The Beginner’s Guide To The BlackBerry Options, Part Two

August 16, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

I started going through the Options with you, and now we’ll complete the tour of the BlackBerry Options on your BlackBerry, and you’ll have a better understanding of how to use it and what you can do with it. So follow along as we take up where we left off in Part One.

Memory was the last option covered so now we’ll start fresh.

MMS: This option is in regards to Multimedia texting. You have the choice Multimedia Reception as Always, Never, or Home Only. For best results I recommend leaving it on Always. Automatic Retrieval is the same You can also set the following Notifications:

  • Allow Delivery Confirmation
  • Confirm Delivery

And Message Filtering:

  • Reject Anonymous Messages
  • Reject Advertisements

Mobile Network. This shows whether your Data Service are on or off. You can turn them off for airplane mode here, or turn it on or off while in roaming. It will show your Mobile Network Provider, and you have your Network Selection Mode of Automatic or Home Only.  You also have the Network Technology Option of GSM/UMTS, 1XEV, and Global. Depending on which network your’re using is what you’ll set your BlackBerry to.

Owner, this is where you can place the information that will show when you have your phone locked.

Password. This is where you can set a password to protect  your BlackBerry information. You can enable, set the Password, set the Number of Password Attempts from 3 to 10, set the Security Timeout, Prompt password on Application Install, and Lock the Handheld Upon Holstering.


Phone Options. This is another set of options unto itself.

In the Phone Options you’ll find the following:

  • General Options: This includes Auto End Calls, Auto Answer Calls, Confirm Delete, Restrict My Identity, Phone List View, Dial From Home Screen, Show “My Number”, and Default Call Volume.
  • Voice Mail: You’ll see your Access Number (phone number) and below there’s a space for Password, enter your password and save so you don’t have to enter your password every time that you check your voice mail, your BlackBerry will do it for you.
  • Call Logging: This is where you can set what Call Log Types show such as Missed Calls, All Calls, or None.
  • Smart Dialing: In Country Code you choose your country, it shows your area code, You choose the National Number Length, Use 1 for Int’l Dialing (yes or no), and if you need to access office extensions withing your corporation, it has the space with Number for you to enter the Number to call.
  • Speed Dial Numbers: This is the place to enter all your speed dial numbers.
  • TTY: Off or On
  • Enhanced Audio: Automatic Volume Control you can enable or disable, Phone Call Audio of: Previous, Normal, Boost Bass, or Boost Treble. The same options are available for the Headset Call Audio.
  • Sounds: This is where you set the Privacy Alert.

Screen/Keyboard. This option has several in one.

  • You have the choice of Font Family, Font Size, Font Style and while you’re choosing them, the example shows below the Font Style.
  • Next is the Backlight Brightness you can set, The Backlight Timeout, Automatically Dim Backlight, LED Coverage Indicator. Now for the sake of battery you can set the automatically dim Backlight to on. You can also turn off the LED Coverage indicator. It’s the little light that blinks consistently as long as you have service.
  • Next is the Key Tone, Key Rate, and Currency Key that you can set.
  • Convenience keys are next. These are the short cut keys on the sides of your phone that by default open voice dialing on the left and camera on the right. You can set the Right Side Convenience Key Opens: to whatever app of your choosing, and the same with Left Side Convenience Key Opens.
  • Trackpad: You can set the Horizontal Sensitivity, the Vertical Sensitivity, and Audible Roll.
  • Last is the Menu Style which you can decide whether you see the Short Menu or Full Menu.

Security Options. The following is included in the Security Options

Advanced Security Options: Out of the list in the Advanced Options, the only one I’m going to introduce is the Memory Cleaning. Enable the Memory Cleaning and you will have it clean your memory on your phone. Yes, you don’t need an extra app for this, it’s an option that came with your phone.

Encryption: It’s disabled by default and most of us won’t use it.

Firewall: This is a little known feature that is on your phone from the time you open the box. The Firewall is Disabled by default. You can enable it and set it to Block Incoming Messages by SMS, MMS, PIN, BlackBerry Internet Service, Enterprise Email from all but your Contacts and Specific Addresses.

Information: This shows your emails that have your contacts synced to your phone.

Security Wipe: This is where you can wipe your phone to factory setting. If your BlackBerry is acting up, too full, battery pulls no longer help, or you’re going to sell or give it away, then this is where you do it. The first option checked is Emails, Contacts, etc. The second is User Installed Applications which I recommend checking, and the last is Media Card (don’t check this unless you want your micro sd card wiped). After checking what you’d like the phone to wipe, then type the word blackberry into the space below and click wipe.

SMS Text. This option allows you to choose the Conversation Style of Bubbles or Stripes, to Show Names, Press Enter Key To Send, and the message options of Delivery Report (nice if you want to know they received it), Data Coding (don’t change unless you know what you’re doing), Priority of the message, and Disable AutoText yes or no.

Sounds and Ringtones lets you choose your Ring Tone, Volume, Play Sound, LED, and Vibration.

Spell Check allows you to Ignore Case, Ignore Acronyms, Ignore Words With Numbers, Spell Check Email Before Sending, and Check Spelling As You Type.

Status is a very important option. Here’s what you can find out and do in your status.

  • Signal: What your signal strength is
  • Battery: How much battery life exists
  • File Free:
  • PIN: Your BlackBerry PIN
  • IMEI:
  • MEID (dex):
  • MEID (hex):
  • WLAN MAC:
  • IP Address:

But here’s another tip. While in Status type the letters T, E, S, T and it will bring up diagnostic tests for you to check your BlackBerry. When you pull it up you’ll see Device Self Test Application. Click the menu button and click Start. In the Self Diagnostics you have the following options you can test:

  • Keyboard and Trackball
  • Misc
  • Handset Audio
  • Headset Audio
  • Bluetooth Audo
  • RF Components
  • GPS
  • Camera
  • SDCard

So if you’re having any issues with any of those things, here’s where you can test them for yourself.

Theme shows your themes installed.

Voice Dialing, this options has Choice Lists from which you choose Always On, Always Off, or Automatic. Audio Prompts of No Prompts, Basic Prompts, or Detailed Prompts. Also below is Voice Adaptation. I recommend this feature if you’re going to use Voice Dialing, because it trains the BlackBerry Voice option to learn your voice. There’s a series it has you say so that the BlackBerry can recognize your voice and words.

WiFi, this is where you can enable and disable your WiFi connection, but also to set it up. You have the options of Prompt me when manual connection or login is required, and Enable single profile scanning.

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