Day 1 With My BlackBerry Curve 8330



Churchil_Curvel To make the transition from my previous blog, My BlackBerry Pearl 8130, to this one, newBBie.com, I needed to start learning the Curve. As much as I have loved my Pearl, I couldn’t help being tempted by the Curve. Not for the full QWERTY keyboard, as I am totally OK with the Pearl’s smaller keyboard. But the larger display is significant plus.

Taking a step on faith that this site eventually will bring in enough advertising revenue to cover my expenses, I took the plunge into owning multiple BlackBerrys.

Getting my Curve up-and-running required a few more steps than my Pearl. Little did I know that I’d need help from Winston Churchill before it was all over.

Day 0

Before Day 1 could even begin, there was an obstacle. I went to my local Verizon Wireless retail store and asked to add a Curve to my plan. “Wonderful!” they said. “Just a minor problem…the Curve is so popular, we can’t keep them in stock. We’re going to have to ship you one. It’ll take a couple of days.” So, I guess that actually made it Day -2 or whatever.

Day 1

As promised, FedEx delivered my new Curve a couple of days later. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I ripped into the package. I guess I’m no longer a “real” man because I decided to read all the inserts and instructions before I started playing with the phone itself. OK, no surprises (yet). Need to fully charge the battery before using it. That could take a lot of hours–yeah, I had forgotten about that.

Day 1, Late PM

Battery is now topped off. Time to activate the phone. Ummm, I think I remember how to do that. Let’s dial *228. Expecting to hear “Welcome to Verizon Wireless Over-the-Air Programming…”, instead I hear a message from AllTel. What the…?!

I really took pause to reflect on what I thought I knew about how cell phones and wireless carriers worked. How could my phone possibly be calling AllTel? I remembered that life is full of mysteries and decided not to waste any time on this particular mystery.

I hung up and tried again. “Welcome to Verizon Wireless…” Now, that’s better. I pressed whatever digit it was to activate the phone, and waited. And waited. And waited. Then…“Activation failed.” No explanation. No suggestions. Just “Activation Failed.”

Day 1, Later PM

I soooooo wanted to be excited over my new Curve. I was already anticipating writing an article on this “first day with my Curve” thing. What kind of story was this going to turn out to be?

Having worked with electronics and computers for (too) many years, I’ve lived out countless similar stories. Never say die, or as Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” I have to fall back on that quote way too often in my life. But it’s wonderful advice.

So, I dialed *288 one more time. Aha! Success! Sweeeet!

Day 1, Really Late PM

I spent a while poking around in the phone. Loaded my new Curve’s phone number in my Pearl. Called back and forth to myself using both of my BlackBerrys. So far, so good. Not that much different from the Pearl. Keyboard is quite different, including the tactile feedback.

Hey, wait a minute! The BlackBerry Browser icon is missing. Many readers have asked me about that problem. It never happened on my Pearl–or had I overlooked its absence, and it resolved itself before I noticed? (Remember, we newBBies do make mistakes.)

Thinking I knew the solution to that “bug,” I did Options > Advanced Options > Host Routing Table > (press Menu key) > Register Now.

It’s been a long day. Either waiting or dealing with problems. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Let’s put the Curve, and myself, to sleep for the night. Power down.

Day 1, +1

Sun’s up. Power up. The BlackBerry Browser icon was there on the Home Screen! Along with a Facebook icon that I didn’t remember seeing there before. OK, no big problem with that. Must be a Verizon thing. I had a new unread message–my BlackBerry was now registered on the BlackBerry network. Right–from last night’s HRT/Register Now.

Let’s try the browser. Opened it. Waited. Failed. Failed to contact server or something like that. Time to panic yet? “If you’re going through Hell, …”  Right. Right!

Let’s try the browser, ummmmm, AGAIN! Waited…worked! Ooooo…really like that larger screen. Worth the wait.

Epilogue

To be honest, getting newBBie.com up-and-running has been a ton of work. So, I haven’t had time to play much with my new Curve. So, I’ll end here and use my next experiences for new articles.

I’m definitely excited about having Curve owners join what was formerly a mostly Pearl community frequenting this site. I hope you’ll excuse that my older articles (unless I find time to revise them) are necessarily slanted toward the Pearl 8130. I’ll be working at writing articles that do better at covering multiple models.

