The next thing you really need to watch is when you are out of range of the network. Here are a few simple examples :
If you leave your radio on while the phone is out of range it will continuously search for the network and drain the battery almost as bad as surfing.
What you need to do if you think the phone will be out of range for a while (>30 minutes) is turn off the Mobile Network (radio). I recommend just turning everything off and then when you want to come back online just turn them all back on.
Stay tuned for Part III.
We have just released Ringtone Composer, our newest app for the BlackBerry.
Whether you´re a head-banger, or a lover of Mozart, Ringtone Composer simplifies the customization of your smart phone ring tone with your favorite music.
You can get Ringtone Composer here:
Let us know what ringtones you created using our RingTone Composer.
It is now official, the BlackBerry Playbook will be available in Canada and the U.S. on April 19, 2011 at Best Buy and Future Shop stores.
There will be 3 Playbook models:
For more information on pre-orders click here: http://bit.ly/ewTKXx.
Are you going to get one?
Bluetooth is a great wireless technology that lets your Blackberry communicate with other hardware without the need for a physical, wired connection. Bluetooth is most commonly used to pair (“connect”) your BlackBerry to a hands free microphone/speaker headset.
Let’s take you through the process of setting up a Bluetooth connection:
When your Bluetooth is on you will see the Bluetooth icon in your main screen, at the top in the status bar. It is a good idea to turn Bluetooth off when you are not using it, as a security measure, and to save on battery drain. Please note that using Bluetooth use will tend to drain your battery faster than normal.
Do you use Bluetooth connections with your BlackBerry? For what kind of Devices? Do you have any tips or tricks for using Bluetooth? Let us know.
Most BlackBerry models come with Wifi capabilities. By connecting your BlackBerry to a Wifi network (at home, office or on the road) you will be able to send email and surf the net with out using your telephone carrier’s data plan, and this could save you money. There are many locations around most cities that offer “free Wifi hotspots”…so you can take advantage of these opportunities to save on your data plan. Here are the basic steps to setting up a Wifi connection on your device:
I keep my Wifi on all the time so I can quickly connect to my saved Wifi networks. As I enter range of a Wifi network that I have previously saved, I get a pop-up asking me to join that particular Wifi network. This makes it simple to maximize my Wifi use and to minimize my use of my carrier data plan.
We have done extensive testing on BlackBerry Battery use, and we found that keeping the Wifi on all the time had no significant affect on BlackBerry battery drain.
Please let us know about your experience with Wifi on your BlackBerry. Do you use it a lot? Do you keep it on all the time? Have you noticed battery drain when keeping the Wifi on all the time?
If you are sending an email and you definitely want to know it was received by a BlackBerry on the other end, then here is a quick tip:
This is a great feature for one-off emails that are important, that you know will be received on the other end by a BlackBerry, and can give you peace of mind.
Is confirmation of receipt for your emails an important feature for you? Let us know.
Here are a few shortcuts in finding information about your BlackBerry that you might need to pass on to other people. In any mesage screen, type the following, then a space:
Here’s a quick and easy way to creat music “Playlists” on your Blackberry music player:
Do you use your BlackBerry as a music player? Let us know.
We have been using Pocket Controller Pro For BlackBerry, made by Soti Inc. to make the videos you see on our blog, and for many other functions. Pocket Controller allows you to control your BlackBerry from your desktop. This is a great app if you want to demonstrate something on your BlackBerry to a wider audience, if you want to make a video of your BlackBerry in operation, or to take a screen shot of your BlackBerry. You can even choose which BlackBerry “skin” you want the app to use when showing your BlackBerry on your computer. Here is a list of some of Pocket Controller’s features:
Pocket Controller Pro has a free trial, click HERE to get more information about this great product.
Let us know if you have ever needed to remotely control your BlackBerry for making any kind of presentation.