My BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Blog–The Future



Blog traffic chart, 2007-11-27 to 2008-06-06I want to thank all of you who have visited my blog and helped it just reach the milestone of 250,000 page views. Many of you have become regular visitors, so I like to think we’ve become a burgeoning Internet community. Times change, and so do our mobile phones; we won’t always own a BlackBerry Pearl. So, I’d like to share with you my future plans to continue our relationship after our Pearls have become a past love. It might actually pay you to read this post.

The Brief History of This Blog

In late 2007, I took a new position at my job that required I be able to teach blogging (among other things). I had never had the least interest in blogging although I had done extensive work on other types of web sites. I thought the best way to learn was to just start blogging. But on what topic? No way did I want to blog about myself!

About that same time, my Verizon Wireless “New Every Two” plan allowed me to upgrade to a new phone at a big discount, and I thought I was ready for a smartphone. Obviously, I chose the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, which had just been made available to VZW customers.

I quickly realized that if I was going to use this sophisticated device, I needed to study it systematically. As well, since I have a terrible memory for certain things, and since I love writing, I decided to record in writing each interesting new thing I learned about my Pearl. Where to record it? A blog! I could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

So, that’s it–that’s the only reason this blog came into being. I never really expected anyone else to use this blog. I started the blog right after Thanksgiving 2007, and piddled with it through the holiday season. I’d say I started getting pretty serious about my writing in the final days of 2007.

Slowly, traffic started to build, and I had fun exchanging information with my first readers. By March 2008, the blog just seemed to explode with traffic. The vast majority of my “hits” or “page views” came in only 3 months: March, April, and May 2008. By early June 2008, the blog reached a quarter million page views.

Here are some fascinating statistics on my blog, according to Quantcast as of June 6, 2008:

  • Visitors have come from 119 different countries. The top 10 countries are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, India, Mexico, German, France, and Italy.
  • Visitors come from all 50 US States. The top 10 States are: California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
  • Visitors come from these top 10 US metropolitan areas: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Washington, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
  • Monthly page views are about 70,000.
  • Monthly unique visits are about 27,000.

The Future of This Blog: newBBie.com

I started this blog with absolutely no thought of its future. I figured it would fade into obscurity like all the other web sites I’ve done over the years. But with the incredible and totally unexpected success (by my standards, anyway) attained so far, there’s no way I’m going to abandon this site and our community. So, here’s what I have in mind…

When I reflect on what seems to be the most important contribution of the site, its greatest value, its most typical visitor–I believe it has been of most use to new BlackBerry owners, and especially first-time BlackBerry owners. In either case, you might affectionately call a large number in our community “newbies.” Just like I was when I started my blog. And just like I’ll be again when I upgrade my BlackBerry. So, I use that term in the most respectful and not a condescending tone.

If there is a future to this blog, I believe it needs to continue to appeal to those who have just acquired a new BlackBerry, and especially those who have just acquired their first BlackBerry. The sales of BlackBerrys are booming, and RIM’s market share is increasing. So, there will be plenty of us for the site to cater to.

I won’t go into great detail, but I’ve learned that I need to move off of WordPress.com to WordPress.org. That means I’ll be hosting my site on my own leased web server using my own domain name but using open source WordPress.org blog software. For reasons explained above, I’ve chosen this domain name: http://newBBie.com. Of course, the BB in newBBie stands for BlackBerry. Domain names are not case-sensitive, so it doesn’t matter if you capitalize BB, thus http://newbbie.com works equally well.

But wait, there’s more…

My next phone???For the site to have a future, I have to be able to move forward into new models of BlackBerrys and maybe even own multiple BlackBerrys at one time.Kelly Carter and his future BlackBerry newBBies I had already been interested in the Curve, and now I’m eager to get my hands on the new Bold.  But living on an education salary with a family to support (not to mention a virtual zoo of animals–I live on a farm), how can I afford to own multiple BlackBerrys? I have to make money off my site! So, on the new site I’m going to try advertising. I’m hoping I can generate enough revenue to cover my expenses. But I don’t plan on changing my approach to writing. If anything, I’ll try even harder to write about topics that newbbies find helpful, useful, and interesting.

A Reward for Your Loyalty

OK–if you’ve read this far, you must really be a dedicated member of our community. So, here’s the deal: If you leave a comment below with a real email address of yours, I will include you in a contest to win a significant prize (all details to be decided later; contest to be held as soon as I get the new site launched, hopefully in June/July 2008 timeframe). Everyone who has already left a comment and email address anywhere on the site will also be included in the contest, too.

I’d appreciate comments with ideas, suggestions, encouragement–whatever you decide. Contest winner(s) will be chosen randomly, not based on the comment itself.

Again, thanks for your past support or your new discovery of this blog. I’ll continue to work hard to make it worth your return.

Kelly Carter

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130 comments on this post

Renee Wibright says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 01:06:43

Sounds great. I have learned quite a bit from your site. I look forward to the new site. I think you are doing a good job…your explanations are very detailed, and your links are helpful as well.

Jim Anderson says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 02:06:55

Ihave a BB8310.I first started with the 8300 when it first came out.

I have a great interest in learning extensively the features,shortcuts, etc of my BB.

