Jeff @ Zaventh let me know that their popular AutoStandby application is only 99 Cents today only (October 20th 2008) to celebrate the BlackBerry Developer Conference. The application will automatically put your phone into standby mode according to settings you set. This is a pretty good deal for the application since it is usually $4.95. You can pick it up at this link in the store.
AutoStandby is a remarkable new application for BlackBerry devices which will automatically put your device into a little advertised mode known as standby when it has gone idle for a period of time. Unlike keylock mode, standby mode saves significant battery life by putting your hardware into a semi-sleep state. However, you can still receive e-mails, SMS text messages, phone calls, audio alerts, and everything else just as if your phone was on normally.
AutoStandby will also lock the keypad to prevent your BlackBerry’s screen from turning on which wastes battery life and at the same time prevents other common problems, like accidentally calling someone. To exit standby, all you have to do is press one key located conveniently on the top of your BlackBerry. That’s it!
Whether you are a professional BlackBerry addict or a recreational user, you will certainly benefit from the extended battery life provided by AutoStandby’s low power state, the ease of single button unlocking, and the peace of mind of knowing your device isn’t accidentally calling random entries from your contact list.
Note: Please download the desktop installation (zip file) and read the readme.txt document to get started.
AutoStandby 1.5.0 Changes
* Added support to disable AutoStandby when navigation software is running
* Added ability to backup/restore AutoStandby settings
* Fixed issue with detecting BB Media Player on 4.2.1 OS
- Significant battery savings
- Increase in speed of charging
- Configurable idle delay
- Locks keypad from accidental use
- Single button to restore device
- OS 4.5 support
- Detects RIM, MiuTunes, BerryTunes, xPlayer, FlipSide, nuTsie music players
- Detects Navigation (GPS) software: BlackBerry Maps, TeleNav, Google Maps
- Under 9k in size