Wednesday, August 26, 2009

10 Hidden Features of Blackberry


BlackBerry phones are undoubtedly the most popular phones among the Business People. As we discussed in our article on top 10 differences between iPhone and BlackBerry, the full hardware keyboard, fast access to functions using shortcut keys makes this an unbeatable choice for the business consumers. In our comparative study on iPhone 3GS vs BlackBerry Bold vs Palm Pre vs Nokia N97 we rated this phones as the first choice for the business consumers. After we have informed you about the 10 hidden features of iPhone 3GS, here are the hidden features of the BlackBerry which perhaps you haven’t discovered till now.

1. Home Screen Shortcuts

To Restart BlackBerry from Home Screen
ALT(left)+Shift(right)+Del
This Restarts the Blackberry. Applicable only to full-keyboard Blackberries.

Other Home Screen Shortcuts :

•ALT+JKVV : Display cause of PDP reject
•ALT+CAP+ H : Displays the Help Me screen
•ALT + EACE : Displays the Help Me screen
•ALT + ESCR : Displays the Help Me screen
•ALT + NMLL : Switches the signal strength from bars to a numeric value.
•ALT + LGLG : Displays the Java™ event log.
You don’t need to type in Capitals.

2. Address Book Shortcut
•ALT+VALD - Validate the data structure and look for inconsistencies
•ALT+RBLD - Force a data structure rebuild
To Reset the address Book
From the Options menu, type the following (No ALT+ required)
RSET - Will prompt to erase & reload for a reload of the Address book from the BES
(n.b. this will wipe all entries, but you can goto SIM Phone Book & copy entries back afterwards)


3. Option Menu Shortcut
Just type these keywords in the Option Menu without pressing the ALT key to do the following tasks.

•SYNC : Enable Calendar slow sync
•RSET : Will prompt for a reload of the calendar from the BES
•RCFG : Request BES configuration
•SCFG : Send device configuration
•DCFG : Get CICAL configuration
•SUPD : Enable detailed Cal. report for backup
•SUPS : Disable detailed Cal. report for backup
•SUPN : Disable Cal. report database
•LUID : Enable view by UID
•SRSL : Show Reminder status log

4. SIM Card Options Shortcuts
Go to Options->Advanced->SIM card. Type the following without pressing the ALT keys.

•MEPD : Display MEP info
•MEP1 : Disable SIM personalization
•MEP2 : Disable Network personalization
•MEP3 : Disable Network subset personalization
•MEP4 : Disable Service provider personalization
•MEP5 : Disable Corporate personalization


5. Browser Shortcut
Type in ALT+RBVS in Browser to view web page source code

6. Calendar
Open up a Calendar item and press ALT+VIEW Inside any Calendar item Show extra info for a Calendar event including message ID which is handy for BES log troubleshooting)

•Date/Time Menu Shortcuts. No ALT+ required.
•LOLO : Date/Time Show Network time values



7. Messaging
ALT+VIEW - For messages, displays the RefId and FolderId for that particular message. For PIM items, displays only the RefId.
Search Application

ALT+ADVM : Search Application Enabled Advanced Global Search

8. WLAN wizard screen shortcuts•ALT-SMON WLAN : Enable simulated Wizard mode
•ALT-SMOF WLAN : Disable simulated Wizard mode

9. Theme Shortcuts
This can be accessed from Theme Menu.

•ALT-THMN : Change to no theme (B&W)
•ALT-THMD : Change to default theme


10. Enterprise Activation
•Options->Advanced
•ALT+CNFG : Settings for Enterprise Activation
Status (Options->Status)

•BUYR : Data & Voice Usage
•TEST : start a device test (Keyboard, GPS, RF, Audio (Handset,headset,bluetooth, Misc)

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