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Old 01-23-2009, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess this apply to any PDA not just the 9000. Regular phone has letter assign for number #2 ABC #3 DEF and so on, but how do i dial a 1800 number that has letter on a pda (ex. 1800-blackberry, 1800-Comcast etc) .

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You mean how do you do it without just remembering which numbers go with which letters?
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Well yeah I was trying to call an 1800 Comcast and when I press a letter that wasnt part of the 0-9 key it wouldnt come out. is there a way to change that or do i have to remember which letter go with which number?
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Press and hold the ALT key (lower left hand corner) and press the corresponding letter.

This information is in the online help system found on the BlackBerry
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I'd be very surprised if there was. The association between the letters and the numbers seems to be confined to the telephone system and is fast fading even there.
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SURPRISE....

Definitely check out BlackBerry FAQ - BlackBerryFAQ and the online help on the BB.
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Press and hold the ALT key (lower left hand corner) and press the corresponding letter.

This information is in the online help system found on the BlackBerry
OK I got it, thanks !
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I love cool surprises.
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I tried this on my 8330 4.5.0.131 and it's not working. Also checked BlackBerry FAQ - BlackBerryFAQ and did not see anything.
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Go to your call log. dail 1800 then press and hold the alt key while typing BESTBUY, then press the green call key.

You should see it dialing 18002378289. It will convert the letters into numbers for you.

I am running the same device and OS as you are.
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Go to your call log. dail 1800 then press and hold the alt key while typing BESTBUY, then press the green call key.

You should see it dialing 18002378289. It will convert the letters into numbers for you.

I am running the same device and OS as you are.
Thanks JS,

I was seeing the letters that I entered, I was expecting to see the letter converted to the number immediately. I tested and naturally it works. Thanks for your time and helping a noob.
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Good deal! The blackberry is different than most devices so there's a learning curve. The more you use it, the easier it becomes! Just hang in there
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Press and hold the ALT key (lower left hand corner) and press the corresponding letter.

This information is in the online help system found on the BlackBerry
OMG!!! I LOVE YOU!!! I have been struggling with this for two years and never even thought there would be a solution. I'm always trying to guess. Should have known there was a solution out there.
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SURPRISE....
Hilarious!!!
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I believe it even says this in the BB manuals....But, then again, who reads the manual??
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^ Yep, just looked. Page 16 of the 9000 manual:

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/deliver...b9000_umts.pdf
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I believe it even says this in the BB manuals....But, then again, who reads the manual??
What's a manual?
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Oh, so you know, this technique also works if you're on the phone and need to dial alphabetic characters (i.e., when you call an automated system and are asked to dial the first three letters of the person's name you're trying to reach). The only caveat is that on my phone, I have to hold down the CAPs key, not the ALT key.
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