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You own the powerful and sleek BlackBerry Curve - use our video tutorials and simple guide book to unlock the full potential of your Curve.  You have invested your money buying the Curve and the service plan, with our videos or book, you will get the best return on that investment possible today. 

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Included are over one-hundred thirty-four (134) 3-minute videos and PDF shortcut sheets to help you get the most out your Curve 3G 9300 Series (running OS 5.0 and OS 6.0) and the 85xx (8520, 8530, etc.).  See Video Library List

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Use the VideosToGo library to view the best video tutorials right from the Media Card on your BlackBerry.

The Video libraries and Electronic Guide Book allow you to:

-         Learn how to get around your BlackBerry
-         Save time every day with the convenience keys
-         Use one-touch buttons to start key icons (saving time)
-         Make email setup a breeze
-         Really use your Email very quickly
-         Turn your BlackBerry Calendar into your 'second brain' so you never forget another event.
-         Troubleshoot yourself to skip the lengthy call to the technical support line
-         View and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your BlackBerry
-         Make Voice Dialing work with your voice
-         Fine tune your Sound Profiles so they work just like you need them
-         Text (SMS) from your phone
-         Adjust the font size so it is large enough to read easily
-         Customize your Wallpaper (Home Screen Image) and your Theme
-         Save time with Speed Dialing
-         Conference call on your phone
-         Multi-task or jump between applications like a pro
-         Turn your BlackBerry into your perfect Grocery List
-         Learn how to safely take voice notes anytime, anyplace
-         Listen to free Pandora internet radio anytime
-         Find your way using free Google Maps
-         Setup and use your Bluetooth headset or car adapter
-         Download the best apps from BlackBerry App World
-         Turn on the Spell Checker for every email you send
-         Send and receive Faxes right on your BlackBerry
-         Save Time with copy and paste on your BlackBerry
-         Sync your important contacts, calendar and more using Desktop Manager or Google Sync

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BlackBerry 6 Made Simple
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Corporate Success Stories and Video Tutorial Reviews:   [Top of Page]

Over 10x Growth in BlackBerry Users with Fewer Help Desk Calls!

We have only been using BlackBerry Smartphones at our manufacturing company for about a year and a half, but in that time we have grown from half a dozen users to almost 80, with plans to grow to 100 later this year. Although that sounds like a small number of users to manage, our tech support group is also small, yet still responsible for a fairly wide variety of IT systems. As we grew beyond a "critical mass" of BlackBerry users, I realized that some kind of "self-help" training would be useful, and also free up my time to maintain other systems that I work with. When I found your BlackBerry Made Simple videos, I showed them to the head of our internal Learning Center. Since he was also a new BlackBerry user, he immediately agreed that your product would be quite helpful for other BlackBerry novices at our company.

Now when I give a user their new BlackBerry, I just point them to our internal web server with the BlackBerry Made Simple training videos. This training, along with some enthusiastic peer-to-peer discussions among our little BlackBerry community, is developing a more self-sufficient BlackBerry user.

Thank you.

Manager, System Communications
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Reviews of BlackBerry Made Simple Products & Services Just What I Needed!
Reviewer: Dan S. (California, USA)

The Videos are just what I needed! Short, Concise and Relevant!

"Turns on the light" for features that are not readily intuitive! (Definitely Recommend)
Reviewer: Lou (Avid BlackBerry User) (USA)

The videos were very clear and informative (4.8 Stars out of 5). I would definitely recommend these videos - even if that person had been using the BlackBerry for some time. There is information in the videos that "turns on the light" for features that are not readily intuitive. Even those who are computer literate may not find all the features offered by the BlackBerry. The support for the BlackBerry has been excellent. Thanks!
I am using my BlackBerry to communicate through the aircard feature (a modem for my Laptop). The speed is very acceptable. As far as specific new thing I learned were: quickly paging up and down the e-mails, changing settings, and similar functions. The new tips & tricks items were so wide spread, it is hard for me to nail down exactly which pieces I picked up.

