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BlackBerry
®
FOR
DUMmIES
2ND
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EDITION
by Robert Kao and Dante Sarigumba
BlackBerry® For Dummies®, 2nd Edition
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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
co-write BlackBerry For Dummies and BlackBerry Pearl 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 BlackBerry and a gizmo enthusiast.
He is a co-host of the Mobile Computing Authority biweekly podcast. He
works for a major investment bank in New York as a software developer
and lives in South Brunswick, New Jersey, with his wife, Rosemarie, and two
sons, Dean and Drew.
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’d like to thank the following people:
Greg Croy, our acquisitions editor, for giving us the opportunities to write
Carol McClendon, our agent, for presenting our proposal to
the right people
Susan Pink, our editor, for making us look good
Richard Evers, of Research in Motion, for a wealth of information and guidance
Lauren Pokras, of Brodeur, for sending us BlackBerry evaluation units so promptly
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 Is Not an Edible Fruit.........................................................9
Chapter 2: Navigating the BlackBerry ...........................................................................21
Chapter 3: Turning On Your BlackBerry — and Keeping It Happy ............................37
Part II: Getting Organized with Your BlackBerry...........55
Chapter 4: Remembering Your Acquaintances.............................................................57
Chapter 5: Don’t Miss Your Appointments ...................................................................85
Chapter 6: Your To-Do List and Keeping Your Password ............................................97
Chapter 7: Making Notes and Calculations .................................................................117
Part III: Getting Online and Multimedia
with Your BlackBerry................................................131
Chapter 8: You’ve Got (Lots of) E-Mail ........................................................................133
Chapter 9: Too Cool for E-Mail......................................................................................159
Chapter 10: Surfing the Internet Wave.........................................................................187
Chapter 11: Calling Your Favorite Person ...................................................................207
Chapter 12: Photos on Your BlackBerry......................................................................223
Chapter 13: Getting Entertained with BlackBerry Media Center .............................233
Chapter 14: Getting around with BlackBerry GPS......................................................245
Chapter 15: Wi-Fi and Using BlackBerry as a Laptop Modem ..................................251
Part IV: Working with Desktop Manager.....................263
Chapter 16: Synching the Synchronize Way................................................................265
Chapter 17: Installing Applications ..............................................................................277
Chapter 18: Switching Devices .....................................................................................289
Chapter 19: Protecting Your Information ....................................................................297
Part V: The Part of Tens ............................................307
Chapter 20: Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories..........................................................309
Chapter 21: Ten Productive BlackBerry Applications ...............................................315
Chapter 22: Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry .......................................................319
Chapter 23: More than Ten Must-Have BlackBerry Programs..................................323
Chapter 24: Ten Web Site Categories for BlackBerry Browsing ...............................329
Index .......................................................................341
Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................1
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 with Your BlackBerry................................3
Part III: Getting Online and Multimedia with Your BlackBerry.........3
Part IV: Working with 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....................................................................................5
Part I: Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry ..........................7
Chapter 1: Your BlackBerry Is Not an Edible Fruit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Know Your BlackBerry History ....................................................................10
How It All Works: The Schematic Approach ...............................................11
The role of the network service provider .........................................11
Connecting to your personal computer ............................................12
Connecting to the Enterprise..............................................................13
Doing the BlackBerry world-traveler thing .......................................14
Oh, the Things You Can Do! ..........................................................................15
All-in-one multimedia center...............................................................15
Internet at your fingertips ...................................................................16
Me and my great personal assistant ..................................................16
A computer in the palm of your hand ...............................................17
Look Dad, no hands!.............................................................................18
Final BlackBerry Tidbits!...............................................................................18
Power efficiency ...................................................................................18
Memory management ..........................................................................19
A sentry is always on duty ..................................................................19
Chapter 2: Navigating the BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Anatomy 101: The Body and Features of Your BlackBerry.......................21
Display screen.......................................................................................25
QWERTY keyboard...............................................................................25
SureType keyboard ..............................................................................26
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Escape key.............................................................................................28
Trackball................................................................................................28
Menu key ...............................................................................................29
The microSD slot ..................................................................................29
General Navigation Guidelines .....................................................................31
Switching applications.........................................................................32
Changing options..................................................................................32
General Keyboard Shortcuts ........................................................................33
Using Home screen shortcuts.............................................................34
Other (non-Home screen) shortcuts .................................................35
Chapter 3: Turning On Your BlackBerry — and Keeping It Happy . . .37
Making Your BlackBerry Yours.....................................................................37
Color-code your Pearl..........................................................................38
Branding your BlackBerry...................................................................38
Choose a language, any language.......................................................39
Typing with ease using AutoText .......................................................40
Inserting macros...................................................................................42
Getting your dates and times lined up ..............................................42
Customizing your screen’s look and feel...........................................44
Choosing themes for your BlackBerry ..............................................46
Wallpaper for your BlackBerry ...........................................................47
Let freedom ring ...................................................................................47
Keeping Your BlackBerry Safe ......................................................................52
Part II: Getting Organized with Your BlackBerry ...........55
Chapter 4: Remembering Your Acquaintances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Accessing Your Address Book......................................................................58
Working with Address Book Names.............................................................59
Creating a contact ................................................................................60
Adding contacts from other BlackBerry applications .....................63
Viewing a contact .................................................................................64
Editing a contact...................................................................................64
Deleting a contact.................................................................................65
Transferring Contacts from Cellphones......................................................66
Copying contacts from a SIM card .....................................................67
Copying a contact to a SIM card.........................................................70
Copying Contacts from Desktop Applications ...........................................71
Looking for Someone? ...................................................................................71
Organizing Your Contacts .............................................................................74
Creating a group ...................................................................................75
Using the Filter feature on your contacts..........................................76
