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Robert Kao is one well-rounded professional. His ability to translate his technical knowledge and communicate with users of all types led him to cowrite
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A graduate of Columbia University, with a Computer Engineering degree, he
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Dante Sarigumba is a long-time user of BlackBerry and a gizmo enthusiast.
He is a cohost of the Mobile Computing Authority biweekly podcast. He
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lives in South Brunswick, New Jersey, with his wife, Rosemarie, and two sons,
Dean and Drew.
Dedication
I would like to thank my father (MHK), my mother (SYT), and the rest of the
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Marie-Claude, and little Jade for all their support. In addition, thanks to
Manon Lalancette and the rest of Gamelin family for all your cheers!
— Robert Kao
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— Dante Sarigumba
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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.
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