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Blackberry® For Dummies®, 4th Edition

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Get the most juice out of your BlackBerry handheld!

Feature-rich and complex, the BlackBerry is the number one smartphone in the corporate world is among the most popular handhelds for business users. This new and updated edition includes all the latest and greatest information on new and current BlackBerry mobile devices.

Covering a range of valuable how-to topics, this helpful guide explores the BlackBerry's most useful features, techniques for getting the most out of your BlackBerry, and practical information about power usage.

  • Covers all aspects of the number one smartphone in the corporate world—the BlackBerry

  • Reviews managing appointments, creating a To Do list, getting online, using e-mail, and taking photos

  • Shares navigation tips and shortcuts as well as essential applications for the BlackBerry

  • Addresses power usage and consumption

  • Advises on how to take advantage of the expandable memory

In addition, BlackBerry For Dummies, 4th Edition explains business tools, games, and great sites that deliver what you need for your BlackBerry, when you need it.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Authors' Acknowledgments
  4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Who Are You?
    3. What's in This Book
      1. Part I: Getting Started with BlackBerry Smartphone
      2. Part II: Organizing with BlackBerry
      3. Part III: Getting Online with Your BlackBerry
      4. Part IV: Applications and Media on Your BlackBerry
      5. Part V: Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager
      6. Part VI: The Part of Tens
    4. Icons Used in This Book
    5. Where to Go from Here
  6. I. Getting Started with BlackBerry Smartphone
    1. 1. Your BlackBerry Isn't a Fruit
      1. 1.1. How It All Works: The Schematic Approach
        1. 1.1.1. The role of the network service provider
        2. 1.1.2. Connecting to your computer
        3. 1.1.3. BlackBerrying the world with your BlackBerry
      2. 1.2. Oh, the Things You Can Do!
        1. 1.2.1. Social networking
        2. 1.2.2. All-in-one multimedia center
        3. 1.2.3. Internet at your fingertips
        4. 1.2.4. Me and my great personal assistant
        5. 1.2.5. A computer in the palm of your hand
        6. 1.2.6. Look Dad, no hands!
      3. 1.3. Chewing on Hardware
        1. 1.3.1. Saving power
        2. 1.3.2. Putting a sentry on duty
    2. 2. Navigating the BlackBerry
      1. 2.1. Anatomy 101: The Body and Features of Your BlackBerry
        1. 2.1.1. Display screen
        2. 2.1.2. QWERTY keyboard
          1. 2.1.2.1. Custom Dictionary
        3. 2.1.3. Pearl keyboard types
          1. 2.1.3.1. SureType versus multitap
        4. 2.1.4. Escape key
        5. 2.1.5. Trackpad
        6. 2.1.6. Menu key
        7. 2.1.7. The microSD slot
      2. 2.2. General Navigation Guidelines
        1. 2.2.1. Switching applications
        2. 2.2.2. Changing options
      3. 2.3. General Keyboard Shortcuts
        1. 2.3.1. Using Home screen shortcuts
        2. 2.3.2. Other (non–Home screen) shortcuts
    3. 3. Turning On Your BlackBerry — and Keeping It Happy
      1. 3.1. Making Your BlackBerry Yours
        1. 3.1.1. Branding your BlackBerry
        2. 3.1.2. Choosing a language, any language
        3. 3.1.3. Typing with ease using AutoText
        4. 3.1.4. Getting your dates and times lined up
        5. 3.1.5. Customizing your screen's look and feel
        6. 3.1.6. Choosing themes for your BlackBerry
        7. 3.1.7. Wallpapering your BlackBerry
        8. 3.1.8. Letting freedom ring
          1. 3.1.8.1. Using factory settings
          2. 3.1.8.2. Creating your own profile
      2. 3.2. Keeping Your BlackBerry Safe
      3. 3.3. Blocking That Spam
  7. II. Organizing with BlackBerry
    1. 4. Remembering and Locating Your Acquaintances
      1. 4.1. Accessing Contacts
      2. 4.2. Working with Contacts
        1. 4.2.1. Creating a contact
          1. 4.2.1.1. Adding notes
          2. 4.2.1.2. Customizing with your own fields
