BlackBerry Quick Tips

February 28, 2009

I aim to update this page regularly with hints and tips for using your BlackBerry.

  • If you have a BIS set up, it is better to create a web account rather than set up email on the device. See your network for the web address of their BlackBerry BIS set up.
  • A quick way to lock the keypad on most BlackBerries is to hold the star key (“*” on the “A” key) down for a few seconds. To unlock, press * and the green dial button.
  • If you have let your inbox fill up and find that you have hundreds of emails but don’t wish to spend time deleting them one by one then highlight a date bar in your in box, press the application button and choose “Delete Prior” then confirm. This will delete all emails previous to the date you selected. If there are any emails you wish to keep prior to using this function the highlight those emails and again, pree the applcation key and choose “Save”. Even though these vanish from your inbox, you can view them by selecting “View saved messages” from the menu.
  • To save on battery life on Wi-Fi enabled devices, turn the Wi-Fi connection off when not in a Wi-Fi area. Turning Bluetooth off when not in use also helps.
  • To select text to copy and paste press the Alt key then press the rollerball then roll over the text you wish to highlight. When done press the rollerball again and select copy. By pressing the rollerball in the area you wish to paste the text you can then select “Paste”.

 

Write Blog Posts From Your BlackBerry

February 28, 2009

I have just installed a cool plug-in for WordPress called WPhone that gives a clean and simple admin interface for WordPress on a mobile phone.

On the BlackBerry it works nicely, listing admin options in a vertical list that is easy to browse in the BlackBerry web browser.

As a test, I am typing this on my Javelin in a hotel room in Rochdale!

If you use the latest version of WordPress then search in the plug I browser for WPhone. It’s a great way to update your blog anywhere in the world from your BlackBerry (or any phone with a web browser).

 

T-Mobile Mobile Broadband

February 26, 2009

Sometimes you need a fast internet connection, whilst out, on your laptop.

On the 3G BlackBerries it’s not too bad as you can use them as a modem but 3G alone is not lightening fast and it restricts use as a phone which can be a pain.

T-Mobile offer a package called Mobile Broadband Plus in the UK and for just £12.77 plus VAT you get excellent HSDPA coverage (mobile broadband),  and a fair use allowance of 3 Gigabytes of data per month.  The fair use policy is a good one because whilst 3 Gig is a healthy allowance, on the odd times that you might exceed it you won’t be faced with unexpected charges for data. Only if you are regularly going well over that amount will they ask you to upgrade your plan (although I’ve never known it to happen).

At the time of writing they are bundling a free Huwaei E110 USB data stick which is a fantastic, self installing device. It also has a slot for a memory card so can double up as a memory stick for backing up files.

Call me for more info, on 01204 595335 or use the T-Phone contact form here.

David

 

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