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How to Get Started on a BlackBerry

You finally got a BlackBerry! Now what the heck do you do with it?


  • Step 1: Install the desktop software Install the BlackBerry Desktop Software that comes with your new gadget onto your computer so you can synchronize it with your BlackBerry.
  • Step 2: Charge your BlackBerry Charge your BlackBerry with the charger that came with it.
  • Step 3: Know the layout Familiarize yourself with the device by referring to the page in your manual that identifies each button on the face of your BlackBerry. Read the instructions for using the trackball, keyboard, microphone, notification LED, and USB port.
  • Step 4: Enable wireless internet Once the battery is charged, turn on your BlackBerry and go to the main menu. Using your cell-phone provider's service, you can start using the internet immediately by clicking the Browser icon.
  • TIP: Accessing a surrounding Wi-Fi network can speed up your connection. To do this, hit the BlackBerry menu button and click Manage Connections. Then hit the Wi-Fi option. You'll know it's on when you see a check mark, the red X has turn into a white line, and it says "on."
  • Step 5: Set up address book Set up your address book by clicking on it and then clicking "New Contact." After you have filled in the information, save. You can access this contact information at any time by going back to the address book.
  • Step 6: Set up e-mail Sync an e-mail account with your BlackBerry using the BlackBerry desktop software or PocketMac. Follow the on-screen instructions to sync an existing account.
  • Step 7: Send a message Send a text message or e-mail by rolling the trackball to messages. Choose whether the message will be a text or picture message, or an e-mail. Type the message, choose a recipient, and hit "Send."
  • Step 8: Browse the web To start browsing the web, use the trackball to go to the applications menu. Click the Browser icon. If your browser isn't working, make sure the wireless is enabled.
  • FACT: Did you know? The first BlackBerry ran on one AA battery.

You Will Need

  • A BlackBerry
  • A computer with internet access
  • A manual

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