While most BlackBerry owners only make use of the standard features of the device, there are a number of shortcuts that allow users squeeze a bit more functionality out of their smartphone. Although the shortcuts, or secret codes, will not change the functionality of the device, they will provide for some exciting alterations, views and open some secret menus.

* Decibel meter

Displays your signal strength in decibels, instead of bars. Hold “Alt” and press “N”, “M”, “L”, “L” (repeat to reverse the effect).

* Address Book file verification

Checks the data in your Address Book for inconsistencies. In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “V”, “A”, “L”, “D”.

* Address Book data structure rebuild

Forces a data structure re-build in the Address Book… In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “L”, “D”.

* View source code

Displays the source code of a Web page. In the Browser, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “V”, “S”.

* Help Me! menu

Provides crucial technical information about your device, for when seeking technical support or help in forums… Hold “Alt” and (left) “shift”, then press “H”.

* IMEI display

Displays your device’s international mobile equipment identity (IMEI – your serial number) on-screen… Also works from all other GSM handsets. Type “*”, “#”, “0″, “6″, “#” on the Home screen.

* “Soft” reset

Performs a “soft” reset of your device; the equivalent of doing a “battery pull” (ie. Removing the battery for a few seconds). Press-and-hold “Alt”, then press-and-hold (left) “shift”, then press-and-hold “Del”.

* Event Log

Displays event logs of all the system-level events that occur on your device… Hold “Alt” and press “L”, “G”, “L”, “G”.

* Data/voice usage

Display data/voice usage on a BlackBerry device. Go to Menu > Settings/Options > Status and type BUYR to display data/voice usage on a BlackBerry.

* Device PIN

The BlackBerry device’s PIN will be displayed. Type MYPIN in a message box for example while composing a new e-mail.

By Charlie Fripp, IT News