          3. 4.2.1.3. Adding a picture for a contact
          4. 4.2.1.4. Assigning a tone
        2. 4.2.2. Adding contacts from other BlackBerry applications
        3. 4.2.3. Viewing a contact
        4. 4.2.4. Editing a contact
        5. 4.2.5. Deleting a contact
      3. 4.3. Copying Contacts from Desktop Applications
      4. 4.4. Looking for Someone?
      5. 4.5. Organizing Your Contacts
        1. 4.5.1. Creating a group
        2. 4.5.2. Using the Filter feature on your contacts
          1. 4.5.2.1. Categorizing your contacts
          2. 4.5.2.2. Filtering your contacts
          3. 4.5.2.3. Adding a category
        3. 4.5.3. Setting preferences
      6. 4.6. Sharing a Contact
        1. 4.6.1. Sending a vCard
        2. 4.6.2. Receiving a vCard
      7. 4.7. Transferring Contacts
        1. 4.7.1. Copying contacts from a GSM phone
        2. 4.7.2. Copying a BlackBerry contact
      8. 4.8. Searching for Someone outside Your Contacts
      9. 4.9. Synchronizing Facebook Contacts
        1. 4.9.1. Adding a Facebook friend's info to Contacts
        2. 4.9.2. Automatic syncing between Facebook profiles and Contacts
    2. 5. Never Miss Another Appointment
      1. 5.1. Accessing BlackBerry Calendar
      2. 5.2. Choosing Your Calendar View
      3. 5.3. Moving between Time Frames
      4. 5.4. Customizing Your Calendar
      5. 5.5. All Things Appointments: Adding, Opening, and Deleting
        1. 5.5.1. Creating an appointment
          1. 5.5.1.1. Creating a one-time appointment
          2. 5.5.1.2. Creating an all-day appointment
          3. 5.5.1.3. Setting your appointment reminder time
          4. 5.5.1.4. Creating a recurring appointment
        2. 5.5.2. Opening an appointment
        3. 5.5.3. Deleting an appointment
      6. 5.6. Appointments versus Meetings
        1. 5.6.1. Sending a meeting request
        2. 5.6.2. Responding to a meeting request
        3. 5.6.3. Setting your meeting dial-in number
    3. 6. Setting Alarms and Keeping Your Passwords
      1. 6.1. Accessing Clock
      2. 6.2. Customizing Your Clock
      3. 6.3. Setting a Wake-Up Alarm
      4. 6.4. Setting and Exiting Bedside Mode
      5. 6.5. Using Stopwatch
      6. 6.6. Using Timer
      7. 6.7. Using Password Keeper
        1. 6.7.1. Setting a password for Password Keeper
        2. 6.7.2. Creating credentials
        3. 6.7.3. Generating random passwords
        4. 6.7.4. Using your password
        5. 6.7.5. Password Keeper options
        6. 6.7.6. Changing your password to Password Keeper
    4. 7. Calling Your Favorite Person
      1. 7.1. Using the BlackBerry Phone Application
      2. 7.2. Making and Receiving Calls
        1. 7.2.1. Making a call
          1. 7.2.1.1. Calling from Contacts
          2. 7.2.1.2. Dialing letters
        2. 7.2.2. Receiving a call
        3. 7.2.3. Let Freedom Ring
        4. 7.2.4. Handling missed calls
      3. 7.3. Phone Options while on a Call
        1. 7.3.1. Muting your call
        2. 7.3.2. Placing your call on hold
        3. 7.3.3. Adjusting the call volume
      4. 7.4. Customizing Your BlackBerry Phone
        1. 7.4.1. Setting up your voice mail number
        2. 7.4.2. Using call forwarding
        3. 7.4.3. Configuring speed dial
          1. 7.4.3.1. Viewing your speed dial list
          2. 7.4.3.2. Adding a number to speed dial
          3. 7.4.3.3. Using speed dial
      5. 7.5. Arranging Conference Calls
        1. 7.5.1. Talking privately to a conference participant
        2. 7.5.2. Alternating between phone conversations
        3. 7.5.3. Dropping that meeting-hugger
      6. 7.6. Communicating Hands-Free
        1. 7.6.1. Using the speakerphone
        2. 7.6.2. Pairing your BlackBerry with a Bluetooth headset
        3. 7.6.3. Using voice dialing
      7. 7.7. Multitasking while on the Phone
        1. 7.7.1. Accessing applications while on the phone
        2. 7.7.2. Taking notes while on the phone
          1. 7.7.2.1. Accessing phone notes
          2. 7.7.2.2. Forwarding phone notes
  8. III. Getting Online with Your BlackBerry
    1. 8. You've Got (Lots of) E-Mail
