frequent phone user,
we recommend that you enable this option.
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Throughout this section, we assume that you have the Dial from Home
Screen option enabled if you’re using a non-SureType model.
On a BlackBerry Pearl, you don’t need to go through the following steps.
Because Pearl is designed for heavy phone use, Dial from Home Screen isn’t an
option.
To enable dialing from the Home screen, follow these steps:
1. From your BlackBerry, press the green Send key.
Phone opens, showing the dial screen as well as your call history list.
2. Press the Menu key and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
3. Select General Options.
4. Highlight the Dial from Home Screen option, press the trackball, and
then select Yes from the drop-down list.
This enables you to make a phone call by pressing the numeric keys
when at the Home screen.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
Making and Receiving Calls
The folks at RIM have created an intuitive user interface to all the essential
Phone features, including making and receiving calls.
Making a call
To make a call, start from the Home screen and type the phone number you
want to dial. As soon as you start typing numbers, the Phone application
opens. When you finish typing the destination number, press the green
Send key.
Calling from Contacts
Because you can’t possibly remember all your friends’ and colleagues’ phone
numbers, calling from Contacts is convenient and useful. To call from
Contacts, follow these steps:
1. Open the Phone application.
2. Press the Menu key.
The Phone menu appears, as shown in Figure 10-1.
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Figure 10-1:
The Phone
menu on a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip
(similar on
other
models).
3. Select Call from Contacts.
Contacts opens. From here, you can search as usual for the contact
you’d like to call.
4. From Contacts, highlight your call recipient, press the trackball, and
then select Call.
This makes the call.
Dialing letters
One of the nice features of BlackBerry Phone is that you can dial letters, and
BlackBerry will figure out the corresponding number. For example, to dial
1-800-11-LEARN, do the following on your BlackBerry:
1. From the Home screen or the Phone application, dial 1-8-0-0-1-1.
As you type the first number, the Phone application opens (if it isn’t
open already) and displays the numbers you dialed.
2. Press and hold the Alt key and then dial (press) L-E-A-R-N.
The letters appear on-screen as you type.
3. Press the green Send key.
The call is initiated.
Receiving a call
Receiving a call on your BlackBerry is even easier than making a call. You
can receive calls in a couple of ways. One is by using your BlackBerry’s
automated answering feature, and the other is by answering manually.
Automated answering is triggered whenever you take your BlackBerry out
of your holster; in other words, just taking out the BlackBerry forces it
to automatically pick up any call, so you can start talking right away. The
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disadvantage of this is that you don’t have time to see who is calling you (on
your caller ID). Note: To disable autoanswering, be sure that your BlackBerry
isn’t in its holster when an incoming call arrives.
What’s the advantage of disabling autoanswering? Well, manual answering
prompts you to answer a call or ignore a call when you receive an incoming
call, as shown on the left side of Figure 10-2. This way, you can see on your
caller ID who is calling you before you decide to pick up or ignore the call.
If you have a BlackBerry Pearl Flip, when you have an incoming call, you can
see the caller ID on the front cover display screen, as shown on the right side
of Figure 10-2.
Figure 10-2:
An
incoming
call on a
BlackBerry
(left) and a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip
(right).
Handling missed calls
So, you missed that call from that important client. What made it worse is
that you didn’t notice the missed call because you didn’t see the little Missed
Call icon. This happened because you pay attention only to what is in your
e-mail message box. What can you do to make sure that you return that call?
You can make missed calls appear in your e-mail message box so that you are
sure to return your missed calls (if you choose to, that is).
To have your missed calls appear in your inbox, follow these steps:
1. Open the Phone application.
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2. Press the Menu key.
The Phone menu appears (refer to Figure 10-1).
3. Select Options.
The phone options screen appears, listing the different categories of
options.
4. Select Call Logging.
This opens the Call Logging screen.
5. Scroll to Missed Calls and press the trackball.
You can also select All Calls, which means that incoming and outgoing
calls will be displayed in your e-mail inbox.
6. Press the Menu key and select Save.
Phone Options while on a Call
When you’re on the phone, situations might arise where you’d want to
mute your conversation, place a call on hold, or change the call volume.
No problem. BlackBerry makes such adjustments easy.
Muting your call
You might want to use the Mute feature while on a conference call (see the
upcoming section “Arranging Conference Calls”) when you don’t need to
speak but do need to hear what is being discussed. Maybe you’re on the bus
or have kids in the background, making your surroundings noisy. By using
Mute, these background noises are filtered out from the conference call.
To mute your call, follow these steps:
1. While in a conversation, press the Menu key.
The Phone menu appears in all its glory.
2. Select Mute.
You hear a tone, indicating that your call is being muted.
Follow these steps to unmute your call:
1. While a call is on mute, press the Menu key.
The Phone menu makes another appearance.
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2. Select Turn Mute Off.
You hear a tone, indicating that your call is now unmuted.
Placing your call on hold
Unlike muting a call, placing a call on hold prohibits both you and your caller
from hearing one another. To put a conversation on hold, follow these steps:
1. While in a conversation, press the trackball.
The Phone menu appears yet again.
2. Scroll to Hold and press the trackball.
Your call is now on hold.
Follow these steps to unhold your call:
1. While a call is on hold, press the trackball.
A new menu appears.
2. Scroll to Resume and press the trackball.
You can continue your conversation.
Adjusting the call volume
Adjusting the call volume, a simple yet important action on your BlackBerry
phone, can be performed by simply pressing the volume up or volume down
key on the side of your BlackBerry.
Customizing the BlackBerry Phone
For your BlackBerry phone to work the way you like, you have to first set
it up the way you want it. In the following sections, we go through some
settings that can make you the master of your BlackBerry phone.
Setting up your voice mail number
This section shows you how to set up your voice mail access number.
Unfortunately, the instructions for setting up your voice mailbox vary,
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depending on your service provider. However, most service providers are
more than happy to walk you through the steps to get your mailbox set
up in a jiffy.
To set up your voice mail access number, follow these steps:
1. Open the Phone application.
2. Press the Menu key and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
A list of phone options appears.
3. Select Voice Mail.
This opens the voice mail configuration screen.
4. Scroll to access the number field and enter your voice mail access
number.
If this field is empty and you don’t know this number, contact your
service provider and ask for your voice mail access number.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
Using call forwarding
On the BlackBerry, you have two types of call forwarding:
✓ Forward all calls: Any calls to your BlackBerry are forwarded to the
number you designate. Another name for this feature is unconditional
forwarding.
✓ Forward unanswered calls: Calls that meet different types of conditions
are forwarded to different numbers as follows:
• If busy: You don’t have call waiting turned on, and you’re on the
phone.
• If no answer: You don’t hear your phone ring or somehow are
unable to pick up your phone (perhaps you’re in a meeting).
• If unreachable: You’re out of network coverage and cannot receive
any signals.
Out of the box, your BlackBerry forwards any unanswered calls, regardless of
conditions, to your voice mail number by default. However, you can add new
numbers to forward a call to.
You need to be within network coverage before can you change your call
forwarding option. After you’re within network coverage, you can change
your call forwarding settings by doing the following:
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1. Open the Phone application, press the Menu key, and select Options.
A list of phone options appears.
2. Select Call Forwarding.
Your BlackBerry now attempts to connect to the server. If successful,
you’ll see the Call Forwarding screen.
If you don’t see the Call Forwarding screen, wait until you have network
coverage and try again.
3. From the Call Forwarding screen, press the Menu key and then select
Edit Numbers.
A list of numbers appears. If this is the first time you’re setting call
forwarding, mostly likely only your voice mail number is in this list.
4. To add a new forwarding number, press the Menu key and then select
New Number.
A pop-up menu appears, prompting you to enter the new forwarding
number.
5. In the pop-up window, enter the number you want to forward to and
then press the trackball.
The new number you entered now appears on the call forward number
list. You can add this new number to any call forwarding types or
conditions.
6. Press the Escape key.
(The Escape key is the arrow key to the right of the trackball.) You are
returned to the Call Forwarding screen.
7. Scroll to the If Unreachable field and press the trackball.
A drop-down list appears, listing numbers from the call forwarding
number list, including the one you just added.
8. Select the number you want to forward to and then press the
trackball.
Doing so places the selected number into the If Unreachable field. You
can see this on the Call Forwarding screen.
9. Confirm your changes by pressing the Menu key and then selecting
Save.
Configuring speed dial
Speed dial is a convenient feature on any phone. And after you get used to
having it on a phone system, it’s hard not to use it on other phones, including
your BlackBerry phone.
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Viewing your speed dial list
To view your speed dial list, follow these steps:
1. Open the Phone application.
2. Press the Menu key and then select View Speed Dial List.
This displays a list of speed dial entries, as shown in Figure 10-3. If you
haven’t set up any speed dials, this list will be empty.
Notice in Figure 10-3 that the * key and # key have hard-set functions. This is
the same on all BlackBerry models (QWERTY and SureType). Basically this is
the shortcut for locking your BlackBerry screen (* key) and changing your
profile to Quiet (# key).
Figure 10-3:
The speed
dial list on a
BlackBerry
Pearl Flip.
Adding a number to speed dial
Setting up speed dial numbers is as easy as using them. It takes a few
seconds to set them up, but you benefit every time you use this feature.
To assign a number to a speed dial slot, follow these steps:
1. Open the Phone application.
2. Press the Menu key, select Options, and then select View Speed
Dial List.
This displays your list of speed dial numbers.
3. Scroll to an empty speed dial slot, press the Menu key, and then select
New Speed Dial.
The BlackBerry Contacts appears so that you can select a contact’s
phone number.
4. Select a contact, and then press the trackball.
If more than one number is associated with the selected contact, you’re
prompted to select which number to add to the speed dial list.
The number appears in the speed dial list.
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Using speed dial
After you have a few speed dial entries set up, you can start using them. To
do so, while on the Home screen or in the Phone application, press a speed
dial key. The call is initiated to the number associated with that particular
speed dial key.
Arranging Conference Calls
To have two or more people on the phone with you — the infamous
conference call — do the following:
1. Use the Phone application to place a call to the first participant.
2. While the first participant is on the phone with you, press the Menu
key and then select New Call.
This automatically places the first call on hold and brings up a New Call
screen, as shown in Figure 10-4, prompting you to place another call.
3. Place a call to the second participant by dialing a number, pressing
the trackball, and then selecting Call.
You can dial the number by using the number pad, or you can select a
frequently dialed number from your call log. To place a call from your
Contacts, press the trackball from the New Call screen and select Call
from Contacts. Your BlackBerry then prompts you to select a contact
to dial.
The call to the second meeting participant is just like any other phone
call (except that the first participant is still on the other line).
Figure 10-4:
A meeting
participant
is on hold.
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4. While the second participant is on the phone with you, press the
Menu key and then select Join Conference, as shown in Figure 10-5.
This reconnects the first participant with you, along with the second
participant. Now you can discuss away with both participants at the
same time.
Another name for having two people on the phone with you is three-way
calling, which is not a new concept. If you want to chat with four people or
even ten people on the phone at the same time, you certainly can. Simply
repeat Steps 2 through 4 until all the participants are on the phone.
Figure 10-5:
Join two
people in a
conference
call.
Talking privately to a conference
participant
During a conference call, you might want to talk to one participant privately.
This is called splitting your conference call. Here’s how you do it:
1. While on a conference call, press the Menu key and then select
Split Call, as shown in Figure 10-6.
A pop-up screen appears, listing all the participants of the
conference call.
2. From the pop-up screen, select the participant with whom you want to
speak privately.
This action places all other participants on hold and connects you to the
participant you selected. On the display screen, you can see to whom
you are connected — this confirms that you selected the right person to
chat with privately.
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Figure 10-6:
Split your
conference
call.
3. To talk to all participants again, press the Menu key and then select
Join Conference.
Doing so brings you back to the conference call with everyone.
Alternate between phone conversations
Whether you’re in a private conversation during a conference call or you’re
talking to someone while you have someone else on hold, you can switch
between the two conversations by swapping them. Follow these steps:
1. While talking to someone with another person on hold, press the
Menu key and then select Swap.
Doing so switches you from the person with whom you’re currently
talking to the person who was on hold.
2. Repeat Step 1 to go back to the original conversation.
Dropping that meeting hugger
If you’ve been on conference calls, you can identify those chatty “meeting
huggers” who have to say something about everything. Don’t you wish that
you could drop them off the call? Well, with your BlackBerry, you can (as
long as you are the meeting moderator or the person who initiates the call).
Follow these steps to perform the drop-kick:
1. While on a conference call, press the Menu key and then select
Drop Call.
A pop-up screen appears, listing all conference call participants.
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2. Select the meeting hugger you want to drop.
That person is disconnected.
3. Everyone else now can continue the conversation as usual.
Communicating Hands-Free
Because more and more places prohibit the use of mobile phones without a
hands-free headset, we thought we’d go through the hands-free options you
have on your BlackBerry.
Using the speaker phone
The Speaker Phone function is useful under certain situations, such as when
you’re in a room full of people who want to join your phone conversation.
Or you might be all by your lonesome in your office but are stuck rooting
through your files — hard to do with a BlackBerry scrunched up against your
ear. (We call such moments multitasking — a concept so important we devote
an entire upcoming section to it.)
To switch to the speaker phone while you’re on a phone call on the Pearl
Flip, press the OP key. If you are on a non-SureType BlackBerry, press the
Menu key and then select Activate Speaker Phone.
Pairing your BlackBerry with
a Bluetooth headset
Because BlackBerry smartphones come with a wired hands-free headset, you
can start using yours by simply plugging it into the headset jack on the left
side of the BlackBerry. You adjust the volume of the headset by pressing up
or down on the volume keys, the same as you would adjust the call volume
without the headset.
Using the wired hands-free headset can help you avoid being a police target,
but if you’re multitasking on your BlackBerry, the wired headset can get in
the way and become inconvenient.
This is where the whole Bluetooth wireless thing comes in. You can purchase a
BlackBerry Bluetooth headset to go with your Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry.
For a list of BlackBerry-compatible Bluetooth headsets, see Chapter 20.
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After you purchase a BlackBerry-compatible Bluetooth headset, you can
pair it with your BlackBerry. Think of pairing a Bluetooth headset with
your BlackBerry as registering the headset with your BlackBerry so that it
recognizes the headset.
First things first: You need to prep your headset for pairing. Now, each headset manufacturer has a different take on this, so you’ll need to consult your
headset documentation for details. With that out of the way, continue with
the pairing as follows:
1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select Bluetooth.
2. Press the Menu key to display the Bluetooth menu.
You see the Enable Bluetooth option. If you see the Disable Bluetooth
option instead, you can skip to Step 4.
3. Scroll to Enable Bluetooth and then press the trackball.
This enables Bluetooth on your BlackBerry.
4. Press the Menu key to display the Bluetooth menu and then select
Add Device.
You see the Searching for Devices progress bar, um, progressing, as
shown in Figure 10-7. When your BlackBerry discovers the headset, a
Select Device dialog box appears with the name of the headset.
5. From the Select Device dialog box, select the Bluetooth headset.
A dialog box appears to prompt you for a passkey code to the headset.
6. Enter the passkey and press the trackball.
Normally, the passkey is 0000, but refer to your headset documentation.
After you successfully enter the passkey, you see your headset listed in
the Bluetooth setting.
Figure 10-7:
Searching
for a
headset.
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7. Press the Menu key to display the Bluetooth menu and then select
Connect.
Your BlackBerry now attempts to connect to the Bluetooth headset.
8. When you see a screen similar to Figure 10-8, you can start using your
Bluetooth headset.
Figure 10-8:
Now
you can
use your
Bluetooth
headset.
Using voice dialing
With your headset and the Voice Dialing application, you can truly be handsfree from your BlackBerry. You may be thinking, how do I activate the Voice
Dialing application without touching my BlackBerry? Good question. The
majority of hands-free headsets (Bluetooth or not) come with a multipurpose
button.
Usually, a multipurpose button on a hands-free headset can mute, end, and
initiate a call. Refer to the operating manual of your hands-free headset for
more info.
After your headset is active, press its multipurpose button to activate the
Voice Dialing application. You will be greeted with a voice stating, “Say a
command.” At this point, simply say “Call” and state the name of a person or
say the number. (For example, say “Call President Obama” or “Call 5552468.”) The Voice Dialing application is good at recognizing the name of the
person and the numbers you dictate. However, we strongly suggest that you
try out the voice dialing feature before you need it.
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Multitasking while on the Phone
One of the great things about the BlackBerry is that you can use it for other
tasks while you’re on the phone. For example, you can take notes or make a
to-do list. Or you can look up a phone number in BlackBerry Contacts that
your caller is asking you for. You can even compose an e-mail while on a call.
It makes sense to multitask while you’re using a hands-free headset or a
speaker phone. Otherwise, your face would be stuck to your BlackBerry, and
you couldn’t engage in your conversation and multitask at the same time.
Accessing applications while on the phone
After you have donned your hands-free headset or have turned on a speaker
phone, you can start multitasking by doing the following:
1. While in a conversation, from the Phone application, press the Menu
key and then select Home Screen.
Alternatively, you can simply press the Escape key (the arrow key to the
right of the trackball) while in the Phone application to return to your
Home screen. This returns you to the Home screen without terminating
your phone conversation.
2. From the Home screen, you can start multitasking.
With the exception of GSM 3G (HSPAD) network, you can compose e-mails
during a phone conversation, but you can’t send the e-mail until you finish
the phone conversation. In addition, you can’t surf the Web while on the
phone. With GSM 3G network, you can receive and send emails, as well as
browse the Web.
While on the phone and multitasking, however, you can still access the
Phone menu from other applications. For example, from your to-do list, you
can end a call or put a call on hold.
Taking notes while on the phone
To take notes of your call, follow these steps:
1. During a phone conversation, press the Menu key and then select
Notes.
This displays the Notes screen.
2. Type notes for the conversation, as shown in Figure 10-9.
When the call ends, the notes are automatically saved for you.
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Figure 10-9:
Take notes
while on a
phone call.
Accessing phone notes
From the call history list (see Figure 10-10), you can access notes that you’ve
made during a call or a conference call. In addition, you can also edit and add
new notes.
Figure 10-10:
Call history,
where you
can see
conversation notes.
Forwarding phone notes
You can forward your phone notes just like any e-mail. While on the Call
History screen (refer to Figure 10-10), press the Menu key and then select
Forward.
You can add notes not only while you’re on the phone but also afterward.
While you are viewing a call history, press the Menu key. Then select Add
Notes if you have no notes for the call, or select Edit Notes if you already have
notes for the call.
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Chapter 11
Taking Pictures and Recording
Video with Your BlackBerry
In This Chapter
▶ Getting ready to say “cheese”
▶ Saving and organizing your pictures
▶ Sharing your photos with other people
▶ Understanding memory limits
▶ Getting ready to say “action”
▶ Configuring your video camera
O
h shoot, you forgot your camera. Don’t worry! Your BlackBerry’s
there when you need to capture the unbelievable: Grandma doing
a handstand, Grandpa doing a cartwheel, or your roommate doing her
laundry. And if pictures aren’t enough, you can record your unbelievable
scene in full motion.
Before you try taking pictures or have the BlackBerry camera rolling, read
this chapter so that you know what to expect and how to get the best shot.
We also walk you through the easy steps in capturing that funny pose. We tell
you how to store those photos and videos. We also show you how to share
the joy with your buddies.
Say Cheese: Taking Pictures
Before you ask someone to pose, examine your BlackBerry (shown in
Figure 11-1) first:
✓ Is the camera on? You see the bottom key on the right side of your
BlackBerry? Press it to bring up the Camera application. Alternatively,
you can select the Camera icon from the Home screen.
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✓ Is your finger blocking the lens? The lens is on the back side of your
device.
✓ Do you see the image on the screen? Pressing the Camera key again
takes the picture. You should hear a funky sound. Neat and easy, isn’t it?
Number of pictures that can be saved
Image to capture
Figure 11-1:
The camera
screen
ready
to take
pictures.
Zoom direction
Flash
Zoom amount
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Hey, you can take a picture of yourself as well. Turn the BlackBerry around
(so that you see its back), and you see a mirror right below the lens.
Whatever you see in that mirror is what the camera captures.
Itching to take more pictures? Hold those snapping fingers of yours. If you
take a few moments first to familiarize yourself with the camera’s features,
the effort could go a long way.
Reading the screen indicators
When you open the Camera application, the first thing you see is the screen
shown in Figure 11-1. The top portion of this screen shows you the image
you’re about to capture. The bottom part contains icons (starting from the
left) that indicate the following:
✓ Number of pictures you can capture
✓ Zoom
✓ Flash
Choosing the picture quality
The latest BlackBerry smartphones including the Curve 8900 can capture
up to 3.2 megapixels (MP) of resolution. Some BlackBerry models including
Bold and the earlier Curve and Pearl have 2 MP resolution. Still, saving at this
resolution requires a lot of space. You can save at a lower quality and save
some space on your BlackBerry. You have three resolutions to choose from:
✓ Normal
✓ Fine
✓ SuperFine
The default setting is Normal, which is the lowest quality but lets you save the
most pictures. The trade-off is that Normal picture quality won’t be as smooth
or fine compared to the Fine and SuperFine settings. You should choose a
setting based on how you plan to use the picture. If you’re taking a shot of a
breathtaking landscape in which you want to capture every possible detail
and print it later, you’ll want the SuperFine setting. On the other hand, if
you’re just taking pictures of your friends’ faces so that you can attach them
as caller IDs, Normal is appropriate.
Changing picture quality is a snap. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Camera application.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Options.
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3. Highlight Picture Quality and then press the Space key.
Pressing the Space key toggles the picture quality value among Normal,
Fine, and SuperFine. You may have to press the Space key twice to
select the setting you want.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Save.
The picture quality you’ve chosen is now active.
Zooming and focusing
You need to be steady to get a good focus while taking the shots. Although
it’s convenient to use one hand while taking pictures, most of the time, you’ll
get a blurry image if you try that.
When taking pictures, hold your BlackBerry with both hands, one holding the
device steady and the other clicking the shutter button.
Holding the camera with both hands is even more important if you’re
zooming in. Yes, your camera is capable of up to 5x digital zoom. Here’s
what you need to do to focus and zoom:
✓ To focus: Press the Camera key halfway.
✓ To zoom in: Slide the trackball up.
✓ To zoom out: Slide the trackball down.
While zooming, the value in the indicator changes from 1x to 2x to 5x and
vice versa, depending on the direction you scroll.
When zooming, your thumb is already on the trackball. What a convenient
way to take the picture — just press.
Although we took the pain in describing you the zooming capabilities, we
don’t recommend using them. Digital zoom (which is what your camera has)
gives poor results because it’s done through software and degrades the
quality of the picture. The higher the zoom factor, the more pixilated the
picture becomes.
Setting the flash
The rightmost indicator on the Camera screen is the flash. The default is
Automatic, which shows a lightning bolt with the letter A. Automatic means
that the camera detects the amount of light you have at the moment you
capture the image. Where it’s dark, the flash fires; otherwise it doesn’t.
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You can turn the flash on or off. When set to off, the lightning bolt is encircled
with a diagonal line, just like you see on No Smoking signs. You can toggle the
settings on the camera’s Options screen, which is accessible by pressing the
Menu key.
Setting the white balance
In photography, filters are used to compensate for the dominant light. For
instance, a fluorescent versus an incandescent light could affect how warm
the picture appears. Instead of using filters, most digital cameras have
a feature to correct or compensate for many types of light settings. This
feature is white balance. And yes, your BlackBerry has this feature. You can
choose from Sunny, Cloudy, Night, Incandescent, Fluorescent, and Automatic.
Automatic means your camera determines what it thinks are the best settings
to apply.
You can change the white balance through the camera’s Options screen.
The camera’s Options screen is accessible by pressing the Menu key and
selecting Options from the menu that appears.
Setting the picture size
Aside from picture quality, you can also adjust the actual size of the photo:
✓ Large: 1600 x 1200
✓ Medium: 1024 x 768
✓ Small: 640 x 480
Again, camera settings are accessible through the camera’s Options screen
by pressing the Menu key and selecting Options from the menu that appears.
Geotagging
Because your BlackBerry has GPS capability, your location can be easily
determined based on longitude and latitude. This information can be
added to your media files, including the pictures taken from your BlackBerry.
Adding geographic information is referred to as geotagging. On your
BlackBerry, it adds longitude and latitude information. Now, you don’t have
to wonder where you took that crazy pose.
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Geotagging is disabled by default in your BlackBerry. You can simply enable
it from the camera’s Options screen. (Press the Menu key and select Options
to get to the Options screen.)
If you have longitude and latitude information from one of your photos,
you can use one of the free sites on the Web to locate where you were when
you took the photo. One such site is www.travelgis.com/geocode/
default.aspx.
Working with Pictures
You’ve taken a bunch of pictures and you want to see them. And maybe
delete the unflattering ones. Or perhaps organize them. No problem.
