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Registered: ‎06-20-2008
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Bluetooth HID keyboard support for BlackBerry? (iPhone now supports it)

(On BBF and CB and suggestions@rim.com, but am posting here too.)



Today, Apple just announced Bluetooth HID keyboard support for iPhone/iPod Touch OS 4.0. Obviously, this will benefit Freedom Input too -- a company that sells folding Bluetooth keyboards for BlackBerries and other phones -- and no doubt they will take advantage of the Apple market in addition to RIM.

But, is generic Bluetooth keyboard support for Blackberry planned?

Does anyone know if Research In Motion would be releasing HID keyboard support so that any generic off-the-market Bluetooth keyboard will function with BlackBerries.

I'm deaf since birth, so for years, I have used keyboards more often than speaking -- they are essential assistive devices in my life. As I am almost totally deaf with limited help from hearing aids, I can't make phone calls directly. I have to use a relay interpretor to read out my typing from a keyboard. I type far faster on a real keyboard, and I need a keyboard to communicate in near-realtime over the telephone Even though I thumb type 75 WPM (youtube link) on the BlackBerry, it's still slower than speaking. Therefore, I often carry an accessory keyboard with my BlackBerry/iPod/etc too. 

(BTW -- I actually own more than half a dozen folding keyboards of several brands, as I wear many of them out. Most durable model so far has been ThinkOutside Stowaway Ultraslim, which I wish would work on my BlackBerry Bold. Maybe Freedom Input will license that discontinued design from iGo and restart manufacturing those wonderful slim keyboards?)

Regardless (even if not for me), I think the time is ripe for Research In Motion to add official external keyboard support to their BlackBerries. I'd really like RIM to add official native Bluetooth keyboard support, and Apple may have just lit a fire under RIM to do so.

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Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Passport, Playbook, 9320BES
My Carrier: Bouygues _ SFR

Re: Bluetooth HID keyboard support for BlackBerry? (iPhone now supports it)

wow just wow (about your youtube video). I don't have the answer, but remember that the current forum is a community forum. If you want to contact RIM employees, here is not the place.


what is the name of the application you used? Did you try on a SureType keyboard?

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Registered: ‎05-12-2010
My Device: Bold 9700
My Carrier: Bell

Re: Bluetooth HID keyboard support for BlackBerry? (iPhone now supports it)

I've been watching this issue for the past year or so as well. Have you found anything out?