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Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................. 1
About This Book............................................................................................... 1
Who Are You?................................................................................................... 2
What’s in This Book......................................................................................... 2
Part I: Getting Started with BlackBerry Curve.................................... 3
Part II: Organizing with Curve............................................................... 3
Part III: Getting Online with Your Curve.............................................. 3
Part IV: Music, Pictures, and Movies on Your Curve......................... 3
Part V: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager........................... 4
Part VI: The Part of Tens........................................................................ 4
Icons Used in This Book.................................................................................. 4
Where to Go from Here.................................................................................... 5
Part I: Getting Started with BlackBerry Curve................. 7
Chapter 1: Can’t Go Wrong with the Best-Selling Smartphone . . . . . . 9
How It All Works: The Schematic Approach............................................... 10
The role of the network service provider.......................................... 10
Connecting to your computer............................................................. 11
Rule the world with BlackBerry Curve in your hands..................... 12
Oh, the Things You Can Do!.......................................................................... 13
All-in-one multimedia center............................................................... 14
Internet and social networking at your fingertips............................ 14
On-the-go GPS........................................................................................ 14
Me and my great personal assistant.................................................. 15
A computer in the palm of your hand................................................ 15
Look, Dad! No hands!............................................................................ 16
Putting a sentry on duty...................................................................... 16
Chapter 2: Navigating the BlackBerry Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Anatomy 101: The Body and Features of Your BlackBerry Curve........... 19
Display screen....................................................................................... 22
QWERTY keyboard............................................................................... 23
Escape key............................................................................................. 23
Trackball and trackpad........................................................................ 23
Menu key................................................................................................ 24
The microSD slot.................................................................................. 24
General Navigation Guidelines...................................................................... 25
Switching applications......................................................................... 25
Changing options.................................................................................. 26
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General Keyboard Shortcuts......................................................................... 27
Using Home screen shortcuts............................................................. 28
Other (non–Home screen) shortcuts................................................. 28
Chapter 3: Turning On Your BlackBerry Curve —
and Keeping It Happy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Making Your BlackBerry Curve Yours......................................................... 31
Branding your BlackBerry Curve........................................................ 32
Choosing a language, any language.................................................... 32
Typing with ease using AutoText....................................................... 33
Getting your dates and times lined up............................................... 35
Customizing your screen’s look and feel........................................... 37
Choosing themes for your BlackBerry Curve.................................... 39
Wallpapering your BlackBerry Curve................................................. 40
Letting freedom ring............................................................................. 41
Keeping Your BlackBerry Curve Safe........................................................... 47
Blocking That Spam........................................................................................ 49
Part II: Organizing with Curve...................................... 51
Chapter 4: Remembering and Locating Your Acquaintances . . . . . . . 53
Accessing Contacts........................................................................................ 54
Working with Contacts.................................................................................. 54
Creating a contact................................................................................. 55
Adding contacts from other BlackBerry applications..................... 60
Viewing a contact.................................................................................. 61
Editing a contact................................................................................... 62
Deleting a contact................................................................................. 63
Copying Contacts from Desktop Applications............................................ 63
Looking for Someone?.................................................................................... 64
Organizing Your Contacts............................................................................. 67
Creating a group................................................................................... 68
Using the Filter feature on your contacts.......................................... 69
Setting preferences............................................................................... 72
Sharing a Contact........................................................................................... 74
Sending a vCard.................................................................................... 74
Receiving a vCard................................................................................. 75
Transferring Contacts.................................................................................... 75
Copying contacts from a GSM phone................................................. 76
Copying a BlackBerry Curve contact................................................. 79
Searching for Someone Outside Your Contacts......................................... 80
Synchronizing Facebook Contacts............................................................... 82
Adding a Facebook friend’s info to Contacts.................................... 82
Automatic syncing between Facebook profiles and Contacts........ 84
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Chapter 5: Never Miss Another Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Accessing BlackBerry Calendar.................................................................... 87
Choosing Your Calendar View...................................................................... 88
Moving between Time Frames...................................................................... 90
Customizing Your Calendar.......................................................................... 91
All Things Appointments: Adding, Opening, and Deleting........................ 92
Creating an appointment..................................................................... 93
Opening an appointment..................................................................... 97
Appointments versus Meetings.................................................................... 97
Sending a meeting request.................................................................. 98
Responding to a meeting request....................................................... 98
Setting your meeting dial-in number.................................................. 99
Chapter 6: Setting Alarms and Keeping Your Passwords . . . . . . . . . 101
Accessing Clock............................................................................................ 101
Customizing Your Clock.............................................................................. 102
Setting a Wake-Up Alarm............................................................................. 104
Setting and Exiting Bedside Mode.............................................................. 105
Using Stopwatch........................................................................................... 106
Using Timer................................................................................................... 107
Using Password Keeper............................................................................... 108
Setting a password for Password Keeper........................................ 108
Creating credentials........................................................................... 109
Generating random passwords......................................................... 110
Using your password.......................................................................... 110
Password Keeper options.................................................................. 111
Changing your password to Password Keeper............................... 111
Chapter 7: Calling Your Favorite Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Using the BlackBerry Phone Application.................................................. 113
Making and Receiving Calls......................................................................... 114
Making a call........................................................................................ 114
Receiving a call.................................................................................... 115
Handling missed calls......................................................................... 116
Phone Options while on a Call.................................................................... 117
Muting your call.................................................................................. 117
Placing your call on hold................................................................... 118
Adjusting the call volume.................................................................. 118
Customizing Your BlackBerry Phone......................................................... 118
Setting up your voice mail number.................................................. 119
Using call forwarding.......................................................................... 119
Configuring speed dial....................................................................... 121
Arranging Conference Calls......................................................................... 122
Talking privately to a conference participant................................. 123
Alternating between phone conversations..................................... 124
Dropping that meeting-hugger.......................................................... 125
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Communicating Hands-Free........................................................................ 125
Using the speaker phone................................................................... 125
Pairing your BlackBerry with a Bluetooth headset........................ 125
Using voice dialing.............................................................................. 127
Multitasking while on the Phone................................................................ 128
Accessing applications while on the phone.................................... 128
Taking notes while on the phone...................................................... 128
Part III: Getting Online with Your Curve..................... 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....................................... 135
Adding an e-mail account.................................................................. 136
Setting up e-mail in an enterprise environment.............................. 138
Getting e-mail in an enterprise environment
using Desktop Redirector............................................................... 139
Configuring Your E-Mail Signature............................................................. 139
Enabling Wireless Reconciliation............................................................... 140
Enabling wireless e-mail synchronization....................................... 141
Permanently deleting e-mail from your Curve................................ 142
Working with E-Mail..................................................................................... 143
Receiving e-mails................................................................................ 143
Sending e-mail..................................................................................... 147
Spell-checking your outgoing messages.......................................... 149
Deleting e-mail..................................................................................... 150
Filtering your e-mail............................................................................ 150
Searching through Messages Like a Pro.................................................... 153
Searching by sender or recipient..................................................... 153
Searching by subject.......................................................................... 154
Running a general search.................................................................. 154
Saving search results......................................................................... 156
Reusing saved searches..................................................................... 157
Follow Up Your E-mail.................................................................................. 158
Long Live E-Mail............................................................................................ 158
Chapter 9: Too Cool for E-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Sending and Receiving PIN-to-PIN Messages............................................ 161
Getting a BlackBerry PIN.................................................................... 163
Assigning PINs to names.................................................................... 164
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message........................................................... 166
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message........................................................ 167
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Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way....................................................... 167
Using shorthand for speedy replies................................................. 168
AWHFY?................................................................................................ 168
Showing some emotion...................................................................... 169
Sending a text message...................................................................... 172
Viewing a message you receive........................................................ 173
Always Online Using Instant Messaging.................................................... 173
Chatting using IM rules...................................................................... 174
Instant messaging on your BlackBerry............................................ 174
Taking control of your IM app........................................................... 178
Chapter 10: Instant Messaging on BlackBerry Messenger . . . . . . . . 181
Using BlackBerry Messenger...................................................................... 181
Adding a contact................................................................................. 184
Starting a conversation...................................................................... 186
Broadcasting a Message.............................................................................. 190
Chapter 11: Surfing the Internet Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193
Kicking Up Browser...................................................................................... 193
Getting to Browser.............................................................................. 194
Hitting the (air)waves........................................................................ 195
Navigating Web pages........................................................................ 197
Saving a Web page address............................................................... 200
Sending an address by e-mail............................................................ 201
Saving Web images............................................................................. 201
Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites............................................................... 202
Adding and visiting a bookmark....................................................... 202
Modifying a bookmark....................................................................... 203
Organizing your bookmarks.............................................................. 204
Exercising Options and Optimization Techniques................................... 206
Configuring Browser........................................................................... 207
General Browser properties.............................................................. 208
Cache operations................................................................................ 210
Installing and Uninstalling Applications from the Web........................... 212
Browser’s Behavior in Business................................................................. 214
Using Browser on your company’s BlackBerry
Enterprise Server............................................................................ 214
Using your network provider’s browser.......................................... 215
Setting the default browser............................................................... 215
Part IV: Music, Pictures, and Movies on Your Curve..... 217
Chapter 12: Getting Around with Your BlackBerry GPS . . . . . . . . . . 219
Putting Safety First....................................................................................... 219
What You Need............................................................................................. 220
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Your GPS Application Choices.................................................................... 220
BlackBerry Maps................................................................................. 220
Google Maps........................................................................................ 221
TeleNav GPS Navigator...................................................................... 223
Garmin Mobile..................................................................................... 224
Chapter 13: Taking Great Pictures and Capturing Videos . . . . . . . . . 225
Saying “Cheese”............................................................................................ 225
Reading the screen indicators.......................................................... 227
Choosing the picture quality............................................................. 228
Zooming and focusing........................................................................ 228
Setting the flash................................................................................... 229
Setting the white balance................................................................... 230
Setting the picture size...................................................................... 230
Geotagging........................................................................................... 230
Working with Pictures.................................................................................. 231
Viewing pictures................................................................................. 231
Creating a slide show......................................................................... 232
Trashing pictures................................................................................ 232
Listing filenames versus thumbnails................................................ 232
Checking picture properties.............................................................. 233
Organizing your pictures................................................................... 234
Sharing your pictures......................................................................... 236
Setting a picture as Caller ID............................................................. 236
Setting a Home screen image............................................................ 237
Say Action: Capturing Video....................................................................... 237
Customizing the Video Camera.................................................................. 240
Chapter 14: Satisfy Your Senses with Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Accessing Media........................................................................................... 243
Let the music play.............................................................................. 244
Now showing....................................................................................... 248
Lord of the ring tones......................................................................... 248
Picture this.......................................................................................... 249
Record your voice.............................................................................. 251
Viewing and Controlling Media Files.......................................................... 252
Turning it up (or down)..................................................................... 252
Navigating the menu........................................................................... 253
Using Explore...................................................................................... 254
Changing the media flavor................................................................. 254
Chapter 15: Managing Media Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Working with Media Files............................................................................ 257
Using your Curve as a flash drive..................................................... 257
Meet and greet BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager..................... 258
Synchronizing with iTunes using BlackBerry Media Sync............ 262
Downloading sounds.......................................................................... 263
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Part V: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager..... 265
Chapter 16: Syncing the Synchronize Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Meeting BlackBerry Desktop Manager....................................................... 268
Installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager and
Desktop Redirector......................................................................... 268
Launching BlackBerry Desktop Manager......................................... 269
Connecting BlackBerry Desktop Manager to your Curve.............. 271
Running BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the first time............... 272
Setting Up Synchronize................................................................................ 272
Configuring PIM synchronization..................................................... 273
Mapping fields for synchronization.................................................. 278
Confirming record changes............................................................... 280
Resolving update conflicts................................................................ 281
Ready, Set, Synchronize!.............................................................................. 282
Using on-demand synchronization................................................... 282
Synchronizing automatically............................................................. 283
Chapter 17: Switching Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Switching to a New BlackBerry................................................................... 285
Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device.................................................. 289
Palm device requirements................................................................. 289
Windows Mobile device requirements............................................ 290
Running the wizard............................................................................. 290
Chapter 18: Protecting Your Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Accessing Backup and Restore................................................................... 294
Backing Up, BlackBerry Style...................................................................... 295
Backing up your Curve manually...................................................... 295
Setting up automatic backups........................................................... 297
Restoring Your Data from Backup Information........................................ 298
Protecting Your Data, Your Way................................................................ 299
Backing up, your way......................................................................... 299
Restoring, your way............................................................................ 301
Clearing Curve information, your way............................................. 302
Backup and Restore Wirelessly.................................................................. 303
Chapter 19: Installing and Managing Third-Party Applications . . . . 305
Accessing Application Loader.................................................................... 306
Installing an Application.............................................................................. 307
Uninstalling an Application......................................................................... 309
Uninstalling with Application Loader............................................... 309
Uninstalling with your Curve............................................................. 310
Upgrading Your BlackBerry Curve OS....................................................... 311
Finding and Installing Applications from App Stores.............................. 313
Managing Applications on Your Mac......................................................... 314
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Part VI: The Part of Tens............................................ 315
Chapter 20: Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Unify AV Solution.......................................................................................... 318
microSD Card................................................................................................ 318
Full Keyboards.............................................................................................. 318
Stereo Headsets............................................................................................ 319
Case and Belt Clip......................................................................................... 319
Screen Protector and Skins......................................................................... 320
Extra Battery, Charger, and Charging Pod................................................ 320
External Speaker........................................................................................... 321
Bluetooth Music Gateway............................................................................ 321
Car Mount...................................................................................................... 321
Chapter 21: Ten Must-Have Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
SmrtGuard, Your BlackBerry Guardian..................................................... 323
TetherBerry................................................................................................... 324
VibAndRing.................................................................................................... 325
Viigo for BlackBerry..................................................................................... 325
PeeKaWho — E-mail and SMS Alerts.......................................................... 325
Zodiac............................................................................................................. 325
Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile................................. 326
WeatherEye................................................................................................... 326
Nobex Radio Companion............................................................................. 326
Online Personal Music Players................................................................... 326
Chapter 22: Ten Important Types of Web Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327
Weather.......................................................................................................... 327
News............................................................................................................... 328
Search Engines, Directories, and Portals.................................................. 328
Business......................................................................................................... 329
Travel............................................................................................................. 329
Sports............................................................................................................. 330
Advice and Self-Help..................................................................................... 330
Social and Virtual Networking.................................................................... 331
Shopping and Shipping Information........................................................... 331
Other Browsing Categories......................................................................... 332
Index........................................................................ 333
Introduction
H
i there, and welcome to BlackBerry Curve For Dummies. If you already
have a BlackBerry Curve, 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 Curve yet and have some basic questions
(such as “What is a BlackBerry Curve?” or “How can a BlackBerry Curve help
me be more productive?”), you can benefit by reading this book cover to
cover. No matter what your current BlackBerry user status (BUS, for short),
this book helps you get the most out of your BlackBerry Curve.
Right off the bat, BlackBerry Curve isn’t a fruit you find at the supermarket
but rather an always-connected smartphone that has e-mail capabilities and
a built-in Internet browser. With your BlackBerry Curve, you’re in the privileged position of always being able to receive e-mail and browse the Web.
On top of that, a BlackBerry Curve 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 Curve also has a built-in mobile phone? Talk about
multitasking! Imagine being stuck on a commuter train: With your Curve 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 Curve goes a step further to make it more fun for
you to own this device. You can snap a picture with its camera, record a
funny video, listen to your music collection, and enjoy watching that video
on YouTube.
In this book, you find all the basics, but we also go the extra mile and highlight some of the lesser-known (but still handy) features of the BlackBerry
Curve. Your Curve can work hard for you when you need it to and can play
hard when you want it to.
About This Book
BlackBerry Curve For Dummies is a comprehensive user guide as well as a
quick user reference. The book is designed so that you 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 Curve.
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We cover basic and advanced topics, but we’ll stick to those that we think
are the most practical and frequently used. If you use or want to use a certain
function of your BlackBerry Curve, it’s likely covered here.
Who Are You?
We tried to be considerate of your needs, but because we’ve never met you,
our picture 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 Curve and want to find out how to get the most
from it.
✓You don’t have a BlackBerry Curve yet and are 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 Curve without bogging you down with
unnecessary background or theory.
✓You are tired of hauling your 10-pound laptop with you on trips and are
wondering how to turn your BlackBerry Curve 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, getting directions, and surfing the Web.
✓You like to have some fun, play games, and be entertained from a device
but don’t want to carry an extra game gadget in your bag.
What’s in This Book
BlackBerry Curve For Dummies consists of six parts, and each part consists of
different chapters related to that part’s theme.
Introduction
Part I: Getting Started
with BlackBerry Curve
Part I starts with the basics of your Curve. You know: what it is, what you
can do with it, and what elements make it up. We describe how you navigate
using the QWERTY keyboard. We also show you how to personalize and
express yourself through your BlackBerry Curve. This part wraps up with
must-knows about security and where to go for help when you get into trouble with your BlackBerry Curve.
Part II: Organizing with Curve
Part II deals with the fact that your BlackBerry Curve is also a full-fledged
PDA. We show you how to get your Curve to keep your contacts in Contacts
as well as how to manage your appointments and meetings in Calendar. You
also find out how to use the Clock application to set an alarm, set a timer,
and set your device to Bedside mode. You explore the Password Keeper
application to centralize your passwords. And finally, you see that most
BlackBerry applications interconnect, working hard for you.
Part III: Getting Online with Your Curve
Part III shows you what made BlackBerry what it is today: always-connected
e-mail. We also get into the other strengths of the BlackBerry — Web surfing
functionality — but we don’t stop there. We point out how you can use other
forms of messages, such as text messaging and instant messaging. You also
find out about unique forms of messages on the BlackBerry, PIN-to-PIN messages and BlackBerry Messenger. And if you have a BlackBerry Curve 8900,
rest assured that your BlackBerry will be a good companion when you’re
traveling because we show you how to use its GPS. (The BlackBerry Curve
8500 doesn’t have an internal GPS.)
Part IV: Music, Pictures, and Movies
on Your Curve
You find the fun stuff in Part IV. Rock your world and use your Curve to play
music, watch videos, and take pictures. You also get the scoop on how to
record videos and sample ring tones. Plus you get timesaving shortcuts on
the Media applications.
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Part V: Working with BlackBerry
Desktop Manager
In Part V, you find details of BlackBerry Desktop Manager and some of the
hoops you can put it through with your BlackBerry Curve, including making
backups and installing BlackBerry applications from your desktop to your
Curve. You also find out how to port data from older devices — BlackBerry
or not — to your new Curve. And we didn’t forget to cover important stuff,
such as data-syncing your appointments and contacts with desktop applications, such as Outlook.
Part VI: 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 places to get cool BlackBerry Curve accessories,
where to get great applications, and useful mobile Web sites to visit.
Icons Used in This Book
This icon indicates that the paragraph applies to the BlackBerry Curve 8500
series. The 8500 series has a trackpad.
If a paragraph sports this icon, it means the paragraph is applicable only to
the BlackBerry Curve 8900 series. The 8900 Curve has a camera and sports a
trackball instead of a trackpad.
The text following this icon applies only to the older version of the operating
system of your BlackBerry Curve, specifically OS 4.6. Ignore the discussion if
you have OS 5.0.
This icon likewise signifies that the discussion applies to version 5.0 of the
operating system. You may ignore the text if your Curve has OS 4.6.
If a paragraph sports this icon, it means we’re talking about BlackBerry
devices that are provided by your employer.
Introduction
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 Curve power user in no time. Pay special attention to the paragraphs with this icon to get the most out of your Curve.
Look out! This icon tells you how to avoid trouble before it starts. Be sure to
read and follow the accompanying directions.
Where to Go from Here
If you want to find out more about the book or have a question or comment
for us, 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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with BlackBerry
Curve
T
In this part . . .
he road to a happy and collaborative relationship
with your BlackBerry Curve starts here. Chapter 1
covers all the nuts and bolts: how the BlackBerry Curve
works, its look and feel, and its connectivity. Chapter 2
describes how to navigate the Curve using the QWERTY
keyboard. Chapter 3 discusses customizing your Curve
and offers timesaving shortcuts.
Chapter 1
Can’t Go Wrong with the
Best-Selling Smartphone
In This Chapter
▶Checking out your BlackBerry Curve behind the scenes
▶Seeing what your BlackBerry Curve can do
▶Handling the hardware
A
s of May 2009, the BlackBerry Curve family was deemed the best-selling
smartphones in the United States. We’re curious — what convinced
you to buy this particular handheld mobile device? Was it the stats? The
BlackBerry Curve 8500’s cool optical trackpad? The compact size? The
always-connected e-mail? The multimedia player to replace your iPod or
iPhone? Or did you get a really good deal? The list goes on and on — and
we might never hit on the exact reason you got yours. For whatever reason
you bought your BlackBerry Curve, congratulations; you made an intelligent
choice.
The same smarts that made you buy your BlackBerry Curve 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 Curve than
meets the eye.
Your hunch is right. Your BlackBerry Curve can help you do more than you
thought. For example, your BlackBerry Curve 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 bedand-breakfast, or retrieve news headlines, or check stock quotes?
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✓Want to do some online chatting or view some pictures online?
✓Hanker to network with your old classmates?
You can do all these things (and more) with your BlackBerry Curve.
BlackBerry Curve 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 device (Curve 8900), and a full-on media player makes you a powerful
person. With your BlackBerry Curve (along with this resourceful book), you
really can increase your productivity and become better organized. Watch
out, world! BlackBerry Curve–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
If you always ask, “How do they do that?” you don’t have to go far. This section is just for you.
The role of the network service provider
Along with wondering how your BlackBerry Curve actually works, you might
be wondering why you received your BlackBerry Curve from a network service provider such as T-Mobile or AT&T rather than from RIM (Research In
Motion). After all, RIM makes the BlackBerry Curve. Why did you need to go
through a middle person?
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 big cellphone companies. These middlemen support the wireless network for your BlackBerry
Curve 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
Curve
through
service
providers.
BlackBerry
Internet
Service
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 customize the BlackBerry Curve firmware and add
their carrier version of Application Center.
Connecting to your computer
Nowadays, a personal computer is a household necessity. You probably
spend a lot of time using one, and it holds information you need. No surprise
that BlackBerry works hand in hand with your PC and Mac. The USB cable
that comes with your BlackBerry Curve does more than just charge your
device.
Part V 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 16,
you find how to sync your device with the personal information manager
(PIM) data that you keep in your PC. You can also read Chapter 17 for directions about switching from another device (even a non–BlackBerry device) to
a new BlackBerry Curve. For example, you find out how to import your contacts list into your new BlackBerry Curve. Chapter 18 tells you how to protect
your data. Last, Chapter 19 talks about installing new applications on your
BlackBerry Curve with the help of your PC.
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If you have a Mac, you’ll be happy to hear that RIM has rolled out BlackBerry
Desktop Manager on the Mac. Read more in Chapter 17.
Rule the world with BlackBerry Curve
in your hands
If you got your BlackBerry Curve from AT&T, chances are that your
BlackBerry Curve 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 Curve (and maybe the extra roaming charges).
Because your BlackBerry Curve 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
and Canada operate on 850 and 1900 MHz, and Europe and Asia Pacific operate on 900 and 1800 MHz.
Your quad-band BlackBerry Curve is designed to work on 850 MHz, 900 MHz,
1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz, so you’re covered almost wherever you go. Just to
be sure, however, check with your network service provider to see whether
your BlackBerry Curve will work at your destination before you hop on a
plane.
Nothing stands still in this world, and this saying is proved by the fact that
Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) has spawned High Speed
Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), which is a technology that has been growing
because it works on the same GSM phone infrastructure. HSDPA is available
in the United States through most major network service providers and competes in the marketplace against EvDo (Evolution Data Optimized) from Code
Division Multiple Access (CDMA).
What’s all this alphabet soup mean 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 Curve work on this country’s network?)
Your BlackBerry Curve runs on GSM, so 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.
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Know your BlackBerry history
Your BlackBerry Curve 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, RIM 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 musthave among government officials as well as
finance and health professionals.
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
Curve 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 both prosumers (professional customers) and consumers.
Starting with BlackBerry Pearl, RIM has been
targeting the mainstream consumer market.
Clearly, with BlackBerry Curve, RIM is winning
the hearts of consumers while maintaining its
hold on the enterprise market.
Oh, the Things You Can Do!
Always-connected e-mail used to be one of the primary factors 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 countries. Just hop off your flight, turn on your BlackBerry Curve,
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.
Make sure that your network service provider has the technology to go global.
See the preceding section for more info. Generally, you can receive and send
e-mails just like you do when you’re at home. Whether you have T-Mobile in
the United States or Rogers in Canada, your BlackBerry Curve will work if you
have a full data and voice plan. Check with your carrier before you start your
trip.
Although e-mail and communication are your BlackBerry Curve’s strengths,
they aren’t the only things it can do. The following sections go beyond e-mail
to point out some of the device’s other major benefits.
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All-in-one multimedia center
Previously, many people hesitated to buy a BlackBerry because of 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 your BlackBerry Curve have a high-resolution megapixel camera (see Chapter 13) — but it also has a memory slot for a microSD
chip (see Chapter 2).
Your BlackBerry Curve can function as the following:
✓A music player
✓A video player and recorder
✓A digital camera
✓A portable flash drive
✓Your personal photo collection
Internet and social networking
at your fingertips
Yup, with the new BlackBerry Curve on a 3G network, you can surf the
Internet nearly as smoothly as you do on a desktop computer. You’ll get an
alert when your stock is tanking. True, that isn’t fun, but you want this information as quickly as possible. With your BlackBerry Curve, you can continue
chatting with your friends through all types of instant messaging applications, just as if you never left your desktop PC, and your friends will thank
you for persuading them not to buy that losing stock.
Intrigued? Read how BlackBerry Curve can take full advantage of the Web in
Chapter 11.
On-the-go GPS
Your BlackBerry Curve (only the 8900 and some 8500 models) comes with an
onboard GPS that allows you to pinpoint your location with the BlackBerry
Map application and other third-party applications such as Google Maps and
TeleNav.
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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
as people come in many types, so do many PDAs.
Whip out that BlackBerry Curve of yours and take a closer look. That’s right; your
BlackBerry Curve is also a full-fledged PDA, helping you increase productivity:
✓Remember all your acquaintances (Chapter 4)
✓Manage your appointments (Chapter 5)
✓Securely keep a list of passwords (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 Curve 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. 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 graphics-intensive games or a mortgage calculator.
Download? Absolutely! BlackBerry Curve supports the downloading of
applications through BlackBerry Browser. And, of course, downloading the
application can be accomplished both wired and wirelessly (or over the air
[OTA]). In April 2009, RIM rolled out BlackBerry App World (the company’s
response to the popular Apple’s App Store),which allows BlackBerry owners
to easily browse for BlackBerry applications on their device and download
them directly. Other third-party BlackBerry application stores are tremendously popular in the BlackBerry community, such as the CrackBerry.com
App Store powered by MobiHand. (For more information on downloading
third-party applications, see Chapter 19.)
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What’s the difference between BlackBerry App World and BlackBerry
Application Center?
✓Application Center most likely came with your BlackBerry Curve.
✓Application Center contains only applications that your network service
provider wants you to see.
✓App World needs to be manually downloaded by you from RIM’s Web
site.
✓App World has an unfiltered list of BlackBerry applications for you.
Look, Dad! No hands!
Your BlackBerry Curve can be equipped with a stereo headset 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 Curve
against your ear with your shoulder. It helps free your hands so that you
can eat Chinese takeout. Some places require you by law to use an earphone
while driving and talking on a cellphone.
Avoid using your cellphone while driving, hands-free or not.
But RIM didn’t stop with just your standard wired earphones. BlackBerry
Curve 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 7 for how to connect your BlackBerry Curve to a Bluetooth headset.
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 trying to attack a system and those
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 in an enterprise environment, the data that you
send to or get from the PDA is encrypted (coded) to prevent snooping.
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Saving power
Anyone with previous BlackBerry experience
knows that BlackBerry is typically a highly
efficient power consumer. With the older
BlackBerry, you can go for five days on a single
charge. The addition of a color, high-resolution
screen, GPS (only Curve 8900 and some 8500
models) 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!
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 doesn’t 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 that 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 Curve
In This Chapter
▶Taking BlackBerry Curve Anatomy 101
▶Understanding general navigating guidelines
▶Using common shortcut keys
R
egardless of whether you previously owned a BlackBerry, you might
have heard that the new BlackBerry Curve is totally different. You
might be wondering how you spot a new BlackBerry Curve. Looks aren’t
deceiving in this case. From the outside, the new BlackBerry Curve 8500 is
updated with an optical trackpad instead of a trackball — no more problems
with the trackball getting stuck. The BlackBerry Curve 8500 design also has
three media keys on the top. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is slim and has a
simple and elegant physical design. Bear with us, and you will be master of
your BlackBerry Curve in no time.
Anatomy 101: The Body and Features
of Your BlackBerry Curve
In this section and the following sections, we show you all the keys and features on your BlackBerry Curve. Figure 2-1 shows the primary ones for the
Curve 8500 (see Figure 2-2 for the additional keys on the 8900), which are as
follows:
✓Convenience keys: With BlackBerry Curve, you have two convenience
keys. By default, the convenience keys are preprogrammed to open an
application.
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In Chapter 3, we show you how to reprogram the convenience keys so
that they display the programs you use the most.
✓Display screen: This screen is the graphical user interface (GUI) on your
BlackBerry Curve.
✓End key/Power key: While on a phone call, use this key to end your call.
If not on a phone call, press this key to jump straight back to the Home
screen from wherever you are. Press and hold this key to turn your
BlackBerry Curve on or off.
✓Escape key: This is the key to the right of the trackball or trackpad.
Use this key to cancel a selection or return to a previous page within an
application. If you hold this key down, it returns you to the Home screen
from any program.
✓Media keys (BlackBerry Curve 8500): There are three media keys: Play/
Pause key, Next Track key, Previous Track key. Play/Pause is used also
to open Media Player (Chapter 14).
✓Menu key: Use this key to display the full menu of the application you’re
using.
✓microSD slot: The BlackBerry Curve has a microSD slot beneath the battery cover.
✓Mute key: This key mutes a call when on a call.
✓Screen Lock key: This key lets you quickly lock your screen before you
slide your phone into your pocket.
✓Send key: Because your BlackBerry Curve 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.
✓Trackball or trackpad: The Curve 8900 has a trackball; the 8500 has a
trackpad. Navigate the display screen in four directions with the trackball or trackpad. When you press the trackball or trackpad, the short
menu of the application you’re using appears.
✓QWERTY keyboard: The keyboard is the input for your BlackBerry
Curve — very straightforward.
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Two types of contextual menus can appear on your BlackBerry Curve:
✓Full menu: Lists all the options and features you can perform (see
Figure 2-3, left). The full menu is accessed by pressing the menu key.
✓Short menu: An abbreviated list of the full menu (see Figure 2-3, right).
The short menu is accessed by pressing the trackball when you aren’t
prompted by a dialog box.
End/Power
Left convenience
Send
Display screen
Menu
Escape
Zero
Symbol
Volume
Right convenience
Figure 2-1:
BlackBerry
Curve 8500.
Alt
Left Shift
Delete
Right shift Enter
Trackpad Speakerphone
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Screen lock
Mute
Figure 2-2:
BlackBerry
Curve 8900.
Trackball
Figure 2-3:
Examples of
a full menu
and short
menu in
the Memo
application.
Display screen
When you first turn on your BlackBerry Curve, the display screen displays the Home screen, which is your introduction to the interface of your
BlackBerry Curve. The different icons represent the different applications
in your BlackBerry Curve. See Figure 2-4 for an example of what your Home
screen might look like.
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Figure 2-4:
Your
BlackBerry
Curve might
come with
a Home
screen like
this.
Depending on the theme you’re using, your applications might be 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 Curve, see Chapter 3.
QWERTY keyboard
Unlike some PDA manufacturers — and they know who they are — RIM
(Research In Motion) chose the same QWERTY keyboard you know and love
from your personal computer as the BlackBerry Curve input method. That
was a great decision because it means you don’t have to master some new
way of writing — graffiti or whatever — to get data into your Curve. All you
have to do is type on a familiar keyboard — and you already know how to
do that.
How you type on your BlackBerry Curve is up to you, but most people find
that typing with two thumbs is the most efficient method.
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 and trackpad
You can perform two functions with the trackball or trackpad: navigating and
pressing. When you navigate with your trackball or trackpad, you can move
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the cursor about 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 Curve’s screen, different situations determine what happens when you press the trackball or trackpad,
also called the trackball or trackpad click:
✓Display a drop-down list: When you’re in a choice field, pressing the
trackball or trackpad displays a drop-down list of choices for that field.
✓Confirm a choice: The trackball or trackpad 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 or trackpad to confirm the
highlighted choice.
✓Display a short menu: When you’re in a text-filled screen (an e-mail
body or a Web page), pressing the trackball or trackpad displays a short
menu (refer to Figure 2-3, 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’re using. When
on the Home screen, pressing the menu key displays a list of applications
installed on your BlackBerry Curve. 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 Curve theme. The behavior just described is based on the
default theme. See Chapter 3 for more on changing themes.
The microSD slot
Your BlackBerry Curve comes with 1GB of internal memory. If you’re a music
or video fan, you know that 1GB can’t keep you entertained for a long commute. But no need to worry. The folks at RIM incorporated a microSD slot
into your BlackBerry Curve so that you can add extended memory and store
all the media files you want. The BlackBerry Curve supports up to a whopping 32GB microSD card.
You can purchase a microSD card separately for a relatively low price these
days. At the time of this writing, a 16GB microSD card costs about $20, and a
32GB microSD costs about $40.
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General Navigation Guidelines
In this section, we go over general shortcuts and navigation guidelines. On a
Web page or an e-mail full of text, you can perform the tasks listed in Table 2-1.
Table 2-1
Curve Keyboard Shortcuts
Action
To Do This
Press the T key
Move to the top of the
page
Press the B key
Move to the bottom of
the page
Press the Space key
Move to the top of the
next page
Press and hold the Shift key, and scroll the trackball
horizontally
Select a line
Press and hold the Shift key, and scroll the trackball
vertically
Select multiple lines
Press and hold the Shift key, and press the trackball
Copy selected text
Press and hold the Shift key, and press the Delete key
Cut selected text
Press and hold the Shift key, and press the trackball
Paste text
Press a letter key, and scroll the trackball
Insert an accented
character
Press the Sym key, and press the letter below
the symbol
Insert a symbol
Press Alt+Right Shift
Turn on caps lock
Press Alt+Left Shift
Turn on num lock
Switching applications
When you’re navigating in an application, an option called Switch Application
appears when you press the menu key. Switch Application (similar to Alt+Tab
in Windows) lets you multitask between applications (see Figure 2-5).
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Figure 2-5:
Switch
Application
menu.
The quickest way to get to Switch Application is to press and hold the menu
key for 2 seconds.
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 or trackpad to highlight the field. Then press the trackball
or trackpad to display a drop-down list of choices, such as the ones shown
in Figure 2-6, and finally press the trackball or trackpad again to make your
selection.
Figure 2-6:
An example
of an option
field’s
drop-down
list.
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General Keyboard Shortcuts
In many instances in this book, when you’re asked to go to a BlackBerry
Curve application (Profile, for example), you have to first highlight the application icon from the Home screen and then click the trackball or trackpad.
You may be thinking, “Hey, there must be a shortcut for this,” and you’re
right. This section and the ones that follow 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.
Inquiring minds want to know, so we’ll tell you. The Dial from Home Screen
option is designed for users who make frequent BlackBerry Curve phone
calls. If you aren’t 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 Curve Home screen, highlight the Phone application and then press the trackball or trackpad.
2. Press the menu key and then select the Options menu.
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 menu key and then select Save
from the menu that appears.
If you’re a frequent phone user on your BlackBerry Curve, as opposed to
an e-mail or Internet user, you may not want to turn off the Dial from Home
Screen feature.
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Using Home screen shortcuts
When 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.)
Okay, here goes. To call up the application listed in the first column of Table 2-2,
press the key listed in the table’s second column.
Table 2-2 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 in — or whether you have Dial from Home Screen enabled, for that
matter:
✓Soft Device Reset (also known as the three-button salute): Pressing
Alt+Shift+Del forces a manual soft reset, which is just what you need
when your BlackBerry Curve crashes or when you install an application and it needs a manual reset. You can do a hard reset by pulling
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out the battery from the back of the BlackBerry Curve. Without getting
into the technical jargon, from a BlackBerry Curve 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+Shift+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
Curve when they try to troubleshoot your problems.)
The BlackBerry PIN isn’t a security password; rather, it is a unique
number that identifies your BlackBerry Curve, sort of like a serial
number. But unlike a serial number, a BlackBerry can message another
BlackBerry by using PIN-to-PIN messages (please see Chapter 9).
