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?

  • Joe Bamford

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

  • Darren12395

    anyone know wats up with my curve as it wont charge at all iv tryed two charges at the wall and a usb on the computer any ideas plz.

  • spazzyjazzy

    im getting a blackberry but not sure what bbm ‘s are for ?

  • Kerri

    i used to have facebook on my blackberry curve 8520 but then deleted it. When i tried to install it again it said “sorry, your device does not meet the system requirements that are needed to support facebook” which i dont understand as i had it on there before?! please help!

  • Vaughanderek

    del—I cannot set up an email account. Problem is the following sequence. Main menu to set up email account. then ONLY option given is  I want to use a work email account with a Blackberry Enterprise Server. There must be another alternative but no matter what I do no other option comes up. Derek  

  • Faye

    i just had my new blackberry curve 8520. why can’t i download facebook for blackberry. help please… :(

  • Farahlinechiong

    i cnt download facebook on my BB curve 8520

  • Gilly_flasher

    my fone keeps rebooting itself and now will not turn on help anyone.x

  • Appanahkunniah

    i have a blackberry 8520curve and want to use free skype to skype conversation.
    but cant now.can anyone help me

  • Joe

    its really easy to setup your email, I’m 13 and I can do it, Go into setup folder then go to email settings, that’s what I did on my 8520 :)

  • Appanahkunniah

    when i sign in my blackberry curve 8520  on skype and when i add contacts by their name and email address and when i submit my request,the message read as follows:the page cannot be downloaded,too large for the device

  • Sallubhai_2010

    can i use facebook on 8520

  • Guest 17:)

    How do you get Blackberry messenger? BBM?

  • Jdashdkjchsdk

    how do you change an email if it is not yur email that has been set up

  • Stevenmcgonagle

    how do you download app world mine wont let me it just stops half way throw

  • guest

    i have a blackberry curve 8520 and i can’t send sms messages and i really need to be able to, i says when i try to send one ‘requested facilty not subscribed’ someone please help?

  • Abbyfrost

    i have no clue how to download music onto my blackberry curve 8520

  • Naomi_k2009

    can u change ur bbm pin

  • PP

    I cannot access gtalk at my BB curve 8520, there is an error ” service not enabled for this handheld”. :( , please give me a hand, thanks a lot.

  • Dr1tame

    why does my gps data source got names that i know plus i can not go to check in on fb blackberry 8520 thanks,plus my chat does not work on fb either 

  • talbot2106

    when i put my sim card in to my blackberry curve it reads sim not provisioned 2 why is this ? many thanks

  • Alex_horvat2002

    why wen i setup wifi and i go to internet it run orange world…?_?

  • Kentdallas88

    how to install facebook of my blackberry curve 8520? pls. help me

  • Daanyaal Yaameen

    can i have the black berry for 10.00

  • VARUNMEHRA

    NOT RECIVED A MAIL IN BLACKBERRy HANDSET

  • charlie

    it says i need wifi before i go on the internet

  • Jackblair_1770

    get a curve 9360

  • Malcolm

    I have a wake up icon showing on bedside mode and cant get rid off it, it cancels out the alarm setting, so it just pops up with the words wake up, like that will wake me up!

  • Isissara

    How do I transfer data from my phone to my sd card?  running out of space!

  • tes

    What the fuck??
    I have buy it for 160,- EUR

  • Imtiaz252

    I want a MEP code, but dont got money to pay. Anyone wanna help me out please ??

    my IMEI # 351505058010599
    and my mail adres Imtiaz252@live.com… thanks :)

  • Kanikag51

    i want to get my bbm icon on the home screen.. how?

  • ahsan

    imei #.355931.03.186751.5 browser not working, when i go in service book there is no any option for  blackberry internet browser,

  • zaki

    my phone doesnt turn. but when i charge it a picture of a batter pop up and there a red x in the middle of it sexyarab_14@hotmail.co.uk this is my email ASAP!!!! HELP thanjs 

  • Karthikrichfruits

    how to restore blackberry messange to the home screen

  • blackberrygal!!!!!!!!!xx

    y is der no radio and i cant change the menu theme how do i do it please please help!!!! i got this fone second hand a few days ago!!!!!!XXXXXX

  • blackberrygal!!!!xx

    get the bb 8520 i got a few days ago it is great and easy to use + it has agud enough camera!!!!!xx hope i helped makin ur mind up

  • hasrul

    call barring not available on my blackberry curve 8520

  • nikki

    hi can someone please tell me how do i download themes from my computer to my blackberry curve 8520 as i want to change the theme much appreciated thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmaBobs Emma-Lin Jessica Randerson Par

    How do I change the song name on my Blackberry Curve 8520?

  • Nmalefu0166

    how do i setup mms on 8520

  • Rhodes Ndlovu

    BlackBerry is the leading and best phone so far. The gap is too much between it and other phones

  • Paul Bridges

    how di i get my phone to ring for longer before  it goes onto my message

  • Jamilla_baul

    i downloaded facebook, bbm and bb app world.. then i turn off my phone, my phone doesnt able to switch on anymore.. what do you think is the problem? may you help me guys..

  • Marwaabdelmoez

    how can i use bbm

  • Dielaloved

    how can i send n receive mms..my phone can’t do that

  • von0958

    i got a blackberry 8520 but i dont know how to download a games can you help me

  • Janninehumol

    I cant connect internet..how can i connect this??

  • Deepak

    I have a BB Curve 8520. The contacts of my phone are not visible in MS Outlook contacts. I have friends whose contacts are visible there and every time sync is done the contacts get renewed.

  • Sunil

    how to install maps software in my blackberry curve 8520, can any one please help

    my email id is  sunilaravapalli@gmail.com