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Berryindo: D.I.Y. with BlackBerry

  • Deisha Tamar Manuhutu

    Contributor

Jakarta | Sun, April 10 2011 | 01:21 pm

It wasn’t until late last year that I finally bought myself a BlackBerry. I was certain that after almost 12 years being a devoted Nokia user, it would take a while to really master the gadget — with a lot of help from the Internet of course.

It really doesn’t matter if you use a BlackBerry or not, www.berryindo.com is one of the many tech websites out there that will help you gain more knowledge about the device. The website claims itself to be a portal for Indonesia’s BlackBerry community.

For a newbie, this website is really helpful. From finding news about the latest BlackBerry applications to successfully upgrading and downgrading BlackBerry software, using this site I was able to do it all by myself.

The website is in Indonesian and might not be the best looking website on the World Wide Web, but I consider it user friendly as I was able to navigate through its pages smoothly  on my first visit.

However, prepare yourself for what I consider to be a “nuisance”, which is the 15 seconds ad that will appear on the bottom of your screen offering you the chance to register your email, name and city to get free updates from BerryIndo.

I did get the updates through my email address — they were quite helpful as they usually send the latest updates on everything about BlackBerry, and they haven’t spammed me either.

What I actually enjoy about BerryIndo is that they send me news updates and information about the BlackBerry world that really caters to the needs of BlackBerry users. You can also check if a trendy broadcast message that you have received on your BBM ( BlackBerry Messenger ) from your peers is true or just another hoax — as BerryIndo will usually clarify them on their website.

BerryIndo has several interesting features for a gadget website, from weather, videos, exchange rates, movies to buying and selling. However, one of the most important features is its forum.

The forum allows you to interact with other BlackBerry users. Yet, you must first register to be able to post on the threads. And here’s the catch, if you want to upload a picture on your BerryIndo profile, you will need to upload it through another website: www.gravatar.comwww.gravatar.com and not only that, you need to register again on the Gravatar website before you can upload your picture.

I found this step to be highly time consuming and it could be a bit confusing for those who are not so web-savvy. However, you could just leave your picture with silly emoticons provided by the BerryIndo if you want an easy way out.

The BerryIndo forum works just like the Kaskus forum, which gives profiles scores and ranks based on the number of times you have posted on the forum.

If you are new to the forum, you will be given the rank of BerryNewbie and the more you post and contribute the greater your score will become, and the higher your rank.

However, I was not looking for scores or ranks on the forum; every time I visited the forum it was because I needed answers for problems that I had with my BlackBerry. At first I was doubtful that anyone would bother replying to my post, but as it turned out the members of the BerryIndo forum are highly responsive and helpful. Plus, sometimes the forum administrator helps and replies to common questions.

I found myself falling head over heels for the forum, as I was able to search for almost anything about BlackBerry — from links to free applications to tutorials on how to upgrade software.

BerryIndo is also an official reseller of various BlackBerry applications, so you can search and buy your favorite applications through BerryIndo safely. They can even help you buy applications that are offered on BlackBerry App World so you don’t need to pay in dollars and you can just transfer the money to BerryIndo’s bank account.

So, are you ready to become a crackBerry addict?

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