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Chapter 3
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Curve — and Keeping It Happy
In This Chapter
▶Putting your stamp on your BlackBerry Curve
▶Watching your BlackBerry Curve’s back
▶Blocking spam e-mail and unwanted SMS messages
R
egardless of how long you’ve had your BlackBerry Curve — one week,
one month, one year, or more — you’ll want to have it around for as
long as you possibly can. (Or at least until you have the bucks for that waycool 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 it doesn’t feel
and sound exactly like the millions of other BlackBerry Curve devices out
there. (C’mon, admit it — your BlackBerry Curve is definitely a fashion statement, so you’d better feel comfortable with what that statement is saying.)
In addition to customizing your BlackBerry Curve so that it expresses the
inner you, you want to make sure that you keep your Curve in tip-top shape
by watching out for such things as its battery life and information security.
Luckily for you, this chapter puts all such worries to rest by filling you in on
all you need to know to keep your BlackBerry Curve a finely tuned (and yet
quirkily personal) little smartphone.
Making Your BlackBerry Curve Yours
BlackBerry smartphones are increasingly popular, so much so that close to
30 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 Curve from your colleagues’ is high on your list of priorities.
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Branding your BlackBerry Curve
Like any number of other electronic gadgets, your BlackBerry Curve comes
to you off the shelf fitted with a collection of factory settings. This section
helps you put your name on your BlackBerry Curve, figuratively and literally.
You can start by branding your name on your BlackBerry Curve. Follow these
steps:
1. Press the menu key, and then highlight and select the Options
(wrench) icon.
2. Select the Owner setting.
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 Curve and want to get it back to you.
If you lock or don’t use your BlackBerry Curve for a while, the standby
screen comes on, displaying the owner information that you entered.
Read how to lock your BlackBerry Curve, either manually or by using an
auto setting, in the later section “Keeping Your BlackBerry Curve Safe.”
4. Press the menu key and then select Save from the menu that appears.
Figure 3-1:
List your
owner info
here.
Choosing a language, any language
Branding your BlackBerry Curve 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 Curve is equally important — and equally easy. You can
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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 and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Language setting.
Here, you can choose the language and input method of your choice.
3. Select the Language field and then select your native tongue.
Depending on your network provider, as well as your region (North
America, Europe, and so on), the language choices you have can vary.
Most smartphones sold in North America default to English or English
(U.S.).
If your network provider supports it, you can install more languages
in your BlackBerry Curve by using Application Loader in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager. For more information on Application Loader, see
Chapter 19.
4. Press the menu key and then select Save from the menu that appears.
Isn’t it great when you can actually read what’s onscreen? 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 Curve user has to admit that typing on
a full keyboard is easier than thumb-typing on a BlackBerry Curve. In an
attempt to even the score a bit, your BlackBerry Curve comes equipped with
an AutoText feature, which is a kind of shorthand that can cut down on how
much you have to type.
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, any time you type b/c, you automatically get because onscreen.
Your BlackBerry Curve comes with a few default AutoText entries. Here are
some useful ones:
✓mypin: Displays your BlackBerry PIN
✓mynumber: Displays your BlackBerry phone number
✓myver: Displays your BlackBerry model number and OS version
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The whole AutoText thing works best if you set up your own personal code,
mapping your abbreviations to their meanings. (This is why we discuss
AutoText as part of personalization.)
To set up your own code, do the following:
1. Press the menu key and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the AutoText option.
Here, you can choose to see (or search for) existing AutoText words or
create new ones.
3. Press the menu key and then select New.
The AutoText screen appears, as shown in Figure 3-2.
Figure 3-2:
Create
AutoText
here.
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).
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.
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 isn’t capitalized). If you use Specified Case, your AutoText
always appears as blackberryGoodies.com no matter where it is in the
sentence. If you instead were to choose SmartCase for this particular
AutoText, it would be capitalized as the first word in a sentence, which
isn’t what you want.
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6. In the Language field, 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, English U.S., or French), any selfcreated 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. Press the menu key and then select Save from the menu that appears.
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 and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Scroll through the list of options until you find the Language setting
and then select it.
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. Press the menu key and then choose Save.
Getting your dates and times lined up
Having the correct date, time, and time zone is important when it comes to
your BlackBerry Curve for, we hope, obvious reasons. Many of the fine features that make up the BlackBerry Curve core experience, as it were, depend
on the time, date, and time zone being accurate.
Need an example? How about your BlackBerry Curve calendar events?
Imagine, if you will, that you have a make-or-break meeting set for 9 a.m. (in
your time zone) with a client in Paris, who is in who-knows-what time zone.
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You definitely want to be on time for that appointment, but you probably
won’t be if you’re planning on having your BlackBerry Curve 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 and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Date/Time setting.
The Date/Time screen appears.
3. For the Time Zone field, select a time zone.
The Date/Time screen confirms the time zone that you chose. Note
that if you travel to a different time zone, you need to adjust this field
because it does not adjust automatically.
4. For the Time field, select the proper hour and minutes.
Here, you adjust the time to current hours and minutes.
5. For the Date field, select the date.
6. For the Date/Time Source field, select Network.
This sets your date and time source to your service provider’s server
time (see Figure 3-3). By having this option set to Network, the time will
always be accurate. However, if you are someone who always has the
time set 10 minutes earlier than the actual time (so you can be on time
for those important meetings), you would set the Date/Time Source field
to BlackBerry.
7. Press the menu key and then select Save from the menu that appears.
Doing so saves your date and time settings in perpetuity — a really long
time, in other words.
Figure 3-3:
Set the
date and
time of your
BlackBerry
Curve.
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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 other folks
won’t stop configuring the fonts until they get them absolutely right. For all
you tweakers out there, here’s how you play around with your BlackBerry
Curve’s fonts:
1. Press the menu key and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Screen/Keyboard setting.
The Screen/Keyboard screen appears with various customizable fields,
as shown in Figure 3-4.
Figure 3-4:
The Screen/
Keyboard
screen,
waiting for
personalization.
3. For the Font Family field, select a font from the drop-down list.
You can choose three to ten fonts, depending on your provider.
4. For the Font Size field, select a font size.
One thing to keep in mind is that the smaller the font size, the more you
can see onscreen; 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
below the Font Style setting 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. Press the menu key and then select Save from the menu that appears.
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Similar to setting Font Size, you can 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 and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Screen/Keyboard setting.
The Screen/Keyboard screen appears with its various customizable
fields (refer to Figure 3-4).
3. For the Backlight Brightness field, select the desired brightness from
the drop-down list.
You can choose 0 to 100, where 0 is the darkest and 100 is the brightest.
4. For the Left Side Convenience Key Opens field, select from the dropdown an application for your left convenience key to open when you
press it.
5. Repeat Step 4 for the Right Side Convenience Key Opens field.
6. For the Backlight Timeout field, select the time period for the backlight timeout.
You can choose 10 seconds up to 2 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.
7. Change the Automatically Dim Backlight field, if necessary.
When you’re outdoors with a bright sun on your BlackBerry
Curve, you’ll probably have difficulty reading the screen. When the
Automatically Dim Backlight feature is on (the default), it autoadjusts
the backlight to be bright enough for you to read your BlackBerry Curve
while outdoors.
8. For the Horizontal Sensitivity field, select how sensitive you want the
trackball or trackpad to be horizontally.
You can choose 20 to 100, where 20 is the least sensitive and 100 is the
most sensitive.
9. For the Vertical Sensitivity field, select how sensitive you want the
trackball or trackpad to be vertically.
Again, 20 is the least sensitive and 100 is the most sensitive. Keep in
mind that if your trackball or trackpad is too sensitive, it will be hard to
control.
10. To confirm your changes, press the menu key and then select Save.
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Choosing themes for your
BlackBerry Curve
Your BlackBerry Curve is preloaded with different themes, which are predefined sets of looks (wallpaper, fonts, menu layout). You can download
themes from BlackBerry Curve’s mobile Web site.
Follow these steps to change your theme:
1. Press the menu key and then select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Theme setting.
You see a list of available themes.
3. Select the theme you want.
You see a preview of the theme you selected (see Figure 3-5).
4. Press the menu key and then select Activate.
You should be able to see the change immediately.
It usually takes a while for a new theme to fully activate.
You can download other themes. Just remember that you have to use your
BlackBerry Curve, not your PC, to access the following URL: http://
mobile.blackberry.com.
Figure 3-5:
Preview of
currently
selected
theme.
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Wallpapering your BlackBerry Curve
Like your desktop PC, the BlackBerry Curve Home screen can be personalized with wallpaper. You set an image to be your BlackBerry Curve Home
screen background by using the BlackBerry Curve Media application. Follow
these steps:
1. Press the menu key and then select the Media icon.
The following categories are in Media: Music, Video, Ring Tones,
Pictures, and Voice Notes.
2. Select the Pictures category.
Doing so brings up four choices:
•Camera: Turns on the BlackBerry camera.
•All Pictures: Displays all the pictures stored on your BlackBerry.
•Picture Folders: Displays the pictures stored on your BlackBerry,
organized by folders.
•Sample Pictures: Displays the pictures that came with your
BlackBerry.
3. Select the picture you want to use for your Home screen background.
The selected picture appears in full-screen view.
4. Press the menu key and then select Set as Home Screen Image.
The picture is now your new Home screen wallpaper.
5. Press and hold the escape key 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 Curve, not your PC, to access the URLs):
✓http://mobile.blackberry.com
✓www.blackberrywallpapers.com
✓www.crackberry.com/free-wallpapers
After you have your BlackBerry Curve’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 Curve to sound how you want it to.
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Letting 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 Curve 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 Curve considers bark-worthy, ranging from browser alerts to
task deadlines.
Figure 3-6:
Set
attentionneedy
applications
here.
Different people react differently to different sounds. Some BlackBerry Curve
barks would be greatly appreciated by certain segments of the population,
whereas other segments might react to the same sound by pitching their
BlackBerry Curve 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 Curve 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 several categories that represent the application for
which you can define alerts.
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In BlackBerry OS 4.6, the application to set your profiles is named Profiles and
includes the following categorizations:
✓BlackBerry Messenger Alert: Alerts you when BlackBerry Messenger
has something to notify you regarding new contact notification.
✓BlackBerry Messenger New Message: Alerts you when BlackBerry
Messenger has a new message from a BlackBerry Messenger contact.
✓Browser: Alerts you when you receive a new channel push, which is just
a Web page sent to your BlackBerry Curve.
✓Calendar: Alerts you when you have upcoming appointments.
✓Level 1: Alerts you with a special tone when you have an urgent (as
defined by your sender) e-mail. A BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN message can
also be considered urgent. For more on PIN-to-PIN, see Chapter 9.
✓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 (Short Messaging Service)
message.
✓Tasks: Alerts you to an upcoming to-do deadline.
In BlackBerry OS 5.0, profiles can be found in the Sounds application, and
Sound items are organized into the following categories:
✓Phone: Alerts you if you have an incoming call or voice mail.
✓Messages: Alerts you if you have an incoming e-mail, SMS, MMS, or
BlackBerry PIN message. Also, you can set different alerts for each individual e-mail account.
✓Instant Messages: Alerts you if you have any BlackBerry Messenger
Alerts; if you have third-party instant messaging installed (such as
Google Talk), you can set the alerts here as well.
✓Reminders: Alerts you if you have set up calendar reminders, tasks
reminders, or e-mail follow-up flags (see Chapter 8).
✓Other: This category is a notification setting for third-party applications
such as Facebook a well as the Browser application.
You can personalize all the listed applications according to how you want to
be alerted. Because how you customize them is similar, we use one application, Messages, as an example in the text that follows.
After this, we go over creating a profile from scratch. You may be wondering
why you need to create a profile if you can personalize the predefined ones. If
your needs are different from the predefined settings, creating a profile is the
way to go.
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Using factory settings
If you’re okay with customizing a predefined, factory-loaded profile, just do
the following if you have OS 4.6:
1. From the BlackBerry Curve Home screen, select the Profile application.
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles (Quiet, Vibrate,
Normal).
2. Select Advanced, which appears at the end of the list.
A screen appears, listing different profiles.
3. Highlight the Normal profile in the list, press the menu key, and then
select Edit.
The Normal screen appears, listing the applications with alert capabilities mentioned 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 Curve while you aren’t using it. BlackBerry Curve is smart
enough to know when it is in a holster. With RIM’s BlackBerry holster, a
magnet built into the holster autoswitches the Curve to In Holster mode
within the selected profile.
5. For the Out of Holster field, select a tone from the drop-down list of
alert options.
Doing so enables sound in Out of Holster mode.
Figure 3-7:
Choose
a tone to
alert you
when your
BlackBerry
Curve is out
of its
holster.
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6. For the Ring Tone field, select the tune you want from the drop-down
list.
As you scroll through the tunes and pause, your BlackBerry Curve 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 may have guessed from how Messages in the Normal profile is
divided, your BlackBerry Curve can notify you in different ways based on
whether your BlackBerry Curve 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 get more than 200 e-mails daily, you probably don’t want
your BlackBerry Curve sounding off 200 times a day. You can set up your
Curve so that it notifies you only if an e-mail has been marked 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 conveniently
filter any unnecessary e-mail notifications, leaving just the urgent stuff to
sound off to you.
For BlackBerry OS 5.0, follow these steps to customize alerts for your
BlackBerry:
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles (Silent, Vibrate,
Normal, Loud, Medium, Phone Calls Only, All Alerts Off).
1. From the BlackBerry Curve Home screen, select the Sounds application.
2. Select Edit Profiles, which appears at the end of the list.
A screen appears, listing different profiles.
3. Highlight the Normal profile in the list, press the menu key, and then
select Edit.
The Normal screen appears, listing the applications with alert capabilities mentioned in the preceding section (refer to Figure 3-6).
4. Expand the Messages heading by pressing the trackball or trackpad
once, and select any of the e-mail accounts you have.
A screen appears with options to set the ring tone, LED, and vibration.
5. For Ring Tone, you can set the following options:
•Ring Tone: The ring tone you want.
•Volume: How loud you want the ring tone, from Silent to 10 (the
loudest).
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•Count: The number of times the ring tone repeats, from 1 to 3.
•Play Sound: Whether the ring tone will play while your BlackBerry
Curve is in or out of the holster or whether it will always play.
6. For LED, set it On or Off.
7. For vibration, set it to be On, Off, or Custom.
If you choose Custom, you have the following options:
•Length: How long each vibration lasts: Short, Medium, or Long.
•Count: The number of times the vibration occurs; you can choose
1, 2, 3, 5, or 10.
•Vibrate: Whether the vibration will occur while your BlackBerry is
in or out of holster or will always vibrate.
8. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Creating your own profile
You need to know which applications on your BlackBerry Curve have alert
capabilities because then you can personalize each “Hey, you!” to your
liking. You can have your BlackBerry Curve so personalized that you can tell
whether you have a phone call or an incoming message just by how your
BlackBerry Curve sounds.
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
mention earlier, you can achieve the same result by personalizing the predefined profiles that come with your BlackBerry Curve. But if you like to keep
the predefined profiles the way they are, create a new profile by following the
steps for your OS version.
If you have OS 4.6, follow these steps to create a new profile:
1. From the BlackBerry Curve Home screen, select the Profile application.
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles (Quiet, Vibrate,
Normal).
2. Select Advanced, which appears at the end of the list.
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.
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Figure 3-8:
Create your
own profile
from this
menu in
OS 4.6.
4. In the Name field, enter a name for your profile.
For this example, just type MyOwnProfile.
5. Configure your new profile.
To customize each of the nine applications, refer to the OS 4.6 part of
the preceding section, “Using factory settings,” Steps 3–7.
6. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Your newly created profile appears in the Profile screen.
7. Select My Profile.
You can start to use your newly created profile.
If you have OS 5.0, follow these steps to create a new profile:
1. From the BlackBerry Curve Home screen, select the Sound application.
A pop-up screen appears, listing different profiles.
2. Select Edit Profiles, which appears at the end of the list.
A screen appears, with a line Add Custom Profile and also a list of
profiles.
3. Select Add Custom Profile.
A New Custom Profile screen appears, prompting you to name your profile.
4. In the Name field, enter a name for your profile.
For this example, just type MyOwnProfile.
5. Configure your new profile.
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To customize each of the categories of applications, refer to the OS 5.0
part of the preceding section, “Using factory settings,” Steps 3–7.
6. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Your newly created profile appears in the Profile screen.
7. Select My Profile.
You can start to use your newly created profile.
You can switch between your current profile and the Quiet profile by pressing
and holding the # key.
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
Curve. Also, you can use any MP3 file 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.
2. In Media, select the Music category.
Doing so brings up various music classifications such as Artist, Album,
and Genres.
3. Highlight the music file you want to use for your ring tone.
4. Press the menu key and then select Set as Phone Tune.
This sets the music file as your new phone tune.
5. Press and hold the escape key to return to the Home screen.
Keeping Your BlackBerry Curve Safe
The folks at RIM take security seriously, and so should you. Always set
up a password on your BlackBerry Curve. If your BlackBerry Curve hasn’t
prompted you to set up a password, you should do so immediately. Here’s
how:
1. From the BlackBerry Curve Home screen, select the Options (wrench)
icon.
2. Select the Password option.
3. Highlight the Password field and then select Enabled.
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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 3-9.
If you have set a password before, the button will be called Change
Password.
Figure 3-9:
It’s time to
enter a new
password.
5. Type a password and then type it again for verification.
From this point on, whenever you lock your BlackBerry Curve and want
to use it again, you have to type the password. How do you lock your
BlackBerry Curve? Good question. Keep reading.
When you set your password on a BlackBerry Curve, 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 Curve with
Desktop Manager for synchronization. For more on Desktop Manager, read
Chapters 16, 17, and 18.
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
Curve when you aren’t using it. (You don’t want people at the office or at
the table next to you 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 Curve? Let us count the ways . . . we came up with two.
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You can go the Autolock after Timeout (also known as Security Timeout)
route by following these steps:
1. Press the menu key and then select the Options (wrench) 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 on 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 Curve, just press and hold the asterisk
(*) key.
No matter what route you take to lock your BlackBerry Curve, you use your
(newly created) password to unlock it when you get back from wherever
you’ve been.
Blocking That Spam
With your BlackBerry Curve, 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 Curve!
To set up your personal spam blocker, follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, select the Options (wrench) icon.
2. Select the Security option.
3. Select the Firewall option.
This opens the Firewall screen.
4. Highlight the Status field and select Enable.
This enables the spam blocker.
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5. Under Block Incoming Message, make sure what you want to block is
selected:
•SMS: Blocks SMS messages.
•PIN: Blocks BlackBerry PIN messages.
•BlackBerry Internet Service: Blocks e-mail messages (for example,
the e-mail account that you set up from Google or Yahoo! Mail).
•Enterprise Email: Blocks enterprise e-mail (if you’re in a corporate
e-mail network).
6. In the Except Messages From area, select the desired options:
•Contact: Blocks everything except the e-mails and phone numbers
in your Contacts.
•Specific Address: Blocks everything specified by you (you can set
up the list described in Steps 7 and 8).
7. Press the menu key and then select Configure Exception.
This opens the Firewall exception screen.
8. Press the menu key and then select the desired options:
•Add Email: Specify the e-mail you want to block by selecting this
check box.
•Add PIN: Specify the BlackBerry PIN you want to block by selecting
this check box.
•Add Phone Number: Specify the SMS number you want to block by
selecting this check box.
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F
In this part . . .
ind out how to use your BlackBerry Curve to its fullest to get — and remain — organized. Peruse the
chapters here to find out how to use Contacts, keep
appointments, set alarms, use the timer and Bedside
mode with the Clock application, and keep your passwords safe and easy to retrieve.
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In This Chapter
▶Exploring BlackBerry Contacts
▶Adding, viewing, editing, and deleting contacts
▶Finding a contact
▶Organizing contacts
▶Sharing BlackBerry contacts
▶Transferring contacts from cellphones
▶Synchronizing Facebook contacts
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ddress books were around long before the BlackBerry was conceived.
And BlackBerry Contacts serves the same function as any address
book: a place where you record and organize information about people.
However, Contacts also affords you a central place to reach your contacts in
myriad ways: by landline phone; cellphone; e-mail; or the speedy messaging
of PIN, SMS, MMS, or BlackBerry Messenger.
Most likely, in your busy lifestyle, you can benefit from using your BlackBerry
Contacts if any of the following fits:
✓You travel.
✓You meet clients frequently.
✓You spend a lot of time on the phone.
✓You ask people for their phone number or e-mail address more than
once.
✓You carry around a paper day planner.
✓Your wallet is full of important business cards, with phone numbers
written on the backs, that you can never find.
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If you’re one of those stubborn folks who insist they don’t need an address
book — “I’m doing just fine without one, thank you very much!” — think of it
this way: You’ve probably been using a virtual address book all the time, the
one buried in your cellphone. That address book probably isn’t even a very
good one! Read this chapter to see how to transfer all that good contact info
from an old phone into your new BlackBerry–based Contacts.
Accessing Contacts
The Contacts icon looks like an old-fashioned address book. (Remember
those?) You can see it highlighted in Figure 4-1. Opening Contacts couldn’t be
simpler: Select the Contacts icon from the Home screen.
Figure 4-1:
The
Contacts
icon.
You can also access Contacts from Phone, Messages, BlackBerry Messenger,
and Calendar. For example, say you’re in Calendar and you want to invite
people to one of your meetings. Look no further — Contacts is in the menu,
ready to lend a helping hand.
Another way to get to Contacts is by pressing A while on 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. We bet you feel
that way about your BlackBerry Curve. The first thing you’ll want to do is try
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to call or e-mail someone, right? But wait a sec. You don’t have any contact
information yet, which means you 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, such as in e-mail program, on
an old cellphone, or 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 Curve so that you can access your info more
efficiently. The good news for you is that getting contact info into your
BlackBerry Curve isn’t hard.
Often, the simplest way to get contact information into your BlackBerry Curve
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
may want to hot-sync that data into your Curve. For more on synchronizing
data, check Chapter 16.
Creating a contact
Imagine that you just ran into Jane Doe, an old high school friend whom 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 Curve with you.
With BlackBerry in hand, follow these steps to create a new contact:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Contacts application.
As we mention earlier, you also can access Contacts from different applications. For example, see Chapter 9 to find out how to access Contacts
from Messages.
2. In Contacts, highlight Add Contact and then press the trackball or
trackpad.
The New Contact screen appears, as shown in Figure 4-2.
3. Enter the contact information in the appropriate fields.
Use your BlackBerry Curve keyboard to enter this information. Scroll
down to see additional fields.
When entering an e-mail address, press the Space key to insert an at
symbol (@) or a period (.). BlackBerry is smart enough to figure out that
you need an @ or a period.
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Figure 4-2:
Create a
new contact
here.
We don’t think you can overdo it when entering a person’s contact information. Enter as much info as you possibly can. Maybe the benefit won’t
be obvious now, but when your memory fails you or your boss needs
a critical piece of info that you happen to have, you’ll thank us for this
advice.
4. (Optional) For those contacts who have more than one e-mail address —
say, work and home — just create another new, blank Email field for the
same contact.
a.Press the menu key.
b.Select Add Email Address.
You can have up to three e-mail addresses per contact.
5. Press the trackball or trackpad, and then select Save.
Your new contact is added to the list, as shown in Figure 4-3.
Figure 4-3:
The
Contacts
screen after
adding a
contact.
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Here’s something slick to know when you’re entering phone information for a
contact: BlackBerry Curve can also dial an extra number after the initial phone
number. That extra number can be someone’s extension, or a participant code
on a conference number, or simply your voice mail PIN. When you’re entering
the contact’s phone number, type the primary phone number, press the
Alt key and press X, and then add the extension number. Say you enter
11112345678X1111; when you tell your Curve to call that number, it will dial
11112345678 first. Then you’ll see a prompt asking you to continue or skip
dialing the extension.
The menu is always available through the menu key, but just for convenience,
we prefer to use the trackball or trackpad, which displays a shortened menu
list based on where you are.
Adding notes
The Notes field on the New Contact screen (you may 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 hold info 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.
Customizing with 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, so 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
isn’t that helpful as a descriptive title.) For example, you can rename User
fields to capture titles that follow a name (such as MD, PhD, and so on). Or
how about profession, birthdate, hobbies, school, or nickname? You decide
what information is important to you.
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.
The Change Field Name selection on the menu appears only if the cursor
is in a User field.
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3. Use the keyboard to enter the new User field name.
4. Press the trackball, trackpad, or enter key to save.
You’re all set.
Adding a picture for a contact
Like most phones, your BlackBerry Curve can display a picture of the caller.
Here’s how to add a photo for a contact:
1. Have access to a digital picture of the person.
See Chapter 13 for more about taking photos with your BlackBerry
Curve.
2. Get the photo to your BlackBerry Curve.
You can send it via e-mail, copy it to the microSD card, or copy it to the
built-in memory of Curve. If you don’t know how to use the microSD,
Chapter 16 is your gateway to media satisfaction.
3. From the Home screen, select the Contacts icon.
4. Highlight a contact.
5. Press the menu key and then select Add Picture (see Figure 4-4).
Figure 4-4:
Add a
picture
here.
6. Use the trackball or trackpad to navigate to the drive and folder that
contains the picture.
You can use multiple locations for storing media files, such as pictures.
Chapter 15 gives you the scoop.
7. Select the picture.
The picture you choose is displayed in full onscreen with a rectangle on it.
8. Slide the trackball or trackpad to position the rectangle on the face.
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Contacts uses a tiny image, just enough to show the face of a person.
The rectangle you see here indicates how the application crops the
image.
9. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select Crop and Save.
You’re all set. Just save this contact to keep your changes.
10. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Assigning a tone
Oh, no, your ringing Curve has woken you. Ring tones help you decide
whether to ignore the call or get up. We hope, you can easily switch to Sleep
mode if you decide to ignore the call.
If you have OS 4.6 (perhaps BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.6), follow these
steps to assign a ring tone to one of your contacts:
1. While editing a contact, press the trackball or trackpad and then
select Add Custom Ring Tone from the menu (refer to Figure 4-4).
2. Press the trackball or trackpad.
A screen similar to Figure 4-4 gives you an option to customize the
ring tone settings. From this screen, you can select a ring tone; set the
volume; and control whether to make the LED blink, the phone vibrate,
and the settings work while you’re on a call.
3. Select the ring tone you want.
4. Press the menu key and then select Save.
If you have OS 5.0 (possibly BlackBerry Handheld Software v5.0), follow these
steps to assign a ring tone to one of your contacts:
1. While editing a contact, scroll to the Ring Tones/Alerts section.
Under the Ring Tones/Alerts section, you should see Phone and
Messages. You can customize the ring tone when you receive a call and
when you have a new message, such as an e-mail or an SMS.
2. Select Phone and customize the ring tone on the screen that follows.
You see and can change the following options:
•Ring Tone: You select a ring tone from a list of tones here.
•Volume: Allows you to control the volume. The default is set to use
the Active Profile settings. Other values are 1 to 10; 10 is the loudest.
•Play Sound: Lets you control in what state to play the tone. Values
are Active Profile, In Holster, Out of Holster, and Always; the
default is set to Active Profile.
•LED: Allows you to use LED to indicate a call.
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•Vibration: Allows you to enable vibration as a way of notification.
Choices are Active Profile, Off, On, and Custom. The default is
Active Profile. Choosing Custom allows you to control how long
you want the vibration to last.
•Vibrate with Ring Tone: Allows you to choose between vibrating
and playing the tone. Choices are Active Profile, On, and Off. The
default value is Active Profile.
3. Press the escape key.
You’re back to the Edit Contact screen.
4. Select Messages.
You are presented with the Messages screen, allowing you to customize
the ring tone when you receive a message. You can do all the customizations listed in Step 2 plus the following:
•Notify Me During Calls: Allows you to toggle notification while you
are actively on a call. Your choices are Yes or No, and the default
is No.
5. Press the escape key.
6. Press the menu key and then select Save.
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 from 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.”)
Adding contacts from other
BlackBerry applications
When you get an e-mail message or a call, that person’s contact information
is in Messages or Phone. It’s just logical to add the information. You may
have noticed that Phone lists only outgoing numbers. That’s half of what you
need. You can access incoming phone calls in Messages:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Messages.
2. In Messages, press the menu key and then select View Folder.
3. Select Phone Call Logs.
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A phone log entry stays only as long as you have free space on your
BlackBerry Curve. When BlackBerry runs out of space (which could take
years, depending on how you use it), it deletes read e-mails and phone logs,
starting from the oldest.
You can view your device memory information by going to Options from the
Home screen and selecting Memory. The next screen shows you two types of
memory: application memory and media card. Pay close attention to application memory. This is where your applications are installed, including data
from out-of-the-box applications such as Contacts, Messages, and Calendar.
Your Curve has 128MB total application memory, and you should see how
much is free from this screen.
Creating a contact from an existing e-mail address or phone number in
Messages is easy:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Messages.
2. In Messages, select the e-mail address or the phone number.
3. Select Add to Contacts.
A New Contact screen appears, filled with that particular piece of information.
4. Enter the rest of the information you know.
5. Press the menu key and then select Save.
The best solution for capturing contact information from e-mail is an application called gwabbit. The app has the intelligence of detecting contact information and gives you a quick and easy way to add it to Contacts. You can
purchase gwabbit for $9.99 a year and download the app from their Web site
at www.gwabbit.com.
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 Contacts.
2. In Contacts, scroll to and highlight the contact name you want and
then press the trackball or trackpad.
Pressing the trackball, trackpad, or enter key while a name is highlighted
is the same as opening the menu and choosing View — just faster.
View mode displays only information that’s been filled in, as shown in
Figure 4-5. It doesn’t bother showing blank fields.
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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. To keep current the information you diligently put
in Contacts, you have to do some updating now and then. To update a contact, follow these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, scroll to and highlight a contact name, press the menu
key, and then select Edit.
The Edit Contact screen for that contact makes an appearance.
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 edit only a few words or letters in a field (instead of
replacing all the text), slide the trackball or trackpad 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 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.
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Deleting a contact
It’s time to get rid of somebody’s contact information in your Contacts.
Maybe it’s a case of duplication or a bit of bad blood. Either way, BlackBerry
Curve makes it easy to delete a contact.
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, scroll to and highlight a contact name you want to delete,
press the menu key, and then select Delete.
A confirmation screen appears, as shown in Figure 4-6.
Figure 4-6:
The confirmation
screen
when you’re
about to
delete a
contact.
3. Select Delete.
The contact you selected is deleted and disappears from your Contacts
list.
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.
Copying Contacts from
Desktop Applications
Most people use desktop applications to maintain their contacts — you
know, Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, or Novell GroupWise. And a word
to the wise: You don’t want to maintain two address books. That’s a recipe
for disaster. Luckily for you, RIM (Research In Motion) makes it easy to get
your various contacts — BlackBerry, desktop, laptop, whatever — in sync.
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Your BlackBerry Curve comes with a collection of programs called
BlackBerry Desktop Manager, one of which is Synchronize. You can use
Synchronize to
✓Sync between your device and the PC software for managing contacts
such as Outlook.
✓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.
Chapter 16 shows how to use Synchronize.
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 4-7.
Figure 4-7:
Your search
starts here.
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.
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Your search criterion is the name of the person. You could enter the last
name or first name or both, although the list is usually sorted by first
name and then last name. As you type the letters, the list shrinks based
on the matches. Figure 4-8 illustrates how this works.
Figure 4-8:
Enter more
letters to
shorten the
potential
contacts list
search.
2. Using the trackball or trackpad, scroll to and highlight the name from
the list of matches.
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 among these options,
as shown in Figure 4-9:
•Activity Log: Opens a screen listing e-mails, calls, and SMS messages you’ve made to the contact.
•View Work Map: Appears only if you have filled in the work
address information. This allows you to map the location using
Maps.
•Email: Starts a new e-mail message. See Chapter 8 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 a quick message to someone with a BlackBerry. See Chapter 9 for more details
about PIN-to-PIN messaging.
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•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 9 for more
details about SMS.
•SIM Phone Book: This menu option enables you to view contacts
saved on the SIM card. For more information on how to use this
option, see the “Transferring Contacts” section, later in this
chapter.
•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 9 for more details about MMS.
The MMS item appears in the menu only if you have filled in the
contact’s Mobile field.
•Send as Attachment: Starts a new e-mail message with the contact
as an attachment. See Chapter 8 for more information.
•Invite to Messenger Contact: This menu option, which is near the
top of the menu list (so you don’t see it in Figure 4-9), allows you
to add this contact to your contacts list in BlackBerry Messenger.
(Note that this option appears only if you have BlackBerry
Messenger installed.)
You can attach a contact, a security certificate or a file. Those three choices
are in the menu displayed after pressing the menu key.
The Add Custom Ring Tone you see in Figure 4-9 was described previously, in
the “Assigning a tone” section.
If you have a finger-fumble and press a letter key in error, press the escape
key once to return to the original list (the one showing all your contacts), or
press the trackball or trackpad once and then select View All.
Figure 4-9:
Action
options for
the selected
contact.
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You aren’t hallucinating: Sometimes Email <contact name> or Call
<contact name> appears on the menu, and sometimes it doesn’t. Contacts
knows when 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 may 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-toPIN message, but you won’t be able to send one.
Organizing Your Contacts
You’ve been diligent 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 and friends. In
fact, Contacts has grown so much that it holds hundreds of contacts, and it’s
taking more time to find someone.
Imagine that you just saw an old acquaintance, and you want to greet the
person by name. You know that if you saw the name, you’d recognize it. The
trouble is that your list has 300-plus names, which would take you a long
time to scroll through — so long, in fact, that this acquaintance would surely
come right up to you in the meantime, forcing you to hide the fact that you
can’t remember his name. (How embarrassing.) In this scenario, the triedand-true Find feature wouldn’t be much help. What you need is a smaller pool
of names to search.
This isn’t rocket science. You’ll 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. You should base the principle on whatever makes
sense to you and fits the group you set up. For example, you can place
all your customer contacts in a Clients group and family members in a
Family group.
✓Set up your contacts so that you can filter them. Use the Filter feature in
combination with BlackBerry’s Categories. (Using Categories, you can label
your contacts to make it easy to filter them.) The Filter feature can narrow
the Contacts list to such an extent that you only have to scroll down and
find your contact — no need to type search keywords, in other words.
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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, using a
group just arranges your contacts into subsets without affecting the contact
entries themselves. In Contacts, a group shows up in the contacts 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 onscreen.
Need some help visualizing how this works? Go ahead and create a group, following these steps:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, press the menu key and then select New Group.
A screen similar to that shown in Figure 4-10 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 4-10:
An empty
screen
ready for
creating a
group.
3. Type the name of the group in the New Group field.
You can name it anything. For this example, let’s name it Poker Buddies.
4. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select Add Member.
The main Contacts list shows up in all its glory, ready to be pilfered.
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5. Select the contact you want to add to your new group list, press the
trackball or trackpad, and then select Continue from the menu that
appears.
Everybody knows a Rob Kao, so select him. Doing so places Rob Kao in
your Poker Buddies group list, as shown in Figure 4-11.
You can’t add a contact to a group if that contact doesn’t have at least
an e-mail address or a phone number. (BlackBerry Curve is very strict
on this point.) If you need to skirt this roadblock, edit that contact’s
information and put in a fake (and clearly inactive) e-mail address, such
as [email protected]
Figure 4-11:
Your new
group
has one
member.
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to add more contacts to your list.
After you’re satisfied, save your group in the next step.
7. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select Save Group from the
menu that appears.
Your Poker Buddies group is duly saved, and you can now see Poker
Buddies in your main Contacts list.
Using the Filter feature on your contacts
Are you a left-brainer or a right-brainer? Yankees fan or Red Sox fan? Innie
or Outie? Dividing up the world into categories is something everyone does
(no divisions there), so it should come as no surprise that BlackBerry divides
your contacts into distinct categories as well.
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By default, two categories are set for you on the BlackBerry Curve:
✓Business
✓Personal
Why stop at two? BlackBerry makes it easy to create more categories. In this
section, 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.
Categorizing your contacts
Whether you’re creating a contact or editing one, 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 it’s done:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, 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 4-12. By default, you see
only the Business and the Personal categories.
Figure 4-12:
Default
categories.
4. Press the trackball, trackpad, or Space key to select the check box
next to Personal.
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5. Press the menu key and then select Save.
You are brought back to the Edit screen for this particular contact.
6. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select Save (again) from the
menu that appears.
Filtering your contacts
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 appears.
If you haven’t added any categories in the meantime, you see only the
default Business and Personal categories.
3. Select the Personal check box.
Your Contacts list shrinks to just the contacts assigned to the Personal
category, as shown in Figure 4-13.
Figure 4-13:
The
Contacts list
after a filter
is applied.
As you add contacts to a category, you can use Find. Enter the first few letters of
the name to further narrow the contact search. If you need a refresher on how
Find works, see the “Looking for Someone?” section, earlier in this chapter.
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Adding a category
Whoever thought the default categories (Business and Personal) were
enough for the complexities of the real world probably didn’t know many
people. BlackBerry makes it easy to add categories, so you can divide your
world as much as you like:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, press the menu key and then select Filter.
