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Mar 29, 2011, 7:57 AM
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microSD for BlackBerry


Can anyone tell me if there is a certain brand of microSD card that works best with BlackBerrys? Or does brand even matter when it comes to these cards? Sorry, I am new to this ....
Any brand should work.

Oct 30, 2010, 3:42 PM
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Any chance??

That they will push OS6 for the 9700 or is that wishful thinking?
yes, I have OS6 working perfectly fine on my bb9700

Nov 3, 2010, 10:35 PM
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Cases: Otterbox vs. Seidio

I will become a BB newbie this month... Anyone have strong opinions on cases for the BB?

The two brand names I keep coming across are Otterbox and Seidio and I am wondering if the Otterboxes are overkill. Note, I live in NYC and move around the city quite a bit.
OTTERBOX!!!! i wouldnt reccomend anything else. hands down best case if you get the commuter series it is still a decent size for your pocket!! and they have a great warranty, just keep you receipt and call them up and they just send you a new one ...
Johnny Blaze

Mar 14, 2010, 7:48 PM
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question on bluetooth

this just started happening yesterday.....

My new blackberry bold will not connect to bluetooth devices or enable to bluetooth, yesterday when i tried to pair it with a familiar bluetooth device it would not connect. Today it wont enable bluetooth completely. What could be causing this?
try going into the settings and setting the device to a trusted device and selecting auto connecta that should help

Nov 3, 2010, 8:50 PM
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Opera browser

Does anyone here use the Opera browser on their BlackBerry? If so, please talk to me about the reasons for making (or not making this choice), how easy the brower is to use, etc.,

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Nov 2, 2010, 1:55 AM
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BlackBerry Learning Curve

Hi All,

Finally getting my first BlackBerry when the 9780 drops later this month and I really can't afford any downtime in set up. Any suggestions for the best way to overcome the BlackBerry learning curve? I am open to anything (i.e., books, e-books, websites, other resources).

Thank you in advance.

Jun 1, 2010, 8:25 PM
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BB Tour vs BB Bold

....which is better??
in MY opinion, the 9700. The Tour cannot get service books from other carriers and therefore cannot be used for internet functions with other carriers besides...sprint? i think that is the network the tour is on...

Jan 16, 2010, 10:37 AM
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Has anyone heard if & when this will become available for verizon? Their new 8530 has some terrible reviews in regards to it's keys, battery life, & camera without a flash. I have the Tour 9530 & the only thing it's missing is the wi-fi & touch pad which the 9700 comes with.

It's called the 9650

Nov 25, 2009, 10:52 AM
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3G vs. Edge Data speeds testing

If you're expecting blazing 3G speeds on this phone, its not happening. Depending on the web site, you will only see a slight speed increase.

However the faster processor and memory on the new Blackberry 9700 helps render Google Map faster.

The biggest drawback to speed is actually the Blackberry Browser. Its slow. Recommend downloading Opera Mini. Opera Mini will speed up the browsing experience.

Benchmarked the download speeds tethered to a laptop. Edge speeds were measured 50-100K down. 3G speeds measured 200K to 600K down depending on the distance to the cell tower.

Bottom line: 3G is great for laptops but not really noticeable on the phone.
R u T-M or att?

Apr 21, 2010, 1:28 PM
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T- Mobile BB9700 Software Problems

My BB 9700 is rebooting by itself at any time. TMO customer service said it was software related; calls are also dropping.

Is anybody else experiencing the problems? 😉
I had problems with the TMO My account option. I tried to fix it by resending the service books but it just wouldn't work. My friend has an ATT 9700 that doesn't appear to have the same problems so I am going to port to them

Mar 16, 2010, 11:06 PM
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Accessories Questions

I asked this question in the general accessories forum but figured as I am interested in BlackBerry specific accessories I would also ask here...

Does anyone have the BlackBerry charging pod and if so, do you like it or find it gimmicky and just another object that takes up space?

Does anyone actively use and like the BlackBerry Wired Mono Headset?

Is there a particular case/protective covering you like for your BlackBerry?

