How to Set Up SMS & MMS for the BlackBerry 8310

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How to Set Up SMS & MMS for the BlackBerry 8310
Using the Blackberry Curve (pda image by Eric E from Fotolia.com)

The Blackberry is a popular handheld device produced and distributed by the Canadian company, Research In Motion (RIM). The Blackberry Curve 8310 is shipped with Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) preconfigured on the device, though MMS may need to be enabled on the phone. SMS sends "texts" (text-only message) up to 140 characters to the designated recipient. MMS supports sending pictures, video and audio data, as well as text. SMS and MMS are configured to send and receive messages via the phone number assigned to the Blackberry. Setting up an SMS or MMS to send to a recipient requires just a few clicks of the trackball.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Roll the trackball to the "Contacts" folder on the Main Menu of the Blackberry Curve 8310.

  2. 2

    Press the trackball to open the Contacts interface.

  3. 3

    Select a recipient from the list of Contacts and press the trackball. The selected Contact's information page will display.

  4. 4

    Press the "Menu" button on the device. The Menu button is located to the immediate left of the trackball. The Menu button is the button with an image of seven dots. The context menu will appear for the selected contact.

  5. 5

    Scroll down, using the trackball, to the "SMS Text <recipient name>" where recipient name is the name of the selected contact. Press the trackball to display the "Compose SMS" screen. The recipient's name will appear in the first "To:" field.

  6. 6

    Enter a second recipient in the second "To:" field, if desired.

  7. 7

    Scroll down to the content area and type a message that does not exceed 140 characters.

  8. 8

    Press the trackball to show the context menu.

  9. 9

    Scroll to "Send" and press the trackball. The SMS message will send to the designated recipient.

  1. 1

    Click the "Menu" button on the phone. The Menu button is immediately to the left of the trackball.

  2. 2

    Click the "Settings" icon, and then click the "Options" icon from the context menu.

  3. 3

    Scroll to the "MMS" entry on the Options page.

  4. 4

    Click on the entry labelled "Multimedia Reception" and scroll the trackball to "Always". Click the trackball again to save the entry.

  5. 5

    Click on the entry labelled "Automatic Retrieval" and scroll the trackball to "Always". Click the trackball again to save the entry.

  6. 6

    Click the "Menu" button and then click "Save" with the trackball. The device is now set to send and receive MMS messages.

  1. 1

    Roll the trackball to the "Contacts" folder on the Main Menu of the Blackberry Curve device.

  2. 2

    Press the trackball to open the Contacts list.

  3. 3

    Select a recipient for the MMS from the list of Contacts. Press the trackball. The selected Contact's information page will display.

  4. 4

    Press the "Menu" button on the Blackberry. The Menu button is the button with an image of seven dots to the immediate left of the trackball. The context menu will display for the selected contact.

  5. 5

    Scroll down to the "MMS Text <recipient name>" entry with the trackball. Press the trackball to display the "Compose MMS" screen. The recipient's name will appear in the first "To:" field.

  6. 6

    Type a subject for the MMS in the "Subject" field.

  7. 7

    Scroll down to the content area and type a message for the recipient.

  8. 8

    Press the trackball to show the context menu.

  9. 9

    Select "Attach Audio" to attach and audio clip to the MMS. Select "Attach Video" to attach a video. Select "Attach Picture" to attach an image file. The Blackberry will display all audio, video or image files on the device, depending on the media select.

  10. 10

    Navigate through the media and click on the desired clip or picture with the trackball to attach the media to the message. The screen will return to the "Compose MMS" screen with the media embedded into the message.

  11. 11

    Press the Menu button when finished composing the MMS message.

  12. 12

    Scroll to "Send" and press the trackball. The MMS message will send to the designated recipient.

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