Setting preferences...............................................................................79
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Sharing a Contact ...........................................................................................80
Sending a vCard ....................................................................................81
Receiving a vCard .................................................................................82
Searching for Somebody Outside Your Address Book ..............................82
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 ..........................................................................88
All Things Appointments: Adding, Opening, and Deleting .......................90
Creating an appointment.....................................................................90
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 ...................................................................................99
Navigating the Tasks Fields.........................................................................100
Task field..............................................................................................101
Status field...........................................................................................101
Priority field ........................................................................................101
Due field...............................................................................................102
Time Zone field ...................................................................................103
Reminder field.....................................................................................103
Categories field ...................................................................................104
Notes field ...........................................................................................104
Updating Your Tasks ....................................................................................104
Deleting a Task..............................................................................................105
Organizing Your Tasks List..........................................................................105
Customizing tasks ..............................................................................106
Creating a category ............................................................................107
Assigning categories to your tasks ..................................................109
Filtering the list...................................................................................109
Creating Recurring Tasks ............................................................................110
Using Password Keeper...............................................................................112
Accessing Password Keeper .............................................................112
Setting a password for Password Keeper........................................113
Creating credentials ...........................................................................113
Random password generation..........................................................114
Using your password .........................................................................114
Password Keeper options .................................................................115
Changing your password to Password Keeper...............................116
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Chapter 7: Making Notes and Calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
MemoPad ......................................................................................................117
Accessing MemoPad ..........................................................................118
Jotting down notes.............................................................................118
Viewing your notes.............................................................................119
Updating your notes ..........................................................................120
Deleting your notes ............................................................................120
Quickly finding a note ........................................................................121
Organizing your notes........................................................................121
Printing notes......................................................................................124
Calculator......................................................................................................124
Accessing Calculator..........................................................................125
Using Calculator .................................................................................125
Converting between English and metric systems ..........................127
Using Calculator shortcuts ...............................................................128
Part III: Getting Online and Multimedia
with Your BlackBerry ................................................131
Chapter 8: You’ve Got (Lots of) E-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Getting Up and Running with E-Mail ..........................................................133
Using the BlackBerry Internet Service client..................................134
Combining your e-mail accounts into one ......................................134
Adding an e-mail account ..................................................................135
Setting up e-mail in an enterprise environment .............................136
Customizing Your E-Mail .............................................................................137
Configuring your e-mail signature ....................................................137
Enabling wireless reconciliation.......................................................138
Automating replies and out-of-office
messages (for enterprise users) ...................................................140
Accessing Messages.....................................................................................141
Receiving e-mails ................................................................................141
Sending e-mail.....................................................................................144
Spell checking your outgoing messages..........................................146
Adding a sender to your Address Book...........................................146
Deleting e-mail ....................................................................................147
Filtering your e-mail ...........................................................................148
Searching through Messages Like a Pro....................................................152
Searching by sender or recipient .....................................................152
Searching by subject..........................................................................153
Running a general search ..................................................................153
Saving search results .........................................................................155
Reusing saved searches ....................................................................156
Long Live E-Mail ...........................................................................................156
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Chapter 9: Too Cool for E-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
A Little Bit of RIM Prehistory......................................................................159
Sending and Receiving PIN-to-PIN Messages ............................................160
Getting a BlackBerry PIN ...................................................................161
Assigning PINs to names ...................................................................162
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message...........................................................163
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message .......................................................165
Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way .......................................................165
Using shorthand for speedy replies.................................................166
Awhfy?..................................................................................................167
Showing some emotion......................................................................169
Sending a text message......................................................................169
Viewing a message you receive ........................................................171
Always Online Using Instant Messaging....................................................172
Chatting using IM rules......................................................................172
Instant messaging on a BlackBerry Pearl........................................173
Instant messaging on a non-Pearl model.........................................179
Using BlackBerry Messenger ............................................................181
Taking control of your IM app ..........................................................184
Chapter 10: Surfing the Internet Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187
Getting Started with BlackBerry Browser.................................................187
Accessing Browser .............................................................................188
Hitting the (air) waves .......................................................................190
Navigating Web pages ........................................................................190
Saving a Web page address ...............................................................193
Sending an address by e-mail ...........................................................195
Saving Web images .............................................................................195
Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites...............................................................195
Adding a bookmark ............................................................................195
Available offline ..................................................................................196
Modifying a bookmark .......................................................................196
Organizing your bookmarks..............................................................197
Browser Options and Optimization Techniques......................................199
