My Blackberry Wonderland

I am a geek. I am techy.  I am not a cellular phone-savvy, though I had fascination with mobile devices since we had our first postpaid service here in the Philippines with Smart Telecomms which was way back 1997.  I had my first mobile phone last 1999 which was the Nokia 5110, and Islacom then was still active on air. I would always then spend roughly PhP300 per day just to text my then-boyfriend (SMS was PhP0.50 then, and there were no E-Loads or Share-A-Load). I had a good share of gadget upgrades in 3-year time from my N5110 to 3210, to 8210, 8250, 7110, 7650, 3660, 6600, and the last one was the 9210 which was a phone and PDA in one. My family and I flew back to the USA and switched to Samsung, which was really good because of the user-friendly features and good audio (I’m also a music enthusiast!).

Then, I got tired of sticking to the regular clamshell or slider phones, and I switched from my Nokia 9210 to 9300. I was surprised then when my father set up my email client to my new phone and the server that supported my emails was Blackberry.  I started becoming curious with Blackberry, that if they support my emails, why not get their own device?  I asked my parents to get me a unit then, and I had been a Blackberry user since 2007 when Curve was first released in my second motherland.  I had then a Curve 8320 which was so bulky and my network provider would only support EDGE connection for my services, which was then faster than GPRS/WAP.  I still had my old gadgets then, yet I kept my BB8320 because of its QWERTY keyboard. I started to learn typing the words on my own – in full! I love the sturdiness of my unit and tested its toughness for a couple of times (I have butterfingers and I kept on falling my unit off minus the high-pitched screams). I even had the Pearl Flip which I am not a big fan of instant messaging and BB provides more consistent connection to my network versus my Nokia and Samsung. With its GSM technology, it supports a very prevalent mobile communication technology.  The technology it uses is mature with robust features. Talktime is generally longer due to the nature of signal transmission.  We can bring the phones wherever we go because GSM covers virtually all parts of the world.


Then when I started with BBM last 2011, and it made my social networking life easier.  I gained more friends in Facebook, and more fans in my own fanpage, locally and internationally.  Yet, when there was a massive RIM outage in the same year, I was one of those people who were affected big-time and it broke my heart because at first we were advised to do a datawipe and the backups I had were irrecoverable (the files were corrupted). Good thing that BBM had its stable release in 2012 and it was a relief, and because of that I started to have constant communication with my family, relatives, and friends in the US even though I am located here in the Philippines.  I met a couple of few good people. I may say that I have trust issues with people keeping on inviting me to BBM, and it was a challenge on my BB8320 because I need to update the firmware and operating system for it to support BBM and other applications.  It also helped me assist other people with their technical issues, even with their personal lives, though I may say that it is somewhat unethical to converse about these things over the air. It’s a good thing that I still have a handful of people who would entrust me with their interests.

When I had my first BB unit here in the Philippines, which was the Storm 2, I got to convince my colleagues in my workplace to get their own BBs as well.  In a month’s time, there were more than 50 people in the office who switched from the regular Apple or Samsung phones to BB.  We get in touch real-time and it helped as well in relaying work-related information with the use of broadcast messaging.  Plus, we never get to lose network connection because we can switch to GSM to GPRS and/or EDGE.  Unfortunately, I lost it in Makati where I was previously located.  Then, I had my first postpaid service with Smart Telecomms, my first choice was the BB Pearl 9105 (with the trackpad) versus the iPhone 4S. It made my life more convenient with its alphanumeric keypad and lightweight structure – and I may say that it is really mobile.  I can drive while texting (which is really not recommended) versus when using the BB8320.  Its camera also has auto-focus and flash which makes my photos richer in color and when partying during weekend nights, I do not need to go to a well-lit area to get better lighting. Plus, it is not as popular as the QWERTY BBs, so there are no awkward moments that wherever I go, there is someone who has the same unit.  It is also far expensive than the Curve 8520.