You get a view of the default categories (refer to Figure 4-12).
3. Press the menu key (again) and then select New.
A pop-up screen asks you to name the new category.
4. Type the name of the category in the Name field and then press Enter.
The category is automatically saved. The Filter screen lists all the categories, including the one you just created. Just press the escape key to
get back to the Contacts main screen.
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?
You’re in luck. Contacts Options navigates some out-of-the-ordinary situations. Figure 4-14 shows the Contacts Options screen. Despite its simplicity, it
provides you with four important options that change Contacts behavior:
✓Sort By: Changes how the list is sorted. You can use First Name, Last
Name, or Company. 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 one another, and with any luck, the guy’s name will jump
out at you.
✓Separators: Changes the dividers in the Contacts list. It’s purely an
­aesthetic change, but check it out — you may 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. If you disable this option, you get a warning when you try to
add a name that matches one already on your list. Maybe you’re just
tired and are mistakenly trying to add the same person twice to your
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list. Then again, sometimes people just have the same name. We recommend keeping the default value of Yes, allowing you to have contacts
with the same names.
✓Confirm Delete: Displays a confirmation screen for all contact deletions.
Always keep this feature turned on for normal usage. Because there are
many ways you could delete someone from your Contacts, this feature is
a good way of minimizing accidents.
How do you change any of these options? The fields behave like any other on
a BlackBerry application. Simply highlight the field and then press the trackball or trackpad to bring up a menu from which you can select the possible
Options values. For example, Figure 4-15 shows the possible Sort By fields.
Figure 4-14:
Choose your
sort type
here.
Figure 4-15:
The Sort
By field
options.
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Sharing a Contact
Suppose you want to share your contact information with a friend who also
has a BlackBerry. 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.
At the receiving end, the BlackBerry Curve (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 receive the information.)
Here’s how you go about sending a vCard:
1. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select the Messages application.
2. In Messages, press the menu key and then select Compose Email.
A screen where you can compose a new e-mail appears.
3. In the To field, start typing the name of the person to whom you want
to send this vCard.
4. When you see the name in the drop-down list, highlight it and then
press the trackball or trackpad.
You see an e-mail screen with the name you just selected as the To
recipient.
5. Type the subject and message.
6. Press the menu key and then select Attach Contact.
Contacts opens.
7. Highlight the name of the person whose contact information you want
to have attached and then press the trackball or trackpad.
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.
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8. Press the trackball or trackpad 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 get an e-mail with a contact attachment, here’s how you save it to your
Contacts:
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 or trackpad and then select View
Attachment from the menu that appears.
The vCard makes an appearance onscreen. Now save the contact in
Contacts.
4. Press the menu key and then select Add to Contacts.
The vCard is saved and is available in Contacts.
Transferring Contacts
Are you switching to BlackBerry Curve from an old AT&T or Cingular cellphone? You’ve probably accumulated contacts on that phone by painstakingly typing them. Good news! Maybe you don’t have to type them into
BlackBerry Curve!
The trick is to use the old phone’s SIM card (see Figure 4-16) as an external
storage device, such as a flash drive. The SIM card is an electronic chip that
can store information, including your phone numbers and contacts.
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Figure 4-16:
Transfer
contacts
with a SIM
card.
This should work on almost any GSM-compatible phone. The big U.S. GSM
­ arriers are AT&T (including old Cingular phones) and T-Mobile; in Canada,
c
Rogers. To find whether you have a GSM phone, look for the SIM card. Take
the battery out of your cellphone; behind the battery, you should see a SIM
card. If you don’t see a SIM card, you don’t have a GSM phone.
Copying contacts from a GSM phone
The process for copying contacts on a BlackBerry Curve is pretty straightforward, but the steps for retrieving them depend on your old phone.
For the purpose of showing you what’s what, we use a Nokia 6300 phone as
an example. You will probably need the manual for your old phone because
it’s likely that the exact steps aren’t the same.
To copy contacts from an old GSM cellphone to a BlackBerry Curve, follow
these steps:
1. Take out the SIM card out of your BlackBerry Curve, and put it in the
old cellphone.
Moving a SIM card is no big deal. The SIM card is usually behind the battery, so you have to remove the back cover of the device to get to it:
•On the Curve, there’s a lock at the bottom of the back of the
device. Just press this with your thumb to unlock the cover. You
can pull the cover out starting from where the lock is located. You
should be able to gently pry the BlackBerry Curve battery out with
your fingernail.
•Follow the instructions from the old cellphone’s manual to open it
and remove the old SIM card, and then insert the BlackBerry Curve
SIM card into the old cellphone. Put the battery back in the old
cellphone, and switch it on.
2. Use the old cellphone’s menu to copy the old contacts list to the
SIM card.
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The contacts list may be called something like Contacts or Names. You’ll probably need the old cellphone’s manual to work through the process. The sidebar “Copying the contacts list” shows how it works on a Nokia 6300.
If your old cellphone phone doesn’t recognize your BlackBerry SIM card,
perhaps the phone is locked. Phone providers can “lock” phones to their
network, making the phones unusable in other networks. If this is the
case, call your phone provider, and ask for instructions to unlock your
phone.
3. Put the SIM card back into your BlackBerry.
Reinserting the SIM card and battery resets your BlackBerry.
Don’t forget to put the old SIM card back into the old phone!
4. On the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
5. 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 4-17. You need to scroll down to see it.
Figure 4-17:
The
Contacts
menu,
showing the
SIM Phone
Book option.
6. Copy each contact you want on your new BlackBerry Curve.
To do so, highlight the contact, press the menu key and select Add to
Contacts. Repeat this step for each contact you want to copy. (It’s still a
lot better than actually typing each contact on your BlackBerry.)
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Copying the contacts list
The steps for copying the contacts list depend
on your old phone. You probably need the owner’s manual for your own phone, but here’s how
it works on a Nokia 6300:
1. Select Names by pressing the top of the
rightmost top button.
On this phone, Names is the equivalent
of Contacts. The phone displays a list of
contacts.
2. Select Options by pressing the leftmost top
button.
The Names menu appears, as shown in the
figure.
3. On the Names menu, select Mark All.
4. Select Options by pressing the leftmost top
button.
The Names menu appears.
5. Select Copy Marked.
A menu displays two options: From Phone
to SIM Card and From SIM Card to Phone.
6. Select From Phone to SIM Card.
7. Select All and then select Keep Original
from the next menu.
A confirmation screen appears.
8. Select OK to confirm the copy.
The Nokia 6300 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 onto the
SIM card, the screen displays the number
of contacts that were copied.
When the contacts are copied, you can
switch the SIM card back to the BlackBerry
Curve.
SIM cards have a limited capacity. If one or two old contacts don’t fit on your
SIM card, just type them into your BlackBerry Curve. But if you need to move
many more contacts, you can clear and refill the SIM card as many times as
needed to move all your old contacts:
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1. On your Curve, launch Contacts.
2. Press the menu key and then select SIM Phone Book.
On this screen, you should see the already-copied contacts in your SIM
card. Deleting the contact here deletes it only from the SIM card, not
from the Contacts application. There’s no facility to delete all at once —
only one at a time.
3. Press the Del key to delete a contact and then select Delete on the
confirmation screen.
This is the best time to disable the confirmation screen and speed up
the deletion. If you need a refresher on how to do it, check the “Setting
Preferences” section, earlier in this chapter.
4. Swap the BlackBerry SIM card back into the old cellphone.
5. Use the old cellphone’s menu to copy individual contacts that didn’t
fit when you copied “all” contacts.
Put the BlackBerry SIM card back in the BlackBerry Curve, and follow
Steps 4–6 of the preceding instructions to copy the extra contacts from
the SIM card to BlackBerry Contacts.
Copying a BlackBerry Curve contact
Someday, you may want to copy your carefully constructed BlackBerry
Contacts list to another cellphone. It’s possible, with a little help from two
BlackBerry experts.
This is one of the most difficult tricks unless someone shows you how.
So here’s how to copy each contact you want to move:
1. View the contact information.
Follow the steps in the “Viewing a contact” section, earlier in this
chapter.
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 4-18) shows up only
when you position the cursor in a Phone Number field.
3. On the Phone Book entry screen, press the trackball or trackpad, and
then select Save.
The screen immediately returns to the View contact screen. You can
repeat these steps to copy more contacts from the BlackBerry Curve.
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Figure 4-18:
Copy
BlackBerry
info to a
cellphone.
When all the contacts you want are on the BlackBerry SIM card, insert the
SIM card into the other phone, and follow its instructions to copy contacts
from the SIM card.
If your other phone doesn’t recognize your BlackBerry SIM card, perhaps the
phone is locked. Phone providers lock the phones to their network, making
the phones unusable in other networks, all the time. If this is the case, call
your phone provider, and ask for instructions on how to unlock your phone.
Searching for Someone Outside
Your Contacts
Does your employer provide your BlackBerry Curve? Do you use Outlook
or Lotus Notes on your desktop machine at work? If you answer yes to both
questions, this is for you.
BlackBerry Contacts allows you to search for people in your organization, basically using any of the following software, which contains employee databases:
✓Microsoft Exchange (for Outlook)
✓IBM Domino (for Lotus Notes)
✓Novell GroupWise
Exchange, Domino, and GroupWise serve the same purposes:
✓Facilitate e-mail delivery in a corporate environment
✓Enable access to a database of names:
•Global Address Lists (GALs) in Exchange
•Notes Address Books in Domino
•GroupWise Address Books in GroupWise
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To search for someone 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 may not enable the Lookup feature. Please check
with your IT department for more information.
3. Type the name you’re searching for and then press the trackball or
trackpad.
You could enter the beginning characters of a person’s last or first
name. You are searching your company’s database, not Contacts, so this
step may take some time.
For big organizations, we recommend being more precise when searching. 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 see the word Lookup and the criteria you put in. 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 number of matches.
The matches appear. A header at the top of this screen details the
matches displayed in 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 or trackpad and then choosing Get More
Results from the menu that appears.
You can add the listed name(s) to your 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 or trackpad to
call up the menu that contains these options.)
5. Select the person whose information you want to review.
The person’s contact information is displayed on a read-only screen
(you can read but not change it). You may see the person’s title; e-mail
address; work, mobile, and fax numbers; and 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.
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Synchronizing Facebook Contacts
Do you network like a social butterfly? You must be using one of the popular
social networking BlackBerry applications, such as MySpace or Facebook.
You must have tons of friends from these networking sites and want to copy
their contact information to your Curve. There are ways to achieve this, and
individual networking sites will have their own unique way. But if you’re in
Facebook, you’re lucky.
With the latest Facebook application (version 1.6 as of this writing), it’s much
easier to get Facebook contacts to your Curve. The Facebook app also allows
you to synchronize information between your Curve and your friend’s information in Facebook.
Adding a Facebook friend’s info to Contacts
Pulling down your friend’s information from Facebook is quite easy:
1. Select the Facebook icon from the Home screen.
The Facebook application is filed under the Downloads folder.
2. Press the menu key and then press F.
Your friends list shows up in the screen similar to the one on the left in
Figure 4-19.
Figure 4-19:
Select
Facebook
friends
to add to
Contacts
here.
3. In the Find field, start typing your friend’s name.
This narrows the list, as shown on the right in Figure 4-19.
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4. Highlight the friend you want to add to Contacts, press the menu key,
and select Connect to BlackBerry Contact.
A dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4-20, allowing you to choose
whether to connect this Facebook friend to an existing contact or add
the friend as a new contact to your Curve. In this case, you want to add.
If the same person exists in your Curve and in Facebook, you can simply
link the contact here. Also, see the next section to get an automatic
update on your BlackBerry whenever your friend changes his or her profile in Facebook.
Figure 4-20:
Connect a
Facebook
friend to
an existing
contact or
add a new
contact
here.
The term connect in the Facebook application means telling the app
which contact is associated with a Facebook friend. After the app
records this linkage, it knows which contact to update when information
in Facebook changes.
5. Select New Contact.
A progress screen appears momentarily, telling you that it’s getting the
contact information from Facebook. When it’s finished, a new contact is
added to your Curve with the contact info shown on the screen.
6. Press the escape key.
The Facebook app displays a prompt, asking you whether to ask for a
phone number. This is a default behavior even if the phone number is
already in your BlackBerry.
7. Select either Yes or No in the prompt to request for phone number.
You’re back to the previous Facebook screen, and an Address Book icon
has been added to the right of your friend’s name, indicating that this
friend is now connected, or linked, to a BlackBerry contact, as shown in
Figure 4-21.
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Automatic syncing between Facebook
profiles and Contacts
When running the Facebook application for the first time, you’re asked to
enable synchronization. Here are Facebook and BlackBerry connections you
can choose among:
Figure 4-21:
The Address
Book icon
shows
that your
Facebook
friend is
connected
to a
BlackBerry
contact.
✓BlackBerry Message application: When enabled, you’ll see new
Facebook notifications in your Messages application.
✓BlackBerry Calendar application: When enabled, a calendar item is
automatically created in your Curve whenever you have a new Facebook
event.
✓BlackBerry Contacts application: When enabled, your Curve contacts
are periodically updated with the latest Facebook information, including
the profile pictures. For this to happen, your Curve contacts also will be
sent to Facebook.
If you opted out of these options the first time you ran Facebook, you can still
enable them from the Facebook Options screen. The following steps enable
Contacts synchronization:
1. Select the Facebook icon from the Home screen.
The Facebook application is filed under the Downloads folder.
2. Press the menu key and then select Options.
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The Options screen appears. A lot of information and text are on this
screen, and you have to scroll down to see all the options. Feel free to
check other options, but for synchronizing contacts, refer to the first two
pages of the screen, which should look like the one shown in Figure 4-22.
3. Add a check mark to the BlackBerry Contacts application.
There’s explanatory text right below this check box. If you scroll down,
you should see another check box, which allows you to synchronize
Facebook profile photos with Contacts photos.
4. Add a check mark to the option titled Update Existing Photos in
Your BlackBerry Contacts List with Facebook Friend Profile Photos
(Figure 4-22, right).
5. Press the escape key, and select Yes on the Save Changes prompt.
Your Contacts will now be periodically updated with Facebook friends.
Figure 4-22:
Enable
Facebook
friends
synchronization with
Facebook
Options.
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Chapter 5
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In This Chapter
▶Seeing your schedule from different time frames
▶Making your Calendar your own
▶Scheduling a meeting
▶Viewing 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 aren’t 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, whether 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 Day view, the default setting, as shown in Figure 5-1. However, you can change the Calendar view to a
different one that works better for your needs:
✓Day 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 view: Shows you a seven-day summary of your appointments. In
this view, you can see how busy you are in a particular week.
✓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 view: A bit different from the other views. It isn’t a time-based
view like the others; it basically lists your upcoming appointments. In
the list, you can see details of the appointments, such as where and
when.
Figure 5-1:
Day view in
Calendar.
Different views (such as 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 switch
between views for a full grasp of your schedule.
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Figure 5-2:
Change your
Calendar
view to fit
your life.
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 — Day
view.
2. Press the menu key and then select the view of your choice from the
menu that appears (shown in Figure 5-3).
As we mention earlier, depending on your current calendar view, you
can switch among Day, Week, Month, and Agenda views.
Figure 5-3:
Choose your
Calendar
view here.
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Moving between Time Frames
Depending on what view of Calendar you’re in, you can easily move to the
preceding or next day, week, month, or year. For example, if you’re in Month
view, you can move forward to the next month. Likewise, you can also move
back to the preceding 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.)
Figure 5-4:
Move
among
months or
years in
Month view.
You have similar flexibility when it comes to the other Calendar views. See
Table 5-1 for a summary of what’s available.
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, select the desired
day, month, and year, as shown in Figure 5-5.
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Figure 5-5:
Go to any
date you
want.
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 Agenda view. If No, Agenda view doesn’t show
the date of days on which you don’t have an appointment.
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Table 5-2 (continued)
Option
Description
Show End Time in
Agenda View
If Yes, this field shows the end time of each appointment
in Agenda view. If No, Agenda view shows only the start
time of each appointment.
Actions
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
Available only in Day view. Allows you to make a new
appointment by typing characters. This way, you don’t
need to press the trackball or trackpad and select New.
Note: If you enable this, Day view shortcuts described in
this book’s online Cheat Sheet don’t apply.
Keep Appointments
This is the number of days your BlackBerry Curve will
save your calendar item. We recommend that you keep
it on Never.
Show Tasks
A scheduled task will be shown on your calendar just
like a Calendar event. (A scheduled task is a task with a
due date.)
Show Alarms
You can see alarms in your calendar if you set this
option to Yes.
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.
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.
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Managing multiple calendars
Like your e-mail accounts, you may have multiple calendars. For example, say you have a
calendar from your day job and a calendar from
your personal life or softball club. Whatever the
reason, your BlackBerry Curve has a great way
for you to manage multiple calendars.
From Calendar Options, you see a screen similar to the following figure. The colored squares
represent different calendars to give you a
better view of which event belongs to which
calendar. For example, you can assign red to
your day job calendar and green to your softball
club calendar. When two events conflict (share
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. (You can choose
among six colors.)
If you have more than one e-mail address
“hooked” into your BlackBerry, you will see
them here.
5. Press the menu key and tap the Save
button.
In addition to setting a standard one-time, limited-duration meeting, you can
set all-day appointments, recurring meetings, and 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.
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. See Figure 5-6.
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4. Press the menu key and then select Save.
This saves your newly created appointment.
Figure 5-6:
Set an
appointment
here.
Your new appointment is now in Calendar and viewable from any Calendar
view.
You can have more than one appointment in the same time slot. Your
BlackBerry Calendar allows conflicts in your schedule because it lets you
make the hard decision about which appointment to forgo.
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 or
trackpad. When this check box is selected, you can’t 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).
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Figure 5-7:
Set an
all-day
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.
The native Profile application is simply another useful BlackBerry application
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. However, 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.
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.
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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.
Figure 5-9:
An appointment
recurring
every nine
days.
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.)
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
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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 this example remain the same except that
Relative Date isn’t 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 set up reminders for your appointment and the little Reminder
dialog box appears onscreen 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).
✓In Calendar, go to the exact time of your appointment and view it there.
While looking at an appointment, you can make changes (a new appointment
time and new appointment location) and then save them.
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.
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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.
5. Select your contact via Contacts:
•If your contact is in Contacts: Highlight the contact you want and
then press the trackball or trackpad.
•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 then press the enter key to finish and return to
Calendar.
After returning from Contacts, you see the attendees in your Calendar
meeting notice.
6. Press the menu key and then select Save.
An e-mail is sent 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; after
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 9.
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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.
Setting your meeting dial-in number
You may have colleagues and friends all over the country or even on another
continent. Group phone meetings may require a
✓Dial-in number
✓Moderator code (if you are the moderator)
✓Participation code
To set your phone conference dial-in details, follow these steps:
1. Open Calendar.
2. Press the menu key and then select Options menu item.
3. Select Conference Call Options.
A screen similar to Figure 5-10 appears.
4. Enter the appropriate numbers.
5. Press the menu key and select Save.
Your conference call number is saved.
Figure 5-10:
Setting up
conference
call dial-in
details.
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The next time you create a new appointment, if you tap the Conference
Call check box in the Appointment Screen, you see the conference
number, as shown in Figure 5-11.
Figure 5-11:
Conference
call
information
displayed
in the
Appointment
screen.
Chapter 6
Setting Alarms and Keeping
Your Passwords
In This Chapter
▶Getting to know the Clock application
▶Modifying your clock
▶Setting alarms
▶Setting Bedside mode
▶Using the BlackBerry stopwatch
▶Setting the BlackBerry timer
▶Making your life easier with Password Keeper
I
n this chapter, we introduce you to the Clock application, which not only
tells you the time, but also allows you to set alarms and a timer. In addition, you can use the application as a stopwatch. And in keeping with one of
the key themes of this book — making your life easier — the Clock app has
a feature called Bedside mode that turns your Curve into a quiet bedside
companion.
To add to the theme of making your life a little easier, we make sure that you
get the scoop on keeping your passwords in a single location safely by using
the Password Keeper application.
Accessing Clock
Clock can be found right on the Home screen, as you can see on the left side
of Figure 6-1. Just look for the icon of an alarm clock. Once you find the Clock
icon, simply select it, and you should see a screen similar to the one on the
right side of Figure 6-1.
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Figure 6-1:
Launch
Clock (left)
and view
your clock
(right).
If you’ve changed themes, different icons might be displayed (refer to Chapter
3 for more on themes). Just remember that the Clock application is always
located on the Home screen.
Customizing Your Clock
If the default analog clock doesn’t fit your taste, you can change it.
Customizing your clock is easy and doesn’t take much time.
You customize the clock in the Options screen. Follow these steps:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
The Clock application opens.
2. Press the menu key and then select Options.
The Clock Options screen appears, as shown on the left side of Figure 6-2,
ready and willing to be customized.
Figure 6-2:
Customize
your clock
here.
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3. Move to each field and choose the option you want.
Each of these fields is described shortly.
4. Press the escape key and then select Save from the prompt.
The Clock Options screen is divided into five sections, as follows:
✓Clock section: This is where you choose the type of clock, time zone,
and time.
•Clock Face: Allows you to set the type of clock. The options are
Analog (the default; refer to the right side of Figure 6-1), Digital,
Flip Clock, and LCD Digital. Digital looks like the clock shown on
left side of Figure 6-3, and Flip Clock is shown on the right side of
Figure 6-3.
•Home Time Zone: Select your time zone from the list.
•When Charging: Allows you to control the behavior of the clock
when you connect your Curve to the charger. Possible choices are
Do Nothing, Display Clock (the default), and Enter Bedside Mode.
•Set Time: Click this button, and you see a Date/Time screen that
displays the current time in edit mode, allowing you to change the
time. You can also change the time zone, as well decide whether to
synchronize your BlackBerry time to the network carriers’ time.
✓Alarm section: Navigate here if you want to customize the behavior of
the alarm:
•Alert Type: Choose the type of notification. The options are Tone
(the default), Vibrate, and Tone + Vibrate.
•Alarm Tune: Choose from a list of ring tones you want to play.
This setting applies only if you have Tone or Tone + Vibrate
selected for the Alert Type. The default tone is Alarm_Antelope.
Figure 6-3:
Digital
(left) and
Flip (right)
clocks.
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•Volume: You can set the volume of the tone to Low, Medium (the
default), High, or Escalating. Escalating means that the tone starts
from Low and gradually goes to High.
•Snooze Time: Just like with your ordinary alarm clock, you have
the option to hit the snooze. You can choose 30, 15, 10, or 5 (the
default) minutes, 1 minute, or None.
•Number of Vibrations: The default is 1, which is a quick vibration
of your Curve as your alarm. Choices are to repeat the vibration
either 2 or 3 times.
✓Bedside Mode section: This section allows you to set the behavior of
your Curve when it is in Bedside mode:
•Disable LED: Allows you to disable LED notifications during
Bedside mode. Choices are Yes (the default) and No.
•Disable Radio: Allows you to disable the radio during Bedside
mode. Choices are Yes and No (the default).
Disabling the radio means that all communication-related applications — such as e-mail, SMS, BlackBerry Messenger, instant messaging clients, and Phone — cannot receive incoming signals.
•Dim Screen: Choose the Yes (the default) or No option to control
the dimming of the screen when in Bedside mode.
✓Stopwatch section: A section to change the face of the stopwatch:
•Stopwatch Face: Choose between an Analog (the default) and a
Digital stopwatch.
✓Countdown Timer section: Navigate here if you want to customize the
behavior of the timer:
•Timer Face: Your choices are Analog (the default) and Digital.
•Timer Tune: Choose from a list of ring tones you want to play
when the timer reaches the time you set.
•Volume: You can either select Mute or set the volume of the tone
to Low, Medium (the default), High, or Escalating. Escalating
means that the tone starts Low and gradually goes to High.
•Vibrate: Choose Yes if you want the Curve to vibrate when the
timer reaches the time set; otherwise, choose No (the default).
Setting a Wake-Up Alarm
The Clock application is also your bedside alarm clock. You can set it to wake
you up once or on a regular basis.
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Here’s how you tell your wake-up buddy to do the work for you:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
The Clock appears.
2. Press the menu key and then select Set Alarm.
A time field appears on the bottom of the screen, as shown in Figure 6-4.
The time defaults to the previous set alarm time or, if you haven’t used
the alarm before, the current time. If the default time isn’t your intended
alarm time, proceed to Step 3 to change the time.
Figure 6-4:
Set your
alarm time
here.
3. Scroll sideways to select the specific portion of the time that you want
to change, and enter the values.
Any highlighted portion of the time is editable. You can change the
hours; minutes; AM/PM; and whether the alarm is ON, OFF, or only
WEEKDAYS. Setting a value doesn’t create an entry in Calendar or Tasks.
You can either enter the value or scroll up or down to choose among
possible values.
4. Press the trackball or trackpad to accept all your changes.
Setting and Exiting Bedside Mode
You can use a setting in the Clock application called Bedside mode to minimize disturbances by your Curve. With Bedside mode, you can dim the
screen, disable the LED, and even turn off the radio, all of which pretty much
make your Curve behave like a brick. Bear in mind that when you turn off the
radio, you won’t get incoming phone calls or any type of messaging. If you
want a refresher on how to set these options, see “Customizing Your Clock,”
previously in this chapter.
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To set your BlackBerry Curve in Bedside mode:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
2. Press the menu key and then select Enter Bedside Mode (see Figure 6-5,
left).
That’s it. Your Curve should now behave like a good bedside companion.
Figure 6-5:
Enter and
exit Bedside
mode here.
Buy a charging pod from shop.blackberry.com or shop.crackberry.
com. Then you can put your Curve on a bedside table in an upright position
while the charging pod is adding juice to your device. Make sure that the
Clock setting (not just the Curve) is in Bedside mode when charging. (To do
so, select Clock from the Home screen. Press the menu key and then select
Options. Under the Clock section, change When Charging to Enter Bedside
Mode.)
To exit from Bedside mode:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
2. Press the menu key and then select Exit Bedside Mode, as shown on
the right side of Figure 6-5.
Using Stopwatch
In case you ever need a stopwatch, you need look no further than your
BlackBerry Curve. Here’s how to run the stopwatch:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
2. Press the menu key and then select Stopwatch.
You see a screen similar to Figure 6-6. There are two buttons on this
screen:
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•Stopwatch button: Select this button to start and stop the
stopwatch.
•Lap button: The image on this button looks like a circular arrow.
This button is useful when someone is doing multiple laps in a
swimming pool or on a track field and you want to record how long
each lap takes. Select this to record the completion of a single lap;
the lap and the lap time will be listed on the screen. Lap is labeled
as Lap 1 for the first lap, Lap 2 for the second lap, and so on.
Figure 6-6:
Start (left)
and stop
(right) your
stopwatch.
3. To start the stopwatch, select the Stopwatch button.
4. To stop the stopwatch, select the Stopwatch button again.
Using Timer
Have you overcooked something? Not if you have a good timer to warn you:
1. Select Clock from the Home screen.
2. Press the menu key and then select Timer.
A screen similar to the left side of Figure 6-7 appears. The left button
with the stopwatch image is the start and pause button. You can use
the right one with the circular arrow image to stop and reset the timer.
The default time for your timer is based on what you set earlier. If you
haven’t set a time, proceed to the next step.
3. Press the menu key and then select Set Timer.
A screen similar to the right side of Figure 6-7 appears.
4. Enter the time.
You can enter the time based on hours, minutes, and seconds by using the
numeric keys. Enter the time from left to right. For example, if you want to set
the timer for 5 minutes and 20 seconds, just press 5, 2, and 0 in succession.
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Figure 6-7:
Start and
set the time
of the timer.
5. Select Start.
Your timer starts ticking. Once it reaches the time, it will notify you.
You can customize the type of timer notification to a tone, a vibration, or both.
To do so, select Clock from the Home screen. Press the menu key and then
select Options. Under the Countdown Timer section, make your selections.
Using Password Keeper
Suppose that 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 account password.
It’s your third login attempt, and if you fail this time, your account will be
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, BlackBerry
Curve gives you an application to avoid this headache.
Password Keeper is the simple yet practical BlackBerry Curve application that makes your life that much easier. Password Keeper is filed in
Applications (as shown in Figure 6-8).
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 of your safe. There is no way to retrieve a forgotten Password
Keeper password. You are prompted to enter this master password every
time you access the application.
Trust us — one password is much easier to remember than many passwords.
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Figure 6-8:
Password
Keeper
in the
Applications
folder.
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’ll need to collect the pertinent info for all your various
password-protected accounts so that you can store them in the 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 Favorite Shopping Site, 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.
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, in the unlikely case that someone gains
access to your password to Password Keeper, the intruder will have a hard
time figuring out where exactly to use your credentials.
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Figure 6-9:
Set your
password
here.
Generating random passwords
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 or trackpad,
and then select Random Password from the menu that appears, as shown in
Figure 6-10. Voilà! A new password is automatically generated for you.
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 Curve’s
electronic brain do your password remembering for you. So imagine this
scenario: You can no longer live without owning a 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 Curve, open Password Keeper, and do a find.
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 or trackpad, and the screen for your account appears, conveniently
listing the password. All you have to do now is enter the password in 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.”
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Yes, you can copy and paste your password from Password Keeper to another
application — BlackBerry Browser, for instance. Just highlight the password
name, press the trackball or trackpad, and select Copy to Clipboard from the
menu that appears. Then navigate to where you want to enter the password,
press the trackball or trackpad, and select Paste from the menu. Keep in mind
that for the copy-and-paste function to work for passwords from Password
Keeper, you need to enable the Allow Clipboard Copy option in Password
Keeper options (see the upcoming Table 6-1). You can copy and paste only
one password at a time.
After you paste your password in another application, clear the Clipboard by
pressing the trackball or trackpad and choosing Clear Clipboard. The
Clipboard keeps your last copied password until you clear it.
Figure 6-10:
Generate
a random
password.
Password Keeper options
Password Keeper’s Options menu, 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 the options in Password Keeper.
Changing your password to
Password Keeper
If you want to change your master password to Password Keeper — the password for opening Password Keeper itself — 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. In Password Keeper, press the menu key and then select Change
Password.
Doing so calls up the Password Keeper screen that allows you to enter
your new password, as shown in Figure 6-11.
4. Enter a new password, confirm it by entering it again, and then use
your trackball or trackpad to click OK.
Table 6-1
Figure 6-11:
Change your
Password
Keeper
password
here.
Password Keeper Options
Option Name
Description
Random Password Length
Select a number 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 1 to 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 is displayed; otherwise,
asterisks take the place of the password
characters.
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In This Chapter
▶Accessing the BlackBerry Phone application
▶Making calls and receiving them
▶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 from 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 the BlackBerry Phone application 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
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Screen option is enabled in Phone Options. If you’re a frequent phone user,
we recommend that you enable this option.
To enable dialing from the Home screen, follow these steps:
1. From your BlackBerry Curve, 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 or
trackpad, and then select Yes from the drop-down list.
This enables you to make a phone call by pressing the numeric keys
from 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 the phone numbers of all your friends
and colleagues, 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 7-1.
3. Select Call from Contacts.
Contacts opens. From here, you can search as usual for the contact
you’d like to call.
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4. From Contacts, highlight your call recipient and then select Call.
This makes the call. Note that if your contact has more than one
number, the BlackBerry Curve is smart enough to list all available numbers (through a pop-up dialog box).
Figure 7-1:
The Phone
menu.
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 onscreen 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. However,
you don’t have time to see who is calling you (on your Caller ID). Note: To
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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 (see Figure 7-2). This way, you can see on your Caller ID who is calling
you before you decide to pick up or ignore the call.
However, if you want to turn on autoanswer, you can do this in Phone Options:
1. Open the Phone application.
2. Press the menu key.
The Phone menu appears (refer to Figure 7-1).
3. Select Options.
The Phone Options screen appears, listing the categories of options.
4. Select General Options.
This opens the General Options screen.
5. In the Auto Answer Calls field, select Out of Holster.
6. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Figure 7-2:
An incoming call on a
BlackBerry
Curve.
Handling missed calls
So you missed a 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. That 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?
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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.
2. Press the menu key.
The Phone menu appears (refer to Figure 7-1).
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. Highlight the Missed Calls option, and press the trackball or trackpad.
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 then select Save.
Phone Options while on a Call
When you’re on the phone, situations might arise in which you’d want to
mute your conversation, place a call on hold, or change the call volume. No
problem. BlackBerry Curve makes such adjustments easy.
Muting your call
You may 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.
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Follow these steps to unmute your call:
1. While a call is on mute, press the menu key.
The Phone menu makes another appearance.
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 each other. To put a conversation on hold, follow these steps:
1. While in a conversation, press the menu key.
The Phone menu appears yet again.
2. Select Hold.
Your call is now on hold.
Follow these steps to unhold your call:
1. While a call is on hold, press the menu key.
A new menu appears.
2. Select Resume.
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 Your BlackBerry Phone
Would you like to change some things about how the BlackBerry phone
works? In the following sections, we go through some settings that can make
you the master of your BlackBerry phone.
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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,
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 Options.
A list of phone options appears.
3. Select Voice Mail.
This opens the voice mail configuration screen.
4. Scroll to the Access Number field, and enter your voice mail access
number.
If this field is empty, and you don’t know the voice mail access number,
contact your service provider.
5. Press the menu key and then select Save.
Using call forwarding
On the BlackBerry Curve, you have two types of call forwarding:
✓Forward all calls: Any calls to your BlackBerry Curve 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.
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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:
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 it’s 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, most 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 or trackpad.
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.
You are returned to the Call Forwarding screen.
7. Select the If Unreachable field.
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.
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.
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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.
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 7-3. If you
haven’t set up any speed dials, this list will be empty.
Note that the A and Q keys have already been assigned. The A key locks
the screen, and the Q key changes profile settings to vibrate.
Figure 7-3:
The speed
dial list on a
BlackBerry
Curve.
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.
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3. Scroll to an empty speed dial slot, press the menu key, and then select
New Speed Dial.
BlackBerry Contacts appears so that you can select a contact’s phone
number. Note that the phone number you are assigning is associated
with the letters on the left side of the screen.
4. From the contacts list, select a contact.
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.
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 7-4, prompting you to place another call.
Figure 7-4:
A meeting
participant
is on hold.
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3. Place a call to the second participant by dialing a number, pressing
the menu key, 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 menu key from the New Call screen and then 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).
4. While the second participant is on the phone with you, press the
menu key and then select Join Conference, as shown in Figure 7-5.
This reconnects the first participant with you. Now you can talk to both
participants at the same time.
Figure 7-5:
Join two
other people
in a conference call.
Another name for having two people on the phone with you is three-way calling, which isn’t 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.
Talking privately to a
conference participant
During a conference call, you may want to talk to one participant privately.
This is called splitting your conference call. Here’s how you do it:
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1. While on a conference call, press the menu key and then select Split
Call.
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, as shown in Figure 7-6.
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.
Figure 7-6:
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 else.
Alternating 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.
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Dropping that meeting-hugger
If you’ve been on conference calls, you can identify those chatty “meetinghuggers” 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 initiated 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.
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
More and more places prohibit the use of mobile phones without a handsfree headset. Here are the hands-free options for 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 that we
devote an entire upcoming section to it.)
To switch to the speaker phone while you’re on a phone call, press the menu
key and then select Activate Speaker Phone. You can also use the Speaker
key (the same as the $ key) to turn on the 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 way you would adjust the call volume
without the headset.
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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.
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. From the menu, select Enable Bluetooth.
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 7-7. 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.
Figure 7-7:
Searching
for a
headset.
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6. Enter the passkey, and press the trackball or trackpad.
Normally, the passkey code is 0000, but refer to your headset documentation. After you successfully enter the passkey code, you see your
headset listed in the Bluetooth setting.
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 7-8, you can start using your
Bluetooth headset.
Figure 7-8:
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 Curve 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 requesting. You can even compose an e-mail and receive
e-mails while on a call!
When multitasking, you really need to be 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:
You can turn on the speaker phone by pressing the Speaker key (the same as
the $ key).
1. While in a conversation, from the Phone application, press the menu
key and then select the Home screen.
(Alternatively, you can simply press the escape key while in the Phone
application to return to the Home screen.) This returns you to the Home
screen without terminating your phone conversation.
2. From the Home screen, you can start multitasking.
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 7-9.
When the call ends, the notes are automatically saved for you.
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Figure 7-9:
Take notes
while on a
phone call.
Accessing phone notes
From the call history list (see Figure 7-10), you can access notes that you’ve
made during a call or a conference call. In addition, you can edit notes and
add new notes.
Figure 7-10:
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 7-10), 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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Part III
Getting Online
with Your Curve
H
In this part . . .
ere’s the good stuff: using your BlackBerry for e-mail
(Chapter 8), text messaging (Chapter 9), messaging
using the BlackBerry Messenger (Chapter 10) and going
online and Web surfing (Chapter 11).