Easy to Follow...Learned A Lot (Recommend)
Reviewer: Nicky (USA)

I am finding them useful and easy to follow. I just started reviewing the videos yesterday, but have learned a lot already... I'm pleased my organization signed me up for the tutorials. I would recommend them to others.

Right Length and Simple to Understand (Definitely Recommend)
Reviewer: Bob L. (USA)

I would rate all of the videos that I have viewed as "5 star". The site is real easy to use, the videos are just the right length, and they are real simple to understand.

I would definitely recommend them to others, particularly people who have had no prior experience with blackberry devices.

Short & Sweet! (Recommend)
Reviewer: Sandy (USA)

“The videos are short, sweet, and to the point. Great idea!
I would rate them a 5 of 5 stars and I would recommend them to others."

Very Easy to Follow! (Recommend)
Reviewer: B. H. (USA)

Very easy to follow, concise instructions.
I would recommend the videos to others, they are beneficial. 
I know guys love to discover, but the videos were a great map to the tools I need. I am planning on reviewing the videos again, just to refresh my memory on less used features.

BlackBerry Videos
BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 5 Video Tutorial Library

(Updated: February 17, 2011)
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Address/Contacts : Introduction & Tips On Finding Contacts - Addresses
Make your Contact List - address book powerful with these tips & tricks.
Address/Contacts : Add New in Contact List-Address Book, Add Picture, Editing
Easily add new contacts (addresses), add pictures to addresses and good tips.
Address/Contacts : Using Categories and Filtering Your Contacts
Use Categories to organize your Contact List (Address Book) - Filter to see only one category
Address/Contacts : View Activity List for Contacts
View all communications with a specific person from your Contact List (Email, SMS & more)
Address/Contacts : Add New Contact from Email Address
Instantly add new people to your address book from an email message.
Address/Contacts : Add New Contact from Phone Number or Call Log
Instantly add new people to your address book from your Phone Call logs. (Also see copy & paste)
Address/Contacts : Work with Groups of Contacts
How to create and manage groups of contacts - used for Email and SMS
Apps : Add New Software Wirelessly Directly on your BlackBerry (OTA)
Install Software Wirelessly Over the Air ("OTA") right from your BlackBerry
Apps : BlackBerry App World - Install and Basics
Learn how to Install and use BlackBerry App World
Apps : Remove or Delete Software Directly from Your BlackBerry
Remove or Delete Software Icons from your BlackBerry
Apps : Google Mobile Apps - How to Install
Install Google Mobile Apps and new Voice Search Feature for your BlackBerry wirelessly.
Apps : Google Voice Search (Mobile App)
Speak your Google searches - find pizza, restaurants, movies and more by simply talking to your BlackBerry.
Apps : Google Sync - Setup and Use
How to setup and use Google Sync (including Options, Sync only Calendar or Contacts, date range, more)
Basics : Learning Your BlackBerry Curve 85xx
Learn the Basics of yur BlackBerry
Basics : How to Turn On and Off
How to turn your BlackBerry On and Off
Basics : Setup Wizard: How to Use It
Learn the Setup Wizard and Good Basic Tips and Tricks. (Must See for New Users)
Basics : Using Your Spell Checker
How to make sure every email is spell checked. Some basics of using the Spell Checker.
Basics : Customizing Your Spell Checker
Adding and updating custom words to your Spell Checking Dictionary.
Basics : Understanding Your Top Status Bar
Knowing what all the icons mean on your top status bar and when you can send and receive email & browse the web.
Bluetooth : Bluetooth Headset - Setup