Configuring Browser ..........................................................................199
General Browser properties..............................................................200
Cache operations ...............................................................................202
Installing and Uninstalling Applications from the Web ...........................203
Browser’s Behavior in an Enterprise Environment .................................205
Using Browser on your company’s BES...........................................205
Using your network provider’s browser..........................................206
Setting the default browser...............................................................206
Chapter 11: Calling Your Favorite Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207
Using the BlackBerry Phone Application..................................................207
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Making and Receiving Calls ........................................................................208
Making a call .......................................................................................208
Receiving a call ...................................................................................209
Phone Options While on a Call...................................................................210
Muting your call..................................................................................210
Placing your call on hold...................................................................211
Adjusting the call volume..................................................................211
Customizing the BlackBerry Phone ...........................................................211
Setting up your voice mail number..................................................212
Using call forwarding .........................................................................212
Configuring speed dial .......................................................................214
Arranging Conference Calls ........................................................................215
Talking privately to a conference participant.................................216
Alternate between phone conversations ........................................217
Dropping that meeting hugger..........................................................217
Communicating Hands Free........................................................................218
Using the speaker phone...................................................................218
Pairing your BlackBerry with a Bluetooth headset .......................218
Using voice dialing .............................................................................220
Multitasking While on the Phone ...............................................................221
Taking notes while on the phone .....................................................221
Chapter 12: Photos on Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223
Say Cheese ....................................................................................................223
The screen indicators ........................................................................224
Choosing the picture quality ............................................................224
Zooming and focusing........................................................................225
Setting the flash ..................................................................................226
Working with Pictures .................................................................................226
Viewing ................................................................................................226
Creating a slide show .........................................................................227
Trashing...............................................................................................227
Listing file names versus thumbnails ..............................................227
Picture properties ..............................................................................227
Organizing your pictures...................................................................228
Sharing your pictures ........................................................................229
Setting a picture as Caller ID.............................................................230
Setting a Home screen image............................................................230
Setting Camera Memory Options...............................................................230
Chapter 13: Getting Entertained with BlackBerry Media Center . . .233
Accessing Media...........................................................................................233
Folder navigation................................................................................234
Let the music play ..............................................................................234
Now showing.......................................................................................236
Lord of the ring tones ........................................................................236
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Picture this ..........................................................................................237
Turn it down or blast it......................................................................237
Commonly used navigation...............................................................238
Working with Media Files ............................................................................238
Introduction to BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager ....................239
Synchronizing with iTunes ................................................................243
Sharing media files by using Bluetooth ...........................................244
Downloading tunes.............................................................................244
Chapter 14: Getting around with BlackBerry GPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245
Putting Safety First.......................................................................................245
What You Need .............................................................................................246
Your GPS Application Choices....................................................................247
BlackBerry Map ..................................................................................248
Google Maps........................................................................................249
TeleNav GPS Navigator ......................................................................250
Chapter 15: Wi-Fi and Using BlackBerry as a Laptop Modem . . . . .251
Preparing for Connection............................................................................252
Making the Connection................................................................................255
Using Wi-Fi on Your BlackBerry .................................................................257
Tuning Your Wi-Fi Settings ..........................................................................261
Part IV: Working with Desktop Manager .....................263
Chapter 16: Synching the Synchronize Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265
Introduction to BlackBerry Desktop Manager .........................................265
Launching BDM...................................................................................266
Connecting BDM to your BlackBerry...............................................266
Running BDM for the first time.........................................................267
Setting Up Synchronize ...............................................................................268
Configuring PIM synchronization.....................................................268
Mapping fields for synchronization .................................................269
Confirming record changes...............................................................272
Resolving update conflicts ................................................................272
Ready, Set, Synchronize!..............................................................................274
Synchronize Now................................................................................274
Automatic synchronization...............................................................275
Chapter 17: Installing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277
Accessing Application Loader....................................................................277
Installing an Application .............................................................................279
Encountering an invalid signature error .........................................281
Using alternatives to Application Loader........................................281
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Uninstalling an Application.........................................................................282
Uninstalling by using Application Loader .......................................282
Uninstalling by using your BlackBerry handheld ..........................283
Upgrading Your BlackBerry OS ..................................................................285
Chapter 18: Switching Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .289
Switching between BlackBerries ................................................................289
Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device .................................................292
Palm device requirements.................................................................292
Windows Mobile device requirements ............................................292
Running the Wizard............................................................................293
Chapter 19: Protecting Your Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .297
Accessing Backup and Restore ..................................................................298
Backing Up BlackBerry Style ......................................................................298
Backing up your BlackBerry manually ............................................298
Setting up automatic backups ..........................................................300
A Full Restore from Backup Information...................................................301
Protecting Your Data, Your Way .................................................................302