Viewing
If you take a picture, you want to see it, right? Viewing a picture is a common
function with your camera. You can see the image you just captured right
then and there, as shown in Figure 11-2.
If you’re browsing through your picture folders, you can view a picture by
highlighting it and pressing the trackball.
Figure 11-2:
The camera
screen after
taking a
picture.
Ready to take
a picture
Folder
Delete
Image filename
Send to e-mail, MMS, or Messenger contact
Set as Caller ID or Home screen background
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Creating a slide show
Want to see your pictures in a slide show? Follow these steps:
1. While on the Camera screen, press the Menu key and select View
Pictures from the menu that appears.
2. Press the Menu key.
3. Select Slide Show.
Voilà! Your BlackBerry displays your pictures one at a time at a regular
time interval. The default interval between each picture is two seconds;
if you’re not happy with this interval, change it in the Options screen.
(Press the Menu key and select Options to get to the Options screen.)
Trashing
If you don’t like the image you captured, you can delete it. Follow these steps:
1. Highlight the picture you want to trash.
2. Press the Menu key and select Delete from the menu that appears;
alternatively, press the Del key.
A confirmation screen appears.
3. Select Delete.
You can also delete an image right after taking the picture; just select the
Trash Can icon when viewing the photo. (Refer to Figure 11-2.)
Listing filenames versus thumbnails
When you open a folder packed with pictures, your BlackBerry automatically
lists thumbnails, which are small previews of your pictures.
A preview is nice, but what if you’re trying to search for a picture file and
you know the filename? Wouldn’t it be nice to see a list of filenames instead
of thumbnails? You can view filenames by following these steps:
1. Go to a picture folder.
2. Press the Menu key.
3. Select View List.
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That’s exactly what you get: a list of all the pictures in the folder. What’s
neat is that the option also displays the file size. The file size can
give you a clue about what settings you used to take the picture. For
example, a photo taken at a SuperFine quality produces a much bigger
file size compared to one taken at Normal.
Checking picture properties
Curious about the amount of memory your picture is using? Want to know
the time you took the photo? You can view a picture’s properties as follows:
1. Highlight the picture from a list.
While you’re on the Camera screen, you can view the list of your
pictures by pressing the Menu key and selecting View Pictures.
2. Press the Menu key.
3. Select Properties.
You see a screen similar to Figure 11-3, which displays the picture’s
location, size, and last modification.
Figure 11-3:
Your
picture’s
properties.
Organizing your pictures
Organization is all about time and the best use of it. After all, you want to
enjoy looking at your pictures — not looking for them. The BlackBerry
enables you to rename and move pictures to different folders. Plus, you can
create folders, too. With those capabilities, you should be on your way to
organization nirvana.
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Renaming a picture file
BlackBerry saves a file when you capture a picture. However, the name of the
picture is generic, something like IMGxxxx, where x is a number.
Make it a habit to rename a photo as soon as you’ve finished capturing it. It is
easier to recognize Dean blows birthday candles than IMG0029-20081013-0029.
Renaming is a snap. Here’s how:
1. Display the picture screen or highlight it in the list.
2. Press the Menu key and select Rename.
A Rename screen appears, as shown in Figure 11-4.
3. Enter the name you want for this picture and then select Save.
Your picture is renamed.
Figure 11-4:
Rename
your picture
here.
Creating a new folder
Being the organized person you are, you must be wondering about the
folders we mentioned. Don’t fret; it’s simple to create one. Here’s how:
1. On the Camera screen, press the Menu key and then select View
Pictures.
The screen displays the list of pictures in the current folder and an Up
icon for you to navigate up to the folder above this folder.
2. Select the Up icon to navigate to the main folder where you want your
new folder to be created.
You should be within the folder where you want your new folder to be
created. If not, repeat this step and use your trackball to navigate to
that folder.
3. Press the Menu key and then select New Folder.
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4. Enter the name of the folder and then select OK.
Your folder is created.
Moving pictures
There are many reasons for moving pictures between folders. The most
obvious reason is to organize your pictures. Want to try it? Follow
these steps:
1. On the Camera screen, press the Menu key and then select View
Pictures.
The screen displays the list of pictures in the current folder. If the
picture you want to move is not in this folder, click the Up icon to
navigate up to other folders.
2. Highlight the picture you want to move, press the Menu key, and then
select Move.
The screen that follows allows you to navigate to the folder where you
want to move this picture.
3. Click the Up icon and use the trackball to navigate to the folder where
you want to move this picture.
4. Press the Menu key and then select Move Here.
Your picture is moved.
Sharing your pictures
Where’s the joy in taking great pictures if you’re the only one seeing them?
Your BlackBerry has several options for sharing your bundle of joy:
1. On the Camera screen, press the Menu key and select View Pictures.
2. Highlight a picture you want to share.
3. Press the Menu key.
4. Select from the choices listed here:
• Send as Email: This goes directly to the Message screen for
composing e-mail, with the currently selected picture as an
attachment.
• Send as MMS: Similar to Send as Email, this opens a Compose MMS
screen with the currently selected picture as an attachment. The
only difference is that MMS first displays Contacts, letting you
select the person’s phone number to receive the MMS before going
to the Compose screen. Another difference is that in the MMS it
sends a tiny version of the picture.
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• Send to Messenger Contact: This option is available if you have
BlackBerry Messenger installed. A similar function as Send as
MMS, but only displays contacts you have in BlackBerry
Messenger. It uses BlackBerry Messenger to send a tiny version
of the picture file.
• Send Using Bluetooth: This allows you to send the picture to any
device capable of communicating through Bluetooth.
You may also see other ways to send a picture file if you have other IM
clients installed. For example, if you have Google Talk installed, you will see
Send as Google Talk.
Setting a picture as caller ID
Wouldn’t it be nice if, when your girlfriend was calling, you also could see
her beautiful face? You can do that. If you have a photo of her saved in your
BlackBerry, follow these steps to use her picture as caller ID:
1. Select the Media icon from the Home screen and select Pictures.
2. Navigate to the location of your pictures.
3. Highlight the photo you want to appear when the person calls.
If you don’t have pictures of your friends, now’s the time to start
clicking.
4. Press the Menu key and select Set as Caller ID.
The photo is displayed on-screen with an inner portrait-size rectangle
that displays a clear view with the outside vague. The clear view
represents the portion of the photo that shows up as caller ID. You can
slide the trackball to make sure that you capture the face. Cropping it
is the last step.
5. Press the trackball and select Crop and Save.
Contacts appears.
6. Select the contact you want this picture to appear for.
A message indicating a picture is set for that contact appears. You’re set.
Setting a Home screen image
Suppose you have a stunning picture that you want to use as the background
image for your BlackBerry. Follow these steps to set the image:
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1. Select the Media icon from the Home screen and select Pictures.
2. Navigate to the location of your pictures.
3. Highlight the picture you want to use as your Home screen image.
4. Press the Menu key and select Set as Home Screen Image.
You can always reset the Home screen image by going to the Menu
screen and selecting Reset Home Screen Image.
Setting Camera Memory Options
The camera in your BlackBerry is a piece of hardware and a computer program. As such, the good people at RIM (Research In Motion) incorporated
some parameters that you can set so that you can enjoy your camera fully
while not affecting other features that share the same memory.
You should know the following two options:
✓ Device Memory Limit: The amount of device memory your camera can
use. The values are 12MB, 15MB, 20MB, and 25MB (1MB is 1000K). To
get a feel for how many pictures this is, look at the properties of an
existing picture in the format you take most often and note its file size.
The size of the picture depends on the format you use to take it.
✓ Reserved Pictures Memory: The amount of memory BlackBerry
reserves for the camera to store pictures. Possible values are 0MB, 2MB,
5MB, 8MB, 10MB, and 12MB. This value can’t be set greater than the
Device Memory Limit value.
Say Action: Capturing Video
The Camera application is a multipurpose one. You can also use it to
take videos.
Here are the quick and easy steps to use Video Camera mode:
1. Open the Camera application.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Video Camera (see Figure 11-5).
The screen displays like a viewfinder on a typical digital video camera,
as shown in Figure 11-6. Use the trackball to start recording.
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Figure 11-5:
Toggle
to Video
Camera
mode here.
Figure 11-6:
Your
BlackBerry
becomes a
digital video
camera.
The controls you see on the screen are all context related. When you first
launch the video camera, all you see is the Record button with the big white
dot at the bottom of the screen (shown in Figure 11-6). By using the trackball
to select the Record button, the video camera starts taking video and the
only available control is a Pause button.
You can use the Escape key to show the rest of the controls, as you can see
in Figure 11-7. The controls are the familiar buttons you see on a typical
video recorder/player. From left to right, they are as follows:
✓ Record: Continue recording.
✓ Stop: End the current recording.
✓ Play: Play the current video you just recorded.
✓ Rename: Rename the video file.
✓ Delete: Get rid of the video file of the current recording.
✓ Send: Share your current video recording. You have the option to send
it as e-mail, as MMS, or through Bluetooth. If you have IM clients
installed, such as Google Talk or Y! Messenger, the IM client will be
listed as one of the options for sending the video file.
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Figure 11-7:
The video
camera
controls.
Record
Play
Delete
Stop Rename Send
Customizing the Video Camera
Even with its size, your BlackBerry has a few settings you can tweak to
change the behavior of the video camera. And like every other BlackBerry
application, to see what you can customize, don’t look anywhere else
but the application’s Options screen — in this case, the Video Camera
Options screen.
Follow these steps to get to the Video Camera Options screen:
1. Open the Camera application.
2. Press the Menu key and then select Video Camera (refer to
Figure 11-5).
3. Press the Menu key and select Options.
The Options screen displays, as shown in Figure 11-8.
The available options are quite easy to digest, but in case you need a little
help, here’s what you can tweak:
✓ Video Light: In case it’s a little dim, you can turn the video camera’s
lights on. Note that this is a drain on your battery.
✓ Color Effect: The default is Normal, which is “what you see is what you
get.” If you are in the mood for effects, you can choose from either Black
& White or Sepia.
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✓ Video Format: The default here is Normal, but if you are planning to
send your video to friends through MMS, you can choose the MMS
mode, which has the smaller size and is optimal for MMS.
✓ Folder: You can use this to change the default location where your
BlackBerry saves the video file.
Figure 11-8:
Customize
your video
camera
here.
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Chapter 12
Getting Entertained with
Your BlackBerry
In This Chapter
▶ Listening to, recording, and viewing media
▶ Importing your PC media collection
▶ Downloading media
I
f one word describes today’s phone market trends, it’s convergence.
Your BlackBerry is one of the latest participants in this convergence
race. We probably don’t have to tell you this, but in addition to sending and
receiving e-mail and being a phone, a camera, and a PDA device, your
BlackBerry is a portable media player.
In the palm of your hand, you can
✓ Listen to music
✓ Record and watch video clips
✓ Sample ring tones
✓ Snap and view pictures
These capabilities are bundled into an application with a name you’d
recognize even after sipping a couple of pints of strong ale — Media.
Accessing Media
To run Media, simply select the Media icon from the Home screen. The
Media icon is very easy to distinguish, because it has the image of a CD and
a musical note.
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Media is a collection of media applications:
✓ Music
✓ Video
✓ Ring tones
✓ Pictures
✓ Voice Notes
And upon opening Media, each one is represented with an icon, as shown in
Figure 12-1. You don’t need to be Einstein to figure out what each one of
these media applications is used for. Ready to have some fun?
Figure 12-1:
Explore
Media here.
Music
Video
Ring tones Pictures Voice Notes
Let the music play
To play music on your BlackBerry, you don’t need a quarter. Just select
Music from the Media screen. Several potential views of your music
collection appear, as shown in Figure 12-2. Music is the screen heading.
The views include the following:
✓ All Songs: Displays all your music files in alphabetical order.
✓ Artists: Lists your music files by artist so that you can play your John
Mayer songs in one go.
✓ Albums: Lets you view your music collection one album at a time.
✓ Genres: If you prefer not to mingle your country with your cutting-edge
techno, navigate through this view.
✓ Playlists: Organize and play songs as you prefer — the perfect mix tape!
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✓ Sample Songs: When you’re dying to check the player but haven’t yet
put your collection into the BlackBerry, go here. Your smartphone
comes with a couple of songs, and you can find them here.
✓ Shuffle Songs: Life is all about variety, and when you’re tired of the song
order in your playlist, select this.
After you choose a view, select one of the songs to start playing it. After
BlackBerry starts playing a song, it plays the rest of the music listed in the
view you selected. The standard interface shown in Figure 12-3 doesn’t
require explanation.
There is no fast forwarding or rewinding in a traditional way, but you can
position where you start playing by moving the progress slider. Use the
trackball to select the progress slider, and then scroll the trackball to change
the slider’s position. Press the trackball again, and the music starts playing
from that position.
Figure 12-2:
Choose how
to view your
music
collection.
Figure 12-3:
The music
plays here.
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BlackBerry supports many music formats. The following list shows the
supported formats, along with the file extensions:
✓ ACC: Audio compression formats AAC, AAC+, and EAAC+ (.aac
and .m4a)
✓ AMR: Adaptive Multi Rate–Narrow Band (AMR-NB) speech coder
standard (.mmr and .3gp)
✓ MIDI: Polyphonic MIDI (.mid, .midi, and .smf)
✓ MP3: MPEG Part 1 and Part 2 audio layer 3 (.mp3 and .mp4)
✓ WMA: Windows Media Audio 9, Pro, and 10 (.wma and .asf)
The earpiece/mic combo that comes with your BlackBerry is only for one
ear. This might be an issue when you are in a noisy area. To improve your
experience, you can buy a stereo headset. And yes, a Bluetooth headset is
a good option.
Now showing
Playing or recording a video is very similar to playing music. Follow these
steps:
1. Select Video from the Media screen.
The screen shows Video Camera, and a list of video files appears at the
bottom. If you want to watch a video, skip to Step 5.
2. To start video recording, select Video Camera.
A screen shows the image in front of the camera.
3. Select the screen again to start recording.
Don’t wait for “Cut!” You can pause the camera by selecting the Pause
button. The familiar video/audio controls appear, from left to right,
showing
• Continue recording
• Stop
• Play
The functions of the other buttons are also obvious, including the
following:
• Rename (for the filename)
• Delete
• Send via E-Mail
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4. Press the Stop button when you’re ready to wrap up your home video.
You wind up at the previous screen with the video clip file listed. We
know you’re itching to watch it.
5. Select the file to play it on-screen.
Wondering on how to get recorded videos to your PC? The later section
“Working with Media Files” gives you the scoop on transferring files between
your BlackBerry and PC.
Lord of the ring tones
Ah, the proliferation of ring tones. Nothing beats hearing a loud funky ring
tone while you’re sleeping on a bus or a train. You can wake other passengers, too, whether you want to use the Top 40, old-fashioned digital beats,
or something you recorded.
Of course you want to hear ring tones that come with your BlackBerry. It
offers a bunch of them, so enjoy. Follow these steps:
1. Select Ring Tones from the Media screen.
You see three views:
• All Ring Tones
• My Ring Tones
• Preloaded Ring Tones
2. Select Preloaded Ring Tones.
The preloaded ring tones are displayed.
3. Select any one of them and enjoy.
While playing a ring tone, select the right arrow to go to the next tone;
select the left arrow to go the previous one.
4. Choose a ring tone you like.
5. Press the Menu key and select Set as Ring Tone.
That ring tone is what plays when your phone rings.
A ring tone is similar to a music file and includes the same music formats:
✓ ACC
✓ M4A
✓ MIDI
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✓ MMR
✓ MP3
✓ WMA
If you’re familiar with any audio-editing software, you can make your own
ring tones. Save the file in one of the formats in the previous list and copy it
to your BlackBerry (see the “Working with Media Files” section, later in this
chapter, to see how to copy files from your PC to your BlackBerry). The
Internet is also filled with ring tones, and many are free. The only possible
harm from downloading one is being annoyed with how it sounds. The
default home page on Browser (http://mobile.blackberry.com) has
links to sources of ring tones as well. See Fun and Pages on the home page.
Picture this
Folks who upgraded from an older BlackBerry may know Pictures, which lets
you view, zoom into, and rotate pictures. Follow these steps:
1. Select Pictures from the Media screen.
Your options are similar to those for other Media applications.
2. Navigate to the view you want.
3. Find the picture you’re looking for.
4. Select the file.
Pretty easy, right?
Check out Sample Pictures. Your BlackBerry comes with nice pictures that
you can use as the Home screen background. You can assign a cartoon to a
contact as a caller ID until you get a chance to take the person’s picture. Or
don’t take the picture.
Zoom to details
Is that a pimple? No, it’s not. Let’s zoom in.
While viewing an image, press the trackball and select Zoom. A tiny unobtrusive slider bar appears on the left side of the image. Now, use your trackball:
Scrolling up zooms in, and scrolling down zooms out.
While scrolling, the slider bar indicates the degree of zoom. The exact center
of this bar is the original image (no zooming applied). You can easily go back
to the original zoom size by pressing the Menu key and selecting Zoom All.
An image normally defaults to fit the screen, but you can toggle it by pressing
the Menu key and selecting one of these options:
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✓ Fit to Screen
✓ View Actual Size
Rotate it
Want to view yourself upside down? Maybe not. But sometimes your pictures
may look better when viewed horizontally.
While you’re viewing an image in Pictures, press the trackball and select
Rotate. The image rotates 90 degrees clockwise. By repeating the same
steps, you can keep rotating it; each time is an additional 90-degree clockwise
rotation.
Recording your voice
A feature-packed smartphone like your BlackBerry should come with a
voice recorder, and it does. Within Media, you can find Voice Notes, a neat
recording application. Now you can record your billion-dollar ideas without
having to type every detail. Follow these steps:
1. Select Voice Notes (that little microphone icon) from the Media screen.
The Voice Notes application launches, sporting the simple and clean
screen shown in Figure 12-4. At the top of the screen is a Record button,
and the bottom part lists your previous recordings.
2. To record, select Record.
3. When you’re ready to record, press the trackball.
Your BlackBerry’s microphone is designed to be close to your mouth,
like any mobile phone should be.
You can pause anytime you want by selecting the Pause button. A familiar video/audio control appears, from left to right:
• Continue recording
• Stop
• Play
Other buttons include Rename for renaming the file, Delete, and Send
via E-Mail.
4. Press the trackball and select the Stop button to wrap it up.
You return to the previous screen. Your recent voice recording appears
in the list.
5. Select your voice recording to play it when you need to type up your
brilliant idea.
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Figure 12-4:
Record your
voice here.
Viewing and Controlling Media Files
The previous sections show what types of files you can record or play on
your BlackBerry. The following sections give you the lowdown on controlling
those files when you’re playing or viewing them.
Turning it up (or down)
Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video, adjusting the volume
is easy.
Your BlackBerry comes with dedicated volume buttons. They’re located on
the upper-right side of the device. The top button with the plus sign turns
the volume up, and the one with the minus sign turns the volume down. The
volume slider you see on the screen reflects any presses you made on the
volume buttons.
Navigating the menu
You can easily jump to the next item in the list. Press the Menu key while you
are viewing an image, listening to songs, or watching a video clip. On the
menu that appears, you see the following items:
✓ Next: Jumps to the next item in the list. This item appears only if there’s
an item after this media file in the current folder.
✓ Previous: Jumps to the previous item. This item appears only if there’s a
previous item in the current folder.
✓ Delete: Deletes the media file.
✓ Move: Moves the file to a different folder.
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✓ Rename: Renames the media file.
✓ Properties: Displays a screen that shows the location of the media file,
its size, and the time it was last modified.
Changing the media flavor
Like the rest of your BlackBerry applications, you can customize things to be
the way you prefer. Do it through the Options screen inside Media:
1. Press the Menu key while in Media.
2. Select Options.
The screen looks like the one shown in Figure 12-5. You can specifically
customize the Pictures application and Media in general. Each is
described in the following sections.
Customizing pictures
You can change the Picture application in the following ways:
✓ Sort By: Allows you to toggle file sorting based on recent updates
or name.
✓ Thumbnails per Row: When your files appear as a grid of thumbnails
(small versions of your photos), this number of thumbnails is displayed
per row. The higher the number, the smaller the thumbnails.
✓ Slide Show Interval: When viewing your files in a slide show, a picture
appears for this many seconds before moving to the next picture.
✓ Exclude Folders: You don’t want to display any of the pictures inside
this folder. This makes it faster to load the list of pictures. (The fewer
the pictures you have, the faster the Picture application can load the
list.) This option isn’t for your secret folders.
Figure 12-5:
The Media
Options
screen.
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Media shortcuts
It’s all about saving your valuable time. Taking
the time to master these shortcuts now will pay
you back in time later. Here are the must-know
Media shortcuts:
✓ 4: Moves to the previous item.
✓ Mute: Toggles between pausing and playing music and video. (The key is located at
the upper right of the device and has a
muted-speaker label.)
✓ 5: Zooms back to the original picture size.
✓ 6: Moves to the next item.
✓ 3: Zooms in on a picture.
✓ 9: Zooms out on a picture.
✓ , (comma): Rotates a picture counterclockwise.
✓ Space: Toggles between pausing and
resuming a slide show.
Customizing media
You can finesse the rest of Media as follows:
✓ Turn Off Auto Backlighting: Your BlackBerry has a feature called backlighting that provides additional screen lighting when it detects that you
need it. You will notice it when you move your BlackBerry from shade to
direct sunlight. If backlighting bothers you when you’re watching a
movie, this is the place to toggle it off. Turning off backlighting also
extends battery life.
✓ Audio Boost: You can set it to On or Off.
✓ Headset Equalizer: The default is Off, but if you want to have a different
audio setting, you have several options, including Bass Boost, Bass
Lower, Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lounge, Loud, R&B, Rock, Treble Boost,
Treble Lower, and Vocal Boost.
Working with Media Files
The ways of finding media files are evolving. Ten years back, who would
have thought that you could buy music from a tiny card or download music
from an “all you can eat” monthly subscription?
Someday, you’ll wake up with a technology that doesn’t require you to
constantly copy media files to your handheld music player. But for now,
enjoying music while on the move means managing these files.
Media is a great music player, but without music files, it’s as useless as a
guitar without strings.
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Greeting BlackBerry Desktop
Media Manager
Heard of Roxio? Roxio is known for its CD-ripping software. (Ripping is a
process that converts music files in CD format to other popular compressed
formats.) RIM licensed a portion of Roxio and packaged it with BlackBerry
Desktop Software. Even though it’s not the whole suite of Roxio software,
that’s still good news for you because you can now avail yourself of fantastic
features, such as
✓ Ripping CDs
✓ Converting files to get the best playback on your BlackBerry
✓ Managing music files
✓ Syncing media files to your device
Do you have an old version of Media Manager? No problem. Point your desktop Internet browser to http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/
desktop for directions on downloading the latest version for free and
installing it on your PC.
In the following sections, we familiarize you with the Media Manager interface
and then show you how to copy a video file into your BlackBerry.
Accessing Media Manager
You can get to Media Manager through BlackBerry Desktop Manager, which
Chapter 15 describes in detail. Get to Desktop Manager on your PC by
following these steps:
1. Click the Windows Start button.
2. Select All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager appears, as shown in Figure 12-6.
3. Click the Media icon.
A screen displays showing Media Manager and BlackBerry Media Sync
sections. Each section has a Start button.
4. Click the Start button in the Media Manager section.
The initial Media Manager screen is well organized and gives you the
following options:
• Manage Pictures
• Manage Music
• Manage Videos
• View Connected Devices
5. Click one of the options.
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When you see the Media Manager screen shown in Figure 12-7, it may look
intimidating. But it’s really easy to use — plus, it has the same interface as
Windows Explorer:
✓ The left side is where you navigate to your folders and files.
✓ The right side displays the files in the folder you’ve currently selected
on the left.
Figure 12-6:
Access
Media
Manager
here.
Figure 12-7:
View your
media files
on this
screen.
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The top section looks the same as the bottom section except that the top
represents your desktop and the bottom represents the BlackBerry, and
they’re named My Media and My Devices, respectively. You can move or
copy files easily. When you’re copying, for example, one section can be the
source and the other section can be the destination. By simply dragging the
files between the two sections, you can copy on the same screen. Neat, right?
Importing media files to Media Manager
Want a quick and easy way to import media files? Follow these steps:
1. Use Windows Explorer to get to the media files you want.
2. Drag and drop the files into Media Manager.
You can drag and drop files to the folder in the left part of the screen, where
the folder tree appears, or the right part, where the files are listed. Just make
sure that when you’re doing the latter, the current folder in the tree view is
the folder where you want the media files to be imported.
Without using Windows Explorer, you can also use Media Manager to locate
the files you want. The trick is to change the upper-left-side view in one of the
sections to Folders. If you look closely at the upper-left section, you see two
tabs. The first tab, My Media, is the default view. The Folders tab has the icon
of — guess what? — a folder.
Click the Folder icon. You see a tree view, but this time it looks exactly as you
see it in Windows Explorer, as shown in Figure 12-8. The files can be on your
local hard drive or in a network folder accessible by your desktop computer.
