The BlackBerry Storm touchscreen remains active and works even during phone calls. This can be frustrating for many BlackBerry Storm users, because a touch can activate a function.
"The most common problem with the touchscreen being active, is that a cheek or ear sets off the mute function," said Will David, president of CellAvant, developer of BlackBerry enterprise custom applications, "The BlackBerry Storm user continues to talk without knowing that the other person can't hear what they are saying."
Unlike the iPhone which has a sensor to detect when the user puts the iPhone near the ear and disengages the iPhone's touchscreen, the BlackBerry Storm's touchscreen continues to work while the phone is held to the face or ear. CellAvant developed a free application that shuts off the the touchscreen whenever a call is answered and then turns the touchscreen back on when the caller hangs up, called TalkLock.
The application was Beta-launched December 19 and has been downloaded 13,000 times.
"The response has been very positive," commented David, "TalkLock has prevented many BlackBerry Storm users from returning them."
CellAvant's staff searched through forums to get development ideas. They developed TalkLock in weeks, including testing.
The TalkLock utility automatically engages
a few seconds after a call is connected, and intercepts touchscreen actions. This
prevents screen presses from launching programs or invoking functions while talking on the BlackBerry Storm.
allows users to disable the lock and return to normal phone behavior at
any time by swiping a finger across the screen from left to right for entering numbers for voice mail messages or getting through a
voice mail system.
TalkLock features include:
- Automatically runs after installation, and on each reboot
- Automatically activates after phone calls are connected
- Automatically hides when phone calls are completed
- Manual unlock with "slide to unlock" function
- Menu item to re-engage lock after unlock
- Customizeable backround image (uses /home/user/TalkLock-Background.png if it exists under Device Memory)
Editors Note: Originally when this article was published TalkLock was free. As of August 2009 it now costs $2.99.
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- RIM Co-CEO Says BlackBerry Storm is a Netbook.
- Favorable Response of BlackBerry Storm by U.S. News & World Report Readers.
- Yet Another Firmware Update Upgrade Leaked for BlackBerry Storm.
- Starter Kit for BlackBerry, Storm Wish-List.
- New BlackBerry Features for 2009 Leaked - BlackBerry Storm Slider.
- Map App for BlackBerry Storm - Google Maps.
- TeleNav Mapping GPS App for BlackBerry Storm.
- Best Hottest Coolest Smartphones of 2008 - BlackBerry Storm 1st Place Winner.
- BlackBerry Storm Gaining Momentum in War with iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm YouTube App.
- BlackBerry Storm Stocked in Canadian Telus Stores.
- Best BlackBerry Storm Apps -Suggestions for Holidays.
- BlackBerry Storm Are Back In Verizon Stores.
- BlackBerry Storm Helps Keep RIM in Black, New Update Leaked.
- BlackBerry Storm Rumor Refuted.
- Verizon Extends Return Policy - BlackBerry Storm Rumor
- BlackBerrry Storm Takes Dication with MyCaption.
- Fun BlackBerry Storm Tilty Marble Game: Marble Trap.
- BlackBerry Storm Still Available - Great Deals Reappearing.
- BlackBerry Storm Commercials - Different Styles Same Results.
- BlackBerry Storm's Punniest Must-Haves for the Holidays.
- BlackBerry Update Officially Released.
- BlackBerry Storm Shortage/Sold-Out?
- Weekly Update: BlackBerry Storm Which Update / Upgrade Works Best?
- Exactly What BlackBerry Storm 184.108.40.206 Update Fixes
- BlackBerry Update Officially Released.
- BlackBerry Storm Update OTA Released Soon.
- BlackBerry Storm Rants Are Being Heard.
- BlackBerry Storm Update Clarificaions/Support and Suggestions.
- BlackBerry Storm Upgrade Available from BlackBerry.
- New BlackBerry Storm Answers Website.
- CrackBerry Cracks BlackBerry Storm OS.
- BlackBerry Storm New OS Worth Waiting For.
- New BlackBerry Storm Review of Reviews V.2.
- BlackBerry Storm Bug Fixes Soon.
- BlackBerry Storm - Thunder Storm Advisories.
- BlackBerry Storm Sales Strong, Prices Up, Shortage Continues.
- BlackBerry Storm Power Features Updated.
- Best, Cheapest, Price, BlackBerry Storm.
- BlackBerry Storm vs iPhone Debate Comic.
- BlackBerry Storm Shortage?
- BlackBerry Storm Long Line Report.
- BlackBerry Storm Wins Speed Tests.
- BlackBerry Storm's Missing Links to iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm Danger Warnings - Do's and Don't's.
- Update BlackBerry Storm Software First.
- BlackBerry Storm has 10 More Power Features than iPhone.
- BlackBerry Storm Must-Have Accessories Add-Ons
- BlackBerry Storm Review of Reviews.
- BlackBerry Storm Two Months Free Service Offered.
- BlackBerry Storm $599 at Best Buy.
- Text of BlackBerry Storm Mad Genius commercial.
- BlackBerry Storm official launch date and price.
- BlackBerry Storm international, data and roaming rates.