The knowledge of managing the OS has been difficult to find. One of the task Ihave setoutto accomphish, collectong the alt key commands,has been slow and not fruitful.Do you have an interest in this subject?,
Here a few of the commands find useful and interesting;
1.Hold down alt press right shift then letters n m.
2. Hold down together alt and right shift then hit letter h.
3. Hold down alt and right shift then hit letter d.
4. Hold down alt key then hit letters l g twice.

Preston says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 03:06:13

Great site! And best of luck with the new one. You’re living the American Internet dream.

Jun 7, 2008 - 04:06:05

I’m glad that your website has grown enough to think about the future. The latest tutorials you had on profiles helped me out on a few features of my new Pearl. Good luck with the new website.

Keith says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 04:06:51

I’ve enjoyed your site and I look forward to your new site. I recently upgraded from the Pearl to the Curve 8330. It’s a great device.

Gus says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 04:06:52

I must admit that your blog helped me solve some troubleshooting issues and I thank you for that. I am looking forward to your new site.

Rob says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 05:06:03

Thanks for all the useful information. I have a few friends who’ve purchased Pearls, and every time there is a new post on your blog, I forward them the link. I’m looking at soon upgrading to a Curve and hope to find/share information with other Curve users on your new site.

Heffman says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 05:06:57

Hey Kelly–

I am a frequent reader, but this my first post. I came across your blog from another BB site you posted on.

Having gotten a VZW pearl around the same time you did, I grew up with it alongside you. I have always appreciated you thoroughness.

Thanks for you dedication and help.

Heff

David says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 07:06:30

Hi Kelly -

I’ve read your blog from beginning to end when I first got my Verizon Pearl in March ‘08. Even have it on my RSS feed.

Thank you for all of the work you put into the site. It has been tremendously helpful.

David

Bull says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 07:06:57

Kelly,
I’ve always enjoyed your posts on your blog. You inspired me to start my own blog and I owe it to you.
I’m glad I was able to help you out when I could, especially questions regarding VZW. I don’t work there anymore, but still retain much of that knowledge. Again, you can always feel free to ask me questions either through email or BB messenger.
Since I don’t have regular internet now I haven’t been able to write any new posts or write guest articles for berryreview.com but I will let my friends there know your plans to move up in the internet world, and we’ll be sure you get enough traffic to drive your servers nuts hehe.
Best of luck Kelly and smooth sailing.
-Bull

Marco Fuentes says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 09:06:43

Thank you for your hard work, your blog has definitely help me understand and take advantage of my blackberry.

mamascraps says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 10:06:16

I frequent your blog regularly and I have learned so much about my BB by reading your blog. I got my BB in March and come here every few days to learn something new. Thanks for spending your precious time helping the rest of us navigate the BB world. I look forward to learning more! Good luck with your new site. I appreciate all you do!

sunil says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 10:06:29

thanks for doing this blog! it really did help me when i first got my 8130 sometime in february, and i’ve read on and off since then for the handy tips.

Claude Martel says:
Jun 7, 2008 - 11:06:04

Hey, thanks! I enjoy reading you. Good luck with the new site!

Aaron says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 06:06:57

I have had my first BB for about four months now and I’m still trying to learn all of it’s features. I stumbled across your website by chance, really, and found answers to questions I had. Your site is well written and I appreciate your hard work. Keep it up!

Bobbie says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 09:06:51

Hi Kelly,

I also want to add my thanks for this site. As you know I have had quite a few questions and still continue to learn how to use my blackberry. I would be interested if any of your viewers are using their BB with Macs as they seem to have issues of their own. There are several sites out there (not blogs) that offer some suggestions, but they are really not directed to “newbbes”.
I will keep reading this blog as it really is helpful to read your comments as well as the comments of others who come to this site.

Thanks again

Matthew Zoccola says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 12:06:05

Your blog was one of my first sources of information on my 8130.

Thanks for providing such revelent info! I look forward to reading your future writings.

Keep up the great work!!!

Margy says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 03:06:18

Bobbie…I’m on a Mac, too…

Ariana says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 04:06:48

Best of luck! Living on an education salary myself, I know how the Blackberry addiction can suck you in (the BB 8130 is my 2nd BB but I’m in love with it, for now).

Ryan says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 05:06:06

I don’t know if I’ve left my email for you before…
I live on a similar salary (military), so I know what it’s like.

Are you going to put member forums on the new site? I think that could be helpful both to you (so you don’t always have to answer everything) and to the newbies who need answers.

Amrit says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 05:06:24

Keep up the good work. I like the way you keep the information concise and interesting.

tom says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 07:06:15

i’m grateful for your good work. keep it up. looking forward to the next steps. blessings!

Ana says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 09:06:21

I want to say thank you for your blog, it has been very helpful to me. I’ve had my blackberry pearl 8130 for a bit less than a month with Sprint, and I have to say every time I learn something new about it, it always amazes me. Thanks for your helpful tips, it has made learning easier and faster. I look forward to reading your blog in the future as well. Best of luck!

Mike says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 10:06:46

I discovered your blog a few days after I bought my first Blackberry and my first smartphone. This was in the early days of this blog which I have read, mostly, from cover to virtual cover. I have found it worthwhile to read many of the conversations in the comments also. I was really surprised at how hard Kelly worked to quickly and accurately answer questions.

We’re living in the days of the iPhone madness but I have not regretted purchasing a Blackberry so far. The BB Pearl 8130 is in many ways a more capable machine and this blog has helped me to get more out of my phone.

