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    How do you dial letters?

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    I was sitting at my desk at work the other day and had to dial an 888 number...but one with words instead of numbers (you know like 1-800-safe-auto or something).

    Anyway, I started dialing and put in the letters as I normally would while typing a message...then I realized that the letters don't correspond correclty to the numbers like on a regular phone.

    I had to find a normal phone and figure out what the numbers are to dial.

    Anyone know a way around this so you can dial the actual letters and they correspond to the correct number?

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    bump - that is a problem i have had recently as well!!

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    LOL, the only way I know is that I made a cheat sheet up from a normal phone:
    1= none
    2= abc
    3= def
    4= ghi
    5= jkl
    6= mno
    7= prs
    8= tuv
    9= wxy
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    Damn those phone directorys anyways lol

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    It's easy! You just hold the shift key and use the multi-tap method to get the letter you want. For example, to dial 1-800-safe-auto, you would punch in 1800 as usual, then hold the shift key and hit the "as" key twice. Then, while you continue to hold the shift key, once it displays the s, hit the same key once to display the a. Still holding the shift key, hit the "df" key twice for the f, etc. The BlackBerry makes the translation between the letter and what it would be on a standard phone keypad.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

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    Exactly, the BB will figure out everything for you.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    thanks for the tip, that is very cool!

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

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    This will also work after you've dialed.

    In the situation where you must "spell" something with your keypad (a name or a postal code), hold down the ALT key while typing the letters required and the BB will dial the appropriate DTMF for the letter being pressed.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    thanks for the tips...i had a feeling that BB couldn't have overlooked a simple thing like this. I guess I was right.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    But is there any way to dial letters while on a call? For example, my corporate voice mail system allows me to forward messages to coworkers, but I have to dial by last name. I can't figure out a way to do this on the BB.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    Still have to use the Number Keys as you would on a regular phone. THe only Keys that have Touch tones assigned to them are the 1 through 0 keys.
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    Post Re: How do you dial letters?

    Quote Originally Posted by fungo45
    But is there any way to dial letters while on a call? For example, my corporate voice mail system allows me to forward messages to coworkers, but I have to dial by last name. I can't figure out a way to do this on the BB.
    Two posts above yours; just hold down ALT and type in the letters, using multitap.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    Kool, the other day i had 2 get my Razr out to dial 800FREE411
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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    Quote Originally Posted by pda.teck
    Still have to use the Number Keys as you would on a regular phone. THe only Keys that have Touch tones assigned to them are the 1 through 0 keys.
    I don't understand what you are trying to say. Are you saying that this doesn't work for you? Yes the only keys that have touchtones assigned directly are the 1 - 0 but, if you dial by letters (Using the ALT + Text) the BB will assign the correct numbers to the letters and dial it correctly.

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    Re: How do you dial letters?

    Well I learned Something.. THis is always good. I never tried it before you Posted Rcbjr.
    Maybe its just me but I never had to press anything other then the number keys to get where I need to go. I know the tones buy heart ( My wifes says i know too much usless crap). So THanks for the tip
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