Welcome back all you BBGeeks to our monthly roundup of the BBGeeks Twitter Help activities. If you have been following us for a while now you no doubt know about our account on Twitter.com.
Each and every Friday we reach out to other Twitter users and ask them what kind of problems they are experiencing with their BlackBerry devices. The response is always good. Some do not have problems at all, but just need some advice about BlackBerry software or accessories that would help them increase their productivity.
The GPS on my VZW8130 worked yesterday after I updated to 4.5, but today, it can’t find any satellites. Did VZW change something?
Verizon has recently “unlocked” their GPS functionality on the Curve and the Pearl. That being said, they may be mucking with things behind the scenes in order to provide full service to their customers. We suggested re-sending the service books and doing a hard battery pull just in case it is just a glitch.
I do two Twitter feeds. Can I add a second Twitter app to my BB Pearl? Already have Twitterberry. Any ideas?
Is there an app for the BlackBerry that uses the camera to scan a normal upc and can port that to a mobile friendly price search.
This was a new concept for us as far a BlackBerry usage is concerned. Once it was brought to our attention though it made perfect sense to be able to snap a picture with your camera and have the product recognized and cross referenced in some type of pricing guide. Can you imagine all the ultra savvy shoppers?
we did a bit of searching and came up with a couple possible solutions. The first was Neoreader adn the second one was a program called Shop Savvy.
conedude13 weighed in with his opinion of Neoreader and said it was really not worth while after all and unfortunately the Shop Savvy application for BlackBerry devices is still in the works.
I deleted version 6 (TwitterBerry) from 8100 Pearl downloaded 8 and get error message. I deleted bb cache, did over, same error! WHAT can I do?
we looked high and low for an older copy of version 6 of TwitterBerry for RobinBryce but we couldn’t track it down anywhere. We suggested updating her firmware as the errors might have to do with some type of incompatibility between an older OS and the most recent version of TwitterBerry. This conversation evolved into finding out how she could get an OS upgrade without having the Desktop Manager software or a PC to run it on.
Since in many cases it is not possible to upgrade your BlackBerry OS OTA, our suggestion was to either buy a ultra cheap PC for this purpose only or to set up a Windows installation on her Mac using Parallels or VMware Fusion. One other possible solution would be to take your BlackBerry into an authorized dealer with a tech support member on site that could perform the OS upgrade for you.
Is there any way to set Opera Mini as the default BlackBerry browser?
Unfortunately there is no way to set the Opera Mini browser as your default browsing option for your BlackBerry device. They are working on a solution though and we may see this functionality (or dare I say a partnership) in the near future.
Hey I just got a crackberry 8310. Is there anything I should know about it. It seems awesome so far.
All you need to know is that you have bought yourself a killer device and as you get to learn everything it can do and begin to have questions about the finer points of BlackBerry productivity, BBGeeks will be here to help make sense of it all =)
I find that my assigned ringtones switch back to the “active” profile after they work right once. Any idea why?
Sounds to us like this is a hardware glitch that may be solved by doing a battery pull (hey what isn’t). If that is not the case, we suggested checking out this post on BBGeeks.com which discusses assigning ringtones and alerts to specific BlackBerry contacts.
Any ideas how to forward specific numbers to voicemail on 8820? You guys are my last hope!!
This functionality is missing on your BlackBerry out of the box and is considered by many people to be a huge oversight by RIM which they seem content to leave unaddressed. If you want to set up advanced contact profiles on your BlackBerry we suggest using Antair BB Call Screener which is available at the BBGeeks Store.
A couple days ago there was a big thing going around Twitter with regards to someone claiming they were the best marketer in the world because of their Twitter Grader score. We had a look at our score on there and hey – what do you know – BBGeeks is #4 in all of Canada. While we are highly skeptical of the Twitter Grader stat collecting and ultimately our position on the list, I would like to say thank you to all of our followers who have contributed just as much as I have towards making the BBGeeks account the #1 resource for BlackBerry information on Twitter!
Thanks for finding us TONYKNUCLES!
Help! My scroll button on my curve won’t scroll up!
Our initial suggestion here was to do a hard battery pull as we have experienced the “trackball glitch” on numerous occasions. When that did not sort out the problem for LesleyLambert we suggested giving the BlackBerry trackball a good cleaning and pointed her to a great post on just this topic by Joe.
Do you know if there’s a way to remove the Setup Wizard on a 8330? I would like to have that extra memory.
We did some snooping around and didn’t find any way to delete the setup wizard specifically. That being said we let goldensnitch know that it is possible to hide it within certain Dimension Zen themes. As far as freeing up some much needed memory on the BlackBerry we suggested reading the 8 ways to trim the fat on your BlackBerry post from a short while back.
