Blackberry hidden menus

Here’s a list of Hidden Menus & Functions. Some of them are handy for BES/Enterprise support only.

Most require you to hold down the ALT key while typing the letters after the + sign (they don’t need to be capitals).

Use at your own Risk.

  • Enterprise Activation (Options->Advanced)

ALT+CNFG – Settings for Enterprise Activation

  • Address Book

ALT+VALD – Validate the data structure and look for inconsistencies ALT+RBLD – Force a data structure rebuild

from the Options menu, type the following (No ALT+ required) RSET – Will prompt to erase & reload for a reload of the Address book from the BES (n.b. this will wipe all entries, but you can goto SIM Phone Book & copy entries back afterwards)

  • Browser

ALT+RBVS – View web page source code

  • Calendar

Open up a Calendar item ALT+VIEW Inside any Calendar item Show extra info for a Calendar event (including message ID – handy for BES log troubleshooting)

from the Options menu, type the following (No ALT+ required) SYNC – Enable Calendar slow sync RSET – Will prompt for a reload of the calendar from the BES RCFG – Request BES configuration SCFG – Send device configuration DCFG – Get CICAL configuration SUPD – Enable detailed Cal. report for backup SUPS – Disable detailed Cal. report for backup SUPN – Disable Cal. report database LUID – Enable view by UID SRSL – Show Reminder status log

  • Messaging

ALT+VIEW – For messages, displays the RefId and FolderId for that particular message. For PIM items, displays only the RefId.

  • Search Application

ALT+ADVM Search Application Enabled Advanced Global Search

  • Home Screen

ALT(left)+Shift(right)+Del – Restart the Blackberry (only for full-keyboard Blackberries) ALT+JKVV – Display cause of PDP reject ALT+CAP+ H – Displays the Help Me screen ALT + EACE – Displays the Help Me screen ALT + ESCR – Displays the Help Me screen ALT + NMLL – Switches the signal strength from bars to a numeric value. ALT + LGLG – Displays the Java™ event log.

  • WLAN (WLAN wizard screen)

ALT-SMON WLAN – Enable simulated Wizard mode ALT-SMOF WLAN – Disable simulated Wizard mode

  • Theme (from theme menu)

ALT-THMN – Change to no theme (B&W) ALT-THMD – Change to default theme

  • Date/Time (Date/Time menu – No ALT+ required)

LOLO – Date/Time Show Network time values

  • SIM Card (Options->Advanced->SIM card – No ALT+ required)

MEPD – Display MEP info MEP1 – Disable SIM personalization MEP2 – Disable Network personalization MEP3 – Disable Network subset personalization MEP4 – Disable Service provider personalization MEP5 – Disable Corporate personalization

  • Status (Options->Status)

BUYR – Data & Voice Usage TEST – start a device test (Keyboard, GPS, RF, Audio (Handset,headset,bluetooth, Misc)


