Hello. Hope the weekend is going well for you. For football lovers, a week to the epl. But hey that isn’t why we are here, Lets come back home. This week, we shall be talking about blackberry. I am pretty sure a lot of you must have repeated the word “Blackberry “and asked yourself “What else can they teach me about my blackberry”. Please keep on reading, I can guarantee that you will learn something new at the end of the post.
BlackBerry as we all know is a Smartphone; it is designed by Research In Motion (RIM). RIM produced the first BlackBerry phone in 1999 and the latest Os 7 devices were announced in the summer of 2011.
BlackBerry devices are smartphones, which are designed to function as personal digital assistants, portable media players, internet browsers, gaming devices, cameras and much more. They are basically known for their ability to send and receive (push) email and instant messages while maintaining a high level of security through on-device message encryption. BlackBerry devices support a large variety of instant messaging features, with the most popular being the proprietary BlackBerry Messenger service.
BlackBerry accounted for 3% of mobile device sales worldwide in 2011, making its manufacturer RIM the sixth most popular device maker and 25% of mobile device sales are smartphones. The consumer BlackBerry Internet Service is available in 91 countries worldwide on over 500 mobile service operators using various mobile technologies. As of October 2011, there were seventy million subscribers worldwide to BlackBerry. In 2011 the Caribbean and Latin America, had the highest penetrations of BlackBerry smartphones worldwide, with up to about 45 per cent in the region having a RIM device. Nigeria is now one of the heavy users of BlackBerry smartphones .
Modern GSM-based BlackBerry handhelds incorporate an ARM 7, 9 or ARM 11 processor(a new type of processor), while older BlackBerry 950 and 957 handhelds used Intel 80386 processors. The BlackBerry models called “Torch” (Torch 9850/9860, Torch 9810, and Bold 9900/9930) have 1.2 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processors, 768 MB system memory, and 8 GB of on-board storage, also all BlackBerry smartphones after OS 5 support up to 32 GB microSD cards.
All original BlackBerry devices have blue seals located on different parts of the Smartphone (basically on the screws) depending on the model of the Blackberry. The touch, tour, javelin and curve series have there’s on a screw at the back just beside the phone battery. While for the bold series, it is located under a small piece cover below the keypad.
The BlackBerry smartphones can be used faster with the availability of shortcuts. Depending on the typing input language that you are using, some shortcuts might not be available.
To change your ring tone, from the Home screen, press the Send key. Press the Menu key. Click Set Ring Tone.
To check your voice mail, press and hold 1.
To send an incoming call to voice mail, press and hold the Volume Down key on the right side of your BlackBerry device.
To set up speed dial for a contact, on the Home screen or in the phone application, press and hold the key that you would like to assign speed dial to.
To add an extension to a phone number, press the X key. Type the extension number.
To type a letter in a phone number field, press and hold the Alt key. Use the multi-tap input method to type the letter.
To insert a plus sign (+) when typing a phone number, press and hold 0.
To turn on the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key. To turn off the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key again.
If you are using a wireless headset, to stop listening to a call with the headset, press the period (.) key. To listen to a call using the wireless headset again, press the period (.) key again.
If you have multiple phone numbers associated with your BlackBerry device, to change the active phone number, from the Home screen, press the Send key. Click your phone number at the top of the screen. Click a phone number.
- Reply To Messages
L – Reply To All
F – Forward Message
I – File Highlighted Message
To view the email address of a contact, in a message, highlight the contact. Press Q. To view the display name again, press Q.
In a message list:
C – Compose Message
ALT+U – Mark Message as Opened/Unopened
ALT+V – View Voicemail
ALT+I – View Inbox
ALT+P – View Call Log
ALT+O – View Outbox
ALT+S – View SMS
To view all your messages again, press the Escape key
SHIFT+SPACE – Move to the top of a screen
SPACE – Move to the bottom of a screen
B – Go to bottom of a message
N – Move to the next date
T – Go to top of a message
P – Move to the previous date
U – Move to the next unopened item
J – Move to the next related item
K – Move to the previous realted item
F – Search for text in an attachment/web page
G – Move to the last cursor position in a message after closing and reopening an attachment
To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized
To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears
Alt + Left Shift – NUM Lock
Alt + Right Shift – CAPS Lock
To turn off NUM lock or CAP lock, press the Shift key
To insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field, press the Space key
To highlight a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball
To highlight text character by character, hold the Shift key and roll the trackball left or right
To cancel a text selection, press the Escape key
To cut highlighted text when typing, press the Shift + Backspace/Delete key
To copy highlighted text when typing, press the Alt key and click the trackball
To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackball
To insert a period in the Go to dialog box, press the Space key
To insert a slash mark (/) in the Go to dialog box, press Shift+Space
To open the browser options, in the browser, press O
To stop loading a web page, press the Escape key
To hide the browser, press D
To close the browser, hold the Escape key
To view the address for a link, highlight a link. Press L
To move forward a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key
To move to a previous screen, press the Space key
G – Move to a specific page
H – Return to the home page
K – Open bookmarks
A – Add a bookmark
I – View recent web pages
R – Refresh page
P – View page address
S – Save web page
U – Hide browser banner
X – View thumbnail version of a page
T – Move to the top of a page
B – Move to the bottom of a page
Mute Key – Pause/Resume a video/song
R – Rotate pictures
I – Zoom In
O – Zoom Out
W – Original Size
C – Schedule an appointment
A – Change to Agenda view
D – Change to Day view
W – Change to Week view
M – Change to Month view
Space – Move to the next day/week/month
Shift+Space – Move to the previous day/week/month
T – Move to the current date
G – Move to a specific date
An easy way to access the default applications is through keyboard shortcuts as well. To use these, you must have Dial From Home Screen set to “Off”. (Phone > Options > General Options). You will now have to use the Send key to access your phone and make a call, but you will have the following shortcuts available:
W – WAP Browser
R – Alarm
T – Tasks
U – Calculator
O – Options
A – Address Book
S – Search
D – Notes
F – Profiles
H – Help
K – Lock keypad
L – Calendar
M – Messages
B – Browser
N – BlackBerry Messenger
V – Saved messages
C – Compose
OTHER HELPFUL SHORTCUTS:
ALT+Shift+H – Access Help ME! screen (status info etc.)
ALT+LGLG – Access Event Log
ALT+Right Shift+DEL – Soft Reset
You can change the display of the ‘signal strength’ on your screen to read in real numbers. While at the home screen, hold down the ALT key while you type NMLL. The bars should change to numbers. For the ‘signal strength’, if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power. Anything at -90 to -50 is a very good signal.
On top of the AutoText there are also some short codes for common device information that you can type into SMS or email messages that will return a value:
myver – Device Model/Version
mypin – Device PIN
LD – Local Date
LT – Local Time
Once you get the hang of it, using these shortcuts will make you much quicker on the draw and help your harness the full abilities of your device. They will not only save your time, but help you easily navigate through all aspects of your device. Thank you for reading…