Random question: is there a way to switch my 8703e to “phone-only” mode to avoid roaming data charges?
For most BlackBerry devices you will be able to disable your data transmissions in the event that you are traveling far from home and do not wish to incur the extortion rates of international roaming. For some carriers however this option is not available.
For BlackBerry owners who would like to turn their data off they can follow this process: To turn off data try – options > Mobile Network > (change Data Services to “off”). For those who find that option suspiciously missing, you will have to contact your carrier and ask very nicely =)
Is there software for BB that lets me set arbitrary key shortcuts? like i can press M to start Messages, etc.?
Unfortunately at this time we are not aware of any application that would let you define your own shortcuts on the BlackBerry =(
Love the iLane but have a ??-according to demo, when it replies to an email does it send the recorded voice or txt?
Currently the iLane will send a mp3 attachment as a reply to an email. They are working on voice 2 text transcription.
The iLane is still in it’s beginning stages as a product. It currently has a huge benefit for all BlackBerry owners who wish to drive a little safer on the road while having their email and other news items read to them. That being said however, there is still quite a bit of functionality that can and will be implemented in the near future which will make the iLane practically indespensible for any working professional with a BlackBerry.
Other than CompanionLink, what other software will sync ACT with BB?
We have never has a reason to use CompanionLink or ACT software for that matter but a little research dug up the following options for other BlackBerry users who do. The first was HandHeldContact and the second option is actually a function of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
I need help; I need to fix my trackball, but haven’t had time. is there a way to move around menu screens with keyboard keys?
This is quite the pain for any BlackBerry user who is heavily dependent on their trackball for navigation. The good news is that you can definitely get around your device using only the keys on your QWERTY keyboard. Here is a list of BlackBerry Shortcuts that were provided by @TheMadHat who has been using his BlackBerry with no trackball for months!
I have a bb curve 8310? and my trackball just gave out – it won’t let me scroll left (other 3 ways work). any ideas, please?
This is definitely a time to do a tried and true batter pull to get you BlackBerry out of it’s much hated “glitch mode”.
Is there a way to create an icon for bookmark that didn’t come with one?
This utility will do the trick. Creating custom web shortcuts on your BlackBerry is actually a simple process.
Hey, i just saw yesterday that you started bb geeks in august 2007, is that right? i think you have done an amazing job!
Thank you kindly, we have a small team of people who work very hard at making BBGeeks.com the number one resource for BlackBerry information. We welcome all comments and criticisms of the site and would love to hear from all our readers as far as what they would like to see incorporated into our daily writings.
You know anything about Otterboxes?
Otterboxes rock in our opinion. They are kind of bulky so they are difficult to slip in and out of your pocket on a regular basis, but if you are looking for supreme BlackBerry protection then you will not go wrong with an Otterbox.
What is the best multi-protocol instant messaging application?
We like IM+ for multi-protocol messaging on my BlackBerry — $49.95 (free trial) in the BBGeeks Store.
Following @bbgeeks who knew there was a blackberry tips twitter?? I didn’t..how cool is that lol
Yup – that’s us – too cool for school =) Thanks for following Marifer and thanks for spreading the word to all your friends with BlackBerry devices of their own!.
Introducing the BBbeerFridge!
On a related note to the last Tweet by Marifer, we have opened up a “Twitter Vanity Account” where all our loyal followers can send us +1 of their favorite beverage and we will add it to the shelves. While this does not provide any actual beer for our fridges here (yet), it is simply a fun way that you can interact with BBGeeks and show your support/gratitude for any BlackBerry related tips, info or insight you may get from the BBGeeks Twitter feed.
So if you find that we have been of service to you in the past, present or future, please do take a quick second to add to the BBbeerFridge shelves by tweeting “+1 (insert favorite beverage here)” to @BBbeerFridge
Did you get a BlackBerry Storm yet?
The release of the BlackBerry Storm was one crazy event. No matter what you thought of the device, it is clear that it is well on it’s way to revolutionizing the way we use our Berries. If you were not one of the lucky ones to get their hands on one of the first wave of the devices to hit store shelves you may want to check out our online store.
We are offering the BlackBerry Storm for cheaper than the retail outlets right now and you just may be able to get in on that action.
Read more about the Storm here and place your order so that you can be one of the cool kids too!
There you go folks, all of the questions we have received in the last month through our Twitter account. If you would like to participate in our growing community of Tweeps, just download the BlackBerry Twitter application of your choice, sign up for a Twitter account and follow the BBGeeks Twitter profile.
See you all next month!