I find myself thinking that if there is anything else I need to know about my Blackberry I will probably find out about it on this blog!

Congratulations on the success of this blog, and hooray for the new website. I will be watching for it.

christina says:
Jun 8, 2008 - 10:06:34

I got my bbpearl 8130 about a month ago (my first ’smartphone’) and your blog has helped tremendously in trying to figure out how I can use the phone to it’s fullest potential.

Thank you. Keep up the great work. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Tevita says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 12:06:06

Thanks a bunch for your website. Really helped out a lot when I got my first Blackberry (Pearl). Am excited for the new Bold, and will definitely be swinging by your site to learn new ways to make my Berry my slave.

David says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 06:06:24

Don’t sweat the advertising. I don’t think anyone getting information for free can complain about advertising on a site as long as it doesn’t prevent them from reading the info.

I don’t know what Rim would consider “big enough” but you ought to start working on a relationship with them about getting demo units so you can blog about them vs buying them.

Good luck and enjoy reading your posts.

Frank Mineo says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 11:06:37

As a first time BB owner in April I was definetly a “Newbbie.” Thanks for walking me through some tips and tricks…

Good Luck and I wish you continued success!!!

frank

Tina says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 11:06:05

I just bought my new 8130 today and happened to find your site. I’m looking forward to utilizing it in its entirety. It’s great to see you’re moving on to another challenge…another fun BB.

Thanks for all of your great knowledge!

Nathan says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 01:06:13

Really appreciate the website. Hopefully you get the Curve soon. I’d like to read your take on it compared to the 8130.

Andrew says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 03:06:44

Kelly,

Glad to hear you’re going to keep this up. I think the idea of focusing on articles for people new to BlackBerries is a good one. The BB is a lot different than my other prior cellphones (better and more powerful, but somewhat less intuitive). I look forward to reading your future articles.

Andrew

Andrew says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 03:06:42

Oh…When you launch the new site, you should have a way for people who post comments to be notified of responses.

Rick says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 03:06:52

Kelly,

I very much appreciate the great detail you add to your postings. I stumbled upon your site when trying unsuccessfully to load applications using Desktop Manager. Thanks to your help, I figured out that I needed a device software upgrade and how to perform the upgrade. I do check your site regularly and cannot wait until you tell us the version 4.5 (or whatever they call it) will be available for my phone AND my carrier.

Tamara says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 03:06:32

Hi – I just discovered your blog whilst following a variety of rabbit trails instead of getting my real work done! So now I have another wonderful must-read way to waste time ;) I am a relatively new 8120 user so I can’t wait to explore your blog to learn more. I am also a newbie to blog-reading. Yours seems to be very user friendly. Thank you!

Tamara

Arjun says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 04:06:14

Kelly,

Great news! I’m really happy for you! I feel proud to say I was one of the people who helped set the record (H). Haha!
Best of luck with the new site!
I’ve been consistently checking your blog for new entries, and there were times when you didn’t post anything in weeks on end, but I kept coming back. Can’t get me away from here. :P
I hope I helped out others via comments on earlier blog posts. And sorry I haven’t commented recently, been preoccupied, but I still came to read every single post! :P
Also, Andrew (see previous comments ^) has a point. There should be a way to be notified of responses to comments – than again, there’s RSS feeds, but email notification would be a lot simpler and user friendly (I barely know anyone that uses RSS feeds anyway).
Thanks for everything! You’re a lifesaver to many!

-Arjun

Jun 9, 2008 - 05:06:07

kelly! what an AWESOME idea! i LOVE it!

can’t wait to see the new site!

-cherri

TC says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 09:06:03

I bookmarked your page when I started researching phones in January. It’s GREAT! Thanks for all the cool ideas. Can’t wait for the new page.

Anthony says:
Jun 9, 2008 - 11:06:57

I cant wait til we can get into the 9xxx and beyond.. but for now… I still need to learn everything about my pearl.. lol

Henry says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 06:06:45

Enjoy the site and I’ve already bookmarked newbbie.com!

Thanks!!

Roger says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 12:06:16

Looking forward to the new site!
Congratulations on reaching 250,000 viewers!

-Roger

kt76ouosu says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 12:06:11

This site has helped me tremendously and I’ll continue along the journey. It’s also going to help me get my new pearl up to speed just as my last…..stupid lazy river at MGM!

joshuaesc says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 01:06:45

Thanks and I appreciate the time and patience you have placed into this site and learning.

Jie Ke says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 04:06:31

I really love my Pearl! Handy and stylish. Good messaging and web browsing!The only thing I don’t like is the device memory. It’s too little for a phone that has so many applications on the desk. It didn’t help with the extended memory stick either, because most of the applications needs to be installed in the device’s memory. When you don’t have much memory left, it tends to slow down the functional speed of the phone. I don’t mind it’s typing style at all. I think it’s easier than the tranditional phone keys.

David Petrarca says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 04:06:49

I think you’ve done a great job and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Keep it up!

Glynis says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 05:06:22

wow – this has been a Great site – Thank you for all your tips and tricks! try the thunder!

Jeff says:
Jun 10, 2008 - 10:06:46

Glad to see you’re going to keep this going! This site is such a huge help to people starting out with their Pearl!

