Turn Data Off While Roaming

Enjoy Cost Savings by Turning Your Data Off  While Roaming

This is really nothing new – however – very often forgotten about until your Cell Phone Bill arrives.

 

Although there are data roaming features that can be added through your carrier’s Cellular Customer Service before you travel –  using data can still be very expensive. Not to mention data usage is hard to judge – How do you know how much Data you will use while traveling or roaming?

 

If you are traveling with your smartphone and you do not want to rack up huge data roaming charges, it’s good to know that your handset has the ability to temporarily turn the data function off.

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How to Tether your Smartphone to the BlackBerry Playbook

Tethering your Smart Phone and BlackBerry Playbook!

For some, part of the perk of sitting down in your favorite coffee shop with your ‘For Here, Grande, Non-Fat, No Water, 180 Degrees, Chai Tea Latte’ is connecting your BlackBerry Playbook to the available Wifi network and browsing the web while you enjoy your drink. Your latte isn’t quite the same without perusing your recent emails or perhaps catching up on the latest celebrity gossip).  Best part is that you aren’t using the data included in your plan! (hmmm…. maybe now is a good time to download those large files…)

 

While connecting to Wi-fi is great, it may not always be convenient, particularly if you live in a more rural area( Wifi hotspots can be few and far between) or if you are on the move( while it might be nice, all day in the shop is probably not in the cards).

Since the BlackBerry Playbook was released in a Wi-fi version only, this might pose a problem for you.

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Adapting your Mobile Device – International Travel

Is your Mobile Device Ready for International Travel?

Summer is fast approaching, and your vacation time is itching to be used.

Perhaps you are planning your next great adventure (touring Europe perhaps?).

Or maybe you are just travelling overseas for work – well I am sure you could add a little down time in that trip.

 

You have you tickets arranged, passport in order, packing list made, and roaming for your mobile device set to go.

 

You’ve checked and double checked, and you are certain you are ready to go.

But did you remember to check to see if your mobile devices are ready to go?

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BlackBerry Apps for the Basic User – Part 1

“From the Fence with JP”

I am sure there are people out there (and hopefully I am not the only one) that are NOT heavy duty power users with their BlackBerry.
They wanted a phone to be a phone, and add in the email capability, maybe some web browsing, and there ya go.
Yes I know that the smartphones now do that without breaking a sweat and so much more. But for some people the so much more is not needed or wanted for a variety of reasons.
On top of all this – you add in the thousands and thousands of Apps that are available and suddenly the phone you wanted to just be a phone – is now a huge chore. [Read more…]

How to connect your BlackBerry Playbook to Wi-Fi Network

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network with the BlackBerry Playbook

Now you finally have your new BlackBerry Playbook and are ready to start using it!

Did you know the unit was designed to work primarily off of  Wi-Fi networks? Wondering where and how to connect to a Wi-Fi Network?

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BlackBerry’s Mass Storage Mode

Using your BlackBerry as a Portable Flash Drive with Mass Storage Mode.

Chances are that for Work, school, or even for a hobby, you have toted around a USB flash drive (or two) in order to carry your files around with you.

One of the benefits of these little gadgets,  is that they are highly portable, nice and small, and fit nicely into ones pocket/purse/briefcase/laptop bag. 🙂

The downside is that  they are nice and small and fit nicely into all of these places. 🙁

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How to Un-install Applications from your Blackberry

Ready to Change up some of your BlackBerry Apps?

A few weeks ago (March 2nd, 2011) we touched on a great mobile device management tip: How to Un-Install Apps from Your iPhone

 

If you happen to own a BlackBerry SmartPhone instead of an iPhone, you might find that you are encountering the same challenges. You have downloaded an App and have now decided that you no longer like it, or need it, and would like the space freed up for something bigger and better.

 

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How to Change the Default Contact List on Your Blackberry

Spring Cleaning Your Blackberry Contact List!

One gloomy spring day, you decide it’s time for some spring cleaning in one of your email accounts (Hey, it’s not nice outside, and you’d rather do this than the other things on your list). You empty your junk folder,create a new folder or two, delete a few old emails, and clean up your contact list. You figure, whatever, if I need them again, I have them on my Blackberry. Besides, this email isn’t  one that you really use anyway. Your other email address is the one you use the most.  A quick sync on your Blackberry later, and your gr….. wait….  Where did my 300 contacts go?!?!?!

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Setting Up BlackBerry Bridge

What is BlackBerry Bridge?

Perhaps you take the train to work. Maybe you carpool and you are squished in the backseat between two other passengers, and retrieving your BlackBerry from your pocket isn’t exactly an option. Maybe your BlackBerry is lost in the depths of your handbag, and because you are looking for it you will not find it. Or maybe you’re just tired of having to free up your hands to answer the latest email or BBM when your hands are full of tablet awesomeness.

 

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on the new BlackBerry PlayBook any time soon, to go along with your snazzy BlackBerry smartphone,  then you may want to check out BlackBerry Bridge.

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How to use a BlackBerry as a Flashlight

Using your BlackBerry as a Flashlight – Handy!

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you had a Flashlight handy?

I think we all have at some point in time!

 

I know that this simple yet helpful tip is not new – but for those of you who did not know that your BlackBerry could also act as a Flashlight – Guess what…. – it can! [Read more…]