Chapter 8
You’ve Got (Lots of) E-Mail
In This Chapter
▶Linking your e-mail accounts to your BlackBerry Curve
▶Adding your own e-mail signature
▶Reconciling e-mails on your Curve and PC
▶Receiving, sending, and spell-checking e-mails
▶Deleting and filtering your e-mails
▶Searching your e-mail
▶Saving messages
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our BlackBerry Curve brings a fresh new face to the convenience and
ease of use that you associate with e-mail. You can “hook” as many as
ten e-mail accounts (from your work e-mail to personal e-mail from providers
such as Yahoo! and AOL) to your Curve. You can set up an e-mail signature,
configure e-mail filters, and search for e-mails.
In this chapter, you find answers on how to use and manage the e-mail capabilities of your Curve to their full potential. From setup to sorts, it’s all 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 Curve to receive mail from at least one
of your 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
Curve to use that same e-mail address. Instead of checking your Gmail from
your desktop, for example, you can now get it on your Curve.
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Most network service providers allow you to connect as many as ten e-mail
accounts to your Curve. 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!
In an enterprise environment — depending on your company policy — you
might not be able to access the BlackBerry Internet Service site to link your
personal e-mail accounts to your Curve. If you work for a Fortune 500 company, most likely you can’t access BlackBerry Internet Service. 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. (See the upcoming section “Enabling Wireless Reconciliation.”)
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 Curve, 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 do the following:
✓Manage multiple e-mail accounts: As we mention earlier, you can combine as many as ten of your e-mail accounts onto your Curve. See the
next section for details.
✓Use wireless e-mail reconciliation: No more trying to match your Curve
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 on your Curve so that you get
only those messages that you truly care about. 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 Curve (because it’s directly connected to
your Curve).
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Combining your e-mail accounts into one
To start aggregating, or combining, e-mail accounts (such as Gmail) onto
your Curve, you must first run a setup program from the BlackBerry Internet
Service client. You can access the Service client from your Curve or from
your desktop computer.
To access the BlackBerry Internet 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.
After you’ve logged on to the BlackBerry Internet Service client, you should
see a screen similar to Figure 8-1. If your network provider has activated your
account, you should see one e-mail address — the default address of your
account.
You will see a set of options on the left navigation bar. The Email 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.
Figure 8-1:
Set up
an e-mail
account
here.
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As we mention previously, your Curve already has a default e-mail address
that 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 “Configuring Your E-Mail Signature” section.
Adding an e-mail account
To add an e-mail account to your BlackBerry account, follow these steps
from your desktop PC:
1. From the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer to Figure 8-1), click
the Set Up Account button.
2. On the e-mail account screen, enter the e-mail address and logon credentials for that e-mail address:
•E-mail address: The address from which you want to receive e-mail
(for example, [email protected])
•Account logon: The one you use to log on to this e-mail account
•Password: The one you use with the logon
3. Click Next.
You’re finished. It’s that easy!
You can also manage your accounts from your Curve. From the Home screen,
press the menu key and select Set Up Internet E-Mail. The rest is pretty much
the same on the Curve as it is on a PC.
With your BlackBerry Curve, you can create and set up the BlackBerry
Internet Service account as you would on your PC. Although you could do
this even before OS 5.0, the new interface has made setting up a BlackBerry
Internet Service account much easier.
To add an e-mail account to your BlackBerry account from your BlackBerry,
follow these steps:
1. From your BlackBerry Home screen, select Setup Folder.
2. Select the Person E-mail Setup icon.
You are prompted with a login screen similar to Figure 8-2. If you haven’t
created your account, you see a Create button to create your BlackBerry
Internet Service account username and a password for you to log in.
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Figure 8-2:
BlackBerry
Internet
Service
setup on
BlackBerry
OS 5.0.
3. After you log in, click Add.
A screen with different e-mail domains (such as Yahoo! and Google)
appears, as shown in Figure 8-3.
Figure 8-3:
Select
an e-mail
domain.
4. Select an e-mail domain.
5. Enter the e-mail address and password, and then select Next.
You see a setup confirmation screen.
If you have OS 4.6, follow these steps to add e-mail accounts to your
BlackBerry:
1. From your BlackBerry Home screen, select Setup Folder.
2. Select the Person E-mail Setup icon.
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You are prompted with a login screen. If you haven’t created your
account, you see a Create New Account link to create your BlackBerry
Internet Service account username and a password for you to log in.
3. After you log in, click the Add My Existing E-mail Account link.
A screen with a different text field appears. This is where you can enter
an e-mail address and the password associated with that e-mail account.
4. Enter the e-mail address and password, and click Next.
You see a setup confirmation screen.
Setting up e-mail in an
enterprise environment
This section is for you if your Curve can’t receive and send e-mail yet — such
as when you first get your Curve or you swap an old model for a new one.
If your e-mail function works properly on your Curve, you can skip this section.
Follow these steps to activate your BlackBerry Curve for enterprise use:
1. From the Home screen, press the menu key and then 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]
Company.com
•Your password: From your IT department
2. Type your corporate e-mail account along with the appropriate
password.
If you don’t know this information, contact your corporate system
administrator.
3. Press the menu key and then select Activate.
Your Curve 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.
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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
Curve, this section is for you.
Typically, to get enterprise e-mail, your Curve would have to be configured
with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Expect this if your employer hands
you a Curve. However, if you work for a company as a contractor, you probably won’t be getting a BlackBerry from that company. When you want to get
enterprise e-mail so that you don’t fall behind, you need Desktop Redirector
so that you can get company e-mail on your personal BlackBerry.
To start using Desktop Redirector, you first need to install BlackBerry
Desktop Manager; see Chapter 16 for details about how to do this. After you
install Desktop Manager with Redirector, make sure that Redirector starts
every time you boot 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 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
Curve. Unfortunately, that is the limitation for Desktop Redirector.
✓When someone sends you a meeting notice, you can’t accept or reject it.
Configuring Your 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. 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 à la mode with your BlackBerry. But sooner or later, you
may not want people to know that you are out and about while answering
e-mail. Or you may want something more personal.
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Follow these steps to configure your e-mail signature by using the BlackBerry
Internet Service client:
1. Log on to the client on your PC.
2. In the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer to Figure 8-1), click the
Edit icon for the desired e-mail account.
The edit screen appears, as shown in Figure 8-4.
Figure 8-4:
The e-mail
account edit
screen.
3. In the Signature field, type the desired text for your e-mail signature.
4. Click Save.
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 Curve). The two e-mail inboxes reconcile
with each other — hence, the term wireless reconciliation. Convenient, huh?
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Enabling wireless e-mail synchronization
You can start wireless e-mail synchronization by configuring your Curve.
Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the menu key and then select Messages.
This opens the Messages application. You see the message list.
2. In the message list, press the menu key and then select Options.
The Options screen appears, with two option types: General Options
and E-mail Reconciliation.
3. Select E-mail Reconciliation.
This opens the E-mail 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 Curve and the BlackBerry Internet Service
client.
With this option, you can choose who “wins”: your Curve or the
BlackBerry Internet Service client.
4. Select Delete On and then select one of the following from the dropdown list:
•Handheld: A delete on your Curve takes effect only on your Curve.
•Mailbox & Handheld: A delete on your Curve takes effect on both
your Curve and your inbox on the BlackBerry Internet Service
client.
•Prompt: This option prompts your Curve 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.
Next, you need to configure BlackBerry Internet Service to ensure that
Synchronize Deleted Items is selected:
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1. Log on to the client on your PC.
2. In the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer to Figure 8-1), click the
Edit icon for the desired e-mail account.
The edit screen appears (refer to Figure 8-4).
3. In the Synchronize Deleted Items field, make sure the check box is
selected.
4. Click Save.
Unfortunately, some e-mail accounts might not work well with the e-mail reconciliation feature of the BlackBerry, so you still may have to delete an e-mail
twice.
Permanently deleting e-mail
from your Curve
When deleting e-mail on your Curve, the same message in that e-mail account
is placed in the Deleted folder. You can set up your Curve to permanently
delete e-mail, but use this option with caution because after that e-mail is
gone, it’s truly gone.
To permanently delete e-mail on your BlackBerry Internet Service client from
your Curve, follow these steps:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the menu key and then select Options.
3. On the Options screen, select E-mail Reconciliation.
4. On the E-mail Reconciliation screen, press the menu key and then
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.
6. Select Yes.
Deleted e-mails in the selected e-mail account are purged.
Unfortunately, some e-mail accounts may not work with the Purge Deleted
Items feature.
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Working with E-Mail
From the Messages application, you send and receive your e-mails and also
configure wireless e-mail reconciliation with your e-mail account(s). See the
preceding section for information on e-mail reconciliation.
To access Messages, press the menu key from the Home screen and then
select Messages. The first thing you see after opening Messages is the message list. Your message list can contain e-mail, voice mail messages, missedphone-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 Curve.
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 Curve 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 8-5). A red
asterisk next to the envelope indicates that you have new mail and that you
haven’t opened the Messages application yet. Your Curve can also notify you
of new e-mail by vibration, a sound alert, or both. You can customize this
from the Profile application, detailed in Chapter 3.
Figure 8-5:
You’ve
got (333)
e-mails!
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Retrieving e-mail
Retrieving your e-mail is simple. Follow these steps:
1. From the Home screen, press the menu key and then select Messages.
2. In the message list, scroll to any e-mail, and press the trackball or
trackpad.
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
Your Curve mail lists messages 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. (For more predefined hot keys, see the upcoming section “Reusing saved searches.”)
Sorting and searching are closely related on your Curve. In a sense, searching
is really sorting your e-mail based on your search criteria. 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.
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 then select Save from the menu. A
pop-up message confirms that your e-mail has been saved. Your saved e-mail
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 then select View Saved
Messages.
You see the list of messages you saved.
3. Select the message you want and then press the trackball or trackpad
to open it.
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Viewing attachments
Your Curve is so versatile that you can view most e-mail attachments just
like you can on a desktop PC. And we’re talking sizable attachments, too,
such as JPEGs (photos), Word docs, PowerPoint slides, and Excel spreadsheets. Table 8-1 shows a list of supported attachments viewable from your
BlackBerry.
If you are using BlackBerry Desktop Redirector to get your e-mail onto your
Curve, you won’t get attachments on your Curve.
Table 8-1
BlackBerry-Supported Attachments
Supported Attachment Extension
Description
.bmp
BMP image file format
.doc/.docx
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/.pptx
MS PowerPoint document
.tif
TIFF image file format
.txt
Text file
.wpd
Corel WordPerfect document
.xls/xlsx
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 then select Open
Attachment.
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You see a screen that contains the name of the file, a Table of Contents
option, and a Full Contents option. For Word documents, you can see
different headings in outline form in the Table of Contents option. For
picture files, such as JPEGs, you can 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 then select Retrieve.
Your Curve attempts to contact the BlackBerry Internet Service client to
retrieve your attachment. This retrieves only part of your attachment.
As you peruse a document, your Curve retrieves more as you scroll
through the attachment.
Editing attachments
Your Curve comes with Documents To Go, which means that out of the box,
you not only can view, but also edit Word and PowerPoint documents. You can
even save the documents to your Curve and transfer them later to your PC.
As an example, imagine editing 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 then 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 then select Edit Mode.
In Edit mode, you can edit your document.
6. When you are finished editing and viewing, you can either save the
document on your Curve or e-mail it:
•To e-mail the edited document, press the menu key and then select
Send via E-mail.
You see an e-mail message with the Word document. Follow the
steps described in the next section to send this e-mail attachment
as you would any other e-mail.
•To save the document, press the menu key and then select Save.
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If you want to save the attachment to your Curve, you have to navigate its folder structure. For documents, the default save location
usually is the Documents folder.
Sending e-mail
The first thing you probably want to do when you get your BlackBerry to
write an e-mail to let your friends know that you just got a BlackBerry. Follow
these steps to send an e-mail message:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. In the message list, press the menu key, and select Compose E-mail.
You are prompted with a blank e-mail that you need to fill out, just like
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 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, press the menu key and then 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 “Retrieving e-mail,” previously in
this chapter.
2. Press the menu key and then 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 the recipient from it.
4. Press the menu key and then select Send.
Your message is on its way to your recipient.
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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 then select Compose E-mail.
3. Specify the To field for the e-mail recipient and then press 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 then 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’re composing a new e-mail, replying, or forwarding an e-mail, you
add new Cc and Bcc fields the same way.
Attaching a file to your e-mail
Many people are surprised that you can attach any document on your Curve
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 then select Compose
E-mail.
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 then select Attach File.
You’re prompted with a list of your folders. Think of these as the folders
on your PC.
4. Navigate to the file of your choice, and press the trackball or trackpad.
After you select a file, you see the file in the e-mail message.
5. When you’re finished, press the menu key and then select Send.
Your message and attached file wing their way to the recipient.
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Spell-checking your outgoing messages
Whether you’re composing an e-mail message or an SMS text message, you
can always check your spelling with the built-in spell checker. Simply press
the menu key and then select Check Spelling. When your Curve finds an
error, the spell checker makes a suggestion, as shown in Figure 8-6. 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.
Figure 8-6:
The
BlackBerry
spell
checker in
action.
Your Curve, just like Microsoft Word, underlines a misspelled word.
By default, the spell checker doesn’t 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 then select Options.
3. Select the Spell Check option.
4. Select the Spell Check E-mail before Sending check box.
5. Press the menu key and then 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.
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Deleting e-mail
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:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. From the message list, highlight a horizontal date mark, press the
menu key, and then 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 highlight the date mark.
You are prompted to confirm the deletion.
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 before the date mark are history.
Filtering your e-mail
Most of us get e-mail that isn’t urgent or doesn’t concern us. Instead of
receiving these e-mails on your Curve — 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 the
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 messages as urgent and forwards them to
your Curve, follow these steps. In this example, we’re setting a filter to mark
work-related messages as urgent.
1. From your PC, log on to the BlackBerry Internet Service client (refer
to Figure 8-1).
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. Figure 8-7 doesn’t have any filters yet.
3. Click the Add a filter link.
The Add Filter screen appears, as shown in Figure 8-8.
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Figure 8-7:
Filter list
screen.
Figure 8-8:
Create a
filter for
your e-mail
here.
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4. Enter a name in the Filter Name text box.
The filter name can be anything you like. We’re using “from Me”.
5. From the Apply Filter When drop-down list, choose the condition to
place on the filter:
•A High-Priority Mail Arrives: The filter applies only to urgent
e-mail.
•Subject Field Contains: 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 entries with a semicolon (;).
•From Field Contains: 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
entries 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).
If you need more conditions, just add filters. Each filter can have one
condition.
For this example, we select From Field Contains.
6. Specify the text in the Contains field.
See the details in Step 5 for what to enter in the Contains field.
Continuing this example, type the domain of your work e-mail address.
For example, if your work e-mail address is [email protected], enter
XYZCo.com.
7. Select one of the following options:
Forward Messages to Device: Select this radio button, and you can then
select either or both check boxes below it:
•Header Only: You want only the header of the e-mails that meet
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 appears in bold
in Messages.
Do Not Forward Messages to Device: Any e-mail that meets the conditions you set in Steps 3, 4, and 5 aren’t sent to your BlackBerry.
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8. Confirm your filter by clicking the Save 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 make a best guess
and then check it by having a friend send you a test e-mail. If the test e-mail
isn’t filtered correctly, set the conditions until you get them right.
Searching through Messages Like a Pro
Searching is a function you probably won’t use every day, but when you 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 that 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 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 onscreen.
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 onscreen.
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 8-9).
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Figure 8-9:
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 may 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 or all 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, E-mail, E-mail with Attachments,
PIN, SMS, Phone, and Voice Mail.
From the Search screen shown in Figure 8-9, you can have multiple
search criteria or just a single one. It’s up to you.
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4. Press the menu key and then select Search to launch your search.
The search results appear onscreen.
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
(results) 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. Scroll to an e-mail that bears the specific
sender or recipient. Press the menu key and then 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 searching with the same criteria over and over, you may
want to save the search and then reuse it. Here’s how:
1. Follow Steps 1–3 in the preceding 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 8-10).
Figure 8-10:
Name your
search, and
assign it a
shortcut
key.
3. In the Title field, enter a name.
The title is the name of your search, which appears on the Search
Results screen.
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4. Scroll to the Shortcut Key field, press the trackball or trackpad, and
select a letter from the drop-down list.
You can choose among ten letters.
5. Confirm your saved search by pressing the menu key and then selecting Save.
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 then 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 8-11.
Figure 8-11:
The Recall
screen,
showing
default
search hot
keys.
To reuse one of the saved search results, simply select a desired search from
the list, press the menu key, and select Search.
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If you have multiple e-mail accounts set up, you can set up a search shortcut
so that you view only one specific account. For example, say you have both
your personal e-mail and your small-business e-mail accounts 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
8-9), 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 want
to see only a certain account, you can get to it in an instant!
Follow Up Your E-Mail
With OS 5.0, your can automatically add reminders to any e-mail that you want
to follow up. This is similar to the follow-up flag in Microsoft Outlook. Why would
you want to do this on your BlackBerry? If you get a flurry of e-mail in the morning and read through them before replying, sometimes you’ll forget which ones
need a response. This is one example where a follow-up flag would help.
To add a follow-up flag:
1. Open the Messages application.
2. Highlight the e-mail in need of a follow up, and press the menu key.
3. Select Flag for Follow Up.
You see a red flag next to your message.
4. While the flagged e-mail is still highlighted, press the menu key again.
5. Select Flag Properties.
You can select the following:
•Request: This is the type of follow up. You can choose from Call,
Review, Forward, and more.
•Color: Yup, you guessed it. This is the color of the flag.
•Status: You can choose whether the status is completed or not.
•Due: This is the due date for this follow up. When the due date
arrives, you get a pop-up reminder, similar to a calendar reminder.
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. Pshew.) You can choose several options: from 15 days
to forever (well, for as long as your BlackBerry has enough space for them).
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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 then select Options.
3. Select General Options.
4. Scroll to the Keep Messages option and then press the trackball or
trackpad.
5. From the drop-down list that appears, choose the time frame that you
want and then press the trackball or trackpad:
•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 to free 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 then selecting
Save.
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In This Chapter
▶Sending PIN-to-PIN messages
▶Using SMS and MMS
▶Setting up and using IM
▶Figuring out messaging etiquette
Y
our BlackBerry is primarily a communication tool, with e-mail messages
and phone conversations as the major drivers. It’s a wonderful technology, but sometimes, another means of communication is more appropriate.
For instance, e-mail isn’t the tool of choice for instant messaging — most
people would find that method slow and cumbersome. Nor is e-mail the best
tool to use when you want to alert someone to something.
Your BlackBerry offers some less-obvious ways to communicate — ways
that may serve as the perfect fit for a special situation. In this chapter, you
get the 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 (IM) machine.
Sending and Receiving
PIN-to-PIN Messages
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 BlackBerry
PIN-to-PIN message, the message doesn’t venture outside the RIM 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.
So when you use PIN-to-PIN messaging, that’s another way of saying sending a
message from one BlackBerry to another BlackBerry.
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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: DataTAC and Mobitex
networks. These were separate from a typical
cellphone infrastructure’s bandwidth.
RIM devices at that time already had PIN-toPIN 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 jackrabbit, 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. 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-toPIN messaging kept the information flow going.
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.
Here’s the neat part. According to RIM (Research In Motion), 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 the 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 Code
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, you still may be impressed by PIN-to-PIN messaging’s zippy nature. (It
really is the Ferrari of wireless communication — way faster than e-mail.)
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The Code of Silence in an enterprise environment has always been a thorny
issue in companies that have strict regulatory requirements. As expected,
RIM addressed this issue with a new feature in later operating systems allowing BlackBerry Enterprise Server administrators to flip a flag, forcing the
device to forward all PIN-to-PIN messages to the BlackBerry Enterprise
Server. A company can also install on the device third-party applications to
report PIN-to-PIN messages.
Getting a BlackBerry PIN
When you try to call someone on the telephone, you can’t get far without a
telephone number. As you may expect, the same principle applies to PIN-toPIN messaging: no PIN; no PIN-to-PIN messaging.
In practical terms, you need the PIN of any BlackBerry to which you want to
send a PIN message. (You also need to find out your own PIN so that you can
hand it out to folks who want to PIN-message you.)
The cautious side of you may wonder why on earth you’d give your PIN to
someone. Here’s the difference: Unlike a PIN for an ATM account, this PIN
isn’t your password. In fact, this PIN doesn’t give anyone access to your
BlackBerry or do anything to compromise security. It’s simply an ID; think of
it like a phone number.
Here are three quick paths to PIN enlightenment:
✓From the Help screen: You can find the PIN for any device right there
on its Help screen. Open the Help screen by pressing Alt+Num+H.
✓From the Message screen: Send your PIN from the Message screen with
the help of a keyword. When you type a preset word, your BlackBerry
replaces what you type with a bit of information specific to your device.
Sound wacky? It’s easier than it sounds:
a.Compose a new message.
If you need a refresher on the whole e-mail message and messaging
thing, visit Chapter 8.
b.In the subject or body of your message, type mypin and add a
space.
See the left side of Figure 9-1. As soon as you type the space,
mypin is miraculously transformed into your PIN in the format
pin:your-pin-number, as shown on the right side of Figure 9-1.
Isn’t that neat? Note: Case doesn’t matter here.
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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 Curve.
✓From the Status screen: You can also find your PIN on the Status screen.
Display the Status screen by choosing the following links in succession,
starting from the Home screen: Settings, Options, and Status. Use the
trackball or trackpad to highlight and click each link. Figure 9-2 shows a
typical Status screen.
Figure 9-1:
Type a keyword (left)
and add a
space, and
the keyword
gets translated (right).
Figure 9-2:
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 convenient place to store your PINs so that you can use them. Luckily for
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you, you have an obvious choice: BlackBerry Contacts. And RIM, in its infinite
wisdom, makes storing such info a snap. To add a PIN to someone’s contact
info in Contacts, do the following:
Contacts opens.
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
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 9-3).
4. Type the PIN.
5. Press the menu key and then select Save.
The edit you made for this contact is saved.
Figure 9-3:
Add a contact’s PIN
info here.
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 the kind of information people carry around.
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.
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Sending a PIN-to-PIN message
PIN-to-PIN just means from one BlackBerry to another.
Sending a PIN-to-PIN message is no different from sending an e-mail. Here’s how:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, 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 9-4.
3. Select PIN <contact name> from the menu.
You see the ever-familiar New Message screen, with the PIN of your
buddy already entered as an address.
4. Enter the rest of the text fields — subject, message, and signature
text — just as you would with an e-mail.
Figure 9-4:
Send a PIN
message
via your
Contacts.
Alternatively, if you know the PIN, you can type it directly. Here’s how:
The Messages application opens.
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Messages.
2. Press the menu key and then select Compose PIN.
The New Message screen makes an appearance.
3. In the To field, enter the PIN and then press the trackball or trackpad.
You just added a recipient in the To field.
4. Add a subject line, the message, and then the signature text, just like
you would in an e-mail.
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Unlike e-mails, when you send a PIN-to-PIN message, you can tell almost
instantly whether the recipient got your message. Viewing the Message list,
you see the 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), 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?)
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message
Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message is no different from receiving a standard
e-mail. You get the same entry in your Messages list for the PIN-to-PIN message, and the same screen appears when you open the message.
By default, your BlackBerry vibrates to alert you, but you can change this
in Profiles. (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.
Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way
Short Messaging Service (also known as SMS, or text messaging) is so popular that you’ve probably seen TV shows asking for your feedback via SMS.
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a much later evolution of SMS.
Rather than sending a simple text message, you can also send someone an
audio or a video clip.
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.
SMS is an established technology (not a new and unproven thing, in other
words) that’s been popular for years in Europe and Asia.
Text messaging does pose a challenge for beginners. It isn’t tough; it’s just
cumbersome to type the letters on a small keyboard and keep up with the conversation. Also, you need to know the trends and options for text messaging.
In-the-know folks use abbreviations that may 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.
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Using shorthand for speedy replies
On a regular cellphone, three letters share a single key. Typing even a single
paragraph can be a real pain.
Human ingenuity prevails. Abbreviations cut down on the amount of text you
need to enter. Texting (short for text messaging) language is quite fashionable,
especially among the 14–18-year-old set. Veteran text messagers (the hip
ones, at least) can easily spot someone who’s new to SMS technology by how
that person doesn’t use the right lingo — or uses such lingo incorrectly.
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 with the most commonly used words
or sentences. When you become familiar with those, slowly gather in more
and more terms. In time, the language will be second nature.
Table 9-1 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.
Table 9-1
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
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Shorthand
Meaning
Shorthand
Meaning
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
Written words can get folks into trouble every now and then; the very same
words can mean different things to different people. A simple example is the
phrase “You’re clueless.” When you speak such a phrase (with the appropriate facial and hand gestures), your friend knows (you 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 may get a nasty reply in return — which you then have to respond
to, which prompts another response, and soon enough, you’ve just ended a
seven-year friendship.
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SMS is akin to chatting, so emoticons show what you mean when you write
“You’re clueless.” (I’m joking! I’m happy! I’m mad!) These cutesy codes help
you telegraph your meaning in sledgehammer-to-the-forehead fashion.
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 (usually at the end of a statement) conveys good intentions or happy context, like this :). (Tilt your head
to the left to see the face.)
Table 9-2 shows you the range of smiley choices. 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 seen as a hateful comment. Smileys
help, but if you aren’t sure if what you’re about to send can be misconstrued
even with the help of the smileys, just don’t send it.
Table 9-2
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
>-)
Evil grin
:-ozz
Bored
:-x
Kiss on the lips
@@
Eyes
(((H)))
Hugs
%-)
Cross-eyed
@>--;--
Rose
|@@|
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Smiley
Meaning
Smiley
Meaning
: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
Heart, or love
<(^(oo)^)>
Pig
Shorthand and smileys may not be appreciated in business. Use them
appropriately.
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 license to act like a jerk. Play nice and
take the following pointers to heart:
✓ Use smileys to avoid misunderstandings.
Read more about emoticons and smileys
earlier in this chapter.
✓ Don’t ever forward chain letters. We mean
it. Never.
✓ If you need to forward a message, check
the entire message content first. Make
sure 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 far worse.
✓ Keep your tone gender neutral. Some messages that are forwarded through e-mails
are inappropriate to the opposite sex.
✓ Capital letters are as rude as shouting, so
DON’T USE THEM.
✓ Know your recipient. A newbie might 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 gossip or be rude. Beware! Your messages can end up in the wrong hands and
haunt you in the future.
✓ Easy does it. No documented evidence
reveals the deleterious effects (physical or psychological) of too much texting. However, don’t text as if you want to
enter the books as the first recorded case
of Instantmessagingitis. As your greatgrandma would tell you, too much of anything is bad for you. It’s easy to lose track
of time when IMing.
✓ Drive safely. Tuck away your BlackBerry
whenever you’re in the driver’s seat.
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Sending a text message
After you have the shorthand stuff and smileys under control, get your fingers pumped up and ready for action: It’s message-sending time! Whether it’s
SMS or MMS, here’s how to do it:
1. From the BlackBerry Home screen, select Contacts.
2. In Contacts, highlight a contact who has a cellphone number, press
the menu key, and select SMS (or MMS) <contact name> from the
menu that appears.
SMS works only on mobile phones.
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 9-5.
Figure 9-5:
Start your
text message here.
3. If you choose MMS, browse 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, which is the only difference from composing an SMS message.
4. Type your message.
Remember that shorthand business? You should start taking advantage
of it the first chance you get. (Practice makes perfect.)
5. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select Send from the menu
that appears.
Your message is sent on its merry way.
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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, as with e-mail, the e-mail icon at the
top of the Home screen indicates a new message. Viewing an SMS or MMS
message is the same as reading an e-mail. The basic run-through is as follows:
1. Open Messages.
2. Scroll and highlight the unread message.
3. Press the trackball or trackpad.
Bob’s your uncle: The message appears onscreen.
Customize how your BlackBerry notifies you when you receive an SMS message. Look for the “Using factory settings” and “Creating your own profile” sections in Chapter 3 for more details.
Always Online Using Instant Messaging
Real-time (as they happen) conversations with your friends over the Internet
are easier with IM (instant messaging). IM enables two or more people to
send and receive messages over the Internet. It all started with pure text messages and evolved into a rich medium involving voice and even video conversation in real time.
IM may not be available on your BlackBerry Curve. Service providers choose
whether to include it. (Most providers, however, do support it for the
BlackBerry Curve.) You can add IM to your BlackBerry even if it didn’t come
with it.
1. Open your browser.
2. Go to http://mobile.blackberry.com.
3. Navigate to IM and Social Networking.
Here, you’ll find download links for all the free applications for the popular IM networks and also a download link for BlackBerry Messenger.
(Chapter 10 covers BlackBerry Messenger.)
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Chatting using IM rules
When you’re IMing — that’s right; it’s a verb — you can tell lots of things:
✓When someone’s typing a message to you
✓Whether your buddies are online
✓When your buddies are away from their computers
✓When your buddies are simply too busy to be interrupted at the moment
IM adds 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 may expect, IM is great for both personal and business applications.
Whether you’re maintaining friendships or working to create new ones, IM 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! (Y!) Messenger
✓Windows Live Messenger
Those three IM programs aren’t the only popular ones. Here are a few more:
✓AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
✓ICQ Instant Messenger
✓iChat AV (on the Macintosh)
✓Jabber (open source)
If you’re using an IM network that isn’t preloaded, you can always check the
RIM Web site to download the applications: 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.
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IM basics: What you need
Assuming that you have the IM application available on your BlackBerry, you
need just two things to start using the standard five IM programs:
✓User ID
✓Password
Getting a user ID/password combo is a breeze. Just go to the appropriate
registration Web page (from the following list) for the IM application(s) you
want to use. Note that it’s easier and faster to use your desktop or laptop to
sign up.
✓Google Talk
www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount?service=talk
✓AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
https://reg.my.screenname.aol.com/_cqr/registration/initRegistration.psp
✓ICQ Instant Messenger
www.icq.com/register
✓Windows Live Messenger
http://messenger.msn.com/download/getstarted.aspx
✓Yahoo! 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 might end up having to sign
up for multiple networks if you want to reach them all via 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 use Google Talk. An application-specific
logon screen shows up for you to sign on, similar to the one shown in
Figure 9-6. It’s straightforward, with the standard screen name (also
called a username or ID) line and password line.
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Figure 9-6:
Logon
screen for
Google Talk.
2. Enter your screen name/ID and password.
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, the ID/password
information is pre-entered 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 isn’t 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 turns on and off sign-in when
your BlackBerry Curve is powered up. This is helpful if you have a habit
of turning off your BlackBerry periodically.
4. Press the trackball or trackpad 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 something
similar while it’s in this phase. After you’re logged on, a simple listing of
your contacts, or buddies, appears onscreen.
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,
and Block.
6. Select the action you’d like.
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Adding a contact/buddy
Before you can start chatting with your buddies, you need to know their user
IDs (see Table 9-3).
Table 9-3
How to Obtain Your Friend’s Credentials
Provider
Where You Get Someone’s User ID
AOL Instant
Messenger
Your friend or by searching AOL’s directory
Google Talk
The text before the @ sign in his or her Google e-mail address
ICQ Instant
Messenger
Your friend’s e-mail or the ICQ Global Directory
MSN Live
Messenger
MSN passport ID or Hotmail ID
Yahoo!
Messenger
The text before the @ sign in his or her Yahoo! e-mail address
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 contacts 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 9-7.
The Add a Friend screen appears.
Figure 9-7:
Adding a
friend.
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3. Enter the user ID of your contact on the Add a Friend screen.
4. Press the trackball or trackpad.
IM is smart enough to figure out whether this contact has 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 he or she is logged on. You’ll be warned if the ID you entered
isn’t valid.
Doing the chat thing
Suppose you want to start a conversation with one of your contacts (a safe
assumption, we think). When you send a message within the IM application,
you’re initiating a conversation. Here’s how:
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 in
the bottom part of the screen.
3. Type your message.
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 9-1). Follow these steps:
1. While you’re typing your message, press the menu key.
2. From the menu that appears, select Show Symbols.
All the icons appear, as shown in Figure 9-8.
3. Select the emoticon you want.
The emoticon is added to your message.
Taking control of your IM app
If you use IM frequently — and you tend to chat with many contacts at the
same time — your BlackBerry’s physical limitations may cramp your IM style.
No matter whether you use AIM, Y! Messenger, ICQ Instant Messenger, MSN
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Live Messenger, or BlackBerry Messenger (see Chapter 10), it’s still slower to
type words on the tiny keypad than it is to type on your PC.
Figure 9-8:
You can
choose
among
many
smileys.
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 contacts 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, highlight the
contact from the main screen of the IM application, press the menu key, and
select Delete.
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.
Set up two accounts of your favorite IM application: one for your BlackBerry
and one for your desktop PC. 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.
Less typing — use shorthand
Cut down your typing time. Don’t forget the shorthand described earlier in
this chapter. It’s widely used in IM as well as texting, so refer to Table 9-1
whenever you can so that you can respond quickly. Before you know it, you
will have the abbreviations memorized and will be using them with ease.
Emoticons also make your conversation interesting, so make sure you take
them out of your toolbox. Refer to Table 9-2 earlier in this chapter for a 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 uses the Internet instead of SMS.
If it uses SMS, you’ll incur charges for every message sent and received, and
most network providers charge 20 cents for every SMS message, which can
add up quickly and lead to a nasty surprise on your monthly bill.
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, Windows Live
Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google
Talk, ICQ Instant Messenger, Jabber,
and MySpace IM. This is one of the best
options. On their Web site, they have versions to support old BlackBerry devices,
BlackBerry Storm, and high-resolution
screens. Download the version for highresolution screens.
✓ 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
doesn’t use SMS.
✓ IM+ (www.shapeservices.com/
eng/im/blackberry): If you don’t
want to pay annually, consider this service.
IM+ 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, so it’s best suited
for people who have the unlimited data
plan. You have to choose a version: The
Regular version connects to BlackBerry
Enterprise Server, which 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 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.
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Instant Messaging on BlackBerry
Messenger
In This Chapter
▶Understanding the nuts and bolts of using BlackBerry Messenger
▶Sending files
▶Group chatting
▶Broadcasting a message with your Curve
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n Chapter 9, you find a slew of ways to send messages on your BlackBerry
Curve. In this chapter, you get the scoop on another way to send messages, using a special application known and loved by BlackBerry.
RIM has entered the IM (instant messaging) 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 (refer to Chapter 9), 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 other applications, such as group chatting and the capability to monitor the availability of other IM buddies.
Using BlackBerry Messenger
You can access BlackBerry Messenger in the Applications folder from the
Home screen, as shown in Figure 10-1. The first time you run BlackBerry
Messenger, a welcome screen asks you to enter your display name. This
display name is the one you want other people to see on their BlackBerry
Messenger when you send them a message.
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Figure 10-1:
Launch
BlackBerry
Messenger
here.
You see a contacts list the next time you open the application, as shown on the
left in Figure 10-2. (Okay, the picture here displays some contacts, but your list
should be empty; we’ll show you how to populate the list in a minute.)
Figure 10-2:
The
contacts list
(left) and
menu (right).
Pressing the menu key lets you do the following, as shown on the right side
of Figure 10-2:
✓Broadcast Message: Send a message to multiple contacts in your
BlackBerry Messenger. The messages appear as conversations in the
recipients’ BlackBerry Messenger.
✓Open Chat: Initiate a conversation with the currently highlighted
contact.
✓Start Group Chat: Initiate a group conversation. See the later section
“Starting a group conversation” for details.
✓Add Contact: Add a new contact to BlackBerry Messenger (see the next
section).
✓Add Group: Create custom groupings for your contacts.
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This option is helpful if you have a lot of contacts in BlackBerry
Messenger. Simply select this menu item, and an Add Group screen
appears so you can enter a group name.
✓Contact Info: When selected, display a screen showing the information
of the currently highlighted contact.
✓Delete Contact: Allows you to delete the currently highlighted contact.
The menu has more items. Although these items are not shown on the right
side of Figure 10-2, scroll down the menu screen to see the following:
✓Edit My Info: Customize your personal information and control how you
want others to see you from their BlackBerry Messenger Contacts list.
You can do the following (see Figure 10-3):
•Change your picture
•Change your display name
•Allow others to see the title of the song you’re currently listening to
•Allow others to see that you’re currently using the phone
•Enter a personal message that others could see
•Set your time zone
•Allow others to see your country and time zone information
✓Back Up Contacts List: Save your list of BlackBerry Messenger contacts
to the file system. The location defaults to the media card, but the
screen that follows after you select this option allows you to select a different folder and enter a different name for the backup file.
✓Restore Contacts List: Restore your list of BlackBerry Messenger contacts from the file you created from the Back Up Contacts List option.
✓Delete Backup Files: Delete a backup file. If you have multiple backups,
this option allows you to choose which file to delete.
✓Options: Customize the behavior of your BlackBerry Messenger.
Figure 10-3:
Set your
personal
information
(left) and
the rest of
the Edit My
Info screen
(right) .
