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So you need to call (for instance) Southwest Airlines on your spiffy Blackberry Bold. On a normal keypad (see image below), you'd translate the letters into the correct numbers as you dialed.

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How do you do this on your BB? You dial "1800" as usual, then hold the ALT key down and dial the letters "IFLYSWA". Hit Dial, and it will figure it out and dial the correct number.
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This also works (for instance) when you call into companies before/after hours and you need to 'dial by name' to get to the person you need.


Image:How DO you dial numbers like 1 800 IFLYSWA on your Blackberry? (US specific - I think)

Update: I guess it wasn't clear, but I've included the answer in the post (above). I've now highlighted the answer more clearly. Thanks for the suggestions!

Comments (4)
Craig Wiseman December 3rd, 2008 01:27:30 PM

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1) How DO you dial numbers like 1 800 IFLYSWA on your Blackberry? (US specific - I think)
Carl Tyler http://www.iminstant.com 12/3/2008 1:52:41 PM

Same issue exists on the Samnsung Blacjack, I changed the ATT logo to a small image showing the numbers and their letters. So I can see that and the numbers dialed etc.

2) How DO you dial numbers like 1 800 IFLYSWA on your Blackberry? (US specific - I think)
David Schaffer http://bloginprogress.us 12/3/2008 3:32:30 PM

Press the shift key then type a letter. It goes into the display as the letter but gets dialed as the appropriate number based on a standard US phone.

Try it.

3) How DO you dial numbers like 1 800 IFLYSWA on your Blackberry? (US specific - I think)
Mr. Clio http://worldclassneworleans.blogspot.com 12/6/2008 6:37:00 AM

Very cool. That works on my Blackberry 8810 or whatever it is (the just before Blackberry Bold model), too. I was wondering how to accomplish those calls.

4) How DO you dial numbers like 1 800 IFLYSWA on your Blackberry? (US specific - I think)
Craig Wiseman http://www.wiseman.La/cpw 12/6/2008 8:51:58 AM

@3 - Yep, it should work on every phone/Blackberry since the 5810. It's just an example of how RIM has been in the game long enough that they've had to figure out solutions to a lot of the issues.


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