Just a downside though like the other BB models is that it consumes more battery power thus easily draining the battery life, so I had to buy a second battery and bring my own power charger with me.  It is not because of the applications though.  It has been a misconception that the more applications you have on your toy (or gadget), the more power it consumes.  Truth is, the less signal you are getting in an area, the more power your phone consumes because it has to exert more effort to keep a consistent connection. I just pray that my current mobile network provider would fix the towers in our area so that our signal would be more reliable.

One cool thing about BB as well is that even though you can lock a unit to a certain provider, it does not.  For postpaid subscribers here in the Philippines, as long as you have a competitor SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card, towers in the area, and good signal, you are good to go. I am currently using a Globe SIM card with my Smart-provided baby. Plus, the data rates are more affordable 🙂 I also to help out other people with their technical issues because of my vast background with the BB technology, and most of them are currently my BBMates.

So, I may say that I have been using Blackberry for 5 years now. It’s a worthwhile experience that I have been loyal with RIM (Research in Motion). Until now, I am still recommending to my newly-found friends here in the Metro to switch to BB. Trust me, having Blackberry will bring you to your own Wonderland <3

BBMusings: Thoughts on BBM Becoming Cross-Platform

Toward the end of 2011, until the early part of the year when RIM formally introduced its new CEO, the rumor about RIM licensing BBM to be utilized by other smartphone platforms like the Android has been infesting the internet. And in an almost affirming statement from Mr. Heins himself, *he said that he is not discounting the possibility if it ever makes “business sense”.

My two-cents worth on this issue are in extremes. The idea of the BlackBerry Messenger coming to major OS’s in the market like Android (and even iOS) can both be a boon and bane for the Canadian company. We all know that BlackBerry Messenger is a feature that makes BlackBerry enticing to a lot of consumers. It is BlackBerry’s major selling point.


When smartphones have started doing more than just connecting calls and sending messages, the battle between these tech giants now boils down to “which smartphone can do more?” In a continuing competition of fast processors and clear screens, multiple apps and functionalities, the BlackBerry smartphones are sometimes (unfairly) being left for dead. Most consumers and tech enthusiasts no longer care about BlackBerry’s fast and secure push email capability. Consumers now look at how fast the navigation and browsing experiences are; at how state-of-the-art the cameras are and how clear the phone screens can display the photos and videos.

In the midst of these, the BlackBerry Messenger remains an exclusive feature of the BlackBerry phone, which everyone is still raving about. While majority are declaring revolutionary new features from other smartphones, the BlackBerry Messenger remains an unparalleled communication tool used by people from all walks of life. People send BBMs with pictures, voice notes, files, music, etc across BlackBerry handsets all over the globe. And with BBM’s ubiquity, people use this to communicate with friends, family, business partners at an impressively speedy way. Even if the old BlackBerry models have become outdated, the BlackBerry Messenger makes these handsets highly salable.

Now, the advantage of this software becoming downloadable with, say, an Android phone can be a sort of marketing strategy. For instance, If I am an Android user, and I get to experience the sleek features of BBM on my Android device, this will attract me (or hook me, to the extreme) in taking that shift to the entire BlackBerry platform to get the whole BlackBerry experience.

Some reports have pointed out though that should BBM become available to other OS’s, it will be somewhat like the stripped-down version with some features not available.


However, this is why I think the BBM becoming available in other platforms is a disadvantage. Earlier, I mentioned the exclusivity that BBM offers for all its devices, and with BBM getting licensed to be installed in a major platform makes it lose that exclusivity. If I am an iPhone user, why would I take the leap from an iOS that allows me to do a lot more, plus the BBM app becoming available, to an outdated BlackBerry device?