Figure 12-8:
Navigate to
your desktop media
files here.
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Other features of Media Manager
Spend some time exploring Media Manager. It
has interesting features you might find useful.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do
with Media Manager:
✓ Enhance photos and apply special effects
to photos by using PhotoSuite
✓ Import media files
✓ Set song info, such as title, artist, album,
genre, year, or an image, to show as track
art when playing the song
✓ E-mail media files
✓ Customize photo printing
✓ Record audio
Adding a media file to the BlackBerry
After you’re familiar with the Media Manager, get those files copied to your
BlackBerry. Here’s the rundown:
1. Connect the BlackBerry to your desktop computer with the USB cable
that came with the device.
2. On the Media Manager screen, drag and drop your media files from
the My Media view to any folder in My Devices.
You can drag and drop an entire album. After dropping a media file,
you’re prompted to convert the file into a format that’s viewable by your
BlackBerry, as shown in Figure 12-9.
Figure 12-9:
Choose to
convert your
media files
for optimum
playback.
3. Choose an option:
• Convert for Optimal Playback: This is the safest bet and is the
default.
• Copy with No Conversion: Copies the file faster. The file is copied to
your BlackBerry as is, but it might not play in your BlackBerry.
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• Advanced Conversion Options: From here, another screen lets you
downgrade the quality to minimize the file size. It also allows you
to crop video so that the entire screen is filled, instead of seeing
dark margins.
4. Click OK to begin the transfer.
Synchronizing with iTunes using
BlackBerry Media Sync
If you have an iPod, you’re probably using iTunes and maintaining a playlist
and perhaps a subscription to podcasts or videocasts. Podcast files are
downloaded to iTunes using RSS. To clarify the jargon, RSS is short for Really
Simple Syndication, a kind of digital file publish-subscribe mechanism. This is
the mechanism iTunes uses to receive audio and video recordings, which
most people refer to as podcasts and videocasts. Would you like to sync your
BlackBerry with iTunes? Wouldn’t we all? Follow these quick and easy steps
to sync your BlackBerry and iTunes:
1. Click the Windows Start button.
2. Select All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager appears (refer to Figure 12-6).
3. Click the Media icon.
A screen displays showing Media Manager and BlackBerry Media Sync
sections. Each section has a Start button.
4. Click the Start button in the BlackBerry Media Sync section.
A pop-up screen appears, like the one shown in Figure 12-10. Note the
double-arrow icon in the lower-left portion of the screen. Clicking this
icon gives you options for what part of iTunes you want to synchronize.
Figure 12-10:
The
BlackBerry
Media Sync
screen.
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5. Click the lower-left Show iTunes Playlist icon.
A selection of what you have in iTunes appears, as shown in Figure
12-11. This is the part of the screen where you choose iTunes media
file types.
6. Select the iTunes media you want to have copied to your BlackBerry.
7. Click the Sync button.
There you go. You see a progress bar showing the synchronization of
the media files from iTunes.
Figure 12-11:
Choose
your iTunes
media here.
Downloading sounds
RIM has set up a Web site from which you can download new ring tones.
Simply go to http://mobile.blackberry.com/homepage?book=
ringtone_catalog&lang=en&accept=yes on your BlackBerry, and you
get a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 12-12. From this page, you
can sample and download alarms, notifiers, and tunes. And did we mention
that they’re free?
The ring tone plays when you select it from the three categories. After the
tune plays, you can save it by pressing the Menu key and selecting Save. RIM
isn’t the only site where you can find ring tones. The Web is a wonderful
place, and ring tones or other media files are safe to download, so go hunting.
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Figure 12-12:
Go here to
download
media files.
Transferring media files
using the microSD card
When you’re in a hurry, running Desktop Manager and opening Media
Manager could be a drag. One quick option is to copy your media files
directly to microSD using the familiar Windows Explorer on your PC. Follow
these steps:
1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer using the USB cable that
came with your device.
Make sure that you have the microSD card in your BlackBerry before
you do this. When connected, the BlackBerry screen displays a prompt
for enabling mass storage mode.
2. On the BlackBerry screen, select Yes.
Another screen appears on the BlackBerry asking for your password.
3. On the BlackBerry screen, type your BlackBerry password.
The device is now ready to behave like an ordinary flash drive. And on
your PC, a screen appears with the heading Removable Disk, which
displays a couple of options to choose from. One such option is Open
Folder to View Files.
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4. On your PC (Removable Disk screen), click Open Folder to View Files
and then click OK.
This opens the familiar Windows Explorer screen. You can do anything
you typically do with a normal Windows folder. You can drag and drop
files, copy files, and delete files.
5. Click the X button located in the top-right corner of the Windows
Explorer when you’re done.
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Chapter 13
Getting Around with
Your BlackBerry GPS
In This Chapter
▶ Using GPS safely
▶ Preparing to use GPS on your BlackBerry
▶ Choosing a GPS application
A
few years back when some of the network carriers in North America
introduced GPS on their version of the BlackBerry, we were quite
impressed . . . until we tried it. The response time was slow, and it wasn’t
accurate. On top of that, the network carriers charged users an arm and a
leg for this inferior service. As it turns out, those GPS functions were implemented by using the network. What does that mean? There wasn’t an actual
GPS embedded in the BlackBerry. How low-tech!
Today, many BlackBerry models come with a built-in GPS within the smartphone itself, which makes finding yourself easy. If you don’t have one built in,
you can purchase a GPS puck and connect to your BlackBerry via Bluetooth
connection.
In this chapter, we show you how to use your BlackBerry’s built-in GPS (and
how to connect your BlackBerry to an external GPS device if your BlackBerry
doesn’t have it built in). We then show you the best GPS applications you can
use on your BlackBerry (two of which are free!).
Putting Safety First
Some GPS features are useful not only while you’re walking on the street
but also while you’re driving a car. Although you’ll be tempted to use your
BlackBerry GPS while driving, we strongly suggest that you do not adjust it
while you’re driving.
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Before you start using BlackBerry GPS in your car, you need to get a BlackBerry
car holder (preferably a car kit with a car charger). You can buy a car kit on
the Internet by doing a simple search for BlackBerry car kit. Or go to one of the
following Web sites:
✓ www.shopblackberry.com
✓ http://shop.crackberry.com
Now that you have all you need to keep you safe, keep on reading.
What You Need
For GPS to work on your BlackBerry, it needs navigation maps, which are
usually downloaded in little pieces as required. And because these maps are
downloaded, to obtain them you must be subscribed to a data plan and have
a radio signal.
If you did not subscribe to an unlimited data plan from your network carrier,
be aware that the more you use your GPS as you move about, the more data
(map pieces) you’ll download, which means the more charges you’ll incur.
In summary, for your BlackBerry GPS to work, you need
✓ A BlackBerry with a built-in GPS or a BlackBerry connected to a GPS puck
via Bluetooth. GPS pucks are inexpensive, check out Freedom GPS 2000,
which you can get from http://shop.crackberry.com/freedomkeychain-gps-2000/10A95A2869.htm.
✓ A data plan from your network carrier (we recommend an unlimited
data plan)
✓ To be in an area where you have a radio signal (so that you can download the maps)
In this book, we don’t cover the exact steps on how to pair up a Bluetoothenabled BlackBerry to an external GPS, because the steps vary slightly
depending on which external GPS as you have. But the general steps are as
follows:
1. Make sure that your external GPS is ready for pairing.
Refer to your external GPS for more information on how to prepare it for
“discovery.”
2. From the Home screen, press the Menu key and then select the
Options (wrench) icon.
3. Select Bluetooth.
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4. Press the Menu key and then select Enable Bluetooth.
You see a screen of paired Bluetooth devices or, if you’ve never paired
with a device, you see a blank screen.
Pairing with a Bluetooth device simply means to connect with another
Bluetooth device, such as a hands-free headset.
5. Press the Menu key and then select Add Device.
Your BlackBerry starts scanning for a nearby device. Make sure that
your external GPS is next to your BlackBerry.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions on your BlackBerry to finish pairing
with your external GPS.
This step usually involves entering a 4-digit password to pair up with the
GPS. Refer to your GPS manual for further information.
Your GPS Application Choices
We have identified the following four GPS applications that you can use on
your BlackBerry:
✓ BlackBerry Map
✓ Google Maps
✓ Garmin Mobile
✓ TeleNav GPS Navigator
Both BlackBerry Map and Google Maps are free. The icons for all of them are
pictured in Figure 13-1.
Figure 13-1:
BlackBerry
GPS
applications.
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BlackBerry Map
Out of the box, your BlackBerry comes with the BlackBerry Map application
(refer to Figure 13-1).
If you have a BlackBerry with AT&T as your network carrier, you might not
have BlackBerry Map installed out of the box. No worries; you can download it
via mobile.blackberry.com. We also show you alternatives to BlackBerry
Maps that still take advantage of your BlackBerry GPS.
With or without GPS (built-in or external), you can use BlackBerry Map to do
the following (see Figure 13-2):
✓ Find a location by typing an address or by using Contacts
✓ Get point-to-point directions
✓ E-mail or SMS a location to colleagues and friends
✓ Turn GPS on or off
✓ Zoom in and out of the map
Of course, with GPS turned on, you can track where you are and follow pointto-point directions.
Figure 13-2:
BlackBerry
Map on the
BlackBerry
Bold.
Google Maps
Google Maps is the mobile version of http://maps.google.com. It has
most of the features of the online version, including satellite imaging and traffic information. Best of all, it’s free.
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Like BlackBerry Map, you can use Google Maps even without a GPS, but it gets
better. You can search for businesses and landmarks, just as you do on http://
maps.google.com. It’s like having the ultimate 411 (with a map) at the tip of
your fingers.
Because Google Maps does not come with your BlackBerry, you need to
download it. To do so, go to www.google.com/gmm. After the program
downloads, its icon appears on your Home screen (refer to Figure 13-1).
After Google Maps is loaded, press the Menu key to display the menu shown
in Figure 13-3.
Figure 13-3:
Google
Maps menu.
From the menu, you can do the following:
✓ Find businesses and landmarks, including phone numbers, address
information, and Web addresses
✓ Find and map exact addresses
✓ Get step-by-step directions from point A to point B
✓ View satellite images of the current map (see Figure 13-4)
✓ Get traffic information for major highways
With GPS or Google’s MyLocation on, you can see your current location as a
blue blinking dot.
Here are some keyboard shortcuts for Google Maps:
✓ Zoom in: I key or JK key on the SureType keyboard
✓ Zoom out: O key or DF key on the SureType keyboard
✓ Go to the current location: 0 (zero) key
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Figure 13-4:
Google
Maps
showing
a satellite
photo.
You need to have a radio signal to download maps to your BlackBerry. In
addition, we recommend that you have an unlimited data plan if you are a
frequent user of the GPS feature on your BlackBerry.
TeleNav GPS Navigator
TeleNav GPS Navigator is a full-featured GPS solution. It’s meant as a GPS
device replacement, which means the folks at TeleNav want you to use your
BlackBerry in the car. TeleNav’s feature list is extensive. From 3-D maps to a
real-time compass to finding Wi-Fi hotspots, the list goes on and on. It even
lets you input the address by speaking aloud instead of typing and responds
by speaking the directions back to you. Figure 13-5 shows the main menu for
TeleNav. (Note that there is a network branded version of TeleNav; for example, Figure 13-5 shows an AT&T version. The functionalities from TeleNav are
the same, regardless of network branding.)
Figure 13-5:
AT&T
branded
version of
TeleNav
main menu.
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The extensive features come at a price. Depending on your network carrier,
TeleNav costs about $10 a month. TeleNav does offer a 30-day free trial. Visit
www.telenav.com for more information. After the product is downloaded,
an icon appears on your screen (refer to Figure 13-1).
Garmin Mobile
Like TeleNav, Garmin also offers a full-featured GPS solution. It costs a one-time
fee of $99 (US dollars) and is good for the life of the device. The features of
Garmin Mobile are very similar to its GPS counterpart. If you have ever owned
a Garmin GPS, the user interface is very similar and friendly. Figure 13-6 shows
the main menu for Garmin Mobile.
Figure 13-6:
Garmin
Mobile’s
main menu.
We like the simplicity of the Garmin’s user interface and its simple one-time
cost, so we recommend the Garmin Mobile.
To find out more, visit www.garmin.com/mobile/mobilext.
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Chapter 14
Lifestyle Applications
In This Chapter
▶ Entertainment applications
▶ Keep up with your friends with social networking applications
▶ Other must-haves
I
f you think back to the beginning of BlackBerry in 2001, a BlackBerry
smartphone’s main purpose for existence was communication. Voice
and e-mail were its strong points. Yes, even back then you could organize
your life with the built-in calendar, address book, and other PIM functions.
However, two factors changed the applications that were being built on the
BlackBerry: an increase in network speed and the iPhone. Ever since iPhone
3G came on the scene with its App Store, the mobile applications landscape
has been changed forever.
What does that mean to you as a BlackBerry user? It means great, creative applications that better your BlackBerry experience. For example, as any veteran
BlackBerry user can tell you, when you get an e-mail on the BlackBerry, you
see a little red asterisk indicating that you have a message (SMS/e-mail/PIN).
However, you can’t preview the message or even tell who it is from until you
actually go to the Message application (see Chapter 7) and check your e-mail.
Then came along a little application called PeeKaWho Email/SMS Alert, which
allows you to preview the person who is texting or e-mailing you and allows
you to dismiss the pop-up, mark as read, or delete. Simple and to the point.
It’s applications like this that make the BlackBerry experience even better.
In this chapter, we not only tell you where to get applications like PeeKaWho
Email/SMS Alert but also point out their useful features and provide a little
mini–user guide of how to use them.
PeeKaWho Email and SMS Alert
Not only does PeeKaWho show e-mail and SMS alerts (shown in Figure 14-1),
but it also does spam blocking! That’s right, you can set up filters to mark
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e-mail addresses as blacklist or whitelist, as shown in Figure 14-2. Did we
mention you can even use PeeKaWho as a flashlight in dark places?
Figure 14-1:
PeeKaWho
pop-up
alert.
PeeKaWho is an application just full of features, and the developers are
continually building out additional cool features.
To find out more and to download the program, go to www.smrtguard.com/
peek.jsp.
Figure 14-2:
PeeKa
Block,
the spam
blocker in
PeeKaWho.
BlackBerry Facebook Application
If you are not a Facebook user, you ought to try it. Facebook is one of many
social networking applications that focus on connecting you with your friends
and family. With Facebook, you can share photos and events with your
friends. You can post messages for your friends about what you are up to, as
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shown in Figures 14-3 and 14-4. With your BlackBerry in hand, you can do all
this while on the go.
Figure 14-3:
Updating
your status on
Facebook
on a
BlackBerry
Bold.
On a road trip, you can take a picture with your BlackBerry (see Chapter 11)
and post it on Facebook to share it instantly with your friends and family.
To date, there have been more than 2.5 million downloads of the BlackBerry
Facebook application.
To get the Facebook application on your BlackBerry, go to http://na.
blackberry.com/eng/devices/features/social/facebook.jsp.
Figure 14-4:
Posting
a “wallto-wall”
message for
your friend.
If you are a MySpace user and have friends on the MySpace social networking
site, you can also download the MySpace BlackBerry application at www.
myspace.com/blackberry.
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Unify4Life
For those of you who have not heard of Unify4Life, in short, it is a company
that is transforming your BlackBerry into a universal remote control for your
AV equipment, garage doors, lights, and more. Anything you need a remote
control for, Unify4Life wants to be there to help you control it from your Black
Berry. Unify4Life’s immediate offering is an AV hub, shown in Figure 14-5, that
talks to your BlackBerry through Bluetooth and talks to your AV equipment
through IR (infrared).
With the little AV hub box and Unify4Life software on your BlackBerry,
Unify4Life can retrieve local TV listings and help you control your DVD
player, TV, and audio equipment right from your BlackBerry, as shown in
Figure 14-6. Cool, huh?
To find out more, go to www.unify4life.com.
Figure 14-5:
The
Unify4Life
AV hub.
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Figure 14-6:
Unify4Life
on a
BlackBerry
Bold.
MiuTunes
So you saw how music is displayed and organized on an iPhone and iTunes
and wished that your BlackBerry could do the same. With MiuTunes, you can
browse albums in 3D using your trackball, as shown in Figure 14-7.
Figure 14-7:
MiuTunes
3D artwork
browser.
You can create playlists and all other basic functions, such as organize your
music by genres, years, artists, and even artwork, as shown in Figure 14-8.
To find out more, visit www.miutunes.com.
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Figure 14-8:
MiuTunes
main menu.
Viigo RSS Reader
Because network speed has improved greatly in the last couple of years,
retrieving news through the Web browser is faster than ever. However, if
your commute involves the subway or your network coverage isn’t always
reliable, getting your news might not be convenient. However, with Viigo
supplying an RSS feed, even when you are offline, you can read snippets of
your favorite news source, as shown in Figure 14-9.
Figure 14-9:
Reading
CrackBerry.
com on
Viigo.
It’s quite easy to subscribe to your favorite news source. In addition, if you’re
a sports fan, you can view standings and live scores for your favorite sports.
To get Viigo, visit www.viigo.com.
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SmrtGuard, Your BlackBerry Guardian
BlackBerry guardian? How does it do that? From the maker of PeeKaWho
comes SmrtGuard (pronounced smart guard), an application that backs up
your contacts, call history, calendar, and more, as shown in Figure 14-10.
Figure 14-10:
SmrtGuard
BlackBerry
application ready
to back up
your
sensitive
data.
But it doesn’t stop there. SmrtGuard also has a one-button push to “detonate”
your BlackBerry in case you lose it. How do you know whether you lost your
BlackBerry or just simply misplaced it? With its BlackBerry tracker, you can
see whether someone has stolen it or whether it is lying around your house.
When you know where it is, you can “audio-ping” your BlackBerry to locate it
or detonate it.
How does it work? This application has two parts — one part is the SmrtGuard
BlackBerry application that installed on your BlackBerry; the second part is the
SmrtGuard Web site with Google Maps that shows you where your BlackBerry
is located, as shown in Figure 14-11. You can also view the backed-up data
that’s available for exporting.
SmrtGuard is also useful when you switch to a new BlackBerry device. Just
go to the SmrtGuard Web site and switch your BlackBerry PIN. After activating the SmrtGuard software on your new BlackBerry device, you’re ready to
restore contacts and other PIMs.
To find out more, go to www.smrtguard.com.
E*TRADE for BlackBerry
Ever get an inspiration for a stock trade when you’re not at your desk? Yes,
you can call your broker at E*TRADE, but why bother when you can trade
stocks right from your BlackBerry?
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Figure 14-11:
SmrtGuard
can find
your
BlackBerry.
If you have an account with E*TRADE, you can download the BlackBerry version of E*TRADE, shown in Figure 14-12. With it, you can do everything (well,
almost) on your BlackBerry E*TRADE application as you can on the desktop
version. You can check your portfolio balance, trade history, quotes, and
market news.
To find out more, go to mobile.etrade.com.
Figure 14-12:
E*TRADE
on a
BlackBerry.
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H
In this part . . .
ere you discover essential information about some
behind-the-scenes-yet-integral processes. Read all
about BlackBerry Desktop Manager, which you direct to
monitor and control database synchronization (Chapter 15),
and find out how to leverage Switch Device Wizard to migrate
your existing data to your new BlackBerry (Chapter 16).
Take advantage of untethered database synchronization
through BlackBerry Unite (Chapter 17) and find out how
to back up your data (Chapter 18). And finally, discover
the many ways of installing third-party applications
(Chapter 19).
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Chapter 15
Syncing the Synchronize Way
In This Chapter
▶ Introducing BlackBerry Desktop Manager
▶ Preparing your PC for PIM synchronization
▶ Using manual and automatic synchronization
W
hat better way to keep your BlackBerry updated than to synchronize
it with your desktop application’s data?
Arguably, most of the data you need to synchronize is from your personal
information manager (PIM) applications: notes, appointments, addresses, and
tasks. The crucial piece for data synchronization to and from your device and
desktop computer is Synchronize. This software within BlackBerry Desktop
Manager allows you to synchronize your PIM data as well as upload and
download media files between your PC and BlackBerry.
In this chapter, we introduce Synchronize. We show you how to manually
and automatically synchronize your BlackBerry with your desktop computer.
We also offer tips about which options you might want to use. Before we get
into all that, however, we include a section on BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
If you’re using a corporate BlackBerry that’s running under BES, you may skip
this chapter. BlackBerry smartphones running under BES synchronize over
the air (OTA) or wirelessly.
Meeting Your BlackBerry
Desktop Manager
The centerpiece of your desktop activities on the BlackBerry is BlackBerry
Desktop Manager (BDM), which is a suite of programs that include the following:
✓ Application Loader: Installs BlackBerry applications and updates the
BlackBerry OS.
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✓ Backup and Restore: Backs up your BlackBerry data and settings. Check
out Chapter 18 for details.
✓ Synchronize: Synchronizes BlackBerry data to your PC (the topic of
this chapter).
✓ Media Manager: Uploads media files to your BlackBerry from your PC
and vice versa (another topic in this chapter).
✓ Device Switch Wizard: Helps you transfer data from your existing
mobile device to your BlackBerry. See Chapter 16 for details.
BDM is the software that’s on the CD that comes with your handheld device.
Your BlackBerry’s packaging provides instructions on how to install BDM
on your desktop computer. For corporate users, check with your BlackBerry
system administrator for more details.
Installing BDM and Desktop Redirector
The CD that comes with your BlackBerry allows you to install BDM on your
computer. At the same time, you can install Desktop Redirector. When you
insert the CD, the installation wizard automatically runs. Follow the wizard.
One of the screens in the wizard allows you to choose whether this installation is for personal or for work e-mail. Choosing for work actually allows you
to use Desktop Redirector for both personal and work.
Desktop Redirector allows you to redirect e-mail that you receive in Outlook.
This means that even if you get your e-mails through Outlook, you can have
those e-mails redirected to your BlackBerry.
If you’re not using a corporate BES and you want to redirect your Outlook
e-mail to your BlackBerry, when you’re installing BDM, make sure that you
select the Redirect Messages Using the BlackBerry Desktop Redirector radio
button on the installation screen, as shown in Figure 15-1.
If your BlackBerry is running under a corporate BES, your e-mail is already
redirected to your smartphone wirelessly and choosing the BlackBerry
Desktop Redirector could really mess things up. So don’t do it!
Launching BDM
In most Windows installations, you find the shortcut to launch BDM through
your computer’s Start menu. Follow these steps to launch BDM:
1. Choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
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Figure 15-1:
Configure
the BDM
installation
to include
Desktop
Redirector.
2. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer using the USB cable that
came with your device.
If your BlackBerry has a microSD card in it when you connect it to your
PC, your BlackBerry screen displays a prompt for enabling mass storage
mode. It also asks for your BlackBerry password when you answer Yes
to the prompt. If you answer Yes to the prompt and type in the password, your BlackBerry will behave like a flash drive. A drive letter will be
added to My Computer in Windows Explorer, allowing you to treat the
microSD card as a normal flash drive.
3. Launch BDM.
The BDM opening screen appears; see Figure 15-2.
Figure 15-2:
BlackBerry
Desktop
Manager.
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BDM installation can vary from phone provider to provider. You should see
at least the following four icons, or applications:
✓ Application Loader (see Chapter 19)
✓ Backup and Restore (see Chapter 18)
✓ Media (see Chapter 12)
✓ Synchronize
Connecting BDM to your BlackBerry
You establish a connection between your BlackBerry and BDM through the
USB cable that comes with your device. Plug in your device to your desktop.
After BDM is running, it tries to find a BlackBerry on the type of connection
specified. The default connection is USB, so you shouldn’t need to configure
anything.
If you have more than one BlackBerry, it’s advisable to distinguish between your
smartphones in BDM by knowing the BlackBerry PIN. Chapter 8 shows you
how to do this.
Follow these steps to connect your BlackBerry to BDM:
1. Plug in your device to your desktop.
2. Launch BDM.
When BDM is running, it tries to find a BlackBerry on a USB connection.
3. If your device has a password, BDM prompts you for the password.
4. Enter the password.
You see Connected as the screen heading. If for some reason, you see
Disconnected and no password prompt, one of the following is
happening:
• BDM can’t find the device being connected via the USB cable.
• The connection setting isn’t set to use USB.
5. Choose Options➪Connection Options at the right side of the BDM
screen.
The screen shown in Figure 15-3 appears. Make sure that the connection
setting uses USB.
6. In the Connection Type drop-down list, select the USB connection with
your BlackBerry’s PIN.
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Figure 15-3:
Possible
connection
types
to your
BlackBerry.
Running BDM for the first time
If you’re running BDM for the first time, the program does these things:
✓ Tries to make the initial configuration on your machine, which includes
security encryption setup. It asks you to randomly move your mouse to
generate security encryption keys.
