The BlackBerry Curve 8520 setup guide and tips and tricks

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Congratulations on buying your BlackBerry Curve 8520! Now you might be wondering what to do with your new phone. I’ll take you walk you through the basic features of your device and what you can do with it. BlackBerry is a powerful platform and if this is your first smartphone, your going to be amazed at what it can do.

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Basic Setup and Getting Started

The first thing you’re going to do is unbox your device, remove the back cover and pop in your T-Mobile SIM Card. To get the SIM card in, look at the diagram and slide the SIM under the metal casing in the device. It should slide in securely. Put the battery back in and close the casing.

UPDATE: I can’t believe I left this out but of course you should set up your email. Setting up your email is easy, you can do it online at your computer, or right from your device. See the official RIM site for step by step instructions on how to set up your email.

Your device will come with a MicroSD card but you should also consider upgrading. The SanDisk 16GB microSDHC Card is the largest of its kind on the market and it will ensure you’ve got plenty of space on your device.

At this point, your device is ready to be used. Before moving ahead, lets get it some basic free software that all BlackBerry devices should have. I recommend you download:

There are a few more tweaks that you can make so your BlackBerry is a little more personal. For example, you can go into the Options > Screen/Keyboard and change the font sizes. You should also arrange the icons on your device, placing the ones you use the most at the top. To do this, simply scroll to the icon, and press the Menu button > Move or Move Folder.

For more tips about some basic device setup, see RIM’s official blog post about The First 5 Things I do When I Get a New BlackBerry. The comments have some excellent suggestions.

Contact Management and Social Networks

Now that you have your device setup done, it’s time to build your contacts and network. Staying in constant communication is a central tenet of the BlackBerry, and you’ll be amazed and how easy it is.

The Facebook app is a big part of importing your contacts. Once downloaded and run, it will update your contacts and provide pictures for them as well. Start exploring the application and let it take over your contacts. It should also populate your BlackBerry Calendar with Facebook events. Check out RIM’s blog post about the latest updates to this software.

The T-Mobile version of the Curve 8520 comes with a favorite contacts section on the homescreen. Personally, I think you should get rid of this because you’ll soon figure out that it’s rendered obsolete by much of the software available to BlackBerry. To get rid of it, you should change your theme. More on that later.

One of the great advantages that BlackBerry has over other platforms such as the iPhone, is its ability to run applications in the background. This means you can turn on all your favorite IM applications, and you’re always available. Your BlackBerry will come preloaded with IM clients such as Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM and ICQ. You can find them in the Instant Messaging folder. If not, they can be downloaded from blackberry.com/instantmessaging. Another great feature of BlackBerry is that your applications are built into the Menu or BlackBerry Button. So if you’re using the camera, and you have Yahoo! Messenger installed, you can always take a picture and press the BlackBerry Button > Send As Y! Messenger
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BlackBerry Messenger is going to be the easiest way for you to stay in contact with your friends who also use BlackBerry. The messenger is based on your PIN, which is found by either typing “mypin” in a dialogue box or going into Options > Status. Start adding all your friends with BlackBerry devices and you’ll soon have a list of contacts that you can message at any time. For more about the basic features of BlackBerry messaging, see RIM’s official blog post on the subject.


If you’re really into instant messaging, consider buying an IM client such as IM+ All-in-One Instant Messenger. This application will really help you stay in touch.

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Multimedia and Entertainment

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is built for music and entertainment. The top of the device has media keys for when you’re listening to music. This is a new feature to the RIM product line and it will come in handy if you listen to a lot of music.

You may have taken my advice above and bought a larger MicroSD card, which will really help you store all your favorite music to the device. You can also complement the music experience with some cool software for your device such as:

Another feature that may be new to you is having a decent camera on your phone. The BlackBerry camera, while it isn’t the most powerful of mobile cameras, still provides with some fun integration into the device. For example, after taking a picture with your device, you can use the “send as” icon on the screen. This option is also available in the menu and will allow you to send the pic via email, Messenger Contact (BlackBerry Messenger) and MMS (also known as picture SMS). You can also send photos to Flickr, MySpace, Facebook, GoogleTalk, Yahoo! Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger.

