Last week I was out to dinner with a few friends, and as is bound to happen at such gatherings, one of them pulled out a BlackBerry and answered an email. Usually this doesn’t affect the rest of us, but one by one everyone with a BlackBerry pulled it out to check email (monkey see, monkey do, my Berry-less buddy says). This prompted a story from one about how he’s been pocket dialing the same person three or four times a day, because he’s too lazy to lock his Berry when he puts it in his pocket. “I’ve got an easy fix,” I said, ready to impress with my BlackBerry knowledge. Long-time BBGeeks readers might remember our quick tip about the convenience key. This is basically the same thing, though with a more pointed goal. No one enjoys receiving pocket dials, and no one really likes making them. It’s annoying, and in some cases it needlessly wastes people’s minutes. I used to curb my pocket dialing by placing the lock keypad icon on my home screen, but even that wasn’t quite enough. Finally I had enough, and set my convenience key — for those who don’t know, it’s the button or buttons on the side of your device — to lock the keyboard. This way, it only takes one action to lock the keys.
Use your convenience key to avoid pocket dialing
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