Tip# 1 - Turn The Mute Button Into a Standby Key
I personally don't use a holster or case for my phones, I tend to slip them into my pocket and forget about them until needed, aside from scratching my devices up beyond belief (just another excuse to buy a new phone) it use to cause me to "butt dial" meaning I would accidentally sit down and dial a number or the phone would jostle around and push random keys.
I say I use to do that because I learned a cool solution a little while back, I learned how to turn my devices mute key, which I never used anyways, into a "standby key" that locks my device so keys can be used until I take it out of locked mode.
This is another simple process:
- Just hold down your "Mute" key for 3 seconds and it will auto lock, you'll know its locked because it will go into standby
- You can then place your device wherever you please.
However, if you lose your BlackBerry smartphone your not protected as this option does not lock your BlackBerry but rather places it in a standby mode, it get out of standby you only need to tap the mute button.
I know what you're thinking, if a tap of the mute button unlocked the standby how effective is it? To answer that question, to date (about a year) I have only accidentally taken my device out of standby once, and that occurred when I dropped my BlackBerry 8800 on a hard surface and it hit the mute button somehow.