Get that Bluetooth headset or other device (computer, keyboard, etc.) working.
Bluetooth : Bluetooth Connection - Turn Off-On
How to turn on and off your Bluetooth Connection (for any device including a Headset)
Bluetooth : Bluetooth Headset - Using It
Become a Bluetooth pro with this video.
Calendar : Calendar Basics, Views, Different Calendars
Navigate Day, Week, Month and Agenda Views. Manage different calendars.
Calendar : Calendar Enable & Use Hotkeys
See how to save time in your Calendar with the best hot keys.
Calendar : Calendar: List of Hot Keys (PDF)
Shortcut Sheet (PDF): Save time in the Calendar with this list of the best hot keys. (Download & Print)
Calendar : Calendar - Quick Scheduling (Save Time)
The fastest way to schedule new calendar events.
Calendar : Calendar - Detailed Scheduling (Recurring, Alarms, More)
Detailed Scheduling - Recurring, Notes, Date & Time Tips
Calendar : Calendar - Setting Simple Alarm
Use your Calendar for a simple reminder alarm
Calendar : Calendar Options (Start and End Time, Color, More)
Personalize your Calendar with Options (Color, Initial View, Start/End of Day, Default Calendar Email)
Calendar : Scheduling Conference Calls
Schedule a Conference Call on your Calendar (Set Default Access Numbers)
Calendar : Setting Default Calendar (Email Address)
Set your Default Calendar ('Send Using:' Email address for new calendar events)
Calendar : Calendar Notify Ring Buzz Profile
Make sure your Calendar Alarms ring, vibrate or do nothing (Profiles)
Calendar : Invite Attendees to Meetings
How to Invite people to meetings scheduled on your Calendar (Includes 'Lookup')
Calendar : Respond to Meeting Invitations
Accept, Tentatively Accept or Decline Invitations and even send Comments
Camera & Video : Using your Camera
Get the most out of your BlackBerry camera (Zoom, Flash, Send & More)
Camera & Video : Using your Video Camera
Get the most out of your BlackBerry video camera. (Zoom, Lighting, Memory & More)
Copy-Paste : Copy and Paste Between Applications
Never re-type anything - use Copy / Paste function instead.
Desktop Manager : General: Downloading Latest Desktop Software
How to locate and download the latest Desktop Manager version to your computer.
Desktop Manager : Download & Install BlackBerry Media Sync
How to locate and download the latest BlackBerry Media Sync version to your computer.
Desktop Manager : Installing: BlackBerry Internet Service Option
Installing as a BlackBerry Internet Service, Personal or POP3 Email user
Desktop Manager : Installing: BlackBerry Enterprise Server/Redirector Option
Installing as a BlackBerry Enterprise Server / Desktop Redirector user
Desktop Manager : Modify, Repair, or Remove: BlackBerry Desktop Manager Installations
Modify, Repair or Remove Desktop Manager
Desktop Manager : Tour of Desktop Manager Software
Learning your way around the menus and icons.
Desktop Manager : Sync to Computer-Part 1 of 3: Setup the Sync
How to setup the Sync between your BlackBerry and Windows Computer (Intellisync - Desktop Manager)
Desktop Manager : Sync to Computer-Part 2 of 3: Run the Sync
How to run the synchronization for addresses, calendar, tasks and memo pad/notes.
Desktop Manager : Sync to Computer-Part 3 of 3: Advanced Options
Advanced settings for synchronization - conflict resolution, filtering, and field mapping
Desktop Manager : Transfer Media using Media Manager
Transfer videos, music, ringtones and pictures using Media Manager
Desktop Manager : Use BlackBerry Media Sync to Transfer iTunes and Windows Media Playlists and Music
Transfer your favorite iTunes and Windows Media Playlists and Music
Desktop Manager : How to Backup Your BlackBerry
How to Backup your BlackBerry to your Windows computer and set it to automatically backup on a schedule.
Desktop Manager : How to Restore Your BlackBerry
How to Backup and Restore your BlackBerry to your Windows computer.