Blackberry Vendor ID’s

Help Screen Blackberry : alt + aA (Shift) +H

100 T-Mobile US
101 AWS
102 Cingular Wireless
103 Nextel
104 Sprint PCS
105 Verizon
106 Alltel
107 Rogers
109 BWA (Aliant/Sasktel)
111 MM02 DE
113 Telfort
114 T-Mobile DE/AU
115 TIM
116 Hutchison
117 Bouygues
118 SFR
119 Orange_France
121 Telcel
122 Telstra
123 T-Mobile (UK)
124 Vodafone Germany
125 MM02 UK/IRL/NL
126 Telus
128 Starhub
129 Telefonica
130 Swisscom
131 Cable & Wireless
132 Vodafone (IT)
133 Vodafone (ES)
134 T-Mobile (NL)
135 Cincinnati Bell
136 Telefonica_LAM
137 Vodafone Austria
138 Vodafone Australia
139 Vodafone Ireland
140 Vodafone Sweden
141 CSL
142 Orange UK
143 Vodafone New Zealand
144 SingTel
145 Globe
146 Optus
147 Orange Mobistar
148 Vodafone_HU
149 Bharti
150 KPN
151 TIM_Greece
152 Proximus
153 Vodafone_Portugal
154 TIM_Brazil
155 BT_Mobile
156 Earthlink
158 E-Plus
159 BASE
160 Dobson
161 Vodafone_Egypt
162 Orange_Switzerland
164 Triton
165 Maxis
166 Vodafone_Denmark_ (TDC)
167 MobileOne_(Voda_ Singapore)
168 Vodacom
169 T-Mobile_PO
170 T-Mobile_CZ
171 T-Mobile_HU
173 MTN
174 Entel
175 Amena
176 SmarTone
177 TCS
178 Avea
179 F100
180 Turkcell
181 Partner
183 Orange_Global
186 Telkomsel
188 Vodafone_Greece
189 USCC
190 Mobilink
194 Voda_Luxembourg
195 Voda_Iceland
198 Vodafone_CZ
204 China_Mobile
205 Movilnet
209 Sympac
210 TIM_Argentina
212 Etisalat
214 AMX
215 Telefonica_Venezuela
217 Orange Romania
218 KTP
222 Mobitel Bulgaria
224 PCCW/Sunday
227 Mobily
229 Eurotel
230 Hutchison India (Hutchison Essar)236 Reliance
237 Verizon
238 Vodafone Turkey
239 Telefonica Morocco (Meditel)
240 Indosat
241 Alcatel Shanghai Bell
245 3-UK/3-Italy/ 3-Sweden/ 3-Denmark/ 3-Austria
247 Vodafone Essar
248 Centennial Wireless/Centennial PR
250 T-Mobile AT (8110 Post HW)
254 Oi Brazil
255 Telecom New Zealand
258 3-Australia (H3GA)
259 Cable Wireless TSTT/TSTT Trinidad and Tobago
269 TATA India
271 T-Mobile Croatia – 4.6 and post/T-Mobile Macedonia/T- Mobile Montenegro
273 BT Italy
274 11
277 MTS Mobility
278 Virgin Mobile
280 Orange Slovakia – 8120 Post
282 Taiwan Mobile
285 Orange Austria (ONE) (Full Launch)286 Vodafone Malta
288 BASE (JiM)
295 CMCC Peoples
298 Digitel (FULL LAUNCH)
300 Solo (Bell)
301 Carphone Warehouse Spain/Carphone Warehouse UK/Carphone Warehouse France/Carphone Warehouse NL
302 Cable & Wireless UK/20:20 UK/20:20 France/20:20 Germany/Brightpoint Germany/Brightpoint UK/Brightstar AZLAN DE/LuxGSM/Brightstar AZLAN UK/Brightstar AZLAN FR/Poste Mobile
303 Iusacell Mexico
308 XL Indonesia
309 Fido Solutions
310 Wind Italy
315 Metro PCS
316 Nextel International – Mexico
317 Nextel International – Peru
318 Nextel International – Brazil
319 Nextel International – Argentina
322 Vodafone Qatar
324 Etisalat Misr
326 Brightpoint Australia
327 Axis
331 Bell Mobility
332 Telus
335 STC Saudi Arabia
336 Q-Tel
337 Phone House France
339 Phone House Germany
340 Phone House Netherlands
352 3-Indonesia
353 Millicom (TIGO) – Bolivia/Millicom (TIGO) – Honduras/Millicom (TIGO) – Guatemala/Millicom (TIGO)-El Salvador/Millicom (TIGO) – Colombia/Millicom (TIGO) – Paraguay
369 3-Italy
370 Globalive
373 Digicel
375 Orange Dominicana
376 DTAC
377 IDEA
378 HK Regional PRD
381 Virgin Mobile UK
382 AMX Comcel Colombia
383 AMX Porta Ecuador
384 AMX Claro Argentina
385 AMX Claro Brazil
388 3-Austria
389 Boost Mobile
392 Virgin Mobile
395 BR Regional PRD
416 VE Regional PRD
600 Wataniya Kuwait/GO Mobile/Mobinil/Warid/Etisalat Nigeria/Oman Mobile/Zain Jordan/Telenor Pakistan/Mobilecom/Zain Nigeria/Zain Malawi/Cellplus/Batelco/GeoCell/Zain Kuwait/Ufone/EMS/Emtel/Nawras
601 Zain Madagascar/20:20 France/Brightpoint France/Zain Congo
602 AzerCell
603 Jersey Telecom/Trigcom/Telenor Serbia/Siminn/Brightpoint UK/Sonofon/Mobitel/Telenor Hungary/Brightpoint Netherlands/Brightstar AZLAN UK/Cable & Wireless UK/20:20 UK/Globul/Polkomtel/Optimus/TMN Portugal/Telenor Norway
604 Sunrise/Brightstar_AZLAN DE (Gemini Onwards)/20:20 Germany/Brightpoint Germany
605 Cosmote Greece
609 MPulse/DiGi/Docomo Pacific
610 AIS Thailand/True Move
611 Aircel/Redington/MTNL/Loop Mobile/BSNL
612 Mobility/West Central Wireless/SETAR/Celluar One/UTS
613 brightpoint/TAM

