New BlackBerry? Put the BlackBerry PIN Exchange to Use!

By Kevin Michaluk on 14 Apr 2008 11:21 am EDT
BlackBerry PIN ExchangeI had an awesome weekend for a couple of reasons: one, the weather was beautiful and two, on Friday the UPS man delivered my new BlackBerry Curve 8320 (thanks again Dieter ) so I had a new toy to play with!

It wasn't too big of a jump for me - I retired my AT&T 8300 (bought it the first day they hit the market) and moved into the T-Mobile's WiFi equipped Curve. Other than the change of color (I got it in Titanium), addition of WiFi and slightly better build quality on the keyboard (my 8300's keyboard was very "loose") the phone's are basically identical. Since I'm running the phone unlocked on Rogers in Canada I don't get to take advantage of unlimited calling via UMA, but at least the WiFi should help cut back on some of my ridiculous data bills. Despite the similarities, I did still find myself making some newbie posts in the forums over the weekend.

As all CrackBerrys know, a new BlackBerry smartphone means a new device PIN, which also means that until your BlackBerry Messenger contacts add your new PIN that you are unconnected and off the radar. Luckily, thanks to the BlackBerry PIN Exchange application for Facebook, this process of getting my new device PIN out was fast and painless.

Getting Your New Device PIN to Your BBM Friends 

Though the BlackBerry PIN Exchange is still officially in 'Beta' as we're still working on some tweaks and improvements, it now has over 14,000 users which happen to include all of the people I normally am in contact with via BlackBerry Messenger. As soon as my BlackBerry was booted up for the first time, I logged into Facebook and clicked through to the PIN Exchange app. I updated my device PIN on my profile box, and from there clicked over to the "Friends" tab which showed me all of my Facebook friend's device PINs. It only took 4 minutes to whip through the list and send all my contacts over a new friend request over BBM (and in the request message I told them to delete my old PIN). Within 5 minutes, everybody had approved my request and I was once again connected to all my BBM peeps. I was pumped - under 10 minutes downtime is pretty good.

PIN Exchange Friends
Having One Spot Where Your Friend's Current PINs are Stored is Soo Convenient!

It's not a totally automated process as you still need to make your Friend requests through BBM manually, but just having all of your friends' current PINs located in one easy-to-find place is so good. As long as your buddies keep their device PINS up to date on the exchange, you are good to go.

Now ideally what we need to develop still is an application that can be installed onto the BlackBerry which would pull your friend's device PINs out of the PIN Exchange on Facebook, put them onto your BlackBerry and then tie into BBM to make the PIN requests automatically (could be cool if from time to time it also allowed you to re-sync to make sure your PINs are all current). I'm not sure if this is technically doable, but it would be awesome. If you're a BlackBerry software developer and reading this and want to tackle it, be sure to shoot me an email!

Other BlackBerry PIN Exchange Updates

If you're a Facebook user and haven't heard of the BlackBerry PIN Exchange yet you can read about it here or better yet, head over to and add the application to your Facebook profile page. If you're new to BlackBerry Messenger (and are wondering what all this PIN talk is about) check out our BlackBerry 101 on it. And if you're already a member of the PIN Exchange but haven't checked it out in a while, you should login to Facebook and see some of the latest features:

Tile View Browsing
For those who choose to share their PIN on the public exchange (you can of course adjust your privacy settings so you only share it with your approved friends or on your Facebook profile) you can now browse the exchange via profile pictures!

BlackBerry PIN Exchange Tile View
Browsing by Tile View - When You Cursor Over an Image it Shows the Name.
I'm actually in this picture... Where's Waldo?!

Map View
This function is only available for PIN Exchange users in the United States right now (Canada coming online soon, Europe to follow), but it allows users to enter in their Zip code which then plots their approximate locations onto Google Maps. So if you're looking to exchange PINs with people in a given area, this makes it fun and easy to browse for contacts geographically. Like with everything on the PIN Exchange, participation is totally at your choosing - you can opt in/opt out as you like.

BlackBerry PIN Exchange Map ViewI blocked my PIN - you'll have to track me down on the PIN Exchange if you want it!

I'm located in Canada so the Map View currently isn't available to me - to snap the picture above I temporarily used the only US ZIP Code I know by heart - Good 'Ole Beverly Hills 90210!!

As mentioned previously, we're still working on some tweaks and improvements to the PIN Exchange (which means you could potentially come across some bugs - if you do find any just report them rather than leave a negative app review, as we will get em fixed up asap). We'll be expanding the map view, and are working on more ways to search/filter for contacts among some other bells and whistles.

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New BlackBerry? Put the BlackBerry PIN Exchange to Use!


My messenger will not move contacts from pending to contacts even after people accept. After I accept other invites, I still remain pending on friends BB's. Any sugestions?

Ok.....i'm VERY new to the bb thing. I have t-mobile. I use to have a razor, but just got my curve 8320. I have never even used a laptop, so the bb was definately new and different! but i love it already! i'm finding myself HIGHLY addicted to playing with it already. let me admit it........I'M OBSESSED! I don't know what u guys are talking about with this PIN and map thing though. I did try the map, and saw nothing. But now I see this PIN thing has something to do with it. I'm a member of facebook, which i'm assuming also has something to do with all this. can someone explain this to me? i haven't loaded any software on it or anything. it's basicall "stock" right now, if u will. i have NO idea what i'm doing! it may be "too much" phone for me, but i want to learn!!!!!! anyone willing to mentor me? lol....

I'm having trouble adding people to my messenger contacts. When i go to add a contact by email, i get a return message on my BB saying to accept and i do and the contact comes up as me, rather then who i sent the email too! Then i don't get them on my contact list. Does anyone know how to fix this?????!!!!

can anyone help! I'm having trouble when trying to add contacts to my messenger by email. It seems to work at first the contact's name goes under "pending" but then a few sec. later i get a meesage in my messenger and when i check it, My name gets added to the contact list and not the person who i'm trying to add. The person under pending who i'm trying to add disapears! can anyway help me??!!!

I have done the pin profile thing on facebook on regular computer but trying to find other people in my area and the map never loads. Anyone have any ideas or help for me? Do I need to do this on my BB??

I'd love to show off my Storm in my profile instead of just picking a random BB in what looks to be quite an outdated list.

Besides that, really cool feature for Facebook and I look forward to seeing what amounts from this.

Google map doesnt load and the page numbers over lap with the pictures so I can't browse people :-( People have been able to find me though ;-)

I have only had my bb for about a month. I was wondering if anyone knows how to download skype to an 8530 curve on the sprint network? Also, how do you use the map feature that everyone is speaking of and what is the benefit for using it. pin #

anyone know how to make your pic come up on bbm i have uploaded it but every says there aint one? also updated my bbm and tryed again ???

just got a bb pin and will like to make lot of can always add cos i am very fun to chat pin is 210F4C2C

Am a nigerian pretty black girl am seriously searchin for an european or british white men for a serious relationship or even marriage pls no dirty talks no wierdo add me guys 2301BDE1

F/34/from Philippines, recently working here in UAE - looking for male european, american and canadian pin pals --- add me up 276de1c3

you can easily find people from all around the world and who share the same interests as you easily on and you can also drop your pin to be add by "all the world" who share the sames interests as you...go check by yourself