Nathan says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 01:06:48

I’ve wondered if you’d branch out and how this blog might evolve. Thanks for giving us a “heads up”, and thank you for the marvelous resource you’ve given to new BlackBerry users (like me). I’ve pointed all new users I’ve come across to your blog and I’ll continue to do so.

Thanks again!

Sean Young says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 03:06:05

Congrats on the milestone! This site was the first site I found dedicated to the pearl back when I got it on Valentine’s day, and I check it out at least once a week to see what new toys are available! Keep up the great work! I’ll be reading!

Elle says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 10:06:31

Thanks for all your help. Found this blog right after I bought my Pearl in February and it has been great!

Scott says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 10:06:04

Thanks for all the great info you have delivered in the past and good luck on the new site!

Lee says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 01:06:51

Good luck with the new site/domain. Thanks for all the tips, hints and advice. We all appreciate it! And of course we’ll be following you to your new site.

Wy says:
Jun 11, 2008 - 06:06:11

Thanks from the over 40 crowd.No longer do we have to ask the kids for help and get that you don’t know how to do that?You parents know what I’m talking about.Good Luck with your new site and looking forward to the future.

Jherek says:
Jun 12, 2008 - 01:06:23

Hi I just found your site and I think its cool what you are doing. I work for Sprint and am well educated on BlackBerries and all carrier plans and features. If there is anything I can do to help you or your bloggers please e-mail me with all questions about BB’s or any other mobile device.

Rich says:
Jun 12, 2008 - 07:06:01

I have been reading you blog since I got a Blackberry 8130, and I have found the information very helpful. I have always wanted a Blackberry, so when my VZN Wireless plan was up for renewal I decided to get one. This was the best decision I’ve made and I want to learn more. Good luck with your new site!!

Brad says:
Jun 12, 2008 - 05:06:46

This is a great blog and I enjoy it very much. I have a pretty good handle on the blackberry, but you helped me a great deal recently when I was searching for my disappearing email/txt message woes… then I realized I had Opera Mini, Yahoo To Go, Gmail, etc all running and taking up my memory because I didn’t close them properly… not I have gone multiple days with nothing wrong.

Thanks again and keep up the great blogging!

alandavid says:
Jun 12, 2008 - 11:06:16

Kelly,

Longtime reader–first time comment. I stumbled upon your site almost a year ago and I have to say, this website was one of the deciding factors in my purchase of a BB Pearl. After only a few minutes of research, I was up and running like a pro and I didn’t even have to open the manual :)

Kudos to you and also to those that shared their own tips and tricks!

I look forward to the insight posted on your new blog.

-Alan

http://alandavid.wordpress.com

Dan says:
Jun 15, 2008 - 09:06:58

I picked up my Pearl about a month ago. Like you, I was new to BB, and got a great deal with ‘new every two’ combined with a sale. This was the first (and still best) useful site I’ve come across. With your reassurance, I upgraded the Pearl’s software. It was great at first, and I thought your time estimate was way too long. Then things slowed down, and I got a little scared. I kept watching the clock, and your estimate turned out to be exactly right! I don’t get back every week, but I do appreciate the information you provide, and the feedback from other readers. I hope to be able to have some value added input in the future, but for now I’m just soaking up everyone else’s knowledge. I hope advertising covers the added costs of the new site, phones, and services. Keep up the great work!

-Dan

Jorge says:
Jun 15, 2008 - 09:06:22

I was going to purchase a Pearl until. . . the Backberry Curve came out on Verizon and I decided to purchase that instead. . .

But I have read your blog everday and ENJOY your passion for your product. IN FACT, one of the reasons WHY I got a blackberry was YOUR passion for your Peal. And believe it or not, quite a few tips/tricks for your Peal I have found useful for my Curve.

Your passion is making you successful and please don’t loose it.

-Jorge

Mark Adams says:
Jun 16, 2008 - 07:06:38

Loved your site ever since I found by accident!

Even though I have an 8120 your site has been very informative.

Thank you and I hope your new site goes on from strength to strength

Mark

Jason says:
Jun 16, 2008 - 04:06:47

Kelly,

This blog has been a great help in learning to use my Verizon BlackBerry Pearl. Thanks for all the hard work!

-Jason

Nicole says:
Jun 17, 2008 - 10:06:52

I have been reading your site all morning! I am thinking about purchasing the blackberry pearl 8130 from Verizon, because through my company, I can get it for like 60 dollars, which is awesome! It seems like such a great phone. I’m just confused about the plans that verizon is offering, so we’ll see. :) Thanks for all of the information!!!

Aaron Gonzales says:
Jun 17, 2008 - 10:06:10

Just found your website and looks awesome. Have already book marked and can’t wait for more.

Al G says:
Jun 18, 2008 - 05:06:11

I look forward to your future activities. I’ve learned a lot from your hard work. Thanks and best of luck

LG says:
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:06:33

I look forward to your upcoming new website. I am a new Blackberry User and look forward to more tips and hints.