      1. 8.1. Getting Up and Running with E-Mail
        1. 8.1.1. Using the BlackBerry Internet Service client
        2. 8.1.2. Combining your e-mail accounts into one
        3. 8.1.3. Adding an e-mail account
        4. 8.1.4. Setting up e-mail in an enterprise environment
        5. 8.1.5. Getting e-mail in an enterprise environment using Desktop Redirector
      2. 8.2. Configuring Your E-Mail Signature
      3. 8.3. Enabling Wireless Reconciliation
        1. 8.3.1. Enabling wireless e-mail synchronization
        2. 8.3.2. Permanently deleting e-mail from your BlackBerry
      4. 8.4. Working with E-Mail
        1. 8.4.1. Receiving e-mails
          1. 8.4.1.1. Retrieving e-mail
          2. 8.4.1.2. Sorting the message list
          3. 8.4.1.3. Saving a message to the saved folder
          4. 8.4.1.4. Viewing attachments
          5. 8.4.1.5. Editing attachments
        2. 8.4.2. Sending e-mail
          1. 8.4.2.1. Forwarding e-mail
          2. 8.4.2.2. Sending e-mail to more than one person
          3. 8.4.2.3. Attaching a file to your e-mail
        3. 8.4.3. Spell-checking your outgoing messages
        4. 8.4.4. Deleting e-mail
        5. 8.4.5. Filtering your e-mail
      5. 8.5. Searching through Messages Like a Pro
        1. 8.5.1. Searching by sender or recipient
        2. 8.5.2. Searching by subject
        3. 8.5.3. Running a general search
        4. 8.5.4. Saving search results
        5. 8.5.5. Reusing saved searches
      6. 8.6. Follow Up Your E-Mail
      7. 8.7. Long Live E-Mail
    2. 9. Too Cool for E-Mail
      1. 9.1. Sending and Receiving PIN-to-PIN Messages
        1. 9.1.1. Getting a BlackBerry PIN
        2. 9.1.2. Assigning PINs to names
        3. 9.1.3. Sending a PIN-to-PIN message
        4. 9.1.4. Receiving a PIN-to-PIN message
      2. 9.2. Keeping in Touch, the SMS/MMS Way
        1. 9.2.1. Using shorthand for speedy replies
        2. 9.2.2. AWHFY?
        3. 9.2.3. Showing some emotion
        4. 9.2.4. Sending a text message
        5. 9.2.5. Viewing a message you receive
      3. 9.3. Always Online Using Instant Messaging
        1. 9.3.1. Chatting using IM rules
        2. 9.3.2. Instant messaging on your BlackBerry
          1. 9.3.2.1. IM basics: What you need
          2. 9.3.2.2. Going online with IM
          3. 9.3.2.3. Adding a contact/buddy
          4. 9.3.2.4. Doing the chat thing
          5. 9.3.2.5. Sending your smile
        3. 9.3.3. Taking control of your IM app
          1. 9.3.3.1. Less is more
          2. 9.3.3.2. Less typing — use shorthand
          3. 9.3.3.3. SMS versus connecting via the Web
    3. 10. Instant Messaging on BlackBerry Messenger
      1. 10.1. Using BlackBerry Messenger
      2. 10.2. Adding a Contact
      3. 10.3. Having Conversations
        1. 10.3.1. Starting a conversation
        2. 10.3.2. Starting a group conversation
        3. 10.3.3. Sending a file
        4. 10.3.4. Saving the conversation history
      4. 10.4. Broadcasting a Message
    4. 11. Surfing the Internet Wave
      1. 11.1. Kicking Up Browser
        1. 11.1.1. Getting to Browser
        2. 11.1.2. Hitting the (air)waves
        3. 11.1.3. Navigating Web pages
        4. 11.1.4. Saving a Web page address
        5. 11.1.5. Sending an address by e-mail
        6. 11.1.6. Saving Web images
      2. 11.2. Bookmarking Your Favorite Sites
        1. 11.2.1. Adding and visiting a bookmark
        2. 11.2.2. Modifying a bookmark
        3. 11.2.3. Organizing your bookmarks
          1. 11.2.3.1. Adding a bookmark subfolder
          2. 11.2.3.2. Renaming a bookmark folder
          3. 11.2.3.3. Moving a bookmark
          4. 11.2.3.4. Cleaning up your bookmarks
      3. 11.3. Exercising Options and Optimization Techniques
        1. 11.3.1. Configuring Browser
        2. 11.3.2. General Browser properties
        3. 11.3.3. Cache operations
        4. 11.3.4. Gears settings
      4. 11.4. Installing and Uninstalling Applications from the Web
      5. 11.5. Browser's Behavior in Business
        1. 11.5.1. Using Browser on your company's BlackBerry Enterprise Server
        2. 11.5.2. Using your network provider's browser
