It’s easy to get carried away by the sheer excitement of getting a new BlackBerry for Bell Mobility, so here’s some advice on what to do first when you’ve finally got your new smartphone in your hand.
Configure your new Bell BlackBerry by running the setup wizard. The setup wizard allows you to connect to the Internet and get your e-mail account ready to use. These are basic but essential functions of the BlackBerry smartphone, ones you’ll use right away. You can visit http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/blackberry101/setup.jsp for help with your BlackBerry setup.
Make sure your phone has the latest software. If new software becomes available after your phone is shipped from the factory, you’ll want to update your phone’s software when it arrives. When you get your new phone, visit http://na.blackberry.com/eng/update/ right away, to see whether new updates are available and to get directions on how to complete the updates. The updates are free and often give you access to new features and functions.
Put your personal information into the phone. Use BlackBerry’s switch device wizard to import data from your existing BlackBerry device, Palm device, or Windows Mobile-powered device and put it on your new Bell BlackBerry. The switch device wizard is part of BlackBerry’s Desktop Manager. For more information, visit http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/
Install essential applications. If you have a PC, you’ll want to install BlackBerry’s desktop software. For Macs, use PocketMac for BlackBerry. These applications will provide you with a browser and other functions suited to your mobile device. For PC users, BlackBerry’s Desktop Manager runs on your desktop PC and allows you to coordinate your PC desktop and mobile phone, transfer files, and load new applications, among other things.
Install other great software applications. You can select a variety of applications that meet your individual needs. For music, photo and video uploaders, and other useful applications, visit http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/ to select the applications you’re interested in. Consider applications such as Pocket Express or Yahoo Go, for instant access to news and all kinds of information to get you through the day.
Arrange your applications on your Bell smartphone. You can decide what applications you’ll use the most and put those on the top row of the applications on your BlackBerry so they’re easy to access. You can rearrange your applications anytime by selecting the application, hitting the menu button, and hiding or moving the application.
Personalize your smartphone. When you’re ready to set your ringtone, there are applications that offer personalized ones! And you can coordinate your BlackBerry with what you’re wearing by slipping it into a BlackBerry Skin, which come in a variety of smart colours.
Go hands-free. You can make it easier than ever to use your Bell BlackBerry by going hands-free with a wireless headset or mounting a speaker on your car’s visor.
And here’s the final item: Enjoy your new BlackBerry! Once you get your new Bell BlackBerry set up and running, you’ll find this device hard to beat for usefulness and ease of use.
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