1. stephb5207's Avatar
    I've had my blackberry 8300 for about 3 weeks now and it's been completely normal up until about 2 days ago...the hourglass thing is constantly on my home screen and the phone is also constantly sending and receiving data (both little arrows keep appearing in the top right corner) but i don't know what it's transferring, and whatever it is doing is causing my battery life to drain super fast (from it lasting 3-4 days to it lasting only a few hours, maybe 8 at most)...i tried resetting the phone by pulling the battery out for 30 seconds, but that didn't work, and i tried a soft reset (alt+right shift+delete) twice and that didnt work either...i haven't run any applications lately that i don't usually run and i exited out of everything...any ideas on what the problem might be?
    10-06-08 03:05 AM
  2. mascher's Avatar
    bluetooth on?M
    10-06-08 09:03 AM
  3. cutdacheck2003's Avatar
    Max The Battery Life Of Your New BlackBerry

    * Modern BlackBerrys come with Lithium-Ion batteries, or "Li-Ion' for short.
    * Some older models used Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, or "NiMH" for short.

    Li-Ion battery are best kept topped up regularly. A battery that has been left flat for a long time will benefit from being fully-charged and then fully discharged a couple of times, but there is no advantage to doing this to batteries in regular use.

    If you are a new BlackBerry owner, or an old owner experiencing low battery issues, read through these tips:

    1. You DO NOT need to break in the Li-Ion BlackBerry battery. On BB Models 71xx, 81xx, 83xx, 88xx you will be using a Lithium-Ion battery. These do not require "conditioning" as you might have experienced with other cell phones and batteries.
    Note: Don't get in the habit of fully discharging the battery every time -- to prevent wearing it out -- lithium batteries can be damaged with excessive deep discharges like a car battery can be.... When breaking in the battery, make sure you keep it plugged in long after the battery says it is fully charged (i.e. overnight), you really want to trickle-charge your BlackBerry to top-off your battery.
    2. Lithium batteries LOVE to be topped-off. In regular use, plug it in whenever you have the opportunity. This will also help keep the battery life maxed out for those days you really need long battery life.
    3. If you are constantly starved for battery power, avoid continuously realtime software such as BBToday software; it uses a lot of battery power.
    4. Is your BB constantly searching for a signal, such as in an office building or other low-signal area? Searching for a signal will drain a battery quite quickly. If you must conserve the battery, turn the wireless or radio off.
    5. What is running in the background of your BB? There are commonly 4-5 applications that will ALWAYS be running (Messages, Phone, BBMessenger, Homescreen, and the Browser; there are others such as BeamBerry and MyAlarm which will also run). Make certain that the browser is NOT on an active webpage (say with animated radar or another live webpage such as a news website constantly updating to the current news, but rather only to the bookmarks page). Close any other applications that do not need to be running (like the camera or a game).
    * Press Alt + Escape (the key to the right of the trackball on trackball models) to bring up the Application Switcher. Scroll through that list to see what is running in the background.
    6. Keep your Bluetooth turned off when not in use.
    7. If you use JiveTalk, Verichat or other instant messaging software, leave it running in the background or quit it when not in use. Also, stay logged off the networks you do not use much.
    * In JiveTalk > Preferences, there is a setting "Battery Save Mode When Idle". Make certain that is checked.
    * Keep Verichat running in the background when it is not in use. This puts the software in a low-power state by reducing the frequency of contact-list refreshes (signoffs/signons/away mode/etc) Using fewer instant messaging networks also saves battery power. For example, if mainly use MSN and AIM, log off the ICQ and Yahoo networks.
    8. When using your BlackBerry, make sure you keep the backlight turned low or off whenever possible (rather than bright mode). A backlight setting of 60%-80% is wise.
    9. Many BlackBerrys have an extended battery available, such as at www.seidioonline.com. There may be an extended battery product for your specific BlackBerry product.
    10. There's the novelty factor of using a BlackBerry for the first time; we tend to play with them much more heavily at first. So your usage may normallize after you get used to it. You might expect the first two to three days for the battery to discharge quicker.
    11. If you haven't bought a BlackBerry yet, you should be aware that the GSM/GPRS BlackBerries have the longest battery life. Battery life is longer on GPRS BlackBerries than the CDMA and iDEN BlackBerries.
    12. Phone calls made on your BlackBerry is the biggest consumer of battery life. If you make lots of phone calls for hours, then your battery life can be extremely short. Making phone calls in areas of weak reception will also use up more battery power.
    13. Consider a car power kit, or an office charger/cable. That way, you have more opportunities to top-off your BlackBerry battery.
    As noted earlier, it's always a good idea to top-off the battery in a BlackBerry anyway, even if it's not almost dead. It is not necessary to follow the age-old advice of using up the battery before charging, and can wear out modern lithium-ion batteries if done on a constant basis.
    14. Your battery may be defective or worn out. Compare your battery life to other people using the same model of BlackBerry.
    If you have been using your BlackBerry for a long time, it may be time to replace your battery. If you purchased your BlackBerry as used, you may want to replace the battery with a new one. For best battery life, it is generally best to use genuine brand-name batteries rather than inexpensive aftermarket batteries.
    15. Occasionally, it may be a BlackBerryOS issue if you are having unusually short battery life all the time. Early versions of BlackBerryOS on the 7100 tended to use a lot more battery life than newer versions of BlackBerryOS. Upgrade to a newer version of BlackBerryOS.
    10-06-08 09:15 AM
  4. stephb5207's Avatar
    bluetooth on?M
    nope, disabled it
    10-06-08 09:53 AM
  5. supertireguy's Avatar
    What cutdacheck2003 said...

