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BLACKBERRY : Tips & Tricks

All About The Blackberry Passport (Vol.1)

BlackBerry Passport Smartphone launched simultaneously at events in Toronto, Dubai, and London last week. The company has now launched the handset in India also. The BlackBerry Passport has been priced at Rs. 49,990 and will be available starting October 10. It will be available to pre-order starting Monday on Amazon India. Consumers who pre-book the Smartphone at Amazon India will receive an Amazon gift card worth Rs. 5,000 and 5000 miles from Jet Airways. The Passport Smartphone will also be made available for pre-booking at BlackBerry stores.

The BlackBerry Passport is the first phone in the company's lineup to come up with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS onboard, which bring features as BlackBerry Assistant, and a brand new BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions. With BlackBerry 10.3, users can also get access to the Amazon Appstore for Android and roughly 240,000 apps.

Apart from India, BlackBerry plans to launch the Passport Smartphone in 29 other countries through its carrier and distributing partners before the end of this year. The list includes: Saudi Arabia and the other parts of the Middle East, Singapore, Austria, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia Slovakia, Spain, Romania, and Colombia.

Let us have a look at all the features in brief:


What's in the box?

First of all, let’s take a moment to check the box contents to make sure there's nothing missing. Inside the box* you should find:

1 x BlackBerry Passport
1 x Mains power adapter
1 x MicroUSB cable
1 x Wired earphones/hands free kit

You will also need a nano-SIM card, either from your old phone or a new one given to you at point of sale, and if you wish to expand the storage capacity of your new Passport by adding a microSD memory card, you'll need that to hand as well.


The BlackBerry Passport is a unibody design, which means that it is one unit and the back cover is not removable by the user. This also means that the battery is sealed within the handset.

The only assembly required prior to use is installing the SIM and memory cards, which is achieved by removing a small panel at the top of the phone. Look at the top edge and you will see a notch in the edge of the removable panel. Use your thumbnail to carefully ease the top edge of the panel away from the stainless steel band that surrounds the edge of the Passport.

When the catches release the panel at the top of the back of the phone will lift away. To one side you will find slots for the nano-SIM and microSD cards to slide into. They are clearly marked to show which card goes into which slot, and the orientation of each card is shown as well. With the Passport face down, the cards go in with the gold contacts on the underside.

When sliding the cards, in there is spring pressure to press them against, this engages a locking mechanism when the card is pressed against it. If you need to remove either card once it is in place, then press the card against the spring pressure and it will release, enabling you to remove it easily.

Once the cards are in place, line up the lower edge of the panel with the handset, then carefully press into place at the top of the handset. You're now ready to turn on your new BlackBerry Passport and get it set up.


Before turning on the Passport for the first time, please make sure that the SIM card (and memory card if you wish to add one) has been inserted correctly. Press the power button on the top edge of the handset for about a second and you'll feel a vibration, and then the BlackBerry logo will appear onscreen before the setup wizard launches.

  • On the first screen, select your language from the list and then swipe left or tap Next to continue.
  • If your SIM card is already active, you will be asked to decide whether to use a 3G/4G connection (mobile internet) on your smart phone. If your SIM card is not yet active you may see a screen asking you to insert one. Swipe left or tap Next to skip past this.
  • You should see the End User License Agreement onscreen. In order to proceed you will have to tap I Agree.
  • The next page allows you to Connect to Wi-Fi. Scroll down the screen to locate the name of your wireless network, and then tap on that line to select it.
  • Enter the password when prompted and tap Connect.
  • You will need to have a BlackBerry ID set up on your Passport if you wish to use BBM or download apps from BlackBerry World. If you the Passport is your first BlackBerry then you will need to tap Create account and complete the onscreen form to set up a free BlackBerry ID. If you already have a BlackBerry ID, tap Sign in and do so. You can also Skip the BlackBerry ID set up, and come back to this later if you wish. If you encounter any problems signing in, then you can troubleshoot them on the BlackBerry ID website.
  • You can choose whether to allow BlackBerry to gather anonymous diagnostic and location data. There is a link which you can tap to get more information on what information is gathered and how it is used, but the choice of whether to Disable or Enable this is yours. Tap your selection to proceed.
  • Your Passport will then update its regional settings. Tap Next to continue.
  • If your BlackBerry Passport is connected to a Wi-Fi network, then it will check for updates to the operating system, and install any it finds. Tap OK to continue.
  • That's the setup wizard completed! Next you will go through a brief set of tutorials about using the touch-sensitive keyboard, quitting apps and checking app settings, so tap Continue to proceed.
  • The first tutorial shows you touch gestures on the keyboard to scroll. Follow the prompts to work through the tutorial, and then tap Continue.
  • Next you'll be shown how to leave an app by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. When you've mastered this, tap Continue.
  • Finally you will learn how to access app settings by swiping down from the top of the screen. Again, when you're happy that you know how to do this, tap Continue.
  • Don't worry if you forget how to do these gestures, there is a Tutorials app on the Passport so you can revisit these at any time.


When you're at home it makes sense to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Not only will connecting to Wi-Fi stop you running up any charges if you use a lot of internet, it will also let you join your handset to other devices or computers on your network without the need for cables. You may already have done this when completing the initial setup, but if you didn't, or want to use a different wireless network, follow the steps below to get connected.

  • From the home screen, swipe across to open your Apps then scroll to and tap on Settings.
  • In the System Settings list, first ensure Flight Mode is off then touch Networks and Connections.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • From the list onscreen, choose the network to connect to by tapping its name.
  • Enter the Wireless Password, which could be printed on a sticker on your router. It may also be called a WEP key, WPA key or wireless passphrase. Tap Connect.
  • If you were successful your network name will show under the heading Connected to and when you return to your home screen, you'll see a Wi-Fi symbol on the top line of the display.

Set up Mobile internet

Your BlackBerry Passport will usually do one of two things when you go through the initial setup; It will either install the correct settings for your mobile internet connection automatically, or it will show you a list of networks and ask you to choose the correct one to then allow it to install the settings. If you find you can't get online without Wi-Fi, then these settings may be incorrect, or even missing. Here's how to check and fix this.

  • From the home screen, swipe across and tap on Settings.
  • In the main System Settings, tap on Networks and Connections.
  • In order to check whether your settings will work, you'll need to make sure you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network.Tap WI-Fi, then tap the switch to turn it off before going back to the Networks screen.
  • Tap Mobile Network. When these settings open, make sure that both Mobile Network and Data Services are turned on.
  • At the bottom tap the cog icon to open the APN (Access Point Name) settings.

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