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aenflex 09-18-2010 06:00 PM

BB 8330 Boost CDMA - Newbie Question :)
 
Today I haphazardly became a Blackberry owner. Sick of 7 years with Sprint, I finally gave up, negotiated my way out of my part of our contract, and decided to go pre-pay, blindly. The best phone I could find was this 8330, which I assume is an older model. Within a few hours I am in love regardless, knowing nothing about a BB until today.
Boost/ 8330/ CDMA
Couple (newbie) questions:
Is there a better OS I can put on, something that will run faster? I know this is Boost and using older networks, and that I canít expect the 4G speeds I was used to. But the phone itself seems to run slow. With or without Ďspecialí themes.
Is there a way to silence the key tones when dialing the phone? Iíve check the manual and Iíve silenced them for everything else but canít figure this one thing.
Thanks and sorry for what I am sure are the redundant questions.

MidnightDraven 09-18-2010 06:19 PM

4.5 is the latest OS for the 8330.
And not possible.

aenflex 09-18-2010 06:20 PM

Thanks my friend :) At least I will stop insanely repeating the same thing over and over, expecting a different result...

Motorcycle Mama 09-18-2010 06:46 PM

Boost has released a version of 5.0 for the 8330.

However, because of the size of the OS, it will likely make the device run slower.

aenflex 09-18-2010 07:07 PM

Thanks...I think I'll pass on the 5.0...my device all ready slow enough :)

aenflex 09-18-2010 07:13 PM

If I am being a lazy newb please feel free to send me on my way. I know that by searching here and elsewhere that I can find these answers. I just am trying to get it all in a concentrated dose...I have a few more questions if you all don't mind answering them. I sincerely appreciate it. I'm an older member on another forum and am always getting a kick out of the poor newbs.
1) All the extraneous apps that came installed, like yahoo and aim and all those messenger apps, can I get rid of them? I've moved them all to a folder, but when I open the menu o n any of these suckers I don't get an option to delete?
2) Is this the kind of phone I could take to another network? Would it need to be unlocked 1st?
3) Any guru tips/tricks to keep this thing running as quick as possible?

Motorcycle Mama 09-18-2010 08:27 PM

1) Those are not actual programs. They are launchers. They are pushed by your carrier. You can't delete them and even if you did, they would get pushed back to the device. They don't take up much space. Just hide them and forget about them.

2) No. You can't use in on another network. And CDMA devices cannot be unlocked.

3) Keep an eye on your File Free. Delete stuff you don't need (messages, apps, etc). Be sure all your media (pictures, ringtones, music) are on the Media Card and not in the device memory. CLOSE applications when you done with them rather than just backing out of them.

aenflex 09-18-2010 08:33 PM

Tks Motorcycle Mama....Answers I needed. I've moved all the crap to a folder so clean my 'desktop' up. I then deleted the service books for the messenger apps, although I understand they will probably be pushed back.
I just read elsewhere that I can uninstall the pre loaded themes? Found instructions for using the Desktop software. Think I'm gonna try that. There were 6 or 7 themes preloaded :(

aenflex 09-19-2010 10:58 AM

Thanks again for all the help. I am back today, and slightly more literate. Though never technically inclined.
I want to speed up my device. I have/do:
I have used the App Loader to remove language packs.
I do ALT+lglg and clear the log.
I clear the browser/other caches.
I have no pics or vids currently stored on device or card (new phone).
I xxx8216;closexxx8217; rather than back out of apps/browser.

Without installing a new OS I would like to:
*Remove BB sample content/video. Under Options>Applications I do see the sample content but don't get an option to delete when I hit Menu.
*Remove pre-loaded themes. I have found instructions for doing this: Program Files>Common Files>RIM>Shared Files>Loader files>OS File>Java. I understand this, my problem is that when I open the RIM file, there is no folder for Shared, thus I cannot complete the task strand. Am I missing something? (obviously)
*Remove BB help - it does not allow me to do so from Options>Applications; again no delete option available.

? Must I install the device OS to my pc in order to get greater functionality from the App Loader? I used it last night to sucessfully remove language packs. But I was reading in forum a post that taught how to remove erroneous data/files. A Mod had put up some screen shots, and a poster mentioned that he did not see those options in his own App Loader. A Mod posted back that "Some of the functions and programs you are seeing in Jim's list only show up in Application Loader after you've installed your device's OS on your PC. You have to install the OS on your PC before you can remove those functions from your BB" SHOULD I DO THIS?

? How do you BB guru's feel about speed-up apps like BerryJoose, etc? Worth it?

Thanks again, you all have been really great. I sincerely appreesh!

MidnightDraven 09-19-2010 11:06 AM

Yes, you need to install the OS to find the files you need to remove.

Motorcycle Mama 09-19-2010 08:33 PM

Also, be careful removing the default themes. Often the custom themes are based on the default themes and the default theme must be on the device in order for the custom theme to work.

aenflex 09-20-2010 04:10 PM

Thanks you all! I am planning on installing the OS to my pc tonight. After reading thru a lot of stuff here, I am going to pass on installing a hybrid OS or alternate broswer (for now). I want to be more comfortable with my BB before I start messing with it too much. I happen to be happy with the browser that came on the device (so far).
Motorcycle Mama (love ur screen name BTW) -
?Do you think if I leave the orig default theme on there and remove the 5-6 other RIM themes that I will be safe?
Also last question for today. I have searched a bit for this answer but perhaps I am using the wrong terminology. Anyhoo, I know my 8330 has 96 mb of interal memory ir right around there. I have three 3rd party apps only, weatherlite, flashlight and a theme I downloaded. That is literally it. So why is there only 11.9 mb of application space left? Where are the other 85 mb? File free say 12561248 bytes. Just wondering if it's ringtones and preinstalled themes or what is taking up all my device memory?
Thanks !!

MidnightDraven 09-20-2010 05:18 PM

The other 85MB is the OS, the storage of contacts, email, sms, mms, and the running of applications.

SoccerRef12 09-21-2010 09:52 AM

Maximizing Memory
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aenflex (Post 1656778)
Thanks you all! I am planning on installing the OS to my pc tonight. After reading thru a lot of stuff here, I am going to pass on installing a hybrid OS or alternate broswer (for now). I want to be more comfortable with my BB before I start messing with it too much. I happen to be happy with the browser that came on the device (so far).
Motorcycle Mama (love ur screen name BTW) -
?Do you think if I leave the orig default theme on there and remove the 5-6 other RIM themes that I will be safe?
Also last question for today. I have searched a bit for this answer but perhaps I am using the wrong terminology. Anyhoo, I know my 8330 has 96 mb of interal memory ir right around there. I have three 3rd party apps only, weatherlite, flashlight and a theme I downloaded. That is literally it. So why is there only 11.9 mb of application space left? Where are the other 85 mb? File free say 12561248 bytes. Just wondering if it's ringtones and preinstalled themes or what is taking up all my device memory?
Thanks !!

There are several articles written on maximizing memory. Read How to Maximize Your BB 8330 Memory. In short, you can install ringtones to your SD card and delete them from your bb memory. Another big memory saver is deleting foreign language support. Hope this helps.

aenflex 09-24-2010 01:36 PM

Done, thanks all for the repsonses.


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