Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lots of power in my hand- but I'm clueless on how to use it

My new Blackberry Curve is a pretty nifty little toy. And it's way more phone that I'm capable of handling. So far. But it's pink!

When I got my previous phone, a Strawberry Chocolate, Mac and some of my students showed me how to work it. Now, I have no students and I think it's also more phone than Mac can just cavalierly operate. I've read the instructions and watched the little CD that came with it and I'm still at a loss.

I have a list of things I want to do and have no idea how to do it. I would love to change the ringtone to a song, but I can't. I want to make it stop pinging at me when it gets email, but I can't. I would really like the change the alert sound for the text messages so it no longer sounds like the Starship Enterprise, but I have no clue. I haven't even thought about installing my Bluetooth- I would like to be able to just answer it when it rings! It's a great phone but I'm struggling. I think I'll be resorting to calling Photographer to see if any of her high school students can help me. And if any of you out there have one and are quite capable of running your Blackberry, please let me know!

Technologically befuddled,

Editor's note: After writing this post my cute lil' Blackberry just stopped working- no emails, no phone capabilities, no service, no text, no anything. So I called Verizon Wireless and I got the greatest Customer Service Rep in history. Murry has the exact same phone as me (except his is in silver) and he walked me through all the issues, problems and questions. Then he gave me his email address and told me to just send him an email when I have trouble and if he can't help via email, he'll just call my cell. OMG- I love this guy!


The Pink Tutu said...

Ohh I want a Blackberry so bad! I have the strawberry chocolate now. That is so great you were able to get such great help!

Maggie said...

Hi Pink Tutu! Welcome to Maggie's place. You're a pink lover so I know you'll fit right in here- help yourself to a Cosmo- everyone else does!

And I traded my Strawberry Chocolate for a pink blackberry and while I am still learning, it's turning out to be a positive experience! And the help made it so. if you get one, I shall hook you up via email with my Verizon contact!

Janny Mallard said...

Maggie, darlin! Look into opportunities to mentor a teen type person in your area. Some schools or community groups have such programs. Pal around with a sharp, but socially disadvantaged youth, and exploit said young person as your personal tech support!

Inter-generational mentoring is all the rage in progressive areas. You would be FABULOUS wising up some kid who needs to learn a bit or wayward and if you pick a geeky kid, you might get some help with your new toy!

Kiss Kiss.


Maggie said...

Janny- what a good idea!!! I shall do so! You are so wise beyond my years- thank you!

The W.O.W. factor said...

LOL Maggie...
You know, just as you become a wiz at this new toy, they will come out with something new and you'll have to be befuddled all over again!

Honey said...

It took me awhile to figure out mine when I got it last summer. There's no easy way to change ringtones via the phone - must use the web and verizon's site. Haven't figured out how to turn off or change the indicator for the email/txt msgs yet. Good luck!

Maggie said...

Wow- I know, I know. I had my last phone ofr more than a year and I still had not figured out all the features before I upgraded...

Honey- I actually figured out how to do all the stuff I wanted (so far) with the help of Murray from Verizon. As long as I don't get too complicated I think I'll be okay.