Jun 18, 2008 - 05:06:10

Hi Kelly -

So I love your site, and think you’ve got an amazing thing going here. I too was once a newbbie when i found this site, and it helped me to grow to the power user that i like to think i am. I know you asked for advice/suggestions, so I’m just gonna throw some out there that I’ve been rolling around as I read through these comments. Sorry if some of them come across as too newbbie!! :) :)

1. I’m sure you’re planning on porting over to the new site the wealth of articles created here, but I would try to bring the comments as well. There’s a host of great info there, both from you and from readers. I used to run a wordpress site, and I’m pretty sure you can back up the entire site, and completely replicate it in a new location. Might take a little work, but should be possible (careful when messing with your database, though, as that can get thrown out of whack in a hurry)

2. It looks like that web tracking software (Quantcast) is something that is set up through wordpress.com – In switching over, you’re likely going to have to set up some tracking software on your own. If you’re planning on using advertising, I would HIGHLY recommend it. Also, you might think about asking the advertiser that you’d use whether or not there’s a tracking company/program they prefer. There are certainly differences in the programs/companies that do tracking.

3. There was mention above about greater participation from your members. I think this is a great idea in theory, but I think that part of the reason that your site appeals to newbbies (this IS going to become part of the BB lexicon, btw) is that the site is simple and straightforward. Sites like crackberry.com are great, but also incredibly overwhelming to some people. So don’t be afraid to continue on the path you’ve already blazed! (though avatars for frequent commenters is always a good community builder)

4. I think it’s a great idea to have multiple blackberries, but I would suggest that for the readers, it might help to further subdivide, or re-organize the categories if you do so. You might be able to have broad sections, per phone type, to include all of the articles under each phone. This just gets back to clarity and simplistic presentation being a positive for newbbies. To to dumb it down or anything, but confusion by phone type is something that I’ve seen in the past on other blackberry sites.

Okay sorry about the lengthy post! Thanks again Kelly, and good luck with the new site! Remember – you have a huge community out there, which means a huge knowledge base. Don’t be afraid to put questions in a post if you come across roadblocks.

-evan

Reggie says:
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:06:37

Kelly, your hard work on the site has not gone unnoticed! I always seem to find interesting and useful information on here. Looking forward to the new site. Keep up the great work!!

Pandu das says:
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:06:39

A few weeks ago while installing a dumb game on my 8130 using the desktop software, the application list failed to load after the install. After a long time, I unplugged the phone and rebooted, and found that all my third-party apps were gone. I restored using a backup, but found that this had nothing to do with those apps. So one-by-one I reinstalled what I had on there, but after that my phone has been buggy. Most notably the alarm programs – both the BlackBerry alarm and my BBSmartAlarmsPro won’t work properly, sometimes worse than others. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling, but that didn’t change anything. I’m thinking that starting fresh may be the answer, clearing out the phone and reinstalling the operating system anew. Any clue how to do that, or if there is something else I should try? Thanks.

Kenny Z says:
Jun 19, 2008 - 03:06:46

Great Site!

I’ve been checking in since Jan 08 since I got the 8130 in Nov as well. Excellent reviews/ suggestions!

I can’t wait to see the new site.

Surya says:
Jun 19, 2008 - 11:06:48

My first vist and i am hooked…
Great job so far & Keep up the good work

Leif says:
Jun 20, 2008 - 11:06:33

Thanks for the time you spend on this site – I have already used several of your tips and recommendations (including the “how to upgrade your BB rom for the 8130 pearl” post – it saved what was left of my sanity that day)

This site is in my must-read RRS feed list!!!

Thanks again!

Pandu das says:
Jun 20, 2008 - 11:06:25

Kelly,

I did the wipe sequence as you said, but it only removed my data, and did nothing to the phone’s operating system. I would like to reinstall the operating system on the phone, but I don’t know how to get it off there in order to put it back on.

Pandu das says:
Jun 20, 2008 - 11:06:21

Ok, well I found out how to reinstall the OS about 5 minutes after I asked you. Basically I opened the Command prompt, and navigated to the Apploader folder. It’s a little tricky because the command window only recognized 8 characters per folder. I did it step by step, like this:

cd \progra~1
cd common~1
cd resear~1
cd apploa~1

I think it would also work to do this:

cd \progra~1\common~1\resear~1\apploa~1

It’s been a long time since I last had to navigate folders like that.

Once in the apploa~1 folder (”apploader”), I typed:

loader /nojvm

That ran the applications loader program so that it erased everything and reloaded it all. It just finished. I don’t know if it’ll solve my phone’s weirdness, but if it doesn’t, then probably nothing will.

Adele says:
Jun 22, 2008 - 06:06:14

Hi Kelly,

Congratulations on how far you got on this blog! It is unquestionably the most comprehensive and easy to use site I’d ever seen for “newbies” of the BB8130. And, it is from your dedication that this became such a huge success. I look forward to your new website, and like you, would probably not be a BB8130 user forever. I actually am looking forward to your new website and hope your advertising enables you to acquire different models because, I am very interested in what other models have to offer.

Good luck on your new endeavor and am looking forward to a continued bb relationship!

Sally says:
Jun 22, 2008 - 08:06:02

Kelly,
I’ve learned so much from you blog.
Big Thanks!

Sean says:
Jun 23, 2008 - 05:06:30

Kelly -
I just want to thank you for such a great site. The info on the Desktop Manager/devise drivers was by far the best information out there, no other site I have visited even comes close or explains in great detail how to correct the issue.