Desktop Manager : Advanced (or Selective) Backup & Restore
How to Selectively Backup, Restore & Delete your entire Address List, Calendar and more (Windows computer)
Desktop Manager : Add/Install New Software Using Application Loader
Using Application Loader - the basics of how to install, add or load 3rd party software onto your BlackBerry
Desktop Manager : Remove/Delete Software Using Application Loader
Using Application Loader - the basics of how to remove, erase, or delete 3rd party software from your BlackBerry
Desktop Manager : How to use the Switch Device Wizard
Transfer Data from old BlackBerry or Palm(tm) or Windows(tm) Mobile device to new BlackBerry
Email : Sending Email and Typing Basics
How to compose, reply, forward and send attachments. Also learn some good typing tips.
Email : Using Email Hotkeys - Short cuts
See how to save time in Email with the best hot keys.
Email : Quickly Send Email to Yourself (or CC)
Learn how to very quickly send email to yourself or add a cc to you. Great for quick reminders/notes.
Email : Email - List of Navigation Hot Keys (PDF)
Shortcut Sheet (PDF): Save time in Email with this list of the best hot keys. (Download & Print)
Email : Opening Email Attachments (Word,Excel,PDF,Picture)
Open and read attachments in email messages.
Email : Sending Pictures as Attachments
How to attach and email a picture.
Email : Email Options and Settings
How to configure your Email Inbox (Time, Date, 1-2 lines, Separators, Keep Messages for Days)
Email : Set the Default 'Sent From' Email Address
How to set the default email address for new Email address and Calendar Events
Email Setup : Setup Personal or Internet Email (BlackBerry Internet Service)
How to setup your Internet (Personal) email.
Email Setup : Leave Copy of Messages on Server (Important)
You must 'leave copy on server' if you use Outlook, Mozilla, Thunderbird or other email client on your computer.
Email Setup : Validate or Fix Email (Wrong Password)
How to correct an invalid email account (Change email password)
Email Setup : Change or Remove Internet Email Account
Adjusting or removing email accounts integrated using BlackBerry Internet Service
Facebook : How to Download & Install Facebook
How to download and install the Facebook app on your BlackBerry
Facebook : Using Facebook the First Time How to Share Pictures
How to use the Facebook App including uploading pictures.
Facebook : How to use Facebook to Update Your Status, Poke, Write on Walls
How to update your Facebook status, write on your friend's walls, poke them and check out your newsfeed.
Facebook : Facebook Tips and Tricks Sheet
Learn Facebook Shortcut Keys, Uploading Photos and all the Best Tips.
Fax : Receiving and Sending Faxes
Receive and send faxes from your BlackBerry (NOTE: Requires a separate electronic fax service such as
Keyboard Lock : Keyboard Lock & Standby Mode: Put in Pocket or Purse
Avoid accidentally speed dialing anyone by using your keyboard lock.
Mapping/GPS : Enable GPS for Mapping Programs
How to turn on GPS on your BlackBerry for Mapping and Geotagging Pictures
Mapping/GPS : Google Maps - How to Install
Google Maps - How to Install it
Mapping/GPS : Google Maps - How to Use It
Google Maps - How to Use it and Tips / Tricks
Media Player : Media Player Overview
Play Music (playlists), Videos, Ring tones, Voice Notes and view pictures.
Media Player : Media Player Hot Keys
Shortcut Sheet (PDF): Save time in your Media Player with this list of the best hot keys. (Download & Print)
Media Player : Save Time with the Find Feature
Find music, videos, ring tones, pictures and voice notes with the 'Find:' feature.
Media Player : Watching Videos on Your BlackBerry
Learn all the best Video Viewing tips -- Full Screen Mode, Now Playing, and Multi-Tasking.
Media Player : Transfer Media with Mass Storage Mode
