BlackBerrious Maximus

By Gary Mazo on 28 Jul 2008 08:54 am EDT

BlackBerrious Maximus!

BlackBerrious Maximus (Or, how far can you push this thing?!)

It is no secret that I am attached to my BlackBerry - too attached. The fact that Kevin, Martin and I are writing a book about BlackBerry addiction should give notice that we are a little "over the top" with regards to BlackBerry usage.

Whether it is the BlackBerry or any other device I own, I like to try to maximize the potential of the device. I want to find out everything I can do with it and more. With my BlackBerry, I already check my 7 email accounts, read the New York Times in the morning, check in on the Red Sox for a play by play during every game, play games during my 10 minutes of down time, listen to music on my bike rides and have my kids watch movies on long trips. I read PowerPoints and Spreadsheets, send picture messages, text my kids and use IM to stay in touch. That just scratches the surface. So, I decided to put my new 4.5 OS to the test on my 8320 Curve and see just how much was too much.

I have a Bluetooth Car Stereo that I installed in my car - so I use the BlackBerry for phone calls. With the new OS, I find that Bluetooth works a bit better and that the BlackBerry quickly sees that I have streaming Stereo audio capabilities (A2DP) - so I select Bluetooth Audio on my Car Stereo and then fire up Flipside and my tunes are streaming to my Car stereo - pretty cool. While streaming audio, I get a phone call - the music stops - I take the call just talking into the air and then when the call ends, my music is back on - so far so good.

I pull off the road for an experiment. I turn on the Garmin GPS that is paired with my Curve and start the Garmin navigation software on the Curve. I pinpoint my location and then start to navigate home - all the while still listening to my music stream from my BlackBerry to the stereo. Pretty cool - I have connected with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. In the meantime, I notice my little red light still flashes when email comes in - so now I have a nice alternating blue and red thing going on while I stream music and listen to the phone tell me where to go.

I'm still not satisfied - I know I can do more, but how much more? I pull off the road (never do all this while driving) and stop Flipside - I make sure to close the program completely to try to avoid a memory leak and an overload to my BlackBerry. I then open up my web browser - I have a strong EDGE connection - at least for the moment - and then I go to and pick my favorite Internet radio station. Can I, I wonder, be on the net and stream internet radio while connected to the GPS and still get email and use the Bluetooth to talk on the phone - why not give it a try?

Low and behold, Internet radio starts to stream beautifully through the car stereo. The Garmin is still doing its thing and the red light still flashes when email comes in. I find the radio goes in and out (more because I live on an island with poor cell service) but it is still working. Then the phone for the big test. I go to answer the call and all I hear through the stereo is a loud series of buzzes and noise. I look at my beloved Curve and see the dreaded hour glass - nothing helps, nothing to do but pull out the battery and start over. I have done it, I pushed my BlackBerry to the limit and it has said "uncle." So, for all those who want to use Bluetooth and talk on the phone while you navigate using GPS on your BlackBerry while listening to Internet might need to wait for the increased memory capacity of the new BOLD!

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BlackBerrious Maximus


Try this.
I put an 8 GB micro SD card in my Curve 8310 running OS 4.5 last week. Then proceeded to load about 1500 MP3's totaling close to 5GB.
That about put my media player in the grave. It took hours for the first scan then response from the media player was excruciatingly slow from that point forward.
I removed them about a day later.

I have a Curve 8320 (4.5 OS) and have also installed an 8gb card, I then loaded 7GB of media with no problems whatsoever, I also use the Blackberry sync for iTunes and change the media regularly.

Until i read this, I never bothered trying to stream music over EDGE, always figured I would have to wait until I had a 3g phone. signed up with, added a live365 station that I usually listen to, so i could compare the quality.
Via the oem headphones, it was decent at 36kbps parametric stereo, close if not the same as 56kbps stereo.
The real test was the drive home: 30 mins from downtown to my house, close to flawless, I have CDs that skip more than the stream cut out. I think I had a one second skip three times, one was in the parking garage.
I don't have a BT stereo headunit, the stream may not be optimal for speakers but otherwise, it works well.
I guess i need a new stereo once I have the bold.

This is Awesome! For some reason, I had never thought of hooking up my Curve to my stereo. Sure enough, the music from the Curve came through the stereo. Then, while listening to music, I sent a text & opened the browser! No problem. Few minutes later, I had my first phone call & after figuring out I needed to hit the speaker button on the Curve, I had a phone conversation through the stereo!! This is really cool to me, beacuse I have to pay for the minutes I use on my truck phone. Not anymore! Going to be using my Curve to send & recieve calls.

I wont miss any more calls becuase the music is too loud! Thanks for the great article!

Just go to on your BlackBerry. Then choose Blackberry shortcut at the bottom of the page. On the next screen you can choose your team (even the Angels)and it will be right in your applications menu.

It is totally free - you can get pitch by pitch during the games.


Hah, I thought you might feel that way after after the last 7 meetings, just a coincidence they were playing when I asked though.


Gary thanks for this post. I ALWAYS wanted to be able to listen to some sort of radio occasionally on my BlackBerry. Now with this new OS Upgrade to the Curve is near PERFECTION! I can now login to and stream almost any genre available. You can even ADD favorite stations if not currently listed with the stations URL stream address.

Next per the above mentioned comments I'm looking to playing my Curve thru the stereo next! Awesome!

is there a way i can use a similar app for an nfl team? i would love to keep track of my favorite team from the nfl.

The images you guys come up with are HILARIOUS. I love it!

First the iPhone/BlackBerry brawl with the nunchucks and a knife, now Gladiator??!

You make my day.

Great way to use your BB. I would love to do the same however concerned that my OS4.3 8130 Pearl has less onboard memory thus would not perform as well. I aready get the hourglass despite my memory clean up efforts. Any suggestions? I am a Mac user and have an iPhone. The iPhone is awesome however I am having a hard time pulling the plug on my Pearl.

Just picked this one up Kevin... now that you have a new Bold (or two!) why not try the 'test' again, and see how you get on?

I am sure we would all love to know!

I have a BlackBerry Curve 8320 through T-Mobile. I tried upgrading to the new 4.5 OS, when I did, it displayed that I already had the latest version of software, when I checked on my Curve, it says v4.2. When can I do the upgrade? Should I call T-Mobile? Any help would be appreciated.