BlackBerry Apps

easyDial giveaway - Leave a comment and you could win!

Help, How-To & Tips

Quick Tip: How to dial phone numbers that contain letters on your BlackBerry device

Oh so pretty

Still not sold on the BlackBerry Passport?

pre release review

BlackBerry Passport gets a full video walkthrough


Labor Day Sale: 20% off all BlackBerry accessories

Not official but they're there

BlackBerry OS autoloaders now available

Affordable. Classic. Innovative. Prestige.

BlackBerry 2014 device roadmap

Legal wins are good

BlackBerry lands another legal win over Typo keyboard

No “substantial evidence” found

BlackBerry did not infringe Mformation Technologies patents

For the people who dig specs

BlackBerry Passport spec sheet offers a few new details

Worst kept secret

Newer BlackBerry Blend retail demo found in OS

hey big spender

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 in full glory

Still unofficial but it looks great

Hands-on with BlackBerry Assistant

Leading the way

John Chen one of Canada's most powerful business people

It's all about mobility

Mobility - a priority for Indian organizations

Aiming to create new revenue streams

BlackBerry opens Technology Solutions Business Unit

Grab that update

Sprint rolling out OS for the BlackBerry Q10

Passport sneak peek

BlackBerry Passport coming to Carphone Warehouse

trackpad fans rejoice

BlackBerry Classic internal specs appear via Geekbench

Security in more places

BBM Protected now available for Balance enabled devices

< >

Calling Phone Numbers Containing Letters

By Kevin Hill on 13 Feb 2007 07:00 pm EST

ask the dealerSteph writes: "I want to call a number that has letters in it…such as 1-800-GOT-MILK. But the keys on my BlackBerry are not like those on a regular phone and I don’t know what the corresponding numbers should be. How do I make that call on my Qwerty keyboard Blackberry?"

It’s actually very simple.

You can go to the phone function and begin dialing or you can actually just start hitting the numbers from your home screen and the phone application will open automatically.

Dial 1-8-0-0 or whatever the number prefix is. When you get to the letter, press the ALT key and hold and press the letters you need. The Blackberry will automatically figure out what numbers should be dialed. Press the click wheel and the call is imitated.

If you have a technical question please check our hints and tips section. If you still can't find what you are looking for ask the dealer by writing to 



This entry was great. I called Verizon tech support and they had no clue (surprise!)
Thanks for this. Does this solution also work when you have to type someone's name or initials for example, in a voicemail look-up directory?


Thank you soooo much for posting this solution!! I can't tell you how many people I've posed this question to who were not able to provide an answer. I have a new Blackberry Curve from T-Mobile and am starting to finally like the phone now that I know quick and easy tips such as this one!

Thanks again!!





very helpful... was having problems with that





It's a radio station. On extremely rare occasion one of several radio stations might be giving away something I'm interested in. It's a race to be the Nth caller.

If I press the Alt I can get J, but not K.

If I press-and-hold the Alt, I can multi-tap to get the K, but then when I press the S, the screen says "mnmks" and there's no way (that I've found) to get BACK to the numerals to put in "95". No matter what I do, 9, alt-9, alt-hold-9, alt-hold-9-9-9, everything gives me an "M" which is not 9 (it's 6 or something, but definitely not 9).

Or it's the customer service "number" at the redbox machine.

Or it's a radio, tv, billboard advertisement.

Or it's any of a bajillion things where there is no "normal" phone nearby to look it up.

This thing needs a smarter multi-tap function, AND a way to turn it back OFF in the middle of the dial string, in case there are trailing numerals.

Randy Foreman

I was sent a puzzle to figure out a woman's phone number. w.t atj mg+m can you tell me the phone number You can e-mail me at