With the purchase of the Bold 9700 I am joining the BlackBerry community for the first time so I apologize for the basic nature of these questions. Thanks!!!
I have the OEM charging pod as well as the SEIDIO one. I like it as you don't have to plug the blackberry in and it's easy to take on the go. I like the headset that came with it and I either use a Blackberry OEM puch or an OTTERBOX Impact case

Mar 19, 2010, 6:15 PM
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Power usage

Does the battery life suffer when connected to WiFi. I know when I use my G1 with WiFi the battery life goes down with in hrs. And if I have no cell signal it is even worse since the phone is constantly looking for a connection.
The answer is yes. Turning WiFi on does drain the battery, especially when searching for a signal.

With that said, I have WiFi and bluetooth turned on by default. I still get a days life even after 4 months of having the Bold.

I think the blue...

Mar 16, 2010, 10:14 PM
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BlackBerry Training/Certification

Has anyone taken any of RIM's training courses (either online or in person but particularly in person)? If you have taken a training course offered by RIM can you suggest/recommend third parties who do thorough BlackBerry training? The need to have access to email ALL the time is forcing me onto the BlackBerry bandwagon and I don't have time to go through the inevitable learning curve on my own.

Also, has anyone gone through the BlackBerry Certification process?

Jan 26, 2010, 4:34 AM
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Can unlocked Tmobile 9700 get 3G speed in AT&T Network???

Hi all
Just wonder if i can get full 3G form AT&T network with the UNLOCKED Tmobile 9700???
Please advise, thanks
No. T-Mobile's 3g uses diff. frequencies. (1700 and 2100) att uses 850 and 1900. You can operate on 2g.

Nov 22, 2009, 7:02 PM
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Visual Voicemail - It's built into Bold 9700 and it's FREE!!!!

There's no need to download this program. The visual voicemail software comes with T-Mobile's Bold 9700.

- It works perfectly. I can see who called before I check voicemail.

- The actual "voicemail" is stored in your phone. When you check your voicemail, you are not "dialing" into T-Mobile.

I still prefer using Google Voice. With Google Voice, your messages are transcribed into text and e-mailed to you. It's great for professionals who receive lots of phone calls and can't get to all of them.

To summarize, visual voicemail is a welcome addition to the Bold 9700.
Do you know how to disable the visual and go back to standard VM?

Dec 28, 2009, 5:25 PM
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CDMA version?

Anyone hear when this thing will hit Sprint?
I'd hate to bear bad news, but from what I am aware of there wont be a cdma version of this phone. I could be wrong, but if it is going to hit sprint I would say its going to be a while.

Jan 6, 2010, 1:06 PM
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CPU speed.

Does anyone know the CPU speed on the Bold 9700? I have looked all over and can not find it.

Nov 29, 2009, 12:36 PM
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Any softwar glitches

My boss has a 9700 and his texting for what ever reason doesn't display the name of the person that he is texting just the number. He tried reseting it but that didn't help. I told him to put the software back on but he sent it back. Anyone have any other issues with software glitches?
Your boss just needs to copy his names and phone numbers off of his SIM card into the phone memory. Blackberry has always worked like this, reading only the number off of the SIM.

Nov 26, 2009, 11:10 AM
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Speedy OS and fast App rendering

This phone is the bomb when it comes to speed. I typically have 10-12 apps running simultaneously.

The ability to handle calls, music, e-mails, text, web, GPS, etc without delay supports my business activities. Just hold down the Menu key and you can switch applications as fast as you can press the button.

Remember, the OS still does not multi-task. Meaning the apps don't run in the background. It just feels like it.

Google Maps render really fast under Wifi. Its all due to the processor speed and additional memory on the 9700.

Nov 22, 2009, 12:31 PM
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Battery Life - results after 4 days of testing

I'm happy to report that battery life is very good. I get 1-1/2 days of battery life with rigorous testing. This includes using GPS while driving. Playing music with stereo headsets. Phone calls w/speakerphone on. Web browsing with Opera. IM with Beejive. Taking pics and videos.

In comparison, I use to get 1 full day with the Curve 8320. And that was without GPS.

Handsdown, the Bold 9700 has the best battery life of any cell phone I ever used. Good job RIM!
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