Games aren’t the greatest experience on BlackBerry compared to iPhone, but you still have a wide range of puzzle and casual games at your finger tips. Some of my favorite games include:

You may be thinking that this is a lot of software so far but it really isn’t. Your BlackBerry device can not only store up to 256MB of applications on the device, you can also save your applications to your SD card via App World. See details about the latest release of App World to find out more.

Also, be sure to download the BlackBerry Cool Store directly to your device as we’ll be having sales constantly and it’s good to check for the lowest price.

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Customizations and Accessories

Themes are an easy way to customize your BlackBerry and make it your own. Personally, my favorite themes are:

Accessories are a fun way to complement the BlackBerry experience. There are a number of accessories available from chargers, to docks and cases. Here are a few accessories you may like for your BlackBerry Curve 8520:

Other Software and Fun Stuff

Your BlackBerry is an incredibly powerful device that can do almost anything you would want from a mobile device. Sometimes the feature isn’t native to the device, but there is almost always a piece of free or cheap software to help you do the trick. Some helpful applications that boost your device experience are:

BlackBerry Cool Users: What else would you recommend a first time smartphone/BlackBerry user do with their new Curve 8520?

  • Mrs.Ponce

    i had my BB Curve 8520 and indeed.. i am super duper inlove with it.. :) Highly recommended..

  • MrsPonce

    sometime when I drag a file (music file) fr my pC or notebook, it appears to have some errors, maybe it has something to do with the format. If it was downloaded from iTunes, it wouldnt work with BB

  • amanda

    queria saber como mexer em blackberry so que mais esclarecido 

  • Conorb81

    Im havin trouble with signin into my Facebook App. Its telling me “You have entered an incorrect Email/Password combination. Hint: Facebook passwords are case sensitive. (2401)” .

    What I dont understand is that I can log into my FB page from the net on my B.B 8520 with the same E-mail & Password, with no trouble. I have tried to delete the FB App & re-instail it again a load of times but im stil gettin the same error message & iv had to bring it into the store where I bought it & ring my Network & get the settings on my B.B 8520 updated. PLEASE HELP

  • Conorb81

    Im havin trouble with signin into my Facebook App. Its telling me “You have entered an incorrect Email/Password combination. Hint: Facebook passwords are case sensitive. (2401)” . What I dont understand is that I can log into my FB page from the net on my B.B with the same E-mail & Password, with no trouble. I have tried to delete the FB App & re-instail it again a load of times but im stil gettin the same error message & iv had to bring it into the store where I bought it & ring my Network & get the settings on my B.B 8520 updated. PLEASE HELP

  • Mvgharre

    hi I am using blackberry curve 8520 I have gtalk installed but still it tells this option is not enabled for this hand held …. any solution … i havent availed blackberry services … I don want too … i have my net options through the basis net through service provider

  • Mvgharre

    hi I am using blackberry curve 8520 I have gtalk installed but still it tells this option is not enabled for this hand held …. any solution … i havent availed blackberry services … I don want too … i have my net options through the basis net through service provider

  • Tinacub05

    Hi just got the blackberry curve 8520 today and i have tried to download blackberry app world and fb but just cant seem to be able to get them, message pops up saying my device wont support it. Please help!

  • Tinacub05

    Hi just got the blackberry curve 8520 today and i have tried to download blackberry app world and fb but just cant seem to be able to get them, message pops up saying my device wont support it. Please help!

  • ddre0704

    hi, im planning to buy bb curve 8520, how will you know if its original or replica? Thanks!

  • Tiannnamay

    hi i have a blackberry curve and its not working becauseit says its registered with the wireless network?????any ideas???