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Adding a contact
With no one in your contacts 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.
The Add Contact screen appears, listing actions related to adding a contact, as shown on the left side of Figure 10-4. The top two options in the
list are ways to add a contact in BlackBerry Messenger.
Figure 10-4:
Add a
contact
(left) and an
invitation
barcode
(right).
3. If you want to scan your friend’s BlackBerry barcode:
a.On the same screen (Figure 10-4, left), but using your friend’s
BlackBerry, select the third option, which says Show Your
Invitation Barcode to Another BlackBerry.
A barcode image similar to Figure 10-4, right, appears on your
friend’s BlackBerry.
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b.On your BlackBerry Curve, select the second option, Scan
Invitation Barcode from Another BlackBerry.
A Camera application appears to allow you to capture the barcode.
Once captured, the contact information is immediately added to
your BlackBerry Messenger contacts list.
That’s it. You’re finished. The following steps show how to enter your
contact directly from the Add Contact screen.
4. If instead you want to enter your contact directly:
a.On the Add Contact screen, select the first option, Add a Contact
by Entering Their Email Address or PIN.
b.Start typing the name of the contact, and when a list of possible
contacts appears, select the name you want to add.
c.Type your message.
A default message is provided, as you can see in Figure 10-5, but
you can edit this message. This is the message that the contact will
receive after you’re finished with Step d.
d.Select OK and then select OK again in the screen that follows.
The application sends your request. As long as the person hasn’t
responded to your request, his or her name appears as part of the
Pending group, as shown in Figure 10-6. When your contact responds
positively to your request, that name goes to the official contacts list.
Figure 10-5:
Potential
contacts
are asked
before being
added.
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Figure 10-6:
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
contacts 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 to Group Chat.
The Select Contacts screen opens, listing your BlackBerry Messenger
contacts who are currently available (see Figure 10-7). For each contact,
you can select the check box to indicate that you want to invite that
person to the chat.
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3. Select people by selecting the corresponding check boxes.
You can choose any number of people.
4. Select OK.
You’re back to the preceding conversation screen, but this time, the history list shows the contacts you added to the conversation. The newly
selected contact(s) can now join the conversation.
Figure 10-7:
See your
available
contacts
here.
You can set a subject for your message. This is especially useful for group
conversations. To add a subject to a conversation, follow these simple steps:
1. Press the menu key while you’re on the conversation screen and then
select Set Subject.
On the screen that follows, the cursor is in the subject line, waiting for
you to enter a subject (see Figure 10-8).
2. On the screen that follows, enter the subject and then select OK.
The conversation screen is updated with the subject.
You can make your name appear snazzy by adding symbols, such as DanteJ
and Yosma (see Figure 10-9):
1. On the BlackBerry Messenger screen, press the menu key.
2. Select Edit My Info.
3. Press the menu key, and select Add Smiley to choose the symbol you
want.
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Figure 10-8:
Add a subject to your
conversation here.
Figure 10-9:
Add symbols to your
name here.
Sending a file
BlackBerry Messenger, like any other IM application, can send files. While on
a conversation, just press the menu key, and you’ll see several menu items
allowing you to share a file:
✓Send Picture: Selecting this option shows a screen similar to the left
side of Figure 10-10, where you can either launch the Camera application to take a picture to send or select the picture file you want to send
(you can navigate to a specific folder if necessary). The default location
for picture files is the Media Card pictures folder. Just select Camera to
launch the Camera application.
✓Send Voice Note: Selecting this option gives you the Voice Note screen
(refer to Figure 10-10, right), where you can record the voice message
you want to send. When you’re ready to record, follow these steps:
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a.Select Start.
Curve is ready to record your voice message. A screen indicating
recording appears with a Stop button, as shown on the left side of
Figure 10-11.
b.When you have finished speaking your message, select Stop.
A screen similar to the right side of Figure 10-11 appears. You can
play the message to review what you said, send the message if
you’re satisfied, or cancel sending a voice note.
c.Select Send.
A prompt asks you to add a description of your voice message.
Selecting No sends the message right away.
d.Select Yes.
e.Enter a description and then select OK.
A request to transfer the file is sent, and your friend needs to accept
it in his or her BlackBerry Messenger for the transmission to begin.
✓Send File: Displays a screen that lists which file types you can send.
Aside from giving you a different way of sending picture and voice message, the screen lists the following options:
•File: Sends any type of file. When selected, it shows an Explorertype screen so you can navigate to the file you want to send. The
default folders shown are Media Card and Device Memory.
•BlackBerry Contact: Sends a vCard (see Chapter 4 for details on
the vCard). When selected, it displays Contacts, allowing you to
select the contact you want to send.
•Messenger Contact: Lets you choose a contact from your list of
BlackBerry Messenger contacts and send the info as a file.
Figure 10-10:
Send a picture (left) or
start recording a voice
message
(right).
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Figure 10-11:
Record and
send your
voice message here.
Saving the conversation history
While you are on the conversation screen, you can save your chat history in
two ways. Both methods are accessible by a simple press of the menu key:
✓Copy History: Copies the existing chat history to the Clipboard. Then
you paste it into the application where you want it saved, such as
Calendar or MemoPad.
✓Email History: Displays the Compose Message dialog screen, shown
in Figure 10-12, with the Subject field prepopulated with Chat with
<Contact> on <Date> and the body of the message prepopulated
with the chat history.
Figure 10-12:
E-mail your
chat history
here.
Broadcasting a Message
Do you feel the need to start a conversation on the same subject with several
people? You can start with a group chat, but what if you want to get a personal opinion from each individual, something that each person isn’t comfortable saying in front of the crowd? The best way to do this is to broadcast
a message to multiple recipients:
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1. On the BlackBerry Messenger screen, press the menu key.
2. Select Broadcast Message.
The Broadcast Message screen appears, as shown in Figure 10-13, allowing you to enter your message and select the recipients.
3. Enter your message.
4. Select the recipients.
5. Select Send.
Figure 10-13:
Broadcast
a message
here.
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Chapter 11
Surfing the Internet Wave
In This Chapter
▶Using BlackBerry’s Browser to surf the Web
▶Creating and organizing bookmarks
▶Customizing and optimizing Browser
▶Downloading and installing applications from the Web
▶Using browsers in business
I
t’s hard to believe that about 15 years ago, more folks didn’t have access
to the Internet than did. Today, you can surf the Web anytime and anywhere from a desktop computer, a netbook, or even a tiny mobile device
such as a PDA or a smartphone. Having said that, it should be no surprise
that your BlackBerry Curve has a Web browser of its own.
In this chapter, we show you how to use BlackBerry Browser. We give you
shortcuts and timesaving tips, including the coolest ways to make pages load
faster, as well as a complete neat-freak’s guide to managing your bookmarks.
And because your network service provider may also have its own custom
browser for you to use, we compare these proprietary browsers with the
default BlackBerry Browser so you can decide which best suits your needs.
Kicking Up Browser
BlackBerry Browser comes loaded on your smartphone and accesses
the Web with a cellphone connection. Browser can be named differently,
depending on how the service provider customizes it. Sometimes it’s named
BlackBerry Browser; Internet Browser; Hotspot Browser; or, most likely, just
Browser. We just use Browser to make things easier.
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Browser has multiple personalities:
✓One that’s connected to your company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server
BlackBerry Enterprise Server is a software application from RIM
(Research In Motion) that companies can use to control and manage
BlackBerry devices. The software also allows your device to see your
company’s network and connect to your company’s databases.
If you’re a corporate BlackBerry user, your company administrator
may turn off or not install all browsers except for the one that connects
through the company’s BlackBerry Enterprise 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 a Wi-Fi connection
✓A WAP browser
Wireless application protocol, or WAP, was popular in the 1990s, when
mobile device displays were limited and could display only five or six
rows of text. WAP lost its appeal with the advent of high-resolution
screens.
The following sections get you started using Browser. After you get your feet
wet, we promise that you’ll be champing at the bit to find out more!
Getting to 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 11-1. In most cases, you
open Browser by scrolling to this icon and then pressing the trackball or
trackpad.
Figure 11-1:
You can
open
Browser
from the
Home
screen.
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Opening Browser by clicking its icon on the Home screen gives you a list of
bookmarks.
If you haven’t yet added bookmarks, the opening Browser screen looks like
Figure 11-2. You find out more about adding bookmarks later in this chapter.
Figure 11-2:
Browser
with the
default
empty
Bookmarks
screen.
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 or trackpad.
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 at the same time to open a pop-up screen with application icons. Use your trackball or trackpad to highlight the Browser icon;
then press the trackball or trackpad to launch Browser.
By default, accessing Browser by clicking a Web address or a Web link within
another application opens the Web page associated with that address. (In
Figure 11-3, we’re opening Browser from the Messages application.)
Hitting the (air)waves
After you locate Browser, you’re ready to surf the Web. Here’s how:
1. Open Browser.
2. Press the menu key and then select Go To.
3. Type a Web address, as shown in Figure 11-4.
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4. Select OK.
While the page is loading, progress is indicated at the bottom of the
screen.
Unless you change its configuration (see Start Page in the “Configuring
Browser” section, later in this chapter), BlackBerry displays your bookmarks
when you open Browser. And if you already have bookmarks, just select the
bookmark. For the lowdown on adding bookmarks, see the upcoming section
“Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites.”
When you see a phone number or an e-mail address on a Web page, you can
scroll to that information to highlight it. Then press the trackball or trackpad
to initiate a phone call or open a new e-mail message (depending on which
type of link you highlighted).
Figure 11-3:
Open
Browser
from
Messages.
Figure 11-4:
Opening a
Web page is
simple.
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Navigating Web pages
Using Browser to navigate to a Web page is easy. Note that hyperlinks are
highlighted onscreen. To jump to a particular hyperlink, scroll to the highlighted link and press the trackball or trackpad.
Here are a few shortcuts you can use while navigating a Web page:
✓Move up and down one full display page at a time. Press 9 (down
arrow) or 3 (up arrow).
✓Switch between full-screen mode and normal mode. Press the exclamationpoint (!) key. In full-screen mode, the BlackBerry doesn’t show anything
extra (for example, the signal level) on the top portion of the display
screen. Normal mode is the default.
✓Stop loading a page. Press the escape key.
✓Go back to the previous page (if there is one). Press the escape key.
And don’t forget the Browser menu (press the menu key). It has some useful
shortcuts, as shown in Figure 11-5.
Here are the Browser menu options:
✓Help: Like the rest of BlackBerry applications, Help is always available in
the menu screen to display a quick guide.
✓Column View: The default view; it appears only if you are 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 or trackpad to
scroll up and down the page.
Figure 11-5:
The
Browser
menu has
lots of good
stuff.
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✓Page View: Appears only if you are in Column view. (See the preceding
bullet.) With this view, you see the page as you typically would in a PC’s
Internet browser. The compressed version of the Web page takes up the
entire screen first.
✓Zoom In/Out: Zooms in and out.
✓Find: Locates and highlights text within the current page. Like any other
basic Find tool, 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: Appears only if the trackball or trackpad pointer is placed on
text. Use this feature to highlight text onscreen for copying.
✓Stop: Appears only if you’re in the middle of requesting a page. Use Stop
to cancel such a request. This is the same as pressing the escape key.
✓Copy: Appears if you have 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: Appears only if you highlight an image and only a portion of
the image is displayed onscreen.
✓Save Image: Appears only if you highlight an image, allowing you to save
the image in the Curve’s built-in memory or to an SD card.
✓Home: The shortcut to your Home page. The default Home page can vary
from carrier to carrier, but to change it, open the Browser menu, choose
Options➪Browser Configuration, and change the Home Page Address field.
✓Get Link: Appears only if you have a highlighted link. Choosing this
menu item opens that page of the link.
The faster way to open a link is to press Enter.
✓Go To: Opens a Web page when you enter a Web address and press the
trackball or trackpad. As you enter more addresses, they are listed in
the History portion of the screen so you don’t have to retype them. To
find out how to clear this list, see the “Cache operations” section, later
in this chapter.
✓Back: This menu item appears only if you have navigated to more than one
Web page. The Back option goes back to the preceding page you viewed.
You can achieve the same function by pressing the escape key.
✓Forward: This menu item appears only if you have gone back at least
one Web page. The Forward option progresses one page at a time.
✓Recent Pages: Jumps to any of those Web pages when you highlight the history page and press the enter key twice. Browser can track up to 20 pages
of Web addresses you’ve visited, which you can view on the History screen.
✓History: Displays a list of the Web pages you’ve visited and allows you
to jump back quickly to those pages. The list is grouped by date.
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✓Refresh: Updates the current page. This is helpful when you’re viewing a
page with data that changes frequently (such as stock quotes).
✓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 that show the progress of your
request appear at the bottom of the screen. Figure 11-6 (left) shows Browser
requesting a page. Figure 11-6 (right) shows that you’ve reached the page and
the page is still loading.
Figure 11-6:
Requesting
a page (left)
and then
loading
it (right).
The icons in the top-right corner of both screens in Figure 11-6 are (from
right to left)
✓Your connection type appears in the rightmost portion. In Figure 11-6,
WiFi means that the connection is using a Wi-Fi network.
If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, an icon with vertical bars and an antenna
appears to the right of the connection type, showing the strength of the
network signals (the same signal indicators for phone and e-mail).
✓The lock icon indicates whether you’re at a secure Web page. Figure 11-6
shows 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).
✓The connection information icon to the left of the lock is a way for
you to know the amount of Web page data transferred between your
BlackBerry Curve and the network provider. In Browser, you should see
a trackball or trackpad pointer in the screen, which is similar to a PC
mouse pointer. Scroll the trackball or trackpad until the pointer hovers
in the connection information icon; then press the trackball or trackpad.
The next screen displays the connection information.
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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.
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 11-7) to save that
page’s address.
Figure 11-7:
Use the
Browser
menu to
save a
Web page
address.
You can save a Web page address in several 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:
•Copy Address saves the page’s address to your BlackBerry
Clipboard and allows you to paste it somewhere else.
•Send Address is the same Send Address you see in the Browser
menu (as described in the next item).
✓Send Address: Presents another screen so that you can choose whether
to send the address by e-mail (Chapter 8), MMS (Chapter 9), PIN
(Chapter 9), SMS (Chapter 9), or Messenger Contact (Chapter 10).
✓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 11-8. Highlighting that entry and
pressing the trackball or trackpad launches Browser and opens the page
for your viewing pleasure.
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Saving a page to your message list has a different purpose from bookmarking a page. The saved page initially shows as unread in Messages,
to remind you to check back later.
Figure 11-8:
Save a Web
page link in
Messages.
Note: When you don’t 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!
If you press a letter key while a menu is displayed, you select 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 e-mail by using the Page
Address option in 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’ll need to send an address to someone, save a few
clicks and use the more direct method.
Saving Web images
You can save images in JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP formats from a Web page.
Any saved image is kept in the Pictures application, which enables you to
view it later. To save an image, just click the image and then select Save
Image from the menu that appears.
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No place like Home
Changing your Home screen background is
a neat trick. You can use an image 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.
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.
The Pictures application opens.
Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites
You don’t have to memorize all the addresses of your favorite sites. Instead,
use BlackBerry Browser 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 and visiting a bookmark
Add a new bookmark this way:
1. Open Browser, and go to the Web page you want to bookmark.
2. Select Add Bookmark from the Browser menu.
The menu is always accessible by pressing the menu key.
3. (Optional) In the Add Bookmark dialog box, change the bookmark
name.
The name of the bookmark defaults to the Web site title and, in most
cases, is appropriate to use as the name. You always have the option to
change this name; refer to the next section, “Modifying a bookmark.”
4. In the Add Bookmark dialog box, navigate to the folder where you
want to save the bookmark.
The dialog box is shown in Figure 11-9. The default bookmark save folder
is BlackBerry Bookmarks, but you can save the bookmark in any folder
you create. To see how to create a bookmark folder, skip to the section
“Adding a bookmark subfolder.”
5. Scroll to the bottom of the dialog box, and Select Add.
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Available offline
In the Add Bookmark dialog box is the Available
Offline check box. When that check box is
selected, you not only save a page as a bookmark, but also cache it so you can see it even
when you’re out of range (such as when you’re
stuck deep in a mountain cave). The next time
you click the bookmark, that page comes up
very fast. We recommend making bookmarks
available offline for pages that don’t change
from day to day, such as search engines (for
example, Google).
Figure 11-9:
Name the
bookmark,
and specify
where to
store it.
Here’s how to go to a bookmarked page:
1. In Browser, select Bookmarks from the Browser menu.
You’re taken to the Bookmarks screen. From here, you can find all the
pages you’ve bookmarked.
2. Select the bookmark for the page you want to visit.
Modifying a bookmark
You have the option of changing the attributes of existing bookmarks. Why
change them? Say you bookmarked a few pages from the same Web site, but
the author of the Web pages didn’t bother to have a unique title for each
page. While happily bookmarking pages, you didn’t bother to change the
names of the bookmarks that default to the Web page title. Now you end up
with several bookmarks with the same name. But changing a bookmark is a
snap. Follow these steps:
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1. Select Bookmarks from the Browser menu.
2. From the Bookmarks screen, 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, 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. And trying to find a certain site on a tiny screen can be tough. A handy work-around is to organize
your bookmarks with folders. For example, you can group related sites in a
folder, and each folder can have one or more other 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!
✓Fun
Flickr
The Onion
✓Shopping
Etsy
Gaiam
Adding a bookmark subfolder
You can add subfolders only to folders that are already listed on the
Bookmarks 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 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 BlackBerry Bookmarks folder is the parent of the new subfolder. In
this case, the BlackBerry Bookmarks folder will contain the Reference
subfolder.
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2. Press the menu key and then select Add Subfolder, as shown in Figure 11-10.
You see a dialog box where you can enter the name of the folder.
(We’re using Reference.)
Figure 11-10:
Add a folder
here.
3. Type the folder name, and select OK.
The Reference folder now appears on the Bookmarks screen (as shown
in Figure 11-11), bearing a folder icon.
Figure 11-11:
The
Bookmarks
screen with
a new
subfolder.
Renaming a bookmark folder
Although you can’t rename the root bookmark folders, such as BlackBerry
Bookmarks and WAP Bookmarks, the folders you create under them are fair
game. Renaming a bookmark folder that you created is as easy as editing a
bookmark. Follow these steps:
1. On the Bookmarks screen, highlight the name of the folder you want
to change.
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2. Press the menu key and then select Rename Folder.
3. Type the name of the folder.
4. Select OK to save your changes.
Moving a bookmark
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 then select Move
Bookmark.
2. Use the trackball or trackpad 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 or trackpad.
Your bookmark is in its new home.
Cleaning up your bookmarks
Maybe you really like a site but eventually stop visiting it. Or maybe a site
disappears, and every time you click the bookmark, you get a 404 Not Found
error. Time for a little spring cleaning. From the Bookmarks screen, highlight
the name of the bookmark you want to delete. Press the menu key and then
select Delete Bookmark. It’s just that easy.
You can — repeat, can — clean up bookmarks wholesale by deleting a folder.
A word to the wise, though: All contents of that folder will be deleted, so purge
with caution.
Exercising Options and Optimization
Techniques
Sure, Browser works out of the box, but folks have their own tastes, right?
Look to Browser Options for attributes and features you can customize.
Press the menu key and then select Options. The Browser Options screen
that opens offers three main categories to choose among, as shown in
Figure 11-12:
✓Browser Configuration: A place to toggle Browser features
✓General Properties: Settings for the general look and feel of Browser
✓Cache Operations: Options for clearing file caches used by Browser
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If you feel speed-greedy after adjusting the options, see the sidebar
“Speeding up browsing,” later in this chapter.
Figure 11-12:
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 11-13) 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.
Figure 11-13:
The
Browser
Configu­
ration
screen.
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✓Allow JavaScript Popups: Most ad pages are launched as JavaScript
pop-ups, so having this check box selected minimizes these ads.
Be aware, though, that some important pages are also displayed as
JavaScript pop-ups.
Note: This option appears only if you select the Support JavaScript
check box.
✓Prompt to Enable JavaScript: This option appears and comes into
play only if you haven’t selected Support JavaScript. The default value
for this option is selected (if you browse a page that has JavaScript,
Browser will prompt you to either enable JavaScript or not).
✓Terminate Slow Running Scripts: Sometimes you find Web pages
with scripts that aren’t written well. Leave this option selected to
keep Browser from hanging. This option appears only if you select the
Support JavaScript check box.
✓Show Images: This option 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 option selected for both WML and HTML.
Turn on and off the display of image placeholders if you opt to not
display images.
✓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 SVG as Adobe Flash for mobile
devices such as the BlackBerry Curve. SVG can be a still image or an animated one.
✓Browser Identification: This option specifies which browser type your
browser emulates. The default is BlackBerry, but Browser can also emulate Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Keep the default BlackBerry mode. We don’t see much difference in any
of them.
✓Start Page: Use this to specify a starting page to load when you open
Browser.
✓Home Page Address: Use this to set your home page. Note that the
Home page is always available from the Browser menu.
General Browser properties
The General Properties screen is similar to the Browser Configuration screen
(see the preceding section) in that you can customize some Browser behaviors. General Properties, however, is geared more toward the features of the
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Browser content. As shown in Figure 11-14, you can configure features and
also turn features off or on.
Figure 11-14:
The General
Properties
screen.
From this screen, use the Space key to change the value of a field. You can
configure the following features:
✓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 uses the one you selected here. The smaller the size, the more
text can fit onscreen.
✓Minimum Font Size: A Web page might 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 a
small size, than others. If you aren’t sure which one to use, leave this set
to the default.
✓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 as you normally see it 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. You
have three options: low, medium (the default), and high.
✓Repeat Animations: Sets the number of times an animation repeats. This
pertains to animated images that most banner ads use. Your choices
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are Never, Once, 10 Times, 100 Times (the default), and 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:
•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.
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 creates and places in your BlackBerry’s
memory to remember something about you, such as your username.)
Some Web sites push (send) 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 subscribe to this service, your device will
store Web pages in the cache. Also, the addresses of the pages that you visited (or your latest 20 in your history list) comprise a cache.
The Cache Operations screen, shown in Figure 11-15, 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.
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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 speed-enhancing work-arounds
you can use:
✓ Don’t display images. You can achieve
a big performance improvement by turning off image display. From the Browser
menu, select Browser Options➪Browser
Configuration, scroll to Show Images, and
change the value to No.
✓ Check your BlackBerry memory. When
your BlackBerry’s memory is depleted, 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 unread messages.
Figure 11-15:
The Cache
Operations
screen.
Hint #2: Purge the BlackBerry event log to
free needed space. Enter the letters LGLG
while pressing down the Shift key. This
opens an event log. The event log entries
may not make sense to you because they’re
mostly cryptic and in codes. These are usually helpful for technical folks to figure out
what’s going on in your BlackBerry but are
something you don’t really need. You can
clear the event log 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 may
not be able to perform some of the actions
on the page. For example, the Submit button
might not work. Not good.
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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 may 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 may want to clear this to free memory
on your BlackBerry.
✓Cookie Cache: Any cookies stored on your BlackBerry. You may want
to clear this for security’s sake. Sometimes you don’t want a Web site to
remember you.
✓History: The list of sites you’ve visited by using the Go To function. You
may 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.
You can easily check how much memory your device has in the Help Me!
screen. To go to the Help Me! screen, press and hold Alt+Shift+H while in the
Home screen. Shift is the ↑ bottom-left key to the left of the 0 key.
Installing and Uninstalling Applications
from the Web
You can download and install applications on your BlackBerry via Browser —
that is, if the application has a link that lets you download and install the files
(see Chapter 19 for other installation options). The downloading and installing parts are easy. Follow these steps:
1. From Browser, click the application’s link.
You see a simple prompt that looks like the screen shown in Figure 11-16.
2. Select the Download button.
The download starts, and you’ll see a progress screen.
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 the screen shown in Figure 11-17.
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Figure 11-16:
A typical
page that
lets you
download
an application on your
BlackBerry.
Figure 11-17:
The download and
installation
were
completed.
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
✓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 have
been resolved, and successful downloading and installation are a snap.
Installing applications from a source that is not reputable 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!
Your BlackBerry Enterprise Server 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.
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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 Business
Getting a device from your employer has both a good and an ugly side:
✓Good: Your company foots the bill.
✓Ugly: Your company foots the bill.
Because your company pays, the company dictates what you can and cannot
do with your BlackBerry Curve. 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. 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 BlackBerry Enterprise
Server server. Some lucky folks may 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
BlackBerry Enterprise Server
In an enterprise setup, your BlackBerry Browser is connected through your
company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server server. With this setup, the browser
is actually named BlackBerry Browser. BlackBerry Enterprise Server 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.
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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 server.
The good thing, though, is that you can browse the company’s intranet: That
is, all the Web pages you have access to inside your company through your
company’s PC are available also in your BlackBerry.
Know (and respect) your company’s Web-browsing policy. Most companies
keep logs of 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 may not find on BlackBerry Browser.
✓You can browse more sites. You aren’t limited by your company’s policy.
Setting the default browser
If you have two Web browsers on your Curve, 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 an e-mail
with a Web link, selecting that link launches the default browser.
To set up the default browser, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Home screen.
2. Choose Settings➪Options➪Advanced Options➪Browser.
3. Use the Space key to change the value of the default browser configuration, as shown in Figure 11-18.
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Figure 11-18:
Use the
Space key
to change
the value of
the default
browser.
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and Movies on
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U
In this part . . .
se your BlackBerry Curve as a still and video camera (Chapter 13). Get entertained and have fun with
Curve’s multimedia capabilities (Chapter 14). And finally,
manage your media files (Chapter 15).
Chapter 12
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 North American network carriers
introduced GPS on their versions 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 — that is, GPS wasn’t embedded in the
BlackBerry. How low-tech!
Today, your BlackBerry Curve can come with built-in GPS, which makes finding yourself easy. In this chapter, we show you how to use your BlackBerry’s
built-in GPS and show you the best GPS applications you can use on your
BlackBerry, two of which are free!
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 model has built-in GPS, but some BlackBerry
Curve 8500 models do not. If you have a BlackBerry Curve 8500, please check
with your network carrier for the status of your Curve.
Putting Safety First
Some GPS features are useful while you’re driving a car. However, even when
tempted to use your BlackBerry GPS while driving, we strongly suggest that
you do not adjust it while you’re driving.
Before you start using BlackBerry GPS in your car, you need a BlackBerry car
holder — preferably a car kit with a car charger. You can buy a car kit on the
Internet; just search for BlackBerry car kit. Or go to one of the following Web sites:
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✓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, you must be subscribed to a data plan and have a radio signal
to obtain them.
If you didn’t 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 data plan from your network carrier. We recommend an unlimited
data plan.
✓To be in an area where you have a radio signal. That way, you can
download the maps.
Your GPS Application Choices
The four GPS applications that you can use on your BlackBerry are
✓BlackBerry Maps (comes with your BlackBerry): Free
✓Google Maps (m.google.com/maps): Free
✓Garmin Mobile (garmin.com/mobile/mobilext): $99 one-time fee
✓TeleNav GPS Navigator (telenav.com/products/tn/): $9.99 per month
The icons for all are pictured in Figure 12-1.
BlackBerry Maps
As we mention earlier, your BlackBerry comes with the BlackBerry Maps
application loaded (refer to Figure 12-1).
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Figure 12-1:
BlackBerry
GPS
applications.
BlackBerry Maps
Google Maps
TeleNav GPS Navigator
Garmin Mobile
If you have a BlackBerry with AT&T as your network carrier, you might not
have BlackBerry Maps installed out of the box. No worries; you can download it via mobile.blackberry.com. (Keep reading, too, for alternatives to
BlackBerry Maps that still take advantage of your BlackBerry GPS.)
With or without GPS (built-in or external), you can use BlackBerry Maps to do
the following (see Figure 12-2):
✓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.
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.
Like BlackBerry Maps, you can use Google Maps even without a GPS. With
Google Maps, you can search for businesses and landmarks; it’s like having
the ultimate 411 (with a map) at the tip of your fingers.
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Figure 12-2:
BlackBerry
Maps on the
BlackBerry
Curve.
Because Google Maps doesn’t 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 12-1).
After Google Maps is loaded, press the menu key to display the menu shown
in Figure 12-3.
Figure 12-3:
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 a satellite image of the current map (see Figure 12-4)
✓Get traffic information for major highways
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Figure 12-4:
Google
Maps
showing
a satellite
photo.
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
✓Zoom out: O key
✓Go to the current location: 0 (zero) key
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 intended 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 3D 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 aloud to you. Figure 12-5 shows the main menu
for TeleNav. (Note that there are network-branded versions of TeleNav;
for example, Figure 12-5 shows an AT&T version. The functionalities from
TeleNav are the same, regardless of network branding.)
The extensive features come at a price. Depending on your network carrier,
TeleNav costs about $10 per month. TeleNav does offer a 30-day free trial.
Visit www.telenav.com/products/tn for more information. After the
product is downloaded, its icon appears on your screen (refer to Figure 12-1).
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Figure 12-5:
AT&Tbranded
version of
TeleNav
main menu.
Garmin Mobile
Like TeleNav, Garmin offers a full-featured GPS solution. They charge a
one-time fee of $99, which 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 similar and friendly. Figure 12-6
shows the main menu for Garmin Mobile.
Figure 12-6:
Garmin
Mobile’s
main menu.
We like the simplicity of Garmin’s user interface and its one-time cost.
To find out more, visit www.garmin.com/mobile/mobilext.
Chapter 13
Taking Great Pictures and
Capturing Videos
In This Chapter
▶Getting ready to say “cheese”
▶Saving and organizing your pictures
▶Sharing your photos with other people
▶Getting ready to say “action”
▶Configuring your video camera
O
h, shoot, you forgot your camera. Don’t worry! Your BlackBerry is
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, read this chapter so you know what to expect
and how to get the best shot. We walk you through the easy steps for capturing that funny pose and tell you how to store those photos and videos. And
don’t miss reading how to share the joy with your buddies.
Saying “Cheese”
Snapping shots with your BlackBerry Curve couldn’t be easier. Just turn on
the Camera app, line up your shot, and snap away. Here’s the bird’s-eye view:
1. Press the right convenience key (bottom key on the right side of your
BlackBerry) to bring up the Camera application.
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Figure 13-1 shows the 8900, and Figure 13-2, the 8500. Most network carriers set the right convenience key on the Curve to bring up the Camera
application. However, network carriers may change this setting. So if
you don’t see the Camera app when pressing the right-side key, the
alternative to launching the Camera application is selecting the Camera
icon from the Home screen.
Make sure that your finger isn’t blocking the lens on the back side of
your device.
The camera button on the right side of your Curve is really a convenience key, which you can program to open your favorite application. By
default, it’s set to launch Camera. Chapter 3 shows how to change this
setting.
2. When you see the image onscreen, press the Camera key to take the
picture.
You should hear a funky shutterlike sound. Neat and easy, isn’t it?
That’s the quick version. Keep reading to discover more about Camera’s
features.
Figure 13-1:
The camera
screen
ready to
take pictures on the
8900.
Number of pictures
you can capture
Zoom
Low-light indicator
Flash
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Figure 13-2:
The camera
screen
ready
to take
pictures on
the 8500.
Zoom
Low-light indicator
Number of pictures you can capture
Reading the screen indicators
When you open the Camera application, the first thing you see is the screen
shown in Figure 13-1 (8900) or Figure 13-2 (8500). The top portion of this
screen shows you the image you’re about to capture. Immediately below the
preview are icons that indicate (starting from the left)
✓Number of pictures you can capture
✓Zoom
✓Flash for 8900
✓Low-light indicator
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Choosing the picture quality
Your Curve can capture images with as much resolution as 2.0 megapixels
(MP) for the 8500 and 3.2 MP for the 8900. Saving images at this resolution requires considerable space, though. Just be mindful when shooting,
and consider saving images at a lower quality to save some space on your
BlackBerry.
Get a big microSD card. Nowadays, even a 32GB microSD card is inexpensive,
and it holds thousands of pictures.
Here are the three resolutions you can choose:
✓Normal: The default setting. This 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 as fine as the other resolution choices.
If you’re just taking pictures of your friends’ faces so you can attach
them as Caller IDs, Normal is appropriate.
✓Fine: A middle setting between Normal and SuperFine. This is a compromise if you’re concerned about space and want to capture more pictures. The best use is for any electronic viewer; this option isn’t good for
printing.
✓SuperFine: The best quality that your Camera can capture. Choose this
if you plan on printing the images.
Changing picture quality is a snap. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Camera application.
2. Press the menu key and then select the Options icon.
3. Highlight Picture Quality and then press the Space key until the setting you want is highlighted.
Pressing the Space key toggles the picture quality value among Normal,
Fine, and SuperFine.
4. Press the menu key and then select Save.
The picture quality you chose is active.
Zooming and focusing
You need to be steady to get a good focus while taking your 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.
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When taking pictures, hold your Curve with both hands, one holding the
smartphone steady and the other pressing the trackball or trackpad. If the
right convenience key is set to Camera, you can press that instead of the
trackball or trackpad.
Holding the smartphone with both hands is even more important if you’re
zooming in. Yes, your camera is capable of up to 3.0x digital zoom. Here’s
what you need to do to focus and zoom:
✓To focus: Your camera has autofocus. Just hold it steady.
✓To zoom in: Slide up with the trackball or trackpad.
✓To zoom out: Slide down with the trackball or trackpad.
While zooming, the value in the indicator changes from 1.0x to 2.0x to 3.0x
and vice versa, depending on the direction you scroll.
When zooming, your thumb is already on the trackball or trackpad. What a
convenient way to take the picture — just press.
We don’t recommend using the zoom. 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 pixelated the picture becomes. To get a clearer picture, get closer to the object.
Setting the flash
If you have the BlackBerry Curve 8900, your smartphone comes with a 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.
You can turn the flash on, off, or to automatic. The default setting is
Automatic. 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 and selecting Options.
The 8500 has no flash.
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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, including
the Curve, have a feature called white balance that corrects or compensates
for many types of light settings.
You can choose Sunny, Cloudy, Night, Incandescent, Fluorescent, or
Automatic (the default). 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, which is accessible by pressing the
menu key and then selecting Options.
Setting the picture size
Aside from picture quality, you can adjust the size of the photo:
✓Large: 1600 x 1200. This is the default setting.
Large uses more memory.
✓Medium: 1024 x 768
✓Small: 640 x 480
Again, camera settings are accessible through the camera’s Options screen —
press the menu key and then select Options from the menu that appears.
Geotagging
Because your Curve has GPS capability, your location based on longitude
and latitude can be determined easily. This information can be added to your
media files, including pictures taken from your camera. Now you don’t have
to wonder where you took that crazy pose. Adding geographic information is
known as geotagging.
Geotagging is disabled by default. Enable it from the camera’s Options
screen: Press the menu key and then 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.
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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 pictures
If you take a picture, you want to see it, right? You can see an image you just
captured right then and there, as shown in Figure 13-3.
Figure 13-3:
The Camera
screen after
taking a
picture.
All the pictures you took on your Camera are filed directly to a folder in your
system. The possible default folder location of pictures is based on whether
you opted to save it in
✓Device Memory: /Device Memory/home/user/pictures
✓Media Card: /Media Card/BlackBerry/pictures
Let your device file the pictures in the media card (microSD). The first time
you use Camera, it prompts you whether to save pictures to the media card.
If you aren’t sure what the current setting is, simply close the Camera application and then take out the microSD card and put it back in. The next time you
open Camera, it displays the same prompt about letting you save pictures to
the media card.
The format of the filename is based on the current date and time and named
as IMG<counter>-<yyyymmdd>-<hhmm>.jpg. So if you took the 21st picture at 9:30 a.m. on December 20, 2009, you end up with IMG00021-200912200930.jpg.
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If you’re browsing through your picture folders, view a picture by highlighting
it and pressing the trackball or trackpad.
Creating a slide show
To see your pictures in a slide show, follow these steps:
1. From the Camera screen, press the menu key, and then 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 aren’t happy with this interval, change it in the Options screen.
(Press the menu key and then select Options to get to the Options
screen.)
Trashing pictures
If you don’t like an image you captured, you can delete it. Follow these steps:
1. Highlight the picture you want to trash.
2. Press the menu key and then 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 13-3).
Listing filenames versus thumbnails
When you open a folder packed with pictures, your BlackBerry automatically
shows thumbnails, which are small previews of your pictures.
A preview is nice, but suppose you want to search for a picture by filename.
Here’s how:
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1. Go to a picture folder.
2. Press the menu key.
3. Select View List.
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, which 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 with 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?
1. Highlight the picture from a list.
On the Camera screen, view the list of your pictures by pressing the
menu key and then selecting View Pictures.
2. Press the menu key.
3. Select Properties.
You see a screen similar to Figure 13-4, which displays the file’s location in your BlackBerry, size, and last modification. The arrow with
Removable text indicates that it’s filed in the media card. The Hidden
check box allows you to hide the file when navigating through your picture list. Once hidden, the file disappears from the list, and the only way
to see the file in your Curve again is to use Explore. Check Chapter 14 for
details about Explore.