✓ Checks what applications you have on your device and what required
applications need to be installed. If it can’t find a required application on
your device, it prompts you to install it. Of course, you have the option
to cancel and install later.
✓ Looks at the settings you have for your Synchronize software. If autosynchronization is turned on, BDM attempts to run synchronization for
your PIM. This is discussed in the section “Automatic synchronization,”
later in this chapter.
Setting Up Synchronize
Synchronize is the part of BDM that allows you to synchronize your data
between your desktop computer and your BlackBerry. (If your BlackBerry is
running on BES, your data is already synced wirelessly, so you don’t need your
desktop for synchronization.) Synchronize is one of the icons on the BlackBerry
Desktop Manager screen. To launch Synchronize, simply double-click the
Synchronize icon. A screen like the one shown in Figure 15-4 appears.
The Synchronize screen is divided into two sections, which you can navigate
through the links on the left:
✓ Synchronize is the default view and allows you to manually trigger synchronization. See Figure 15-4. See the “Using on-demand synchronization”
and “Automatic synchronization” sections, later in this chapter, for more
details and for when you use this screen.
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✓ Configuration is where you can set up configuration and rules for
reconciling data. Under the Configuration link are two subsections,
Synchronization and Add-ins. These further organize the interface. See
Figure 15-5. The first thing you need to work with is the Synchronization
Configuration screen. The following section helps you do that.
Figure 15-4:
The
Synchronize
screen.
Figure 15-5:
The
Synchronization
Configuration
screen.
Configuring PIM synchronization
Notice this important item in the Synchronization Configuration subsection,
as shown in Figure 15-5: the Synchronization button. You use that button to
configure PIM (personal information manager) synchronization.
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Clicking the Synchronization button displays the screen shown in Figure 15-6.
You can see that names correspond to the BlackBerry applications except for
Contacts, which goes by Address Book. This is the entry point of the entire
synchronization configuration for PIM applications. Selecting the application
on this screen allows you to pair the PIM handheld application to a desktop
application (most likely Outlook).
Figure 15-6:
The PIM
configuration screen.
The PIM configuration screen allows you to select which application data you
want to sync with your Blackberry. The following popular PIM applications
can be synced to your BlackBerry: ACT!, ASCII Text File Converter, Lotus
Notes, Lotus Organizer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and
Microsoft Schedule.
Here are the four types of application data that can be synchronized to your
Blackberry:
✓ Calendar can be selected if you want to synchronize your appointments
and events stored in your favorite PIM application.
✓ MemoPad can be selected if you want to synchronize any notes or text
that you may have been storing in your PIM application.
✓ Address Book can be selected if you want to synchronize any contact
information with your BlackBerry.
✓ Tasks can be selected if you want to synchronize your to-do list.
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Follow these steps to set up your device’s synchronization:
1. Connect your BlackBerry to BDM.
2. Click the Synchronize icon.
3. Click the Synchronization link. (It’s under the Configuration link on
the left side of the screen.)
In the Synchronization Configuration section, you see a Configure
Synchronization Settings for My Desktop Program label. Click the
Synchronization button beside this label, and the PIM configuration
screen is displayed.
4. Select the check box next to an application data type (such as Calendar,
MemoPad, Address Book, or Tasks) that you want to synchronize.
For example, we selected the Calendar application data type and clicked
the Setup button. This opens Calendar Setup screen.
5. Select a PIM application to retrieve application data from by
highlighting your desired application.
BDM pulls your selected application data from the application selected
from this screen (in Figure 15-7, we selected Microsoft Outlook). This
means that when you synchronize your BlackBerry, the BDM retrieves
Calendar data from Microsoft Outlook.
6. Click the Next button.
The Synchronization Options screen appears (see Figure 15-8).
Figure 15-7:
Choose the
desktop
application
here.
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Figure 15-8:
Decide
which
direction
synchronization
follows
here.
7. On the Synchronization Options screen, select which direction the
synchronization will follow.
Here are the three available synchronization options:
• Two Way Sync allows you to synchronize changes both in your
BlackBerry and in your desktop application.
• One Way Sync from Device synchronizes only the changes made
to your BlackBerry. Changes to your desktop application aren’t
reflected in your Blackberry.
• One Way Sync to Device synchronizes changes made in your
desktop application to your BlackBerry. Any changes made in
your BlackBerry aren’t reflected in your desktop application.
8. Click the Next button.
The Options screen opens for the PIM application you selected in Step 5.
Figure 15-9 shows the Microsoft Outlook Options screen.
For synchronization to Microsoft Outlook, make sure that you’re selecting
the correct user profile in the Outlook User Profile drop-down list. This is
particularly pertinent in cases where you have multiple user profiles in
your computer. Choosing the wrong one may result in you putting the
wrong data into your BlackBerry.
The amount of data that is reconciled or synchronized in a given application can also be controlled. For example, as shown in Figure 15-9,
the center portion of the configuration allows you to specify whether
to transfer all Calendar items, transfer just a set of appointments in the
future, or transfer items within a range of dates you enter.
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Figure 15-9:
Specific
application
settings can
be selected
on this
screen.
Select the Remove Alarm for Past Items check box if you don’t want to
keep the alarm setting for events that have already occurred.
9. Click the Next button, and then click the Finish button.
Clicking the Next button brings you to the Calendar Setup Finish
screen. You can just click the Finish button to complete configuring the
Calendar synchronization you’ve selected.
Mapping fields for synchronization
For all four PIM applications, Synchronize is intelligent enough to know what
information, such as names, phone numbers, and addresses in Contacts,
corresponds to Outlook. This specific bit of information or attributes are
referred to as a field. For instance, the value of a home phone number field in
Contacts needs to be mapped to the corresponding field in Outlook so that
information is transferred correctly.
But not all fields on the desktop side exist on the handheld (and vice versa).
For example, a Nick Name field doesn’t exist in the BlackBerry Contacts but is
available in Exchange (Outlook) Address Book. In some instances, Synchronize
provides an alternate field and lets you decide whether to map it.
If you ever find the need to change the default mapping, you can. The interface is the same for all PIM applications. To illustrate how to map and unmap
fields, we use Contacts.
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The following steps lead you to the screen that allows you to map the fields
for Contacts:
1. From BDM, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link. (It’s under the Configuration link on
the left side of the screen.)
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears (refer to Figure 15-6).
4. Select the Address Book check box.
The Advanced button is enabled.
5. Click the Advanced button.
The Advanced screen opens, as shown in Figure 15-10.
Figure 15-10:
The
Advanced
screen for
Address
Book.
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6. Click the Map Fields button.
The Map Fields screen for the Address Book/Contacts application
appears; see Figure 15-11. To map or unmap, click the arrow icons.
If you’re not careful, you can inadvertently unclick a mapping such as
Job Title, and suddenly your titles aren’t in sync. Double-check your
mapping before you click the OK button. If you think you made a mistake, you can click the Cancel button to save yourself from having to
restore settings.
7. Click the OK button to save your changes.
Figure 15-11:
The Map
Fields
screen for
Address
Book.
Confirming record changes
Face facts: Doing a desktop synchronization is not a very interesting task,
and few people perform it on a regular basis.
You can tell Synchronize to prompt you for any changes it’s trying to make
(or perhaps undo) on either side of the wire. The Advanced screen comes in
here. To get to this view, follow these steps:
1. From BDM, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link. (It’s under the Configuration link on
the left side of the screen.)
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears; refer to Figure 15-6.
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4. Select the Address Book check box.
If you want a PIM application other than Address Book, select that
application from the list.
5. Click the Advanced button.
The Advanced screen for Address Book screen appears; refer to Figure
15-10. This screen has a Confirmations section and gives you two
options:
• Confirm Record Deletions (Recommended)
• Confirm Changes and Additions (Recommended)
Regardless of whether you select the first option, Synchronize displays a
prompt if it detects that it’s about to delete all records.
Resolving update conflicts
Synchronize needs to know how you want to handle any conflicts between
your BlackBerry and your desktop application. A conflict normally happens
when the same record is updated in the BlackBerry and also in Outlook.
For instance, you change Jane Doe’s mobile number in BlackBerry and also
change her mobile number in Outlook. Where you resolve these conflicts is
the same for all PIM applications. Again, for illustration, we use Address Book
as an example:
1. From BDM, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link. (It’s under the Configuration link on
the left side of the screen.)
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears; refer to Figure 15-6.
4. Select the Address Book check box.
If you want a PIM application other than Address Book, select that application from the list.
5. Click the Advanced button.
The Advanced screen for Address Book appears; refer to Figure 15-10.
This screen has five sections, and the third section is Conflict Resolution.
6. Click the Conflict Resolution button.
The Conflict Resolution screen is shown in Figure 15-12.
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Figure 15-12:
Manage
conflicts
here.
You can tell Synchronize to handle conflicts in a few ways. Here are the
options shown in the Conflict Resolution - Address Book dialog box:
• Add All Conflicting Items: When a conflict happens, add a new
record to the BlackBerry for the changes on the desktop and add a
new record to the desktop for the changes on the BlackBerry.
• Ignore All Conflicting Items: Ignores the change and keeps the data
the same on both sides.
• Notify Me When Conflicts Occur: This option is the safest. Synchronize
displays the details of the conflict and lets you resolve it.
• Device Wins: Unless you’re sure this is the case, you shouldn’t
choose this option. It tells Synchronize to disregard the changes in
the desktop and use handheld changes every time it encounters a
conflict.
• Microsoft Outlook Wins: If you’re not using MS Outlook, this option
is based on your application. This option tells Synchronize to
always discard changes on the handheld and use the desktop
application change whenever it encounters a conflict. Again, we
don’t recommend this option because there’s no telling on which
side you made the good update.
7. Select the option you want.
8. Click the OK to save the settings.
Ready, Set, Synchronize!
Are you ready to synchronize? Earlier in this chapter, we show you how to
define synchronization filters and rules for your e-mail and PIM data. Now it’s
time to be brave and push the button. You can synchronize one of two ways:
✓ Manually (by clicking the Synchronize Now icon)
✓ Automatically (by choosing How Often on the calendar)
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Using on-demand synchronization
This portion of Synchronize is a feature that lets you run synchronization
manually. Remember that even if you set up automatic synchronization,
actual synchronization doesn’t happen right away. So, if you made updates
to your appointments in Outlook while your BlackBerry is connected to your
PC, this feature allows you to be sure that your updates made it to your
BlackBerry before heading out the door.
Without delay, here are the steps:
1. From BDM, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears; refer to Figure 15-4. The following four
check boxes let you be selective:
• Reconcile Messages: This option synchronizes your e-mails
between Outlook and your smartphone.
• Synchronize Organizer Data: Includes notes, appointments,
addresses, and tasks.
• Run Add-in Actions: This option comes into play when you have
third-party applications that require data synchronization between
your PC and your BlackBerry.
• Update Device Date and Time: You only need this if you want both
the PC and BlackBerry to have the same time. This ensures that
you’re reminded of your appointments at same time for both
Outlook and the BlackBerry.
2. Select the check boxes for the data you want to have synchronized.
3. Click the Synchronize button.
Synchronize starts running the synchronization, and you see a progress
screen. If you set up prompts for conflicts and Synchronize encounters
one, a screen appears so that you can resolve it. When finished, the
progress screen disappears and the Synchronize screen reappears.
If you’ve turned on automatic synchronization (see the next section),
the items you select in Step 2 automatically sync every time you connect
your BlackBerry to your PC.
4. Click the Close button.
Automatic synchronization
How many times do you think you reconfigure your Synchronize setup?
Rarely, right? After you have it configured, that’s it. And if you’re like us, the
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reason you open BlackBerry Desktop Manager is because you want to run
Synchronize. So, opening Synchronize and clicking the Synchronize button is
somewhat annoying.
To make Synchronize run automatically every time you connect your
BlackBerry to your PC, simply make sure that you select the last check box
on the Synchronize screen (refer to Figure 15-4) — Synchronize the Selected
Items When Your Device Is Connected to the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
You might be asking, “What items will autosynchronization sync?” Good
question. Synchronize automatically syncs the items you selected in the top
portion of the Synchronize screen (refer to Figure 15-4). Note that if you make
a change, selecting or deselecting an item on the Synchronize screen, only
the selected items will be automatically synced the next time you connect
your BlackBerry to your PC.
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Chapter 16
Switching Devices
In This Chapter
▶ Switching from an old BlackBerry to a new BlackBerry
▶ Switching from a PDA to a BlackBerry
W
ouldn’t it be nice if you could just make one device’s data available to
another? That’s the future. But right now, RIM wants to make switching
devices as painless as possible. That’s why an application called Device Switch
Wizard is part of the suite of applications in BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
Switching to a New BlackBerry
Switching from an older BlackBerry to your new BlackBerry is no big deal.
When you want to transfer application data (e-mails and contacts, for
example) to your new BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Desktop Manager’s Device
Switch Wizard backs up your old BlackBerry and loads that backup to your
new device.
The following steps help you transition from your old device to your new
BlackBerry smartphone:
1. On your PC, choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop
Manager.
The Desktop Manager screen opens, where you can find Device Switch
Wizard, as shown in Figure 16-1.
2. Click the Device Switch Wizard icon.
The Device Switch Wizard screen lets you choose whether to switch
from BlackBerry to BlackBerry or from non-BlackBerry to BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry to BlackBerry section tells you to connect your current
(old) BlackBerry to your PC.
3. Connect your old BlackBerry to your PC with the USB cable.
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Figure 16-1:
Launch
Device
Switch
Wizard
here.
4. Click the Start button below Switch BlackBerry Devices.
The next screen lets you verify the PINs for both devices, the old Black
Berry on the left and your new BlackBerry on the right, as shown in
Figure 16-2. Because you only connected your old BlackBerry, it should
be preselected.
Your BlackBerry PIN isn’t a password, but your BlackBerry smartphone
identifier. You can find the PIN by going to Options➪Status on your
BlackBerry.
Figure 16-2:
Verify that
your old
BlackBerry
is connected to
the PC and
decide
what data
to include
here.
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5. Decide whether to include user data and third-party applications and
click the Next button.
If you want all the data, leave the screen untouched; this backs up everything. Third-party applications are all the programs you installed — the
ones that didn’t come with the device originally.
A status screen appears, showing the progress of the backup operation.
When the backup is finished, the next screen prompts you for the PIN of
your new BlackBerry.
6. Connect your new BlackBerry to your PC with the USB cable.
The next screen, shown in Figure 16-3, lets you verify that your
BlackBerry is connected properly with the PIN displayed. It also asks
you for the password.
Figure 16-3:
Type your
device
password
here.
7. Enter the password of your BlackBerry and click the OK button.
A screen similar to Figure 16-4 tells you what will be restored to the new
device. Nothing has been done to your new BlackBerry yet, and this is
your last chance to cancel the process.
Figure 16-4:
Confirming
the loading
of data to
your new
BlackBerry.
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8. Click the Finish button.
A progress screen shows you the loading process.
9. When the Success screen appears, click the Close button.
Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device
Device Switch Wizard supports two types of non-BlackBerry devices:
✓ Palm
✓ Microsoft Windows Mobile
This doesn’t mean that you can’t import your old data if you have another
device. The Device Switch Wizard just makes it simpler for these two types
of devices. Check out Chapter 15 for synchronization options to your Desktop
PIM application if your old device is neither Palm nor Microsoft Windows
Mobile.
Palm device requirements
Your equipment has to meet three prerequisites for Device Switch Wizard to
import data from Palm to BlackBerry:
✓ Your PC must be running Windows 2000 or later.
✓ One of the following Palm Desktop Software versions must be installed
on your desktop:
• 4.0.1
• 4.1
• 4.1.4
• 6.0.1
✓ The Palm Desktop Software installed is synchronizing properly with the
Palm device.
You can check your Palm user guide for more details about your Palm device
and on synchronizing it to your PC. You can also download the user guide
from www.palm.com/us/support/index.hml. Navigate to this page by
selecting the Palm model you have and the wireless network provider it is
running on.
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Windows Mobile device requirements
You need the following things for the wizard to work properly with a
Windows Mobile device:
✓ Your PC must be running Windows 2000 or later.
✓ Microsoft ActiveSync versions must be installed on your PC.
✓ The Mobile device must run one of the following operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows Mobile 2000, 2002, 2003, 2003SE, or 2005/5.0 for
Pocket PC
• Microsoft Windows Mobile SmartPhone software 2002, 2003, or
2003 SE
Running the wizard
Before you run the wizard, make sure that all the requirements for your device
are in place. We also recommend hot-syncing or synchronizing your Palm
or Windows Mobile device; this ensures that the data you’re sending to
your BlackBerry is current. Palm Desktop Software as well as the Microsoft
ActiveSync should come with help information on how to hot-sync.
Although the following steps migrate Windows Mobile data into the
BlackBerry, the steps are similar for Palm as well. We indicate at what point
the steps vary. Do the following to get your other device’s data migrated to
your new BlackBerry:
1. Connect both the Windows Mobile device and the BlackBerry to your
desktop computer.
2. On your PC, choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
The Desktop Manager screen appears; refer to Figure 16-1.
3. Click the Device Switch Wizard icon.
The Device Switch Wizard screen appears.
4. Click the image next to Switch from another Device to BlackBerry
Device.
The welcome screen, as shown in Figure 16-5, describes what the tool
can do.
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Figure 16-5:
Migrating
data from
a nonBlackBerry
device.
5. Click the Next button.
A screen prompts you to decide whether you’re migrating from Palm
or Windows Mobile, as shown in Figure 16-6. The wizard is intelligent
enough to enable the option associated to the connected device, which
in the figure is the Windows Mobile device.
Figure 16-6:
The wizard
has already
selected
which
device
to port.
6. Click the Next button.
Hot-syncing of the Windows Mobile device kicks in at this point. You see
a series of screens that appear for each of the application’s data, such
as Calendar, Contacts, and MemoPad. A sample for the Calendar data
is shown in Figure 16-7. The screen indicates what to sync and will be
empty if you already performed a hot-sync prior to running the wizard;
otherwise, it will take some time depending on how much data it has to
sync between the device and the desktop software.
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Figure 16-7:
A message
showing
hot-syncing
on your
device.
7. Click the OK button.
A progress screen appears. Before the data is applied to your Black
Berry, the wizard prompts you about the change, as shown in Figure 16-8.
Click the following buttons on this screen to either confirm or reject the
change:
• Details: Click this if you want to know the records the wizard is
trying to apply.
• Accept: Click this if you just want to have the data migrated.
• Reject: Click this to ignore this data and continue.
• Cancel: Click this to change your mind and cancel the whole
operation.
Figure 16-8:
Confirm the
importing of
data here.
8. Click the Accept or Reject button on any confirmation screens that
appear.
The wizard migrates all the data you accepted. Obviously, the wizard
skips everything you rejected. When the migration process is finished, a
success screen appears.
9. Click the Finish button.
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Chapter 17
Unite! Your BlackBerry
In This Chapter
▶ Introducing BlackBerry Unite!
▶ Installing and configuring BlackBerry Unite!
▶ Sharing calendar entries and downloading files
▶ Restricting phone and Internet usage
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f this is the first time you’re reading about BlackBerry Unite! and you want
to find out how to take advantage of it, this is the chapter for you. No,
BlackBerry Unite! isn’t an activist movement to get President Obama to keep
his BlackBerry while in the White House. However, it is a way for a household or small business with multiple BlackBerry users to better collaborate
and share photos, documents, and files. As a small business owner with five
or fewer employees, you can collaborate with your employees by sharing
office documents on the BlackBerry, monitor employee BlackBerry usage for
Web visits, and even restrict phone and SMS usage. As a busy head of household, you can share family events, photos, and videos with the other family
BlackBerry users. Of course, you can also restrict your kid’s texting and
phone usage with BlackBerry Unite!
In this chapter, we help you set up and master BlackBerry Unite! Whether
you want to use BlackBerry Unite! to be a Big Brother or the family schedule
coordinator is up to you.
Getting Started with BlackBerry Unite!
The idea behind BlackBerry Unite! is taking an older PC and turning it, combined with an Internet connection, into a BlackBerry Unite! server. This PC
needs to be always on and always connected to the Internet for you to use
BlackBerry Unite! features. Of course, you can also take the PC that you
currently own and run Unite! on it.
If this sounds like too much trouble for you, feel free to skip the rest of this
chapter; otherwise, march on, solders!
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Minimum requirements
You must have the following minimum requirements before starting:
✓ PC minimum requirements:
• Intel Pentium III processor (750 MHz or greater)
• Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista
Sorry, Mac users: BlackBerry Unite! won’t work on a Mac running
Mac OS.
• Minimum 512MB of RAM available (1GB for Microsoft Windows Vista)
• Minimum 2GB of hard drive space available
• A USB port or serial port for your BlackBerry device
• Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher installed (Firefox won’t work)
• A broadband (always-on) Internet connection
✓ BlackBerry minimum requirements:
• BlackBerry OS 4.3 or higher.
• OS 4.0 to OS 4.2.1 is supported with reduced functions.
Where to get it
The easiest way to get BlackBerry Unite! on your PC is to download it from
BlackBerry’s Web site:
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/blackberryunite
Click the Download tab, and on the page that appears, click the link that corresponds to your BlackBerry service provider. If your provider isn’t listed,
click the Research In Motion link. Fill in the online form that appears and
follow the prompts to complete your download.
Installing BlackBerry Unite!
After you have downloaded the BlackBerry Unite! software from BlackBerry’s
Web site, double-click the Installation icon.
The installation process asks you a few questions, such as where on your PC
you want the BlackBerry Unite! installation file to reside and which country you
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reside in. The questions are all very standard in terms of software
installation.
The following sections show you how to configure BlackBerry Unite! after you
finish installation.
Registering and opening Unite!
When the installation is finished and you launch the Web Admin Console for
the first time, you’re prompted to register the product, as shown in Figure 17-1.
Figure 17-1:
Register
BlackBerry
Unite!
within the
Web Admin
Console.
Enter your name in the First Name and Last Name text boxes. Enter your
e-mail address in the Email Address text box. Select your country of residence from the Country drop-down list, and finally, type the letters and numbers you see in the box.
After you register, plug in your BlackBerry via USB to your PC.
You can also start the BlackBerry Unite! Web Admin Console on your PC by
choosing Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry Unite!➪BlackBerry Unite! Web Admin.
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Adding BlackBerry users
From the Welcome screen shown in Figure 17-2, you add a new user by clicking the aptly named Add a New User button. If you’re adding a new user later
on, click the Users link on the left side of the screen, and then click the Add a
New User button.
When you click the Add a New User button to add a new BlackBerry user
from your small business or your family to BlackBerry Unite!, the first thing it
prompts you to set up is e-mail. (This is quite straightforward and similar to
setting up e-mail as described in Chapter 7.) All you need to do is enter your
e-mail address and password, and BlackBerry Unite! does the rest.
When registering e-mail on Unite! don’t register an e-mail address that you’ve
already registered with the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS — see Chapter 7
for how to register e-mail accounts). Or, if you want to use the same address,
first unregister the e-mail address from BIS. Why? If you have the same e-mail
address registered on both BIS and Unite! you get all e-mail messages twice.
You don’t want that.
If you don’t want to add an e-mail address to Unite! when you are adding a
user, simply don’t enter an e-mail address and password. Or, if you have
already set up the e-mail, you can simply delete the e-mail account, but the
BlackBerry user will still be registered with BlackBerry Unite!
Figure 17-2:
Unite!
welcomes
you with a
Welcome
page.
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After you have added a user to BlackBerry Unite! you will see a few Unite!
icons on the BlackBerry device of the registered user. In Figure 17-3, you can
see three icons that relate to BlackBerry Unite! Ignore the first icon on the
left, because it directs you back to the Home screen. The second icon from
the left is the Download Manager, where you can browse and download files
right from your PC to your BlackBerry. The third icon from the left is the
Remote Device Management icon. The fourth icon corresponds to the e-mail
account that you set up on Unite!. Note that this icon appears only if you
setup your e-mail via Unite!.
Figure 17-3:
BlackBerry
Unite!
icons on
your Home
screen.
Sharing Calendar Events
on BlackBerry Unite!
Sharing a calendar event on BlackBerry Unite! is easy. From the Web Admin
Console, click the Shared Calendar link. Click the Add Event button and fill in
the event details, as shown in Figure 17-4. The information is similar to what
you enter in your BlackBerry, as described in Chapter 5.
As soon as you click the Save button, all your BlackBerry Unite! registered
BlackBerry smartphones will have the event automatically synced. The event
appears as a Calendar entry, as shown in Figure 17-5.
Figure 17-4:
Adding
event
details from
BlackBerry
Unite!
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Figure 17-5:
The added
event
synced
on the
BlackBerry
smartphone.
As we indicate in Chapter 5, you can pick different colors for different Calendar
services on your BlackBerry. For example, in Figure 17-5, the BlackBerry Unite!
Calendar service is colored yellow (though it looks light gray in this black-andwhite book).
