BlackBerry 101 – Using Speed Dial on a BlackBerry Smartphone

How-To

An introduction to the Speed Dial feature on BlackBerry® smartphones

Speed dial is a handy function that does what the name implies: it quickly dials a phone number. With the push of one or two buttons (depending on your model of BlackBerry smartphone) your device is making an outgoing call. Here’s a quick overview of how to review, and customize your Speed Dial List while using a BlackBerry smartphone.

QWERTY Keyboard

A BlackBerry smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard (such as the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone) has 23 keys that you can assign for speed dialing. Why not 26, you ask? That’s because three keys – A, Q and W – are permanently assigned to pre-designed tasks. The A key locks the keyboard, Q toggles your sound profile to vibrate, and W calls your voicemail. To learn more about these keys, make sure you check out the Phone section of the BlackBerry User Guide for your device.

Beyond those three letters, the rest of the letter keys are free to be assigned a contact’s phone number, so here’s an overview of how to review and customize your Speed Dial List.

  1. Press and hold a letter key from the Home screen or the phone app
  2. When prompted to Assign a Speed Dial to the letter choose Yes, your contact list will open
  3. Choose from your existing contacts or add a new contact.

Once you have assigned a contact to a letter key, the Speed Dial screen will be displayed. From here you can view, add and delete contacts from all the speed dial keys. If you would like to view your speed dial list at any time, press the Phone key followed by the Menu key, and then select “View” followed by “Speed Dial List”.

Something else to keep in mind: You are only able to assign one phone number to one key. If a contact has two or more phone numbers, you will be prompted to choose which one you would like to assign for that contact.

Virtual Keyboard

A BlackBerry smartphone with a virtual keyboard (such as the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone) has eight keys that can have numbers associated to them for speed dialing, because the 1 key is permanently set to call your voicemail.
To assign a contact’s phone number, to a key do the following:

  1. From the Home screen, press the Phone key
  2. Press the Menu key
  3. Select “View” and then “Speed Dial List”
  4. Select a key to assign a number to
  5. Choose from your existing contacts or add a new contact.

Just like a device with a QWERTY keyboard, once you have assigned a contact to a number the Speed Dial screen will be displayed. From here you can view, add and delete contacts from all the speed dial keys.

 

Again, keep in mind that you are only able to assign one phone number to one key, so if a contact has two or more phone numbers, you will be prompted to choose which one you would like to assign.

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