Figure 13-4:
Your
picture’s
properties.
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Organizing your pictures
Organization is all about time and the best use of it. After all, you want to
spend your time enjoying looking at your pictures — not looking for them.
Your BlackBerry Curve enables you to rename and move pictures to different
folders. You can create folders, too. With those capabilities, you should be on
your way to organization nirvana.
Renaming a picture file
BlackBerry autonames a file when you capture a picture. However, the name
of the picture is generic, something like IMGxxxx-currentdate-time, where x is
a number. Not very helpful.
Make it a habit to rename a photo as soon as you capture it. Using a name like
Dean blows birthday candles is much more helpful than IMG0029-20081013-0029.
Renaming a photo file is a snap. Here’s how:
1. Display the picture screen or highlight the photo file in the list.
The list is displayed from Camera when you press the menu key and
select View Pictures.
2. Press the menu key and select Rename.
A Rename screen appears, as shown in Figure 13-5.
3. Enter the name you want for this picture and then select Save.
Your picture is renamed.
Figure 13-5:
Rename
your picture
here.
Creating a folder
Being the organized person you are, you must be wondering about folders.
Don’t fret; it’s simple to create one. Here’s how:
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1. From the Camera screen, press the menu key and then select View
Pictures.
The screen displays the list of pictures in the folder where Camera saves
the pictures.
•If the current folder is still the default pictures-folder location, this
folder will be the root of where you can create your subfolder. You
can proceed to Step 3.
•Otherwise, follow Step 2 to select the Up icon 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 you are not, repeat this step to navigate to that folder.
3. Press the menu key and then select New Folder.
4. Type the name of the folder and then select OK.
Your folder is created.
Moving pictures
Here’s how to move pictures to a different folder:
1. From 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 isn’t 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.
In the screen that opens, navigate to the folder where you want to move
this picture.
3. Click the Up icon, and use the trackball or trackpad 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.
You can easily transfer your pictures to your PC or copy pictures from your
PC to your Curve. See Chapter 15 for details.
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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. From the Camera screen, press the menu key and then select View
Pictures.
2. Highlight a picture you want to share.
3. Press the menu key.
4. Select one of the choices listed here:
•Send as E-mail: This goes directly to the Message screen for composing an e-mail, with the selected picture as an attachment.
•Send as MMS: Similar to Send as Email, this opens a Compose
MMS screen with the selected picture as an attachment. MMS first
displays Contacts, though, letting you select the person’s phone
number to receive the MMS before going to the Compose screen.
Another difference is that in MMS, the Curve sends a tiny version
of the picture.
•Send to Messenger Contact: This option is available if you have
BlackBerry Messenger installed. This function is similar to Send
as MMS but displays only those contacts you have in BlackBerry
Messenger. It uses BlackBerry Messenger to send a tiny version of
the picture file.
•Send Using Bluetooth: Send the picture to any Bluetooth-capable
device.
You might see other ways to send a picture file if you have other instant messaging (IM) clients installed. For example, if you have Google Talk installed,
you will see the Send as Google Talk option.
Setting a picture as Caller ID
Wouldn’t it be nice when your girlfriend calls if you also could see her beautiful face? You can. Start with a photo of her saved on your BlackBerry Curve.
Then follow these steps:
1. Select the Media icon from the Home screen and then select Pictures.
2. Navigate to the location of the photo.
3. Highlight the photo you want to appear when the person calls.
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4. Press the menu key and then select Set as Caller ID.
The photo is displayed onscreen, with a superimposed, portrait-size
cropping rectangle. Inside the rectangle is a clear view of the photo;
outside the rectangle, the photo is blurry. The clear view represents
the portion of the photo that you want to show up as Caller ID. You can
move the trackball or trackpad to move the rectangle to make sure that
you crop to capture the face.
5. Crop the photo by pressing the trackball or trackpad and selecting
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.
Adding a photo to your contacts can also be done through the Contacts
application (refer to Chapter 4).
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:
1. Select the Media icon from the Home screen and then select Pictures.
2. Navigate to the location of the picture you want to use.
3. Highlight the picture.
4. Press the menu key and then select Set as Wallpaper.
You can always reset the screen image or go back to the default Home
screen image by following the preceding steps but selecting Reset
Wallpaper from the Menu screen in Step 4.
Say Action: Capturing Video
Your BlackBerry Curve camera application can do more than take still
photos. 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.
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2. Press the menu key and then select Video Camera.
The screen displays like a viewfinder on a typical digital video camera, as
shown in Figure 13-6. Press the trackball or trackpad to start recording.
Figure 13-6:
Toggle
to Video
Camera
mode here.
The onscreen controls 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 13-7). When you use the trackball or
trackpad to select the Record button, the video camera starts taking video,
and the only available control is a Pause button.
Figure 13-7:
BlackBerry
as a digital
video
camera on
the 8900
(left) and
8500 (right).
Available memory
Record
Video light
Recorded time
Available memory
Recorded time
Record
The indicators on your screen, as shown in Figure 13-7, are as follows:
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✓Available Memory: The more squares you see, the more free space you
have for saving videos to the device memory or the media card.
✓Video Light: Shows up only if you have the 8900. A circle around the
lightning icon, like you see on the left side of Figure 13-7, indicates that
Video light is off, which is the default setting.
The following section shows how to enable Video light.
✓Zoom: Like your still camera, it’s capable of giving you 3.0x digital zoom.
✓Recorded Time: Tells you how long, in seconds, you’ve been recording.
You can use the escape key to stop recording and save the captured video
or press the trackball or trackpad to pause recording. When you pause the
recording, the screen updates to show the rest of the controls, as you see in
Figure 13-8.
Figure 13-8:
The video
camera
controls.
Record
Stop
Play
Rename Delete
Send
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.
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✓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 Yahoo! Messenger, the IM client will be
listed as one of the options for sending the video file.
Customizing the Video Camera
Your BlackBerry has a few settings you can tweak to change the behavior
of the video camera. And as with 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 13-6).
3. Press the menu key and then select Options.
The Video Camera Options screen appears, as shown in Figure 13-9.
Figure 13-9:
Customize
your video
camera
here.
The available options are 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 on the video camera’s
lights. This is available only if you have the 8900. The Curve 8500 doesn’t
have a video light. While on the video camera screen, you can toggle this
setting on or off simply by pressing the Space key.
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Dropped something in a dark alley? This video light is a good alternative
to a flashlight when you need one.
Video Light is the flash that you use when taking still pictures. It stays lit
when you set the setting to On and open the Video Camera. The default
is Off.
Using Video Light is a drain on your battery.
✓Color Effect: The default color effect is Normal, which is standard color.
If you’re in the mood for effects, you can opt for Black & White or Sepia.
✓Video Format: This option is the screen resolution size. The default here
is Normal, at 240 x 180 for the 8900 and 320 x 240 for the 8500. If you’re
planning to send your video to friends through MMS, you can choose
MMS mode, which has the smaller size of 176 x 144 and is optimal for
MMS.
✓Folder: You can use this option to change the default location where
your BlackBerry saves the video file.
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Chapter 14
Satisfy Your Senses
with Media Player
In This Chapter
▶Listening to music
▶Selecting a ring tone
▶Recording your voice
▶Controlling your media files
I
f one word describes today’s phone market trends, it’s convergence. Your
BlackBerry Curve is among the participants in this convergence race. In
addition to sending and receiving e-mail and being a phone, a camera, and a
PDA, the Curve is an excellent portable media player.
In this small package, 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 easy to distinguish because it bears the image of a CD and a musical
note.
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Media is a collection of the following media applications:
✓Music
✓Video
✓Ring Tones
✓Pictures
✓Voice Notes
When you open Media, you see that each application is represented with an
icon, as shown in Figure 14-1. It’s not that difficult to figure out what each one
of these media applications is used for. Ready to have some fun?
Figure 14-1:
Explore
Media here.
Let the music play
You don’t need a quarter to play music on your BlackBerry Curve. Just select
the Music application from the Home screen (the left side of Figure 14-2) or
Music from the Media screen (refer to Figure 14-1). Either method launches
the same Music application.
Several potential views of your music collection appear, as shown on the
right side of Figure 14-2. Music is the screen heading. The views are
✓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: Views your music collection one album at a time.
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✓Genres: If you prefer not to mingle your country with your cutting-edge
techno, navigate through this view.
✓Playlists: Organizes and plays songs as you prefer — the perfect mix
tape!
✓Sample Songs: Go here when you’re dying to check the player but
haven’t yet put your collection into the BlackBerry.
✓Shuffle Songs: Life is all about variety, and when you’re tired of the song
order in your playlist, select this.
Figure 14-2:
Launch
Music from
the Media
screen (left),
and choose
how to view
your music
collection
(right).
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 14-3 doesn’t
require much explanation.
Figure 14-3:
The music
plays here.
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The two small icons at the bottom left indicate repeat and shuffle:
✓If you want the songs to be played again after the last song in the list is
played, just press the menu key and select Repeat.
✓Tired of hearing the same sequence of songs played? Press the menu
key and select Shuffle. Your songs will be played randomly.
You can’t fast-forward or rewind, but you can position where Curve is playing
by dragging the progress slider. Use the trackball or trackpad to select the
progress slider and then slide the trackball or trackpad to change the slider’s
position. Press the trackball or trackpad again, and the music starts playing
from that position.
BlackBerry supports many music formats. The following list shows the supported formats, along with the file extensions:
✓ACC: Audio compression formats AAC, AAC+, EAAC+, and AAC-LC (.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 Curve is for one ear only. This
is an issue when you’re on a train. You may prefer using a stereo (two-ear)
headset — or a Bluetooth headset is a good option.
The 8500 series has three media keys at the top. Starting from left, they are
✓Backward: This is the standard two arrow keys pointing to the left,
which you can use to go back to the previous song or movie in your
playlist.
✓Play/Pause: Pressing this middle media key launches the Media application. If the list of songs or videos is displayed, pressing this key plays
the currently highlighted media file. If a media file is playing, pressing
this key pauses the file.
✓Forward: This is the standard two arrow keys pointing to the right.
Press this key to go to the next media file.
Creating a playlist
Sure, you have favorites in your song library. Having a playlist would be nice,
right? On your Curve, you can create two types of playlists:
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✓Standard: A bare-bones playlist in which you manually add the music
you want.
✓Automatic: You can specify a combination by Artists, by Album, by
Genres, or any combination thereof.
To create a playlist, follow these steps:
1. From the Music screen, select Playlists.
To get to the Music screen, select Music in Media or from the Home
screen.
2. Select [New Playlist].
3. Select Standard Playlist or Automatic Playlist.
The screen that follows allows you to enter the name of your playlist
and either
•Add songs you select (Standard Playlist).
•Specify your playlist criteria (Automatic Playlist).
Skip to Step 5 if you selected Automatic Playlist.
4. If you select Standard Playlist, do the following:
a.Press the menu key and then select Add Songs.
Your music library listing appears.
b.Scroll to your music list, and select the song you want to add to
your playlist.
You return to the preceding screen, with the selected song added
to your playlist. Repeat this step for each song you want to add.
c.After you’ve added all the songs you want in Standard Playlist,
press the menu key and select Save.
You’re finished!
5. If you select Automatic Playlist, do the following:
a.Select the + button to the right of the music type criteria, and
select one of the listed combinations.
Again, you can choose by Artist, by Albums, by Genres, or a combination of any of the three options. If you choose by Artist, you’ll be
presented with the list of artists; the same is true for by Albums,
where a list of albums will be shown for you to select.
b.Repeat Step 5a to add more values to your criteria.
c.After you add all the criteria you want in Automatic Playlist,
press the menu key and select Save.
You’re finished!
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From time to time, you may have played a song and happened to like it. Want
to add it to your playlist? No problem. While you’re playing the song, simply
press the menu key and select Add to Playlist. Then select the playlist you
want that song added to from the screen that follows.
Playing from your playlist
Playing your playlist is a no-brainer:
1. From the Music screen, select Playlists.
To get to the Music screen, select Music in Media or from the Home screen.
2. Scroll to highlight the playlist you want to start playing.
3. Press the menu key and then select Play.
Now showing
Playing or recording a video is similar to playing music:
1. From the Media screen, select Video.
You can launch Media by selecting the Media icon from the Home
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 pressing the trackball
or trackpad. The familiar video and audio controls appear. From left to
right, they are Continue Recording, Stop, and Play. The other buttons
are Rename (for renaming the filename), Delete, and Send via e-Mail.
4. Select 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 onscreen.
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.
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To hear ring tones that come with your BlackBerry, do the following:
1. From the Media screen, select Ring Tones.
You see three views: All Ring Tones, My Ring Tones, and 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 preceding 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 many of the same music
formats:
✓ACC: Advanced Auto Coding format, used by iTunes
✓AMR: Adaptive Multi-Rate, a popular audio format for mobile transmission and mobile applications
✓M4A: A subset of ACC for audio only
✓MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a popular audio format for
musical instruments
✓MP3: MPEG Audio Layer 3, the most popular music format
✓WMA: Windows Media Audio, a Microsoft audio file format
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 preceding list and copy it to
your Curve. You can also find many free ring tones on the Internet. The only
possible harm from downloading one is being annoyed with how it sounds. The
Browser default Home page (http://mobile.blackberry.com) has links to
sources of ring tones as well. See the Fun and Pages link on the Home page.
Picture this
If you upgraded from an older BlackBerry, you may already know about
Pictures, which you use to view, zoom into, and rotate pictures:
1. From the Media screen, select Pictures.
Your options are similar to those for other Media applications.
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2. Navigate to the view you want.
3. Find the picture you’re looking for.
4. Select the file.
Pretty easy, right? At this point, your photo file is displayed in the
screen.
Check out Sample Pictures. Your BlackBerry comes with a collection of pictures that you can use as your Home screen background. Or assign one of the
cartoons to a contact as a Caller ID until you get a chance to take the person’s
picture and use that instead. (We describe how to do that in Chapter 13.)
Your Curve supports the following standard picture formats:
✓BMP: Bitmap file format (.bmp)
✓JPEG: Developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group committee
(.jpg); typically compresses the image file to a tenth of its size with
little perceptible loss of image quality
✓PNG: Portable Network Graphics (.png), which is a bitmapped image
format that employs a lossless data transmission
✓TIFF: Tagged Image File Format (.tif), which is mostly used in scanners and is under the control of Adobe Systems
✓WBMP: Wireless Bitmap (.wbmp) file format, which is optimized for
mobile devices
View in Pictures
When you’re in Pictures and navigating in a folder, the default view is always
showing thumbnails. This allows you to quickly view many pictures at the
same time before deciding which one to open.
Want to view all of them? Run a slide show. Press the menu key and select
View Slide Show.
A convenient way to view pictures in OS 5.0 is to slide the trackball or trackpad sideways. Scrolling right transitions the view to the next picture, and
you’ll see a smooth sideways movement of the picture in the screen. Scrolling
left transitions in the opposite direction until the preceding picture is
displayed.
Zoom to details
To zoom in a photo, open it, press the trackball or trackpad, and then select
Zoom. A tiny unobtrusive slider bar appears on the left side of the image.
Now use your trackball or trackpad: Sliding up zooms in, and sliding down
zooms out.
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Rotating a photo
Want to view yourself upside down? Maybe not.
But sometimes your pictures look better when
viewed horizontally. If your Curve runs OS 4.6,
you can rotate an image on the screen while you
view it in Pictures: Just press the trackball or
trackpad and select Rotate. The image rotates
90 degrees clockwise. By repeating the same
steps, you can keep rotating it; each press is
an additional 90-degree clockwise rotation. The
Rotate feature isn’t available in OS 5.0.
While you’re 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:
✓Fit to Screen
✓View Actual Size
Pressing the trackball or trackpad while a picture is displayed is equivalent to
zooming in 5.0. Once zoomed in, you can zoom out by pressing the escape key.
Record your voice
A feature-packed smartphone like your Curve 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:
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 14-4. At the top of the screen is a Record button,
and the bottom part lists your previous recordings.
2. Select Record.
3. Press the trackball or trackpad.
Your BlackBerry’s microphone is designed to be close to your mouth,
like any mobile phone’s mic should be.
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You can pause any time you want by pressing the Pause button. Familiar
video/audio controls appear. From left to right, they are Continue
Recording, Stop, and Play. Other buttons are Rename (for renaming the
file), Delete, and Send via E-Mail.
4. Press the trackball or trackpad and then select the Stop button to
wrap it up.
You return to the preceding screen. Your recent voice recording
appears in the list.
5. Select the voice recording to play it.
Figure 14-4:
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 Curve comes with dedicated volume buttons on the upper-right side of
the device. The top button (with the plus sign) turns up the volume, and the
button below (with the minus sign) turns down the volume. The onscreen
volume slider reflects anything you did with the volume buttons.
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Media shortcuts
Taking the time to master the following shortcuts now will pay you back in time later. Here
are the must-know Media shortcuts:
✓ Mute: Toggle between pausing and playing
music and video. (The key is located at the
upper right of the device and has a mutedspeaker label.)
✓ 6: Move to the next item.
✓ 3: Zoom in on a picture.
✓ 9: Zoom out on a picture.
✓ 5: Zoom back to the original picture size.
✓ , (comma): Rotate a picture counterclockwise.
✓ Space: Toggle between pausing and
resuming a slide show.
✓ 4: Move to the preceding item.
Navigating the menu
Almost all Media applications have a common menu, with the exception of
Pictures. The menu items are mostly self-explanatory, but the following sections quickly highlights what you’ll see.
Navigating the Pictures menu
You can easily jump to the next item in the list. Press the menu key while you
are viewing an image. In 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 image file in the current folder.
✓Previous: Jumps to the preceding item. This item appears only if there’s
a previous item in the current folder.
✓Delete: Deletes the image file.
✓Move: Moves the file to a different folder.
✓Rename: Renames the image file.
✓Properties: Displays a screen that shows the location of the image file,
its size, and the time it was last modified.
Navigating the Music, Videos, Ring Tones, and Voice Notes menu
Whether you are watching a video, playing music, hearing a ring tone, or listening to a voice note, you see the following after pressing the menu key:
✓Replay: Plays the media file again from the start.
✓Repeat: Plays the same media after it reaches the end.
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✓Show Playlist: Displays the list of media files on the current folder or
playlist.
✓Activate Handset: Mutes the device’s speaker. Use this if you want to
use the earpiece. This menu item appears only if you have activated the
speakerphone.
✓Activate Speakerphone: Uses the device’s speaker and mutes the earpiece. This menu item appears only if the handset is activated.
Using Explore
You can navigate to your media file in many ways, but Explore is probably
the quickest way to find a file. It’s easy to use because it has some similarities
to Windows Explorer, and it also has a search facility similar to Find in other
BlackBerry applications such as Contacts, MemoPad, and Tasks.
To launch Explore, simply select Media from the Home screen, press the
menu key, and select Explore. The Explore screen starts with the device root
folders: Media Card, Device Memory, and System.
Folders are in a tree hierarchy. You can get into the child folders (subfolders)
by selecting from the parent folder, starting from one of the root folders.
If you’ve set a property of a picture to hidden, Explore is the only place in
your Curve through which you’ll be able to locate the file again:
1. Navigate to the folder where your picture file is located.
2. Press the menu key and select Show Hidden.
The default location for pictures taken by Camera is either /Device
Memory/home/user/pictures or /Media Card/BlackBerry/pictures.
Changing the media flavor
Like the rest of your BlackBerry applications, you can customize Media:
1. From the Media screen, press the menu key.
2. Select Options.
The screen looks like the one shown in Figure 14-5. Each media customization option is described in the following sections.
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Figure 14-5:
The Media
Options
screen.
Customizing pictures
You can change the Pictures application in the following ways:
✓Sort By: 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 you’re viewing your files in a slide show,
a picture appears for this many seconds before moving to the next
picture.
✓Exclude Folders: Use this option when you don’t want to display any
pictures inside a particular folder. This makes it faster to load the list of
pictures. (The fewer pictures you have, the faster the Pictures application can load the list.) This option isn’t for your secret folders.
✓Set Convenience Keys: A button available only in OS 5.0 allows you to
change the settings for the right and left convenience keys, which are
shortcut keys to an application. The defaults are for the right-side key to
launch Camera and the left-side key to launch Voice Dialing.
Customizing media
You can finesse the rest of Media as follows:
✓Auto Stop Media Player When Idle: You can set this to Off (the default),
5, 10, 20, 30, or 45 minutes. This can save you battery life if you get distracted and leave your Curve on a table playing video.
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✓Turn Off Auto Backlighting: The backlighting feature provides additional screen lighting when Curve detects that you need it. You’ll notice
it when you move your Curve from shade to direct sunlight. We find it
bothersome when watching a movie. For that reason — and to extend
battery life — toggle it Off here.
✓Audio Boost: Allows you to increase the volume beyond the normal
level. The default setting is Off. If you set it On, it gives you a fair warning about possible ear discomfort when you’re using headphones.
✓Headset Equalizer: The default is Off, but if you want to have a different
audio setting, you have several options: Bass Boost, Bass Lower, Dance,
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lounge, Loud, R&B, Rock, Treble Boost, Treble Lower,
and Vocal Boost.
Chapter 15
Managing Media Files
In This Chapter
▶Using your BlackBerry Curve as a flash drive
▶Exploring and using Roxio
T
he ways that you can get your hands on media constantly evolve. Ten
years ago, who would have thought that you could buy music from a tiny
card or from an “all you can download” 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, the BlackBerry application on your Curve, is a great music player, but
without music files, it’s as useless as a guitar without strings. And to satisfy
your quest for mobile media satisfaction, this chapter gives you good information on ways to manage your media files.
This chapter is for PC users. BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac is not yet
released at the time of writing, so it will not be covered in this chapter.
Working with Media Files
To acquire media files for your BlackBerry Curve, there are as many choices
as there are ice cream flavors. The succeeding sections describe the most
common ways.
Using your Curve as a flash drive
The most common way of manipulating media files into and out of your
Curve is to attach it to a PC and use Windows Explorer:
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1. Connect your BlackBerry to your PC, using the USB cable that came
with your Curve.
Only folders and files stored on the microSD will be visible to your PC.
Make sure to have the microSD card in your BlackBerry Curve before
you connect your Curve to the PC.
When connected, the Curve screen displays a prompt for enabling mass
storage mode.
2. On the Curve screen, select Yes.
A screen appears on your Curve, asking for your password.
3. On the Curve screen, type your BlackBerry password.
The device is now ready to behave like an ordinary flash drive. On your
PC, the Removable Disk dialog box opens.
4. On your PC, in the Removable Disk dialog box, click Open Folder to
View Files and then click OK.
This opens the familiar Windows Explorer screen.
5. Manipulate your media files as you want.
You can do anything you typically do with a normal Windows folder,
such as drag and drop, copy, and delete files.
6. Close Windows Explorer when you’re finished.
Meet and greet BlackBerry
Desktop Media Manager
Roxio is known for its CD-ripping software. (Ripping 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 this
version doesn’t offer the entire Roxio software suite, you can still take advantage of fantastic features, such as
✓Ripping CDs
✓Converting files to get the best playback on your Curve
✓Managing music files
✓Syncing media files to your device
If you have an old version of Media Manager, just 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.
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In the following sections, we show you the Media Manager interface and how
to copy a video file onto your Curve.
Accessing Media Manager
You can access Media Manager through BlackBerry Desktop Manager, which
Chapter 16 describes in detail. Get to Desktop Manager this way:
1. On your PC, click the Windows Start button.
2. Choose All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager appears, as shown in Figure 15-1.
Figure 15-1:
Access
Media
Manager
here.
3. Click the Media icon.
A screen appears, showing Media Manager and BlackBerry Media Sync
sections. Each section has a Start button.
4. In the Media Manager section, click the Start button.
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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Other features of Media Manager
Spend some time exploring Media Manager.
It has interesting features you may 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 a song
✓ E-mail media files
✓ Record audio
✓ Customize photo printing
The Media Manager screen (shown in Figure 15-2) is 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 selected from the left side.
Figure 15-2:
View your
media files
on this
screen.
The top section looks the same as the bottom section. The top half — My
Media — represents your desktop; the bottom — My Devices — represents
your Curve. You can move or copy files easily. When you’re copying, for
example, one section can be the source, and the other section, the destination. By simply dragging the files between the two sections, you can copy on
the same screen. Neat, right?
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Importing media files to Media Manager
Here’s a quick and easy way to import media files:
1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to find 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 to 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.
You can also use Media Manager to locate the files you want without going
through Windows Explorer. The trick is to change the view to Folders. Check
out the two tabs at the upper left. The first tab, My Media, is the default view.
The Folders tab, just to the right of My Media, bears an icon of (go figure) a
folder.
Click the Folders tab. You see a tree view, but this time, it looks exactly like
you see it in Windows Explorer, as shown in Figure 15-3. The files can be on
your local hard drive or in a network folder accessible by your desktop
computer.
Figure 15-3:
Navigate to
your desktop media
files here.
Not all media file types are directly compatible with your Curve. This is especially true for video files. But Media Manager can convert most media files to a
usable Curve format.
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Adding a media file to your Curve
Time to copy files to your Curve. Here’s the rundown:
1. Connect your Curve to your PC, using the USB cable that came with
your BlackBerry.
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 to a format that’s usable by your
Curve, as shown in Figure 15-4.
Figure 15-4:
Choose to
convert your
media files
for optimum
playback.
3. Select a conversion option:
•Convert for Optimal Playback: This is the safest bet and is the default.
This option is applicable to video files where the converter makes
sure that the video fits perfectly with Curve’s screen resolution.
•Copy with No Conversion: Copies the file faster. The file is copied
to your Curve as is, but it might not play on your Curve.
•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. (RSS — Really Simple Syndication — is
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, respectively.)
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To sync your Curve with iTunes, follow these quick and easy steps:
1. Click the Windows Start button.
2. Choose All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
3. When BlackBerry Desktop Manager appears (refer to Figure 15-1),
click the Media icon.
A screen appears, showing Media Manager and BlackBerry Media Sync
sections. Each section has a Start button.
4. In the BlackBerry Media Sync section, click the Start button.
In the dialog box that appears (such as the one shown in Figure 15-5),
click the double-chevron icon in the lower left of the window to display
options for the section of iTunes you want to synchronize.
Figure 15-5:
The
BlackBerry
Media Sync
screen.
5. Click the Show iTunes Playlist icon (lower left).
A selection of what you have in iTunes appears, as shown in Figure 15-6.
This is the part of the screen where you choose iTunes media file types.
6. Select the iTunes media you want copied to your Curve.
7. Click the Sync button.
There you go. You see a progress bar showing the synchronization of
the media files from iTunes.
Downloading sounds
RIM offer a Web site from which you can sample and download new ring
tones, alarms, notifiers, and tunes. On your Curve, simply go to http://
mobile.blackberry.com.
On this page, scroll down to the Personalize section, and click the Ringtones
link. A list of available ring tones will be displayed. And did we mention that
they’re free?
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Figure 15-6:
Choose
your iTunes
media here.
Clicking the ring tone link gives you an option to either play it or download
to your Curve. Downloaded ring tones are filed in the My Ring Tones section
when you open the Ring Tones inside the Media application.
RIM isn’t the only site where you can find ring tones. The Web is a treasure
trove, and ring tones and other media files are safe to download, so go hunting.
And the best place to find BlackBerry-related software — including ring tones —
is to visit the ever-growing BlackBerry community on the Web. Check out
http://crackberry.com, http://blackberrycool.com, and http://
blackberryreview.com, to name a few.
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Working with
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Desktop Manager
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 16). You’ll also find out how to leverage Switch
Device Wizard to migrate your existing data to your new
BlackBerry Curve (Chapter 17). 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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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 Curve 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 your Curve.
In this chapter, you explore Synchronize and see how to manually and automatically synchronize your Curve with your desktop computer. You find tips
about which options you may want to use. Before all that, however, is a section on BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
If you’re a Mac user, good news! The folks at Research In Motion have finally
rolled out a Mac version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager. You no longer have
to use PocketMac, which is way behind on features and capabilities compared to its Windows cousin BlackBerry Desktop Manager. In this book, we
focus mainly on the PC version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager, but we also
show screenshots of the Mac version of the application in different areas to
let you Mac users out there know that you can do the same tasks in the Mac
BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
If you’re using a corporate BlackBerry Curve that’s running under BlackBerry
Enterprise Server, you can skip this chapter. BlackBerry smartphones running
under BlackBerry Enterprise Server synchronize over the air (OTA), via serial
bypass, or wirelessly.
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Meeting BlackBerry Desktop Manager
The centerpiece of your desktop activities — such as data synchronization,
switching smartphones, and data backup on the BlackBerry — is BlackBerry
Desktop Manager, which is a suite of programs that includes the following:
✓Application Loader: Installs BlackBerry applications and updates the
BlackBerry OS.
✓Backup and Restore: Backs up your Curve data and settings. Check out
Chapter 18 for details.
✓Synchronize: Synchronizes Curve data with your PC (um, the topic of
this chapter).
✓Media Manager: Uploads media files to your Curve 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 Curve. See Chapter 17 for details.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager is software loaded on the CD that comes with
your Curve. Your Curve’s packaging provides instructions on how to install
BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your desktop computer. For corporate
users, check with your BlackBerry system administrator for more details.
Installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager
and Desktop Redirector
As we mention, use the CD that comes with your Curve to install BlackBerry
Desktop Manager on your computer. At the same time, you can also install
Desktop Redirector. (Read more about this in Chapter 8.) Desktop Redirector
allows you to redirect e-mail that you receive in Outlook. This means that
even if you get e-mails through Outlook (such as work e-mails), you can have
those e-mails redirected to your Curve.
Only e-mails from mailboxes connected to your Outlook mailbox are redirected. Your PC and the redirector must run all the time to keep redirection
active.
When you insert the CD, the installation wizard runs automatically. Follow
the onscreen instructions. On one of the wizard screens, you choose whether
this installation is for personal or work e-mail. Choosing the option for work
e-mail enables you to use Desktop Redirector for both personal and work
e-mail.
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If you aren’t using a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and you want to
redirect your Outlook e-mail to your Curve, when you’re installing BlackBerry
Desktop Manager, make sure that you select the Redirect Messages Using the
BlackBerry Desktop Redirector option on the installation screen, as shown in
Figure 16-1.
Figure 16-1:
Configure
the
BlackBerry
Desktop
Manager
installation
to include
Desktop
Redirector.
If your Curve is running under a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server, 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!
Most companies are protective of corporate data, including your work e-mails.
Make sure you aren’t violating your company’s policy before you decide to
redirect your work e-mails to your personal BlackBerry.
Launching BlackBerry Desktop Manager
In most Windows installations, you find the shortcut to launch BlackBerry
Desktop Manager through your computer’s Start menu. Follow these steps to
launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager:
1. Choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
2. Connect your Curve to your computer, using the USB cable that came
with your device.
With the microSD card in your Curve, upon connecting to your PC, your
Curve screen displays a prompt for enabling mass storage mode. It also
asks for your Curve’s password when you answer Yes to the prompt.
Upon answering Yes and entering your password, your Curve will
behave like a flash drive. A drive letter will be added to My Computer
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(or just plain Computer in Microsoft Vista) in Windows Explorer, allowing you to treat the microSD card as a normal flash drive.
3. Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
The BlackBerry Desktop Manager opening screen appears (see
Figures 16-2 and 16-3).
Figure 16-2:
BlackBerry
Desktop
Manager
under
Windows.
Figure 16-3:
BlackBerry
Desktop
Manager on
the Mac.
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BlackBerry Desktop Manager 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 15)
✓Synchronize
Connecting BlackBerry Desktop
Manager to your Curve
You establish a connection between your Curve and BlackBerry Desktop
Manager through the USB cable. After BlackBerry Desktop Manager is running,
it tries to find a BlackBerry (your Curve) on the type of connection specified.
The default connection is USB, so you shouldn’t need to configure anything.
Follow these steps to connect your Curve to BlackBerry Desktop Manager:
1. Plug in your device to your desktop.
Keep your device on.
2. Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager tries to find a BlackBerry (your Curve) on a
USB connection.
3. If your device has a password, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 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:
•BlackBerry Desktop Manager can’t find the device being connected via the USB cable. Make sure that the USB cable is properly
attached at both ends.
•The connection setting isn’t set to use USB. To check this connectivity setting, go to Step 5.
5. Choose Options➪Connection Options on the right side of the
BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen.
The screen shown in Figure 16-4 appears. Make sure that the connection
setting uses USB.
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6. In the Connection Type drop-down list, select the USB connection with
your Curve’s PIN.
Figure 16-4:
Possible
connection types
for your
BlackBerry
Curve.
Running BlackBerry Desktop
Manager for the first time
If you’re running BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the first time, the program
does the following:
✓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 which applications are on your device and which 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, BlackBerry Desktop Manager attempts
to run synchronization for your PIM. This is discussed in the section
“Synchronizing automatically,” later in this chapter.
Setting Up Synchronize
Synchronize is the part of BlackBerry Desktop Manager that allows you to
synchronize your data between your desktop computer and your Curve. (If
your Curve is running on BlackBerry Enterprise Server, your data is already
synced wirelessly, so you don’t need your desktop for synchronization.)
Synchronize is an icon on the BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen with two
opposing arrows on top of two paper images. To launch Synchronize, simply
double-click its icon. A screen like the one shown in Figure 16-5 appears.
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Figure 16-5:
The
Synchronize
screen.
The Synchronize screen is divided into two sections. You can navigate
through the links on the left:
✓Synchronize, the default view, allows you to manually trigger synchronization (refer to Figure 16-5). See the “Using on-demand synchronization”
and “Synchronizing Automatically” sections, later in this chapter, for
more details and for when you use this screen.
✓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 help you organize the interface (see Figure 16-6).
The first thing you need to work with is the Synchronization Configuration
screen. The following section helps you do that.
Configuring PIM synchronization
The important item in the Synchronization Configuration subsection, as
shown in Figure 16-6, is the Synchronization button. You use that button to
configure PIM synchronization.
Click the Synchronization button to display the screen shown in Figure 16-7.
You can see that the names correspond to the BlackBerry Curve applications,
except for Contacts, which goes by the name Address Book. This screen is
the entry point of the entire synchronization configuration for PIM applications. Selecting an application on this screen allows you to pair the PIM handheld application to a desktop application (most likely Outlook).
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Figure 16-6:
The
Synchroni­
zation
Configuration screen.
Figure 16-7:
The PIM
configuration screen.
From the PIM configuration screen, select which application data you want to
sync with your Curve. The following popular PIM applications can be synced
to your Curve: ACT!, ASCII Text File Converter, Lotus Notes, Lotus Organizer,
Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Microsoft Schedule.
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The types of application data that can be synchronized to your Curve are
✓Calendar: Synchronize your appointments and events stored in your
favorite PIM application.
✓MemoPad: Synchronize any notes or text that you have been storing in
your PIM application.
✓Address Book: Synchronize any contact information with your Curve.
✓Tasks: Synchronize your to-do list.
Follow these steps to set up your device’s synchronization:
1. Connect your Curve to BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
2. Click the Synchronize icon.
3. Click the Synchronization link.
(The link is below the Configuration link on the left side of the screen;
refer to Figure 16-6.) In the Synchronization Configuration section is the
Configure Synchronization Settings for My Desktop Program label.
4. Click the Synchronization button.
5. Select the check box next to an application data type (Calendar,
MemoPad, Address Book, or Tasks) that you want to synchronize.
For example, we selected the Calendar application data type.
6. Click the Setup button.
This opens the Calendar Setup screen.
7. Select a PIM application from which to retrieve application data by
clicking your desired application.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager pulls your selected application data from
the application selected from this screen. In Figure 16-8, we selected
Microsoft Outlook. This means that when we synchronize the Curve,
BlackBerry Desktop Manager retrieves Calendar data from Microsoft
Outlook.
8. Click Next.
9. On the Synchronization Options screen that opens, select which direction the synchronization will follow (see Figures 16-9 and 16-10).
Here are the three available synchronization options:
•Two Way Sync allows you to synchronize changes in both your
Curve and in your desktop application.
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•One Way Sync from Device synchronizes only the changes made to
your Curve. Changes to your desktop application aren’t reflected
in your Curve.
•One Way Sync to Device synchronizes changes made in your desktop application with your Curve. Any changes made in your Curve
aren’t reflected in your desktop application.
Figure 16-8:
Choose the
desktop
application
here.
Figure 16-9:
Decide
which
direction
synchronization
follows
(under
Windows).
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10. Click Next.
The Options screen opens for the PIM application you selected in Step 7.
Figure 16-11 shows the Microsoft Outlook Options screen.
Figure 16-10:
Decide
which
direction
synchronization
follows (on
the Mac).
Figure 16-11:
Select
specific
application
settings
here.
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For synchronization to Microsoft Outlook, make sure that you select the
correct user profile in the Outlook User Profile drop-down list. This is
particularly pertinent in cases in which you have multiple user profiles
in your computer. Choosing the wrong one may result in putting the
wrong data into your Curve.
