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Old 03-05-2005, 08:33 PM   #41 (permalink)
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What's the difference between allowing bluetooth keyboard "transmissions" and OBEX that would allow us to see the called NAME ID via the Bluetooth stack?

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Old 03-18-2005, 02:32 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I am new to this forum as well. I would love to see a keyboard for the 7100r.
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What's the difference between allowing bluetooth keyboard "transmissions" and OBEX that would allow us to see the called NAME ID via the Bluetooth stack?

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That's a good question. I'm still trying to find out what's the security difference between keyboard transmissions and headset transmissions.

I don't think it's easier to snoop encrypted keyboard transmissions than snooping encrypted headset transmissions. I really would like to see RIM enable the "Keyboard HID" profile sometime this summer 2005, if possible.
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:28 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I would definately like to have a bluetooth compatable keyboard for my BB 7290. Even though it already has a keyboard, I could type out memos and IM while on the go much faster with a keyboard.

Please RIM, make this happen.
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:45 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Combined with the greater amount of memory on the 7100, this could actually replace my laptop on many trips.

Same, although I have a 7520.

I am getting good at thumb typing on the go (stoplights provide just enough time to reply to a few emails) it would be nice to have a full keyboard on trips.
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Let's keep requesting now and then, this is a useful addition to BlackBerries. Eventually, RIM will have to enable the keyboard HID driver when it's 100% proven that there are no security differences to a bluetooth headset. And RIM can add a BES option to remotely disables Bluetooth, if the government customers of BlackBerry are still concerned about Bluetooth security...

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It is a possibility that they may enable it, BUT, I highly doubt it. The huge security risk here is with our good friend the password. Someone sees you unfolding your keyboard, they start doing some packet capturing or sniffing or whatever, you type your password, and away you go.

What if they mate thier Bluetooth keyboard to your BlackBerry (you just finished typing an email and are putting it back into your pocket) and they pull out thier keyboard, and start typing an email...

If the Bluetooth keyboard can control the BlackBerry, then it has to have some sort of data communications, hard to isolate one section that is (or isn't) allowed bluetooth control.

And the last point i'm going to say...Look at how many headsets don't work...every manufacturer goes with thier own implimentation of Bluetooth (it's a hugely varying standard) but the BlackBerry goes with the strictest sense of the standard...the more a company deviates to the other end of that standard, the less likely that it will work with the BlackBerry.

There is an option on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to disable Bluetooth...it's done through an IT policy.

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Isn't the Bluetooth transmissions encrypted?

Aren't headsets equally a security risk (recording private conversations?)

Is it easier to snoop on keyboard transmissions than snoop on headset transmissions?
Or are they equally encrypted?

It's true there's a security risk of someone watching someone enter a password, but that can also be done by watching the thumbtyping too.... although it's easier to conceal your thumb typing...

But speaking of transmissions, are keyboard transmissions encrypted just like headset transmissions, making both equally difficult to "sniff"?
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Old 04-14-2005, 09:36 PM   #49 (permalink)
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7100g user who would also love to see a Bluetooth external keyboard

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Old 04-18-2005, 05:21 PM   #50 (permalink)
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For RIM and ThinkOutside staff monitoring this thread (I've sent them emails to remind them)...

I've been enjoying my Bluetooth keyboard with my iPaq.

When can I use my Bluetooth keyboard with my BlackBerry?
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Old 04-18-2005, 09:06 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Isn't the Bluetooth transmissions encrypted?
The greatest Bluetooth security concern is with OBEX, the object exchange protocol, since it allows data to be transmitted to/from the BB across Bluetooth, which seems to be functionality that RIM is trying to avoid... Hence the lack of an IR port, which would effectively support the same data transfer functionality... Realistically, RIM seems to want to ensure that the only way to transfer actual data to/from the BB is via the TCP/IP stack (until recently, strictly through a BES).

Currently, a BES IT Policy will allow Bluetooth to be disabled completely, or only certain functions of BT to be disabled (ie, Headset Profile, Handsfree Profile, Serial Port Profile, etc). There is no reason that the "Keyboard Profile" could not be added to this policy for those corporate customers who are concerned.

BT communications are (or can be) encrypted, whether via a headset or a keyboard, so the risk of interception is probably about equal with either device (ie, very slim).

The greater possible security concern with a keyboard, however, would be "bluejacking"... Somebody taking control of your BB via their own BT keyboard. This is a non-issue with a headset, since you can't actually control a BB from a headset.

However, devices are normally only susceptible to bluejacking due to flaws in the devices themselves, so I'm sure that RIM could build a secure solution... It might just take some more R&D time and certification to be able to justify implementing the HID profile. (For more information on various Bluetooth attacks and the devices that are vulnerable to them, there's a good article that can be found at http://www.thebunker.net/security/bluetooth.htm )

All in all, I too would very much like to see BT keyboard support on my 7290. Lack of an external keyboard is something I miss from my Palm T3.

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Old 04-23-2005, 12:17 PM   #52 (permalink)
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My wife just got one of these keyboards, and they DO support encrypted transmissions. If Thinkoutside were to make a driver that would only support encrypted bonds then the whole security issue is down the drain...
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my 1st post...i would pay good money for a BT keyboard...
is there any included typing software you could use without buying the Office-type 3rd party apps?
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I bought the ThinkOutside keyboard when the 7100 first came out, but now it's just an expensive paperweight on my desk at home. Hopefully some day, then maybe I'll actually start using my 7100 again, oh wait, not until I can actually hear on it..lol
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I got the 7100g to so I could take my laptop on fewer trips. The keyboard would make it still fewer.
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I'd be happy with just limited Bluetooth keyboard functionality -- i.e. working only in a dedicated editor that the keyboard is permitted to work with. Then I can use the BlackBerry itself to copy and paste into an email, or another application.

That way, there's absolutely no security issues of somebody stealing your Bluetooth keyboard and then trying to control your BlackBerry remotely.
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Old 05-04-2005, 07:19 PM   #57 (permalink)
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i want ot USE a bluetooth keyboard on my 7290; a freedom keyboard. i use it on my SP3i fantastically, and would continue to use except our IT department allows blackberrys. i want to be effective like the SP3i!


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Can anyone tell me if there is any kind of peripheral keyboard available that is compatible with the 7100r?
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Old 05-11-2005, 11:26 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Here's another expression of interest in a BT keyboard, even one that's limited such that it only works in the memopad.
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Can anyone tell me if there is any kind of peripheral keyboard available that is compatible with the 7100r?
No. There are no keyboards for ANY current Blackberry models.
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