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Old 04-26-2007, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Had my Pearl for quite a while now but I got stumped yesterday.

Called into a phone system that required me to spell a person's last name on the dial pad. I looked at my phone stupified...couldn't do it!

Is there some screen that shows you what the letters are for each digit on a standard dial pad? What are you others doing when faced with this challenge?
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know when you are dialing a number that has letters in it all you do is hold down the alt button and spell it out. I don't know for sure if it will work for that but you can give it a try.
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Had my Pearl for quite a while now but I got stumped yesterday.

Called into a phone system that required me to spell a person's last name on the dial pad. I looked at my phone stupified...couldn't do it!

Is there some screen that shows you what the letters are for each digit on a standard dial pad? What are you others doing when faced with this challenge?
The easiest way to remember this is that there are 3 letters assigned to every number except the number 1, 7 and 9. 1 has no letters assigned to it, 7 and 9 have 4 letters. 9 is easy to remember because it's the last 4 letters of the alphabet. You'll have to remember that 7 is assigned pqrs. I usually look at my phone when I need to reference this.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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BBkiller's method works.

On a BB with a full keypad, you just press ALT + the letter.

On a BB with the smaller keypad (like the Pearl), you press ALT + the letter (if the letter is the first letter on the button), or ALT + the letter + the letter (if the letter is the second letter on the button).

For example, on the 7130k, there is a button that has both the letters J and K on them.

Pressing ALT + that key once = J
Pressing ALT + that key twice = K
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BBkiller's method works.

On a BB with a full keypad, you just press ALT + the letter.

On a BB with the smaller keypad (like the Pearl), you press ALT + the letter (if the letter is the first letter on the button), or ALT + the letter + the letter (if the letter is the second letter on the button).

For example, on the 7130k, there is a button that has both the letters J and K on them.

Pressing ALT + that key once = J
Pressing ALT + that key twice = K
That's for dialing a number, correct. He's talking about interacting with a touch tone automated phone system.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Holding down the ALT key and using multi-tap WILL work. It's the same on all devices. If it's has a full keyboard, hold down the ALT and just dial the letters. If it's a 71xx or 81xx, hold down the ALT and multi-tap.

bbkiller and arisobrat are correct.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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BBKiller's method works fine.
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which one is the alt button?
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bottom left of your keyboard
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now how do I change it back to dial numbers?!!

when I touch the numbers, I type letters now...

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go it, I had caps on, I still confused, sometimes when I unlock my phone, I can't cause it's locked in Caps mode...

I'll figure it out one day.
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If you lock it in caps mode you need to go to a text application (like compose email) in order to clear the caps lock.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use a cool free app called 'spell n dial' that you can type in what you want, and it will give you the correct numbers and let you dial. Sorry I dont have a link, but google and Im sure you will find. If not, ask me and I will dig it up for ya.
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