        3. 11.5.3. Setting the default browser
  9. IV. Applications and Media on Your BlackBerry
    1. 12. Getting Around with Your BlackBerry GPS
      1. 12.1. Putting Safety First
      2. 12.2. What You Need
      3. 12.3. Your GPS Application Choices
        1. 12.3.1. BlackBerry Maps
        2. 12.3.2. Google Maps
        3. 12.3.3. TeleNav GPS Navigator
        4. 12.3.4. Garmin Mobile
    2. 13. Taking Great Pictures and Capturing Videos
      1. 13.1. Saying "Cheese"
        1. 13.1.1. Reading the screen indicators
        2. 13.1.2. Choosing the picture quality
        3. 13.1.3. Zooming and focusing
        4. 13.1.4. Setting the flash
        5. 13.1.5. Setting the white balance
        6. 13.1.6. Setting the picture size
        7. 13.1.7. Geotagging
      2. 13.2. Working with Pictures
        1. 13.2.1. Viewing pictures
        2. 13.2.2. Creating a slide show
        3. 13.2.3. Trashing pictures
        4. 13.2.4. Listing filenames versus thumbnails
        5. 13.2.5. Checking picture properties
        6. 13.2.6. Organizing your pictures
          1. 13.2.6.1. Renaming a picture file
          2. 13.2.6.2. Creating a folder
          3. 13.2.6.3. Moving pictures
        7. 13.2.7. Sharing your pictures
        8. 13.2.8. Setting a picture as Caller ID
        9. 13.2.9. Setting a Home screen image
      3. 13.3. Say Action: Capturing Video
      4. 13.4. Customizing the Video Camera
    3. 14. Satisfy All Your Senses with the Media Player
      1. 14.1. Accessing Media
      2. 14.2. Let the Music Play
        1. 14.2.1. Creating a playlist
          1. 14.2.1.1. Standard playlists
          2. 14.2.1.2. Automatic playlists
        2. 14.2.2. Playing from your playlist
      3. 14.3. Now Showing
      4. 14.4. Lord of the Ring Tones
      5. 14.5. Picture This
        1. 14.5.1. Viewing in Pictures
        2. 14.5.2. Zoom to see details
      6. 14.6. Recording Your Voice
      7. 14.7. Playing Your Voice Notes
      8. 14.8. Viewing and Controlling Media Files
        1. 14.8.1. Turning it up (or down)
        2. 14.8.2. Navigating the menu
          1. 14.8.2.1. Navigating the Pictures menu
          2. 14.8.2.2. Navigating the Music, Videos, Ring Tones, and Voice Notes menu
        3. 14.8.3. Using Explore
      9. 14.9. Changing the Media Flavor
        1. 14.9.1. Customizing Media
        2. 14.9.2. Customizing Pictures
    4. 15. Managing Media Files
      1. 15.1. Working with Media Files
        1. 15.1.1. Using your BlackBerry as a flash drive for a PC
        2. 15.1.2. Meet and greet BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager
          1. 15.1.2.1. Installing Media Manager
          2. 15.1.2.2. Accessing Media Manager
          3. 15.1.2.3. Importing media files to Media Manager
          4. 15.1.2.4. Adding a media file to your BlackBerry
        3. 15.1.3. Synchronizing with iTunes using BlackBerry Media Sync
          1. 15.1.3.1. Installing BlackBerry Media Sync
          2. 15.1.3.2. Synchronizing your BlackBerry to iTunes
        4. 15.1.4. Downloading sounds
    5. 16. Lifestyle Applications
      1. 16.1. SmrtAlerts E-Mail and SMS Alert
      2. 16.2. BlackBerry Facebook Application
      3. 16.3. Forward, Reply and Edit
      4. 16.4. gwabbit
      5. 16.5. Guitar Hero III
      6. 16.6. Viigo RSS Reader
      7. 16.7. SmrtGuard, Your Smartphone Guardian
      8. 16.8. E*TRADE for BlackBerry
  10. V. Working with BlackBerry Desktop Manager
    1. 17. Syncing the Synchronize Way
      1. 17.1. Data Synchronization on a Windows PC
        1. 17.1.1. Installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager and Desktop Redirector
        2. 17.1.2. Launching BlackBerry Desktop Manager
        3. 17.1.3. Connecting BlackBerry Desktop Manager to your BlackBerry
        4. 17.1.4. Running BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the first time
      2. 17.2. Setting Up Synchronize on a Windows PC
        1. 17.2.1. Configuring PIM synchronization
        2. 17.2.2. Mapping fields for synchronization
        3. 17.2.3. Confirming record changes
        4. 17.2.4. Resolving update conflicts
        5. 17.2.5. Ready, set, synchronize!
