After my experience of having the BlackBerry die on me I implemented nearly all the advice about extending battery life and it has had a dramatic effect. Now the thing still has plenty of battery life left after a couple of days.I realise that with Jayne out of hospital I am using it less because I see her more and don’t make so many calls or send her messages like I was doing, and that the novelty of the new toy is wearing off so I maybe I am not playing with it and checking it as often, but even so it is one hell of an improvement.
Personally I think the biggest effect must be from turning the backlight down a lot from what it was and setting it to turn off automatically at midnight for about seven hours. I’m sure that turning down ringtone volumes, turning off vibrations and not having alert noises for all events could make a difference too – but I already had minimal alerts and haven’t been getting enough calls for the lack of vibrate to make so much of a difference.
I can thoroughly recommend turning down backlighting to anybody who is having trouble with battery life on a BlackBerry Curve. Even at something like 40% it is perfectly readable and that is with my increasingly poor eyesight.