How to configure BlackBerry MDS Connection Service to perform certificate searches using LDAPS

How to configure the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service to enable certificate searching using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) certificate server.

Task 1 – Configure the MDS Connection Service


BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1

  1. Enter the LDAP certificate server host name.
  2. Enter the LDAP certificate server port configured on the LDAP certificate server. The default is 636.
  3. Enter the Microsoft® Active Directory® account and password that has permission to query the LDAP certificate server.
  4. Enter a default base query.
  5. Amend the query limit and data compression settings if necessary.


BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0

  1. Open the BlackBerry Administration Service.
  2. Navigate to BlackBerry Solution topology > BlackBerry Domain > Component view > Edit (MDS Connection Service) > LDAP.
  3. Enter the LDAP certificate server host name and port in the Service URL field in the format:
    • Hostname:Port
  4. Set Secure connection enabled to Yes.
  5. Click Save All.
  6. Navigate to BlackBerry Solution topology > BlackBerry Domain > Component view > Edit (MDS Connection Service) > Configuration sets.
  7. Add the LDAP configuration to a new or existing configuration set.
  8. Click Save all.
  9. Navigate to each BlackBerry MDS Connection Service instance in BlackBerry Solution topology > BlackBerry Domain > Component view > MDS Connection Service > Edit (Servername_MDS-CS_x) > Component Configuration Sets and specify the configuration set that a BlackBerry MDS Connection Service instance will use.
  10. Click Save all.


Task 2 – Amend file

  1. In C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Enterprise Server\MDS\Servers\<SERVER_NAME>\config, open
  2. Add Adding application.handler.ldap.DEFAULT_USE_SSL_TLS=true.
  3. Save.

Task 3 – Restart the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service to allow the changes to MDS_CS and to apply.

Task 4 – Import company root certificate to the MDS keystore.

Refer to KB11623 – How to add a certificate for the web server to the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS Keystore – and add the root certificate to the BlackBerry MDS keystore.

If the root certificate does not contain a CRL distribution point entry it will be necessary to add Intermediate certificates to the BlackBerry MDS keystore.


How to add a certificate for the web server to the BlackBerry Mobile Data Service or BlackBerry MDS keystore


The cacerts file is a keystore with certificate authority (CA) certificates, and it includes multiple trusted root CA certificates, such as VeriSign®. For the BlackBerry® Mobile Data System (MDS) or BlackBerry MDS Connection Service to trust a web server, the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service must check that the web server certificate with the certificate authority. If the web server certificate is purchased from a trusted certificate authority, the check is successful because the issuer’s root CA certificate is in the cacerts file by default. If a private certificate authority is used to issue the web site certificate, the check fails and access to the website from the BlackBerry smartphone is either denied or a prompt to trust the certificate appears on the BlackBerry smartphone screen. Any of the following can be done in order to change this behaviour and to allow the BlackBerry smartphone to access the website successfully:

  • Import the private certificate authority’s root CA certificate and any relevant intermediate certificates into the cacerts file.
  • Import the web server certificate into the cacerts file.

Note: The BlackBerry MDS is included with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 3.6 to 4.0. BlackBerry MDS Connection Service is included with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 to 4.1 SP7.

To import the certificate into the cacerts file, complete the following tasks:

Task 1 – Check which version of JRE is used by the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS Connection Service

As multiple versions of the JRE can be installed on a server, it is necessary to check which version is currently in use by the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS Connection Service.

