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Overview

Exploit your BlackBerry for all its worth. Mobile Guide to BlackBerry is based on the expertise of the BlackBerry and technology authority, Mobile magazine. This step-by-step guide goes well-beyond the BlackBerry 7100 and 7200 owner's manual. With the help of the author, BlackBerry evangelist and BlackBerry developer publication contributor Bill Foust, you will be able to configure and customize your BlackBerry device to ensure and maximize usability and productivity. You will learn how to:

  • Configure and customize your BlackBerry
  • Send and receive text and email messages
  • Set alarms and reminders to keep you on schedule
  • Browse the web any time, anywhere
  • Install and use add-on applications such as expense trackers or interactive games

This quick and concise approach will reduce your frustration as you learn all about your BlackBerry. Discover hidden tasks that your BlackBerry is capable of and get the most out of your BlackBerry with the help of Mobile Guide to BlackBerry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789733436
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 5/17/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mobile Guide to BlackBerry® About the Author

Bill Foust has been a recognized activist and consultant specializing in the RIM BlackBerry for more than five years. He's an active participant in BlackBerry developer forums and the BlackBerry-users Yahoo! group. He has written many BlackBerry applications including ExpenseMinder and EzToDo, which were two of the best-selling applications at Handango.com. He also had one of the first websites devoted to helping developers at http://www.rimdev.com.

MOBILE magazine is the world's leading authority on mobile technology. Every month, MOBILE delivers incisive reviews and in-depth how-to stories on the latest portable gadgets and gear, from cell phones and PDAs to notebooks and digital cameras. Find out more by visiting www.mobilemagazine.com!

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Table of Contents

I Getting familiar with BlackBerry 3
1 Touring the BlackBerry handheld 5
2 Interacting with your BlackBerry handheld 15
II What to do after you open the box 27
3 Installing and configuring the desktop managers 29
4 Personalizing your device 55
III The "killer" applications 71
5 Composing and sending messages 73
6 Managing your messages 87
7 Message attachments 103
8 Browsing the Internet wirelessly 111
9 Making phone calls 127
IV BlackBerry PIM applications 145
10 Using the address book 147
11 Using the calendar 161
12 Managing tasks 173
V Advanced topics 177
13 Other applications on your BlackBerry 179
14 Findig and installing third-party applications 191
VI Appendixes 205
A Considering an upgrade? 207
B BlackBerry behind the scenes 211
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Preface

Introduction

The first time you heard someone talking about their "BlackBerry," you were probably pretty confused. You could tell, however, that they were excited about it and before long you were sitting there next to them getting a first-hand demonstration. Then, even though you didn't fully understand it, you were trying to explain to your boss how this "BlackBerry" thing worked and trying to get one for yourself. Am I right?

The BlackBerry handhelds just seem to have that effect on people. They are stylish, sophisticated, and best of all, somehow get your email onto them in a way that makes you not miss your desktop email client.

I know. That was me once, too.

So now you have one or maybe you are trying to learn more so you can get your own handheld. Whatever the case may be, let me say "Thanks!" for taking the time to look at this book. I truly hope that it helps you to make the most of your handheld.

About This Book

This book is organized into chapters that each cover roughly one application or topic area of the BlackBerry software. While there are some interrelated portions, feel free to skip ahead to a chapter that you are particularly interested in, or maybe a specific topic you just have a question about.

If you have never used a BlackBerry handheld before, please make sure that you read Chapter 2, "Interacting with Your BlackBerry Handheld," before any of the chapters on the handheld software. The rest of the book will use phrases such as "Select the field Name" or "Click the New menu item," and Chapter 2 lays the foundation on how to perform these commonoperations.

Which Versions Are Supported

When I started writing this book, the 7100 series handhelds were not yet released. As a result, the 7200 series handhelds were chosen as the newest yet most representative of the handheld models available. For this reason, the majority of the figures show a 7200 handheld.

This book then is based on the 3.7 version of the handheld software. 3.7 is the version most color handhelds use and is not significantly different than the previous version, 3.6, which most of the monochrome handhelds used.

During the writing of this book, the 7100 series handhelds came out with version 4.0 of the handheld software. Version 4.0 introduces some new features as well as adds support for the new 7100 series handhelds. These new features are covered in sections that specifically indicate that they are part of the new version 4.0 handheld software. In addition, the 7100 series handhelds behave a little differently than the other handheld models available in some areas. These differences are often noted in special notes. When something works in a different way on a model 7100 handheld, I say so.

Who This Book Is For

Like any book introducing a topic, I've tried not to assume anything when talking about the handheld. The handhelds must be connected to a PC at some point, however, so I assume that you have at least some basic PC experience. Specifically, you need to be able to install software on a PC, launch an application, and understand how to interact with that application. Also, since the handheld must be physically connected to the PC with a cable, I assume that you know how to make these connections without destroying the PC.

