new 3T owner, few questions

MrDJ007

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Hi All and firstly Merry Christmas

received my new 3T yesterday after being a blackberry user (dont laugh) for the last 9 years. will be using Vodafone UK
which ive read can have a few issues but so far ok for me.

so ive never used a android phone before and have always had a real keyboard since phones were invented so this will be a new learning curve for me.

ive managed to transfer all my contacts and phone numbers but some how its added numbers that have been deleted for years so ive had to edit each one and delete the unused numbers.
anyway down to buisiness
question 1:
its not transfered text messages so any advise on the best way to do this.

question 2: ringtones for calls and text.
ive always used a ringtone in mp3 format for calls and a yoda message for texts. ive searched but cant see how i can import or use own ringtones. is this possible.

thats enough to keep me going so thanks in advance to any replies.
 

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Cool, which BB did you come from?

On the text messages, check with your carrier and see if they have an app you can use? I use At&t and there are a few different options for text messages. Worst case scenario, you could find a 3rd part app that will work.

For ringtones, I've always used Zedge and been very happy with them for ringtones and notification sounds.

Good luck.
 

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Hi Lefty and thanks for the reply.

i was originally on a Q10 until they put out a corrupt update that buggered up all the ringtones and alarms and using my phone for hospital work i was missing calls as the ringtone volume had dropped by at least half volume and the callender alarms stopped working altogether.
so then i bought a passport which was much better but then they broke ties with facebook and at the end of this year whats app will be discontinued and as i use this for convos as no one uses bbm now it was time to move on.

taking a while to get used to the 3T and all the different apps but ill get there.
now looking for a decent callender with an alarm as the pre installed one is linked to gmail which i dont use and i cant add all my meetings from yahoo and msn callenders.
 

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To get your texts transferred you'll need an app like SMS backup and restore, I never really liked BB devices so I can't tell you a specific app, but I'm sure there is one for BlackBerry that either has an android counterpart or exports in a format an android app can read.

The notifications thing is pretty easy, put the sound you want on your phones internal storage and then go to Settings>sound and notifications>ringtone and select your file. You generally change your text Alerts from the settings of your text app... You may need to restart to get the files to show up.

There's a few official BlackBerry apps in the play store like a keyboard and launcher that might make the transition a little easier too, in case you weren't aware.
 

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Hi All and firstly Merry Christmas

received my new 3T yesterday after being a blackberry user (dont laugh) for the last 9 years. will be using Vodafone UK
which ive read can have a few issues but so far ok for me.

so ive never used a android phone before and have always had a real keyboard since phones were invented so this will be a new learning curve for me.

ive managed to transfer all my contacts and phone numbers but some how its added numbers that have been deleted for years so ive had to edit each one and delete the unused numbers.
anyway down to buisiness
question 1:
its not transfered text messages so any advise on the best way to do this.

question 2: ringtones for calls and text.
ive always used a ringtone in mp3 format for calls and a yoda message for texts. ive searched but cant see how i can import or use own ringtones. is this possible.

thats enough to keep me going so thanks in advance to any replies.
Question #1... Here are some links to check out:

http://us.preprod.blackberry.com/support/Content_Transfer.html

https://www.android-data-recovery.org/blackberry-to-android.html

https://www.coolmuster.com/phone-transfer/copy-messages-between-blackberry-and-android.html

http://www.androidtoiphonetransfer.com/resources/copy-messages-between-blackberry-and-android.html

Link to my search page: https://duckduckgo.com/?t=mobotap&q=how+to+transfer+Blackberry+text+messages+to+Android&ia=web

Where to get OnePlus 3t Windows drivers - just in case you need to connect it to your computer to transfer BB content to your OnePlus 3t:

http://downloads.oneplus.net/

http://www.gizmoadvices.com/download-oneplus-3t-usb-drivers/

https://duckduckgo.com/?t=mobotap&q=where+to+download+oneplus+3t+driver&ia=web

Question #2...

In order to use custom ringtones on Android, it is best to create folders with the following names: Alarms, Notifications, and Ringtones. Load those folders with desired files. You can select personalized ringtones from any app.

