Research In Motion (RIM) has retained a solid position in the market by focusing on business users rather than gadget geeks. The BlackBerry Curve is a serious biz-conquering device, with an app store stuffed with add-ons, and a user community noted for its camaraderie and support. Even just out of the box and in the hands of a newbie, the BlackBerry Curve is a powerful tool. You may not encounter all the cool things that are built into the OS unless you investigate. Here, we will provide six forgotten features you should certainly use on your BlackBerry Curve.
1. Forward Ho
Put your Blackberry number in here, too.
Not everyone has their BlackBerry Curve attached to them with an electronic umbilical cord. It’s possibly heretical to BlackBerry addicts, but some folks may want to take calls at another number and location. It is simple to set up call forwarding if you need it. Just tap Call (green handset), click the wheel to choose Full Menu, then Options, and, finally, Call Forwarding. The number that comes up there will be your default voicemail number but you can easily change it to any number you want.
2. Music in the Air
This guy can play through your phone, thanks to wireless sync.
Your music collection, if you’re a serious tunes lover, could easily top 64 GB and eat up all of your storage memory. For those times that you will be in the office and at home, you can solve this problem with Wi-Fi Music Sync. The PCs with tunes need iTunes or Windows Media Player installed, and your BlackBerry has to be on the same network (typically, meaning they’re using the same router), but you only connect via USB one time, when you do the initial setup. After that, you’re good to go, as long as you don’t go beyond the range of your wireless router! Here’s how to set it up:
1. Start Desktop Manager (DM) and connect your phone via USB.
2. At the bottom of the DM screen, click on Wi-Fi Music Sync.
3. Choose “Turn wireless sync on.”
4. Click “OK” when it’s ready.
5. Click “Music,” and then click “Sync.”
6. Disconnect from the USB port.
3. Phone and Laptops Together with Tether
You netbook’s new modem.
All Curve models are cool, but with generous use of modern plastics, and the dedication to the utmost efficiency of design and construction, the new Curve 3G is small, light, capable, and sexy, too. It has a feature that is not much ballyhooed but still quite handy; it can tether to your netbook or laptop and act as your wireless modem. If your desktop PC ever loses its connection, you can use it in the home or office too.
4. Divide and Conquer
This place can get mighty crowded.
Heavy business users both generate and collect a lot of emails and SMS text messages. If these start to overwhelm your inbox, there is a simple solution that should be at the top of most BlackBerry tip sheets. You can separate the two types of messages with a quick and easy trip to one of the BlackBerry’s powerful Options menus.
To make the change, follow this path to the correct command: Messages > Menu > Options > SMS and Email Inboxes > Separate. Now you will have a dedicated area for lists of each kind of incoming correspondence. You have a BlackBerry, so you are supposed to be all about business, and the best biz tip you could take to heart is “get organized.”
5. Connected to Command Central
Corporate control freaks, rejoice!
The BlackBerry Curves, including the latest 3G model, are all proper BlackBerry phones and therefore capable of receiving push email from as many as 11 accounts. Another undersold feature, especially considering the BlackBerry user profile, is the ability for corporate IT managers to reach out through the ether and take care of business.
From a central location, IT personnel can remotely connect to the Curve to install apps and change user settings, set or edit the password protection, and even erase all data in case the device is stolen or lost.
6. One More Feature to Go
RIM makes great video ads!
The Curve 3G is a departure from the product line and an iconic standard-bearer – a departure for not getting any bigger, and a standard that has the great BlackBerry full-QWERTY keyboard and great optical trackpad. Dedicated media keys allow music lovers to get their harmonic-melodic fixes, and the image-conscious user gets a nice camera. The microSD/SDHC slot supports cards up to 32 GB. The support for 3G networks makes smoother and faster browsing, provides improved streaming, and lets users access the phone while browsing, messaging, or using social networks. While Curve offers a complete BlackBerry experience affordably, there is one feature that it won’t have right out of the box; the newest OS must be downloaded.
BlackBerry 6, the new operating system for RIM smartphones, was announced in August, and should be available shortly for the Curve. The new OS was designed specifically to offer a straightforward, accessible, and intuitive experience that its developers call “powerful and easy to use.” BlackBerry 6’s revamped interface works well with both touchscreen and trackpad, but the real news may be the advanced messaging functions, and the simplified management of both social media and RSS feeds. BlackBerry is aiming to give users the best (“richest”) multimedia experience on any smart phone, and has also beefed up the OS with a potent Universal Search tool, and a slick, WebKit-based browser that delivers pages with speed and style. When BlackBerry 6 is announced for the Curve, waste no time – go get it!
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