Please keep up the good work and thanks again!

sadsdogs says:
Jun 23, 2008 - 10:06:46

Thank you for the website. I found your site shortly after getting my first blackberry and it has been a fantastic source of information. Whenever I encountered a problem or needed a source of info your site has been invaluable. I truly look forward to your new website and wish you the best of luck in your next adventure. I have already bookmarked the website. Good luck to you and thanks. Steve

Jason S. says:
Jun 23, 2008 - 10:06:25

Congratulations on your success. For me this site has been a way to find out about useful software downloads for my new pearl. I’m constantly looking to find new programs to make my life easier and help me stay more connected. Please continue to post about useful programs you have found. Best of luck and ill be checking your new site often!

JLong says:
Jun 24, 2008 - 09:06:40

Looking forward to the new site. This has been my #1 stop for learning about features and quirks of the Pearl, so I’m anxious to see what the future has in store for all of us. Good luck!
-Jake

Splasencia says:
Jun 24, 2008 - 01:06:23

Looking forward to the new site. Ever since I got my blackberry in December, I had been looking for a website like this one to help me learn new things about my phone. Thanks.

Jake says:
Jun 24, 2008 - 04:06:03

I just got my Sprint Pearl a few weeks ago…. definitely still learning about it. And shortly after I got mine, the company I work for got a couple for two of the managers that have never had BlackBerry’s…. so I get to learn and teach at the same time :)

Soul_Est says:
Jun 25, 2008 - 08:06:09

Best of luck on all of your endeavors. You have what it takes to make it all work, I believe it. I know I may not have been around as much as I would have liked, but I must say that you have been an inspiration to me that has really helped me to continue pursuing my own hopes and ambitions. Thank you again and I hope things do work out better than you ever could have expected in the end.

Your friend,
Soul_Est

Suzanne says:
Jun 25, 2008 - 10:06:47

Kelly,

Your blog has been incredibly helpful. I too got a VZW 8130 in November. It seems that whenever I google a question about my BB, I am brought to this blog!

I look forward to your new website. Best of luck to you!

Mike says:
Jun 25, 2008 - 06:06:24

I just found your site a few days ago and have benefited greatly from the info here about my new Pearl !!

I’ll definitely continue visiting and reading on your new site !

Regards,
Mike

Mike says:
Jun 28, 2008 - 05:06:23

Hello Kelly,

I just found your site today and used it to fix a problem I was having with my recently purchased Curve 8330. Thanks again!

Mike C

Valerie says:
Jun 30, 2008 - 02:06:01

I love this site! I come back to it often to read all the new posts and comments. Best site on the web for new Blackberry users. Thanks for all your hard work~

Ken says:
Jun 30, 2008 - 02:06:44

Thanks for all the Info on the Pearl. your site is Great.

Ken B

Steve Q says:
Jul 1, 2008 - 12:07:43

Sounds exciting. I’m just about to get my first BlackBerry (8330 Curve from Sprint), so this will serve as a helpful resource, I hope.

carol says:
Jul 2, 2008 - 10:07:06

Sweet. I haven’t posted lately, but I read your whole site when I first got my BB. If my BF ever gets one, I’ll just make him read all the posts instead of bugging me! :P
c.

Nick says:
Jul 2, 2008 - 10:07:33

What a great idea this site was! You and your readers have been very insightful! For that I am grateful!

jax says:
Jul 2, 2008 - 06:07:28

have just found your site when searching to find out why my pearl has started flashing a green light when turned off. Haven’t found the answer, but enjoying the site. thanks.

JBL says:
Jul 7, 2008 - 05:07:12

I have followed for your site for quite some time and have appreciated the helpful insight for the pearl. I look forward to seeing the site and expanding the BB world beyond the pearl.

IAIN says:
Jul 7, 2008 - 07:07:53

I too purchased my BB around thanksgiving of ‘07. I shortly ran into some troubles and began to search the web for help. I didn’t find your site until Jan ‘08. Thank goodness I found it. You have helped solve problems and answer questions. Don’t know what I would have done without it!!
Keep up the good work.

Lainey Marie says:
Jul 8, 2008 - 02:07:10

I wish you the best of luck with your new webside! You have helped me out and so many others. I am your biggest fan! You have such a great talent to be able to figure out the technological detail of our wonderful BB’s. I have passed on your advice to many many of my friends. You make me look pretty darn good :)
I will continue to read and add to your new website.
Good luck and have a great summer!
A million thanks!

JohnnyChunnel says:
Jul 9, 2008 - 05:07:24

I just got my pearl last week and have been enjoying myself trying to figure out everything about it. I managed to deduce some of the things on this blog myself, but some of them were new to me as well. Thanks for taking the time to post about your experiences with quite possibly the best phone I have ever owned.

Greg says:
Jul 9, 2008 - 10:07:21

I’ve enjoyed the site kelly and look forward to the new one!

Greg

Berto says:
Jul 10, 2008 - 11:07:00

Hi,

New to Blackberry as well to the site, thanks for all the tips. I am not sure where to post this question but here goes. I use my phone as my primary business phone, mostly in my home office. Is there a way to dial using my laptop keyboard? I make a lot of calls and the Pearl keypad isnt the most user friendy with my fat fingers!

Berto

Bob says:
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:07:01

Kelly,

Its been a few months since I’ve been around, but when I encountered the following problem (feature :-) ) I thought of you.