Imagine, with the pace that RIM is developing its smartphones–and the next-generation QNX-based phones still in oblivion–Blackberry handsets are very much left out in terms of the UI, native apps availability, navigation, browsing experience, etc. If BBM becomes available for download in iOS or Android, what reason do I have to ditch my iPhone or Samsung Galaxy with a dual-core processor, topnotch camera and thousands of relevant apps, to a BlackBerry?


Well, going back to Mr. Heins’ wise words, this idea is nothing but. Perhaps it is going to remain as a rumor, a vague idea that will never see the light of day. Perhaps QNX phones will save the day and get RIM on top of the game? Or perhaps it will all be otherwise. If you were given a say in this matter, what do you should it be: A cross-platform BBM or just keep the exclusivity?


DISCLAIMER: BBMusings is a series of entries on the author’s own opinion about BlackBerry news and articles. It is in no way representative of the entire management’s thoughts and feelings toward the issues discussed

*Above quote from Heins’ statement was taken from:

BBM Philippines

Yet another new simple Blackberry Community Forum in the Philippines has emerged. BBM Philippines will cater posting and exchanges of BBM pins, BlackBerry discussions, news, tips etc. and a general BlackBerry technical support forum among the BlackBerry users. BBM Philippines will also feature an exclusive Facebook Connect system for safer and easier logging in – no need to sign-up.

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BlackBerry In 2011: The Year-End Round-Up

Hello Berry Users! As we start a great new year, why don’t we take a quick look back at the momentous events that BlackBerry has passed by its journey to 2012? As much as we are all excited for what more RIM has to offer, 2011 is by no means futile for the iconic smartphone brand.

Join me as we breeze through some of the company’s big releases in the past 12 months:

January: BlackBerry introduced the BlackBerry Bold 9780 (a slight upgrade from it 9700 model) running on the BB OS 6. It has an upgraded 5MP camera, a 624MHz processor, and a webkit browser

February: RIM released the BlackBerry Travel App, which integrates the user’s travel plans, itineraries and flight status updates. It includes additional tools on hotel bookings, currency conversion and even local searches and weather forecasts.

In addition to that, BlackBerry App World became available in over 100 markets, with over 20,000 apps available for download at the time

March: For BlackBerry Playbook users, RIM announced the Android application player, which will allow Playbook users to run applications (like games) that were specifically created for the Android platform

April: The Canadian-based company released the much awaited 7-inch BlackBerry Playbook in the United States, which features a dual-core processor and Adobe Flash support, running on its QNX-based operating system

May: RIM officially announced the new BlackBerry Bold series, featuring the new Bold Touch 9900 running on the new BlackBerry OS 7 OS.

June: Following Playbook’s unimpressive impact on the market, RIM announced that the upcoming OS 7 device, were to be delayed until later in the year.

July: RIM’s bread and butter–BBMessenger– got an overhaul with the new BBM 6, which features an even greater social integration. This includes BBM getting connected with dozens of apps that will allow BBM friends to interact with each other within the application itself. It also includes bigger file sharing for videos and music.

August: BlackBerry Playbook finally became available in the Philippines.

September: RIM has now released the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 running on the new OS7, which features the Liquid Graphics technology, and a faster processor.

October: Following the server outage at RIM, the company offered premium apps to the customers

At this time, RIM also introduced the BBX operating system to power its next-generation smartphones and tablets

November: Research In Motion released more OS 7 smartphones, including the Bold (Touch) 9790 (which is almost the same look and size as the Bold 9780 OS 6 device) and the Curve 9380

December: On top of announcing that the next-gen BlackBerry smartphones won’t be released until the latter part of 2012, RIM also conceded to a recent lawsuit against the use of BBX as the name of the upcoming operating system by changing the brand to BlackBerry OS 10.

(Image from Google. No copyright infringement is intended in the use of this photo. Thank you)

5 Things To Love About Your BlackBerry

Following the recent results of RIM’s earnings (or their lack of) for the 3rd quarter of the fiscal year, analysts have expressed probable loss of confidence of both investors and consumers for the iconic company. To top that, RIM’s announcement that its BlackBerry 10 smartphones will not come out until the “latter part” of the following year does not help redeem the issue.