Downloading and Syncing Files
With BlackBerry Unite! you can download files stored on your PC to your
BlackBerry remotely, meaning that you can download files from almost anywhere. You can also connect your BlackBerry to the PC (via a USB cable) and
automatically sync new files stored on the PC. The following sections show
you how.
Downloading files remotely
with Download Manager
One of the great things that BlackBerry Unite! allows you to do is remotely
access the files on your home or office network. After you have set up Black
Berry Unite! on your PC and have registered your BlackBerry with BlackBerry
Unite! you see an icon called Download Manager on your BlackBerry Home
screen (refer to Figure 17-3).
To download a file from your PC, follow these steps:
1. Highlight the Download Manager icon and press the trackball.
This opens the Download Manager application, as shown in Figure 17-6.
2. Highlight Browse Remote Files and press the trackball.
This opens the shared folder on your PC, as shown in Figure 17-7.
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Figure 17-6:
Download
Manager
allows you
to browse
and download files.
3. Select a file and choose Download File from the menu.
This starts the file download.
Figure 17-7:
Files on
your PC,
ready for
download.
You can always check on the progress of the file download in Download
Manager, which shows the file you’re downloading and its progress.
We recommend remotely downloading files that are less than 5MB using the
Download Manager from your BlackBerry. Files such as documents and photos
are great examples. But if you need to get larger files onto your BlackBerry (say
a video clip), we recommend using Folder Sync (see the next section).
Syncing files with Folder Sync
Another way to get files from your PC to your BlackBerry is through Folder
Sync from BlackBerry Unite! However, this can only be done if you connect
your BlackBerry to your PC via a USB cable.
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You might be thinking, “Why would I go through the effort of plugging my
BlackBerry to my PC if I can get files remotely?” Well, it’s faster to download
large files using a USB cable than it is to download them remotely. Also, as
you download remotely over the air, beware of the impact of downloading
may have on your data plan. If you have an unlimited data plan, then you’re
all set. However, if you have a data transfer limit on your account, you might
be hit with a larger than expected bill if you have many files that get synced
automatically.
Folder Sync is great for transferring media files such as music, video clips,
and photos. For instance, you can set up a folder in which you store family
photos with BlackBerry Unite! and every time you plug in your BlackBerry to
your PC that has BlackBerry Unite! installed, any new photos will be automatically synced to your BlackBerry for viewing. Note that this is a one-way sync
from PC to BlackBerry, and doesn’t work the other way around.
To set up Folder Sync, follow these steps:
1. From your PC, choose Start➪Programs➪BlackBerry Unite!➪
BlackBerry Unite! Web Admin.
2. On the BlackBerry Unite! Admin page, select a registered
BlackBerry user.
3. From the left navigation bar, click Folder Management.
4. Click the Add Folder button.
5. Select a folder on your PC that you want to sync with your BlackBerry.
You see the name of the folder that you just added on-screen.
What we recommend is to remotely get files that are less than 5 MB using
the remote Download Manager from your BlackBerry. Files like documents,
photos are great examples.
Restricting and Monitoring
BlackBerry Usage
As we mention earlier in this chapter, with BlackBerry Unite! you can restrict
a registered BlackBerry user from using SMS or from viewing an attachment.
You can do all this from Device Management by following these steps:
1. From your PC, choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry Unite!➪
BlackBerry Unite! Web Admin.
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2. On the BlackBerry Unite! Admin page, select a registered BlackBerry
user.
3. From the left navigation bar, click Device Management.
You see the Device Management screen, as shown in Figure 17-8.
4. Click the Manage Services tab.
5. You can restrict phone usage or Internet usage (or both):
• If you want to restrict phone usage, make sure that the Phone check
box is selected and click the Restrict Phone Usage button. A screen
will then prompt you to allow/disallow following:
• Allow Outgoing Calls: Enable this option to allow all outgoing calls.
• Allow Calls To: This is a white list of numbers or area codes that
this particular BlackBerry can make calls to.
• Allow Incoming Calls: Enable this option to allow all incoming calls.
• Allow Calls From: This is a white list of numbers or area codes that
this particular BlackBerry can receive.
• If you want to restrict Internet usage, make sure that the Internet
Browsing check box is selected, and then click the Restrict Internet
Browsing button. A screen then prompts you to configure and set
permission for Web sites for a Unite! registered BlackBerry:
• Allow This Web Site: This is a white list of Web sites that this particular BlackBerry can visit. You can use * to allow sub-domains.
For example, enter *.yahoo.com to include movies.yahoo.com
and mail.yahoo.com.
• Deny This Web Site: This is a black list of Web sites that this particular BlackBerry can not visit. You can use * to allow sub-domains,
as described in the preceding bullet.
Figure 17-8:
The Device
Management tab,
where you
can monitor
and restrict
BlackBerry
usage.
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Chapter 18
Protecting Your Information
In This Chapter
▶ Performing a full backup of your BlackBerry data
▶ Restoring from backups
▶ Selecting what data to back up
▶ Backing up and restoring wirelessly
I
magine that you left your beautiful BlackBerry in the back of a cab. You’ve
lost your BlackBerry for good. Okay, not good. What happens to all your
information? How are you going to replace all those contacts? What about
security?
One thing that you don’t need to worry about is information security — if you
set up a security password on your BlackBerry. With security password protection on your BlackBerry, anyone who finds your BlackBerry has only ten
chances to enter the correct password; after those ten chances are up, it’s
self-destruction time. Although it isn’t as smoky as Mission Impossible, your
BlackBerry does erase all its information, thwarting your would-be data thief.
If you haven’t set up a password for your BlackBerry, do it now! For
information on how to do so, refer to Chapter 3.
Now, how do you get back all the information that was on your BlackBerry? If
you’re like us and store important information on your BlackBerry, this chapter
is for you. Vital information such as clients’ and friends’ contact information,
notes from phone calls with clients — and, of course, those precious e-mail
messages — shouldn’t be taken lightly. Backing up this information is a
reliable way to protect it from being lost forever.
If your BlackBerry is not in a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Desktop
Manager is the only way to back up and restore information to and from your
desktop PC. But in the recent months, SmrtGuard (pronounced smart guard)
has come up with a wireless backup and restore service for those of you that
don’t have the habit of plugging your BlackBerry into your PC. If that is you,
go to the end of this chapter, where we introduce SmrtGuard’s backup and
restore solution that can give you peace of mind when it comes to protecting
your data.
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Accessing Backup and Restore
Backup and Restore is a BlackBerry Desktop Manager (BDM) application. It
allows you to back up all the sensitive data on your BlackBerry, including contacts, e-mails, memos, to-dos, all personal preferences and options, and more.
For most users, your e-mails are already stored in accounts such as Gmail or
Yahoo! mail. But you can still back up e-mails just in case.
To back up information on your BlackBerry, follow these steps:
1. Open BDM on your PC by choosing Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪
Desktop Manager.
If you haven’t already installed BDM on your PC, see Chapter 15.
2. Connect your BlackBerry to your PC with the USB cable that came
with your BlackBerry.
If everything is set up right, a pop-up window on your PC asks you to
type your BlackBerry security password.
3. Type your password.
The BlackBerry connects to the PC.
4. Double-click the Backup and Restore icon on the BlackBerry Desktop
Manager screen.
The Backup and Restore screen opens; see Figure 18-1. You’re ready to
back up data from or restore information to your BlackBerry.
Figure 18-1:
The Backup
and Restore
screen.
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Backing Up, BlackBerry Style
We all know that backing up your data provides tremendous peace of mind.
So do the folks at RIM, which is why backing up your information is quite
easy. You can back up your BlackBerry manually or by autopilot.
Backing up your BlackBerry manually
To back up your BlackBerry on demand, follow these steps:
1. From the BDM screen, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears; refer to Figure 18-1.
2. Click the Backup button.
The dialog box shown in Figure 18-2 appears, so you can name the
backup file and figure out where on your PC you want to save it.
3. Name your backup file and choose a place to save it.
4. Click the Save button.
BDM starts backing up your BlackBerry information to your PC. Figure
18-3 shows the backup progress in the Transfer in Progress window.
Don’t unplug your BlackBerry from the PC until the backup is finished!
Depending on how much information you have on your BlackBerry, the
backup might take ten minutes to finish.
5. When the Transfer in Progress window disappears, unplug the
BlackBerry from the PC.
Figure 18-2:
Decide
where to
save your
backup file.
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Figure 18-3:
A backup is
in progress.
Setting up automatic backups
What’s better than backing up your information once? Remembering to back
up regularly! What’s better than backing up regularly? You guessed it —
running backups automatically. After you schedule automated BlackBerry
backups, you can really have peace of mind when it comes to preventing
information loss.
Follow these steps to set up an autobackup:
1. From the BDM screen, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. Click the Options button.
The Backup Options screen appears, where you can schedule automatic
backups. See Figure 18-4.
3. Select the Back Up My Device Automatically Every check box.
This lets you make more decisions (check boxes and options become
active), such as how often you want BDM to back up your BlackBerry.
4. In the Days field, select a number of days between 1 and 99.
This interval sets how often your BlackBerry is backed up. For example,
if you enter 14, your BlackBerry is backed up every 14 days.
5. Select the Back Up All Device Application Data option.
This option backs up all the data on your BlackBerry each time autobackup runs.
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Figure 18-4:
Set autobackups
here.
Although you can exclude e-mail messages and information, such as
from Contacts, to-dos, and memos, we recommend that you back up
everything each time.
6. Click the OK button.
Now you can go on with your life without worrying when to back up.
To run a backup, your BlackBerry must be connected to your PC. Make sure
that you plug your BlackBerry into your PC once in a while so that autobackup
has a chance to back up your information.
Restoring Your Data from
Backup Information
We hope that you never have to read this section more than once. A full
restore means bringing back all your information from a backup. It probably means that you’ve lost information that you had hoped to find from the
backup you created on your PC.
The steps to fully restoring your backup information are simple:
1. From the BDM, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. Click the Restore button.
An Open File dialog box asks where the backup file is on your PC.
3. Choose a backup file and click the Open button.
A Warning window appears when you’re about to do a full restore (see
Figure 18-5), alerting you that you’re about to overwrite existing
information.
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Figure 18-5:
Be careful when
overwriting
existing info.
4. Click the Yes button to go ahead with the full restore.
A progress bar appears.
It might take a while for the full restore to finish. Don’t unplug your
BlackBerry from your PC during this time!
5. When the progress bar disappears, unplug the device from the PC.
Protecting Your Data, Your Way
A certain burger joint and BlackBerry both say that you can have it your way
with their products. Just like you can get your burger with or without all
the extras (such as pickles and onions), you can choose to not back up and
restore things that you know you won’t need.
For example, say you’ve accidentally deleted all your Internet bookmarks
and now you want them back. Don’t restore all the information from your last
backup. That could be more than 90 days ago (depending on how often your
autobackup runs, if at all). You might unintentionally overwrite other information, such as e-mail or new contacts. You want to restore bookmarks only.
If you lose something in particular, or want something specific back on your
BlackBerry, use the selective backup and restore function in BDM and restore
only what you need. The same goes with backing up. If you’re a big e-mail
user, back up just your e-mails and nothing else.
In the following sections, we use the term databases. Don’t worry; this isn’t as
technical as you think. Think of a database as an information category on the
BlackBerry. For example, saying, “backing up your Browser bookmarks
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database” is just a fancy way of saying, “backing up all your Browser
bookmarks on your BlackBerry.”
We start with a selective backup and then describe a selective restore.
Backing up, your way
To back up specific information, follow these steps:
1. From the BDM, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. Click the Advanced button.
The advanced Backup/Restore screen appears, as shown in Figure 18-6. The
right side of the screen shows different information categories, or
databases.
Figure 18-6:
The
advanced
Backup/
Restore
screen.
3. In the Device Databases list on the right, Ctrl+click the databases you
want to back up.
4. Click the left-pointing (backup) arrow.
A progress bar moves while your BlackBerry is backed up. This step
merely transfers the databases onto your PC; it doesn’t save them. When
the backup transfer is finished, you can see the databases on the left
side of the window.
5. Choose File➪Save As.
A file chooser appears.
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6. Name your file and specify where you want to save it on your PC.
This saves your selective backup on your PC. Make sure to name it
something specific so that you know exactly what is in the backup.
You need to manually save the backup file on your PC even after you choose a
location for the file in Step 3. A selective backup doesn’t automatically save
your backup on your PC.
Restoring, your way
When you’re restoring selectively, you must already have a backup file to
restore from. Although this might sound obvious, the point we’re making is
that you can selectively restore from any backup — auto or manual.
For example, say you have autobackup running every other day and you want
to restore only your e-mail messages from two days ago. You don’t need to
do a full restore; that would overwrite the new contact you put in Contacts
yesterday. Rather, you can use the selective restore method and get back
only your e-mail messages.
To restore your way, follow these steps:
1. From the BDM, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. Click the Advanced button.
The advanced Backup/Restore screen appears; refer to Figure 18-6. The
right side of the screen shows your different information categories, or
databases.
Looking at backup BlackBerry files
Whether you use the one-button-push backup
method or you manually back up your files,
the files are saved on your PC as .ipd files.
Those curious readers out there might be
asking, “Can I read these backup files without
a BlackBerry?” The answer is yes! With a thirdparty product called ABC Amber BlackBerry
Converter, you can view any .ipd file. What’s
the point? Suppose you lost your BlackBerry but
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need to read an old e-mail or get contacts from
your backup files. This tool allows you to convert anything in your backup file (e-mails, SMS
messages, PIM messages, and contacts) into
PDF or Word documents. For more information
and to try ABC Amber BlackBerry Converter
for free, go to www.processtext.com/
abcblackberry.html.
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3. Choose File➪Open.
A window opens so that you can choose which backup file you want to
restore from.
A BlackBerry backup file has an .ipd suffix.
4. Select a backup file.
5. Click the Open button.
The different information categories, or databases, appear on the left
side of the screen. You are now ready for a selective restore.
6. Select the database(s) you want to restore.
You can select multiple databases by Ctrl+clicking the databases
you want.
7. Click the right-pointing (Restore) arrow.
You see a warning window asking whether you want to replace all the
information with the data you’re restoring. Refer to Figure 18-5.
If your BlackBerry has the same categories as the ones you’re restoring
(which is likely), you’ll overwrite any information you have on your
BlackBerry.
You can confidently move on to Step 8 (clicking the Yes button) if you know
the database you’re restoring has the information you’re looking for.
8. Click the Yes button.
A progress bar appears while the selected databases are being restored.
When the progress bar window disappears, the information categories
that you’ve selected are restored on your BlackBerry.
Clearing BlackBerry information,
your way
You can also delete information on your BlackBerry from BlackBerry Desktop
Manager. When would you use selective deletion?
Suppose you want to clear only your phone logs from your BlackBerry. One
way is to tediously select one phone log at a time and press Delete, repeating
until all phone logs are gone. However, you could instead delete a database
from the advanced Backup/Restore screen by using the Backup and Restore
function.
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To selectively delete databases on your BlackBerry, follow these steps:
1. From BDM on your PC, double-click the Backup and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. Click the Advanced button.
The advanced Backup/Restore screen appears; refer to Figure 18-6. The
right side of the screen shows your BlackBerry’s different databases.
3. Ctrl+click the database(s) you want to delete.
The database is highlighted.
4. Click the Clear button on the right side of the screen.
A warning window asks you to confirm your deletion.
5. Click the Yes button.
A progress bar shows the deletion. When the progress bar disappears, the information categories you selected are cleared from your
BlackBerry.
Backup and Restore Wirelessly
Yes, that’s right! Your BlackBerry can do this without being on the BES or
go through the trouble of plugging your BlackBerry to your PC via BDM.
However, you do have to pay a little bit for this service.
A company called SmrtGuard, www.smrtguard.com, offers software that you
can install on your BlackBerry that can wirelessly back up your data. Currently,
SmrtGuard supports backing up Contacts, memos, and to-dos. SmrtGuard
plans to support calendar, pictures, and phone logs in the near future.
In addition to its backup and restore capabilities, SmrtGuard also has features
to help you locate, recover, and destroy data on your device. SmrtGuard has
a BlackBerry tracking, or “LoJack,” feature that helps you determine whether
you simply misplaced your device or whether your device was stolen. If you
determine your device was stolen, you can send a signal to have your data
destroyed via the SmrtGuard Dashboard on the Web site.
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Chapter 19
Installing and Managing
Third-Party Applications
In This Chapter
▶ Getting started with Application Loader
▶ Installing a BlackBerry application
▶ Uninstalling an application
▶ Upgrading your operating system
▶ Browsing and installing AppCenter and StoreFront
I
n the Part of Tens, we point out a few great applications that make your
BlackBerry that much more productive. We also reveal a few games that
make your BlackBerry more entertaining than ever.
Think of your BlackBerry as a mini-laptop where you can run preinstalled
applications as well as install new applications. You can even upgrade your
BlackBerry’s operating system. (Yup, that’s right, your BlackBerry has an
operating system.)
We start this chapter by introducing Application Loader, which allows you
to load applications (who’d have guessed?) onto your BlackBerry. Then we
show you how to install and uninstall an application from your BlackBerry.
Finally, we show you how to use Application Loader to upgrade your
operating system.
Accessing Application Loader
In this chapter, as with other chapters in Part IV, you work closely with your PC
and your BlackBerry. On your PC, you use an application called BlackBerry
Desktop Manager (BDM), which comes on a CD along with your BlackBerry. For
an introduction to BlackBerry Desktop Manager, see Chapter 15. Application
Loader is in BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
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After installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC, do the following to
access Application Loader:
1. On your PC, select Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop
Manager.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager opens.
2. Connect your BlackBerry to your PC via your USB cable.
If the connection is successful, you see the password dialog box, as
shown in Figure 19-1. If not, see whether the USB cable is connected
properly to both your PC and your BlackBerry and then try again. If all
else fails, contact the technical support of your service provider.
Figure 19-1:
The password dialog
box on
your PC.
3. Enter your password.
Your BlackBerry-to-PC connection is complete.
4. On your PC, double-click the Application Loader icon in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager.
The Application Loader screen opens, as shown in Figure 19-2. At this
point, you’re ready to use the Application Loader.
Figure 19-2:
The
Application
Loader
screen.
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Installing an Application
In this chapter, we install iSkoot for Skype for BlackBerry. iSkoot is a free application that connects to the Web directly and allows you to use Skype. You can
download this application at www.download.com/iSkoot-for-SkypeBlackBerry-/3000-7242_4-10797721.html.
No matter what application you’re installing from your PC to your
BlackBerry, the steps are the same. So you can use the following steps as a
guide to installing the application of your choice:
1. Install the application on your PC.
The installation onto your PC varies, depending on the application, so
refer to its manual.
2. Locate the application’s ALX file.
You can usually find a file with the .alx extension in the folder where
you installed the application on your PC.
The ALX file doesn’t get installed on your BlackBerry; rather, it tells
Application Loader where the actual application file is located on your PC.
3. Double-click the Application Loader icon in BlackBerry Desktop
Manager.
The Application Loader screen shows. Refer to Figure 19-2.
4. Connect your BlackBerry to your PC using the USB cable.
A screen prompting you to enter your BlackBerry password appears.
5. Enter your password (refer to Figure 19-1).
After entering your password, the Application Loader screen indicates
that your device is connected.
6. Click the Start button below Add/Remove Applications.
The screen listing of what applications to install appears.
7. Click the Browse button and locate and select the ALX file you want
to install.
You return to the Application Loader screen, where iSkoot is one of the
applications in the list, as shown in Figure 19-3.
8. Select the application you want to install (for this example, we select
iSkoot Skype for BlackBerry) and click the Next button.
A summary screen appears, listing only the applications that will be
installed or upgraded.
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Figure 19-3:
Your
application
is added
to the list
of installed
applications
and can be
installed
on your
BlackBerry.
9. Click the Finish button.
The installation process starts, and a progress window appears. When the
progress window disappears — and if all went well — the application is
on your BlackBerry. The application should be in the Applications folder
of your BlackBerry.
If you get an invalid signature error after clicking the Finish button:
✓ You didn’t get your BlackBerry from your employer: Something is
probably wrong with the application. You need to contact the software
vendor.
✓ You got your BlackBerry from your employer: You don’t have permission to install applications on your BlackBerry. The IT department rules
the school.
You don’t have to use Application Loader to get the goods onto your
BlackBerry. You can install applications other ways as well:
✓ Wirelessly through an over-the-air (OTA) download. See Chapter 9 for
more on wireless installations.
✓ BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) wireless install (if your BlackBerry is
employer provided). In this case, you have no control over the installation process. Your company’s BlackBerry system administrator controls
which applications are on your BlackBerry.
✓ Through the PC via Microsoft Installer. Some application installations
automate the steps described above. All you need to do is connect your
BlackBerry to the PC and double-click the installation file. Applications
installation using the Microsoft Installer has the file extension .msi.
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Uninstalling an Application
You can uninstall an application in two ways:
✓ Using Application Loader
✓ Using your BlackBerry handheld
As we did in the preceding section on installing, we use iSkoot as an example
and assume that you already installed the iSkoot application. Of course, you
can follow the same steps for uninstalling other applications.
Uninstalling with Application Loader
The steps to uninstalling a BlackBerry application are similar to installing:
1. On your PC, double-click the Application Loader icon in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager.
2. Connect your BlackBerry to your pc using the USB cable.
A screen prompting you to enter your BlackBerry password appears.
3. Enter your password (refer to Figure 19-1).
If your handheld isn’t connected properly, the PIN of your device won’t
show up in the Application Loader screen. Connect your BlackBerry to
the USB cable and connect the USB cable to the PC.
After entering your password, the Application Loader screen indicates
that your device is connected.
4. Click the Start button below Add/Remove Applications.
The screen listing of applications appears, similar to Figure 19-3.
5. Scroll to the application you want to delete and deselect its check box.
For example, when we deselect the iSkoot Skype for BlackBerry check
box, the Action column for iSkoot indicates Remove.
6. Click the Next button.
A summary screen that lists the action of the Application Loader shows
up. It indicates that iSkoot is to be removed from your BlackBerry.
7. Click the Finish button.
The uninstall process starts, and a progress window appears. When the
progress window disappears, you have uninstalled the application from
your BlackBerry.
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Uninstalling with your
BlackBerry handheld
When you don’t have access to your PC, you can uninstall an application
from your BlackBerry handheld. Follow these steps:
1. Select the Options icon from the BlackBerry Home screen.
The Options application opens. If you are holding BlackBerry in portrait
mode, you need to press the Menu key first to make the Options icon
visible on the Home screen.
2. Scroll to Advanced Options and select Applications.
The list of applications installed on your BlackBerry appears, as shown
in Figure 19-4.
3. Scroll to the application you want to delete and press the Menu key.
4. Select Delete (see Figure 19-5).
A confirmation dialog box appears.
Figure 19-4:
The list of
applications
installed
on your
BlackBerry.
Figure 19-5:
Deleting an
application.
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5. Select Delete to confirm the deletion.
You’re given a choice to restart now or at a later time. After restarting,
the deleted application is uninstalled.
A much later version of BlackBerry Operating Systems (OS 4.6 and later)
allows you to uninstall an application right from the Home screen. You can
quickly check whether your BlackBerry allows you to do this by highlighting
the Application icon in Home screen and pressing the Menu key. If your
BlackBerry OS supports this type of uninstall, you see a Delete menu item
which you can conveniently select.
Upgrading Your BlackBerry OS
Your BlackBerry is RIM’s latest product as of this writing and should come
with the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system (OS). So, you
shouldn’t need this section for some time. But when it comes down to it, the
BlackBerry OS update comes from BlackBerry Handheld Software, which is
available from two sources:
✓ Your network service provider
✓ Your BlackBerry system administrator
The handheld software may differ from provider to provider, so get it from the
service provider’s Web site. We compiled a location of the download pages for
different service providers at www.blackberryfordummies.com/bhs.html.
In this section, we assume that the latest BlackBerry Handheld Software
for BlackBerry is already installed on your PC. For help with installing
BlackBerry Handheld Software, refer to the instructions that come with it.
You should upgrade your BlackBerry OS only when you have to or are told to
by your network service provider or your corporate BlackBerry system administrator. Some third-party applications that you installed earlier may stop
working. The risk of losing third-party application data is always there — as
well as the risk that things won’t work as well as before.
To address the risk of information loss, RIM designed Application Loader to
automatically back up for you as part of the OS upgrade. However, our experience has taught us to perform a full backup manually as an extra precaution.
The Application Loader backup isn’t always complete in our experience. See
Chapter 18 for more on backing up data manually.
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After you finish a manual backup of your BlackBerry, you can start the
upgrade process by doing the following:
1. Enter your BlackBerry password (if you have set one) into BlackBerry
Desktop Manager on your PC.
2. Double-click the Application Loader icon on the Desktop Manager screen.
The Application Loader screen appears, as shown earlier in Figure 19-2.
3. Click the Start button below Add/Remove Applications.
A list of software appears, as shown in Figure 19-6.
4. With your mouse, you can opt out of the upgrade by deselecting the
OS portion.
