Thursday, February 10, 2011

Make dialing conference calls on a Blackberry easier with this simple trick

I am a Virtual Employee and that means I spend a lot of time on the phone in conference calls.  I often dial into those calls on my company-issued Blackberry Curve.  Dialing conference calls on a Blackberry can be annoying because once you call the conference call number you also have to enter some sort of passcode.  I usually forget the passcode and have to go look it up.  But when you are on-the-go that can be hard to do in the amount of time the conference call allows you to enter the number.  I found a simple little trick that makes dialing conference calls on a Blackberry much easier.

When scheduling a conference call in Microsoft Outlook or any other calendar program use this simple format for the number:

(PhoneNumer)x(Extension or Passcode)#

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The Blackberry is programmed to dial the number before the "x" (the "x" stands for extension) and then prompts a dialog message with the numbers after the "x" to dial the extension.  So when you hear the automated voice ask you to enter the passcode all you have to do is hit the extension button on the screen and it dials it for you.  Pretty smart.  

Here is s video of this feature in action on my Blackberry.

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About the author:  I am a veteran IT professional and writer. As an ECM Technical Lead for SunTrust Bank I spent the last 2 years implementing a new Enterprise Distributed Capture system.  My first book, "Confessions of the Virtual Employee" (tentatively titled) is in progress and will help guild others on the benefits and virtues of being a modern Virtual Employee.