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BlackBerry Pearl ‘Proper’ Keypad Cheatsheet
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2008 11:43
Written by JJ
Saturday, June 7th, 2008

It wasn’t long after I switched from a long history of traditional cell phones to a BB Pearl that I realized there was a big problem. I was up a creek without a paddle… or should I say, I was up to remote voicemail access without a proper keypad.

You see, phone systems everywhere- my office, your office, the banks and any alphanumeric-driven automated system- use the letters that correspond to a standard desk set number. The number ‘2’ represents ‘ABC’, etc.

graphic_BBkeypad_hers.gifThe problem is… the BlackBerry Pearl keyboard is the bastard child of a standard 9-key cell keypad and a full QWERTY keyboard that BB usually sports… making it match… well… nothing! 

So a ‘G’ on my office system to Give it to another user is number key 4, on my Pearl it would be 5, which would be ‘K’ to my phone system to save the message and tuck it back in the depths of vm storage never to be found again. Over the past months, I’ve accidentally erased things I wanted to forward, forward things I wanted to save… you get the picture.

It’s not just voicemail access. I also found I couldn’t make use of dial-by-name directories or even access my banking by phone. It gets to be quite frustrating at times, and driving down the road at 70mph is not really a good time to try and work out the mental puzzle of which number ‘should’ be what.

The solution… I decided to make a BlackBerry Pearl ‘Proper’ Keypad Cheatsheet. It’s a convenient 2×3.5” business-card sized piece that you can print and slip right into your wallet, phone holster, or wherever you need it.

And here it is, available for your enjoyment- in both his and hers colours.

Her BB Pearl Keypad Cheetsheet (in pink)

His BB Pearl Keypad Cheetsheet (in blue)

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I Jumped on the CrackBerry Train
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 03:16
Written by JJ
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Yes, I jumped on the CrackBerry Train. I’ve been holding out for years, happy with my little ‘Blueberry’ as I called it- my small Sanyo clamshell that was a lovely deep blue colour. But last Sunday, I joined the growing army of BlackBerry users.

My poor little Sanyo, after many years of faithful service, starting dropping calls, not holding a charge, and offering some interesting speech synthesis during voicemails.

I found my new jewel- the BlackBerry Pearl, which is only slightly larger than my little clamshell and offers all the same applications as the larger, full-sized BlackBerry editions.

My background is customized, the sound profiles are set, emails a’comin’ in steady and I’m having a jolly time with the interactive maps and the hi-res camera.

Now, as soon as I find a good solution for the zillions of daily Spam, I’ll be all set!

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