Use Mass Storage Mode to transfer pictures, songs, ringtones and videos to/from your BlackBerry Media Card.
Memo Pad : Memo Pad: Basics - Introduction
Eliminate paper by using the BlackBerry MemoPad for notes, lists, anything.
Modem : BlackBerry as Modem (Sprint / Nextel)
How to turn your Sprint / Nextel BlackBerry into a wireless Internet connection for your Windows laptop computer.
Modem : BlackBerry as Modem (AT&T / Cingular)
How to turn your AT&T / Cingular BlackBerry into a wireless Internet connection for your Windows computer.
Modem : BlackBerry as Modem Add'l Info. (PDF)
Additional information, links, and settings to help you setup your BlackBerry as a Modem.
Multi-Tasking : Multi-Tasking (Switch Applications)
Do more things at the same time (Ex: check calendar while on a call, copy & paste from email to calendar)
Phone : Phone Basics - Call Logs, Dial by Name, Number
The fastest way to find and call someone.
Phone : Dialing Letters on Your Phone
How to dial letters like 1800 CALL ABC or spelling someone's first/last name in a corporate phone directory.
Phone : Viewing Phone Call Logs in Messages Inbox
Excellent trick to make sure you see all your communication (voice, email, SMS) in your Messages Inbox.
Phone : Speed Dial - Setup
Setting up and using speed dial - a great time saver.
Phone : Speed Dial - Move, Change, Delete
Move, change or delete speed dial numbers.
Phone : How to change your Phone Ringtone (Ringer)
How to change the ringtone (ringer) on your BlackBerry phone.
Phone : Pauses and Waits when Dialing (Ex: Voice Mail Access)
Automatically pause (2 seconds) or wait for your input before automatically dialing passwords and exensions (e.g. Voice Mail Access).
Phone : Working with a Second Caller (Hold, Resume, Join, Split)
How to work with a second caller. Hold, join (conference call), split, drop and more.
Pictures : Select New Home Screen Background Image
Personalize your BlackBerry by putting your own picture behind the icons.
Pictures : See a Person's Picture for Caller ID
See a caller's picture whenever they call or you are on the phone with them.
PowerTip : Save Time with Home Screen Hot Keys (Enable)
Save time with instant (one-key) starting of most Icons.
PowerTip : List of Home Screen Hot Keys (PDF)
List of keys to instantly start most icons - PDF (Download & Print)
PowerTip : Save Time by Organizing Your Icons (Move, Hide, Show)
Instantly access your top icons, move between folders, hide and unhide icons.
PowerTip : Save Time with the Top Typing Tips
Learn the best typing tips: email addresses, web addresses, capitalization, contractions, misspellings, auto corrections, even multi-tasking.
PowerTip : Save Time with AutoText for Customized Typing
AutoText will save you lots of time with commonly typed things, also shortcuts for date, time, pin, phone number and software version.
PowerTip : Save Time when Selecting Dates & Times
How to quickly set dates and times using number keys and the Space Bar.
PowerTip : Save Time when Selecting List and Menu Items
Save time by using 'First Letter' trick in menus and lists.
PowerTip : Save Time with Convenience Keys
How to change the icons opened by your convenience keys.
PowerTip : Battery Life Tips
Good tips to help extend the Battery life of your BlackBerry and Enhance overall speed and performance
PowerTip : Working with Files
Finding and working with documents and other files on your BlackBerry (Pictures, Videos, Ring Tones, Music and more)
Security : How to Turn On Your Password
Protect your valuable data with a password.
Security : How to Turn Off Your Password
Removing password security (may not be possible if disallowed by your administrator).
Security : Erase All Data from Your BlackBerry
Clear off all your personal data (e.g. when upgrading or returning your BlackBerry).
Settings : Setting Your Owner Information
