Blackberry Messenger Now Available On Android and iOS

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The Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app is to be offered as a download to run on rival platforms.

Blackberry said it would initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions on devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems from “the summer”.

It added it planned to roll out screen sharing, voice and video calls – all without charge – later in the year.

The move could prove disruptive to Skype, Whatsapp and other rivals.

Blackberry chief executive Thorsten Heins revealed the surprise news at the end of his presentation at the firm’s annual developers conference in Orlando, Florida.

The company said that more than 60 million Blackberry owners already used BBM at least once a month. Continue reading

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RIM Now Blackberry – Launches Blackberry 10

The New Blackberry Q10

The New Blackberry Q10

The much-awaited launch of new handsets and software for BlackBerry marks an exciting time for RIM, the parent company. At a stroke it gives RIM hardware and software that is industry-leading, not to mention excitingly different from the competition.

Where some phone operating systems offer still, unchanging icons, BB10 has active tiles which update of their own accord.

“The people at RIM have been at their most creative, their most engaged and their most committed. BlackBerry 10 is here.”

“It is one brand, it is one promise. Our customers use a BlackBerry, our shareholders invest in BlackBerry, our employees work for BlackBerry. From today we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world.”

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BBM Voice Chat – A First Hand Review

Screenshot of BBM Voice Chat Test-Call between I and a willing friend.

Screenshot of BBM Voice Chat Test-Call between I and a willing friend.

Finally got settled and decided to carry out an upgrade of my Blackberry Messenger Application. Apparently, what quickened my decision to carry out the upgrade was the enticing and boldly displayed new BBM (Blackberry Messenger) Voice Chat feature.

I would not want to bore you with all the nitty gritty about the installation and compulsory phone restarts and all, however, the upgrade in general was a pretty straight-forward process.

This may sound strange but still, it might interest you to note that getting an individual with an active BBM Voice Chat for a test-call was actually quite tougher than it seemed. I sure do have many contacts on my Blackberry Messenger contact-list of whom have largely upgraded to the BBM Voice chat version. However, every single one of them did not have an active BBM Voice Chat service as this service does require an active WiFi connection of which is currently not widely and freely available in Nigeria (which represents the location of 95% of my BBM contacts).

*Note: Aside downloading the latest Blackberry Messenger which comes embedded with Voice Chat functionality, an active WiFi connection is required alongside an active blackberry internet service subscription for proper functionality of the voice-chat service.

Trust me, the power of social media should never be underestimated. Just moments ago, getting a test call partner seemed difficult but then just after putting up few words on Twitter; boom!!!…..lots of willing test-partners came forth. Continue reading

RIM Begins Training Of Nigerian Application Developers For BlackBerry OS10.0

Research In Motion (RIM), makers of BlackBerry, has commenced a series of training for Nigerian app developers with the aim of helping them build capacity for BlackBerry’s new platforms.

The BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam developer forum will commence today (Tuesday) at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) facility in Lagos. The week-long programme will also feature sessions on BlackBerry developer training.

Announcing the training in a statement on Monday, RIM noted that the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam would provide Nigerian developers, the opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry 10.

RIM’s Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa, Mr. Waldi Wepener, stated that the full-day schedule would provide insight into the BlackBerry 10 experience, architecture and tools that could help Nigerian developers to be among the first from around the world with capacity to create apps for the new platform.

Wepener said, “the BlackBerry platform provides significant opportunities for the developer community in Nigeria. There is high demand among developers to learn more about the tools for creating local services and apps on the BlackBerry platform, as well as a strong desire to reach the millions of BlackBerry customers around the world.”

He said the programme would be held at the CcHub lab as part of an agreement with RIM to support the BlackBerry developer community in the country.

“By partnering locally with the CcHub, we aim to share resources and knowledge to create even more opportunity for Nigerian developers and to help create more jobs.”

