Top 10 tips for BlackBerry 10 phone calling

BlackBerry Z10 phone calls
By Simon Sage on 17 Feb 2013 01:06 pm EST

The emphasis on BlackBerry has always been on mobile data, but these things still make phone calls y'know.  BlackBerry 10 includes many of the simple, functional tricks that the brand has accumulated over the years, but there are at least a few subtle new additions that are worth highlighting. The phone app isn't one we think about too often, but there are plenty of tips to make your phone experience on BalckBerry 10 even better.

Fire up your Z10s and check out some of these tricks for making phone calls.


1. Long press the portraits at the top of the dialler app to pick new speed dial contacts.

2. Scroll past the top, above speed dial contacts, to see your own phone number.

3. To have a call answer immediately after removing your BlackBerry from a holster, swipe down from the top in the dialler app, tap Settings, then Holster.

4. To clear your call history, swipe down from the top of the dialler app and tap Clear Call Log.

5. To initiate a call by voice command, hold down the pause/play hardware key, and say "Call" and the name of your contact, then hit the pause/play key again.

6. Pause and wait commands can be added to phone numbers with extensions through the Contacts app. 

7. Pull up your device's IMEI number by dialling *#06# into the phone dialer. Note, you can also get your IMEI by going to Settings > About > Hardware.

8. Change your ringtone by swiping down from the top of a home screen, tapping the Notifications text, and selecting Phone.

9. There's no way to automatically change text into a phone number, as on previous BlackBerry devices; just use the letters on the number pad to figure it out the old fashioned way.

10. Add notes to calls as you take them from the Call Note button, and include due dates.

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That's just a sample of what you can do to make your calls on a day to day basis, but Z10 owners, how are you finding the phone function? Are you noticing the HD Voice at all? Are there any shortcuts you miss from the old BlackBerry OS? 

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Top 10 tips for BlackBerry 10 phone calling


I spotted Alicia Keys yesterday at the NBA All Stars Slam Dunk on tv recording a video on her white BlackBerry Z10. The event was broadcasted from Huston, Texas.

Aha, yeah I saw her as well and started flippin out when I saw her white Z10. And to top it off, Toronto's Terrance Ross won the dunk contest :D

This is an amazing phone.
It does everything that I would want a phone to do.

Keep the info coming. Have you found anymore easter eggs? I showed your "Five finger swipe" to the guy at Telus ..... and he was amazed. He went to show the rest of his co-workers immediately.

This is the only phone that Telus recommends. He use to use the Samsung, but as soon as he is able to ( Because they are behind in units ) he is going to change to the Z10.

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When you are in the middle of a call and need to key in a number or need access to the dialer, the phone comes out of dim mode automatically. To clarify, the phone goes to dim screen automatically when you get the phone up to your ear and comes back out once you bring it down. So, no need for an extra swipe to get the screen coming back or accessing the dialer.

The phone app is something we think about a whole lot over at my neck of the woods Kevin, we tend to make a whole lot of calls and send a whole lot of SMS's. Wish I could join you, the Z10 hasn't been launched yet in Nigeria, I'm still nursing the pain of missing the Z10 by just 1 hour, I happened to have been in London during the launch, walked into carphonewarehouse an hour after they stopped selling SIM free versions!! Aaaarrrrghhh!!

Don't know why they took the feature out to change letters to numbers automatically. I love that feature on my 9900. I hope the Q10 will still have that feature...

Here is a phone question for everyone. In BBOS7.1 you could set. It so that you could call out even with the password on. Any ideas how to do that with BB10?

I am still unhappy that one cannot add a contact number from the call log to an existing contact on the phone - like one can on any cheap entry-level phone in the market today. Why is Blackberry not able to provide such a basic functionality !

You just haven't explored/found it yet. It is there. You could select the number from the list and hold for a bit for the overflow menu to come up or just click on the ... to bring it up.

how do you end an incoming call you do not want to answer without just letting it ring through....???

I don't have a Z10 yet (I'm in US), but on all my other BB's, just push any of the physical keys on the sides (volume, lock, etc.) and the phone will stop ringing.

Any keys on the side would send the phone to ring in silence. To hang up, you would swipe upwards (the opposite of answering).

is it me but the q10 takes forever to place a call! even if u press yr supposedly favourite contact its still takes like 17 secs?? my old blackberry with a actual call button way was faster?