How to save a Blackberry that almost drowned :/

Have you put your phone in danger by exposing it to water/liquid. Could be pee, could be a bottle of beer, could be both or you just finished having a warm bath and realised that while you danced shoki you were splashing water on your precious BlackBerry, well, too bad.But just before you start panicking here’s what you can do with no extra hand.



Step 1

Remove battery (and other removables) immediately and put it away for a few days.

Step 2

Using a soft towel/cloth put the phone gently face down onto it. The keyboard is the major source for water entry into the phone and is almost always the victim,so tap it gently and allow gravity to work.

Step 3

Go to a pharmacy/drug store and buy 100% rubbing alcohol(likely 91% might be the best you can find). Fill a bowl with enough alcohol(do not use liquor or monkey tail. Do not use anything with coloring. Take the phone, place gently in the bowl, and shake it lightly then remove from the bowl and repeat step 2.¬†Don’t worry, alcohol evaporates so it won’t worsen your condition.

Step 4

This is where you wait.You wait till your name na waiter. Wait until you think it is dry, then wait some more. The alcohol that you rinsed your phone with displaced the water, now it must evaporate.There are some risks to long term alcohol exposure for your phone – it can break seals so we recommend waiting at least 4 days. We know you can’t live without your phone for that long….but you need to chill out because this saves your time of trying to get a technician and saves you some cash too.

Step 5

Drying location. The best location is NEXT to an air conditioning vent. Not on top, not directly in line. We don’t want any forced air action, but the passive effects are great. The Sun is not a bad idea too, but you know you can’t control the heat coming from the sun (which can even damage the device further), so be sure to monitor the temperature of your device – too hot is not too good.

Step 6

Put battery in. Watch closely to see if anything is different from before. Flashing, smoking, flames, and booms are all bad things. Normal is good. If it turns on completely, check EVERY button so you don’t have a surprise. Test out your salvaged phone. If it works, rejoice!

Others also advice you use a Hair-Dryer or simply open the device and put it in a bowl of uncooked rice as this will absorb all moisture.

Alcohol is particularly helpful when the liquid was NOT water. It removes the sticky residue from your phone. That sticky residue really kills your keyboard.Good Luck!


BlackBerry in H20

BlackBerry in H20

Other Important TIPS:

  • Backup your data/3rd party apps, and do it OFTEN.
  • Keep your phone in a case or use a pouch.
  • Avoid using wet hands to operate your device.
  • In case of emergency please send a message to
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BlackBerry (Naija) Ethics and Etiquettes

So as at May last year there were about 5,271,578 mobile phone users in Nigeria and about 2.6 million BlackBerry users in Nigeria alone, and the young people make up of about 73% of this number. Now check it out, we plenty o. But then how well do we act with these Smartphones. You’re cooking and pinging, in class you’re pinging, your mother is talking and you’re ‘facebooking’, you go to church and you want to tweet about what’s trending on twitter or what the pastor just said. My people! No be so! Well we did BBM ethics so we decided to do something general! Please Read and Share.
Let’s get to it!

*There’s really time for everything. We shouldn’t abuse the little privileges given or entrusted to us, and if we continue this way what do we expect of our successors and younger ones. Its really madness! So here are a couple of tips you may ALWAYS enjoy while enjoying your Blackberry Smartphone.

1) The red light is in no way connected to you heart, it ok if you let it blink for a while, and I must say, that red light uses about 1% of your battery life, so you musn’t jump at the phone every time the light blinks.

2) Though its called a mobile phone it really shouldn’t be a distraction especially to an audience or a superior. Know when to use your phone and when not to.

3)This should have come first, since we would all agree ‘God first’. The church is the house of God. I no fit shout. If its an emergency, God will take care of it. And I also believe that there’s nothing wrong with carrying the ‘old’ normal paper-back Bible we used to carry before we were plagued for those of you that want to say your Bible is in your smartphone or tablet.

4)Please if you’re in a public you don’t have to shout while making a call. Its noisy around you, you can shift to a quieter place. Just don’t be loud. I sha know of a man that got hit for shouting and disturbing people in a bus. Google it.

5)If you must buy a fairly used (second hand) Blackberry please make sure its legit. Y’all know what I mean. They say ‘what you don’t know won’t kill you’ but I’ve seen people pay seriously for what they didn’t know.

