The BlackBerry Passport (BBID).

The BlackBerry Identification (BBID) is not just important but the MUST-HAVE for Every Blackberry User that’s why we decided to call it the ‘BlackBerry Passport’, and since there is now BBM for Android and iOS users, they too are not left out. According to BlackBerry, BlackBerry ID is a single, master key to BlackBerry products, sites, services and applications, including BlackBerry Protect and the BlackBerry World storefront.

Major uses of the BBID include:

  • Simplified access to BlackBerry products and services.
  • Privacy and security controls for your BlackBerry Device.
  • A personalized and customizable experience.

The BBID is your ‘Master Key’ to everything BlackBerry and it is very important that you have YOUR OWN BBID, even if you plan on switching to a different device (iOS,Android or Windows Phones). Apart from the fact that you may need to access BBM on your iOS or Android, you may also decide to come back to the Blackberry OS again some time later. With your BlackBerry ID you can :

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How-To : BlackBerry Beta Zone (Naija)

Following yesterday’s post on ‘BBM 8’ and the Facebook update a lot of people have been asking how to go about it, so here we are, its more or less like a Blackberry Beta Zone tutorial.

Nigeria has since been listed in the Blackberry Beta Zone since November last year, but most Blackberry users in Nigeria no even send.

You might want to ask, why join the Beta Zone? well, here’s why :

  1. It’s awesome.
  2. Becoming a member gives you a unique opportunity to get the newest BlackBerry software before it’s even released to the public. This means that you will get your hands on pre-release BlackBerry software before anyone else!
  3. Once you’ve tested out the software, you can offer your feedback and suggestions directly to Blackberry about how to improve the application experience for all users! see?!!

So if you want to be a member to test the un-released apps or you just want to be the first among your friends to get the app, here’s how:-

First and foremost before you do anything in the Blackberry Beta Zone you must have a Blackberry ID, all that’s required to create one is just a valid email address and a strong password thatsall!
You can either create this ID in your Blackberry world or at the Beta Zone Website.

Step 1: Input your Blackberry ID and password and click ‘sign in’ BBID sign in

Step 2: Link your Blackberry ID to a new Beta Zone profile (this is usually done only once,for new users). You’ll have to fill out a form just for your Beta Zone profile.

Step 3: Agree to the terms and conditions and the ‘Confirm your email’. You’ll actually have to go to your email inbox and confirm your email address, if. There’s no email you can follow this link : https://blackberryid.blackberry.com/bbid/login , sign in and on the account Details page, click “Confirm my email” and a new email will be sent to you right away. Confirming BBID

Then return to the Blackberry Beta Zone and click continue, once done you’ll be active in the Blackberry Beta Zone. 🙂

Active member

To Download:

Scroll down to eligible programs and click on the program you want to test: as shown in the image below, agree to participate, agree to the Software Pilot Agreement’. Once you are eligible and have accepted the ‘Eligibility declaration’, scroll down and hit the download button, then you are good to go.

Eligible programs          Agree to participate           Download tab        Confidential email

You will then receive an email like the one below with a keycode which is meant ONLY for your device, copy it and paste it into the app when requested and there you are, the Beta Zone Member ready to test the App. 😀

Accept and Download

If you have any questions, feel free to holla.

FathomBerry

PS: here’s our channel PIN C0001DECD incase you hit up the new BBM 8. 🙂

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.

BBM 7 (awoof no go sour our belle)**

Hey Fam, we noticed a lot of people have been having very serious problems with the new BBM 7,so we just decided to do this post for you. There are some things you MUST know before getting the new BBM 7,and if you got it already please scroll down to the fourth paragraph.
So here’s what should know before getting the new BBM 7:
1) You must have a blackberry ID because the new BBM is associated with your ID. So your normal local back up and restore might just be useless after you get the new BBM 7.
2)The BBM 7 is only available right now for Blackberry devices running OS 6 and 7.
3) The new BBM 7 has 16 new emoticons.
4) Before you can call a contact,that contact must have BBM 7 installed and must also be connected to a wi-fi network.
5) The BBM free voice call over wi-fi won’t work without a BIS plan.

If after you download the BBM 7 you don’t see all your contacts or you can’t find your BBM icon then please just revert to the old BBM 6 and chill. RIM might need to do a couple of fixes. But the if you have any issue please don’t hesitate to ASK FATHOMBERRY.

If you have BBM 7 already you could also tell us your experience. Its quiet funny here in naija where wi-fi is somewhat rare like that. But we did a post on how you and you pals could enjoy this with the hotspot feature on some Blackberry devices.

That’s all for now.

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