Make sure people know how to get your BlackBerry back to you if you lose or misplace it.
Settings : Setting Your Time zone, Date & Time
Where to set your time zone, date and time. What is network time?
Settings : Setting Your Font Type & Size
Make your BlackBerry more readable with a BIGGER font or see more on the screen with a smaller font.
Settings : Changing and Download New Themes (Look and Feel)
How to change the look and feel of your BlackBerry (Zen, Icons, more)
SMS Text & MMS : Tips to use AutoText and Nicknames in SMS-MMS
Quickly addressing SMS messages and using AutoText to save time with common phrases.
SMS Text & MMS : SMS Text Message Basics
Learn the basics of sending SMS Text Messages
SMS Text & MMS : MMS Messages Basics
Learn the basics of sending MMS Multi-Media Messages (Add Pictures and Sounds)
SMS Text & MMS : Separate or Combined SMS - MMS Inbox (Icon)
Create a separate SMS Text Message (& MMS) inbox Icon or combine with your Messages Icon
Sound Profiles : Changing Profile (Vibrate, Quiet, etc.)
Change how your BlackBerry notifies you of phone calls, ringing alarms, email, SMS and more.
Sound Profiles : Customizing a Specific Profile (Volume, Ring tone, Vibrate, In/Out Holster) for OS v5.0 or higher
How to customize or fine-tune profiles: Ring volume, mute, vibrate, in holster, out of holster, number of rings, repeat notification, and more.
Sound Profiles : Custom Ringtones/Alerts for Specific People (for OS v5.0+)
Create a customized ringtone or alert for a person so you know who is calling or messaging you without looking at your BlackBerry
Troubleshooting : Radio Off/On or Airplane Mode
Use for Airplane Mode or Flight Mode (turn off radio). Also, first thing to try when email/web is not working.
Troubleshooting : Soft Reset
Soft reset helps with troubleshooting wireless signal and when your BlackBerry is running slowly.
Troubleshooting : Hard Reset
Do a 'battery pull' or Hard Reset if your BlackBerry does not respond to other troubleshooting or is locked up.
Troubleshooting : Service Books (Internet Email Users)
Sometimes this trick works to get email & web back up and running.
Troubleshooting : Safe Mode
How to start your BlackBerry in 'Safe Mode' (will turn off all Third Party applications) - Use this to remove Apps that might be causing your problems.
Voice Dialing : Voice Dialing Basics
Dial by name, number, check status, battery, signal strength, and more.
Voice Dialing : Voice Dialing Options & Learning Your Voice (Adapt Digits)
Helping your BlackBerry to learn your own voice.
Voice Note : How to use the Voice Note (for OS 5.0+)
Record and send voice notes (helpful when driving and you cannot type).
Web Browser : Getting Started with Your Web Browser & Hot Keys
Web Browser Basics, Bookmarks, Hot Keys and More
Web Browser : Web Browser: List of Hot Keys (PDF)
Shortcut Sheet (PDF): Save time in the Web Browser with this list of the best hot keys. (Download & Print)
Web Browser : Using Google Search & Call from the Browser
Be a Google pro on your BlackBerry - even call from search results (save time)
Word/Excel/PPT : Find your Docs to Go Icons Learn Basics
Locate and move the 'Docs to Go' icons to View and Edit MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint Documents
Word/Excel/PPT : Use Word to Go to Edit Microsoft Word Documents
View, Edit and Send MS Word(tm) Documents (.doc, .docx) right from your BlackBerry
Word/Excel/PPT : Use Sheet to Go to Edit Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets
View, Edit and Email MS Excel(tm) Spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx) right from your BlackBerry
Word/Excel/PPT : Use Slideshow to Go to Edit Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations
View, Edit and Send MS PowerPoint(tm) Presentations (.ppt, .pptx) right from your BlackBerry, How to try or buy the Premium Edition

