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Hey there! Welcome to Blackberry 101 Class. This subject falls under BB101, which will provide the BB-convert and those soon-to-be, all the BASICS information about the Blackberry smartphone. Ok guys, let's go!
You are planning to buy a Blackberry smartphone. Anyhow, you don't have any idea on Blackberry. It's like a completely alien for you. Here I list down basic steps as a guide for new BBians out there.
1. What Is Blackberry
According to Wikipedia, BlackBerry is a line of wireless mobile devices developed by Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM). While including smartphone applications (address book, calendar, to-do lists, etc.) as well as telephone capabilities on newer models, the BlackBerry is primarily known for its ability to send and receive e-mail wherever it can access a wireless network of certain cellular phone carriers. It commands a 20.8% share of worldwide smartphone sales, making it the second most popular platform after Nokia's Symbian, and is the most popular smartphone among business users. Somehow, its target audience is expanding today.
2. Where To Buy A Blackberry Device?
You have 2 major choice when it comes to where to buy a Blackberry device. From the telcos and from the retailers. From the telcos including Maxis, Celcom, and Digi. Whereby, you may also buy the device from other retailers such from Lowyat Plaza, Digital Mall, Sg. Wang Plaza and other phone retailer who also sell Blackberry device.
Note: There's no different in term of specifications buying Blackberry device from telcos or from retailers but there's issue in term of warranty. The telcos will provide you at least a year period of warranty and you can claim from them if you have experience any problem regarding your device. But, if you planning to buy from retailer, you have to consider that they will not provide any warranty or warranty under the retailer only.
3. I Bought My Device. Yay! Is it unlocked?
What is unlocked? Unlocked here means, you may use the device with any telco you want. Same as normal phone. If you buy your device from the telcos, it is 100% unlocked. But if you buy it from the retailers, please ask them whether your device is unlocked or not. Click here to find more how to check whether your device is unlocked or not.
4. My Device Has Tattoo!
Tattooed device is normal. Retailers brought them from overseas and sell them here in Malaysia. Most of the tattoo including T-Mobile, Vodafone, Verizone and Rogers. Most of the telcos sell devices with no tattoo, but so far, only Celcom has Vodafone tattoo on its devices.
Now you have a Blackberry smartphone! In order to fully utilize your phone, you have to subscribe to BIS (Blackberry Internet Service). Here I list down basic things that you really have to know before you subscribe to BIS.
1. What is BIS?
BIS is a service that allows POP3 and IMAP email integration for the personal user. It allows up to 10 email accounts to be accessed, including many popular email accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL. There are also special bundles for just Myspace, Facebook, & MSN as well.
2. My Device Has WiFi Function. I Don't Need BIS.
You are WRONG honey. Blackberry device is not like normal device which can use the WiFi connection instead of network mobile internet. If you not subscribe to BIS, you can't even use the WiFi function. All the apps, messengers, all cannot be used. Even you can't send and received MMS. In other word, without subscribing to BIS, your Blackberry device is just like a normal phone. Read more here.
3. What Telco Provides BIS?
All those are for postpaid users. If you are prepaid user, here are telcos that provide BIS for prepaid users.
- DiGi Blackberry Prepaid
4. How Do I Know When my BIS Is Activated?
You may find that you activated when edge turns to EDGE, or 3g turns to 3G with BB logo.
According to Sonyclie77, sometimes even when you see EDGE in caps, you might not be connected to the BIS network. To check, please do the following:
- BlackBerry menu - Manage Connections - Service Status
- Under BlackBerry Internet Service, it should read:
- Connection: Mobile Network.
- Then you're connected to the BIS network.
According to kchow24, to confirm your BIS is working, you may also check this:
- Advanced Option,
- Host Routing Table
The table should show you some kind of code numberings, that mean your BIS is ON, if no data, call your telco and complain.
5. BB PIN?
In every Blackberry device, there will be a PIN. This PIN is needed if you want to use Blackberry Messenger. The PIN is already there in your device. According to kchow24, at the Home screen, by pressing "alt" + "shift" + "H". It's will show the phone data and etc.
Extra : The pin will stay in the device. It can't be wipe off or it can't be erased.