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28 comments on this post

Jul 15, 2008 - 04:07:01

Kelly,
Don’t worry about the missing emails… at this point, I figured out how to solve most of the problems I was having for the last 2 weeks. At this point, I know more than the tech help at my Verizon store!

I’m very interested in the Curve, but am thinking I will likely stick with my Pearl for a while and see what the Bold is like when it comes out, too. I originally really wanted an iphone, but have to stick with Verizon, so maybe the Bold would be closer… (?) I am tempted by the memory and full keyboard, bigger screen in the Curve. Realized that I have to make the decision by tomorrow. I did originally like the size on the Pearl, as I’m carrying around so much stuff all the time on biz trips (ipod, speakers, cellphone, bluetooth headset, computer, XM radio, camera…) which is why I broke down and got VZ Navigator, too, so I would not have to worry about yet another electronic device.

I will definitely be checking back to your blog to see what you’ve discovered. Thanks for having one of the clearest blackberry help sites. It will be great when it’s very comprehensive on all the models. Glad you decided to make it more thorough.
I’m happy to report that my phone log is staying on the phone along with a couple hundred emails! I’ll have to watch what programs I add on the phone… Maybe RIM will update the phone OS again at some point. Maybe this community can lobby them, too!

You may also want to start an email newsletter for the blog, to point out new posts. A blog that I read often and think works really well (for you to look at for it’s structure & functions) is: http://chocolateand zucchini.com (totally different subject as it’s a food blog, but it’s been around for a while as the blogger and her boyfriend were techies so it’s been in the forefront)… check it out…

They says:
Jul 22, 2008 - 01:07:11

Have you dorked around with BBlight install to your 8330 yet?

I did, it;s quite buggy as yet. Seems to ONLY work with plug-in option.
Holster, activity, etc., nothing seems to work, and wouldn’t you know it, I want it to stay on out of the holster.

Tried re-boot, bat. pull…nothing…hmmm…

Any thoughts?

Jul 23, 2008 - 06:07:15

They,
Haven’t had time to play with BBLight on my Curve yet. Sorry.

BBLight is an OLD program that no one is keeping up-to-date. It’s VERY possible that it’s not fully compatible with the Curve.
Kelly

HBlaine says:
Jul 29, 2008 - 10:07:30

The 8310 Curve was my intro to the world of the BlackBerry. I considered the Pearl, but the keyboard was a killer for me. (I didn’t even look at the iphone/instinct silliness. Yeesh.) I had it easy, as the service provider set mine up for me. I fought against being dragged onto the smartphone bandwagon. I have to say, the thing has been a lifesaver, and I’m glad I made the plunge. I’m on the road, and often working in situations where a laptop is too cumbersome to carry, but where I need quick access to the ‘net. I’d have killed for this thing a few years back.

I hope you get good service out your Curve. Mine’s become my new best friend on the road. Best wishes with the new blog

Elaine L. says:
Sep 26, 2008 - 10:09:33

Hi Kelly ~

Just have my Curve 8330 for about 25 days. I have a few more days to decide if I’m going to keep it or wait for the Bold or Storm. I’ve had the VZW XV 6700 Pocket PC for 2 years and love the touchscreen. With the slide out keyboard the phone is very bulky, so I decided on the Curve. Miss the touchscreen. Wish I loved the Curve.

Could you tell me the advantages of the Bold over the Curve. Also the disadvantages. What would you do?

Thanks for this site. You’ve made it so basic that even I can understand :-) .

Sep 26, 2008 - 11:09:41

Elaine,
Thanks for the compliments on the site. I do work hard to write so everyone can understand.

If you have a chance to get the Bold, get it. I don’t know if you can return the Curve, then just WAIT for another phone. Myself, I don’t have any reliable date that I know I can get a Bold. I’d take a Bold over any other BlackBerry–solely based on the features that it should have when one is offered here. I will get one, and then I’ll be able to compare Pearl, Curve, and Bold more fairly.

At work I have a touchscreen phone, and honestly, I don’t like it anywhere as much as my Pearl or Curve. I can’t read it in daylight and it just doesn’t give me any advantage. But not all touchscreen phones are the same.

Kelly

Laura says:
Dec 9, 2008 - 04:12:25

Whoa, then you have never seen the Blackberry Storm. Mine has no problems at all with touchscreen typing OR being seen even in the brightest of sunlight. Simply AWESOME!
I would recommend it to anyone!