CcHub is Nigeria’s first IT think-tank lab and it provides a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, technology companies, investors, developers and enthusiasts in and around Lagos to create new solutions that can help enhance the everyday life and work in Nigeria.

The statement further reveals that beyond the BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam, RIM and CcHub will also host a series of BlackBerry Developer Days throughout 2012.

BlackBerry Developer Days will provide information about developing for the BlackBerry Java platform, as well as BlackBerry 10.

How To Use Your Etisalat Nigeria Blackberry as a Modem

Below is a step by step guide as to using your Etisalat Nigeria blackberry as an internet modem to enable you browse on your personal computer.

Below are the steps to follow:

1. Download the blackberry desktop manager on your laptop
2. Connect the blackberry via a cable to the laptop
3. Select desktop manager, then click on tools and select internet settings
4. Choose profile name as Etisalat Nigeria
5. APN should be etisalat while username and password should be left blank
6. Click on connect to the internet and it will start browsing.

If you encounter any issues, please do not hesitate to drop a comment(s) in the comment box below.

Solution To Blackberry Error ‘Could not start the camera. Close other applications and try opening the camera again’


BlackBerry® smartphones with an integrated camera


When trying to launch the camera application on the BlackBerry® smartphone, the following error message appears:

Could not launch camera application, close other applications and then try again.


This issue may be caused by one of the following:

  •     There are too many open applications on the BlackBerry smartphone.
  •     There is a physical problem with the integrated camera.

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How to subscribe to Blackberry Internet Service from Glo, Airtel, MTN and Etisalat Nigeria

Most times when we need to quickly switch networks or change our subscription plan we do face some difficulties in getting the right subscription code for the plan we want. Also, some people do not know what plans are available and thereby, they are stock on the only plan they know, even when it is not convenient for them.

Today, I have brought together the Blackberry Internet Service subscription plans and their respective codes for MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria under one roof.

To Subscribe to MTN Nigeria Blackberry Internet Service (BIS)

MTN BIS Monthly (Unlimited);     Cost N3,000    To activate; Text BIS to 21600
MTN BIS Weekly (Unlimited);        Cost N1,000    To activate; Text BBWEEK to 21600
MTN BIS Quarterly (Unlimited)    Cost N8,000    To activate; Text BBQ to 21600

MTN BIS Weekly (Complete)         Cost N500        To activate; Text BBCWEEK to 21600
MTN BIS Monthly (Complete)       Cost N1,500     To activate; Text BBC to 21600

MTN BIS Weekly (Messaging)        Cost N450     To activate; Text BBMWEEK to 21600
MTN BIS Monthly (Messaging)     Cost N1500    To activate; Text BBM to 21600

MTN BIS Weekly (Social)                 Cost 450    To activate;  Text BBSWEEK to 21600
MTN BIS Monthly (Social)             Cost 1500    To activate; Text BBS to 21600

To Subscribe to Glo Mobile Nigeria Blackberry Internet Service (BIS)

Glo BIS Monthly;     Cost N2,800     To activate; Text BISMONTH to 777
Glo BIS Weekly;        Cost N900        To activate; Text BISWEEK to 777
Glo BIS Day;               Cost N250         To activate; Text BISDAY to 777

Complete Month      Cost N1,400     To activate;   Text COMONTH  to 777
Complete Week         Cost N400        To activate;  Text COWEEK    to 777
Complete Day            Cost N100         To activate; Text  CODAY to 777

To Subscribe to Airtel Nigeria Blackberry Internet Service (BIS)

Airtel BIS Monthly;     Cost N3,000    To activate; Text BISMONTH to 440
Airtel BIS Weekly;      Cost N1,000      To activate; Text BISWEEK to 440
Airtel BIS Day;              Cost N200         To activate; Text BISDAY to 440

To Subscribe to Etisalat Nigeria Blackberry Internet Service (BIS)