          1. 17.2.5.1. Using on-demand synchronization
          2. 17.2.5.2. Synchronizing automatically
      3. 17.3. Data Synchronization on the Mac
        1. 17.3.1. Installing BlackBerry Desktop Manager
        2. 17.3.2. Opening BlackBerry Desktop Manager for the first time
      4. 17.4. Synchronizing, Mac Style
        1. 17.4.1. Setting synchronization options
          1. 17.4.1.1. Device Options
          2. 17.4.1.2. Calendar
          3. 17.4.1.3. Contacts
          4. 17.4.1.4. Notes
          5. 17.4.1.5. Tasks
          6. 17.4.1.6. Music
        2. 17.4.2. Deleting all music files on your BlackBerry
        3. 17.4.3. Syncing manually
        4. 17.4.4. Configuring an automatic sync
    2. 18. Switching Devices
      1. 18.1. Switching to a New BlackBerry
      2. 18.2. Switching from a Non-BlackBerry Device
        1. 18.2.1. Palm device requirements
        2. 18.2.2. Windows Mobile device requirements
        3. 18.2.3. Run the wizard
    3. 19. Protecting Your Information
      1. 19.1. Accessing Backup and Restore
      2. 19.2. Backing Up, BlackBerry Style
        1. 19.2.1. Backing up your BlackBerry manually
        2. 19.2.2. Setting up automatic backups
      3. 19.3. Restoring Your Data from Backup Information
      4. 19.4. Protecting Your Data, Your Way
        1. 19.4.1. Backing up, your way
        2. 19.4.2. Restoring, your way
        3. 19.4.3. Clearing BlackBerry information, your way
      5. 19.5. Backup and Restore Wirelessly
    4. 20. Installing and Managing Third-Party Applications
      1. 20.1. Using BlackBerry App World
        1. 20.1.1. Navigating App World
        2. 20.1.2. Installing an application using App World
      2. 20.2. Finding and Installing Applications from Other App Stores
      3. 20.3. Finding and Installing Applications Directly from Developer's Web Site
      4. 20.4. Accessing Application Loader
      5. 20.5. Installing an Application
        1. 20.5.1. Installing, Windows style
        2. 20.5.2. Installing, Mac style
      6. 20.6. Uninstalling an Application
        1. 20.6.1. Uninstalling with Application Loader on a Windows PC
        2. 20.6.2. Uninstalling with BlackBerry Desktop Manager on the Mac
        3. 20.6.3. Uninstalling with the BlackBerry
      7. 20.7. Upgrading the BlackBerry OS
        1. 20.7.1. Upgrading the BlackBerry OS, Windows style
        2. 20.7.2. Upgrading the BlackBerry OS, Mac style
  11. VI. The Part of Tens
    1. 21. Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories
      1. 21.1. Unify AV Shadow
      2. 21.2. microSD Card
      3. 21.3. Full Keyboards
      4. 21.4. Stereo Headsets
      5. 21.5. Case and Belt Clip
      6. 21.6. Screen Protector and Skins
      7. 21.7. Extra Battery, Charger, and Charging Pod
      8. 21.8. External Speaker
      9. 21.9. Bluetooth Music Gateway
      10. 21.10. Car Mount
    2. 22. Ten Must-Have Applications
      1. 22.1. SmrtGuard, Your Smartphone Guardian
      2. 22.2. Tether
      3. 22.3. VibAndRing
      4. 22.4. Viigo for BlackBerry
      5. 22.5. SmrtAlerts
      6. 22.6. Google Talk Mobile and Yahoo! Messenger Mobile
      7. 22.7. WeatherEye
      8. 22.8. Nobex Radio Companion
      9. 22.9. Online Personal Music Players
      10. 22.10. Neverfail
      11. 22.11. ISEC7
    3. 23. Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry
      1. 23.1. SmrtZodiac
      2. 23.2. Bookworm
      3. 23.3. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart
      4. 23.4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2010
      5. 23.5. Texas Hold'em King 3
      6. 23.6. SmrtSudoku
      7. 23.7. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
      8. 23.8. Chuzzle
      9. 23.9. Nintaii
      10. 23.10. Great Free Classic Games
    4. 24. Ten Important Types of Web Sites
      1. 24.1. Weather
      2. 24.2. News
      3. 24.3. Search Engines, Directories, and Portals
      4. 24.4. Business
      5. 24.5. Travel
      6. 24.6. Sports
      7. 24.7. Advice and Self-Help
      8. 24.8. Social and Virtual Networking
      9. 24.9. Shopping and Shipping Information
      10. 24.10. Other Browsing Categories