Consumers could probably care less about the year-end profits of the company, but the fact that the new-generation BlackBerry 10–purportedly running on dual-cores–will not be coming out until the 3rd quarter of 2012 does not bode well for the company; not when its competitors are now engineering quad-core processors and installing advanced operating systems in their respective smartphones.

So, where does that leave these BlackBerries in the whole scheme of things?

Below is a list of at least 5 prominent features that I personally think are reasons why you should hold on to your BlackBerries for dear life:

1. The Blackberry “Push” Technology remains the industry-leader in fast and reliable access to personal and corporate emails, IMs and even your social networking accounts. The BlackBerry Internet (and Enterprise) Service provides quick transfer of a customer’s emails/messages across the web, into the server and then to the device. This quick “push” is due to the fact that the server is manipulated by RIM itself, which means that they can throttle the speed with which the emails/messages are being directed from the web into the device. Being primarily a business phone, the push technology is one of BlackBerry’s bread and butter.

2. Apart from the internet/enterprise service being very fast, they also boast the service to be highly secure. In fact, because of its impressive encryption system, BlackBerry devices have been approved and are widely used by a lot of security agencies. And who best to prove this trusted security than Obama himself, who chose to use the brand among any other during his presidential campaign and, according to sources, even after his inauguration.

3. In this age of high-definition, multi-touch screens, BlackBerry’s Physical Keyboard on most of its smartphones is a huge selling point to those who need tactile keys on a phone. Unlike on a touch screen, the presence of physical keys makes it convenient to type long emails/messages even when you’re barely looking. The feel of the keys help you slide through the letters as on a computer keyboard. You may check the new Bold 9900 (price also available in the store list), which has particularly received rave reviews regarding its bigger, more comfortable and usable keyboard.

To make that point, Firework singer Katy Perry took to her Twitter page recently to say that she: “…killed Siri and went back to my berry. I just couldn’t deal without my buttons…”

That is sweet Katy Perry.

4. The BlackBerry Messenger is another great service exclusive to BlackBerry handsets. It is a better alternative to SMS/MMS as it uses your data plan (i.e. Globe BB Social) instead of the regular SMS/MMS rate. The impressive features of BBM include the ability to see if the message has been delivered, if it’s still unopened or has already been read. You can also change your status to let your contacts know what your doing: whether you’re busy, at home or available to chat. In fact, you can even show the music you’re listening to in the media player. Aside from speedy server response on these BBMessages, other cool features are the options to share pictures, voice notes, video clips and even your favorite music among your contacts. And if your BB mate doesn’t seem to care about your messages, you can simply click the PING! button to get their attention. BBMessenger is definitely the fun way to stay connected.

5. BlackBerries get a free leather holster that come in the box. We all know that these genuine holsters or covers could cost about a few hundred pesos bought separately. Well, before you grab an iPhone (which definitely needs a back cover of some sort because of its glass body) let me remind you that they don’t come with a free back case. Now, this sweet gesture from RIM may seem small, but these leather holsters, in fact, are top quality and include a magnetic strip imbedded in the leather casing so that when the BlackBerries are put in, they automatically go on sleep mode. Consequently, when you pull them out of the leather holsters, they lit up and are automatically activated (much like the iPad smart covers).