Etisalat BIS Monthly;      Cost N3,000    To activate; Dial *499*1#
Etisalat BIS Weekly;         Cost N1,000    To activate; Dial *499*6#
Etisalat BIS Day;                Cost N250        To activate; Dial *499*5#

Etisalat BIS Monthly (Social);     Cost N1,300    To activate; Dial *499*2#
Etisalat BIS Weekly  (Social);       Cost    N400      To activate; Dial *499*2*1#
Etisalat BIS Daily   (Social);     Cost N100      To activate; Dial *499*2*2#

Etisalat BIS Monthly (Complete);   Cost N1500     To activate; Dial *499*3#
Etisalat BIS Weekly  (Complete);   Cost N500      To activate; Dial *499*3*1#
Etisalat BIS Daily   (Complete);   Cost N100      To activate; Dial *499*3*2#

That is all you need to know about subscribing to the Blackberry Internet Service of the above networks.

Please Note: The MTN BIS Quarterly package last for 90 days.


Note: To setup your Glo Mobile Blackberry as a PC Modem; CLICK HERE

How to install electronic Bible on your Blackberry

Installing a Bible on your Blackberry phone is very simple. Below is how to get a Bible on a Blackberry;

  • Open “Blackberry App World” on your phone.
  • Enter the word “Bible” into the search bar. A variety of Bible application options will pull up.
  • Read the reviews to choose which application seems right for you.
  • Tap the “Open” button for the application to download it to your phone. It will automatically install.


Blackberry Torch shows double digits when single digits are pressed [Solution]

On most occasions, Blackberry Torch 9800 users would experience the appearance of ‘double digits’ when ‘single digit’ numbers are pressed.

An example of this situation is, when typing numbers on your home screen using your standard keypad (not the virtual keypad), you would notice that when you press any digit, for example ‘5’, the output is rather ‘55’; if ‘1’ is pressed, the output is ‘11’ and this happens when any of the 0-9 digits are pressed.

Some people panic when they come across a situation as such as this, but the solution is simple.

The Solution is; Pull out your battery while the phone is still on and re-insert it after few seconds. The phone would boot-up and you are good to go.

Problem Solved!

How to use your Glo Mobile Blackberry as a Modem


Below is a step by step guide as to using your Glo Mobile (Globacom Nigeria) blackberry as an internet modem to enable you browse on your personal computer.

The blackberry can act as a modem. To use as a modem the following must done:
-    install desktop manager (use the cd that came with BBH – Blackberry handheld)
-    configure the modem and add the extra initialization commands
-    configure access to the internet

To Configure Modem and add extra initialization commands:
(Connect bbh to laptop with USB cable)
-    go to control panel
-    click on phones and modems
-    choose standard modem
-    click on properties
-    click on diagnostics (to query for bb modem)
-    click on advanced to add extra initialization commands:
command: AT+cgdcont=1,”IP”,”glosecure”,””,0,0

When configuring access to internet enter the following as:
Phone number: *99#
Username: gprs
Password: gprs
Confirm password: gprs



Ensure the Desktop Manager software has been installed. If installed, then connect device to laptop via USB. Then:
1. Go to All Programs
2. Blackberry
3. Desktop manager.
Check to see its status as connected in the blackberry desktop manager.

Then to set up the Modem, Go to the My Computer, right click and choose:
1. Manage/Device Manager.
2. Modem.
3. Standard Modem.
4. Advance.
5. Add the following extra initialization command: AT+cgdcont=1,”IP”, “glosecure”
6. Click OK.
7. Go to Diagnostics and query modem.
Ensure that the Modem is queried and click OK.

Then, go to:
1. Control Panel.
2. Network Connection.
3. Create New (and follow procedures).
4. ISP name – glosecure
5. Phone number – *99#
6. Username – gprs
Click Finish and select to create desktop shortcut.

Please be informed that you will be charged from your main account at the rate of 5k/Kbyte when using your blackberry as a modem.