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Old 06-22-2007, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My nephew and I recently bought new phones. He bought a Blackjack, and I've always wanted a Blackberry. I take a lot of pictures, so I figured now was the perfect time since my local store had just gotten the Curve. So far, I love it!

I text a lot and sometimes I can't sit and concentrate on a tiny keyboard. Say for instance if I need to send a quick message while at work. My nephew's Blackjack has a qwerty keyboard AND predictive text. Why doesn't the Curve?

Maybe I'm missing an option somewhere, but I've been through it numerous times. I was not able to find and 3rd party applications that do SMS. But hopefully someone here knows of something I can do.

I know it's silly to want predictive text on a phone with a qwerty keyboard, but it would make the phone pretty much perfect.
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My nephew and I recently bought new phones. He bought a Blackjack, and I've always wanted a Blackberry. I take a lot of pictures, so I figured now was the perfect time since my local store had just gotten the Curve. So far, I love it!

I text a lot and sometimes I can't sit and concentrate on a tiny keyboard. Say for instance if I need to send a quick message while at work. My nephew's Blackjack has a qwerty keyboard AND predictive text. Why doesn't the Curve?

Maybe I'm missing an option somewhere, but I've been through it numerous times. I was not able to find and 3rd party applications that do SMS. But hopefully someone here knows of something I can do.

I know it's silly to want predictive text on a phone with a qwerty keyboard, but it would make the phone pretty much perfect.
These devices are quite different. The is no predictive text on a Blackberry with QWERTY keyboards. you can use auto text where you can decide which words you can start typing and the devices finishes the word for you. This is a VERY powerful tool for me and others as it speeds up the process alot. I never was a fan of predictive text as it seemed to be a bigger pain to redirect when it makes a mistake. Guess that is why I hated SureType.

You might want to check out the Pearl which has suretype, it does use predictive text but lacks a full QWERTY keyboard.
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It doesn't seem like autotext works the same for me as it does for you. It only "corrects" the word after I'm done typing and then, it only really seems to add apostrophes in words like can't doesn't, etc.

Is there an option to turn it on to where it checks after you type each letter? That sounds like what I'm looking for! Basically, it's predictive text.
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anyone know what options I need to change to make the Autotext suggest words as I type? (detailed info is in my previous post)

any help is appreciated!
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Have you thought about exchanging to the pearl as greg suggested? It sounds like that it more what you are looking for.
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No, I love the Curve! The 2mp camera, as well as the larger screen are perfect.

I'd have to say, out of the 15 phones or so I've owned and sold/returned in the past couple years, this one is "the one". My friends make fun of me for changing my mind so much. I actually considered exchanging for the Pearl and have a friend with one. I borrowed it and played with it for a little while and I was suffering Curve withdrawals.

It's such a minor thing to worry about, but I figure if I can get my autotext working like Greg described, I'll have 0 other complaints about this phone.
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Did anybody ever figure this out? Is there any kind of 3rd party add-on we can install? I really miss predictive text : (
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My nephew and I recently bought new phones. He bought a Blackjack, and I've always wanted a Blackberry. I take a lot of pictures, so I figured now was the perfect time since my local store had just gotten the Curve. So far, I love it!

I text a lot and sometimes I can't sit and concentrate on a tiny keyboard. Say for instance if I need to send a quick message while at work. My nephew's Blackjack has a qwerty keyboard AND predictive text. Why doesn't the Curve?

Maybe I'm missing an option somewhere, but I've been through it numerous times. I was not able to find and 3rd party applications that do SMS. But hopefully someone here knows of something I can do.

I know it's silly to want predictive text on a phone with a qwerty keyboard, but it would make the phone pretty much perfect.


I have an 8700 with the qwerty keyboard too & I am also looking for a THIRD PARTY PREDICTIVE TEXT program. Anybody got one to recommend?
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No, I love the Curve! The 2mp camera, as well as the larger screen are perfect.

I'd have to say, out of the 15 phones or so I've owned and sold/returned in the past couple years, this one is "the one". My friends make fun of me for changing my mind so much. I actually considered exchanging for the Pearl and have a friend with one. I borrowed it and played with it for a little while and I was suffering Curve withdrawals.

It's such a minor thing to worry about, but I figure if I can get my autotext working like Greg described, I'll have 0 other complaints about this phone.
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It doesn't seem like autotext works the same for me as it does for you. It only "corrects" the word after I'm done typing and then, it only really seems to add apostrophes in words like can't doesn't, etc.
I am arriving very late at this old topic, but it's always worth the nudge:

I think you don't quite grasp the potential of Auto Text. You can create a list of abbreviations and turn it into shorthand. Imagine this list:

t = the
im = I'm
u = you
wu = would you
anyt = anything
ggt = going to

Then you type: "im ggt stop by t deli. wu like me to get u anyt?"

and it automatically expands to

"I'm going to stop by the deli. Would you like me to get you anything?"

The down side is that you'll have to come up with and type all these abbreviations. I sure wish there were some application that allowed me to edit my Auto Text list in my desktop and import it into the Blackberry! That would be really great.

The other possible nag is that you have to memorize the abbreviations. That's never been a problem to me since I create them myself and use them every day. Actually, I've been using all of them for years in desktop applications like MS Word.

I know, it's not the same as predictive text. But it's terribly useful.
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