Sure, these are just 5 of the things I find really nice about the phone but in fact there are more. There are features in the operating system that are extremely useful to both household and corporate consumers. But if you’re bothered about the lack of Android-ish or iOS-ian features of your BlackBerry, check out these local celebs who still stick to the iconic device: (Please click on the image to see the full size)

(DISCLAIMER: Some photos used are from Google. No copyright infringement was intended in the use of the images. Thank You)

Globe Telecom’s BlackBerry Plan

Globe Telecom Service BlackBerry Plan 1,599 BlackBerry Plan 3,799 BlackBerry Plan 5,499
Monthly Service Fee Php 1,599 Php 3,799 Php 5,499
Free Local Voice Minutes 100 530 900
Globe To Globe Php 5.50 Php 4.00 Php 3.50
Globe To Non Globe Php 7.00 Php 5.50 Php 4.50
Free Local Text Messages 350 550 750
Text After The Text Allocation Php 1.00 /msg Php 0.50 /msg Php 0.50 /msg
Free Picture MMS 15 15 15
Fee After The Free Picture MMS Allocation Php 5.00 Php 5.00 Php 5.00
Video MMS Free Php 20.00 Php 20.00 Php 20.00
Free Data (KB – Based) 30MB Unlimited Unlimited
Time Based Charging In Excess Of Free Data Php 0.15 /kb N/A N/A

How To Tether Or Use Your Globe Telecom BlackBerry As An External Modem

Your Blackberry phone device (with tethered modem capability) can be used as an external modem to connect a computer or laptop computer to the Internet.

Summary of Tasks

To set up a tethered modem, complete the following tasks:

1. Install Blackberry Desktop Software 4.1 or later (one time only).
2. Set up the Internet Access Point Name (APN) (one time only).
3. Configure dial-up networking (one time only).
4. Connect the Blackberry device to Blackberry Desktop Manager.
5. Connect to the Internet using dial-up networking.

Task 1

Install Blackberry Desktop Software 4.1 or later on the computer.
When you install Blackberry Desktop Software, the drivers that enable the Blackberry device to communicate through the USB port and virtual COM port are installed. The Standard Modem, which is used by dial-up networking, is also installed.

Note: If you are upgrading your Blackberry Desktop Software from version 4.0 to 4.1, the required Virtual COM Port and Standard Modem might be removed during the upgrade process. If this is the case, re-install the Blackberry Desktop Software 4.1 or later and choose the Repair option to re-install these components.

Task 2

Set up Internet APN

1. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel.
2. Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
3. In the Phone and Modem Options window, click the Modems tab.
4. Select Standard Modem and click Properties.
5. Click on Change Settings
6. In the Standard Modem Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
7. In the Extra initialization commands field, type the following:

Note: If you do not know your Internet APN, or if you do not have an Internet APN, contact your service provider.

8. Click OK.
9. In the Phone and Modem Options window, click OK.

Task 3

To configure dial-up networking, complete the procedure that corresponds with the operating system you are using.

Windows Vista

1. Click Start.
2. Select Connect To.
3. Click Setup a connection or network.
4. Click Setup a dialup connection.
5. In the Dial-up phone number field type *99#.
6. Type the user name and password provided by your service provider.
7. In the Connection Name field type Blackberry.
8. Click Dialing Rules.
9. Make sure the profile created in Task 2 has been selected, and then click OK.
10. Select Connect to establish an internet.

Windows XP Operating System

1. Go to Start > Settings > Network Connections.
2. Double-click New Connection Wizard. The New Connection Wizard opens.
3. Click Next.
4. Select the Connect to the Internet option. Click Next.
5. Select Set up my connection manually. Click Next.
6. Select Connect using a dial-up modem. Click Next.
7. If the Select a Device screen appears, select the Modem – Standard Modem check box. Click Next.
8. In the ISP Name field, type a name for your connection. Click Next.
9. In the Phone number field, type *99#. Click Next.
10. Indicate which users will have access to the connection. Click Next.
11. Type the user name and password provided by your service provider. Click Next.
12. Click Finish.
13. In the Connect window, click Properties.
14. In the Properties window, verify that Modem – Standard Modem appears beneath the Connect using heading, then click Configure.
15. In the Modem Configuration window, clear the Enable hardware flow control check box and make sure none of the other check boxes are selected. Click OK. In the Properties window, click OK.