Backing up, your way.........................................................................303
Restoring, your way ...........................................................................304
Clearing BlackBerry information, your way....................................305
Part V: The Part of Tens .............................................307
Chapter 20: Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .309
A microSD Card ............................................................................................309
Stereo Headphones......................................................................................310
A Belt Clip......................................................................................................310
A Screen Protector .......................................................................................311
An Extra Battery...........................................................................................311
A Charger ......................................................................................................311
A Bluetooth Hands-Free Headset ...............................................................312
A Full Keyboard ............................................................................................312
An External Speakerphone..........................................................................313
A Car Mount ..................................................................................................313
Chapter 21: Ten Productive BlackBerry Applications . . . . . . . . . . . .315
MyUtils 2.0.....................................................................................................315
WorldMate for BlackBerry ..........................................................................316
BerryDialer....................................................................................................316
Litefeeds ........................................................................................................316
eOffice............................................................................................................317
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VeriChat for Blackberry...............................................................................317
bbSpell...........................................................................................................317
MidpSSH Mobile SSH Client ........................................................................318
Idokorro Mobile Desktop ............................................................................318
TrafficEdge ....................................................................................................318
Chapter 22: Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .319
Sudoku ...........................................................................................................320
Bookworm .....................................................................................................320
Bass Assassin................................................................................................320
Raging Rivers ................................................................................................320
Texas Hold ’em King ....................................................................................321
Klondike ........................................................................................................321
Spider Solitaire .............................................................................................321
Pro Golf Paradise..........................................................................................321
Blockazoid.....................................................................................................322
Brain Up.........................................................................................................322
Chapter 23: More than Ten Must-Have BlackBerry Programs . . . . .323
Handmark Pocket Express ..........................................................................324
BBWeather ....................................................................................................324
Beyond411.....................................................................................................324
Digby..............................................................................................................325
Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile .................................325
iSkoot Skype Client ......................................................................................325
bbTV ..............................................................................................................325
AskMeNow ....................................................................................................326
Stock Ticker ..................................................................................................326
Ascendo Money ............................................................................................326
Ascendo Fitness ...........................................................................................326
BBToday ........................................................................................................327
Chapter 24: Ten Web Site Categories for BlackBerry Browsing . . .329
Weather .........................................................................................................330
AccuWeather.com...............................................................................330
Weather.com .......................................................................................330
News ..............................................................................................................331
Mobile New York Times .....................................................................331
Mobile Newsweek...............................................................................331
BBC News ............................................................................................332
USA Today ...........................................................................................332
ABC News ............................................................................................332
PR Newswire .......................................................................................333
Wired News .........................................................................................333
Google............................................................................................................333
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Portals ...........................................................................................................334
RIM’s Mobile Homepage ....................................................................334
Yahoo! Mobile .....................................................................................334
MSN Mobile .........................................................................................335
Business ........................................................................................................335
Yahoo! Finance ....................................................................................335
Fidelity Anywhere...............................................................................336
BusinessWeek Online .........................................................................336
Travel.............................................................................................................336
Sports ............................................................................................................337
CBS SportsLine.com...........................................................................337
ESPN .....................................................................................................337
Shipping Information ...................................................................................338
FedEx tracking ....................................................................................338
UPS tracking ........................................................................................338
Shopping .......................................................................................................338
Amazon Anywhere .............................................................................339
eBay......................................................................................................339
Other Browsing Categories.........................................................................339
BlackBerryGoodies ............................................................................339
MiniSphere ..........................................................................................339
wcities ..................................................................................................340
Starbucks Locator ..............................................................................340
MizPee..................................................................................................340
Index........................................................................341
Introduction
H
i there, and welcome to the second edition of BlackBerry For Dummies.
If you already have a BlackBerry, 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 don’t have a BlackBerry yet 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 cover
to cover. If you bought the first edition of our book and recently got a new
BlackBerry, this second edition bridges the gap and gets you up-to-date on
the latest innovations 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 watching that video on YouTube.
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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BlackBerry For Dummies, 2nd Edition
About This Book
BlackBerry For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is a comprehensive user guide as well
as a quick user reference. This book is designed so that you certainly can
read it 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 trackball in your device,
this book is intended for you. If you own a BlackBerry that uses a trackwheel
instead of a trackball, you should get the first edition of this book.
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.
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