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LithiumNitrate 09-26-2007 06:39 PM

How to "flash" to answer a second incoming call?
I heard the beep of a second call coming in while I was talking on my BB yesterday, then realized, I had no idea how to answer the second call, tell them I'll call back after my current call, then return back to the first call I was engaged in. Can anyone help?

juwaack68 09-26-2007 06:53 PM

On my Sprint 8830 I have to press the Menu key, then either "Answer -Hold Current" or "Answer - Drop Current".

Haven't mastered the art of switching between calls though, but I don't get that many calls....

JRSCCivic98 09-26-2007 07:37 PM

I switch calls like I did on my last "stupid" phone. Simply hit send... it holds the current call and picks up the other. When done, hit send again and it flashes to the one on hold. I will say that if you're not on the latest VZW OS you may have some issues with this. The only time I have to use the menu and pearl is if I decide to "conference" someone into a 3 way call.

Something to add. The screen will not switch to indicate the speaking party as you switch back from the 2nd call to the original call. For example if you're talking to Apple on a call and Orange calls you, you hit send to talk to Orange (caller ID display)... you get done with this call and hit send to go back to the original call with Apple, but the caller ID info on the screen does not switch to Apple, it stays on Orange.

I've reported the above to RIM... shame no one tests things like this over on the monkey staff of RIM R&D.

swarles_barkley 09-30-2007 11:41 PM

I just tested out the menu key and call waiting by dialing my voicemail and then using my house phone to call my BB. I only had the option to Answer - Hold Current. Is there something I have to do to enable Answer - Drop Current (I actually could use this feature quite a bit if I get called back while leaving a voicemail). I also have a Sprint 8830.

matthew_i 05-12-2008 08:22 PM

Any word on this? I noticed the same thing on my new Sprint 8830, there is no option to "answer - drop current". I had this feature on my Cingular 8700c and I miss it.

jeffro01 05-13-2008 02:49 PM

There are major differences in how calls are handled on CDMA vs GSM (sprint/verzion vs tmobile/att).

GSM is a much better handler of in call options, answering incoming calls while managing a current one, etc...

The reason why you don't see the "answer-drop current" is because of these differences in call handling between CDMA and GSM.


matthew_i 05-13-2008 03:04 PM

hmm... ok, that makes sense. Kinda sucks though. I do like the slight speed increase with evdo vs edge though, so guess cdma does have some advantages.

jeffro01 05-13-2008 03:11 PM

It certainly can be odd when you first get used to it, I remember way back when, when i switched from tmobile to sprint temporarily and i was totally thrown off by how calls are handled. Holding, answering, rejecting, the whole thing was an adjustment.


kjjb0204 05-13-2008 04:40 PM

If you're on a call and hit the green send key, when the first caller hangs up, wouldn't it just disconnect that call anyhow? Why would you need to end current call before switching to another caller?

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