Customer Reviews of Our BlackBerry Made Simple Books

[Top of Page] Reviews of BlackBerry Made Simple Products & Services Great help for beginners and power users
Reviewer: Christian Bretscher (Zurich, Switzerland)

"BlackBerry Made Simple" is a real great help for beginners as well as for power users. I have found most useful hints that allowed me to work faster and better with my blackberry. Best of all: Martin Trautschold even answered my e-mails with additional personal questions very friendly, quickly and precisely!

My Blackberry Bible--A "must have" book to go with my Blackberry
Reviewer: Lenny (Port St. Lucie, Florida)

As a healthcare professional and inventor of a product that helps people get eye drops into their eyes without missing, called ezdrops. I have both versions of Blackberry Made Simple. The e-version and the hard copy. My hard copy of Blackberry Made Simple and my Blackberry has saved me hundreds of man hours by not having to wait to be at a computer for my e mails and text messages. Blackberry Made Simple has proven to be my "bible" and I keep in with me in my brief case for the times that I travel as well as the need to find short cuts on my Blackberry. quickly. Martin has made the Blackberry device extremely user friendly by making Blackberry Made Simple very easy and fool proof to understand.

If you decide to get a Blackberry device then you MUST get the Blackberry Made Simple book!


Lenny Muroff, President
E-Z Drops, Inc.
Port St. Lucie Florida 34985

The Magic to unlock your Blackberry.
Reviewer: R. Shaff "Velocipede" (USA)

I've been a Blackberry user for some time, and just like most tech gadgets today, the BB has such a rich feature set, most users will never know all the secrets. Well, to a large degree, that has changed.

Martin Trautschold's BLACKBERRY MADE SIMPLE is the key to unlocking many of the BB secrets...those that make life much easier. I purchased Trautschold's "ebook" version some time ago, before the current published version, but regardless, the information is necessary and superb.

As an example, on my HOME screen, the default icons are those RIM believes are primary to most users. However, as every user is different, the location and ease of invoking a function is paramount. I wanted to either delete or move certain icons, but was unable to do so because the documentation (User's Manual {ha!}) is extremely lacking. Enter BLACKBERRY MADE SIMPLE. Trautschold's cure? Hide the icon...

1. Scroll to the icon you want to move or hide.
2. Hold down the ALT key, click the trackwheel, and select "Move application" or "Hide application."

{If you're moving the application, you then use the trackwheel to place the icon, and click the trackwheel to end the operation.}

It's that simple!

Trautschold's book is loaded with gems just like this throughout. Any new or experienced BB user will benefit from this book; it simply should be a requirement.

A MUST HAVE for any Blackberry User
Reviewer: O. Mendoza (USA)

I'm on my fourth Blackberry and am pretty familiar with the device and its functions. After buying BB Made Simple for Full Keyboard BB's, I was blown away at how much more I could do with my Blackberry.  I was able to pick up loads of useful information to really take me to the next level. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANY full keyboard BB WILL NOT be disappointed. A worthwhile investment!!!

Don't even try to BlackBerry without this book!
Reviewer: Horst Tondasch (Florida)

When I bought my first Blackberry, I was part of a small but fast growing community. No Phone-service-provider knew anything about these devices, the experienced Blackberry-users spoke their own language which I did not understand. I found Martin Trautschold's e-book and that helped me to get the most use out of my Blackberry. I would have never found all this information myself. Even now, as I am in the process to upgrade to the newest Blackberry device, I experience that the phone-service-providers have no clue what they are selling. Again, I need Martin to set me up with the new features.

This book is a must for every BlackBerry user. And you can even go further and watch easy to follow videos for every process on Martins website.

Reviewer: Bo Marcus (New Canaan, CT, USA)

The book is a SUPER RESOURCE for 3 reasons:
1. It covers the simple stuff and expert shortcuts and tips that I never knew existed!
2. The Table of Contents is well designed and make it easy to find what you need.
3. Martin, the author, is very dedicated to keeping it updated and making his customers happy.

Better Than Treo
Reviewer: Steve Notario, Director of Sales (USA)

Let me say this, I have only been using a Blackberry for 8 months. Prior to my Blackberry I used a Treo 650. When I joined my new company they issued me a new Blackberry, I had that dreaded feeling of having to learn a new phone, the learning curve was going at a slow crawl, until I purchased your Blackberry Made Simple book.

Your publication was key in allowing me to ramp up my skills very quickly and effectively put my Blackberry to work within days of being assigned my new phone. The twenty tips and tricks emails, were very useful in getting me started and getting a basic understanding of the full capabilities of my Blackberry.

My Co-workers all had been using the Blackberry for months, they were all self trained. By using your tip and tricks I was performing advanced skills they had no clue about, and started to ask me questions, like how did you do that. You know the rest, best of luck and continued success!

