We're going to create a Blackberry Definition thread. Here you find the definition of to ANY term(s). I will post what I have gotten together and you guys can post up your definitions if you have any and I will update this post daily! I'm going to try my best to keep it all alphabetical order.
APN: This is an acronym for Access Point Name. This is used for the TCP/IP stack. This is a kind of a gateway between the mobile network and the Internet network. To gain access to always-on Internet from a mobile phone, such as instant messaging, it goes through an APN. Some mobile phones, such as BlackBerry uses multiple APN's. The main APN is blackberry.net for the BlackBerry emails, but there are other APN's that are carrier-specific for getting Internet access
such as Verichat, etc.
BBM: BlackBerry Messenger
BBM is a messenging system on blackberry handsets that allows any handset to communicate with another handset using the BIS or BES system. Owners will sometimes say "PIN me" which means to send me a message using BBM.
BES: BlackBerry Enterprise Server
BES is software that acts as the centralized link between BlackBerry wireless devices, wireless networks and enterprise applications. Provides mobile users with access to email, enterprise IMs, personal information management tools and the ability to deactivate them if they are stolen.
BIS: BlackBerry Internet Service
BIS is allows you to have up to 10 supported business or personal email accounts, send and receive IMs, and browse the internet.
BPS: Bits Per Second
A standard measure of data transmission speeds for computer modem and transmission carriers. GBps is short for Gigabits per second. (gigabit = 1,000,000,000 bits)
BWC: Same as BIS. This is the old name for "BlackBerry Internet Service"
CDMA: Code Division Multiple Access
BlackBerry devices display an indicator “1X” when it connects with full data service, and lowercase “1x” when it is not able to connect to full Internet service.
CDMA2000 and 1X: Just like GPRS is an extension to GSM, this is a standard that extends on CDMA for always-on data at higher speeds. CDMA based BlackBerries uses 1X for data transmissions.
CDK: Content Development Kit
DM: Desktop Manager
EDGE: This is an extension to GSM and GPRS for faster data speeds. The principle is the same as GPRS, except data speeds are much faster. Speeds are typically in excess of 100 kilobits per second, and sometimes in excess of 250 kilobits per seconds under excellent conditions. Latency is improved over GPRS.
ETP: Email Transfer Protocol
This protocol is what enables the Desktop Redirector feature of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to redirect messages from the user’s environment to the BlackBerry infrastructure.
GPRS: This is a data extension to GSM and stands for "General Packet Radio Service". This enables devices such as BlackBerry to have always-on access without using up airtime. GPRS simply transmits data over unused airwaves that are not being used for active phone calls. GPRS gives priority to phone calls, so GPRS automatically slows down in busy airwaves to prevent busy signals on other mobile phones. This is why GPRS can give you unlimited 24/7 always-on Internet access, without the need to dial the Internet. It is the most widespread always-on Internet method. BlackBerry uses GPRS for all emails. Speeds are typically between 30 and 70 kilobits per second, depending on conditions and the network. Not all GSM networks have GPRS. All North American GSM networks have GPRS available. GPRS is partway between second generation and third generation, so it is often called a "2.5G" network. GPRS can have fairly high latency, of about 500 milliseconds.
gprs: Lowercase GPRS on BlackBerry means that you have basic data service but without BlackBerry email support. Also applies to lowercase "1x" for Verizon/Sprint/Bell CDMA and "nxtl" on Nextel iDEN (see below). GPRS BlackBerries will display an indicator "GPRS" when it connects with full data service, and lowercase "gprs" when it is not able to connect to full BlackBerry email/Internet service.
GSM: GSM is the most popular mobile phone standard in the world. It is used by almost every country in the world that has a mobile phone network. GSM stands for "Global System for Mobile communication". This is a second-generation digital mobile phone standard that transmits voice digitally between the phone and the cell antenna towers. Large North American mobile phone networks that uses GSM include Cingular and AT&T, Rogers and Fido, as well as T-Mobile. Standardization has permitted the ability to interchange phones between many different providers, provided that the phone is not "locked" to function only on one carrier.
HTML: This is the format of a document in a web browser. Same thing as in your desktop web browser, such as Internet Explorer. Recent BlackBerries can now display HTML too.
HotSpots: This is unique to touchscreen blackberries. This is a portion of the screen that does not show an icon but functions the same as an icon button. Also known as a Hidden Hotspot.
iDEN: This is newer proprietary mobile phone network that was made popular by Nextel. It stands for "Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network". It has the advantage of being natively packet-based so Internet performance is much lower latency on iDEN networks than GPRS networks, as low as under one-tenth the latency of GPRS. Telus and some South American carriers also use iDEN. iDEN phones are not interchangeable with GSM and CDMA phones. Nextel BlackBerries will display an indicator "NXTL" when it connects with full data service, and lowercase "nxtl" when it is not able to connect to full BlackBerry email/Internet service.
IM: Instant Messaging
BlackBerry devices offer many of the features of desktop IM software, including contact list management, presence awareness, notifications and emoticons.
IMAP: Internet Message Access Protocol
A protocol for retrieving email messages.
IMEI Code: International Mobile Equipment Identity
IMEI is a unique 15-digit code used to identify individual mobile phones. The code is usually printed on your phone under the battery.
IP Address: Internet Protocol address
An IP address is a numerical identification and logical address that is assigned to all machines on the Internet. The IP address is composed of four numbers from 0 - 255, separated by decimal points.