This appears as BlackBerry 4.7 System Software in Figure 19-6.
The OS is listed only if you need an upgrade — it means that your
BlackBerry OS is out of date. If the OS doesn’t appear in the list, the
handheld software you installed on the desktop machine is the same as
the one installed on your device, or a prior version compared to the one
installed on your device.
You also need to back up your device in case something goes wrong with
the upgrade. Backup options can be accessed through the Options button.
5. Click the Options button.
The Options screen appears, as shown in Figure 19-7. This is where you
decide whether you want to back up your BlackBerry content before
upgrading your OS.
Figure 19-6:
Application
updates
that are
available.
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Figure 19-7:
Command
Application
Loader to
back up the
device here
(Options
screen).
6. Select Back Up Device Automatically During the Installation Process
and click the OK button.
You’re back to the previous screen shown in Figure 19-6.
7. Click the Next button.
A summary page confirms your actions — a final chance for you to
either proceed with the OS upgrade or not.
8. Click the Finish button.
The BlackBerry OS upgrade starts, complete with a progress window
that shows a series of steps and a progress bar. The entire process takes
ten minutes or more, depending on your PC model and the OS version
you’re upgrading to.
At times during the BlackBerry OS upgrade, your BlackBerry display
goes on and off. Don’t worry; this is normal.
When the progress window disappears, the OS upgrade is complete.
Finding and Installing Applications
from App Stores
With the success of the iPhone App Store, several copycats sprouted up for
other platforms, including the BlackBerry. App Store is an application that
behaves as storefronts that showcase applications that you can download
directly to your device. Applications can be either free or fee-based:
✓ Handango (www.handango.com): Handango is one of the oldest storefronts that sells applications for mobile devices. It started selling apps
through the Web but now has an app store that you can download from
its Web site.
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✓ CrackBerry On-Device App Store (http://crackberryappstore.
com): Partnering with Mobihand, CrackBerry also provides an app store
where you can find great applications to download.
✓ BlackBerry Application Center: This is available to newer devices starting with the BlackBerry Storm. The carrier has controls on what shows
up on the Application Center.
✓ BlackBerry Application StoreFront (coming soon): This is still cooking
in RIM’s oven as of this writing. In contrast to BlackBerry Application
Center, with the BlackBerry Application StoreFront, RIM has full control
on what applications are available instead of the carrier. RIM made an
official announcement about this app store. Check our companion Web
site (www.blackberryfordummies.com) regularly for updates. We’ll
post a link when it becomes available.
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In this part . . .
f the earlier parts of this book are the ice cream and hot
fudge, this part is the whipped cream and cherry on top.
Delve into these four short but sweet chapters to find out
how to accessorize your BlackBerry, boost your productivity, play games, and max your BlackBerry experience. And
remember that you can always visit us for an up-to-date
Part of Tens at www.blackberryfordummies.com.
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Chapter 20
Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories
In This Chapter
▶ microSD card
▶ Remote Stereo Gateway
▶ Stereo headphones
▶ Belt clip
▶ Screen protector
▶ Extra battery and charger
▶ Full keyboard
▶ External speakerphone
▶ Car mount
▶ Unify AV Solution
T
he BlackBerry retail box contains a few essentials: a battery, a charger, a
micro USB cable, and a belt clip. If you’re like us, though, you’re not satisfied
with what is included in the box. In this chapter, we present the accessories
that we think supplement your BlackBerry well — and we tell you where to
shop for them.
Check out our companion Web site, www.blackberryfordummies.com, for
an updated accessories list.
microSD Card
Your new BlackBerry normally comes with external memory: a microSD card.
But if you are not satisfied with its capacity, then go hunt for a much bigger
one. After all, you want to carry with you a boatload of music and video files,
right? Many electronic gadgets use microSD cards, so they’re easy to find.
A normal price range at the time of this writing is $30 for an 8GB capacity and
$60 for 16GB capacity. Your best bet of finding a good deal is on the Internet.
Special promotions come and go, but we noticed that you can always find a
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good deal somewhere. Our best advice is to just shop around. And for any
Internet purchase, take into consideration the shipping and handling costs
plus the vendor’s return policy (or lack thereof).
Any brand will do, as long as you make sure that you’re buying a microSD card.
BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway
Do you want to make your home-entertainment center play the music in your
BlackBerry? The Remote Stereo Gateway is for you. Connect this tiny device
to your stereo system and you can transmit music wirelessly from your
BlackBerry (for about $90).
You can get Remote Stereo Gateway from RIM’s shopping site at www.shop
blackberry.com.
Stereo Headsets
Although your new BlackBerry is a stereo music player, it doesn’t come with
stereo headphones. You will definitely yearn for stereo sound the moment
you listen to music or watch video clips. A quick search on the Internet for
BlackBerry + stereo headphones yields many results. But you want to be able
to talk, too.
You could spend $30 to $200. We like several headsets:
✓ BlackBerry stereo headset with noise-isolating ear gels
✓ V-MODA Vibe duo in-ear headphones with mic
✓ Motorola S9 stereo Bluetooth headset
The best place to get stereo headphones for your BlackBerry is good ol’
Amazon: www.amazon.com.
Case and Belt Clip
You have plenty of cases to choose from, with looks ranging from sporty to
professional. These cases can set you back anywhere from $20 to $40, which
isn’t too bad for looking hip.
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Here’s where you can buy a new case or belt clip:
✓ http://shop.crackberry.com
✓ www.bberry.com
✓ www.blackberryden.com
✓ www.blackberrysource.com
✓ www.amazon.com
When you buy a new belt case or clip, buy one made specifically for your
BlackBerry model. Also, it’s important that the case/clip comes with a small
magnet. BlackBerry is holster-aware and conserves battery juice. And this
magnet is the key for the BlackBerry to know that it is inside a holster.
Screen Protector and Skins
If the protector case described in the preceding section is a bit stressful for
your wallet, try the Blackberry Pro high-definition screen protector with
mirror effect. That’s a mouthful, but for about $10, it protects your screen
from scratches. Go to www.accessorygeeks.com.
Other popular bestsellers are skin cases. It comes with many colors and
keeps your BlackBerry looking new. The price is usually between $9 and $12.
Go to http://shop.crackberry.com or www.accessorygeeks.com.
Extra Battery, Charger,
and Charging Pod
An extra battery for your BlackBerry will come in handy if you’re a daily user.
We recommend buying your battery only from Research In Motion, at www.
shopblackberry.com, and not from some other manufacturer. A faulty
battery can damage your BlackBerry beyond repair.
Make sure that the battery you buy is for your BlackBerry model. You’ll spend
around $50 for the extra battery.
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If you watch video on your BlackBerry, you know that the battery needs to
be charged every couple of hours. And if you’re always on the go, you better
have a portable charger on hand. The charger included with your BlackBerry
is great to carry around town (and the world) because it has multiple adapters for different countries’ electric plugs.
If you’re a road warrior, we recommend the BlackBerry car charger. It will
set you back around $30. To top it off, you can also get a charging pod. It’s an
accessory that connects to a power supply for charging and at the same time
holds your BlackBerry firmly in place in your desk or nightstand. If you use it
in your nightstand, you can take advantage of the sleep mode which sets the
device so that it least disturbs you, such as dimming the light and turning off
the LED. The charging pod costs from $12 to $30, depending on how fancy it is.
Make sure that the charger and the charging pod you buy is for your
BlackBerry model.
You can get a BlackBerry car charger and charging pod from the following sites:
✓ http://shop.crackberry.com
✓ www.blackberrysource.com
✓ www.amazon.com
✓ www.shopblackberry.com (RIM’s official store)
Full Keyboard
If you write long e-mails or draft long proposals on your BlackBerry, a
full-sized keyboard is perfect for you. You’ll save time and your thumbs.
You have the choice of Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth connection options. We
recommend Bluetooth to minimize the clutter. A Bluetooth keyboard is the
most convenient option for the obvious reasons: You don’t have to carry
cables, and you can position your BlackBerry any way you want.
For less than $100, you can own the cool iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth
keyboard, available at www.amazon.com. Or you can buy the ThinkOutside
Stowaway Shasta Bluetooth keyboard for BlackBerry, available at http://
yahooshopping.com for $45.
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External Speaker
BlackBerry comes with a speaker, but if the sound quality just isn’t good
enough for your listening taste, an external Bluetooth speaker can bring your
outdoor listening to the next level. We recommend the following:
✓ Blueant M1 Bluetooth stereo speakers
✓ Motorola EQ5 wireless travel stereo speaker
For about $110, you can get either of them from http://shop.crack
berry.com.
Car Mount
To complete your BlackBerry car experience, mount your BlackBerry in your
car. The market offers many products that range from $15 to $30. You can
search from major sites. You can also get a car mount from these BlackBerry
sites:
✓ http://shop.crackberry.com
✓ www.blackberrysource.com
✓ www.amazon.com
Make sure that the product you’re choosing supports your BlackBerry model.
Unify AV Solution
It is an understatement to categorize this product as a BlackBerry accessory.
But Unify AV Solution is an innovative product of Unify4Life, making smartphones (including your BlackBerry) a universal remote control.
You can find a whole suite of features on the Unify4Life Web site, but a sample
includes complete TV listings available in your BlackBerry for informative
channel switching. We encourage you to check out Unify AV Solution and,
for $99, you can purchase it directly from http://unify4life.com/
products.html.
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Chapter 21
Ten Must-Have
BlackBerry Programs
In This Chapter
▶ SmrtGuard
▶ VibAndRing
▶ Handmark Pocket Express
▶ PeeKaWho — Email/SMS Alert
▶ Digby
▶ Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile
▶ iSkoot Skype Client
▶ Nobex Radio Companion
▶ WorldMate
▶ Ascendo Money
T
he industry of BlackBerry software is growing at a dizzying rate. In
this chapter, we introduce ten must-have applications that make your
BlackBerry experience that much better.
We have no specific reviews to quote, but these choices are the results of
our quest to find programs that people use, discerned from discussions with
BlackBerry users, postings on message boards, and commentaries in the
public domain. The applications we feature here are just the tip of the iceberg. By all means, feel free to surf the Internet because by the time this book
is published, more software will likely be available. And don’t forget to visit
our Web site at www.blackberryfordummies.com.
SmrtGuard, Your BlackBerry Guardian
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your data if you lost your
BlackBerry? Data such as your sensitive e-mails, your phone call histories,
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your contacts, and all your appointments? It’s scary to think of a stranger
getting to know you through your e-mails and knowing what you’re going to
do next. These same thoughts haunt us as well. Thankfully there’s SmrtGuard
(formerly known as BerryFinder.com), which provides the following tools:
✓ Locate and “LoJack” your BlackBerry: With no GPS required, you can
track your BlackBerry’s approximate location to determine whether you
simply misplaced it or someone actually stole it.
✓ Wireless data backup: This is another must-have feature that
SmrtGuard provides. If you self-destroyed your data and don’t have a
backup, the scheduled wireless backup of your PIM data will come in
handy. From the SmrtGuard Web site (www.smrtguard.com), you can
even see and browse through your backed up data and export it to a file
(an Excel file or text file).
✓ Sound the homing beacon: If you simply misplaced your BlackBerry but
can’t find it by calling because you muted it, don’t worry. Just send a
homing beacon, and your BlackBerry will emit a loud sound regardless
of your Profile setting. We wish our remote controls had this feature!
✓ Self-destroy in five seconds: Okay, perhaps not in five seconds, but
you can decide when to destroy all your BlackBerry data. That includes
e-mails, contacts, appointments, to-dos, memos, phone logs, and even
all the files on your microSD card.
Always protect your BlackBerry with a password. That way, if your BlackBerry
gets into the wrong hands, your data will be self-erased after ten unsuccessful
password entries. However, it doesn’t delete the files on your microSD card.
This is why SmrtGuard is so helpful.
With SmrtGuard by your side, you can concentrate on your business instead
of worrying about your BlackBerry data being stolen. For a limited time,
SmrtGuard is free. Register your BlackBerry today at www.smrtguard.com.
VibAndRing
Don’t like the fact that you can’t get your BlackBerry to alert you the way you
want? Do you need custom vibration when a phone call comes in?
Time to get your hands on VibAndRing. With it, you can customize how many
vibrate “bursts” you get before it starts ringing and how long each vibration
lasts.
To download a free trial, go to www.mobihand.com and search for vibandring.
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Handmark Pocket Express
If we have to recommend one application, Pocket Express is it. This is a handy
and reliable tool to get news and other important information such as weather,
sports updates, maps, and stocks. This application is one of the best information aggregators out there. The user interface is intuitive. You can even buy and
install other applications from within Pocket Express. And the best part — it’s
free. Well, not everything. Handmark charges a fee for accessing its premium
channels. Download Pocket Express from your BlackBerry at http://
pocketexpress.com.
PeeKaWho — Email/SMS Alerts
Ever find yourself in the middle of browsing or composing an e-mail and all of a
sudden, a new e-mail finds its way to your inbox? Instead of stopping what you
are doing and heading to the inbox, with PeeKaWho, you can get a preview of
the e-mail or SMS message that has just arrived, and you can dismiss, mark as
read, go to your inbox, or delete the message — all right from the alert pop-up.
To find out more, go to www.smrtguard.com/peek.jsp.
Digby
For those online shoppers who need to shop all the time, Digby is the program
for you. You can download it for free to start browsing its growing selections.
What we don’t like is that you have to enter your personal information on the
BlackBerry instead of having the option to enter it on the PC first. To try it,
point your BlackBerry browser to www.digby.com/download.
Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo!
Messenger Mobile
If you currently use Google Talk or Yahoo! Messenger on your PC, both
mobile versions are a must-download to keep up with your buddies no matter
where you are. To download, point your BlackBerry browser to
✓ Google Talk Mobile: www.blackberry.com/GoogleTalk
✓ Yahoo! Messenger Mobile: www.blackberry.com/YahooDownload
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iSkoot Skype Client
If you are a big fan of Skype, now you don’t have to be at your computer to
use the service. The folks at iSkoot make it possible for you to fully utilize
Skype from your BlackBerry. Calling a Skype buddy? No problem. Chatting
with your Skype friends? That’s what this program is for. Plus, it’s free! To
download it from your PC, go to www.iskoot.com.
Nobex Radio Companion
FM radio on your BlackBerry? That’s right. With Nobex, you can get streaming radio on your BlackBerry for free (for now)!
Over a hundred stations are available for streaming, and it works best if you
have a 3G or EVDO network (the faster the network, the better your experience with Nobex).
To find out more, go to www.nobexrc.com.
WorldMate
Are you a road warrior? If so, WorldMate is for you. You can set up your
home airport as well as a travel schedule. If your flight is delayed, you will be
notified. It also has convenient features like a currency converter, world time,
and weather forecasts.
To find out more, visit www.mobimate.com.
Ascendo Money
Ascendo Money is one of the best-selling, best-rated, and most comprehensive personal finance managers for BlackBerry. You can manage your checkbook, track your expenses, sync with your PC, and integrate with popular
finance PC applications such as Quicken and MS Money. It costs $29.95, but
you can also get a free trial. You can download Ascendo Money from your PC
by going to www.handango.com.
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Chapter 22
Ten Fun Games on
Your BlackBerry
In This Chapter
▶ Free classic games
▶ Bookworm
▶ Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart
▶ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009
▶ Texas Hold’em King 3
▶ Guitar Hero III Mobile
▶ Aces Solitaire Pack
▶ Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge
▶ Chuzzle
▶ Nintaii
W
ho says BlackBerry is all work and no play? True, you can get tons
accomplished on your BlackBerry, but what you get accomplished
doesn’t necessarily need to be work related. Yes, you do have the BrickBreaker
game that comes with your BlackBerry, but you can only beat it so many times
before you get bored.
As the BlackBerry becomes increasingly popular, numerous BlackBerry game
companies are making more and more fun titles. For example, you can play
a couple of holes on the Pebble Beach golf course, or you can play a game of
online Texas Hold’em with other BlackBerry users. Whatever you play, you
can find a huge selection of games out there. What’s even better is that some
great games are free.
After this chapter, you might play so many games on your BlackBerry that
you’ll have to watch your productivity level. Please check our companion
Web site — www.blackberryfordummies.com — for an updated list.
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Great Free Classic Games
Hundreds of free games are available for you. Here, we list a sample of our
favorite classics and show where you can find them:
✓ Asteroids: Avoid UFO attacks and obliterate the asteroids. Get it at www.
mobilerated.com/asteroids-1839.html.
✓ Chess: What’s a smartphone without chess? Get it at www.mobilerated.
com/chess-1878.html.
✓ Fear Of The Dark: Be a prince and rescue your princess. Here’s an
adventure game that you can get at www.mobilerated.com/fear-ofthe-dark-1700.html.
✓ Pacman: Feeling nostalgic? Get it at http://bennychow.com/
blackberry.shtml.
✓ Rubix Redux: Sometimes you just need a game that doesn’t require a lot
of thinking. This is a game of pushing squares and aligning colors. Get it
at www.mobilerated.com/rubix-redux-1915.html.
✓ Space Invaders: Really looks like the original Space Invaders. Get it at
http://blackberryfreeware.com/images_games/space_
invaders.zip.
✓ Sudoku: Not really a classic game, but yes, this is the Sudoku game that
people are crazy about. Get it at http://mobile.blackberry.com.
✓ Jet Fighter: Feel the need to fly a fighter jet and shoot down enemy
planes and tanks? Get this game at www.mobilerated.com/jetfighter-2356.html.
✓ Zelda: This is the classic Nintendo Zelda. Get it at www.mobilerated.
com/zelda-2417.html.
Bookworm
A warning: The Bookworm word game is addictive. It is part crossword
puzzle, part word jumble, and part arcade puzzler. Your job is to make
Lex, the hungry bookworm, well fed with words. If you are up to the challenge, you can buy it for $6.99 or download a free trial version. Point your
BlackBerry to www.bplay.com/item/Bookworm.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart
Ever played Crash Bandicoot on PlayStation? This game can be as addictive as the bigger version. Be a crazy Bandicoot character to race and battle
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against opponents. With many racetracks to choose from, you can hone your
driving skills and use weapons to fight opponents. You’ll find no end of challenges to face as you discover advanced features for changing track designs.
You can buy Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart for $6.99 or download a trial version.
Use your BlackBerry to go to www.bplay.com/item/CrashBandicoot
NitroKart or http://store.handmark.com/p/2879//CrashBandicoot-Nitro-Kart-for-BlackBerry/-.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009
This is the TV game show you love to watch. It has the same sound effects
as the TV show and is complete with the lifelines you would expect. With a
tense and fun game, who wouldn’t want to win a million?
If you’re ready to take the hot seat and make the critical decisions, you can
buy Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 for $6.99. Use your BlackBerry to go
to www.bplay.com/item/Millionaire09.
Texas Hold’em King 3
Crave a game of Texas Hold’em while away from your buddies? Practice your
bluff with Texas Hold’em King 3. We like this game because you can even play
an online tournament right from your BlackBerry.
You can buy the game for $5.99 or download a trial version. Point your
BlackBerry to www.bplay.com/item/THK3.
Guitar Hero III Mobile
This game is so popular and has gained so much success in the game-console
space that it is now available for your BlackBerry. If you’re into karaoke, this
game brings you much closer to becoming a rock star. You play in a rock
band and can choose the instruments you like.
You can buy Guitar Hero III Mobile for $6.99 or download a trial version. From
your BlackBerry, go to www.bplay.com/item/GuitarHeroMobile.
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Aces Solitaire Pack
This is a many-in-one card game pack. With 15 types of solitaire to choose
from, this game is a nirvana for solitaire addicts. Plus, it comes with other
games, such as Klondike, Spider, Free Cell, Pyramid, and even Golf. With this
many games to choose from, you can’t go wrong.
Buy the Aces Solitaire Pack for $14.95 or download a trial version. From your
BlackBerry, go to www.handango.com and search for Aces Solitaire Pack.
Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge
Can’t get enough golf on the weekend? Play a round on your way to work.
Just beware that the wait between holes is a bit longer than we like . . . kind
of like real-life golf. You can buy Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge for $6.99 or
download a trial version. From your BlackBerry, go to www.bplay.com/
item/GoldenTeeGolfMobile.
Chuzzle
Do you love a game of Tetris, but you’re tired of the same old thing every
time? How about Tetris with a twist — with Chuzzle? You are not controlling
blocks here but googly-eyed little balls of fur that giggle, squeak, and sneeze
as you poke them across the board. A friendly warning: This game is simple
yet addictive. And you’ll get trophies too.
For $6.99, you can download Chuzzle. Just point your BlackBerry browser to
www.bplay.com/item/Chuzzle or http://handango.com and search for
Chuzzle.
Nintaii
Nintaii is a puzzle game of rolling blocks and switches with over 100 levels
to challenge your brain. This game won the best game award of the 2008
BlackBerry Developer Challenge. Definitely a lot of brain power has been put
into this mind-twisting game.
For $6.99, you can download Nintaii. Just point your BlackBerry browser to
www.bplay.com/item/Nintaii.
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Chapter 23
Ten Web Site Categories for
BlackBerry Browsing
In This Chapter
▶ Weather
▶ News
▶ Search engines, directories, and portals
▶ Business
▶ Travel
▶ Sports
▶ Advice and self-help
▶ Social and virtual networking
▶ Shopping and shipping information
▶ Other browsing categories
W
eb surfing with a BlackBerry has improved dramatically with the newer
models. With higher screen resolution and bigger real estate, your
BlackBerry should give you one good mobile Web-browsing experience. In the
previous editions of BlackBerry For Dummies, we told you where to find Web
sites designed for mobile devices because most Web pages displayed horribly
on the older devices. That’s not the case anymore; most Web pages now display
just as well on newer models of the BlackBerry as they do on your PC. So, the
browsing habit you have on your PC can now be maintained in the BlackBerry,
but in a small package.
The Web site recommendations we give in this chapter are based on reviews
in the public domain and sites that definitely help you on the go.
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Weather
Weather changes quite often, but you can keep up with it at these sites:
✓ AccuWeather.com (www.accuweather.com): AccuWeather.com provides the local weather forecast.
✓ Weather.com (www.weather.com): Weather.com is smart enough to
know that you’re using a mobile device and displays a nice, trim version
of its page with a few links to non-weather–related information.
If these two sites aren’t enough, check out the “Search Engines, Directories,
and Portals” section, later in this chapter. Major portals have weather information as well as traffic alerts and airport delays.
News
Most major news companies have mobile versions of their sites. This section
gives you just a sampling of what’s out there. We list the same Web address
as you would expect when browsing from your desktop. These sites detect
that you’re using a smartphone and redirect you to the mobile-friendly version of their sites:
✓ ABC News (www.abcnews.com): Get ABC News on your BlackBerry.
✓ BBC News (www.bbc.com): You can read the BBC News right from your
BlackBerry, even if you’re not in the UK.
✓ CNN (www.cnn.com): This is CNN’s mobile-friendly Web site.
✓ The New York Times (www.nytimes.com): This automatically points
you to the New York Times mobile-friendly Web site, a site that’s clean
and easy to navigate without a lot of advertisements.
✓ Reuters (www.reuters.com): A mobile-friendly version of the Reuters site.
✓ USA Today (http://usatoday.com): USA Today, one of the most
popular newspapers, is now available for free from your BlackBerry.
✓ Wired News (http://mobile.wired.com): Wired News is the mobile
version of this tech news Web site.
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Search Engines, Directories, and Portals
The sites that follow are Web portals, which are sites that contain various
information or links to other sites:
✓ Google (www.google.com): The king of search engines works like a
charm on your BlackBerry.
✓ MSN (www.msn.com): You can access MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger,
and an online calendar. It has all the features that you can find in a Web
portal, such as Web search, weather lookup, sports information, and
news. Plus you get MSN’s finance-related pages, which give you up-tothe-minute stock quotes.
✓ RIM mobile home page (http://mobile.blackberry.com): This is
the default home page setting for most BlackBerry browsers. The service provider can customize it, though, so your BlackBerry browser may
point to your service provider’s home page. RIM’s home page is definitely a place to start browsing the Web.
You should definitely bookmark this site.
✓ Yahoo! Mobile (www.yahoo.com): Yahoo! is a smart portal because it
knows you’re using a mobile device and formats the page accordingly —
meaning a smaller page with no advertisements. The portal site allows
BlackBerry users to employ regular Yahoo! functions, such as Yahoo!
Mail, Messenger, Finance, and Games, as well as driving directions and
weather.
You should definitely bookmark this site.
Business
You can keep up with the latest news in the finance world from your
BlackBerry. Visit the following sites for finance-related articles and news:
✓ BusinessWeek Online (www.businessweek.com): This is a place to get
great finance information.
✓ Fidelity (www.fidelity.com): Fidelity is an online investment brokerage firm.
✓ Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com): This is a great site for
checking the performance of your stocks.
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Travel
Every site in Table 23-1 features flight status and gate numbers. Some allow
you to log on (if you’re part of the airline’s frequent-flier program) to access
frequent-flier benefits.
