Bacon on BlackBerry: Address Books, Passwords and 8700 vs. 7100

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Bacon on BlackBerry

In what will now be a regular Monday feature, Magmic‘s Jeff Bacon once again tackles the tough questions of the BlackBerry faithful. Unfortunately, no questions about BMWs this time. Make sure to post a comment to tell Jeff how he’s doing!

Q: How do I save all of my address book in my blackberry to my SIM card so that I can transfer this information to another phone?

Copy To SIM

A: Open your Contacts, select the contact you want to transfer. View the contact details. Click the wheel and from the menu select ‘Copy to SIM Phone Book.’ I’ve noticed that not all of my contacts have this option. Maybe that is due to the fact that they are already on the SIM (unfortunately it’s kind of hard to tell as some that are already in the SIM phone book DO have the menu item). However, when you copy to the SIM you will not get all of the details for the contacts, just the phone numbers and names. That’s sufficient to copy to a new phone and call them but it doesn’t preserve all the details of the contact.


Q: I forgot my blackberry password what do I do to get the password removed??? How do I get my blackberry back up and running?

A: If you are connected to a BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server), then your IT Administrator can reset your password for you. If you are not connected to a BES, I don’t know of any way or resetting the password. You can wipe your device completely and it will remove the password along with all other data.

Q: I am currently on Canada’s GSM provider, Rogers, and I want to take the plunge and buy a Blackberry. I know Rogers sells the Blackberry 7100R, but how is this different form the 7100C or 7100G or other 8700 models? If I can get an unlocked version of any of the GSM 8700 series, which one should I get? Which model is best for which user? Can I only get the ‘R’ because that is what Rogers is selling?

A: There are really a few independent questions in here so I’ll address them all.

BlackBerry 7100rThere is an alphabet soup of letters suffixed on the 7100 BlackBerry that RIM has created. For most of them, the difference is just in appearance. The theme that is on the BlackBerry and the plastic used to cover up the insides is all that is different on the majority of 7100 models. The important thing to note when looking at the differences between the models is what type of network the model runs on.

There are 3 types of networks in use: iDEN, CDMA and GPRS. Rogers uses GPRS (GSM) as you noted so any of the 7100t, 7100g, 7100v, 7100x or 7100r will work on Rogers’ network. I have personally used all of them on the network and each worked as well as the last. The 7130 is a newer BlackBerry model that is faster in general (better hardware, processor, and memory) and on the network (uses EDGE network technology, which is an upgrade to GPRS). The 7130c and 7130g will work on Rogers’ network but the 7130e is a CDMA device and will not.

The same applies to the 8700 line of BlackBerries. The majority of them are GPRS/EDGE devices that will work fine on Rogers’ network.

If you’re asking which of the 7100 BlackBerries are best for you, you’ll have to go look at pictures of them to see which casing you prefer and which theme on the BlackBerry you like best. Personally I prefer the 7100v as its smaller and the keys are easier to type on as they have some separation between them.

I also prefer the 7100-style keyboard to the full keyboard of the 8700 mainly since it allows the device to be smaller and I don’t feel like I’m holding a brick up to my ear. However, this is personal preference. I would recommend you find someone with the devices you can play with or try out, or head to your local Rogers store and ask for a demo and to try out the 8700 vs. 7100 models. There are lots of user opinions on this and other sites about peoples preferences between the two styles but it will all come down to what feels best for you.

  • Jorge Ribeiro

    Is there a separate option for enable a password for the address book only ? the one in the menu is for unlock the blackberry…

    Thank you,
    JR

  • Jorge Ribeiro

    Is there a separate option for enable a password for the address book only ? the one in the menu is for unlock the blackberry…

    Thank you,
    JR

  • Jorge Ribeiro

    Is there a separate option for enable a password for the address book only ? the one in the menu is for unlock the blackberry…

    Thank you,
    JR