Dec 9, 2008 - 06:12:58

Laura,
The Storm wasn’t available when I wrote the Sept. 26 remark above. I now own a Storm and like it. Love the huge screen, like but don’t love the touch/click screen. It’s fun to use the clickscreen but I’m nowhere as fast (so far) typing on it as on a regular keyboard (e.g., Curve or Bold or even Pearl).

The touchscreen phone that I hate runs Windows Mobile (yuk), uses a stylus (yuk), and has a slide-out keyboard (makes the phone way too fat). It sux in the daylight, however my Storm is very readable and usable in the daylight.

I would recommend the Storm to anyone who is OK being slowed down by the clickscreen method of typing. Honestly, that personal opinion/choice has to be taken into account.
Kelly

BB Queen says:
Dec 15, 2008 - 10:12:47

Personally, I love the bb curve. I use it for personal, I do not use it for business per say. It has met all my needs and beyond. I have email on there and love that, I do wish I internet on it too. That will change soon enough. I hope I am not disappointed with the internet on there. I only wish I could have some e books on my curve. So I found a site that offers it, http://www.mobipocket.com so I downloaded it to my bb and great. The problem is I cannot get the actual e books loaded onto to my bb. It will not recognize the files for the ebooks even though I have the mobipocket program on my bb. Annoying to say the least. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t have internet on there just yet. We’ll see. I love your site btw! Thanks!!!

BB Queen says:
Dec 15, 2008 - 11:12:01

Personally, I love the bb curve. I use it for personal, I do not use it for business per say. It has met all my needs and beyond(no more pen and paper/notebooks). I have email on there and love that, I do wish I had internet on it too. That will change soon enough. I hope I am not disappointed with the internet on there. I only wish I could have some e books on my curve. So I found a site that offers it, http://www.mobipocket.com so I downloaded it to my bb and great. The problem is I cannot get the actual e books loaded onto to my bb. It will not recognize the files for the ebooks even though I have the mobipocket program on my bb. Annoying to say the least. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t have internet on there just yet. We’ll see. I love your site btw! Thanks!!!

BB Queen says:
Dec 15, 2008 - 11:12:09

sorry about the double message, i wanted to get the replies sent to my email.

Dec 16, 2008 - 08:12:40

BB Queen,
I know you will love the Curve and not be disappointed by it (especially web browsing, when you get that).

Are the books you’re attempting to read of the type supported by MobiPocket? If they’re supposed to be, you’ll need to ask help from MobiPocket. If not, then you may need some other app to read them. You would have to tell me more about the books.

It may be also that since you don’t have Internet service on your Curve yet, that the manner in which you downloaded the books and moved them to your Curve corrupted them somehow. I’d need to hear more about that process.

I think having books on your Curve is a great idea.
Kelly

BB Queen says:
Dec 17, 2008 - 05:12:26

Kelly,
Yes, the books are directly from the mobipocket site, made for mobipocket. I downloaded them onto my computer, and then moved them to my media manager through desk top manager, and i hooked my phone up and moved them onto to my phone. the ebook file showed up on my phone in my media section, not in my mobipocket section. when i opened it up, it appeared to be empty, just a file name of the ebook….no contents of the actual ebook. i called tmobile customer service and they had me walk through and reinstall the ebook file, the exact same way i already did. they couldn’t help me beyond that. i was told to contact mobipocket for service help. i went to their page and i hit contact, and all that came up was a bunch of FAQs in a forum. i could only read them and not submit my own Qs.
so, what do you think?
thanks,
BB Queen

Dec 18, 2008 - 12:12:10

BB Queen,
You can contact Audible.com’s customer support by phone:

For customer service please call:
1-888-283-5051 (USA & Canada)
973-820-0400 (International)
Monday-Friday 9AM-10PM EST
Saturday 10AM-7PM EST

You can also email them a question by clicking the “Email Question” tab on this page:
http://audible.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/audible.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=kmrydElj.