6)When you see a ‘no mobile phone’ sign please obey it. Its not a sign of domination or to make you uncomfortable, but most times some mobile phone sounds trigger seizures in people with temporal lobe epilepsy and some people too have neuro sensory issues that cause extraneous noise to be a severe difficulty rather than a mild annoyance.

7)Don’t text and drive. You think you’re multi-tasking, you’re not o. Don’t text while walking either, people have lost their teeth Don’t make calls while driving too, infact don’t just do anything that involves interacting with human beings or anything that can hurt you while using your mobile phone. We’ve all heard the joke of the guy that was ironing and his phone rang…….!

8)There are the Normal, Loud, Medium, Silent, Vibrate only, Phone call only and the all alerts off sound profile for all Blackberrys. Simply choose one that fits wherever you are. You could even customize a new profile to fit you day-to-day activities. Know where not to use your phone, some places are inappropriate for cell phone usage, so avoid talking or allowing your Blackberry ring while in these places:
*Movie theaters
*Cabs and buses
*Live performances
*In classrooms
And anytime you are asked or required to.

9)When you ‘Ping’ someone once or twice and you don’t get a reply please chill and try later. Don’t be a nuisance and start sending many ‘Pings’ believing that someone that is busy or just doesn’t want to answer you will change his/her mind because you tried to murder their battery. One ‘Ping’ means its urgent, 2 ‘Pings’ means reply ASAP, 3 means something is wrong with you.
10)When people give you their Blackberry its not license to check their personal stuff!

11)Finally I’ve tried this and its pretty cool. Establish a phone-free time or zone, a time of the day when you’ll let your phone chill and keep your mind off it too, switching it off is ideal, even if its for 2 to 3 hours, maybe after work or school or just at a time when you won’t really expect any emergencies. This helps take your mind off a lot of things and reduces stress.

Finally, BlackBerry has invaded our classrooms, bedrooms, restaurants, theaters, offices, streets and even worship places and sooner than later things might get out of hand. Let’s help spread the word and do shit right.
You can shun it all if you think any of these don’t apply to you. Ignorance they say is bliss.

For FathomBerry
PS: Feel free to add your thoughts too in the comments below.

Disclaimer *everything contained in this post is general and collective ideas of selected BlackBerry users in Nigeria, it is in no way a law. If you like do, if you like dey fall your hand*


BlackBerry World 101** Downloads + OS Upgrades!!!!

Hey guys. Happy new month!!
Hope everyone had a good weekend.
So, I was just going through my BB and decided to jump into the BlackBerry World (formerly Blackberry app world) and then I remembered a friend once told me that she had downloaded an app and never enjoyed it because it kept crashing or sometimes caused another app to crash or malfunction. So well here’s just a couple of things I do before I hit the download button:

* Check if the update is for your device (especially if your device is branded eg AT n T,Rogers,T-mobile etc) OS updates*

* Check what version of OS you have installed on your device ( type ‘myver’ and hit space) the new update might not just be new to you or even necessary. OS updates*

* Read reviews from other users who have installed the app or OS already. Then you can decide from their judgement. This is very important.

* Before you download an app,check the size of the app and then use the Application manager to look at all apps on your device to check which you rarely use or never used, you could just delete one just before you download another just to conserve space.

* This should have come first,but well, YOU MUST HAVE A BLACKBERRY ID, YOUR OWN ID and never share your password with anyone. If you’re someone that really buys apps you’d know that this really helps so you don’t have to pay for an app twice just incase you delete it and also to transfer your applications from an old device to a new one easily.

* Some themes are not meant for all devices, you might install it and it looks quiet nice but then some features on your phone might become hidden,so find out if the theme is really for your device just before you DL it.

* ALWAYS do a back-up before upgrading your OS or even downloading an app,you never can tell what app will crash your device. A simple back-up with your BB protect or the BlackBerry Desktop Manager won’t take too long but WILL save you a lot.

* Sometimes when BlackBerry rolls out an app it might take a while before it circulates and also there might be a case of a general update and you notice that yours is unusually not showing up in the BlackBerry World, open the BB world, click ‘my world’, and let it refresh, if it doesn’t, then hold down the ‘alt’ button while you press ‘rst’,then wait for the BlackBerry world to close, then open it again, that should refresh your application list. It’s more or less like a hard reset.

* Just before I leave,I’ll just say: feel free to explore the BlackBerry world. There are about 250k apps available for all BlackBerry Smartphones.

Have a Berry blessed week.
David for FB.


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