    Also for your consideration...

    There are a number of conditions that can create extra strain/drain on the battery.

    * Incomplete initial battery charge.
    All new rechargeable electronic devices contain instructions regarding the first battery charge. It's important for rechargeable batteries to receive a full uninterrupted (8 hours or more) charge to achieve full battery life and performance.

    * Worn out battery.
    Rechargeable batteries have a limited recharge cycle lifespan. After something like 1000 charges (guessing) all rechargeable batteries begin to lose capacity.

    * Low/No signal strength areas.
    When you're in a low signal strength or no signal area the phone pumps up the radio output and battery drain in order to establish or maintain a connection. If you're in an area lacking good cellular coverage sometimes it's best to turn off the radio function in order to save the battery.

    * Heavy data usage.
    You may be unaware of it but some BB applications are prone to hammering the data channel in order to send/receive data. Heavy data channel use equals heavy radio traffic which equals big battery drainage. The Blackberry XM Radio application for example makes heavy use of data traffic and will drain most batteries in less than one day. I've also noticed that when a BB application has trouble with login/password info the app might try, try, try and try again hammering the data channel without success during which time the battery takes a beating.

    * Bluetooth.
    When Bluetooth is turned on it creates an additional radio signal draw on the battery. Turn off Bluetooth when not in use.

    * Zombie Application
    Computers or smart phones, sometimes applications crash or go zombie. Sometimes when you try to shutdown a rogue BB application it might not really shutdown without a battery pull reboot. If a zombie application is running in the background and trying to access the data channel this can create a mysterious battery draw.

    I think the standard Blackberry Curve battery capacity is rated at 1000mAh. There are some aftermarket battery options from Seido and others rated at 1500mAh and higher.
    10-06-08 10:01 AM
  6. SK1's Avatar
    If you use facebook. Delete it. Do a search for "spinning hour glass" or something to that nature. See if that resolves your issue.
    10-06-08 10:02 AM
  7. stephb5207's Avatar
    If you use facebook. Delete it. Do a search for "spinning hour glass" or something to that nature. See if that resolves your issue.
    yess it was facebook...i deleted it and reinstalled it and that fixed everything (although for some reason it also deleted my entire sms inbox along with it, but no big). thank you!
    10-06-08 10:16 AM
  8. SK1's Avatar
    yess it was facebook...i deleted it and reinstalled it and that fixed everything (although for some reason it also deleted my entire sms inbox along with it, but no big). thank you!
    You're welcome! Glad we were able to resolve your issue.
    10-06-08 10:18 AM
  9. superaj's Avatar
    Just out of curiosity what is your file free?

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-06-08 10:21 AM