That’s probably your best bet to get help–from Audible themselves.
Kelly

BB Queen says:
Dec 18, 2008 - 10:12:42

Kelly,
I will try that, thanks! I will update, when it is solved. :)
BB Queen

BB Queen says:
Dec 18, 2008 - 11:12:06

Kelly,
That is a totally different company and has nothing to do with mobipocket. They are their own, and they offer audio books which is great for some, I just prefer to read the books myself. The customer service was very nice at audible.com, just not what i was looking for. I will try with mobipocket again, I deleted it from my BB and I will reinstall it and see if that helps.
Thanks again,
BB Queen

BB Queen says:
Dec 18, 2008 - 01:12:42

Kelly,
OK, I got it figured out. It now works, YAY! I am going to post some info. for anyone else that may interested.
BB and Mobipocket
If you have internet on your BB just go here – “m.mobipocket.com”

If you don’t, like me, go here;
You need to download mobipocket reader 6.2 beta onto your desktop
http://www.mobipocket.com
Save it to your computer and then run the program
Choose Add A Device and it will walk you through the install according to the device you choose
(keep your device connected)
After that, go to the Estore option on your computer in the mobipocket reader program and select a free book (to test) and then select to add it to your device. It should work, it did for me. YAY!
Enjoy,
BB Queen

Dec 18, 2008 - 08:12:40

BB Queen,
Where the heck did I come up with Audible? I must have gotten your question confused with someone else’s. I’m often doing several things at once on my computer. Sometimes I answer these questions on too little sleep, too. Whatever.

Anyhow, I’m glad you got your problem worked out. No thanks to me, right?

Thanks for sharing info with me and other readers.
Kelly

BB Queen says:
Dec 19, 2008 - 09:12:33

Kelly,
Haha, it happens to me all the time, always dabbling in everything all at once. Too much fun!
Anyway, thanks for your great site I enjoy looking through it.
You might check out my group, your page can be found on there in the posted items.
It is a FB group
Addicted To My BlackBerry, And I Still Don’t Know It
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=38067059270
(It is closed to the public, so just request to join and I’ll let you in)
BB Queen

BB Queen says:
Dec 21, 2008 - 02:12:38

Kelly,
Yes that was my group you joined and I sent you the Welcome note on FB. I can’t get on there right now, error load, so I am on here. I hope you enjoy the group!
Joie aka BB Queen

Sheila says:
Jan 11, 2009 - 04:01:14

I am looking in to getting a Blackberry. Will be my 1st Smartphone yea me!! I have it narrow down to either the curve 8330 or the pearl 8130. I am a mother of 2 very active boys one 9 and the other a year they both have allot of appts for things and this past year I think I have forgot half of them. So that is why I am getting one. I am somewhat computer capable but what I am looking for is when I have a child in my arms one running around and the appt. maker asking me if this date and time would work I can get a quick glance and be able to tell with out having to hit a ton of buttons and what not. Then when the time comes for the appt. To be reminded of it so I will not forget it. Do you have pros and cons for each phone. As a new user which would you recommend I think the pearl has a 5X zoom other then that are they the same? Thank you for any advice

Jan 11, 2009 - 10:01:03

Sheila,
I have both a Pearl 8130 and a Curve 8330 and love ‘em both. But I would recommend the Curve because (1) the Pearl has such little device memory that you have to manage the memory carefully, (2) the Curve has a full QWERTY keyboard that most people prefer, and (3) the Curve’s larger screen is much easier to work with. Now, if you really like and need a very small and compact phone, the Pearl is great. They both have the calendar function you desire to keep track of all your appointments. You probably want to use a Today-type theme that will show you upcoming appointments at a glance right on the Home Screen. I think you’ll love the Curve.
Kelly

BB addict in NY says:
Jan 23, 2009 - 07:01:22

Wow! I came across this site via my BB Pearl 8130 and found it to be super informative! Nice site!

I am on my second BB. I started with my first Pearl 8100 that I owned for about a year and now upgraded to the 8130.

This is my 5th replacement due to software issues. The Sprint store offered me a Curve at no additional cost and a $50.00 credit on my bill for all the inconvenience. I said no thanks, I want my Pearl! Now that’s dedication, or addiction lol.

My husband has the Curve so I’ve had much time to tinker with it. I love the extended memory and larger screen but I am a one handed texter (both left and right) and I can’t seem to accomplish this on the Curve.
Some may laugh but I also love the sure type! I find it to be useful most of the time and extrememly fast.

I will keep checking your posts to see what other juicy tidbits you have to offer on your comparisons of yor BlackBerries. Thanks!!

Jan 24, 2009 - 08:01:02

BB (Pearl) addict in NY,
I’m so happy to hear that someone else loves the Pearl and its keyboard! I agree with you totally. Yes, the newer BlackBerry models have larger screens–which is extremely cool–and full QWERTY keyboards (real or touch/click)–also cool. But you can’t beat the Pearl for its compactness, nor its keyboard (with SureType) for its efficiency of use. Many have to practice to get used to the keyboard, but some of us take to it naturally.

