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.
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.
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.
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.