You can download directly from the web using your OnePlus 3t or use your computer to get ringtones and then transfer your files to the phone.

I recommend getting ES File Explorer. I have the pro version after using the free version for years.

Congratulations on your purchase of OnePlus 3t.

I still have my OnePlus One and I love it. I have rooted my OnePlus One and have the candy six ROM on it. I now use the OnePlus 3 as my daily driver. I also use the BlackBerry Priv (Verizon wireless) for work. Both phones are generally good. My only issue with the BB Priv is the media volume goes to silent consistently and I have to reset my Priv to get the media volume back. I have tried everything up to factory resetting it. Now I'm going to contact BlackBerry support as Verizon told me it is a blackberry issue.
 

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WOW! thanks fuzzylumpkin and vintagetechtm, some great advice there.
time to have a good read up.

after playing about a bit yesterday i found a few similar ringtones on Zedge which Lefty mentioned above.
also loaded docs to go for xl files i need for work.
also just reminder for appointments and meetings as not liking the default callender much. loaded a couple from the store but still no good.

for the data usage app Vodafone UK wont work for some reason so found my data manager app which seems to be doing the job so far.

now the bigger problem im having at the moment is quite a biggie. while at home im conected to my home wifi and all working perfectly but as soon as i turn wifi off chrome or firefox shows as no internet connection even though data is turned on. luckily im off work now until 3rd january and i have to get it sorted by then as phone is used in hospital for emergency calls and i cant risk data not working continuously.

ive gone into settings and my carrier is listed and clicked on but its still showing 0 usage on data

lots more to learn and thank you both once again for your great advice.
 

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WOW! thanks fuzzylumpkin and vintagetechtm, some great advice there.
time to have a good read up.

after playing about a bit yesterday i found a few similar ringtones on Zedge which Lefty mentioned above.
also loaded docs to go for xl files i need for work.
also just reminder for appointments and meetings as not liking the default callender much. loaded a couple from the store but still no good.

for the data usage app Vodafone UK wont work for some reason so found my data manager app which seems to be doing the job so far.

now the bigger problem im having at the moment is quite a biggie. while at home im conected to my home wifi and all working perfectly but as soon as i turn wifi off chrome or firefox shows as no internet connection even though data is turned on. luckily im off work now until 3rd january and i have to get it sorted by then as phone is used in hospital for emergency calls and i cant risk data not working continuously.

ive gone into settings and my carrier is listed and clicked on but its still showing 0 usage on data

lots more to learn and thank you both once again for your great advice.

I use Documents To Go as well. I used that since I was on my Blackberry Curve.

I use Calengoo as my default calendar. It will cost you some money and I do use Google Calendar as my pesonal calendar. Calengoo is primarily made for people who use Google Calendar but it can be used with any calendar that is synced on your OnePlus 3T.

Link to Calengoo: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...?id=com.calengoo.android&hl=en&token=hbp3V265

The program that I use for MS Exchange is 9Folders or "Nine". This is a robust program with many customization options. The best feature of Nine is that you do not have to make your employer a Device Administrator on your personal phone. The security settings of Nine satisfy the security requirements of your employer and negate the need to make the emloyer a device administrator - best feature ever! You get the option of light theme or dark theme too. You can keep your work calendar only in Nine or you can allow other calendars on your OnePlus 3t to have access to your work calendar. If you are like me and you have one calendar for personal and work events then that feature is a necessity. There are many more features that are worth the cost - in my opinion.

Link to Nine: https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...s?id=com.ninefolders.hd3&hl=en&token=YSAv4M2x.

Aqua Mail - Good with free and paid version. Not my favorite. https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...ils?id=org.kman.AquaMail&hl=en&token=lg082RxQ

TypeMail - Good, last time I used it, it did not have calendar and notes for MS Exchange. https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...details?id=com.trtf.blue&hl=en&token=ITVI21hs

Blue Mail - This is good too, it didn't meet all of my needs like Nine did. https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...ails?id=me.bluemail.mail&hl=en&token=0uZfQBpK

Your data issue...

