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Old 04-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I don't have a Blackberry....YET. I am currently with a small, East Texas cell phone provider and my contract will be up here in a couple months. While their voice coverage is actually quite good, I am going to be moving my services to AT&T for several reasons.

Their data service sucks. I canceled my data service because after they did an "upgrade" I couldn't check my web email from my phone. I cannot text to a non-phone number to register my device on a website to get notifications via SMS. Anything that comes to my phone must be via SMS - if I get a weather alert for example, it will be broken up in to pieces and I will receive maybe up to 7 SMS messages at once, in no particular order.

I have tried to work with them for checking my web email from my phone, but I went for 3 months and never heard a peep. Every time I called they were "working on my issue." But never received a call back. To top it off, they ticked me off after Hurricane Ike ripped through here; a bill that I had sent off 2 weeks before the due date and about 1 week before the hurricane, evidently got delayed somewhere, or they decided to hold onto it and not post it for 3 weeks after the due date and have the audacity to call me and text me on a daily basis threatening to turn off my phone service and proceed to be very immature on the phone with my wife, taunting her in a childish voice saying "I'm gonna shut your phone off, I'm gonna shut your phone off." Literally...I'm not making this up.

Well, anyway...so I'm moving to AT&T, mostly to get improved data services as this is becoming more a part of our everyday lives. And I am very seriously considering the Blackberry Bold. So far, it does everything I want from what I can tell. Email, text, basic web browsing, and the big kicker that really sold me on this over the iphone is that with Blackberry Media Sync, I can put my pod-casts and music files onto the Bold and listen to them, all the while, having better management over my email messages with the different types accounts I use.

Since I don't have a device yet, I have been browsing forums and reading reviews, trying to find out as much as I can. I have dealt with Blackberries in the past when they were first coming on the market with Nextel, but I only worked with them briefly and it's been since about 2004 that I have worked with them on an everyday basis, and I have a question...

If I remember right, the Blackberry device has its own real email address (10-digit-number@blackberry.com or whatever), in addition to the SMS email address assigned to you by AT&T (10-digit-number@sms.att.com or whatever), correct?

That being the case, am I correct in assuming that I can have a message greater than 160 chars sent directly to the device?

And if that is correct, can I also assign a ringtone to ring when I receive an email from a particular contact or domain?

Can I upload my own ringtones (mp3's or wav's that I have created...)?

Thanks for listening to my rant, and hope to join the Blueberry addicts soon.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I remember right, the Blackberry device has its own real email address (10-digit-number@blackberry.com or whatever), in addition to the SMS email address assigned to you by AT&T (10-digit-number@sms.att.com or whatever), correct?

That being the case, am I correct in assuming that I can have a message greater than 160 chars sent directly to the device?

And if that is correct, can I also assign a ringtone to ring when I receive an email from a particular contact or domain?

Can I upload my own ringtones (mp3's or wav's that I have created...)?

Thanks for listening to my rant, and hope to join the Blueberry addicts soon.
1) No, it only has 1 device email address: [email address]

2) Yes, if someone sends you an 'email', then it can be greater than 160 characters. If it's a SMS text message, then it will be broken up into 160 character segments.

3) No, you can't assign ringtones to individual incoming email addresses.

4) Yes, you can use your own music files as ringtones.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can setup a Blackberry email addres [email address] (or something similar) via BIS (blackberry internet services). This can be an addition to also adding personal email accounts hotmail, yahoo, gmail, any pop3 account to BIS and receive those messages via your BB (up to 10 accounts).
I have not heard of a sms email address, and its possible this doesnt exist anymore.

you can assign a ringtone to a contact (which i believe should be used when a contact is calling you) though i am unsure whether that also applys to emails or sms.
you can transfer mp3s to the device memory but better a micro SD card and use these as ringtones.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can assign different ringtones to email, sms, phone calls, calendar alerts, and task alerts via creation of a profile and and exception in the profile manager.

1. Create a contact for the person tou want to assign to a particular profile.

2. Add a custom ringtone in contacts. This custom ringtone will only work for phone calls, but adding it will automatically create a "profile exception" in your Profiles. you could also manually create a profile exception but doing it through the contacts is easier and quicker.

3. click on the ""Profiles" icon and scroll down to "Advanced" and click on it. You will see a list of all profiles and profile exceptions. The contact for which you added a custome rington will be listed as an exception. We will come back to edit it in just a second.

4. Push the blackberry button (the button to the left of the scroll button) and you will get a menu allowing you to create a new profile.

4. Create a new profile and then edit it. You can set individual ring tones for bb messages, phone, email, sms, tasks, etc, both "out of holster" and "in holster"

5. Save the profile, but no need to select it as the active profile, just save it..

6. Now find the "Profile Exception" for the contact and edit it. Set the "use profile" to the profile you created.

This can be used to create individual ringtones for calls, email, sms, etc from individual contacts 9which is what i do for family members) or to create individual ringtones for grouls of people, which is what I do for my contacts that are involved in a current matter.

I created an "Important" profile that has ringtones that say "important phone call", or "important email", etc. Then I create exceptions for people I expect to call or email me during the pendency of the matter and assign those exceptions to use the "Important" profile.

that way I don't have to create individual profiles for each of them. It is suffcient that I get an alert that the particular call or email or sms is not an ordinary one.
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