These free mobile apps are the "must haves" of the mobile app world. To save you time, we rounded up the very best 50 mobile apps that no Windows mobile user should be without.
For more free mobile apps: 50 Best Free Apps for Windows Phone 7
Ah, the joy of free mobile apps...
Forget the iPhone with its incessant bragging about oceans of mobile apps available. If you've got a cell phone loaded with Windows Mobile, there are
many mobile apps available for you as well. There might not be an "app for everything" since Microsoft
has only about 15% of the amount of mobile apps Apple has available -- which Microsoft is
trying to change with the new Windows Phone 7 Series.
But there are some great
mobile apps to help you save money, time, patience, and to have fun. All from your
mobile device that used to only be a phone.
Without further ado, here are 50 of the best free applications you'll find for
the Windows Mobile platform, which is conveniently categorized but not
necessarily in a prioritized order:
1) Skyfire Mobile Web Browser
Tired of web pages that don't load right on mobile phones? With this they'll
appear just like they would on a PC, including Flash, Silverlight, and videos.
2) Opera Mobile Web Browser
Save favorite sites to speed dial, sync bookmarks with your desktop, and use
3) Fusion Voicemail
Mobile app: Fusion Voicemail Plus
Doesn't everyone just hate dialing, waiting, listening, and typing just to
hear those annoying voice mails? This killer-app lets you see and manage your
VMs on the screen.
4) Google Sync
If you use Google's Gmail, contacts, or calendar, sync them with your phone.
Use the phone's camera to scan in or fax documents. Though free, unregistered
users will see a watermark in images and faxes.
Are you a Skype talker? Download their app to use Skype on your mobile phone.
Metric Imperial Converter
Convert between metric and imperial units of measuregreat for projects,
work, or school.
Fun and Enjoyment
8) Pandora for Windows
Listen to music, rate songs, and bookmark your favorite artists and songs. Like
on the regular site, you simply tell it a artist or song and it will play music
matching your tastes. It's beyond mundane Internet radioyou make your own
Mobile Manager for Netflix
Mobile app: Mobile Manager for Netflix
Search for movies and watch trailers right from your phone. Even add or
update your movie queue for your Netflix account.
Tic Tac Toe
Looking for a simple game to pass time? Play this classic against the
11) Tetris Mobile
Here's a free classic game you'll never get tired of.
12) Pocket Uno
Remember this classic card game? You try to match the color, number, or
special card. Play the computer and/or another human.
If you have to wait around, you might as well exercise your brain with this
simple but addictive puzzle game.
14) X-Ray 2.0
Mobile app: X-Ray 2.0
If you're a trickster, this is for you! Open the app and run your phone along
your hand to match the staged X-Ray movie.
Information Updates and Searching
Read international and national news from the Associated Press, plus local
coverage from more than 1,200 newspapers. Set default news categories and
locations for quick access, or do manual searches. News can be read
offlinedoesn't require constant network connection. Forward news via text,
email, or social networks.
You can still access online serviceslike Facebook, MySpace, Netflix, and
otherswithout a data plan! This app uses texts to send and receive the data.
Have you become a fan of Microsoft's Bing search engine and Internet portal?
This gives you all the Bing services on your phone.
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Search for and watch YouTube movies with their mobile app.
Mange your RSS feeds, download them to be viewable offline, and easily
20) Seller Mobile Pro
Take a picture and start selling items on eBay right from your phone.
21) BarcodeZilla Lite
Mobile app: BarcodeZilla Lite
Take a picture of a barcode on many types of products using your phone's
camera and it will come back with pricing and product detailsgreat for price
comparing in the store.
Use the regular Windows application to search for recipes and then transfer
them to your Windows Mobile device to view them in the store or kitchen.
You might have seen the desktop app, but now you can check the weather from
Mobile app: BarcodeZilla Lite
Quickly see what details are missing for the contacts in your phone, so you
can store as much info on everyone as possible.
25) Microsoft's MyPhone
Protect your investment! Backup phone settings in case you lose or upgrade
your phone, plus find it if you do lose it.
Stay healthy with this appit lists smoothie recipes so you can reference
the ingredients or send them to a friend.
27) w0lf's Translator
Uses Google Translate engine to provide translations between many different
Mobile app: CellSpin
Can't seem to get away with using just one social network site? You might not
have to download an app for each one. Use this software to simultaneously upload
text, video, photos, and audio to all the popular ones: Blogger, eBay, Facebook,
Flickr, Linkedin, MySpace, Picasa, Twitter, YouTube, and more.
MySpace for Windows Mobile
Stay in constant contact with your MySpace friends and update your profile.
Post comments and upload photos and videos anywhere.
Facebook for Windows Mobile
Update your Facebook profile and keep up with friends from your mobile phone.
Write on walls, send messages, take and post pictures and videos, and even call
people using their phone number listed on their profile.
Send and receive tweets with this simple app.
32) Nimbuzz Mobile
All in one messenger for Skype, Windows Live/MSN, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM,
GoogleTalk, Facebook, MySpace, Jabber and many more.
Mobile app: CellSpin
Here's an app for apps. Offers a database of free Windows Mobile downloads,
which you can search through or browse the most popular. Makes installing and
updating apps even easier.
34) Home Screen
Add and remove panels to your Windows Mobile home screen. Maybe display the
weather, favorite apps, or favorite contacts.
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Free up the memory without restarting your phone.
Lets you change the defaults of your Today screen soft keys.
Turns your phone into a Wi-Fi or 3G storage device or a mobile web server.
Plus it includes its own file viewer.
Make calls using your virtual number from Google Voice, Phone.com, or JaJah,
via the touch screen dialing pad.
39) WiFi Monster
Turns the Wi-Fi on and off, sees nearby routers and hotspots, and connects to
Mobile app: WiFi
Quickly and easily access the photos, music, videos, and other content from
your mobile phone via your computer's web browser. It even features a registry
editor to tweak Windows Mobile and has the ability to send/receive texts!
Running out of room for your files and downloads? This simple app sorts file
based on size.
42) Ilium Software
This grabs your mobile phone screen and saves it as an image, so you can
share it with others.
43) Vegas Pool Sharks
Mobile app: Vegas Pool Sharks
Want to sharpen your pool skills before hitting the pool hall? The free
edition gives you three chances to get the ball in the pocket.
44) Par 72 Golf
Taking a break from the real green, Tiger? You can still practice your swing
from home. The free edition lets you play the first
hole of each course.
45) Endomondo Tracker
Are you a runner, or are you trying to be? Track your distance, speed, and
altitude on your mobile.
46) Google Maps
Get maps, directions, street view, business listings, and more from Google's
databaseplus you can see your location even without GPS.
Mobile app: Trapster
Put your GPS to workthis app alerts when you come near speed traps,
red-light cameras, and other dangers.
Easily share your location with whom you want to, making use of your GPS, and
they'll see a map of where you're at.
Gives you flight information in the palm of your hand and helps you log your
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