So, here goes: when I am in my call log, I hold down the “*/sym” key in an effort to lock my keyboard. This works if you are in he main menu (but no where else). Ironically, when you are in the call/activity log, this is the function that will “jump” to the first (earliest) entry in the log about 2 months ago (for me that is almost 300 entries). To get back, I have to scroll the trackball endlessly ’cause I don’t know the command to “jump” back to the latest (most recent) entry.

I would be grateful to anyone who can save my thumb!

And no smart answers like my Dr.’s “If it hurts when you scroll, don’t scroll..”

Any help?

Bob

Jul 13, 2008 - 12:07:20

As of July 13, 2008, My BlackBerry Pearl 8130 blog is officially replaced by newBBie.com. Sorry for the delay and lack of new articles–the new site took a lot of work. I’ve really learned a lot in the process. Now I have a new Curve, and am eagerly awaiting the release of the Bold so I can get one of those.

I would appreciate constructive feedback on the new site, especially if you find anything wrong.

LeslieR says:
Jul 13, 2008 - 11:07:38

I discovered your blog recently when researching the BB Pearl 8130. One of my major concerns about it was the keyboard/typing-system and after reading your tutorials I felt much better about my purchase. I intend to keep reading so that I am able to get even more use out of my new Pearl. Thanks!

Bern Dunigan says:
Jul 14, 2008 - 06:07:16

Just picked up the Pearl today. Was unsure whether to go with it over the Curve but wanted something smaller and was convinced by reading many of your posts as well as the positive comments from others on your site. Looking forward to getting the hang of it.

Jul 15, 2008 - 02:07:42

Hi Kelly,
Congrats on your new site. Thanks so much for your help last week. After many, many hours working on my Pearl, I finally managed to “fix” some of the problems and upgrade the OS. It wasn’t easy as there is less clear info out there about working with a Mac, especially transferring media files, etc (and upgrading the OS needs to be from a PC).
A few things I figured out… the photos that were supposed to have transferred to the Media Card were still on the Device Memory which I believe was a large part of the problem with the phone refusing to keep any phone log at all and virtually no email log. I’m going to have to keep an eye on it as I tried taking a few photos over the weekend and the phone again tried saving to the device (I checked and I have it set properly to save to the Media Card, so I’m not sure why it’s happening). After a soft reset, the problem corrected itself.

I had trouble transferring files off the phone to the computer (couldn’t get the computer to sync properly with the phone and software programs), but once I decided to try doing it through bluetooth, it went very quickly.

My one regret so far is that it is not possible to stream over the phone (radio and certain video). I’m assuming it’s impossible to watch a movie on the phone as well.

The only other “question” I have is whether to upgrade to a Curve… I have about 1 week left to decide whether to take the phone back or keep it. In looking at the specs, other than size and the full qwerty keyboard, the phones look pretty comparable…
Any quick thoughts yet on a comparison?

Jul 15, 2008 - 07:07:06

itinerantactivist,
I just added a Curve to my inventory of phones, and I do like it quite well. For me, the larger screen is the attraction. The full QWERTY keyboard is what many people like; for me it’s nice but I was OK with the Pearl keyboard. My original draw to the Pearl was the smaller size, and I still like that. The Curve is larger but still not the size of a brick. Oh–you’ll like this, my new Curve has a ton more free memory: 10s of megabytes (I have yet to add anything extra to it yet). So, that may be the best feature of all.

BTW–when I was moving my site, I found a couple of comments from you in the blog spam filter. Some were duplicates, as if you accidentally clicked twice to submit. Sorry I didn’t catch those earlier. Hope you didn’t think I was ignoring you.
Kelly

Jon says:
Jul 15, 2008 - 07:07:44

Focusing on reader demand? What an idea! Wish more companies had that sort of philosophy…

Jul 16, 2008 - 09:07:23

I found your site a day or two after getting my Pearl and it has been fantastic! I look forward to making the move with you!
Regards, Gary
Managing Director
Expense Reduction Analysts
http://www.expensereduction.com

Bobbie Cloud says:
Jul 16, 2008 - 11:07:09

Kelly,

I will follow you to whatever site you make. You have helped me so much and even today I am trying to find your article on how to change those pesky side buttons. The camera comes on the button to the right and it is driving me crazy. I want to get rid of it, so now will go look at how to do that…from your earllier articles. Thanks again, and hope the advertising keeps you going!

Bobbie

Talisman says:
Jul 16, 2008 - 11:07:51

Glad you’re sticking around and expanding into the future. Your bog helped me immensely when I bought my first BlackBerry in May. Kudos!

Andrew says:
Jul 17, 2008 - 05:07:32

Thanks for all your help. This has been a great resource as a new BlackBerry user.

Heather says:
Jul 18, 2008 - 11:07:44

Kelly,

Thanks for all the helpful tips. I got my VZW Pearl in early 2008 and I have found all of your posts extremely helpful and dead on. The people at Verizon can’t even explain these “phenomena” (of disappearing texts, etc.) to me nearly as well as your words can. Thanks for being so thorough and good luck with the new site–it’s superb!

Eurosteve says:
Jul 20, 2008 - 07:07:29

Kelly
I’ve learned a lot from your website. Good luck with this new one. I,m the guy who posted a lot on GPS progs. Steve

Janet Rivera says:
Jul 21, 2008 - 11:07:04

Thanks!!! So freaking much… I am so glad I came across this, bc I find at times I am at a loss with the blackberry pearl and then this site has all the freaking answers. WOOT WOOT THANKS!!!!

