Bacon on BlackBerry: third party app’s, calendars, and Bluetooth

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Q: Does the new BB pearl have an auto key lock function? Or do I have to rely on the *key to lock?

A: If you go under the Options > Security > General Settings, you can set the security timeout if you enable a password which will lock the device automatically for you but you will have to enter a password to unlock it. On that screen you can also set the handheld to lock when you put it in a holster. But an auto-lock in general does not seem to be available.

Q: I recently purchased a Blackberry 8100 (Pearl). I have an issue I’m hoping you can help me with as no one seems to be able to shed light on this. Do I have to manually disconnect my Bluetooth headset every time I’m done with a call to save battery power?

A: When you hang up a call, the Bluetooth headset will maintain a connection with the BlackBerry but in very low-power mode. You will notice a difference in battery life with any Bluetooth device connected to the BlackBerry vs. having no Bluetooth connection but this is the case with all phones. RIM takes battery life very seriously and does everything possible to reduce the battery drain when you have a headset connected and it’s not in use.

Q: Any word on a 3G upgrade for Cingular users on the 8700c. Is the difference from edge to 3G worth it?

A: EDGE gives very acceptable data rates for applications on the BlackBerry. 3G might speed up your connection if you are use the tethered modem function of the BB but I doubt it will make a major impact on your general BB usage. Processing the HTML and style sheets on web pages takes up as much time as actually downloading them on my Pearl so a 3G upgrade there would do not much better.

Q: How can I send or receives files via Bluetooth?

A: There are only a couple of profiles available on the BlackBerry via Bluetooth and file transfer is not possible without a custom application that facilitates this.

  • anonymous

    green key twice is redial last number

  • anonymous

    green key twice is redial last number

  • Chris Appel

    Why cant a $400.00 handheld such as the 8700C keep the correct time, and why can’t it update the time periodically from the network when you have it selected. The cheapest of cell phones can keep the correct time, why not the Blackberry?

  • Chris Appel

    Why cant a $400.00 handheld such as the 8700C keep the correct time, and why can’t it update the time periodically from the network when you have it selected. The cheapest of cell phones can keep the correct time, why not the Blackberry?

  • http://www.bplay.com/ Bacon on BlackBerry

    Call key twice! Nice! That’ll come in handy for a few people I’m sure.

  • http://www.bplay.com Bacon on BlackBerry

    Call key twice! Nice! That’ll come in handy for a few people I’m sure.

  • http://www.bplay.com/ Bacon on BlackBerry

    ok, so the dbl-green click is still two clicks… anyone got a 1-key solution? (not that the dbl green key is slow)

  • http://www.bplay.com Bacon on BlackBerry

    ok, so the dbl-green click is still two clicks… anyone got a 1-key solution? (not that the dbl green key is slow)

  • http://www.geekandproud.net/ alan

    Regarding the first question on the second page… AutoLock can now be done on the Pearl: http://www.geekandproud.net/blackberry-software/#autolock

  • http://www.geekandproud.net/ alan

    Regarding the first question on the second page… AutoLock can now be done on the Pearl: http://www.geekandproud.net/blackberry-software/#autolock

  • Johan van den Berg

    Why does mp3 tunes on my BB 8310 not want to play back through a bluetooth headset? Is there a solution for this?

  • Johan van den Berg

    Why does mp3 tunes on my BB 8310 not want to play back through a bluetooth headset? Is there a solution for this?