I’ve had to set my Pearl to the side to use the other models (e.g., the Storm) so that I can be knowledgeable enough about them to write articles for newBBie.com. So, I miss using my Pearl every day. She has been a very faithful little partner…I’m having feelings that I want to swap my main phone number back to her!

Thanks for the kind words about the site. I’m welcome to suggestions for new articles, especially about the Pearl since I haven’t done a Pearl-specific article in a while.
Kelly

BB addict in NY says:
Jan 27, 2009 - 02:01:01

Hi Kelly!

I have yet to try the storm out for any long periods of time other than the brief lesson I gave myself at the Sprint store. I don’t know if I am cell phone savvy enough for a touch screen, or I’m just not willing to hand over my Pearl!

Since you are obviously knowledgeable on many of the BlackBerry phones maybe I can bring something to your attention or at least maybe have a quick question answered.

Like I have mentioned, I am on my fifth replacement phone. I’ve experienced issues such as frozen screen, not receiving texts, phone rebooting up to 15 times in one day and trackball not working. In your studies have you ever come across such issues in a Pearl? Or have I been unlucky enough to experience all of these on my own? Much thanks!

BB addict in NY

Jan 27, 2009 - 06:01:27

BB addict in NY,
It isn’t clear to me if the 5 replacement phones you’ve had were Pearls. I’ll assume so for the moment.

As much as I’ve loved my Pearl, they are notorious for memory problems (it’s a design issue that affects all Pearls, not a defect that only occurs on some Pearls). The memory problems are what’s usually behind missing (actually, deleted) call logs, messages, etc. I have written a couple of articles that explain it and give recommendations (search on “memory problems” from the Search box on newBBie.com). You definitely can learn to manage your memory to avoid or minimize problems.

The other issues–frozen screens, rebooting unexpectedly, trackball–those are defects. What probably explains your number of replacements is that when you are reissued a “new” phone, it’s usually a “refurbished” phone. Meaning, it was a phone somebody ELSE returned. If they returned it because they changed their mind, a refurbished phone is OK. But if they returned it because it wasn’t working right, the people who supposedly refurbish it might decide there was really nothing wrong with it, then pass it on to a new customer–causing them to end up returning it. I have encouraged people to insist on a NEW phone and argue vehemently against taking a refurbished one. I’ve never had to do it yet, so I don’t know how difficult it is to convince your carrier’s retail store to go along with that.

The Storm is an OK phone. Great in some ways, not so great in others. I’m using one as my primary phone but it’s not my favorite BlackBerry. It definitely requires practice and some study to become comfortable with it. Knowing no more about what you want from a phone, I strongly recommend you consider the Curve or Bold (depending on which your carrier offers). The Pearl is great if small size is important to you. The Curve is a bit larger but the bigger screen and full keyboard is very nice. The Bold is a tad larger than the Curve but the display is even nicer. My carrier, Verizon, doesn’t offer the Bold, so I am very, very happy with my Curve. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Curve (or Bold, if that’s available to you). If you love the small size of the Pearl, and are willing to learn about and manage it’s memory issues, that’s still a good choice. But with your streak of bad luck with bad Pearls might signal that it’s time for a change.

Ask me more if the above isn’t helpful enough.
Kelly

BB Addict in NY says:
Mar 29, 2009 - 12:03:26

Kelly,

Thank you and sorry for delayed display! Your post was extremely helpful and my final replacement Pearl has not had one issue.

So what do you think of the 4.5 release and the MMS feature? Something I truly did miss considering coming from T Mobile and being spoiled with that feature, made me feel like I was downgrading when I switched back to Sprint.

Mar 29, 2009 - 07:03:16

BB Addict in NY,
Glad your replacement Pearl is running well. OS 4.5 has been great on my Pearl and Curve. I’ve been using my Storm, which uses OS 4.7, as my primary phone to force me to learn it and deal with its quirks so I can help the new Storm owners. I really miss using both my Pearl and Curve every day. It’s hard to say which I like the best, but it’s definitely not the Storm (except for the huge display). But you asked about MMS: I love the feature but honestly only use it on rare occasion. Now, maybe you can update me: at one time Sprint didn’t support MMS, then I read they had changed to support it. What’s the latest?
Kelly

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