Overall, however, this book is focused on new users. Maybe you just got your first BlackBerry and need to learn how to use it quickly. Or maybe you have had a BlackBerry for some time, but know that you aren't using all of the features to their fullest. Whatever the case may be, this book is written and organized to help you get from the very first step of having a brand new handheld to learning in depth how the applications work.

If you are already familiar with your handheld and just want to learn about a particular aspect in more detail, you can jump ahead to a chapter to quickly learn about it.

There are also two appendices that you may be interested in. Appendix A is my honest review of the 7100v and how it compared to my 7280. Appendix B is a little "behind the scenes" look at how an email message actually gets from your server to your handheld. Of course, these aren't required to understand how to use your handheld; however, you might find this information helpful.


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Introduction

The first time you heard someone talking about their "BlackBerry," you were probably pretty confused. You could tell, however, that they were excited about it and before long you were sitting there next to them getting a first-hand demonstration. Then, even though you didn't fully understand it, you were trying to explain to your boss how this "BlackBerry" thing worked and trying to get one for yourself. Am I right?

The BlackBerry handhelds just seem to have that effect on people. They are stylish, sophisticated, and best of all, somehow get your email onto them in a way that makes you not miss your desktop email client.

I know. That was me once, too.

So now you have one or maybe you are trying to learn more so you can get your own handheld. Whatever the case may be, let me say "Thanks!" for taking the time to look at this book. I truly hope that it helps you to make the most of your handheld.

About This Book

This book is organized into chapters that each cover roughly one application or topic area of the BlackBerry software. While there are some interrelated portions, feel free to skip ahead to a chapter that you are particularly interested in, or maybe a specific topic you just have a question about.

If you have never used a BlackBerry handheld before, please make sure that you read Chapter 2, "Interacting with Your BlackBerry Handheld," before any of the chapters on the handheld software. The rest of the book will use phrases such as "Select the field Name" or "Click the New menu item," and Chapter 2 lays the foundation on how to perform these common operations.

Which Versions Are Supported

When I started writing this book, the7100 series handhelds were not yet released. As a result, the 7200 series handhelds were chosen as the newest yet most representative of the handheld models available. For this reason, the majority of the figures show a 7200 handheld.

This book then is based on the 3.7 version of the handheld software. 3.7 is the version most color handhelds use and is not significantly different than the previous version, 3.6, which most of the monochrome handhelds used.

During the writing of this book, the 7100 series handhelds came out with version 4.0 of the handheld software. Version 4.0 introduces some new features as well as adds support for the new 7100 series handhelds. These new features are covered in sections that specifically indicate that they are part of the new version 4.0 handheld software. In addition, the 7100 series handhelds behave a little differently than the other handheld models available in some areas. These differences are often noted in special notes. When something works in a different way on a model 7100 handheld, I say so.

Who This Book Is For

Like any book introducing a topic, I've tried not to assume anything when talking about the handheld. The handhelds must be connected to a PC at some point, however, so I assume that you have at least some basic PC experience. Specifically, you need to be able to install software on a PC, launch an application, and understand how to interact with that application. Also, since the handheld must be physically connected to the PC with a cable, I assume that you know how to make these connections without destroying the PC.

Overall, however, this book is focused on new users. Maybe you just got your first BlackBerry and need to learn how to use it quickly. Or maybe you have had a BlackBerry for some time, but know that you aren't using all of the features to their fullest. Whatever the case may be, this book is written and organized to help you get from the very first step of having a brand new handheld to learning in depth how the applications work.

If you are already familiar with your handheld and just want to learn about a particular aspect in more detail, you can jump ahead to a chapter to quickly learn about it.

There are also two appendices that you may be interested in. Appendix A is my honest review of the 7100v and how it compared to my 7280. Appendix B is a little "behind the scenes" look at how an email message actually gets from your server to your handheld. Of course, these aren't required to understand how to use your handheld; however, you might find this information helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    has several Electronic Communication Modalities

    Foust shows how your BlackBerry can do significantly more than just read email in a wireless fashion. Many applications are described, but the key ones involve electronic messages. The latter word is used deliberately in the text. For it turns out that email is just one type of electronic communication modality. The BlackBerry can also send and receive a Short Message Service [SMS] message. These are indeed skimpy less than 150 characters. But given the awkwardness of typing on a BlackBerry, you would not want to send longer SMS messages, even if you could. Specific to BlackBerries, they can also send PIN messages to each other. Somewhat more synchronous than email. Notably, a BlackBerry can do phone calls. Which gives the benefit of not having to carry a regular cellphone. Though Foust points out that there is one drawback. The digits on the BlackBerry are not arranged as in a phone. If you are used to typing phone numbers, this might involve some retraining of your reflexes. Finally, in terms of remote abilities, you can browse the Web. Though typical webpages will be extremely abbreviated on your little screen. Unless you go to those optimised for wireless devices, and written in WAP. Pretty impressive.

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