1. Go into settings and navigate to and select "About phone"

2. Scroll down to "Build number"

3. Keep tapping "Build number" until you see the following message "You are now a developer!"

4. Go back to the main settings menu. Navigate to and select "Developer options" right above "About phone". Make sure developer options are turned on. Caution... if you are not sure about a specific setting, leave it alone.

5. Find and select "Aggressive Wi-Fi to Cellular handover". This will allow your phone to switch to your data when the WiFi signal is weak. Turn this option on if you want that.

6. Scroll a little further down and you will find "Cellular data always active". Turn this on if you want to keep your mobile data active, even if WiFi is active.

Again, use developer options very carefully. Make sure you research a setting very well before you play with it. I have actually used developer options to turn off the animations on my phone. I'm one of those users that doesn't care about animations and my phone looking cool in the process of doing something; I care more about my phone just working and not annoying me with needless animations.

If the Developer options regarding your data and wifi to data handoff do not work, than make sure you have the write APN settings for Vodafone

Link 1: Vodafone UK APN Settings - APN info and Step by Step configuration. I couldn't find the date this was posted. You could always contact customer service.

Link2: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Vodafone+UK+APN+settings&atb=v33-4__&ia=web. This is my search page.

If the APN settings are not an issue maybe it is reception? Or it could be an issue of what Vodafone data bands are used in your area. In the USA my OnePlus 3 does not receive all of the 4g bands that AT&T/T-Mobile uses. It will pick up the major bands. Also, my OnePlus 3 is able to make voice calls, send/receive text messages using the Verizon Wireless network. OnePlus 3/3T is not able to use the USA CDMA data bands.

Welcome to Android... I hope you like it. I like android os because it is very customizable. Android will give you more control over your phone compared to iPhones - with Android you can truely make it your own phone; just use that control wisely. :)
 

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To get your texts transferred you'll need an app like SMS backup and restore, I never really liked BB devices so I can't tell you a specific app, but I'm sure there is one for BlackBerry that either has an android counterpart or exports in a format an android app can read.

The notifications thing is pretty easy, put the sound you want on your phones internal storage and then go to Settings>sound and notifications>ringtone and select your file. You generally change your text Alerts from the settings of your text app... You may need to restart to get the files to show up.

There's a few official BlackBerry apps in the play store like a keyboard and launcher that might make the transition a little easier too, in case you weren't aware.

I use SMS Backup and Restore too. I have used that as my go to tool for transferring my SMS and MMS from Android phone to Android phone over the years. I am not sure if SMS Backup and Restore is cross platform - it may work for both Blackberry OS and Android OS. it is worth looking into. I do not have a Blackberry 10.x device so I can't test out the cross platform ability of that tool.

As far as launchers go, I recommend Nova Launcher. There is a free version and the paid version adds additional customization. I have never used stock launchers once I started using Nova Launcher. https://wetechgeeks.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/become-a-nova-launcher-power-user/.
 

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Regarding file explorers, I used ES File Explorer for years. But later updates were showing a ghost image icon on the home screen for some reason, probably tied into them being bought out by another company. And I don't remember if I had the paid version or not.

Regardless, I suggest either FX (File Explorer or X-Plore). FX needs the paid version to obtain access to your network. I can't decide which of these two are my favorite. ;)
https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...ore/apps/details?id=nextapp.fx&token=B4jX1UdO
https://forums.androidcentral.com/e...s?id=com.lonelycatgames.Xplore&token=cJaMDjXs
 

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thanks once again for all the replys all, i really appreciate it.
i must be getting old as i used to be at the top of my game on tech lol

data sorted.
for some reason APN defaulted on set up to pay as you go so the address was set to pp.vodafone. changed that to wap.vodafone for my monthly contract and phone burst into life.
was lucky really as even though im set upto my broadband wifi it was showing 382mb used in 3 days of 500mb free monthly wifi even though its unlimited through my broadband.

so now i can finally settle down and check out all the helpfull links posted above.

happy new year one and all and thanks once again.
Jim