The First 5 Things I do When I Get a New BlackBerry

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In the spirit of a recent post by my colleague (“we all love BlackBerry and playing working with new devices”), and for those of you who recently obtained (or plan to obtain) a new BlackBerry® smartphone, here is a quick list of the first five things I do when I get a new device:

1. I check if the device runs the latest software and update it if it doesn’t. Most of the time my new devices come straight from the factory, and there’s always a newer version of software available. In your case, sometimes it may just be that while your brand-spanking new BlackBerry smartphone has been in transit, a newer version of the software became available before it could hit the shelves. Check out the post I recently wrote on how easy it is to update your device software, or simply visit www.blackberry.com/updates for an easy way to get your BlackBerry updated.

2. I run the setup wizard. It’s a great way to remove unnecessary languages (which can save a ton of space) and set up my email.

3. Get my personal information (contacts, calendars, settings) on the new device. This can be done in one of three ways:
• Switch device wizard (this can also take care of #1 above) and activation on my corporate network
• Restore from a backup file
• Serial sync with Outlook (or any other of our supported organizers) using Desktop Software.

The method I choose depends solely on whether the new BlackBerry will be my primary one, and how adventurous I am feeling at the moment. :)

4.  Sync my music! With new handhelds like BlackBerry® Storm™ and BlackBerry® Bold™ having 1GB of embedded memory, I’d be the last one to let it go to waste. Since its launch back in the summer of 2008, BlackBerry® Media Sync has been a hit, and it has done a great job of getting my new BlackBerry and tunes in sync.

5. Play the first game of…

Can you guess? ;)

About Andrey F.

Andrey started with Research In Motion (RIM) in 2006 as an intern, and recently joined the handheld software product management team in 2008. Andrey's focus is on the overall direction for desktop software. He spends most of his time identifying customer needs and working with various development teams to come up with new and exciting ways to extend the magic of the BlackBerry® experience to the desktop. Andrey hopes this blog will allow him to share his passion and knowledge about BlackBerry with readers.

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  • paulhine

    I agree with all of the above and the Bold is a great device but why can’t you get BlackBerry Media Sync to work with UNC paths?

  • paulhine

    I agree with all of the above and the Bold is a great device but why can’t you get BlackBerry Media Sync to work with UNC paths?

  • paulhine

    Hi
    I agree with all you say and the Bold is a great device but why oh why can’t you get Media Sync to work with UNC path music folders?
    Thanks

  • paulhine

    Hi
    I agree with all you say and the Bold is a great device but why oh why can’t you get Media Sync to work with UNC path music folders?
    Thanks

  • Big Al

    First game of Brickbreaker?

  • Big Al

    First game of Brickbreaker?

  • nhpace

    Do a battery pull.

  • nhpace

    Do a battery pull.

  • Anthony

    Hi,
    do you guys know where we could get some invitation codes to test MyBlackberry http://na.blackberry.com/eng/myblackberry/ ?
    Thanks in advance for the help, I am dying to test it!
    Anthony

  • Anthony

    Hi,
    do you guys know where we could get some invitation codes to test MyBlackberry http://na.blackberry.com/eng/myblackberry/ ?
    Thanks in advance for the help, I am dying to test it!
    Anthony

  • Jive Turkey

    I would probably do the same thing, except for # 3, since we Mac users have to find a PC (or at least a copy of Windows + some sort of virtual machine) in order to do any backup/restore/upgrade.

  • Jive Turkey

    I would probably do the same thing, except for # 3, since we Mac users have to find a PC (or at least a copy of Windows + some sort of virtual machine) in order to do any backup/restore/upgrade.

  • sesme

    re-enter and re-register all my program serial numbers. Because for some reason RIM cannot figure out how to do a COMPLETE backup and restore.

  • sesme

    re-enter and re-register all my program serial numbers. Because for some reason RIM cannot figure out how to do a COMPLETE backup and restore.

  • Andrey
  • Andrey
  • georgie

    I am new to blackberry curve 8330, how can I get that the email setup give me the option of Blackberry INternet Option, it is only giving me the Enterprise Option…..

  • georgie

    I am new to blackberry curve 8330, how can I get that the email setup give me the option of Blackberry INternet Option, it is only giving me the Enterprise Option…..

  • Neil

    I am an Optus Australia Subscriber. I have 2 Blackberry Curve 8310 which are factory fitted with tele-coils — a device which activates the digital hearing aids both my wife and myself wear and enbles the hearing aids to amplify the audio output from the phones.
    I activated this function on one of the phones but since upgrading the firmware that menu option for the hearing aid mode has disappeared from the options menu. The newer phone does not have that option available in the option menu. Can any one tell me which version of the firmware I should install to restablish the menu option I need.
    Any help or suggestion can be emailed to me at sales@upp.net.au. Thanks in anticipation

  • Neil

    I am an Optus Australia Subscriber. I have 2 Blackberry Curve 8310 which are factory fitted with tele-coils — a device which activates the digital hearing aids both my wife and myself wear and enbles the hearing aids to amplify the audio output from the phones.
    I activated this function on one of the phones but since upgrading the firmware that menu option for the hearing aid mode has disappeared from the options menu. The newer phone does not have that option available in the option menu. Can any one tell me which version of the firmware I should install to restablish the menu option I need.
    Any help or suggestion can be emailed to me at sales@upp.net.au. Thanks in anticipation

  • Douglas Soltys

    Hey Georgie,
    For help with your email set up troubles, I’m going to point you to our support forums. That’s the best place to get help with your BB issues. Here’s a link to the new users area:
    http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board?board.id=NewBlackBerryUsers
    You can also check out some support documentation specifically for your Curve 8330 at the link below:
    http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/devices/

  • Douglas Soltys

    Hey Georgie,
    For help with your email set up troubles, I’m going to point you to our support forums. That’s the best place to get help with your BB issues. Here’s a link to the new users area:
    http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board?board.id=NewBlackBerryUsers
    You can also check out some support documentation specifically for your Curve 8330 at the link below:
    http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/devices/

  • Douglas Soltys

    Hi Neil,
    I’m going to point you to the BlackBerry 83xx series support forums. Post your question there and they’d be happy to help you out.
    http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board?board.id=8300

  • Douglas Soltys

    Hi Neil,
    I’m going to point you to the BlackBerry 83xx series support forums. Post your question there and they’d be happy to help you out.
    http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board?board.id=8300

  • Jane

    My service provider are going to have to replace my Blackberry Curve as the trackball has siezed.
    Can anyone tell me whether or not any applications that I have purchased for my current phone can be installed onto a new device?
    I intend on saving everything from my current phone onto my pc but am not sure if the data will only transfer to a new device if the application is already installed to the device OR whether the application itself will install to a new device.
    Can anyone help?…My service provider cannot!

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