Speed dials are a convenient way to access your most frequently dialed contacts without going through the address book. Plain and simple, they allow you to press as few keys as possible. Stay connected with friends and family with just a simple touch of a button. So for those of you who are new to BlackBerry here is a rundown of assigning and using speed dials on your device.
Speed Dial Capacity
SurePress & SureType Devices
Storm devices utilize eight programmable speed dials with one locked slot reserved for accessing voice mail. Pearl devices come with thirteen programmable and three locked slots that align with the numbers, letters, and symbols on the keypad. The locked slots are reserved for the following functions: * locks the keypad, # changes the sound profile from normal to vibrate and vice versa, and 1 dials your voicemail.
| Storm Speed Dial
|| Pearl 3g Speed Dial
Non Touch Devices & Torch
QWERTY devices store twenty six speed dials that correspond with each of the letters/numbers displayed on the keyboard. Three are automatically locked and assigned other functions: the A key locks the keypad, the Q toggles the sound profile between your current profile and Vibrate, and the W/1 key is voicemail leaving you with twenty three to choose from. The BlackBerry Style has twenty four slots free as the "A" key is not reserved for the keyboard lock.
Now that we've gotten capacity taken care of, how does one program a speed dial? There are a few different ways depending on your device.
Assign a Speed dial from the Home screen
Users need only press and hold the key of their choice from the home or phone screen. The dialogue box will prompt you to start the process outlined below for new or existing contacts. Storm owners may press and hold a key in the dial pad. Torch owners can do this as well but are limited to only eight of the available slots.
| Storm - Assigning Speed Dial
||Non-Touch - Assigning Speed Dial
">Assign a contact from the Speed Dial List
Entering a speed dial is as simple as pressing the green send key on your device's keypad. From the dial screen, simply press the menu button and click on View Speed Dial list. You can also access the list through the options icon in the home screen.
|Storm Speed Dial List
||Torch Speed Dial List
Clicking or tapping on any of the unassigned speed dials redirects you to your contact list. If you prefer using the menu button, scroll to New Speed Dial.
Highlight the desired name and click or tap using your trackpad, trackwheel or touch screen to assign. You can also add a new contact or input a one time phone number.
In this day and age we possess multiple numbers. There's a cell number, a work number, a home number, and the list goes on. How do we know we're picking the right one? If a contact has more than one number, it will appear in a popup box. Highlight the one you want and click to assign. Just like that, your contact will appear immediately in the list. Repeat the above steps for each additional contact or simply close to finish.
Assign a Speed Dial from the Contacts list
Here's a quick and easy way to add a speed dial to an existing contact. Open your contact list, click or tap on the contact itself so it appears on its own screen and highlight the desired number. Next, press the menu key and choose Add Speed Dial. Finally, click or tap on an empty slot to complete the process.
| Adding speed dial contacts on the Torch
||Adding speed dial contacts on the Style
Assign a Speed Dial from the call log
The call log is a great place to find all the numbers and contacts dialed and received in the past thirty days. From here you can add any number listed to your speed dial list without having to create a new contact.
To access the call log, press the green Send key and click on the middle tab. Choose the number or contact you want, press the menu key and click on Add Speed Dial.
Finally, move the name to an unassigned slot and click or tap to select. You may close out of the application or go through your list to assign more.
Non Touch devices
Non touch owners only need to press the green send key to access the call log. Follow the same directions as above and don't forget to close out of the application when done.
Modifying Speed Dials
It's very simple to change, reassign or even delete a speed dial. All you need to do is access the list, highlight the one you want to modify, and press the menu key. From here you can click on edit to assign a new number, click on move to another speed dial key, or click on delete to permanently remove. You can even click on remove speed dial directly from the call log or contact list.
Making a Call
Now that you've entered in all your contacts we're finally ready to make a call. Simply press and hold the assigned key from the home, phone, or messages screens for about 1.5 seconds and you're good to go.
There you have it folks, everything there is to know about Speed Dials. How do you quickly access your favorite contacts? Do you use speed dials, applications (i.e. QuickLaunch), or keyboard shortcuts? Sound off in the comments below.