The amount of data that is reconciled or synchronized in a given application can also be controlled. For example, as shown in Figure 16-11,
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.
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.
11. Click Next and then click Finish.
Clicking the Next button brings you to the Calendar Setup Finish screen,
and clicking the Finish button completes configuring the Calendar synchronization you 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. A specific bit of information, or attribute, is 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 Curve Contacts but is available in Exchange (Outlook) Address Book. In some instances, Synchronize
provides an alternative field and lets you decide whether to map it.
If you ever 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 in the following steps :
1. From BlackBerry Desktop Manager, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link.
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears (refer to Figure 16-7).
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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 16-12.
Figure 16-12:
The
Advanced
screen for
Address
Book.
6. Click the Map Fields button.
The Map Fields screen for the Address Book/Contacts application
appears (see Figure 16-13). To map or unmap, click the arrow icons.
If you aren’t 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 OK. If you think you made a mistake, click
Cancel to save yourself from having to restore settings.
7. Click OK to save your changes.
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Figure 16-13:
The Map
Fields
screen for
Address
Book.
Confirming record changes
Face facts: Doing a desktop synchronization isn’t 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 fence. The Advanced screen comes
into picture here. To get to this view, follow these steps:
1. From BlackBerry Desktop Manager, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link.
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears (refer to Figure 16-7).
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 16-12).
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.
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Resolving update conflicts
Synchronize needs to know how you want to handle any conflicts between
your Curve and your desktop application. A conflict normally happens when
the same record is updated on your Curve and also in Outlook. For instance,
you change Jane Doe’s mobile number on both your Curve and PC 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 BlackBerry Desktop Manager, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears.
2. Click the Synchronization link.
3. Click the Synchronize button.
The PIM configuration screen appears (refer to Figure 16-7).
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 16-12).
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 16-14. From the
Conflict Resolution screen, you can tell Synchronize to handle conflicts
in a few ways. Here are the options:
•Add All Conflicting Items: When a conflict happens, adds a new
record to the Curve for the changes on the desktop, and adds a
new record to the desktop for the changes on the Curve.
•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 aren’t 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 when it encounters a conflict. We don’t recommend this option, because there’s no telling on which side you
made the good update.
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Figure 16-14:
Manage
conflicts
here.
7. Select the option you want.
8. Click OK to save the settings.
Ready, Set, Synchronize!
Are you ready to synchronize? Previously in this chapter, we show you ways
to define synchronization filters and rules for your e-mail and PIM data. Now
it’s time to be brave and click the button. You can synchronize in one of two
ways:
✓Manually: Click the Synchronize Now icon.
✓Automatically: Choose How Often on the calendar.
Using on-demand synchronization
On-demand synchronization is a feature in Synchronize 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 make
updates to your appointments in Outlook while your Curve is connected to
your PC, this feature allows you to be sure that your updates make it to your
Curve before heading out the door.
Without delay, here are the steps:
1. From BlackBerry Desktop Manager, click the Synchronize link.
The Synchronize screen appears (refer to Figure 16-5). The following
four check boxes let you be selective:
•Reconcile Messages: Synchronize your e-mails between Outlook
and your Curve.
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•Synchronize Organizer Data: Include notes, appointments,
addresses, and tasks.
•Run Add-in Actions: You have third-party applications that require
data synchronization between your PC and your Curve.
•Update Device Date and Time: You want both the PC and Curve
to have the same time. This ensures that you’re reminded of your
appointments at the same time for both Outlook and your Curve.
2. Select the check boxes for the data you want to synchronize.
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 that conflict. When finished,
the progress screen disappears and the Synchronize screen reappears.
If you turned on automatic synchronization (see the next section), the
items you select in Step 2 automatically sync every time you connect
your Curve to your PC.
4. Click the Close button.
Synchronizing automatically
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
reason you open BlackBerry Desktop Manager is because you want to run
Synchronize. So opening Synchronize and clicking the Synchronize button
are somewhat annoying.
To make Synchronize run automatically every time you connect your Curve
to your PC, simply make sure that you select the last check box on the
Synchronize screen (refer to Figure 16-5) — Synchronize the Selected Items
When Your Device Is Connected to the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
You may be asking, “What items will autosynchronization sync?” Good question. Synchronize automatically syncs the items you selected in the top portion of the Synchronize screen. Note that if you make a change, selecting or
deselecting an item on the Synchronize screen, only the selected items will
be synced automatically the next time you connect your Curve to your PC.
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Switching Devices
In This Chapter
▶Switching from an old BlackBerry to a BlackBerry Curve
▶Switching from a PDA to a BlackBerry Curve
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 (Research In Motion)
wants to make switching devices as painless as possible. That’s why Device
Switch Wizard is part of the suite of applications in BlackBerry Desktop
Manager.
Device Switch exists in Windows, but we’re sure that by the time you read this,
a Mac version will be available. We included screenshots of the prerelease version of Device Switch on the Mac, but be aware that the actual release version
may differ slightly.
Switching to a New BlackBerry
Switching from an older BlackBerry to your new Curve is no big deal. When
you want to transfer application data (e-mails and contacts, for example) to
your new Curve, BlackBerry Desktop Manager Device Switch Wizard backs up
your old BlackBerry and loads that backup to your new device.
On your PC, the following steps help you transition from your old device to
your new BlackBerry Curve:
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 17-1.
2. Click the Device Switch Wizard icon.
The Device Switch Wizard screen lets you choose whether to switch
from BlackBerry to BlackBerry Curve or from non-BlackBerry to
BlackBerry Curve. The BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry section tells you to connect your current (old) BlackBerry to your PC.
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Figure 17-1:
Launch
Device
Switch
Wizard
here.
3. Connect your old BlackBerry to your PC with the USB cable.
Keep your BlackBerry on when connecting.
4. Click the Start button below Switch BlackBerry Devices.
The next screen lets you verify the PINs for both devices — the old
BlackBerry on the left and your new Curve on the right, as shown in
Figure 17-2. Because you connected only your old BlackBerry, it should
be preselected.
Your BlackBerry PIN isn’t a password — it’s your BlackBerry smartphone identifier. You can find the PIN by choosing Options➪Status on
your BlackBerry.
5. Decide whether to include user data and third-party applications and
then click Next.
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 to connect
your new BlackBerry Curve.
6. Connect your BlackBerry Curve to your PC with the USB cable.
The next screen, as shown in Figure 17-3, lets you verify that your Curve is
connected properly, with your Curve’s PIN preselected in the drop-down
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list. It also asks for the password. Because data is already backed up from
the old BlackBerry, the old device is no longer needed on succeeding
steps, and it doesn’t matter whether you keep the old one connected.
Figure 17-2:
Verify that
your old
BlackBerry
is connected to
the PC and
decide
what data
to include
here.
Figure 17-3:
Type your
device
password
here.
7. Enter the password of your Curve and then click OK.
A screen similar to Figure 17-4 tells you what will be restored to the new
device. Nothing has been done to your new BlackBerry Curve yet, and
this is your last chance to cancel the process.
8. Click Finish.
A progress screen shows you the loading process.
9. When the Success screen appears, click the Close button.
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Figure 17-4:
Confirming
loading
data onto
your new
BlackBerry
Curve.
Figures 17-5 and 17-6 show how to switch your device from an old BlackBerry
to your new Curve on a Mac. Again, these screenshots are the prerelease
version, so it’s possible that the process is a little different on your version.
After launching BlackBerry Desktop Manager, you can run Switch Device by
going to the Device menu and selecting Switch Device. The screen shown
in Figure 17-6 appears with a few options that allow you to move your old
BlackBerry data to your new Curve.
Figure 17-5:
On the Mac,
choose
Switch
Device here.
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Figure 17-6:
Switch
Device
on a Mac
version of
BlackBerry
Desktop
Manager.
Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device
This section is applicable only to Windows. The prerelease version of
BlackBerry Desktop Manager on the Mac does not show support for any
other devices.
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; Device Switch Wizard just makes it simpler for these two types of
devices. Check Chapter 16 for synchronization options for your Desktop PIM
application if your old device is neither a Palm nor a Microsoft Windows
Mobile device.
Palm device requirements
Your PC and Palm have to meet three prerequisites for Device Switch Wizard
to import data from Palm to your BlackBerry Curve:
✓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, or 6.0.1.
✓The Palm Desktop software installed is synchronizing properly with the
Palm device.
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You can check your Palm user guide for more details about your Palm device
and 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 on which it runs.
Windows Mobile device requirements
You need the following for Device Switch 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 or 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 recommend hot-syncing or synchronizing your Palm or Windows Mobile
device; this ensures that the data you’re sending to your Curve is current.
Palm Desktop Software, as well as Microsoft ActiveSync, should come with
help information on how to hot-sync.
Although the following steps migrate Windows Mobile data to the Curve, the
steps are similar for Palm. We indicate at what point the steps vary. Do the
following to get your other device’s data migrated to your new Curve:
1. Connect both the Windows Mobile device and BlackBerry Curve to
your desktop computer.
2. On your PC, choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
The Desktop Manager screen appears (refer to Figure 17-1).
3. Click the Device Switch Wizard icon.
4. When Device Switch Wizard appears, click the image next to Switch
from Another Device to BlackBerry Device.
The Welcome screen, as shown in Figure 17-7, describes what the tool
can do.
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Figure 17-7:
Migrating
data from
a nonBlackBerry
device.
5. Click Next.
A screen prompts you to decide whether you’re migrating from Palm
or Windows Mobile, as shown in Figure 17-8. The wizard is intelligent
enough to enable the option associated to the connected device, which
in this figure is a Windows Mobile device.
Figure 17-8:
The wizard
has already
selected
which
device to
port.
6. Click Next.
Hot-syncing the Windows Mobile device kicks in at this point. You see
a series of screens for each of the application’s data, such as Calendar,
Contacts, and MemoPad. A sample for the Calendar data is shown in
Figure 17-9. The screen indicates what to sync and will be empty if you
already performed a hot-sync before running the wizard. Otherwise,
it will take some time, depending on how much data there is to sync
between the device and the desktop software.
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Figure 17-9:
A message
showing
hot-syncing
on your
device.
7. Click OK.
A progress screen appears. Before the data is applied to your Curve, the
wizard prompts you about the change, as shown in Figure 17-10. Click the
following buttons on this screen to either confirm or reject the change:
•Details: You want to know the records the wizard is trying to apply.
•Accept: You just want the data migrated.
•Reject: Ignore this data and continue.
•Cancel: Change your mind and cancel the whole operation.
Figure 17-10:
Confirm the
importing of
data here.
8. Click the Accept or the 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 Finish.
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Protecting Your Information
In This Chapter
▶Performing a full backup of your BlackBerry Curve data
▶Restoring from backups
▶Selecting what data to back up
▶Backing up and restoring wirelessly
I
magine that you left your beautiful Curve in the back of a cab. You lost
your Curve for good! Okay, not so good. What happens to all your information? How will you replace all those contacts? What about security?
Take a deep breath, and relax a bit. One thing you don’t need to worry about
is information security — if you set up a security password on your Curve,
that is. With security password protection enabled, anyone who finds your
Curve has only ten chances to enter the correct password; after those ten
chances are up, it’s self-destruction time. Although the conclusion isn’t as
smoky as those self-destructing tapes from Mission Impossible, your Curve
does erase all its information, thwarting your would-be data thief. Sad but
safe.
If you haven’t set up a password for your Curve, do it now! For information on
how to do so, see Chapter 3.
Hmm. But how do you get back all the information that was on your Curve?
That’s what this chapter is all about. Vital information — 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.
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If your Curve isn’t on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry
Desktop Manager is the only way to back up and restore information
to and from your desktop PC. And SmrtGuard (pronounced smart guard)
offers a wireless backup and restore service if you don’t have the
habit of plugging your Curve into your PC. If that sounds like you, go to
the end of this chapter to find an introduction to SmrtGuard’s backup
and restore solution, which can give you peace of mind when it comes
to protecting your data.
Accessing Backup and Restore
Backup and Restore — a BlackBerry Desktop Manager application — allows
you to back up all the sensitive data on your Curve, including contacts,
e-mails, memos, to-do’s, and personal preferences and options.
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 Curve, follow these steps:
1. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC by choosing Start➪
All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop Manager.
If you haven’t already installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC,
see Chapter 16.
2. Connect your Curve to your PC with the USB cable that came with
your Curve.
If everything is set up right, a pop-up window on your PC asks you
to type your BlackBerry security password. Make sure your Curve is
turned on.
3. Type your password.
The Curve connects to the PC.
4. On the BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen opens (see Figure 18-1). You’re ready to
back up data from or restore information to your Curve.
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Figure 18-1:
The Backup
and Restore
screen.
Backing Up, BlackBerry Style
Everyone knows that backing up 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 Curve manually or by autopilot.
Backing up your Curve manually
To back up your Curve on demand, follow these steps:
1. Connect your Curve to your PC with the USB cable. Then, from the
PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears (refer to Figure 18-1).
2. Click the Back Up button.
The dialog box shown in Figure 18-2 appears, where you can name the
backup file and figure out where on your PC you want to save it.
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Figure 18-2:
Name and
find a home
for your
backup file.
3. Name your backup file, and choose a place to save it.
4. Click Save.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager starts backing up your Curve information
to your PC. Figure 18-3 shows the backup progress in the Transfer in
Progress window. Depending on how much information you have on
your Curve, the backup might take ten minutes to finish.
Figure 18-3:
A backup is
in progress.
Don’t unplug your Curve from the PC until the backup is finished!
5. When the Transfer in Progress window disappears, unplug the Curve
from the PC.
Setting up automatic backups
What’s better than backing up your information once? Remembering to back
up regularly! And 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.
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Follow these steps to set up an automatic backup:
1. From the PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the
Backup and Restore icon.
2. In the Backup and Restore screen, click the Options button.
The Backup Options screen appears, where you can schedule automatic
backups (see Figure 18-4).
Figure 18-4:
Set
automatic
backups
here.
3. Select the Back Up My Device Automatically Every xx Days check box.
Choosing this option allows you to make more decisions (check boxes
and options become active), such as how often you want BlackBerry
Desktop Manager to back up your Curve.
4. In the Days field, enter a number of days between 1 and 99.
This interval sets how often your Curve is backed up. For example, if
you enter 14, your Curve is backed up every 14 days. Go figure.
5. Select the Back Up All Device Application Data radio button.
This option backs up all the data on your Curve each time autobackup
runs.
Although you can exclude e-mail messages and information (such as
from Contacts, to-do’s, and memos), we recommend that you back
up everything each time. That way, when it’s time to restore to a new
BlackBerry, you get everything where you left off, including e-mail.
6. Click OK.
Now you can go on with your life without worrying when to back up.
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To run a backup, you must have your Curve connected to your PC. Make sure
that you plug your Curve 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 BlackBerry information from a previous
backup stored on your PC.
The steps to fully restoring your backup information are simple:
1. Connect your Curve to your PC using the USB cable. Then, from the
PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
2. In the Backup and Restore screen, click the Restore button.
An Open File dialog box asks where the backup file is on your PC.
3. Choose the desired backup file, and click Open.
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.
4. Click Yes 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.
Figure 18-5:
Be careful when
overwriting
existing info.
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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
toppings and condiments, you can choose to not back up and restore things
that you know you won’t need.
For example, say you accidentally deleted all your Internet bookmarks, and
now you want them back. Don’t restore all the information from your last
backup, which could be more than 90 days ago (depending on how often
your autobackup runs, if at all). You may 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 restored on
your Curve, use the selective backup and restore function in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager to 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, nothing else.
In the following sections, we use the term databases. Don’t worry; this isn’t as
technical as you think. Just think of a database as an information category on
your Curve. For example, saying “backing up your Browser bookmarks database” is just a fancy way of saying “backing up all your Browser bookmarks on
your Curve.”
Backing up, your way
To back up specific information — selectively — follow these steps:
1. Connect your Curve to your PC using the USB cable. Then, from the
PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
2. In the Backup and Restore screen, 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.
3. In the Device Databases list on the right side, Ctrl+click the databases
you want to back up.
4. Click the left-pointing (backup) double arrow.
This step merely transfers the databases onto your PC; it doesn’t save
them. That’s next.
A progress bar moves while your Curve is backed up. When the backup
transfer is finished, you can see the databases on the left side.
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Figure 18-6:
The
advanced
Backup/
Restore
screen.
5. Choose File➪Save As.
A file chooser appears.
6. Name your file, specify where you want to save it on your PC, and
click Save.
Make sure to name the file 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 6. Remember that a selective backup doesn’t automatically save your backup on your PC.
Looking at backup BlackBerry files
Whether you use the one-button backup
method or manually back up your files, backup
files are saved on your PC as IPD files. Are you
asking, “Can I read these backup files without
a BlackBerry?” The answer is yes! With the
third-party product ABC Amber BlackBerry
Converter, you can view any nonencrypted IPD
file. What’s the point? Suppose you lost your
BlackBerry but 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) to 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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Restoring, your way
When you’re restoring selectively, you must already have a backup file to
restore from. Although this may sound obvious, the point here 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 that 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. Connect your Curve to your PC with the USB cable. Then, from the
PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
2. In the Backup and Restore screen, 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.
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 the .ipd extension.
4. Select a backup file.
5. Click Open.
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) double 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 Curve has the same categories as the ones you’re restoring
(which is likely), you’ll overwrite any information you have on your
Curve.
You can confidently move on to Step 8 (clicking the Yes button) if you
know that the database you’re restoring has the information you’re
looking for.
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8. Click Yes.
A progress bar appears while the selected databases are being restored.
When the progress bar window disappears, the information categories
that you selected are restored on your BlackBerry.
Clearing Curve information, your way
You can also selectively delete information on your Curve from BlackBerry
Desktop Manager. Suppose you want to clear only your phone logs from
your Curve. 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.
To selectively delete databases on your Curve, follow these steps:
1. Connect your Curve to your PC with the USB cable. Then, from the
PC’s BlackBerry Desktop Manager screen, double-click the Backup
and Restore icon.
The Backup and Restore screen appears.
2. In the Backup and Restore screen, click the Advanced button.
The advanced Backup/Restore screen appears (refer to Figure 18-6). The
right side of the screen shows your Curve’s 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 Yes.
A progress bar shows the deletion. When the progress bar disappears,
the information categories you selected are cleared from your Curve.
Backup and Restore Wirelessly
You can even back up and restore wirelessly without being on the BES or
going through the trouble of plugging your Curve to your PC via BlackBerry
Desktop Manager. However, you do have to pay a little bit for this service.
SmrtGuard (www.smrtguard.com/smrtguard.jsp) offers software
you can install on your BlackBerry that can wirelessly back up your data.
Currently, SmrtGuard supports backing up contacts, memos, calendar items,
call logs, to-do’s, SMS, and e-mails.
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In addition to its backup and restore capabilities, SmrtGuard has features to
help you locate, recover, and destroy data on your device. SmrtGuard has
a BlackBerry tracking feature (a similar concept to LoJack for cars), which
helps you determine whether you simply misplaced your device or your
device was stolen. If you determine that your device was stolen, you can send
a signal to have your data destroyed via the SmrtGuard Dashboard on the
SmrtGuard Web site.
SmrtGuard has three pricing plans:
✓Monthly plan: $3.99 a month
✓6-month plan: $22.99
✓12-month plan: $44.99
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Chapter 19
Installing and Managing
Third-Party Applications
In This Chapter
▶Getting started with Application Loader
▶Installing a BlackBerry Curve application
▶Uninstalling applications
▶Upgrading your Curve’s operating system
▶Installing app store applications
▶Managing applications on the Mac
T
hink of your Curve as a minilaptop where you can run preinstalled applications as well as install new applications. You can even upgrade the
operating system. (Yup, that’s right — your Curve has an OS.)
This chapter starts by introducing Application Loader, which you use to load
applications (who’d have guessed?) onto your Curve. Next, you find ways to
install and uninstall apps to and from your Curve. Then we explore the portion of Application Loader that allows you to upgrade the OS.
This chapter describes Application Loader, which is available only under
Windows. As of this writing, BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the Mac is not
yet available. The screenshots you see in this book and toward the end of
this chapter are based on a prerelease version, which is subject to change. If
you are a Mac user, some of the topics discussed in this chapter that relate
to Application Loader will not be applicable to you. However, other topics
should be able to assist you with regard to installing and uninstalling applications on your Curve.
In the Part of Tens, you’ll find a few great applications that make your
BlackBerry Curve that much more productive.
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Accessing Application Loader
In this chapter, you work closely with your PC and your Curve. On your PC,
you use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager application, which comes on a
CD along with your Curve. You can find Application Loader in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager.
For an introduction to BlackBerry Desktop Manager, see Chapter 16.
After installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC, do the following to
access Application Loader:
1. On your PC, choose Start➪All Programs➪BlackBerry➪Desktop
Manager.
2. In BlackBerry Desktop Manager, connect your Curve to your PC via
your USB cable.
If the connection is successful, you see the password dialog box, as
shown in Figure 19-1.
Figure 19-1:
The password dialog
box on your
PC.
If the connection isn’t successful, see whether the USB cable is connected properly to both your PC and your Curve and then try again. If
all else fails, contact the technical support department of your service
provider.
3. Enter your password.
Your Curve-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 Application Loader.
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Figure 19-2:
The
Application
Loader
screen.
Installing an Application
In this chapter, we show you how to 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-Skype-BlackBerry-/3000-7242_4-10797721.html
No matter what application you’re installing from your PC to your Curve, the
steps are the same. Use the following steps as a guide to installing the application of your choice:
1. Install the application on your PC.
The installation varies, so refer to the 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 Curve. 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 appears (refer to Figure 19-2).
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4. Connect your Curve to your PC, using the USB cable.
A screen appears, prompting you to enter your Curve password.
5. Enter your password (refer to Figure 19-1).
After you enter 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.
Figure 19-3:
Your
application
is added
to the list
of installed
applications
and can be
installed on
your Curve.
8. Select the application you want to install (for this example, select
iSkoot Skype for BlackBerry) and then click Next.
A summary screen appears, listing only the applications that will be
installed or upgraded.
9. Click Finish.
The installation process starts, and a progress window appears. When the
progress window disappears — and if all went well — the application is on
your Curve. The application should be in the Applications folder of your
Curve.
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If you get an invalid signature error after clicking the Finish button, the solution depends on how you received your Curve:
✓You didn’t get your Curve from your employer. Something is probably
wrong with the application. You need to contact the software vendor.
✓You got your Curve from your employer. You don’t have permission to
install applications on your Curve. The IT department rules the school.
You don’t have to use Application Loader to get the goods onto your Curve,
though. You can install applications in other ways as well:
✓Wirelessly, through an over-the-air (OTA) download: See Chapter 11
for more on wireless installations.
✓BlackBerry Enterprise Server wireless install (if your Curve was provided by your employer): In this case, you have no control over the
installation process. Your company’s BlackBerry system administrator
controls which applications are on your Curve.
✓Through the PC using Microsoft Installer: Some application installations
automate the preceding steps. All you need to do is connect your Curve to
the PC and then double-click the installation file. The application installation’s file using Microsoft Installer bears the .msi file extension.
Uninstalling an Application
You can uninstall an application in two ways:
✓Using Application Loader
✓Using your Curve
We use iSkoot as an example here and assume that you’ve already installed
the iSkoot application. You can follow the same steps for uninstalling other
applications.
Uninstalling with Application Loader
To uninstall a BlackBerry application, follow these steps:
1. On your PC, double-click the Application Loader icon in BlackBerry
Desktop Manager.
2. Connect your Curve to your PC, using the USB cable.
A screen prompting you to enter your Curve password appears.
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3. Enter your password (refer to Figure 19-1).
If your handheld isn’t connected properly, the PIN of your device won’t
appear in the Application Loader screen. Connect your Curve to the USB
cable and then connect the USB cable to the PC.
After you enter your password, the Application Loader screen indicates
that your device is connected.
4. Click the Start button below Add/Remove Applications.
The screen listing applications appears, similar to Figure 19-3, earlier in
this chapter.
5. Scroll to the application you want to delete and then 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 Next.
You see a summary screen that lists the action of Application Loader. It
indicates that iSkoot is to be removed from your Curve.
7. Click Finish.
The uninstall process starts, and a progress window appears. When the
progress window disappears, you have uninstalled the application from
your Curve.
Uninstalling with your Curve
When you don’t have access to your PC, you can uninstall an application
directly from your Curve. Follow these steps:
1. Locate the application icon on the BlackBerry Home screen.
By default, any applications you installed on your Curve are filed in the
Downloads folder of the Home screen. However, you always have the
option to move it.
2. Highlight the application icon and then press the menu key.
3. From the menu that appears, select Delete.
4. In the confirmation dialog box that appears, 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.
Chapter 19: Installing and Managing Third-Party Applications
Upgrading Your BlackBerry Curve OS
The OS used by Curve has gone through a few revisions. The BlackBerry OS
update comes from BlackBerry Handheld Software, which is available from
three sources:
✓Your network service provider
✓The Research In Motion Web site
✓Your BlackBerry system administrator
Because the handheld software might differ from provider to provider, we recommend getting it from the service provider’s Web site. RIM has a download
site for different service providers at
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp
In this section, we assume that the latest BlackBerry Handheld Software for
Curve is already installed on your PC. For help with installing BlackBerry
Handheld Software, refer to the instructions that come with it.
If you plan to upgrade your BlackBerry OS, and you’ve installed many thirdparty applications, check whether those applications support the new OS revision. Third-party applications work as is most of the time, but there is always
a possibility of losing third-party application data.
Start the upgrade process by doing the following:
1. Enter your Curve 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 (refer to Figure 19-2).
3. Click the Start button below Add/Remove Applications.
A list of software appears, as shown in Figure 19-4.
4. With your mouse, you can opt out of the upgrade by deselecting the
OS portion.
This appears as BlackBerry 5.0 System Software in Figure 19-4.
The OS is listed only if you need an upgrade — meaning 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 previous version compared
with the one installed on your device.
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Figure 19-4:
Application
updates
that are
available.
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 Options.
The Options screen appears, as shown in Figure 19-5. This is where you
decide whether you want to back up your Curve content before upgrading your OS. We suggest that you do.
Figure 19-5:
Choose
whether
to back
up before
upgrading.
6. Select the Back Up Device Data Automatically During the Installation
Process check box and then click OK.
You return to the screen shown in Figure 19-4.
7. Click Next.
A summary page confirms your actions — a final chance for you to proceed with the OS upgrade or not.
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8. Click Finish.
The BlackBerry OS upgrade starts, complete with a progress window
that shows a series of steps and a progress bar. The entire process takes
about ten minutes, depending on your PC model and the OS version
you’re upgrading to.
At times during the BlackBerry OS upgrade, your Curve’s 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. Broadly, an “app store”
is an online storefront that showcases applications that you can download
directly to your device. Applications can be free or not:
✓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.
✓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 software built by RIM, but the
carrier has control over what shows up in Application Center.
✓BlackBerry App World: RIM has full control over what applications are
available. This is in contrast with BlackBerry Application Center, where
the carrier has control.
If you don’t have App World on your Curve, you can download it from
the RIM Web site at http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/
appworld.
Just recently, RIM created a Web version of App World. Using your desktop
Internet browser, you can visit the site at http://appworld.blackberry.
com/. The site allows you to send an e-mail to your device with a download
link for the app that you are interested in.
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Managing Applications on Your Mac
Again, BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the Mac is not released as of this
writing. The screen shown in Figure 19-6, which you see when you click the
Applications button, is based on the prerelease version and is subject to
change.
Figure 19-6:
Install,
remove, and
update your
applications
here.
Note that although this screen shows an empty grid, your version will list all
the applications installed on your device. When this software is completed
and released, you will have options to add new applications, delete applications, and update applications.
Part VI
The Part of Tens
I
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 three short but sweet chapters to
find out how to accessorize your BlackBerry Curve, boost
your productivity, and max your BlackBerry experience
with useful sites. And remember that you can always visit
www.blackberryfordummies.com for updated lists.
Chapter 20
Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories
In This Chapter
▶Unify AV Solution
▶microSD card
▶Full keyboards
▶Stereo headsets
▶Case and belt clip
▶Screen protector and skins
▶Extra battery, charger, and charging pod
▶External speaker
▶Bluetooth Music Gateway
▶Car mount
T
he BlackBerry retail box contains a few essentials: a battery, a charger, a
micro USB cable, a belt clip, and possibly a 1GB microSD card. If you’re
like most of us, though, you’re not satisfied with what is included in the box.
In this chapter, you find accessories that supplement your Curve — and find
out where to get them.
Check out our companion Web site, www.blackberryfordummies.com, for
an updated accessories list.
If you like to accessorize your Curve, check out site promotions. Every now
and then, a site such as CrackBerry.com runs promotions and gives big discounts. Also look at RIM’s Web site at www.shopblackberry.com. It usually
offers accessory bundles.
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Unify AV Solution
Unify AV Solution is an innovative product of Unify4Life that makes a smartphone (including your BlackBerry) a universal remote control.
You can find a suite of features on the Unify4Life Web site, but a sample
includes complete TV listings in your BlackBerry for informative channel
switching. You can purchase it directly from http://unify4life.com/
products.html.
microSD Card
Your new BlackBerry normally comes with external memory: a microSD card.
But if you’re not satisfied with its capacity, 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 $20 for 8GB capacity and
$40 for 16GB capacity. Special promotions come and go, but you can always
find a good deal somewhere on the Internet. 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.
Full Keyboards
As netbooks become more popular, people forget that the BlackBerry they
already carry is a “mini netbook.” Internet? Check! E-mail? Check! Microsoft
Word docs and Microsoft Excel? Check! Sure, the screen is a bit smaller, and
the keyboard is small, but with a little help from a Bluetooth keyboard, your
BlackBerry will save you the cost of a netbook and still be productive.
We recommend the pFreedom Universal Bluetooth keyboard, which you can
find under Bluetooth keyboards at shop.crackberry.com or Amazon.com.
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.
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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.
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. Several good headsets follow:
✓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 among, 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.
Here’s where you can buy a new case or belt clip:
✓http://www.smrtcase.com
✓http://shop.crackberry.com
✓www.amazon.com
✓www.bberry.com
✓www.blackberryden.com
✓www.blackberrysource.com
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When you buy a new belt case or clip, buy one made specifically for your
BlackBerry model. Also, it’s important that the case or clip come 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. They come in many colors and keep
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.
Buy your battery only from Research In Motion, at www.shopblackberry.
com, or an authorized RIM reseller, not from some unknown vendor. 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.
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’d 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, get the BlackBerry car charger. It will set you back
around $30. To top it off, you can also get a power station or charging pod,
which connects to a power supply for charging and at the same time holds
your BlackBerry firmly in place on your desk or nightstand. On your nightstand, you can take advantage of sleep mode, which sets the device to not
disturb you by doing things such as dimming the light and turning off the
LED. The charging pod costs $12 to $30, depending on how fancy it is.
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Make sure that the charger and the charging pod you buy are for your
BlackBerry model.
You can get a BlackBerry car charger and charging pod from the following
sites:
✓http://shop.crackberry.com
✓www.amazon.com
✓www.blackberrysource.com
✓www.shopblackberry.com (RIM’s official store)
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.
crackberry.com.
Bluetooth Music Gateway
If you already have a great set of speakers or an audio entertainment system,
using a RIM Bluetooth Music Gateway is the perfect way to stream music to
your existing system. Simply pair your BlackBerry to the Bluetooth Music
Gateway via Bluetooth (hence the name), and you are ready to go. What is
even better is that this hockey puck–like Music Gateway can be paired with
your PC or Mac, so you get more use out of it. Find it at http://shop.
crackberry.com.
Car Mount
To complete your BlackBerry car experience, mount your BlackBerry in
your car. The market offers many products, ranging from $15 to $30. You
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can search the major search sites. You can also get a car mount from these
BlackBerry sites:
✓http://shop.crackberry.com
✓www.amazon.com
✓www.blackberrysource.com
Make sure that the product you’re choosing supports your BlackBerry model.
The latest wireless speakerphone from RIM is BlackBerry Visor Mount
SpeakerPhone VM-605. It’s a Bluetooth speakerphone that you attach to your
car’s visor, just like you attach your garage door opener. You can get one for
$99 at www.shopblackberry.com.
Chapter 21
Ten Must-Have Applications
In This Chapter
▶SmrtGuard
▶TetherBerry
▶VibAndRing
▶Viigo for BlackBerry
▶PeeKaWho — E-mail and SMS Alert
▶Zodiac
▶Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile
▶WeatherEye
▶Nobex Radio Companion
▶Pandora and Slacker
T
he availability of BlackBerry software is growing at a dizzying rate. In
this chapter, we introduce ten must-have applications that make your
BlackBerry Curve experience that much better.
We don’t quotes specific reviews. 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 featured 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
If you lost your BlackBerry, have you wondered what would happen to
your data, such as your sensitive e-mails, phone call histories, contacts,
and 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
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thoughts haunt us as well. Fortunately, there’s SmrtGuard (formerly known
as BerryFinder.com), which provides the following tools:
✓Locate and “LoJack” your BlackBerry: With no GPS signal required,
you can track your Curve’s approximate location to determine whether
you simply misplaced it or someone 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
(a Microsoft Excel file or a 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-do’s, memos, phone logs, text messages, and even all the files on your microSD card.
Always protect your BlackBerry Curve with a password. That way, if your
Curve gets into the wrong hands, your data will be self-erased after ten unsuccessful password entries. However, the files on your microSD card aren’t
deleted. 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. You can get SmrtGuard
for $3.99 a month, or $49.99 for a whole year’s subscription. There’s also a
10-day free trial. Check it out at www.smrtguard.com.
TetherBerry
Subscribing to mobile broadband for your laptop is expensive. TetherBerry
provides an inexpensive solution for connecting to the Internet from your
laptop by using your BlackBerry Curve. You can check the details at www.
tetherberry.com.
On the Web site, you can order the application for a one-time fee of $49.95.
That’s spare change considering that you get connectivity to your laptop
using your Curve. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee.
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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 the Curve starts ringing and how long each
vibration lasts.
To download a free trial, go to www.mobihand.com, and search for vibandring.
Viigo for BlackBerry
An application that you’ll use on a daily basis is Viigo. Viigo is an RSS reader.
The application is really a one-stop shop for almost all information you
need, whether you want news, blogs, podcasts, weather info, entertainment,
finance, flight info, or more.
Download Viigo for free from your BlackBerry at http://www.viigo.com.
PeeKaWho — E-mail and 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’re 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 from the alert pop-up.
To find out more, go to www.smrtguard.com/peek.jsp.
Zodiac
What’s Zodiac? It’s a simple yet addictive game where you match three or
more cute animal figures; you hear a satisfying “bing” that will keep you
going. The best part is that your spouse and kids will enjoy Zodiac as well.
Try it for free by downloading it from http://www.mobihand.com/
product.asp?id=29358&n=Zodiac.
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Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo!
Messenger Mobile
If you currently use Google Talk or Yahoo! Messenger on your PC, both
mobile versions are must-downloads 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
WeatherEye
Numerous weather programs are available, but we like the one from
WeatherEye for its simplicity. You set up the weather location you want,
and WeatherEye displays an icon on your Home screen to indicate the
current weather information, updated daily. This application is free; download it from http://blackberry.theweathernetwork.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)!
More than a hundred stations are available for streaming. Nobex 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.
Online Personal Music Players
Two applications, Pandora and Slacker, stream CD-quality music right to your
BlackBerry. After you download and sign up for Pandora, you just search
for the music that you like to hear, and Pandora will automatically feed you
similar songs. If you indicate to Pandora whether you like or dislike a particular song that it feeds you, future Pandora selections should be more to your
liking. Try Pandora for free at http://www.pandora.com/blackberry. To
try Slacker for free, download it at http://www.slacker.com.
Chapter 22
Ten Important Types of Web Sites
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 Curve should give you one good mobile Web-browsing
experience. And with a 3G connection, your Web browsing should be faster.
Remember that by using Page view, where the Web page displays like it does
in your PC Web browser, you can maintain on your BlackBerry the browsing
habits you have on your PC, but in a smaller package. The Web site recommendations in this chapter are based on reviews in the public domain and
sites that definitely help when you’re on the go.
Weather
Weather changes 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.
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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
you’d 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 BBC News right from your
BlackBerry, even if you’re not in the United Kingdom.
✓CNN (www.cnn.com): This is CNN’s mobile-friendly Web site.
✓Reuters (www.reuters.com): This is the mobile-friendly version of the
Reuters 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.
✓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.
Search Engines, Directories, and Portals
In this section we list 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. MSN application for the BlackBerry 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 financerelated pages, which give you up-to-the-minute stock quotes.
✓ RIM mobile home page (http://mobile.blackberry.com): This is
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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.
This is another site you should bookmark.
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.
Travel
Every site in the following list 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:
✓Any airline: http://flightview.com
✓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
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✓Northwest Airlines: http://nwa.com
✓United Air Lines: http://ua2go.com
In addition to these sites check out the following:
✓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.