Windows 2000 Operating System

1. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel.
2. Double-click Network and Dial-up Connections.
3. Double-click Make New Connection. The Network Connection Wizard opens.
4. Click Next.
5. Choose Dial-up to private network. Click Next.
6. In the Phone number field, type *99#. Click Next.
7. Indicate which users will have access to the connection. Click Next.
8. Type a name for your connection. Click Finish.
9. In the Connect window, click Properties.
10. In the Properties window, verify that Modem – Standard Modem is selected, then click Configure.
11. In the Modem Configuration window, clear the Enable hardware flow control check box and make sure none of the other check boxes are selected. Click OK.
12. In the Properties window, click OK.

Task 4

Connect the Blackberry device to the computer and verify that Blackberry Desktop Manager displays Connected. The Blackberry device must be identified by Blackberry Desktop Manager in order for the modem to establish a connection.

Important: Blackberry Desktop Manager must be running for the tethered modem to function.

Note: If Microsoft Outlook® is not operating in cache mode, you might receive a message indicating that Blackberry Desktop Manager cannot contact the messaging server. If this message appears, click Cancel to proceed.

Task 5

Connect to the Internet using dial-up networking

Note: During this procedure, do not operate the BlackBerry Browser or any third-party applications on the BlackBerry device. An active data session may interfere with the modem connection. Also, make sure an ethernet connection is not active at the same time.

1. Connect the BlackBerry device to the computer.
2. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
3. Click Start > Settings > Network Connections > .
4. Type the user name and password provided by your service provider.
5. Click Dial.

Tips Before Buying A Second Hand BlackBerry in TipidPC, TipidCP,, Sulit Etc.

Second hand BlackBerry phones can save you money and some are good catch, no question to that, but be aware – some folks are selling those Blackberry phones because they are banned, reported lost or stolen etc. Banned, cloned, reported lost or stolen BlackBerry phone can set you back from using the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) – and that means no emails, data services and other only-BlackBerry-phone-kickass-features for you.

Checked the tip below before you get that hands on your new shiny BlackBerry.

  • Send the seller an email requesting the IMEI of the BlackBerry phone
  • When the seller replies to the above question, try to call Globe Telecom or Smart Communications and inquire if the IMEI is not stolen, lost or banned. Also have them check to see if the PIN and IMEI have been released
  • If you are satisfied with the seller and the Telecom response, then go get that BlackBerry phone

Most sellers will have no problem sending this additional information. If they fail to reply or fail to answer all the questions then it might be best to avoid this seller no matter how cheap the BlackBerry phone is.

Cheap BlackBerry Phones

So yea, if you’re looking for some cheap BlackBerry phones ranging from Blackberry 7100T to Blackberry Storm 9500, check below

Sample photo of the BlackBerry 8900 Javelin

Blackberry 7100T – PHP 2000.00
BlackBerry 7100V – PHP 2300.00
BlackBerry 7290 – PHP 1800.00
BlackBerry 8707G – PHP 3000.00
Blackberry 8800 – PHP 5300.00
BlackBerry 8800 – PHP 4500.00
BlackBerry 8900 Javelin – PHP 16500.00
Blackberry Curve 8300 – PHP 6500.00
BlackBerry Curve 8310 – PHP 7500.00
BlackBerry Curve 8320 – PHP 8500.00
BlackBerry Pearl 8100 – PHP 4500.00
Blackberry Storm 9500 – PHP 14500.00

All Package includes unit, charger, data cable and CD installer.
One Week Warranty. OPENLINE.
Ships anywhere in Philippines:
Delivery thru either Air21 or LBC. Payment must be cleared first before shipment.
Shipping charges will be shouldered by the buyer.

Mode of payment – – Cash – Bank deposit: BDO or BPI – Gcash – Western Union

Seller is trusty enough – with tons of feedback and such.

Guy goes by the name of Burn, here’s his number 09229649070