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.

WARNING:

Whatever you do, DO NOT TRY TO TURN YOUR PHONE ON DURING THIS RECOVERY.

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.

Note:
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!

DISCLAIMER: YOUR PHONE MIGHT ALREADY BE GONE FOR GOOD. THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO GIVE YOU THE BEST ADVICE POSSIBLE TO FIX YOUR PHONE. IF THIS DOES NOT FIX YOUR PHONE, IT ISN’T FathomBerry’s FAULT. YOU’RE THE ONE WHO DROPPED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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 fathomberry@gmail.com.
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Source:
crackberry.com
blogs.blackBerry.com
brighthub.com

 

The Nigerian Blackberry Blog**

Hey Everyone. Its been like forever, but The Nigerian BlackBerry Blog is back in business.
Firstly lets start by saying sorry (yet again) for the long silence, we’ve just been busy trying to make sure we bring you the very best this year, and yeah this year is for you our dear readers.

We have introduced some new stuff to FathomBerry and believe it when we say that your Blackberry experience should and will be different this year.

So here’s what we got….

* Fan Of The Month
Every month we shall be sponsoring one of our readers/followers BIS plan, all you need to do is read our posts as they come and give us your 2 cents, then also make sure you tell your friends about us.

* Friday Quiz
We’d be conducting Quizzes on random fridays on Twitter and the follower with the most correct answers will get Airtime for the weekend. 🙂

* Contact Of The Week
Every week one of our BBM contacts will be given airtime just for asking us questions, yes, anything BB goes, (stupid questions are welcome) because we’d also like to broaden our horizon so as to be able to help others with a similar problem.

and lots more…….

Our BBM Help and Assistance is still free of charge, so feel free to add us and share your Blackberry problems with us.

Our weekly dose of all the Blackberry news around the world ‘FathomWednesday’ will kick of next Wednesday with ‘Week 8’ so be sure to check here often for the latest Blackberry news.

That’ll be all for now.

Shoutout to everyone who has really been supportive and yeah Happy Lovers Day to everyone.

#KeepMoving

FathomBerry.

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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The Next Big Thing For BlackBerry 10**

Yeah, you read that right!! It’s been in almost every Blackberry blog, forums and almost every tech website, so we’ve tagged it The Next Big Thing for Blackberry 10, it’s the Blackberry OS 10.2.1. Its still in a Beta testing (not official yet) but has been installed by many Blackberry 10 users already, and we at FathomBerry have compiled a couple of of features that come with this leak.

Now there are lots of new stuff that came with this OS update tho its just a little addition in the number (from 10.2.0… to 10.2.1..), some people have even said that the official release might just be 10.3 but as of now the leaked version is at 10.2.1.1055 for all Blackberry 10 devices.

We’ve done our best to compile, break down and explain these features. We’ve also added lots of images, so go through them and just incase we missed something, your comments are always welcome.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 will support the Android 4.2.2. Jellybean runtime and with that comes increased Android compatibility improvements which include:

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BlackBerry Has Been Sold???

Hey folks. Its just a catchy title, nothing to worry about 🙂
Its November 4th, and in case you didn’t know, BlackBerry may or may not be sold to Fairfax Financial today.

Let’s shed more light on the word ‘Sold’. About 6 weeks ago BlackBerry and a consortium of investors led by Fairfax Financial came into an agreement where the latter offered to acquire the former subject to due dilligence, and here’s what was in the agreement :
1) Blackberry shareholders would receive $9 per share in cash.
2) The transaction is valued at approximately $4.7 billion.
3) Fairfax Consortium was permitted (by Blackberry) to conduct due diligence.
4) Blackberry was entitled to still go-shop for buyers during the due dillgence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted.

So today ends the 6 weeks period of the due diligence and if Faitfax has the $4.7 billion they might just take Blackberry private. But also, there’s been news and rumors that ‘Fairfax might not be able to raise the funds’ for this bid, so what if they don’t come up with the money what happens? Well, according to Crackberry.com there are a couple of other possibilities and we made a summary :

  • They (Fairfax) may ammend the terms of the deal, that is, if nobody else is interested in bidding for Blackberry @ $9 per share.

 

  • Another bidder might come up with an offer,which we don’t know yet, but if this happens Fairfax may have to convince investors that their offer is superior or NOT! But you should know that this is possible since we have Cerebrus Capital Management (a private equity firm), the co-founder of RIM Mike Lazaridis and any other technology comapny who may be interested, like Facebook, all on the list of possible bidders.
  • Things might just get delayed to a further date since there’s no rule that says they must conclude due dilligence by the 4th of November.
  • Nothing might happen. Things have been looking pretty good for Blackberry since the launch of the cross-platform BBM. Recently we got news that BlackBerry regained some lost marketshare in Australia while android was hit with a loss.

Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and see how things go. To get live updates and up-to-the minute gist and news you can follow us on twitter @fathomberry or you could holla for our Blackberry PIN.

Later.

#KeepMoving.

FathomBerry.

BBM for iOS and Android is Here (Almost)***

Hey people.
So we just got air that BBM for iOS and Android is due to be released pretty soon. Since its in ‘Beta Testing‘ its safe to assume that in no time our iOS and Android cousins will be ‘pinging’ with us.

READ:

“It seems that BlackBerry are moving forward with the cross-platform version of BBM as we have learned that there are a small number of users that are getting the chance to test out the Android, and iOS versions of BBM.

The program is not available for everyone, but if you have received an email like the one shown below, you’ll find it available under Eligible Programs. Much like it will be when it goes official, the beta version of BBM for Android requires v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); while the beta BBM for iPhone requires iOS 6 as a minimum requirement.

We do know that internal testing within BlackBerry is ongoing, so it’s great to see them open it up to, at least, some members of the public.

Have you been invited to the BBM beta programme? What do you think of Android and iOS users getting their hands on BBM? Let us know!”

Source: BlackberryOS

*We’ve been off duty for a while now but we promise you guys we’ll back and better.* 😦

In our next ‘Fathom-Wednesday’ post we’ll bring you all and everything you’ve missed in the Blackberry niche.

Fathomberry.

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BBM (Naija) Ethics***

Hey guys, TGIF!!! There have been posts here on Fathomberry about Blackberry and BBM usage, not ethics per se, there was the church one and the blackberry craze which will have another episode soon. So today we decided to do something specifically for BBM and its usage.

The fact that you own a BB doesn’t give you the power to disturb other people’s peace, also we shouldn’t see BBM as a medium to show our level of wisdom (you should know I mean stupidity), well let’s get to it:

Here are a couple of thing I think we should have in mind while we use our lovely BBM :-

* Cross check EVERY info before you send a broadcast, even if it happened in your backyard,  you may never know the little you missed.  * Never complain about someone’s Display Picture or personal Message, it’s their phone for goodness sake whatever they feel like writing let them write just ignore it and move on nobody likes a pest tho*.

* Never use capital letters when writing a message, this could be pretty offensive. Most people assume you’re shouting.

* Never send the same thing twice it’s like forcing people to read your shit stuff and it could be very annoying especially when one is busy.

* Never send a link that has morbid/graphic scenes of a sexual or violent nature.

* If you have to watch porn, please we don’t want to see what you’re playing. There’s an option for not to show us what you’re playing right there in your profile.

* Be considerate with other peoples time ask before you start up a chat, some people are not always as idle less busy as you are.

* Don’t impose your belief on anyone, I don’t have to broadcast anything for God to bless me, anyone that sees the need to spread the word will, “if you don’t share this post your phone will get missing” smh

* Stop bringing in stupid abbreviations and be forming tushed. There are known abbreviations and acronyms  and if you have to use an abbreviation kindly explain it, who knows, people might like it and adapt, and most importantly if u see an abbreviation you don’t understand, just ask, I’m pretty sure the person that wrote it will be glad to explain it.

* Never ever agree to meet anyone you’ve met on chat, if you have to, go with 10 of your friends.

* Follow the rules of common courtesy just like you would in real life, who knows, you might just meet your chat-pal some day in real life.

* If you have to leave during a chat session type in ‘brb’ or use the smileys. BBM has smileys like “1min”, and “on the phone”, use them if you have to.

* Keep your BCs simple! No be handout. I must tell you guys, the longer your BC the less interested people will be, even if it’s going to give them money and it’s even worse when you send a long broadcast that’s very uninformative and stupid, trust me, nobody will open your Broadcast again!

* These smileys/emoticons that contain many characters are annoying. Geeez! Why can’t ‘lol’ be lol? Why does. It has to have jumping and swimming O’s in it. I really do find that thing annoying. Who’s with me?!

* Changing your display name too often makes it difficult for your contacts to find you on their list, even if you have to, just do it once in a year, and if you have a contact that does this simply open the contacts profile and edit the name to whatever you like.

* You see the one of one-word-BC please don’t do it, it’s very annoying, and why on earth would you wake up and compose a broadcast of four letters ‘ping’??

* The one of contact check is now a culture and I wouldn’t blame anyone, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. When a contact doesn’t message you in a while, why don’t you take your time and ping the person, do you have to disturb everybody on your list just because you need to know who has deleted you?

I’m getting almost getting angry already 😦 , that will be all, for now.

Just before I jump out here’s a little nice way I found out you can delete a contact (on code), simply wait till your BIS is off, then delete, the contact won’t know until you are back on, and even so, it may take a while before your phone sends the signal over the internet.

Thanks to everybody reading us. 🙂

FB

inventor/creator of bbm

Gary Klassen inventor/creator of BBM