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RIM Separates Security Lock and Keypad Lock in BlackBerry 6

I started noticing this little change RIM made in BlackBerry 6 over the last few days. It used to be that if you had a device password on your BlackBerry and hit the lock button on the top of the device you would have to enter your password to unlock it. In BlackBerry 6 and the latest versions of OS 5.0 RIM has changed this. (Knowledge base article)

From now on if you hit the lock key on the top of your device it will only lock the keypad so if you hit the lock button again it will unlock without a password. Only if the security timeout (minutes) has been reached does it security lock the device.

Very odd that RIM would make such a change when the device password is clearly targeted at businesses but I hope they did some user testing on it. Its going to confuse users as to when their device is locked or locked locked. :) First they changed how the K key and * key lock the device and now this. I wonder what shortcuts they will change next!

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  1. Huh? I don’t understand it.
    So now it will lock the k/b w/o password until its lock for a certain time?

  2. Also, holding down the lock button will put the some devices in sleep mode. If you get a call the device wakes up or hit the button again. This locks the keyboard and turns off the screen and notifiers. Great for meetings.
    To put the BlackBerry smartphone into Standby mode, perform the following action:

    Press and hold the Lock key located in the upper left corner of the following BlackBerry smartphones:
    BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone
    BlackBerry® Storm™ 9500 smartphone
    BlackBerry Storm 9530 smartphone
    BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630 smartphone
    When the Lock key is pressed and held, the keyboard lock engages and the BlackBerry smartphone enters Standby mode.

    Press and hold the Reset key located in the upper left corner of the following BlackBerry smartphones:

    BlackBerry® Storm2™ 9550 smartphone
    BlackBerry Storm2 9520 smartphone
    When the Reset key is pressed and held, the keyboard lock engages and the BlackBerry smartphone enters Standby mode.

  3. I’ve liked this change on my Tour. Glad to see it carried to BlackBerry 6 though I do think having an option in Screen/Keyboard to let the lock button activate the passworded lock would be nice.

  4. Thanks to this change my wife ended up in my phone and caught me cheating… >:
    I press the key and though the password lock was activated just like os 5 :(

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