Advice and Self-Help
Looking for ways to save time and get your questions answered? Check out
these sites:
✓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): There’s no need to stand in the supermarket
comparing nutritional labels; do it here.
Chapter 22: Ten Important Types of Web Sites
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. If your favorite site isn’t listed,
don’t fret; just search for it with a 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
profiles.
✓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 site 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.
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 from the convenience of
your BlackBerry.
✓FedEx tracking (www.fedex.com): This mobile version of the FedEx
Web site allows you to track packages from your BlackBerry.
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✓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
members.
✓UPS tracking (www.ups.com): Like FedEx, UPS has a mobile version of
its Web site that allows you to track packages from your BlackBerry.
Other Browsing Categories
You can visit the following sites from your BlackBerry to get more information on various topics:
✓BlackBerry Cool (www.blackberrycool.com): In the same category
as CrackBerry (see the upcoming bullet) and in fact a direct competitor, BlackBerry Cool is one of the pioneers in providing great reviews of
BlackBerry applications.
✓BlackBerryGoodies (http://blackberrygoodies.com): Go here
from your BlackBerry or your PC. You can get information on customizing your BlackBerry, read BlackBerry application reviews, and get
answers to your BlackBerry-related questions — from the authors of
BlackBerry-related For Dummies books!
✓CrackBerry (http://mobile.crackberry.com): To experience the
BlackBerry community, go to CrackBerry.com. From application
reviews to the lively online forum, this site is one of the most active
BlackBerry communities.
✓MiniSphere (www.minisphere.com): You find useful links designed for
mobile devices here.
✓MizPee (www.mizpee.com): When you gotta go, you gotta go. This site
locates the nearest clean public bathroom.
✓Starbucks Locator (www.starbucks.com): This site helps you locate the
nearest Starbucks so 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.
Index
•A•
ABC Amber BlackBerry Converter, 300
ACC format
for music, 246
for ring tones, 249
accepting meetings, 98
accessing
Application Loader, 306–307
BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 269–271
BlackBerry Messenger, 181–182
Browser, 194–195
Calendar, 87
Clock, 101–102
Contacts, 54
Media, 243
Media Manager, 259–260
Music, 244
Phone application, 113–114
phone notes, 129
Synchronize, 272–273
accessories, 317–322
advantages of BlackBerry Curve
all-in-one multimedia center, 14
computer capabilities, 15–16
downloading support, 15
GPS, 14
Internet access, 14
overview, 13
personal digital assistant, 15
security, 16–17
social networking, 14
stereo headset, 16
advice Web sites, 330
Agenda view (Calendar), 88, 90
aggregating e-mail accounts, 135–136
alarm, setting a wake-up, 104–105
Albums view (Music), 244
All Songs view (Music), 244
all-day appointment, creating, 94–95
all-in-one multimedia center, 14
Allow Duplicate Names option (Contacts), 72–73
Allow JavaScript Popups option (Browser), 208
alternating between phone conversations, 124
AMR format
for music, 246
for ring tones, 249
app stores, finding and installing applications
from, 313
Application Loader
accessing, 306–307
installing an application with, 307–309
uninstalling applications, 309–310
application memory, 61
applications
app stores, finding and
installing applications from, 313
in BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 268
copying and pasting your password to, 111
downloading, 212–214
Google Talk Mobile, 326
for GPS, 220–224
for IM (instant messaging), 174
installation of, 212–214, 307–309
“invalid signature error” received after
installation of, 309
Macintosh, managing applications on, 314
Nobex Radio Companion, 326
Pandora, 326
PeeKaWho, 325
on phone accessing, 128
Slacker, 326
SmrtGuard, 323–324
switching, 25–26
TetherBerry, 324
uninstalling, 309–310
VibAndRing, 325
Viigo, 325
WeatherEye, 326
wireless installation of, 309
Yahoo! Messenger Mobile, 326
Zodiac, 325
appointments
all-day appointment, creating, 94–95
creating, 92–97
meetings compared, 97
one-time appointment, creating, 93–94
recurring appointment, creating, 96–97
reminder alert for, 95–96
viewing, 97
Artists view (Music), 244
attachments
editing, 146–147
extensions, list of supported, 145
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attachments (continued)
sending, 148
viewing, 145–146
autoanswering
disabling, 115–116
turning on, 116
Autolock after Timeout (Security Timeout), 49
automatic backups, 296–298
automatic synchronization, 283
AutoText feature, 33–35
•B•
Back option (Browser), 198
background, changing, 202
Backup and Restore
automatic backups, 296–298
described, 294–295
full restore, 298
manual backups, 295–296
selective backups, 299–300
selective deleting with, 302
selective restoration, 301–302
backups
automatic, 296–298
full restore, 298
IPD files, backups saved as, 300
manual, 295–296
overview, 294–295
restoring data from, 298
selective, 299–300
selective restoration, 301–303
wireless, 302–303
battery, extra, 320
Bcc (blind carbon copy), 148
Bedside mode (Clock)
described, 105
exiting, 106
setting, 106
BeejiveIM, 180
belt clips, 319–320
BlackBerry App World, 15, 16, 313
BlackBerry Application Center, 313
BlackBerry Browser. See Browser
BlackBerry Curve
advantages of, 13–17
features of, 19–24
history of, 13
BlackBerry Curve 8500, 19, 21, 219, 227, 246
BlackBerry Curve 8900, 19, 22, 226
BlackBerry Desktop Manager. See also
Synchronize
Application Loader, 306–310
applications included in, 268
connecting to, 271–272
Device Switch Wizard, 285–288
installation of, 268–269
launching, 269–271
overview, 268
running for first time, 272
BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macintosh, 314
BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager. See Media
Manager
BlackBerry Enterprise Server
applications, wireless installation of, 309
connection to your company’s, 214–215
OTA (over the air) synchronization with, 267
BlackBerry Internet Service client
e-mail, filtering, 150–153
e-mail signature, configuring, 140
permanently deleting e-mail, 142
BlackBerry Maps, 220–221
BlackBerry Messenger
accessing, 181–182
broadcasting a message
to multiple recipients, 190–191
contacts, adding, 184–186
conversation, starting a, 186–190
conversation history, saving, 190
files, sending, 188–189
group conversation, starting a, 186–187
overview, 181–183
pictures, sending, 188
subject added to conversation, 187–188
symbols added to name in, 187–188
voice message, sending, 188–189
blind carbon copy (Bcc), 148
Bluetooth
described, 16
sending pictures with, 236
Bluetooth headset
overview, 126
setting up, 126–127
using, 126–127
Bluetooth Music Gateway, 321
BMP format, 250
bookmarks
adding, 202–203
caching, 203
deleting, 206
described, 202
editing, 203–204
moving, 206
offline, making bookmarks available, 203
organizing, 204–206
renaming folders, 205–206
subfolders, adding, 204–205
visiting, 203
branding your name, steps for, 32
Index
brightness, setting, 38
broadcasting a message to multiple recipients,
190–191
Browser
accessing, 194–195
Allow JavaScript Popups option, 208
applications, downloading, 212–214
applications, installing, 212–214
Back option, 198
BlackBerry Enterprise Server server,
connection to your company’s, 214–215
bookmarking sites in, 202–206
Browser Configuration options, 207–208
Browser Identification option, 208
Cache Operations options, 210–212
Column View option, 197
connection information icon, 199
connection type icon, 199
Content Cache option, 212
Cookie Cache option, 212
Copy option, 198
customizing, 206–212
default browser, setting, 215–216
Default Browser option, 209
Default Font Family option, 209
Default Font Size option, 209
Default View option, 209
e-mail, sending a Web page address by, 201
employer determining use of, 214–216
Enable JavaScript Location Support
option, 210
Find option, 198
Forward option, 198
Full Image option, 198
General Properties options, 208–210
Get Link option, 198
Go To option, 198
Help option, 197
History option, 198, 212
Home option, 198
Home Page Address option, 208
Image Quality option, 209
lock icon, 199
menu options for, 197–199
Minimum Font Size option, 209
Minimum Font Style option, 209
navigating Web pages with, 197–200
network service provider, connection to, 215
overview, 193–194
Page View option, 198
Prompt Before option, 210
Prompt to Enable JavaScript option, 208
Pushed Content option, 212
Recent Pages option, 198
Refresh option, 199
Repeat Animations option, 209–210
Save Image option, 198
saving a Web page address, 200–201
Select option, 198
Set Encoding option, 199
shortcuts for, 197
Show Images option, 208
speeding up browsing, 211
Start Page option, 208
Stop option, 198
Support Embedded Media option, 208
Support JavaScript option, 207
Terminate Slow Running Scripts option, 208
Use Background Images option, 208
using, 195–196
Web images, saving, 201
Zoom In option, 198
Zoom Out option, 198
Browser Configuration options (Browser),
207–208
Browser Identification option (Browser), 208
Business category (Contacts), 70–71
business Web sites, 329
•C•
cache, 210
Cache Operations options (Browser), 210–212
caching bookmarks, 203
Calendar
accessing, 87
Agenda view, 88, 90
appointments, creating, 92–97
color for calendar, setting, 93
customization of, 91–92
date, jumping to specific, 90–91
Day view, 88, 90
Default Reminder option, 92
Enable Quick Entry option, 92
End of Day option, 91
First Day of Week option, 91
Initial View option, 91
Keep Appointments option, 92
meetings, 97–100
Month view, 88, 90
multiple calendars, managing, 93
options for, 91–92
Show Alarms option, 92
Show End Time in Agenda View option, 92
Show Free Time in Agenda View option, 91
Show Tasks option, 92
Snooze option, 92
Start of Day option, 91
switching between views in, 89
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time frames, moving between, 90–91
views in, 88–89
Week view, 88, 90
call forwarding
options for, 119
settings for, changing, 120
unanswered calls, forwarding, 119
unconditional forwarding, 119
Caller ID, setting a picture as, 236–237
calls. See also Phone application
autoanswering, 115–116
Contacts, calling from, 114–115
extensions in contact information, dialing, 57
hold, placing a call on, 118
letters, dialing, 115
making, 114–115
missed calls, handling, 116–117
muting, 117
options while on, 117–118
receiving, 115–117
unmuting, 118
volume for, adjusting, 118
Camera
Bluetooth, sending pictures with, 236
Caller ID, setting a picture as, 236–237
Contact, sending pictures to, 236
deleting pictures, 232
e-mail, sending pictures as, 236
filename, searching for pictures by, 232–233
filename for pictures, format for, 231
Fine picture quality, 228
flash, setting, 229
focusing, 228–229
folder location for pictures, 231
folders, creating, 234–235
geotagging with, 230
Home screen image, setting picture as, 237
media card, saving pictures to, 231
MMS, sending pictures as, 236
moving pictures, 235
Normal picture quality, 228
organizing pictures, 234–235
picture size, setting, 230
properties, checking picture, 233
quality of picture, choosing, 228
renaming picture files, 234
resolution, choosing, 228
screen indicators, reading, 227
sharing pictures, 236
slideshow, creating, 232
SuperFine picture quality, 228
taking pictures with, 225–227
thumbnails, viewing, 232
Video Camera, 237–241
viewing pictures, 231–232
white balance, setting, 230
zooming with, 228–229
car, using GPS in, 219–220
car chargers, 320–321
car mounts, 321–322
cases, 319–320
categories, 42, 69–72
Cc (carbon copy), 148
chargers, 320–321
charging pods, 320–321
chatting, 178
Clock
accessing, 101–102
alarm, setting a wake-up, 104–105
Bedside mode, 105–106
customization of, 102–104
options for, 103–104
stopwatch, using, 106–107
timer, using, 107–108
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), 12
Color Effect option (Video Camera), 241
color for calendar, setting, 93
Column View option (Browser), 197
combining e-mail accounts, 135–136
computer capabilities, 15–16
computer connection, 11–12
conference calls
alternating between phone conversations, 124
disconnecting participants in, 125
making, 122–123
private conversation with a conference
participant, 123–124
splitting, 123–124
Configuration screen (Synchronize), 273
Confirm Delete option (Contacts), 73
confirming record changes, 280
connecting to
BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 271–272
connection information icon (Browser), 199
connection type icon (Browser), 199
contact information
adding PIN to, 164–165
entering your, 32
Contacts
accessing, 54
actions available for contacts, 65–67
Allow Duplicate Names option, 72–73
Business category, 70–71
calling from, 114–115
categories, adding, 72
categorizing contacts, 69–71
Confirm Delete option, 73
Index
copying a BlackBerry Curve contact, 79–80
creating contacts, 55–60
customizing fields in, 57–58
deleting contacts, 63
desktop applications, copying contacts
from, 63–64
editing contacts, 62
extra numbers, dialing, 57
Facebook contacts, synchronizing, 82–85
filtering contacts, 67, 71–72
groups, organizing contacts into, 67, 68–69
GSM cellphone, copying contacts from, 76–77
Lookup feature, 81
manually entering information, 55
Nokia 6300, copying contacts from, 78
notes, adding, 57
options for contacts, 65–67
organizing contacts, 67–73
overview, 53–55
Personal category, 70–71
pictures, adding, 58–59
preferences, setting, 72–73
ring tone, adding, 59–60
searching for contacts, 64–67
searching for someone not listed in, 80–81
sending pictures to, 236
Separators option, 72
sharing contacts, 74–75
SIM card used for transferring contacts, 75–80
Sort by option, 72
transferring contacts, 75–80
User field, renaming, 57–58
vCards, 74–75
viewing contacts, 61–62
contacts in BlackBerry Messenger, 184–186
Content Cache option (Browser), 212
convenience keys, 19–20
conversation
history, saving, 190
starting a, 186–190
Cookie Cache option (Browser), 212
Copy option (Browser), 198
copying
contacts, 79–80
media files, 262
corporate environment,
PIN-to-PIN messaging in, 67
CrackBerry On-Device App Store, 313
credentials, creating, 109
customization
AutoText feature, 33–35
branding your name, steps for, 32
brightness, setting, 38
Browser, 206–212
Calendar, 91–92
Clock, 102–104
contact information, entering your, 32
factory settings for profiles, 43–45
fields in Contacts, 57–58
of fonts, 37–38
IM (instant messaging), 178–180
language selection, 32–33
Media, 254–256
overview, 31
Phone application, 118–122
Pictures, 255
of profile, 41–47
of ring tones, 41–47
of sounds, 41–47
spam, blocking, 49–50
themes, changing, 39
time and date, setting, 35–36
Video Camera, 240–241
wallpaper, setting, 40
•D•
date, jumping to specific, 90–91
Day view (Calendar), 88, 90
default browser, setting, 215–216
Default Browser option (Browser), 209
default entries (AutoText feature), 33
Default Font Family option (Browser), 209
Default Font Size option (Browser), 209
Default Reminder option (Calendar), 92
Default View option (Browser), 209
Delete button (Video Camera), 239
deleting
bookmarks, 206
contacts, 63
e-mail, 150
pictures, 232
selective, 302
desktop applications, copying contacts from,
63–64
desktop PC, adding e-mail accounts from, 136
Desktop Redirector, 268–269
Device Switch Wizard, 285–288
Dial from Home Screen setting, turning off, 27
dial-in information for meetings, setting, 99–100
disconnecting participants in conference
calls, 125
display screen, 20, 22–23
downloading
music, 263–264
ring tones, 263–264
support, 15
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driving, using GPS while, 219–220
Drop Call, 125
drop-down list, displaying, 24
•E•
editing
bookmarks, 203–204
contacts, 62
e-mail
adding e-mail accounts to BlackBerry account,
136–138
aggregating e-mail accounts, 135–136
attachment extensions, list of supported, 145
attachments, editing, 146–147
attachments, sending, 148
attachments, viewing, 145–146
Bcc (blind carbon copy), 148
BlackBerry, adding e-mail accounts
from, 136–137
BlackBerry Internet Service client,
accessing, 135
BlackBerry Internet Service client, using, 134
Cc (carbon copy), 148
combining e-mail accounts, 135–136
contact information captured from, 61
deleting, 150
desktop PC, adding e-mail accounts from, 136
filtering, 150–153
follow-up flag added to, 158
forwarding, 147
general search, running a, 154–156
message list, sorting, 144
missed calls appearing in e-mail inbox, 117
multiple recipients, sending e-mail to, 148
overview, 133–134
permanently deleting e-mail, 142
receiving, 143–147
recipient, searching by, 153–154
retrieving, 144
saved searches, reusing, 157–158
saving, 144
search results, saving, 156–157
searching, 144, 153–158
sender, searching by, 153–154
sending, 147–148
sending a Web page address by, 201
sending pictures as, 236
setting up, 135–136
signatures, 139–140
spam, blocking, 49–50
spell-checking, 149
storing, length of time for, 158–159
subject, searching by, 154
wireless reconciliation, 140–142
e-mail alternatives
IM (instant messaging), 173–180
MMS, 167
overview, 161
PIN-to-PIN messaging, 161–167
SMS, 167–173
e-mail in enterprise environment
Desktop Redirector, receiving e-mail using, 139
overview, 134
setting up, 138
emoticons, 169–171, 178
employer determining use of Browser, 214–216
Enable JavaScript Location Support option
(Browser), 210
Enable Quick Entry option (Calendar), 92
encrypted data, 16
end key/Power key, 20
End of Day option (Calendar), 91
escape key, 20, 23
etiquette for Short Messaging Service (SMS), 171
EvDo (Evolution Data Optimized), 12
Explore, 254
extensions in contact information, dialing, 57
extra numbers, dialing, 57
•F•
Facebook
Contacts, adding friend information to, 82–83
Contacts, automatic synchronization between
Facebook profiles and, 84–85
features
convenience keys, 19–20
display screen, 20
end key/Power key, 20
escape key, 20
full menu, 21, 22
media keys, 20
menu key, 20
microSD slot, 20
Mute key, 20
QWERTY keyboard, 20
Screen Lock key, 20
send key, 20
short menu, 21, 22
trackball/trackpad, 20
fees for IM (instant messaging), 180
fields for synchronization, mapping, 278–280
filename
format for pictures, 231
searching for pictures by, 232–233
files, sending, 188–189
filtering
contacts, 67, 71–72
e-mail, 150–153
Index
Find option (Browser), 198
Fine picture quality (Camera), 228
First Day of Week option (Calendar), 91
flash, setting Camera, 229
focusing Camera, 228–229
Folder option (Video Camera), 241
folders
creating, 234–235
location for pictures, 231
follow-up flag added to e-mail, 158
fonts, personalization of, 37–38
formats
Music, 246
Pictures, 250
ring tones, 249
Forward option (Browser), 198
forwarding
e-mail, 147
phone notes, 129
free Web sites for wallpaper, 40
Freedom Universal Bluetooth keyboard, 318
Full Image option (Browser), 198
full keyboards, 318–319
full menu, 21, 22
full restore, 298
•G•
Garmin Mobile, 224
General Properties options (Browser), 208–210
general search, running a, 154–156
Genres view (Music), 245
geotagging with Camera, 230
Get Link option (Browser), 198
Global Positioning System. See GPS
Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)
cellphone, copying contacts from, 76–77
described, 12
global use, 12
Go To option (Browser), 198
Google Maps, 221–223
Google Talk Mobile, 326
GPS
applications for, 220–224
BlackBerry Maps, 220–221
in car, using, 219–220
described, 14
Garmin Mobile, 224
Google Maps, 221–223
requirements for, 220
TeleNav GPS Navigator, 223–224
group conversation, starting a, 186–187
groups, organizing contacts into, 67, 68–69
gwabbit, 61
•H•
Handango, 313
hands-free options, 125–127
Help option (Browser), 197
HelpME keyboard shortcut, 29
High Speed Downlink Packet Access
(HSDPA), 12
historical background, 13
History option (Browser), 198, 212
hold, placing a call on, 118
holster, 43
Home option (Browser), 198
Home Page Address option (Browser), 208
Home screen
background, changing, 202
enabling dialing from, 113–114
image, setting picture as, 237
keyboard shortcuts, 28
overview, 22–23
Hotspot Browser. See Browser
•I•
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth
keyboard, 319
IM+, 180
IM (instant messaging)
adding, 173
adding friends, 177–178
chatting, 178
customizing, 178–180
deleting contacts, 179
emoticons, adding, 178
fees for, 180
overview, 173–174
password for, 175
programs for, 174
shorthand, using, 179
SMS, making sure your IM program uses the
Internet and not, 180
steps for, 175–176
user ID for, 175
Image Quality option (Browser), 209
images, speeding up browsing by not displaying,
211. See also pictures
importing media files to Media Manager, 261
Initial View option (Calendar), 91
installation
Application Loader, installing an application
with, 307–309
applications, 307–309
BlackBerry Desktop Manager, 268–269
Desktop Redirector, 268–269
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Internet access, 14
Internet Browser. See Browser
“invalid signature error” received after
installation of applications, 309
IPD files, backups saved as, 300
iTunes, synchronizing with, 262–263
•J•
JPEG format, 250
•K•
Keep Appointments option (Calendar), 92
keyboard shortcuts
Dial from Home Screen setting, turning off, 27
HelpME, 29
Home screen shortcuts, 28
list of, 25
overview, 27
soft device reset, 28–29
three-button salute, 28–29
keyboards
Freedom Universal Bluetooth keyboard, 318
full, 318–319
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth keyboard,
319
QWERTY keyboard, 20, 23
ThinkOutside Stowaway Shasta Bluetooth
keyboard, 319
•L•
language selection, 32–33
Language setting (AutoText feature), 35
letters, dialing, 115
lock icon (Browser), 199
locking your BlackBerry, 48–49
Lookup feature (Contacts), 81
•M•
M4A format for ring tones, 249
Macintosh
managing applications on, 314
new BlackBerry, switching to, 288–289
manual backups, 295–296
Manual Lockout, 49
manually entering information into Contacts, 55
mapping fields for synchronization, 278–280
master password, 108, 111–112
Media. See also Video Camera
accessing, 243
customizing, 254–256
Explore, using, 254
menu, 253–254
Music application, 244–248
overview, 243–244
Pictures, 249–251
ring tones, 248–249
shortcuts, 253
Voice Notes, 251–252
volume adjusted for, 252
media card, saving pictures to, 231
media files
acquiring, 257–264
adding, 262
copying to your device, 262
iTunes, synchronizing with, 262–263
in Media Manager, 258–262
podcasts, 262
sounds, downloading, 263–264
videocasts, 262
in Windows Explorer (PC), 257–258
media keys, 20
Media Manager
accessing, 259–260
adding media files to your Curve with, 262
features, 260
importing media files to, 261
overview, 258
Media Sync, 262–263
meetings
accepting, 98
appointments compared, 97
dial-in information for, setting, 99–100
responding to a meeting request, 98–99
sending a meeting request, 98
memory
checking amount of memory device has, 212
speeding up browsing by freeing up, 211
menu
Browser, 197–199
Media, 253–254
Pictures, 253
menu key, 20, 24
message list, sorting, 144
Messages, contacts added from, 60–61
microSD card, 318
microSD slot, 20, 24
Microsoft Installer, 309
MIDI format
for music, 246
for ring tones, 249
Minimum Font Size option (Browser), 209
Index
Minimum Font Style option (Browser), 209
missed calls
e-mail inbox, appearing in, 117
handling, 116–117
Month view (Calendar), 88, 90
moving
bookmarks, 206
pictures, 235
MP3 format
for music, 246
for ring tones, 47, 249
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
overview, 167
sending a text message, 172
sending pictures as, 236
viewing a text message, 173
multiple calendars, managing, 93
multiple countries, use in, 12
multiple recipients, sending e-mail to, 148
multitasking while using Phone application,
128–129
Music
accessing, 244
Albums view, 244
All Songs view, 244
Artists view, 244
downloading music, 263–264
formats supported by, 246
Genres view, 245
overview, 244–246
playlists, creating, 246–247
playlists, playing music from, 248
Playlists view, 245
repeating songs, 246
Sample Songs view, 245
Shuffle Songs view, 245
shuffling songs, 246
Mute key, 20
muting calls, 117
mynumber default entry (AutoText feature), 33
mypin default entry (AutoText feature), 33
myver default entry (AutoText feature), 33
Nimbuzz, 180
Nobex Radio Companion, 326
Nokia 6300, copying contacts from, 78
non-BlackBerry device, switching from, 289–292
Normal picture quality (Camera), 228
notes
accessing, 129
Contacts, adding to, 57
forwarding, 129
taking, 128–129
•O•
offline, making bookmarks available, 203
on-demand synchronization, 282–283
one-time appointment, creating, 93–94
online personal music players, 326
organizing
bookmarks, 204–206
contacts, 67–73
pictures, 234–235
OS 4.6
adding e-mail accounts from to, 137–138
contacts, assigning ring tones to, 59
profiles, categories in, 42
profiles, creating new, 45–46
profiles, customizing factory settings for,
43–44
OS 5.0
BlackBerry, adding e-mail accounts from,
136–137
contacts, assigning ring tones to, 59–60
e-mail, follow-up flag added to, 158
profiles, categories in, 42
profiles, creating new, 46–47
profiles, customizing factory settings
for, 44–45
viewing pictures in, 250
OS (operating system), upgrading, 311–313
OTA (over the air) synchronization with
BlackBerry Enterprise Server, 267
•N•
•P•
navigating Web pages with Browser, 197–200
navigation guidelines
applications, switching, 25–26
changing options, 26
keyboard shortcuts, 25
overview, 25
network service provider
connection to, 215
role of, 10–11
new BlackBerry, switching to, 285–289
news Web sites, 328
Page View option (Browser), 198
Palm device, switching from, 289–292
Pandora, 326
password
for IM (instant messaging), 175
setting up, 47–48
Password Keeper
applications, copying and pasting your
password to other, 111
credentials, creating, 109
master password, 108, 111–112
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options for, 111–112
overview, 108
password, using your, 110–111
password for, changing, 111–112
password for, setting, 108
random passwords, generating, 110
PeeKaWho, 325
permanently deleting e-mail, 142
Personal category (Contacts), 70–71
personal codes, setting up, 34–35
personal digital assistant (PDA), 10, 15
personalization. See customization
Phone application. See also calls
accessing, 113–114
alternating between phone conversations, 124
applications, while on phone accessing, 128
autoanswering, disabling, 115–116
autoanswering, turning on, 116
Bluetooth headset, using, 126–127
call forwarding, 119–120
calls, making and receiving, 114–117
calls, options while on, 117–118
conference calls, 122–125
customization of, 118–122
hands-free options, 125–127
Home screen, enabling dialing from, 113–114
multitasking while using, 128–129
notes, while on phone taking, 128–129
speaker phone, 125
speed dial, 121–122
voice dialing, 127
voice mail access number, setting up your, 119
phone logs, deletion of, 61
pictures
Contacts, adding to, 58–59
customizing, 255
formats for, 250
Media, 249–251
menu for, 253
overview, 249–250
sending, 188
size, setting, 230
rotating pictures in, 251
viewing pictures in, 250
zooming in/out on pictures in, 250–251
PIM synchronization, configuring, 273–278
PIN (personal identification number)
contact information, adding PIN to, 164–165
described, 29, 162, 163
finding your, 163–164
PIN-to-PIN messaging
in corporate environment, 67
overview, 161–163
privacy of, 162
receiving a message, 167
sending a message, 166–167
Play button (Video Camera), 239
playing video, 248
playlists
creating, 246–247
playing music from, 248
Playlists view (Music), 245
PNG format, 250
PocketMac, 267
podcasts, 262
power requirements, 17
preloaded ring tones, 249
privacy of PIN-to-PIN messaging, 162
private conversation with a
conference participant, 123–124
profiles
categories in, 42
creating new, 45–47
customizing factory settings for, 43–45
overview, 41–42
Prompt Before option (Browser), 210
Prompt to Enable JavaScript option
(Browser), 208
properties, checking picture, 233
prosumers, 13
Pushed Content option (Browser), 212
•Q•
quad band, 12
quality of picture, choosing, 228
QWERTY keyboard, 20, 23
•R•
random passwords, generating, 110
Really Simple Syndication (RSS), 262
receiving
calls, 115–117
e-mail, 143–147
PIN-to-PIN messages, 167
vCards, 75
Recent Pages option (Browser), 198
recipient, searching e-mail by, 153–154
Record button (Video Camera), 239
recording video, 248
recurring appointment, creating, 96–97
Refresh option (Browser), 199
reminder alert for appointments, 95–96
Rename button (Video Camera), 239
renaming
folders, 205–206
picture files, 234
Repeat Animations option (Browser), 209–210
repeating songs, 246
resolution, choosing, 228
Index
restoring data
from backups, 298
full restore, 298
selective restoration, 301–303
RIM (Research In Motion), 10, 13, 16–17, 162
ring tones
adding, 59–60
choosing, 41–47
downloading, 263–264
formats for, 249
MP3 file used for, 47
overview, 248–249
personalization of, 41–47
preloaded, 249
ripping, 258
rotating pictures in Pictures, 251
Roxio, 258
RSS (Really Simple Syndication), 262
•S•
Sample Songs view (Music), 245
Save Image option (Browser), 198
saved searches, reusing, 157–158
saving
e-mail, 144
search results, 156–157
Web page address, 200–201
screen indicators, reading, 227
Screen Lock key, 20
screen protectors, 320
search results, saving, 156–157
searching
contacts, 64–67
e-mail, 144, 153–158
for someone not listed in Contacts, 80–81
security
Autolock after Timeout (Security Timeout), 49
backups, 294–303
Desktop Redirector, allowing use of, 139
encrypted data, 16
locking your BlackBerry, 48–49
Manual Lockout, 49
overview, 16–17
passwords, setting up, 47–48
viruses, defense against, 16–17
Select option (Browser), 198
selective backups, 299–300
selective deleting with Backup and Restore, 302
selective restoration, 301–302
self-help Web sites, 330
Send button (Video Camera), 240
send key, 20
sender, searching e-mail by, 153–154
sending
e-mail, 147–148
meeting requests, 98
PIN-to-PIN messages, 166–167
text messages, 172
vCards, 74–75
Separators option (Contacts), 72
Set Encoding option (Browser), 199
setting up
Bluetooth headset, 126–127
e-mail, 135–136
speed dial, 121–122
sharing
contacts, 74–75
pictures, 236
shipping information Web sites, 331–332
shopping Web sites, 331–332
short menu, 21, 22, 24
Short Messaging Service (SMS)
emoticons used in, 169–171
etiquette for, 171
overview, 167
sending a text message, 172
shorthand used in, 168–169
smileys used in, 170–171
viewing a text message, 173
shortcuts
Browser, 197
keyboard, 25–29
Media, 253
shorthand
in IM, 179
in SMS, 168–169
Show Alarms option (Calendar), 92
Show End Time in Agenda View option
(Calendar), 92
Show Free Time in Agenda View option
(Calendar), 91
Show Images option (Browser), 208
Show Tasks option (Calendar), 92
Shuffle Songs view (Music), 245
shuffling songs, 246
signatures, e-mail, 139–140
SIM card used for transferring contacts, 75–80
skin cases, 320
Slacker, 326
slideshow, creating, 232
smileys used in SMS, 170–171
SmrtGuard, 302–303, 323–324
SMS. See Short Messaging Service
Snooze option (Calendar), 92
social networking
described, 14
Web sites, 331
soft device reset keyboard shortcut, 28–29
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Sort by option (Contacts), 72
sounds
choosing, 41–47
downloading, 263–264
personalization of, 41–47
spam, blocking, 49–50
speaker phone, 125
speakers, external, 321
speed dial
setting up, 121–122
using, 122
viewing speed dial list, 121
speeding up browsing, 211
spell-checking e-mail, 149
splitting conference calls, 123–124
sports Web sites, 330
Start of Day option (Calendar), 91
Start Page option (Browser), 208
stereo headsets, 16, 319
Stop button (Video Camera), 239
Stop option (Browser), 198
stopwatch, using, 106–107
storing e-mail, length of time for, 158–159
subfolders, adding, 204–205
subject, searching e-mail by, 154
SuperFine picture quality (Camera), 228
Support Embedded Media option (Browser), 208
Support JavaScript option (Browser), 207
switching between views in Calendar, 89
switching devices
new BlackBerry, switching to, 285–289
non-BlackBerry device, switching from,
289–292
overview, 285
Palm device, switching from, 289–292
Windows Mobile device, switching from,
290–292
symbols added to name in BlackBerry
Messenger, 187–188
Synchronize
accessing, 272–273
automatic synchronization, 283
Configuration screen, 273
confirming record changes, 280
contacts copied and managed with, 64
mapping fields for synchronization, 278–280
on-demand synchronization, 282–283
options for synchronization, 282
overview, 272–273
PIM synchronization, configuring, 273–278
Synchronize screen, 273
update conflicts, resolving, 281–282
•T•
TeleNav GPS Navigator, 223–224
Terminate Slow Running Scripts option
(Browser), 208
TetherBerry, 324
text messaging. See Short Messaging Service
(SMS)
themes, changing, 39
ThinkOutside Stowaway Shasta Bluetooth
keyboard, 319
three-button salute keyboard shortcut, 28–29
three-way calling, 123
thumbnails, viewing, 232
TIFF format, 250
time and date, setting, 35–36
time frames, moving between, 90–91
timer, using, 107–108
trackball
choices, confirming, 24
drop-down list, displaying, 24
overview, 20, 23–24
short menu, displaying, 24
trackpad
choices, confirming, 24
drop-down list, displaying, 24
overview, 20, 23–24
short menu, displaying, 24
transferring contacts, 75–80
travel
overview, 12
Web sites, 329–330
•U•
unanswered calls, forwarding, 119
unconditional call forwarding, 119
Unify AV Solution, 318
uninstalling applications, 309–310
unmuting calls, 118
update conflicts, resolving, 281–282
upgrading OS (operating system), 311–313
Use Background Images option (Browser), 208
User field in Contacts, renaming, 57–58
user ID for IM (instant messaging), 175
•V•
vCards
described, 74
receiving, 75
sending, 74–75
Index
VibAndRing, 325
Video Camera
Color Effect option, 241
controls for, 238–240
customizing, 240–241
Delete button, 239
Folder option, 241
overview, 237–240
Play button, 239
playing video, 248
Record button, 239
recording video, 248
Rename button, 239
Send button, 240
Stop button, 239
Video Format option, 241
Video Light option, 240–241
videocasts, 262
viewing
appointments, 97
contacts, 61–62
pictures, 231–232, 250
text messages, 173
views in Calendar, 88–89
Viigo, 325
viruses, defense against, 16–17
visiting bookmarks, 203
voice dialing, 127
voice mail access number, setting up your, 119
voice message, sending, 188–189
Voice Notes, 251–252
volume
adjusted for calls, 118
adjusted for Media, 252
•W•
wallpaper, 40
WBMP format, 250
weather Web sites, 327–328
WeatherEye, 326
Web images, saving, 201
Web portal Web sites, 328–329
Web sites
ABC News, 328
AccuWeather, 327
for advice, 330
Air Canada, 329
Amazon, 331
American Airlines, 329
BBC News, 328
BlackBerry Cool, 332
BlackBerry Goodies, 332
British Airways, 329
for business, 329
BusinessWeek Online, 329
Cathay Pacific, 329
CBS Sports Mobile, 330
CNN, 328
Continental Airlines, 329
CrackBerry, 332
Delta, 329
eBay, 331
ESPN, 330
FedEx tracking, 331
Fidelity, 329
Flightview, 329
Friendster, 331
Gas Buddy, 332
Google, 328
HowCast, 330
ILikeTotallyLoveIt, 332
JetBlue, 329
LinkedIn, 331
MiniSphere, 332
MizPee, 332
MSN, 328
Multiply, 331
New York Times, 328
for news, 328
Northwest Airlines, 330
Omiru, 330
Orkut, 331
Reuters, 328
RIM mobile home page, 328–329
for self-help, 330
for shipping information, 331–332
for shopping, 331–332
for social networking, 331
for sports, 330
Starbucks Locator, 332
for travel, 329–330
TripKick, 330
United Air Lines, 330
UPS tracking, 332
USA Today, 328
wcities, 332
for weather, 327–328
for Web portals, 328–329
WikiTravel, 330
Windows Live Space, 331
Wired News, 328
Yahoo! Answers, 330
Yahoo! Finance, 329
Yahoo! Mobile, 329
Zeer, 330
Week view (Calendar), 88, 90
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white balance, setting Camera, 230
Windows Explorer (PC), media files in, 257–258
Windows Mobile device, switching from,
290–292
wireless earphones, 16
wireless installation of applications, 309
wireless reconciliation
described, 140
enabling wireless e-mail synchronization,
141–142
WMA format
for music, 246
for ring tones, 249
•Y•
Yahoo! Messenger Mobile, 326
•Z•
Zodiac, 325
Zoom In option (Browser), 198
Zoom Out option (Browser), 198
zooming
with Camera, 228–229
in Pictures, 250–251
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• Why your BlackBerry works
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• A primer on messaging etiquette
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• Timesaving shortcuts for media
applications
• Web surfing tips
• How to use BlackBerry Messenger
• Tips for backing up and restoring
your information
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