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Old 07-06-2010, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I've used an 8310 for years and had a free upgrade to an 8900. I haven't been able to figure out a few things as it seems they are indeed impossible though I figure I'd ask some experts...

FYI, this is based on OS (1168) as installed on an at&t 8900

(1) Is there any way to disable the initial screen (with only a few icons) and just have a screen full of 18 icons like with the 8300 series?
(a) assuming (1) is not possible, is there any way to at least customize what's on that initial screen?
(b) can one change the size of the text where it says "Edge" because when I set it to signal strength view (alt+n+m+L+L) the numbers are barely legible
(c) are these settings above controlled by the theme?
(i) if so, are there any simple themes with larger signal strength numbers
(ii) are there any themes which show the date on the second detailed screen with the 18 icons?
(2) if my blackberry has to be on BES, is there any way to tell if the BES admin could read any BIS email that I configure or is it safest to just use the gmail application?

(3) is there any way to set the music/mp3 player ("now playing...") to retain it's state of showing the song list?
(a) it seems that after i set it to that mode, and exit out, it loses that "state" so it's not possible to quickly see what songs are queued up (the 8310 did not change "state" like this, "now playing..." on the 8900 seems to seemingly refer to an "app state" which does not show the song list)
(b) alternatively, is there another better conceived mp3 player alternative application I could use?
(4) I know this is a real longshot but...
Is there any way to put a different keyboard on the 8900, or really any modern blackberry, I really liked the 8300 series keyboard as it fit my fingers perfectly and the 8900 is closest to that though I liked the ergonomic buttons and recessed trackball of the 8300 whereas the 8900 is more aesthetically designed than functional/ergonomic

Thanks guys

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Old 07-06-2010, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Moved to the proper section.

1. c --- yes. Check the Media section and SEARCH.

2. IMHO, it isn't smart to use your personal device on BES. The company IT Policy can lock down what you can and cannot do. If the company wants you to have access, they should supply the device. Cannot comment on using gmail. If you are paranoid or have anything to hide, get another device for personal communication.

As for what the admin can see...use of the SEARCH function or Google would have supplied the answer:

What can a BES Administrator xxx8220;seexxx8221; on my BB...

What can a BES Admin actually look at on BB?

What can my BES Admin see on my BlackBerry handheld ... ??? - : Your BES Connection

3. Can't answer.

4. Nope. What you have is what you have. The 9700 with the track pad is really nice, better than the trackball as far as I am concerned.
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