Perform the following steps to do so:

  1. Open the Windows Services® snap-in.
  2. Open properties of the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service.
  3. On General tab in Path to executable find the value of jvmpath parameter. It is populated with a path to the JRE in use. See the following example:jvmpath=”C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_15\bin\client\jvm.dll”
  4. Write down part of the path which points to the JRE installation directory. See the following example:C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_15

Task 2 – Add a certificate to the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS-CS certificate store

Note: The default keystore password is changeit. The aliasname used in the following commands must be unique.

To add a certificate to the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS Connection Service certificate store, complete the following steps:

  1. Copy the certificatename.cer file to <PATH_FROM_TASK1_STEP4>\lib\security
  2. Type the following commands in the command prompt:cd <PATH_FROM_TASK1_STEP4>\bin

    keytool -import -trustcacerts -alias aliasname -file ..\lib\security\certificateName.cer -keystore ..\lib\security\cacerts

  3. Check that the cacerts file contains the updated information for the new alias and certificate:

    keytool -list -v -keystore ..\lib\security\cacerts

  4. Restart the BlackBerry MDS or BlackBerry MDS Connection Service for the changes to take effect.

  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 3.6 to 5.0 SP1
  • Java® Runtime Environment (JRE)
CollapseAdditional Information

If the following error message appears in the BlackBerry MDS or the BlackBerry MDS log file after accessing an HTTPS site from a BlackBerry smartphone, it might be caused by the web server’s certificate not being added to the cacerts file:

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 3.6 to 4.1 SP5

<MDS-CS_1>:<DEBUG>:<LAYER = IPPP, URL [https://testsite/test.css] SSLException
[ PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target]>

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP6 to 4.1 SP7

<MDS-CS_SERVERNAME_MDS-CS_1>:<DEBUG>:<LAYER = IPPP, Access Denied: Insecure SSL Request>

*information was provided by blackberry technical solution center.

kb20197 and kb11623

Using UMA on a t-mobile branded curve 8900 on rogers sim

I wanted to share my experience on getting UMA to work on a non rogers branded blackberry, partularly the 8900 Curve.

i found alot of help on the usual forums and

you need to get to the escreen of your phone. you do this by pushing the alt + caps + h keys all at once. You will see a screen called Help Me!

Using your computer go to:

–update on above link… seems that BB is cracking down on these generators. I was lucky to find another one on a blog.


Enter the information from your blackberry on the computer EXACTLY as it appears.

Once you get the unlock code, enter it on your phone, remember to use the alt button to enter the code.

I am pretty much fast tracking this how to as lots of info is mentioned on the aforementioned sites.

The settings once youre in the right screen>

mobile network engineering screens/utilities/session manager,

“UMA options”. Create a new setting and enter the following:

Display name: Factory Provisioning
Operator name: Rogers
UMA protocol version UMA v. 1.0.4
Provisioning UNC address:
Provisioning UNC port: 14001
Provisioning SEGW address:
SEGW certificate:

you need to pick a certificate which for Rogers, is I had a tough time trying to find this, so I will share this with you upon request on this blog, just send me a msg/comment.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on my blog and I will reply asap.


**UPDATE: since I have been unable to send the ca cert to the folks that have requested it, I am linking to it here.

please be sure to leave me a quick comment and let me know how you made out.

Blackberry Curve 8520

This is going to be a quick post regarding the newly released Blackberry 8520. Let me first say that I am quite disappointed in the features list of this phone. I was quite ecstatic when i heard a new curve is out, but after reading my favorite forums (,, I decided not to purchase this phone. Sure they added the trackpad that replaces the ball, but they still have a substandard lcd screen (which is the same as the old 83×0 Curve), a substandard 2.0 MP camera (non auto focus) – with NO FLASH — are you kidding me?? Currently this is the only 85xx series phone out as they phase out the rest of the 83xx series phones. So this one comes with wifi (UMA support) but thats about it. Sure its beefed up under the hood, but my suspicion is RIM is getting rid of their spare parts from the 83xx series phone. Understood its for the mid level consumer, and they cant make all the BB’s all cadillacs, some of them still have to be the chevy’s and the pontiacs.

I was checking on craigslist for this phone and they are running at approx $400 bnib. I have an old 8300 that is also listed for $300, so firstly, I am surprised how well these phones hold their value, and secondly, ill wait until the 85xx comes down in price (when the 83xx is obsolete) to keep one as a spare in case I lose my daily use phones.

Ill leave it at that.