Reviewer: S. Kornegay (USA)

Your book is terrific!

Great Book and Email Tips!
Reviewer: J. B., Chief Technology Officer, Albany College of Pharmacy (Albany, NY, USA)

I really like the book and the email tips that get sent along with it!

Reviewer: Douglas W. Given, Owner, Commercial Real Estate Firm (Ohio, USA)

Before Blackberry, I was using a Treo 600. Treo began to have issues like freezing up and the device would do nothing. I struggled with it because I could only remember how difficult it was to program initially and learn all the procedures and short cuts. If I had known about your book and knew how easy it was to follow "Made Simple" I would have switched to Blackberry long ago. The book itself is great, but I was even more impressed when I contacted you by email with a question, you responded quickly and proceeded with a quick research and ultimate answer other supposed experts could not answer.

Really helped me figure my BlackBerry out!
Reviewer: Mike S. (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Your product has really helped me figure my BlackBerry out, thanks much!

It's very helpful!
Reviewer: Jonathan B. (USA)

It's really helpful! BlackBerry Made Simple helped me learn how to do useful stuff on my BlackBerry I never thought possible."

It's very helpful!
Reviewer: Gerry G. (California, USA)

It's very helpful! I'd like to add that without the help of your book, it would have been nearly impossible to set my Blackberry up on my own with the documentation provided by the manufacturer.

I love it!
Reviewer: Beth D. (USA)

The BlackBerry Made Simple eBook was definitely helpful... It's like "Blackberry for Idiots". I love it!!"

I needed to set up the BlackBerry that night and I was desperate!
Reviewer: Lee L. (USA)

I found your e-book through Google, I needed to set up the BlackBerry that night and I was desperate! So I went ahead and bought it – and was SO pleased! The book has given me exactly the information I needed for the initial setup!

Great Cheat Sheet and Reference Guide
Reviewer: Isariya Duncan (Orange, CA USA)

Many books say they will make your life easier in getting to know your device, this one actually does. I learned great shortcut/time saving tips for my BlackBerry without having to search through a mound of text. Clear, concise text makes it a great tool. Thanks a bunch.

I love this book!
Reviewer: Bruce H. Satter (Miami, Florida)

When I first bought the Blackberry I was deeply disappointed in the PDA aspects, as trying to figure out the operational nuances was making me crazy! I was more than pleasantly surprised at the incredible detail of the "Blackberry Made Simple" language and not only got all of my questions answered, but learned a lot about features I had never even thought about. I love this book! Well worth many times the price to me. And now I love my BlackBerry.

Big help!
Reviewer: J. Fiore (USA)

The book was a great help in getting me up and going with the new BlackBerry very quickly. Clearly written, and much better than the instruction manual. Clear graphics, and you're never left in the dark about what to do or to do next. Highly recommended.

Your book has been invaluable. Thank you!
Reviewer: D. Gow (Australia)

I am a new user and had no idea how the blackberry was meant to be configured. The BlackBerry Made Simple book has been a great source of tips and tricks! I didn't know I could do so much with the BlackBerry. I mean it's not like it comes with any of this information in a manual or anything! So thank you once again - I love my new blackberry (now) and I love what is commonly referred to by me as "Blackberry for Dummies" which I am slowly working my way through. Thanks for all your assistance. keep up the good work!

Very Useful Resource
Reviewer: J. Phillips, HR System Security, Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Texas, USA)

I recently ordered your "Blackberry Made Simple" e-book and find it a very useful resource. Thanks for publishing!

The eBook was great
Reviewer: Greg B. (USA)

The eBook was great.... I spent one afternoon, downloaded some software additions from websites, added a Bluetooth keyboard and learned the ins and outs. It really made the device a useful tool.

Very Useful Resource
Reviewer: R. Luke, Information Technology, Albany International (New York, USA)

The book is very good! I purchased both of versions since I support several Blackberry’s for our company.