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    BlackBerry Storm Tips & Tricks thread

    Here are some tips and tricks I have collected from various sites/threads/posts:

    Keyboard/Screen settings (from blackberryforums.com)
    Open the BB menu by pressing the BB Menu button.
    Scroll down to 'Options', select by pressing the icon.
    Scroll to 'Screen/Keyboard' and select.
    Scroll to 'Touchscreen'.
    Increase the Tap Interval to 500.
    Increase the Hover Period to 1000.
    Increase the Swipe Sensitivity to High (6).
    Change Key Rate to "Fast"
    Some are using these settings:
    Increase the Tap Interval to 100.
    Increase the Hover Period to 100.
    Increase the Swipe Sensitivity to High (6).
    Key Rate to "Fast"

    Explanation of keyboard settings (from BlackBerryForums.com)
    Tap Interval: Amount of time allowed between taps to register a double tap. For example, in the browser, you double click to zoom. If you have Tap Interval set to 100, it means you have to tap twice within a very short period of time (100 ms maybe?), whereas a setting of 500 is more forgiving. (My setting: 500, though I'm considering reducing this to 200 or so since I seem to inadvertently zoom fairly often)

    Hover Period: amount of time required to hover over (i.e. keep your finger on the screen) before activating certain hover features. For example, when switching into cursor mode to reposition your cursor when editing text. Another example is the "quick" filter in your Messages list -- if you hover over a Sender (or a Subject) in your messages list, it will filter your messages to show only messages from that Sender (or in that particular message thread). With a Hover Period of 1000, these features are painfully slow. (My setting: 200)
    I am personally still trying different settings, but I have definitely found that
    Tap-300
    Hover-200
    Swipe-6
    Key Rate-Fast
    Works best for me. Definitely a big change!


    Display DB instead of Bars for signal strength-
    -When in landscape mode
    -Press BB button
    -Select Show Keyboard
    -Select "number lock"
    -Type ! , " "

    The other one is to display the Event Log ( you can delete event log to recover some memory)
    -When in landscape mode
    -Press BB button
    -Select Show Keyboard
    -Select "number lock"
    -Type " / " /


    Another isnt the same style code, but some short of shortcut to what looks like the "status" menu
    -Hold phone in landscape mode
    -Hold "back" button
    -Tap (not click) top left corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top right corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top left corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top right corner of screen

    Uptime Screen:
    In portrait:
    Number Lock, then 1 ? 7 1
    or
    In landscape:
    Number Lock, then 2 * 9 2

    CDMA Service Screen:
    Dial Pad, ##000000, Send

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Miata492; 01-02-2009 at 09:48 AM.

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    what does this:

    Another isnt the same style code, but some short of shortcut to what looks like the "status" menu
    -Hold phone in landscape mode
    -Hold "back" button
    -Tap (not click) top left corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top right corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top left corner of screen
    -Tap (not click) top right corner of screen

    Uptime Screen:
    In portrait:
    Number Lock, then 1 ? 7 1
    or
    In landscape:
    Number Lock, then 2 * 9 2

    CDMA Service Screen:
    Dial Pad, ##000000, Send


    actually do?
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    just gives you some info about the phone without having to go into 2 different options menus

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    hey thanks greatly for those tips. Question, I flipped from bars to decibels...nice...but how do I switch back?

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    you should just be able to re-run that command.

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    Thanks for the tips.I don't have blackberry yet but I'm planning to buy one.

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    just got my Storm2 9550 from VZW for free! big improvement over the original!

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    i have a friend that works at the blackberry plant in germany and he sent me an unlocked blackberry storm two i have us cellular who does not have this phone i was woundering if anyone can tell me what i am going to have to do to get the phone working with us cellualr i have heard it might be quit a hassel but i think it can be done also what do i have to do about the fact that the ESN # is not going to be in us cellular's programing and what not

    HELP PLEASE

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    crackberry.com or blackberryos.com should have the info you need to get this done. it can be done but i personally do not know.

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    how did you get it for free, if you dont mind me asking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yawn View Post
    how did you get it for free, if you dont mind me asking?
    I was on my 6th Storm - 5 out of the 6 had a screen clicking issue (they would lose their "click" at the corners/bottom of the screen). They wanted to send me a 7th Storm so I kept calling back on different days until I got a CSR that sent me a Storm2 as a replacement. I am loving the Storm2, especially with the latest leaked OS (5.0.0.42. The screen is a 1000% improvement along with the extra memory.

    As a side note, if you have your device replaced 3 times within 90 days, they can offer you a different phone as a replacement.

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