Have you ever been asked for your business card only to realize you ran out? Are there moments when you want to send your number, email, and pin to a friend but don't want to type everything out? Well have no fear your BlackBerry device makes it really simple to share your contact information (and anyone else's in your address book but that's our little secret). It's the perfect alternative to copying and pasting or trying to scan a PIN barcode.
First things first you'll need to set yourself up as a contact. Once that's out of the way it's easy to attach to an open message as a vcard (.vcf) that your recipient can download right into their contact list. A vCard is an electronic version of your business card and is basically all the information you entered in earlier (name, phone number, email address), in a format you can share with your peers. So next time you want to exchange info simply whip out your BlackBerry and follow these steps. In a matter of seconds they'll have all your info.
There are two very easy methods for sending: directly from your contacts list or by attaching into an open message (i.e. Text, BBM, PIN, email). All the receiving party needs to do is open the message, view the attachment and add it to their contacts all with just a couple of clicks. Plus it's used by many popular applications (i.e. Outlook) and compatible with other platforms.
Send from contacts application
From the home screen, scroll to and click on the contacts application. Navigate to the name or contact you wish to send and press the menu key and select Send Contact Card. Next, choose the method you wish to send the card: Email, PIN, Text Message, Bluetooth (OS7), or forward to BBM contact. For emails and PIN messages, a new message box appears with a little book icon while text messages is a miniature address card. Final step is just entering in who it's going to and pressing send. This last step does involve typing in the actual address if they don't exist in your contact list.
Attach a contact to a message
Now if you're already in an active conversation or message you can send from here as well. You would just press the menu key and perform the action that corresponds with the message type: click Attach > Contact for emails/SMS, click Send > BlackBerry contact in BBM, or click Attach Contact when sending a PIN message. From there just scroll to and select the contact to send. See that wasn't so hard and won't take up too much of your time.
So next time you meet someone new, attend a networking event, or get a request to forward your info, who needs business cards when you have your BlackBerry.
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