  • Salman

    please tell me about internet operating in black berry curve 8520 & how to do internet setup in my mobile. reply & guide as soon as possible

  • number 5

    do we need blackbrry service if we have wifi at home?
    and can we open whatapp with ur wireless internet?

  • number 5

    do we need blackbrry service if we have wifi at home?
    and can we open whatapp with ur wireless internet?

  • chris

    yoh i can’t download games and theme on my blackberry, what should i do?

  • geust 900000000

    how do i use bbm i have got it added a few people then it says pending (waiting for authorization )

  • Mytagged11

    how do i set it up to receive pictures?

  • Mary Jane

    my blackberry is giving an sos signal. it is not reading my sim card. I tried both my phone with another sim and my sim in another phone and they both worked fine.

  • Mary Jane

    my blackberry is giving an sos signal. it is not reading my sim card. I tried both my phone with another sim and my sim in another phone and they both worked fine.

  • Mary Jane

    my blackberry is giving an sos signal. it is not reading my sim card. I tried both my phone with another sim and my sim in another phone and they both worked fine.

  • Bora

    where can i download some themes?…when i go to help it says that it has a command : download theme…but its not there…can anybody help me?

  • Bora

    where can i download some themes?…when i go to help it says that it has a command : download theme…but its not there…can anybody help me?

  • Bora

    where can i download some themes?…when i go to help it says that it has a command : download theme…but its not there…can anybody help me?

  • liaxxxx

    i love the blackberry

  • Info

    seriously!!

  • Info

    seriously!!

  • Darsh

    hey i dnt hve appworld in ma blackberry curve 8520….so how do i bring it……….plzz HELP…..thnxxx

  • Darsh

    hey i dnt hve appworld in ma blackberry curve 8520….so how do i bring it……….plzz HELP…..thnxxx

  • Adrian Watts

    i’ve downloaded a music track from the internet , i had a message telling me thanks for puchasing this song , but i can’t find it anywhere !

  • rabbani

    hai i recently brought a new blackberry curve 8520…….and my problem is after installing themes they cannot appear in the themes menu………..but they appear in the third party app menu……….plzzzz tell me how i get rid of this thing………….

  • zezo

    i just wana know how to setup and new software for my black berry curve 8520

  • zezo

    i just wana know how to setup and new software for my black berry curve 8520

  • Peteforeman

    why cant i send and recive mms pictures on my black curve 8520

  • Praman1604

    I need to transferring contacts from my old mobile to Black Berry 8520 curve

  • Chichazm

    My BlackBerry 8520 did not come with a preloaded Facebook icon and am getting trouble downloading it, what should I do?

  • Thegame362

    open the main >setup>setup wizard then email setup…

  • Smartjay_1989

    how to download more themes on 8520???????

  • Khygp

    thank you… so helpfull

  • Khygp

    thank you…. the best 

  • Ibrahimkazi000

    i cant see the you tube videos any one tell me why

  • Ibrahimkazi000

    how should i update my blackberry mobile software version

  • Ibrahimkazi000

    how should i update my blackberry mobile software version

  • Sahibajoad

    how to download blackberry messenger

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Haider-Ali/100001265041048 Haider Ali

    if u want to recive music go to music press menu and select recive using blutooth and do the same for videos and pics

  • Terrieannharvey1994

    how do i set up my blackberry i cnt do nothing on it

  • Sleeplesssheep

    my blackberry curve 8520 which i bought here in the philippines, can i use it in canada? and the BBM as well? how can i make this work when i arrive in canada…? 

    thankyou for your help. 

  • Katiiee2010

    hi, does anyone know how to update the version mine is currently on 3.2 and wanting V.5 . hope someone can help, if you can then please email me at, katiiee2010@hotmail.com  thankyou

  • Plumb24

    how can i inbox a pic from my bb on facebook?

  • Joe Bamford

    How do i download the blackberry download app store thing, when i go on the folder, theres nowt in it

  • Joe Bamford

    How do i download the blackberry download app store thing, when i go on the folder, theres nowt in it