Table 23-1
BlackBerry-Accessible Travel Sites
Airline
Mobile Web Site
Air Canada
www.aircanada.ca
American Airlines
http://aa.flightlookup.com/omnisky
British Airways
www.britishairways.com
Cathay Pacific
www.cathaypacific.com
Continental Airlines
www.continental.com
Delta
www.delta.com
JetBlue
http://jetblue.com
Northwest Airlines
http://nwa.com
United Air Lines
http://ua2go.com
Any airline
http://flightview.com
In addition to the sites listed in the table, check out these travel sites:
✓ TripKick (www.tripkick.com): Don’t be so excited about getting a
good deal on a hotel only to end up in a crummy room. TripKick tells
you who has the best rooms and who doesn’t.
✓ WikiTravel (www.wikitravel.com): This is one of the most up-to-date
and complete travel guides on the Web.
Sports
Tired of missing updates on your favorite sport while on the go? You don’t
have to. Visit the sports-related sites that follow and you’ll get the scoop on
what’s happening to your favorite team:
✓ CBS Sports Mobile (www.cbssports.com/mobile): If you’re active on
CBS Fantasy Team, you’ll be happy to know that you can log on and view
your stats from this Web site. Popular U.S. sports are covered here.
✓ ESPN (http://mobileapp.espn.go.com): Everyone knows ESPN.
This is the mobile version of its Web site.
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Advice and Self-Help
For those of you who frequent Home Depot, these sites could be a big
time-saver:
✓ HowCast (www.howcast.com): With a dose of humor, this site is a
world of how-to videos.
✓ Omiru (www.omiru.com): This site offers practical fashion advice for
the common person.
✓ Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com): Here you can get all
sorts of creative, amusing, and helpful responses to your questions —
advice that’s free.
✓ Zeer (www.zeer.com): No need to stand in the supermarket comparing
nutritional labels; do it here.
Social and Virtual Networking
For those of you who are (or aren’t yet) addicted to social networking sites,
we list a few of the most popular ones here. So many social networking sites
are available that if your favorite site is not listed here, don’t fret, just search
for it with your favorite search engine.
✓ Friendster (www.friendster.com): This site is popular in Southeast
Asian countries and is open to people 16 and older.
✓ LinkedIn (wwwlinkedin.com): LinkedIn caters to professional and
business relationships. You’ll find people publishing their bios on their
profile.
✓ Multiply (www.multiply.com): This site claims to focus on real-world
relationships and is open to anyone 13 and older. It’s a popular site for
teenagers.
✓ Orkut (www.orkut.com): Orkut is a social networking site run by
Google. It’s open to anyone 18 and older, and it requires Google login
credentials. This site is popular in Latin America and in India.
✓ Windows Live Space (home.spaces.live.com): This is a social
networking sites run by Microsoft. It’s open to everyone and requires a
Hotmail or Windows Live login.
MySpace and Facebook both have an application you can download from
RIM’s Web site. Point your browser to mobile.blackberry.com and navigate to IM & Social Networking.
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Shopping and Shipping Information
Shopaholics can keep it up online even when they’re not in front of the PC.
Check out these sites:
✓ Amazon (www.amazon.com): With Amazon Anywhere, you can shop
and check your account information right from your BlackBerry.
✓ eBay (www.ebay.com): You can bid on goods right from the convenience of your BlackBerry.
✓ FedEx tracking (www.fedex.com): This mobile version of the FedEx
Web site allows you to track packages right from your BlackBerry.
✓ Gas Buddy (www.gasbuddy.com): You can find the nearest gas station
that sells the cheapest gas.
✓ ILikeTotallyLoveIt.com (www.iliketotallyloveit.com): This is
shopping with a twist. Shoppers post things they like, from wasabi gumballs to Delorean cars, and solicit opinions on posted sale items from
other members.
✓ UPS tracking (www.ups.com): Like FedEx, UPS also has a mobile
version of its Web site that allows you to track packages right from your
BlackBerry.
Other Browsing Categories
You can visit the following sites from your BlackBerry to get more information on various topics:
✓ BlackBerryGoodies (http://blackberrygoodies.com): Go here
from your BlackBerry or from your PC. You can get information on customizing your BlackBerry, read BlackBerry application reviews, and get
answers to your BlackBerry-related questions — from us!
✓ BlackBerry Cool (www.blackberrycool.com): In the same category
as CrackBerry (see the following bullet) and in fact a direct competitor, BlackBerry Cool is one of the pioneers in providing great reviews of
BlackBerry applications.
✓ CrackBerry (http://mobile.crackberry.com): Go here to find the
latest BlackBerry news and any of your BlackBerry needs, from reading
application reviews to buying accessories. Without a doubt, this site is
one of the most active BlackBerry communities.
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✓ MiniSphere (www.minisphere.com): You find useful links designed for
mobile devices here.
✓ MizPee (www.mizpee.com): When you have to go, you have to go. This
site locates the nearest clean public bathroom.
✓ Starbucks Locator (www.starbucks.com): This site helps you locate
the nearest Starbucks so that you can meet your buddies or get a dose
of caffeine.
✓ wcities (http://pda.wcities.com): This site provides searches
based on the city you select. You can search city information, dining,
shopping, and sporting and local events.
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Index
• Symbols and Numerics •
* (asterisk) key, 205
@ (at) symbol, 58
. (period) symbol, 58
# (pound sign) key, 205
.aac file extension, 234
.asf file extension, 234
.ipd file extension, 308
.m4a file extension, 234
.mmr file extension, 234
.mp3 file extension, 234
.mp4 file extension, 234
3-Button Salute, 33
3-D maps, 254
3g (third-generation) network, 179
.3gp file extension, 234
3-way calling, 207
9/11 terrorist attacks, 149
.wma file extension, 234
•A•
AAC format, 235
abbreviations
with AutoText, 37–38
Instant Messaging, 170
SMS, 154–155
ABC Amber BlackBerry Converter, 308
ABC News (Web site), 338
accepting meeting requests, 96
accessing
Application Loader, 319–320
applications, 212
BlackBerry Messenger, 166
Browser, 174–175
e-mail, 127–128
media, 231–238
Media Manager, 241–243
Password Keeper, 112
Phone application, 197
phone notes, 213
tasks, 98
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accessories
battery/charger/charging pod, 325–326
car mount, 327
case and belt clip, 324–325
keyboards, 326
microSD card, 323–324
Remote Stereo Gateway, 324
screen protector/skins, 325
speakers, 327
stereo headsets, 324
Unify AV Solution, 327
AccuWeather.com, 338
Aces Solitaire Pack, 336
ACT!, 273
ad pages, 187
Adaptive Multi Rate-Narrow Band
(AMR-NB), 234
adding
appointments/meetings, 91–92, 93–94, 96,
110–111
BlackBerry users, 294–295
bookmarks (favorites), 182
categories, 78, 107–108
contacts, 58–62, 163–164, 167
e-mail, 121–122
media files, 244–245
phone notes, 213
senders, 135
speed dial numbers, 205
address blocking options, 52
Address Book. See also Contacts list
spelling in, 27
synchronization, 273
advice Web sites, 341
Agenda view, 86
AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), 161, 162
airline Web sites, 340
albums, 232
alerts. See ring tones
All Locales, 39
all-day appointments, 92
Allow Clipboard Copy (password security),
114–115
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alternating between phone
conversations, 208
Amazon (Web site), 342
America Online (AOL), 160–161
AMR-NB (Adaptive Multi Rate-Narrow
Band), 234
animation repeating, 189–190
answering phone calls, 199–200
AOL (America Online), 160–161
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), 161, 162
App Stores (third-party applications),
319–320
Apple
iChat AV, 161
iPhone 3G, 257
iPods, 245
iTunes, 245–246
Macintosh (Macs), 11, 12, 161
Application Loader
accessing, 311–312
backup during installation, 317
in BlackBerry Desktop Manager
(BDM), 267
icon for, 270
uninstalling with, 315
applications
about, 15
accessing during calls, 212
category sharing, 108
GPS, 251–255
installing, 192–194, 313–314
lifestyle applications, 257–264
list choices, 59
list of, 28
must-have, 329–331
Phone, 197–213
PIM synchronization with, 268
PIN-to-PIN message monitoring, 148
ring tones for, 47–48
switching, 30
third-party, 311–320
uninstalling, 192–194, 315–317
from the Web, 192–194
appointments/meetings
Calendar, 90–95
time zone changes, 102
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archiving
e-mail, 145
Web images/pages, 181
before weeding, 104
arranging conference calls, 206–209
artists, 232
Ascendo Money, 332
ASCII Text File Converter, 273
assigning
categories, 108
PINS to names, 150–151
asterisk (*) key, 205
Asteroids, 334
at (@) symbol, 58
AT&T, 252
attachments, 129–130, 133. See also specific
types of attachments
audio
clips, 153
compression formats, 234
downloading, 246–247
editing software, 236
audio boost, 240
auto backlighting, 240
Auto Word Learning, 27
autoanswering, 199–200
Autolock after Timeout, 51
automatic backups, 303, 304–305
Automatic setting (camera), 218, 219
autoreplies, 123, 127
autosynchronization, 271, 280–282
AutoText, 37–39
AV hub, 260
Available Offline check box, 183
•B•
background images, 188
Backlight Brightness field, 42
backlight use with sunlight, 23, 42, 240
backup and restoration
about, 301
accessing, 302
BlackBerry style, 303–305
SmrtGuard, 263, 330
wireless, 310
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Backup and Restore, 268, 270, 302
barks. See ring tones
bass settings, 240
batteries
conserving, 42, 240
demand on, 228
extras, 325–326
BBC News (Web site), 338
Bcc (blind carbon copy), 132–133
BDM (BlackBerry Desktop Manager)
Application Loader in, 311–312
backup and restoration, 310
Desktop Redirector with, 123
passwords for, 50
synchronization, 70–71, 267–271
BeejiveIM (Web site), 170
belt clip
and case, 324–325
Out of Holster, 46–47, 200
BerryFinder.com. See SmrtGuard
BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server)
application downloading limitations, 194
backup and restoration, 301, 310
browsers in, 174, 194–195
for e-mail, 123, 124
Instant Messaging, 170
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 73, 148, 153
wireless installations, 314
BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service)
blocking, 52
connecting to, 10
e-mail/e-mail pitfalls, 120, 294
BlackBerry. See also specific topics
about, 9–10
body of, 19–22
features, 13–17, 22–29
history, 13
how it works, 10–13
personalizing
about, 35–36
AutoText, 37–39
branding, 36
dates/times, 40
language choices, 37
look and feel, 40–43
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ring tones, 45–49
themes, 43–44
wallpaper, 44
BlackBerry (Web site), 342
BlackBerry 7100 series, 155
BlackBerry Application Center
(Web site), 320
BlackBerry Application StoreFront
(Web site), 320
BlackBerry applications, contacts
sharing, 62
BlackBerry Bold, 19–20, 29
BlackBerry Bookmarks, 182, 184
BlackBerry Browser
connection point variants, 174
identification (type of), 188
ring tones, 45
BlackBerry Calendar. See Calendar
BlackBerry Desktop Manager (BDM)
Application Loader in, 311–312
backup and restoration, 310
Desktop Redirector with, 123
synchronization, 50, 70–71, 267–271
BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager
about, 241–245
backup and restoration, 301, 302
BlackBerry devices
numbers of, 35
uninstalling with, 316–317
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)
application downloading limitations, 194
backup and restoration, 301, 310
browsers in, 174, 194–195
for e-mail, 123, 124
Instant Messaging, 170
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 73, 148, 153
wireless installations, 314
BlackBerry event log, 192
BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)
blocking, 52
connecting to, 10
e-mail/e-mail pitfalls, 120, 294
BlackBerry Map, 251, 252
BlackBerry Media Sync, 245–246
BlackBerry Messenger, 165–169, 225
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BlackBerry operating system (OS)
3.8 or later, 183
4.6 or later, 187
care of, 17
migration requirements, 286, 287
uninstalling options, 317
upgrades, 317–319
version numbers, 150
BlackBerry Pearl
AutoText, 37
brightness settings, 42
limitations, 31, 149
password setup, 50
phone use, 198
shortcuts, 30, 31
SMS challenges, 154
BlackBerry Pearl Flip
body of, 21
caller ID, 200
as flip phone, 4–5
Instant Messaging, 160
JavaScript default, 187
keyboard for, 22
limitations, 31–34
SMS conventions, 155
BlackBerry Pro screen protector, 325
BlackBerry stereo headsets, 324
BlackBerry Storm For Dummies (Kao and
Sarigumba), 2
BlackBerry to BlackBerry, 148
BlackBerry Unite!
calendar sharing, 295–296
downloading/syncing files, 296–298
getting started, 291–292
installing, 292–295
restricting/monitoring usage, 298–299
BlackBerry user status (BUS), 1
BlackBerry Web client. See BlackBerry
Internet Service (BIS)
BlackBerryGoodies (Web site), 342
blind carbon copy (Bcc), 132–133
blocking options, 51–52
Blueant M1 Bluetooth stereo speakers, 327
Bluetooth
about, 16
with GPS, 250–251
headsets, 209–211, 234
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keyboards, 326
photographs, 225
video transmission, 227
BMP format, 181
body of BlackBerry, 19–22
Bold, 187, 217
bookmarks (favorites), 174–175, 176,
182–186, 339
Bookworm word game, 334
branding, 36
brightness settings, 42
Browser, 45, 188, 174
BUS (BlackBerry user status), 1
business category, 76
business contact info, 65
business Web sites, 339
BusinessWeek Online (Web site), 339
•C•
cache operations, 186, 190–191
Calendar
accessing, 85
alerts, 45
appointments, 90–95
backing up, 263
customizing, 89
meetings, 95–96
sharing, 295–296
synchronization, 273
time frames, 87–88
views, 86–87
caller ID, 200, 225
calls
about, 198–202
backup, 263
from Contacts list, 72, 198–199
forwarding, 203–204
history, 213
on hold, 202
logs, 62
photographs as memory jogs, 60–61
cameras. See also photographs
about, 14
memory, 226
car kit for GPS, 250
car mount, 327
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carbon copy (Cc), 132–133
case and belt clip, 324–325
Categories field, 102
categorizing, 76–78
cautions
Instant Messages, 165
SMS messages, 156–158, 160
CBS Sports Mobile (Web site), 340
Cc (carbon copy), 132–133
CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), 12
CDMA technology, 154
CD-ripping software, 241
cellphones
bandwidth, 149
Contacts list from, 65–70
frequency differences internationally, 12
network service providers, 10–11
Web access from, 173
changing
call forwarding, 203–204
media flavors, 239–240
passwords, 116
to Quiet profile (# key), 205
charger adapter for international
travel, 326
charger/charging pod, 325
chatting, 164–165
Cheat Sheet, 29
Chess, 334
Chuzzle, 336
classic games, 334
cleaning up bookmarks (favorites), 186
Clear Clipboard (password security), 115
CNN (Web site), 338
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), 12
color coding calendars, 90, 296
color effects (camera), 228
color screen, 181
Column view, 189
combining e-mail accounts, 120–121
communicating hands-free, 209–211
Cone of Silence, 148
conference calls, 201, 206–209
configuration
Browser, 186, 187–188
speed dial, 204–206
Synchronize, 271
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Confirm Delete, 65, 79, 106
confirmations
record changes, 278–279
suspending, 65
conflicts
appointments/meetings, 91
resolution of, 280
connecting BlackBerry Desktop Manager,
270–271
connection type, 179
contact information for BlackBerry
owner, 36
Contacts list
accessing, 56–57
adding to, 135
backing up, 263
blocking options, 52
calling from, 198–199
category sharing, 108
from cellphones, 65–70
changes to, 135
from databases, 82–83
deleting, 169–170
from desktop applications, 70–71
from Instant Messaging, 163–164, 167
Messenger, 72
organizing, 73–80
PIN numbers for, 150
searching through, 71–73
sharing, 80–82
working with, 57–65
content cache, 191
contract employees, 123
controlling
file sizes, 245
media, 238–240
convenience keys
about, 23
brightness settings, 42
programming, 30
conversations
real-time, 159
starting, 168–169
conversion (media), 244–245
cookie cache, 191
cookies, 190
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from desktop applications, 70–71
media files, 243
passwords, 114
to SIM cards, 69–70
corporate environments. See enterprise
environments
corporate lawsuits, 148
corporate policies, 123, 195
CrackBerry (Web site), 342
CrackBerry On-Device App Store (Web
site), 320
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart, 334–335
crashes, 33
creating
appointments/meetings, 91–92, 93–94, 96
categories, 107–108
credentials, 112–113
e-mail, 121–122
folders, 223–224
recurring calendar events, 110–111
slide shows, 221
criteria, filtering, 137, 139–140, 142
cropping videos, 245
Curve 8900, 22, 187, 217
Custom Wordlist, 25, 26–27
customization
Browser, 187–190
Calendar, 89
cameras, 228–229
e-mail, 123–127
media, 240
Phone application, 202–206
of photos/images, 239–240
printing, 244
reminders, 92
tasks, 105–106
vibration (alert), 330
•D•
daily planners, 85
data plan choices
with GPS, 250, 254
with Instant Messaging, 170, 171
with remote downloading, 298
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data protection choices, 306–310
data reception icon, 179
data restoration, 305–306
database searching, 82–83
DataTAC, 149
date mark, 136
dates/times, 40, 41
Day view, 86
deadlines, 101, 110
declining appointments/meetings, 96
defaults
alerts, 153
archiving, 145
AutoText entries, 38
bookmarks (favorites), 182, 183
browser identification, 188
browsers, 174, 189, 195–196
Calendar, 86, 89
cameras, 217, 229
categories, 76, 107
due dates, 101, 110
e-mails, 121, 123–124
flash setting (camera), 218
home pages, 178, 339
Instant Messaging, 160
JavaScript, 187
language choices, 37
media, 244
Phone application, 203
priorities, 100
reminders, 92, 93, 105
spell-checking, 134
synchronization, 271, 276
tasks, 105
themes, 28
typing, 155
deleting
appointments/meetings, 94–95
contacts, 64–65, 169–170
e-mail, 121, 126–127, 135–136, 192
photographs, 221
selective, 309–310
tasks, 103–104
videos, 227
delivery confirmation, 153
design changes, 19
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desktop applications, Contacts list from,
70–71
Desktop Manager. See BlackBerry Desktop
Manager (BDM)
Desktop Redirector, 122–123
detonation in case of loss, 263
developer credibility requirements, 17
device memory limit, 226
Device Switch Wizard, 267, 286
Dial from Home Screen
accessing Phone application, 197
with non-Home screen shortcuts, 33
with shortcuts, 31–32
turning off, 51
dialing letters, 199
Digby, 331
directories, 339
disabling
application downloading, 194
autoanswering, 200
geographical location (geotagging), 220
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 153
SureType keyboard, 155
display screen, 22, 24
Domino, 82
Download Manager, 296–297
downloading
with BlackBerry Unite!, 296–298
sounds, 246–247
draft e-mails, 133
driving safety, 16, 160, 209, 249–250
dropping meeting huggers, 208–209
due dates, 110
Due field, 101–102
duplicate names options, 79
dynamic Web pages, 187
•E•
EAAC+ format, 234
eBay (Web site), 342
editing
attachments, 131
audio, 236
contacts, 63–64
due dates, 101
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e-mail, 121
phone notes, 213
e-mail
accessing, 127–128
addresses, 58
backing up, 302
in BlackBerry Unite!, 294
browser speed impact, 192
composing during phone
conversations, 212
Contacts list, 72, 135
customizing, 123–127
deleting, 135–136
filtering, 136–140
missed calls in, 200–201
network strength signals, 179
on radio bandwidth, 149
receiving, 128–131
redirecting, 268
ring tones, 45–46
saving, 145
searching, 140–144
sending, 131–133
setting up, 119–123
signatures, 121, 123–125
spell-checking, 134
urgency ring tones, 47
videos, 227, 234
e-mail alternatives
about, 147
Instant Messaging, 159–171
PIN-to-PIN messages, 148–153
Short Messaging Service, 153–159
e-mailing
location directions (geographic), 252
media files/photographs, 244
Web page addresses, 180, 181
embedded media, 188
emoticons, 157–158, 165, 170
emotion, 156–158, 170
employee Web usage monitoring, 195
enabling wireless e-mail reconciliation,
125–126
encoding (foreign languages), 179
encryption, 17, 271
End field, 110
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End key, 23
ending calls, 211
enterprise environments
application installation, 314
BlackBerry use in, 120
browsers in, 174, 194–196
Desktop Redirector in, 268
e-mail in, 52, 122–123, 138
Instant Messaging, 160, 170
out-of-office messages, 127
privacy in, 148
synchronization, 267
upgrading in, 317
Escape key
about, 22, 28
after finger-fumbles, 72
page loading termination, 179
ESPN (Web site), 340
etiquette, 156–158, 160, 165
E*TRADE, 263–264
Excel documents, 133
Exchange, 122–123
•F•
Facebook, 258–259, 341
face-to-face meetings, 95
factory settings, 46–47, 174–175
fast forwarding (music), 233
favorites, 176, 182–186, 339
Fear Of The Dark, 334
features
BlackBerry, 22–29
as impact on speed, 192
FedEx tracking (Web site), 342
fees, text messaging, 170
Fidelity (Web site), 339
fields. See also specific fields
mapping, 276–278
tasks, 99–103
figures. See specific topics
file sizes, 245, 297
filenames, thumbnails or, 221–222
Filter feature, 74, 76–78
filtering
categories, 102, 107
e-mail, 121, 136–140
tasks, 109
filters (camera), 219
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Fine resolution, 217
finger-fumbles, 72
Firefox, 188
firewalls, 52
flash drive
about, 14
microSD slot as, 247, 269
flash setting (camera), 217, 218–219
flashlight in dark places, 258
focusing (camera), 218
Folder Sync, 297–298
folders
for bookmarks (favorites), 182, 183–186
of photos/images, 221–222, 223–224, 239
video, 229
fonts
Browser, 189
choices, 40–42
foreign languages, 179
format (video), 229
Fortune 500 companies, 120
forwarding
calls, 203–204
e-mail, 132
phone notes, 213
free trial periods, 255
Freedom GPS 2000, 250
freelancers, 123
Frequency Learning, 27
Friendster (Web site), 341
Full menu, 23
full restore, 305
functionality differences among service
providers, 11
•G•
games
about, 333
Aces Solitaire Pack, 336
Asteroids, 334
Bookworm word game, 334
Chess, 334
Chuzzle, 336
classic, 334
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart, 334–335
Fear Of The Dark, 334
Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge, 336
Guitar Hero III Mobile, 335
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Jet Fighter, 334
Nintaii, 336
Pacman, 334
Rubix Redux, 334
Space Invaders, 334
Sudoku, 334
Texas Hold’em King 3, 335
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009, 335
Zelda, 334
Garmin Mobile, 251, 255
Gas Buddy (Web site), 342
genres, 232
geographical location (geotagging),
219–220
GIF format, 181
Global Positioning System. See GPS
Global System for Mobile Communication
(GSM), 12–13, 153. See also GSM
Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge, 336
Google, 339
Google Maps, 251, 252–254
Google Talk, 161, 162
Google Talk Mobile, 331
government officials, 13, 17
GPS
about, 249–251
application choices, 251–255
JavaScript location support, 190
GPS pucks, 250
graphical user interface (GUI), 22, 24
group conversations, 165, 168–169
grouping, 74–76
GroupWise, 82
GSM (Global System for Mobile
Communication), 12–13, 153
GSM 3G (HSPAD) network, 212
GSM phones, 66, 154
GSM/GPRS technology, 154
GUI (graphical user interface), 22, 24
guidelines, navigation, 29–31
Guitar Hero III Mobile, 335
•H•
Handango (Web site), 319
handling missed calls, 200–201
hands-free use, about, 16. See also driving
safety
Phone application, 209–211
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hard reset, 33
hard-set functions, 205
hardware, 16–17
headset equalizer, 240
Help screen, 149
HelpME, 33–34
High priority, 100
High Speed Downlink Packet Access
(HSDPA), 12
history cache, 191
holster
autoanswering, 200
ring tones, 46–47
home page
addresses, 188
changing, 178
Home screen
accessing, 23
backgrounds, 182, 236
Calendar access from, 85
Contacts icon, 56
e-mail setup from, 122
features of, 24
images, 225–226
Menu key behavior, 28
messages from, 128
returning to, 22
shortcuts, 32–33
Status screen, 150
uninstalling from, 317
