I have a Blackberry that I use for work and my personal phone. I sometimes, or should we say often, find myself distracted by new incoming emails and checking it all the time, working and typing even in the middle of get-togethers with friends. It is rude and distracting. I initially considered getting a separate personal phone so I could more easily keep the work one separate from my personal life. I didn’t for convenience and cost reasons, plus the Blackberry Curve I find to be plenty small to fit in a pocket.
Yesterday I discovered how to turn the email off! How brilliant – so now just text messages and phone calls come through. This suits my purpose of having it just be a phone.
If anybody has a Blackberry Curve, here’s how you turn off the email: Scroll down to the “Manage Connections” button on the home page, click on it. Then roll down to “Mobile Network Options”, click on it, then it opens up the next page on “Data Services.” Turn that to “Off”. It doesn’t offer an obvious save option, but when you exit out of the screen it will ask you if you want to save your settings, hit “Save” and no more emails will come in until you go back to Manage Connections and turn Data Services back to “on”.
Enjoy your new freedom – all on our quest to make life more exciting, interesting and enjoyable. If you can be more in the present it seems you can enjoy the present, enjoy where you are and who you are with, and have some control over your Blackberry if you are like me and need some help in that department.