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Old 02-14-2008, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, I am new to the blackberry world and have some questions, all of which have been searched....I either did not find the answer or unsure of what I found.

I have an 8830 on Verizon...


1. The GPS is crippled by verizon to only use VZ navigator and this will be fixed eventually?

2. The ring volume is know to be VERY LOW and also a fix is supposed to be in the works? VZ said its out, but I think some have said it does not work.

3. When you power off the phone and its in "standby" does it actively search for a signal?

4. With the newest version of Gmail APP, it initially (the day before the outage this week) got mail notifications almost instantly. Now can take over an hour or 2. Is this a know bug with the App, or a network issue?

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Old 02-14-2008, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, I am new to the blackberry world and have some questions, all of which have been searched....I either did not find the answer or unsure of what I found.

I have an 8830 on Verizon...


1. The GPS is crippled by verizon to only use VZ navigator and this will be fixed eventually?
What do you mean by "fixed?" If you mean will VZW open up GPS, probably not in the near future.
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3. When you power off the phone and its in "standby" does it actively search for a signal?
If you turn of off with the power button - top of the phone, left side - no, it should not search for a signal. If you use the Mute button - top of the phone, right side - to put it in Stand By, yes, it will search for a signal.
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What do you mean by "fixed?" If you mean will VZW open up GPS, probably not in the near future.

If you turn of off with the power button - top of the phone, left side - no, it should not search for a signal. If you use the Mute button - top of the phone, right side - to put it in Stand By, yes, it will search for a signal.
What exactly is the advantage of standby?
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Locks the keyboard, keeps you from using up battery by launching programs or random dialing by accidentally hitting buttons.
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As long as Verizon can restrict the GPS service and charge monthly for it, they will.

For the ringer volume, you can use the media manager on the Blackberry Desktop software to manually increase the gain on any ringer stored on your memory card to increase the volume. Sometimes challenging to find a good ringer that won't be totally distorted when you increase the gain, but there are some out there. The issue here is that ringers only play through one speaker instead of both at the top of the 8830.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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1. The GPS is crippled by verizon to only use VZ navigator and this will be fixed eventually?
Sure! The fix is to switch carriers.

Seriously, though, no. VZW just recently got VZ Navigator working with their BB's. If you don't like crippled devices then VZW is the wrong carrier.
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There's another fix:

Freedom Input Ltd - Freedom Keychain GPS 2000
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