homing beacon, 330
hot-syncing data, 57–58, 287, 288
HowCast (Web site), 341
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet
Access), 12
HTML, 188
•I•
IBM, 82
iChat AV (Macintosh), 161
icons in this book, 5
icons on BlackBerry screens, 179
ICQ Instant Messenger, 161, 162
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth
keyboard, 326
ILikeTotallyLoveIt.com (Web site), 342
IM+ (Web site), 170
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images
fit to screen/actual size, 236–237
managing, 241
images (Web)
browser speed impact, 192
display of, 188
quality, 189
saving, 181
impediments for shortcuts, 31–32
importing media files, 243–244
In Holster (belt clip)
autoanswering, 200
ring tones, 46–47
inconsistencies from Contacts list, 72
industry professionals, 13, 17
information protection
about, 301
backing up, 302–305
choices, 306–310
restoring, 305–306
wireless, 310
initiating calls, 198–199, 211
instability of BlackBerry devices, 193
installing
applications, 192–194, 313–314
BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 268
BlackBerry Unite!, 292–295
Desktop Redirector, 268
third-party applications, 313–314
Instant Messaging
about, 14, 159–171
photographs, 225
video transmission, 227
Intellisync, 70–71
internal memory, 29
international travel, 12–13
Internet Browser. See Browser
Internet Explorer, 188
Internet surfing
about, 14
application installation, 192–194
enterprise environment behavior,
194–196
favorite sites, 182–186
getting started, 173–182
options/optimization, 186–192
restricting, 299
interval changes (slide shows), 221, 239
intranet, 195
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invalid signature errors, 314
.ipd files file extension, 308
iPhone 3G, 257
iPods, 245
iSkoot for Skype, 313
iSkoot Skype Client, 332
iTunes, synchronization with, 245–246
•J•
Jabber (open source, free), 161
JavaScript, 187, 190
Jet Fighter, 334
JPEG format, 181
•K•
Kao, Robert (author)
BlackBerry Storm For Dummies, 2
keyboard shortcuts, 31–34, 205. See also
shortcuts
keyboards, 326
keyword, 149–150
•L•
language choices, 37
languages, foreign, 179
latitude, 219
launching BlackBerry Desktop Manager,
268–270
legal matters
corporate lawsuits, 148
Sarbanes-Oxley, 153
letters, dialing, 199
Level 1 Notification, 138, 140, 153
lifestyle applications
E*TRADE, 263–264
Facebook, 258–259
MiuTunes, 261–262
PeeKaWho Email, 257–258
PeeKaWho SMS Alert, 257–258
SmrtGuard, 263
Unify4Life, 260–261
Viigo RSS Reader, 262
light settings (camera), 218–219, 228
limitations
of BlackBerry Messenger, 165
of call logs, 62
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of Contacts list, 78
Desktop Redirector, 123
of SIM cards, 69
SMS character limit, 153
lingo, SMS, 154–158
LinkedIn (Web site), 341
loading speed (Web pages), 189
location finding (geographic), 252, 253
lock icon, 179
locking BlackBerry devices, 51, 70, 205
“LoJack,” 330
longitude, 219
look and feel
Browser, 186, 187–190
customizing, 40–43
of media, 239–240
lost BlackBerry devices, 36, 263
Lotus, 122–123
Lotus Notes, 273
Lotus Organizer, 273
Low priority, 100
low-memory manager, 192
•M•
.m4a file extension, 234
M4A format, 235
Macintosh (Macs)
and Blackberry, 11
iChat AV, 161
synchronization, 12
magnets (case and belt clip), 325
making calls, 198–199, 211
manual answering, 199–200
manual backups, 303, 317
Manual Lockout, 51
manual soft reset, 33
manual synchronization, 280–281
mapping exact addresses, 253
mapping fields for synchronization,
276–278
media
accessing, 231–238
components of, 14–17
controlling, 238–240
file geotagging, 219–220
working with, 240–248
Media Manager, 241–245, 267, 270
Media Sync, 245–246
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meetings
appointments compared with, 95–96
Calendar, 95–96
MemoPad, 108, 273
memory, 29, 192, 226
Menu key, 23, 28
Message screen, sending from, 149
Messages list, 180
Messages for Normal profile, 46–47
MicroSD slot/card
about, 23, 323–324
as flash drive, 269
memory expansion, 29
transferring media, 247–248
Microsoft Excel documents, 133
Microsoft Exchange, 82
Microsoft Installer, 314
Microsoft Internet Explorer, 188
Microsoft MSN, 339
Microsoft Outlook, , 82, 268, 273, 275
Microsoft Schedule, 273
Microsoft Windows Live Messenger,
161, 162
Microsoft Windows Live Space
(Web site), 341
Microsoft Windows Media Audio
(WMA), 234
Microsoft Windows Mobile, 58, 286
Microsoft Windows Mobile device, 286
Microsoft Word documents, 131, 133, 308
MIDI format, 235
migration
from a BlackBerry device, 283–286
from a non-BlackBerry device, 286–289
MiniSphere (Web site), 343
missed calls, 200–201
MiuTunes, 261–262
MizPee (Web site), 343
.mmr file extension, 234
MMR format, 236
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), 72,
153, 180, 224, 227
Mobitex, 149
modifying bookmarks (favorites), 183
monitoring BlackBerry usage, 298–299
Month view, 86
mood effects (camera), 228
Motorola EQ5 wireless stereo
speakers, 327
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Motorola S9 stereo Bluetooth headset, 324
moving
bookmarks (favorites), 186
media files, 243
photographs, 223–224
.mp3 file extension, 234
MP3 format, 234, 236
.mp4 file extension, 234
MSN, 339
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), 72,
153, 180, 224, 227
multiple BlackBerry devices, 270
multiple calendars, 90
multiple chat partners, 161
multiple e-mail accounts, 144
multiple recipients, 132–133
Multiply (Web site), 341
multipurpose buttons, 211
multitap typing, 25–26
multitasking
between applications, 30
Phone application, 212–213
with speaker phones, 209
music
about, 14
attachments, 133
Folder Sync transfers, 298
managing, 241
from Media screen, 232–234
organizing, 261–262
must-have applications
Ascendo Money, 332
Digby, 331
Google Talk Mobile, 331
iSkoot Skype Client, 332
Nobex Radio Companion, 332
PeeKaWho, 331
Pocket Express, 331
SmrtGuard, 329–330
VibAndRing, 330
WorldMate, 332
Yahoo! Messenger Mobile, 331
Mute key, 23
muting calls, 201–202, 211
mynumber, 150
mypin, 150
MySpace, 259
MySpace (Web site), 341
myver, 150
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navigation
guidelines, 29–31
to media folders, 242
of recording menus, 238–239
task fields, 99–103
Web pages, 176–179
network service providers
browser connection to, 174
device differences, 317
early text messaging, 154
e-mail service/options, 119, 149
in enterprise environments, 195
Instant Messaging options, 160
international capabilities, 13
locking BlackBerry devices, 70
role of, 10–11
WAP gateway, 170
network strength signals, 179
New Task screen, 99
New York Times (Web site), 338
news Web sites, 262, 338
Nimbuzz (Web site), 170
Nintaii, 336
Nobex Radio Companion, 332
non-Home screen shortcuts, 33–34
nonreputable Web sources, 193
Normal priority, 100
Normal resolution, 217
notes during phone calls, 212–213
Notes field, 60, 103
Novell, 82
number of photographs, 217
•O•
offline availability, 183
Omiru (Web site), 341
on-demand synchronization, 281
one way sync to/from device, 275
opening appointments/meetings, 94
operating system. See OS (operating
system)
optimal playback, 244
optimization, browser, 186–192
options
Browser, 186–192
value changes, 31
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organizing
bookmarks (favorites), 183–186
contacts, 73–80
music, 261–262
photographs, 222–224
tasks, 104–109
Orkut (Web site), 341
OS (operating system)
3.8 or later, 183
4.6 or later, 187
care of, 17
migration requirements, 286, 287
uninstalling options, 317
upgrades, 317–319
version numbers, 150
OTA (over the air)
application installation, 15, 314
synchronization, 267
out of coverage range (Web content
archiving), 181, 183, 190–191
Out of Holster (belt clip)
autoanswering, 200
ring tones, 46–47
Outlook, 82, 268, 273, 275
out-of-network coverage, 122
out-of-office messages, 127
over the air (OTA)
application installation, 15, 314
synchronization, 267
•P•
Pacman, 334
page loading termination (Web pages), 179
Page view, 189
Palm, 286
Palm Treo, 58
PalmPilot, 13
paper trails, 153
partial synchronization, 275
Password Keeper, 111–116
passwords
clipboard vulnerability, 114–115
data erasure, 330
with Instant Messaging, 161–162, 163
loss protection, 301
setting up, 50
PC (personal computer)
BlackBerry as, 15
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BlackBerry backup to, 303, 308
connecting to, 11–12
PDA (personal digital assistant), 14–15
PDFs, backup file conversions to, 308
Pearl
AutoText, 37
brightness settings, 42
limitations, 31, 149
password setup, 50
phone use, 198
shortcuts, 30, 31
SMS challenges, 154
Pearl Flip
body of, 21
caller ID, 200
as flip phone, 4–5
Instant Messaging, 160
JavaScript default, 187
keyboard for, 22
limitations, 31–34
SMS conventions, 155
PeeKaWho Email, 257–258, 331
PeeKaWho SMS Alert, 257, 331
Pending Contacts, 167
permanently deleting e-mail, 126–127
Permission Request message, 167
personal category, 76
personal code, 38
personal computer (PC)
BlackBerry as, 15
BlackBerry backup to, 303, 308
connecting to, 11–12
personal contact info, 65
personal digital assistant (PDA), 14–15
personal identification number. See
PIN-to-PIN messaging
personal information manager (PIM).
See PIM synchronization
personal names, spelling in, 27
personalizing the BlackBerry
about, 35–36
AutoText, 37–39
branding, 36
dates/times, 40
language choices, 37
look and feel, 40–43
ring tones, 45–49
themes, 43–44
wallpaper, 44
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Phone application
about, 197–198
accessing, 23
calls, 198–202
conference calls, 95, 206–209
customizing, 202–206
hands-free use, 209–211
multitasking, 212–213
network strength signals, 179
note taking, 212–213
options during calls, 201–202
phone numbers/extensions, 59
with shortcuts, 31–32
usage restrictions, 299
voice mail, 46
photographs
cameras, 14, 226
collection of, 14
Folder Sync transfers, 298
managing, 241
taking, 215–220
video, 226–229
working with, 220–226
PhotoSuite enhancements, 244
pictures
attachments, 133
managing, 241
quality, 217–218
size, 219
from Web pages, 181
PIM synchronization, 267, 272–276
PIN numbers, 34, 149, 284
PIN-to-PIN messaging
about, 148–153
with BlackBerry Messenger, 165
blocking, 52
from Contacts list, 72
in enterprise environments, 73
sending Web page addresses, 180
pitfalls
battery damage, 325
contacts, deleting, 169–170
e-mail addresses, 294
feature changes, timing, 192
nonreputable Web sources, 193
password copying and pasting, 115
purging bookmarks, 186
synchronization, 282
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placing calls on hold, 202
planner software programs, 85
playing videos, 227, 234–235
playlists, 232, 261–262
PNG format, 181
Pocket Express, 331
PocketMac Sync, 12
point-to-point directions, 252, 253
Polyphonic MIDI, 234
pop-ups, 187
portals, Web, 339
pound sign (#) key, 205
Power key, 23
power requirements, 16
PowerPoint documents, 131, 133
preferences, 78–80
Priority field, 100
privacy, 148
profiles, ring tones, 45–49
progress points, 100
progress slider (music), 233
prompt options, 190
Purge Deleted Items, 126–127
pushed content cache, 191
•Q•
quad band, 12
quarterly employee review, 104
Quiet profile, 49
quirks. See also pitfalls
of Contacts list, 78
shortcuts, 31–32
QWERTY keyboard
about, 5, 22, 25
designing, 13
shortcuts, 205
shortcuts for, 31–34
•R•
radio signals, 250, 254
random password generation, 113–114
reading screen indicators, 217
Really Simple Syndication (RSS), 245
real-time compass, 254
real-time conversation, 159
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receiving
calls, 199–200
e-mail, 122–123, 128–131
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 153
recharging frequencies, 16
recipients
multiple, 132–133
searching by, 140–141
recording
audio, 244
tasks, 98–99
videos, 227, 234–235
voices, 237–238
recurring events
appointments/meetings, 91, 93, 95
tasks, 110–111
registering BlackBerry Unite!, 293
regulatory requirements, 148
Relative Date, 94, 111
relative reminders, 110
Reminder field, 102
reminders
ring tones, 92–93
viewing, 94
remote access to files, 296–297
remote control through a BlackBerry,
260, 327
Remote Stereo Gateway, 324
renaming
folders, 185
photographs, 223
videos, 227
Research in Motion (RIM)
applications, 161, 320
batteries from, 325
BlackBerry Unite! downloads, 292
history, 13, 149
latest products, 247
mobile home page, 326
network service provider
partnerships, 10
official store, 326
PIN numbers, 150
PIN-to-PIN messaging infrastructure, 148
ring tone options, 247
Roxio licensing, 241
security measures, 17
social networking products, 341
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reserved pictures memory, 226
resolution (camera), 217
resolving update conflicts, 279–280
responding to meeting requests, 96
restoring data from backup, 305–306
restricting BlackBerry usage, 298–299
retrieving e-mail, 128–130
reusing search results, 143
Reuters (Web site), 338
rewinding (music), 233
RIM. See Research in Motion (RIM)
ring tones
choices, 45–49
customizing, 61–62
options, 235–236
vibration, 128, 153, 330
Web sites for, 246
roaming charges, 12–13
rotation of images, 237
Roxio, 241
RSS (Really Simple Syndication), 245
Rubix Redux, 334
running BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 271
•S•
Sample Pictures, 236
Sample Songs, 233
Sarbanes-Oxley, 153
Sarigumba, Dante (author)
BlackBerry Storm For Dummies, 2
satellite imaging, 252, 253
saving
e-mail, 129, 133, 145
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 148
search results, 143
Web addresses, 180
Web images, 181
scalable vector graphics (SVG), 188
schedule conflicts, 91
screen brightness, 42
screen indicators, 217
screen protector/skins, 325
scripting languages
JavaScript, 187, 190
virus threats, 17
WML, 188, 190
scrolling, 28
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search engines, 183, 339
searching
Contacts list, 71–73
databases, 82–83
e-mail, 129, 140–144
media files, 243
security
about, 17
Desktop Redirector, 123
encryption, 271
with Instant Messaging, 163
options for, 50–51
Password Keeper, 111–116
passwords, 301
PIN numbers, 149
SmrtGuard, 263
Web pages, 179
Security Timeout, 51
selective backup, 306–309
self-help Web sites, 341
self-photographs, 217
Send key, 23
sender searches, 140–141
sending
e-mail, 131–133, 212
Instant Messages, 164–165
location directions (geographic), 252
media files, 244
meeting requests, 95–96
photographs, 224–225
PIN-to-PIN messages, 151–153
SMS/MMS messages, 158–159
videos, 227, 229, 234
Web page addresses, 180, 181
sentences in SMS messages, 155
separator options, 79
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 149
serial numbers, 34
setting
caller ID photographs, 225
camera memory, 226
Home screen images, 225–226
passwords, 112
photographs, 219, 222
white balance, 219
setting up
e-mail, 119–123, 294
Synchronize, 271–280
voice mail, 202–203
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sharing
contacts, 62, 80–82
photographs, 224–225
shopping/shipping Web sites, 342
Short menu, 23–24, 59
Short Messaging Service (SMS)
about, 153–159
from Contacts list, 72
early years, 154
location directions (geographic), 252
message blocking, 52
ring tones for, 46
sending Web page addresses, 180
spell-checking, 134
shortcuts
to Help screen, 149
keyboard, 31–34, 205
locking/silencing devices, 205
media, 240
menu item selection, 181
navigation, 29–31
for searching, 144
Web address archiving, 181
Web page navigation, 176–179
shorthand
Instant Messaging, 170
SMS, 154–158
shuffling songs, 233
sibling relationship, 108
Signature process, 17
signatures, e-mail, 121, 123–125
SIM cards, 65–70, 154
size
media files, 245
photographs, 219, 222
videos, 229
Skype, 313, 332
slide shows, 221, 239
slider bar
music, 233
zoom to details, 236
slow running scripts, 187
smart typing, 155
SmartCase, 38–39
smileys, 157–158
SmrtGuard, 263, 301, 329–330
SMS (Short Messaging Service)
about, 153–159
from Contacts list, 72
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early years, 154
location directions (geographic), 252
message blocking, 52
ring tones for, 46
sending Web page addresses, 180
spell-checking, 134
Snooze the reminder, 94, 105–106
social networking, 258, 259, 341
soft device reset, 33
songs, 232, 233, 244
sorting
e-mail, 129
options, 79
of photos/images, 239
tasks, 104–105
sound clips, 153
space (camera resolution), 217
Space Invaders, 334
spam blocking, 51–52, 257–258
speaker phones, 209
speakers, 327
Specified Case, 38–39
speed
browsers, 187, 192
of downloading, 298
image loading, 239
media copying, 244
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 148
speed dial, 204–206
spell-checking e-mail, 134
splitting conference calls, 207–208
sports updates, 262
sports Web sites, 340
Starbucks Locator (Web site), 343
starting page (Browser), 188
Status field, 100
Status screen, 150
stereo headsets, 234, 324
Storm, 187
subfolders for bookmarks (favorites), 184
subject searches, 140, 141
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards,
65–70, 154
Sudoku, 334
sunlight, backlight use with, 23, 42, 240
SuperFine resolution, 217
SureType keyboard
about, 5, 22, 25–27
Auto Word Learning, 27
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AutoText, 37
shortcuts, 205
for SMS messages, 155
surfing, 176, 212, 299. See also Internet
surfing
SVG (scalable vector graphics), 188
switching devices. See migration
symbols, list of, 78
synchronization
with BlackBerry Unite!, 296–298
Contacts list, 57–58, 70–71
with Folder Sync, 297–298
with iTunes, 245–246
for Macs, 12
passwords for, 50
with time-management software, 104
wireless e-mail reconciliation, 125–126
Synchronize
with BlackBerry Desktop Manager,
267–271
options, 280–282
setting up, 271–280
•T•
3-Button Salute, 33
3-D maps, 254
.3gp file extension, 234
taking
notes, 212–213
photographs, 215–220
videos, 226–229
talking privately to conference
participants, 207–208
Task field, 99
tasks
about, 97
accessing, 98
deleting, 103–104
fields, 99–103
organizing, 104–109
Password Keeper, 111–116
recording, 98–99
recurring, 110–111
ring tones, 46
synchronization, 273
updating, 103
technical support, 33
TeleNav GPS Navigator, 251, 254–255
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terminating slow running scripts, 187
Texas Hold’em King 3, 335
text messaging. See Short Messaging
Service (SMS)
themes, 28, 43–44
ThinkOutside Stowaway Shasta Bluetooth
keyboard, 326
third-generation network (3g), 179
third-party applications
from App Stores, 319–320
Application Loader, 311–312
BlackBerry upgrades with, 317
installing, 313–314
Instant Messaging software, 171
during migration, 285
operating system upgrades, 317–319
PIN-to-PIN message monitoring, 148
uninstalling, 315–317
three-way calling, 207
thumbnails, 221–222, 239
time frames, moving between, 87–88
time use, 222
Time Zone field, 102
time zones, 40, 41, 102
timeliness (urgency), 100
times, 40, 41
trackball
about, 19, 23
functions, 28
Horizontal/Vertical Sensitivity fields, 43
menu availability through, 59
trackball click, 28
tracking location, 252
trackwheel click, 23
traffic information, 252, 253
transferring media files, 247–248
transitioning among devices. See migration
travel Web sites, 340
treble settings, 240
TripKick (Web site), 340
troubleshooting, 33
turning on cameras, 215
two-way pager systems, 148
two way sync, 275
typing, 25–26, 154–158, 170
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•U•
unanswered calls, 203
unconditional forwarding, 203
Unify AV Solution, 327
Unify4Life, 260–261
uninstalling applications, 192–194, 315–317
unlimited data plan
with GPS, 250, 254
with Instant Messaging, 170, 171
with remote downloading, 298
updating
conflicts, 279–280
contacts, 63–64
tasks, 103
UPS tracking (Web site), 342
urgency
notification, 138, 140
selections, 100
USA Today (Web site), 338
USB cables, 11, 270, 298
Use Address Book as Data Source, 27
User fields, customizing, 60
user ID, 161–162
user interface simplicity, 255
using
on-demand synchronization, 281
speaker phones, 209
speed dial, 206
voice dialing, 211
•V•
vCard (virtual business card), 80–82
VibAndRing, 330
vibration (alert), 128, 153, 330. See also
ring tones
videos
about, 14
attachments, 133
clips, 153
cropping, 245
Folder Sync transfers, 298
managing, 241
taking, 226–229
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Index
viewing
connected devices, 241
contacts, 63
e-mail, 129–130
media files, 238–240
photographs, 219
SMS/MMS messages, 159
speed dial, 205
views
Browser, 189
Calendar, 86–87, 88, 89
Viigo RSS Reader, 262
virtual business card (vCard), 80–82
virtual networking Web sites, 341
viruses, 17
V-MODA Vibe duo headphones, 324
voice dialing, 211
voice mail
ring tones, 46
setup, 202–203
Voice Notes, 237–238
voice recognition, 254
volume adjustments
Bluetooth headset, 209
calls, 202
voice recordings, 238
•W•
wallpaper, 44
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
bookmarks (favorites), 184
browsers, 174
Internet gateways, 170
wcities (Web site), 343
weather Web sites, 338
Weather.com, 338
Web portals, 339
Web sites
about, 337
accessing with Browser, 173
addresses/address caches, 178, 180–181
advice/self-help, 341
BlackBerry For Dummies, 317, 320
BlackBerry Unite!, 292
business, 339
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car chargers, 326
case and belt clips, 325
games
Aces Solitaire Pack, 336
Asteroids, 334
Bookworm word game, 334
Chess, 334
Chuzzle, 336
classic games, 334
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart, 334–335
Fear Of The Dark, 334
Golden Tee Golf Mobile Edge, 336
Guitar Hero III Mobile, 335
Jet Fighter, 334
Nintaii, 336
Pacman, 334
Rubix Redux, 334
Space Invaders, 334
Sudoku, 334
Texas Hold’em King 3, 335
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009, 335
Zelda, 334
GPS navigation maps
BlackBerry Map, 252
Garmin Mobile, 251, 255
Google Maps, 252
TeleNav GPS Navigator, 251, 254–255
GPS pucks, 250
Instant Messaging, 161, 170, 171
iSkoot for Skype, 313
lifestyle applications
E*TRADE, 264
Facebook, 259
MiuTunes, 261–262
MySpace, 259
PeeKaWho Email/SMS Alert, 258
SmrtGuard, 263
Unify4Life, 260
Viigo RSS Reader, 262
miscellaneous, 342–343
must-have applications
Ascendo Money, 332
Digby, 331
Google Talk Mobile, 331
iSkoot Skype Client, 332
Nobex Radio Companion, 332
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Web sites (continued)
PeeKaWho SMS Alert, 331
Pocket Express, 331
VibAndRing, 330
WorldMate, 332
Yahoo! Messenger Mobile, 331
navigation, 176–179
news, 338
Palm user guide, 286
portals, 339
ring tones, 49, 236, 246
shopping/shipping, 342
SMS abbreviations, 155
social/virtual networking, 341
sports, 340
themes, 44
travel, 340
visit history, 191
wallpaper, 44
weather, 338
weeding
IM buddies, 169–170
tasks, 104, 106
Week view, 86
white balance (camera), 219
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009, 335
Wi-Fi
Browser connection, 174
hotspots, 254
WikiTravel (Web site), 340
Windows Live Messenger, 161, 162
Windows Live Space (Web site), 341
Windows Media Audio (WMA), 234
Windows Mobile, 58, 286
wired hands-free headset, 209
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Wired News (Web site), 338
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
bookmarks (favorites), 184
browsers, 174
Internet gateways, 170
wireless backup/restoration, 301, 310, 330
wireless browsing speed, 192
wireless e-mail reconciliation, 123, 125–127
wireless OTA downloads, 15, 314
wireless synchronization, 267
WMA (Windows Media Audio), 234
.wma file extension, 234
WMA format, 236
WML format, 188, 190
Word documents, 131, 133, 308
work-arounds, 170
WorldMate, 332
•Y•
Yahoo! Answers (Web site), 341
Yahoo! Finance, 339
Yahoo! Messenger, 161, 162
Yahoo! Messenger Mobile, 331
Yahoo! Mobile, 339
•Z•
Zeer (Web site), 341
Zelda, 334
zoom
camera applications, 217, 218
media applications, 236
zooming in/out, 252, 253
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Are you a BlackBerry newbie, or a veteran with a new
model? Either way, you’ll find this guide packed with
information to help you make the most of this amazing
device. Discover how to send and receive e-mail and instant
messages, surf the Web, take photos, make phone calls,
play music, and organize your life; it’s all in the palm of your
hand.
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Making Everythin
• Take advantage of handy, free
applications
Kao
Sarigumba
Robert Kao
Dante Sarigumba
Coauthors of BlackBerry Storm For Dummies
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