IPD: The .IPD file format (standing for Inter@ctive Pager Backup) is used by Blackberry smart-phone devices to store user information when creating data backups to your computer. Depending on which data was selected for backup, .IPD files may contain anything from the user's address book and emails to memos, SMS messages and even configuration data.
JDE: Java Development Environment
MDA: A mail delivery agent or message delivery agent (MDA) is computer software that transfers the responsibility for the management of e-mail messages from the message transfer agent (MTA) within the message handling service (MHS) to a recipient's environment, commonly transferring them into a mailbox.[
MDS: Mobile Data Service
MDS is a method of Internet connectivity for a BlackBerry device that is provided by a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
MMS: Multi-Media Messaging
Sending and receiving messages that are inclusive of photos, text, sounds, and images from your cell phone.
Mobitex: This is one of the original networks that early models of BlackBerries ran on. They were the RIM model 95X series. Mobitex is an early packet-switched wireless data network, and is still a popular data network for many systems such as taxi meters, parcel delivery scanners, etc.
MTA: is a computer process or software agent that transfers electronic mail messages from one computer to another, in single hop application-level transactions. An MTA implements both the client (sending) and server (receiving) portions of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.
MUA: Mail User Agent is a computer program used to manage email. It may refer to any agent acting as a client toward an email server, regardless of it being a mail user agent, a relaying server, or a human typing on a terminal. In addition, a web application providing message management, composition, and reception functionality is sometimes considered an email client.
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
OEM is a company that uses a component made by a second company in its own product, or sells the product of the second company under its own brand. It is usually cheaper than the full versions but not as cheap as academic or student editions.
OS: Operating System
An OS is an interface between hardware and user; it is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of the device.
OTA: Over the Air
Over the air is a .jad/.jar file which is installed from within the BlackBerry browser. These files are installed directly onto your device for applications and etc.
PIM: Personal Information Management
BlackBerry’s PIM includes an address book, calendar, task list, and memo pad. PIMs are designed to synchronize to each other. (BlackBerry can be synched with Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes or Novell GroupWise)
PIN: Personal Identification Number is an eight character hexadecimal identification number assigned to each BlackBerry device. PINs cannot be changed and are locked to each handset device. BlackBerrys can message each other using the PIN directly or by using the Blackberry Messenger application.
PPP: Point to Point Protocol
PPP is a used for sending data over long-distance networks or used to establish a direct connection between two computers. It can provide connection authentication, transmission encryption privacy, compression and be used for dial-up access to the Internet.
POP: Post Office Protocol
POP is an e-mail system. It used by local e-mail clients to retrieve e-mail from a remote server. (POP mail is for incoming mail)
PTK: Plazmic Theme Builder — A program that lets you design your own custom BlackBerry themes and customize various aspects of the user interface, including backgrounds, icons and fonts
PTT is essentially walkie-talkie communications with a two-way radio.
Push Email: Push e-mail is used to describe e-mail systems that provide an "always-on" capability, in which new e-mail is instantly and actively transferred (pushed) as it arrives by the mail delivery agent (MDA) (commonly called mail server) to the mail user agent (MUA), also called the e-mail client. E-mail clients include smartphones and, less strictly, IMAP personal computer mail applications.
RIM: Research In Motion, the company that manufactures BlackBerries and develops software products for it, such as BES.
SDK: A software development kit is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar platform.
SIM: Subscriber Identity Module
The SIM, also known as the SIM card is a “smart card” for networks which contains security-related data and user data. It can store personal information such as phone numbers, contacts and text messages.
SIM Lock: In most countries, most mobile phones are shipped with country and/or network provider locks. In addition, these locked phones tend to have firmware installed on them which is specific to the network provider. For example, if you have a Vodafone or Telstra branded phone in Australia, it displays the relevant logo and may only support features provided by that network (e.g. Vodafone Live!). This firmware is installed by the service provider and is separate from the locking mechanism. Most mobile phones can be unlocked to work with any GSM, such as O2 or Orange (in the UK), but the phone may still display the original branding and may not support features of your new carrier. Most phones can be unbranded by uploading a different firmware version, a procedure recommended for advanced users only.
Smartphone: A smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality (PC-mobile handset convergence). There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers. For others, a smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail, Internet and e-book reader capabilities, and/or a built-in full keyboard or external USB keyboard and VGA connector. In other words, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability.
SMS: Short Message Service
SMS allows you to send and receive short text messages between mobile devices, without adding email messages to an inbox. (160 character limit)
SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SMTP is an internet standard protocol for sending email between servers, or from sending e-mail across the servers. (SMTP is used for outgoing mail)
Sync: Short for Synchronization or Synchronize. This allows your Blackberry to have identical PIM information as your Microsoft Outlook. New items added to your Blackberry gets added to your Microsoft Outlook automatically, and new items added to your Microsoft Outlook gets added to your Blackberry.
They keyboard and software invented by RIM that combines a traditional phone keypad with the QWERTY-based keyboard. SureType includes a list of over 35,000 words and can recognize common character sequences.
TCP/IP Stack: This is a protocol that allows all computers and handhelds to connect to the Internet. If you are reading this article, you are already using a TCP/IP stack that is built into your computer or handheld's operating system. TCP/IP stands for "Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol". Recent BlackBerries include TCP/IP capability, so you can run Internet software on a BlackBerry.
WAP: Wireless Application Protocol
WAP gives you information (in text format) from the web in a format that is easy for to download, display, read and read on your cell screen.
WLAN: Wireless Local Area Network
A network that allows you to wirelessly connect to your email and Internet.