Janet

Chris Ramsey says:
Jul 21, 2008 - 02:07:36

I Just Want To Learn As Much As I Can About My New Toy

Michael Michael Motorcycle says:
Jul 22, 2008 - 01:07:09

Kelly,

Great information, I have fwd your blog to all my other Pearl using BB’rs. Are you now primarily using your Curve most of the time? If so it’s our loss. I am also attracted to the Pearl for its size. If there are not already I would love to see articles on favorite mobile sites that Pearl users most commonly use. Also any tips and tricks on web browsing and formating would be great!

Thanks again brother! -Michael

Jul 23, 2008 - 06:07:35

MMM,
I’m still using my Pearl 99.9% of the time. I’m only using the Curve for testing to write articles. But I do like its larger screen for web surfing. It also has lots more memory–didn’t realize that before.

Thanks for the suggestions on favorite mobile sites. I hope other readers will respond.
Kelly

Bobbie Cloud says:
Jul 23, 2008 - 05:07:47

Kelly, I keep trying to find your blog on Getting Started about the 8130 from this new site. I like to go over it because in the comment section I often finds tips that you give to others very worthwhile. I have been trying to find the tip on changing the side buttons to different applications. But everytime I click on the ” popular posts Getting Started on the left of this screen, It changes screens and gives me a blank section. What am I doing wrong?

Jul 24, 2008 - 11:07:38

Bobbie,
I hadn’t planned on migrating the Getting Started Guide page over to this new site because I’d have to replicate it for all the additional models I’m now covering. You aren’t doing anything wrong.

The old page still lives here, if you can make use of it:
http://blackberry8130.wordpress.com/getting-started-guide/.

The trick you’re looking for with the side buttons: Do Options > Screen/Keyboard, and see settings for Left and Right Convenience Keys. I set my left key to Application Switcher so I can see if I have any app running that needs to be closed to free up memory.
Kelly

Matt says:
Jul 24, 2008 - 03:07:23

Great thing to hear that this blog has taken off as well as it has. I actually was in a similar position getting my first blackberry right around the same time you got yours. I bought the same model you have and reading your posts has taught me quite a few things about my phone. Your blog has definitely helped to ease the learning process. Keep up the great work and its great nice to see you being rewarded for all of your efforts!

Kallie says:
Jul 29, 2008 - 01:07:33

I found your site back in May when I was researching the Pearl. It was your wisdom and help and guidance that made me confident in purchasing a Pearl. I had a bit of an issue with my first, but now I’ve got a new one that’s glitch free and I lurk around your page a lot for tips and advice. Thanks for all you’ve given me so far! Glad to follow you to the new site too!

Renee says:
Jul 30, 2008 - 09:07:17

I’m glad you are going to keep this going. It is honestly my first resource whenever I have questions about my Pearl (and I’m convinced I never would have gotten my desktop software working right had I not found you!)

All the best.

Troy says:
Aug 3, 2008 - 12:08:57

I appreciate all that you have researched/studied on the blakcberrys and the pearl specifically. Appreciate it!

JC says:
Aug 11, 2008 - 02:08:43

Thanks for your blog. It was a big help before and after I got my new Pearl. I still refer back periodically.

JC

David says:
Aug 13, 2008 - 02:08:48

Thank you for your website. It has been very helpful in helping me learn the ins and outs of my new blackberry pearl from verizon.

Bobbi says:
Aug 13, 2008 - 09:08:36

Thanks for allyour hard work. You have been a lifesaver. Bobbi

nm_guy says:
Aug 14, 2008 - 05:08:13

Looking forward to more posts! Thanks!

Dale says:
Aug 18, 2008 - 04:08:33

Thank you so much for your efforts. I received my Verizon Pearl in April and for two weeks experienced a vexing period of adjustment. Your site has been invaluable. I’ve referred to it innumerable times and have found help.
Thanks again on great work. Dale

Aug 23, 2008 - 02:08:25

I started reading your blog soon after I purchased the Pearl a few months ago. It has been very helpful and whenever I see someone with a blackberry, especially a Pearl, I send them your link. Thanks for being a great resource.

Leah says:
Sep 7, 2008 - 02:09:08

When I can not find a quick solution in my BB manual I come here next!

Kris says:
Oct 9, 2008 - 07:10:39

Hi Kelly!
I just stumbled on your blog and I am glad that I did!I got my BB8130 for my birthday in August and. I love it! I have learned so much so far by just playing around with it but with resources like your blog are made available it makes things that much easier! I am so much more productive with my pearl! And I thought I was a good multitsaker before! LOL. I have one suggestion: you should include other BB models as well. My husband has an 8830 and would love your blog as much as I do! Keep up the good work! I look forward to future posts of yours.

Oct 9, 2008 - 09:10:15

Kris,
Your suggestion is one I had already decided on–hence this new site (my previous site was dedicated to the Pearl). I now own a Curve 8330 and use it every day. I’m trying to write articles that apply equally well to several new models (especially the Pearl, Curve, Bold). You’ll notice that some of my newer articles will feature screenshots from the Curve, even if the article isn’t specific to the Curve.
Kelly

Gina says:
Oct 11, 2008 - 01:10:59

Thanks for all the help.
Best wishes for you site.

Annick says:
Oct 27, 2008 - 06:10:53

Good for people to know.

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