The very best free BlackBerry smartphone apps for information, entertainment, social media and more.
Though BlackBerry has only a fraction —less than
a 10th— of the amount of apps Apple and Android provide, there are still
apps for just about everything. Remember, one of BlackBerry's best advantage is
security, which is usually more important than
having an app for everything under the sun.
Here we introduce 50 free hand-picked apps out of the 25,000+ total in the
Keep in mind these are designed for the BlackBerry SmartPhone.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has it's own 3,000+
apps in the store. And there's soon to be much more when Android apps can
easily be ported over to the PlayBook OS by developers and offered in the
BlackBerry store —also a possibly for the
BlackBerry SmartPhones within the next year.
Productivity and Business
1) Cortado Workplace
This app and service lets you store and synchronize files on up to 2 GB of
free online storage, also giving you access on computers via the website or
Webdav. The cloud printing capability lets you send print jobs from your phone
to your home or office.
Lets you store, synchronize, search, and access your personal database of
text notes, photos and images, and voice recordings. Everything is synchronized
and also available via the website and the Windows desktop app. Helps you
remember and stay organized in your personal and professional life's.
Rove Mobile SSH
Gives you a SSH and Telnet client on your BlackBerry. Connect to Unix and
Linux machines, mainframes, routers, switches, and other hardware. Supports SSH2
with public key authentication, user-definable shortcut keys, and terminal
YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus
This enhances your voicemail experience. Read and/or play your messages in
any order from your phone or the website. It also offers organization, sharing,
and blocking features.The integration with Facebook, shows photos of your
friends with their messages.
Photo Editor Ultimate FREE
Let's you edit and share photos right on your BlackBerry. You can zoom,
rotate, resize, combine, change lighting and colors, and apply effects. Open
images when browsing in the native file explorer or via the editor's open dialog
with thumbnail previews.
HandyLogs Money - Expense Time and Mileage Tracker
Helps you track and report on expenses, time, and mileage. Great for business
trips and traveling or personal use on vacations. You can even synchronize the
data to the website so you can view, print, and share reports from any computer.
View and analyze real time data from Excel, SAP, SQL, Oracle, CRM, and ERP
databases. Share reports, charts and snapshots via e-mail. Great for sales,
marketing, finance, operations, manufacturing, and other business activities.
Helps you manage your business operations, organization, and collaboration.
The free service includes Contacts, Notebooks, Wikipedia, RSS News Reader,
Shopping Lists, and Debts and Credits. Web access is also offered via other
mobile platforms and their website.
Estate Powered By Smarter Agent
Gives you access to MLS, recently sold, apartment listings. Great when
buying, renting, selling, or just watching the market. The GPS functionality can
show nearby properties, favorites can save listings, and Call to See can connect
you to the real estate agent.
Fun, Entertainment, and Enjoyment
Play the classic Hangman game when you or your friends are sitting around.
Exercise your brain and discover new words on the topic of your choice. Its
packed with enough words and phrases to keep you occupied on every occasion, and
even download new ones with Daily Packs.
Sharpen your memory skills while having fun. This memory matching game comes
with multiple themes and difficulty levels with score tracking and comparison.
It even features a Child Lock so others can't mess with the phone functions
Looking for the classic card game Solitaire? This one offers draw 1 or 3,
timed moves, and standard and vegas scoring. It also has a resume function to
pick up where you left off.
FiOS TV Remote DVR
Gives Verizon FiOS customers mobile access to their DVR. Set and manage
recordings, parental controls, and bookmarks. Browse and search through
scheduled and recorded programs, TV listings, and VOD listings.
TiVo DVR Scheduler
Gives TiVo users mobile access to their DVR. Set and manage recordings with
the familiar TiVo look, feel and features. Browse and search through recording
and channel listings programs by title, keyword, actor or category. Even add
show or movie reminders to your calendar.
15) U-verse Mobile
AT&T U-verse customers can access their DVR and watch hit TV shows. Like FiOS
and TiVo, it offers the basic DVR management and TV listing features. But you
can also download and watch some shows with select packages and devices.
Gives you the same music experience as with their website. Enter your
favorite songs or artists and it plays similar music. You can rate the songs to
better customize your personalized radio station.
Hear a tune but don't know the artist? Well this app will capture the audio,
identify the song (up to 5 tags per month), and let you view the lyrics. You can
also manually search for songs and artists. You can read the track and album
reviews, watch YouTube videos, buy music, share tags with friends.
News, Searching, and Information
If you're a CBS News fan, download their app for breaking news and developing
stories from CBS News and station affiliates. You can also stay update-t-date
with the CBS Evening News and the CBS Early Show.
Gives you access to national and international news and weather from the AP
and more than 1,000 newspapers and sources. Updates are downloaded throughout
the day, great when you don't have an Internet connection. You can also set news
alerts and share stories and photos via email, SMS, and Twitter.
Lets you view current weather conditions and forecasts for your current
location (automatically taken using GPS if available) or search for other places
which you can save. You can also get daily reports via messages and/or integrate
the five-day forecast into your calendar. You also get alerts for severe weather
watches and warnings.
If you're already a fan of The Weather Channel, you might opt for their app.
View current conditions and forecasts, see the radar maps, view local and
national severe weather alerts, check airport delays, and more. It also
integrates with your calendar and address book.
Customizable feed reader with several categories and feeds pre-installed.
Supports non-standard feeds (such as Twitter and LinkedIn), multiple feed search
methods, copy and paste, and in-app email sharing.
Buyers can search, watch, bid, or buy. They also receive alerts on other bids
and the ending status. They even get reminders on the calendar for ending of
listings. Sellers can watch and review sale items and respond to questions.
Code Scanner Pro - Free
Scan those funky looking square bar codes (called QR Codes) with your
BlackBerry's camera. You can see this app's QR Code below. You don't have to
snap a picture, just put the code in the camera's view and it will scan instantly. Then it
will take the given action, such as launching your browser, dialing a number, sending
a text or
email, or importing contact info.
You can do the Facebook basics, such as update your status and post photos,
check your news feed, make comments, write on walls, check your inbox, and send
messages. Facebook Places support lets you "Check In" to share your location and
locate your friends. You can also browse through your friends and pages or
search for more. You can even have the Facebook profile photos of your friends
shown when they call or email.
Lets you do the Twitter basics, such as update your status, share links from
the browser, and upload photos from the camera. You can also follow your friends, search for
others, and edit re-tweets. You get instant alerts of new messages and mentions.
FriendChat (formally FaceChat)
This gives you one of the only missing features from the Facebook app
above—support for Facebook Chat. It supports multi-person chatting with
customized colors, emoticons, and alerts. It also lets you quickly post to your
FaceBook wall within the app.
Message Prevue: Free
This is an ad-supported app that enhances BlackBerry Messenger. It replaces
the native email alerts with a pop-up that shows the sender and subject line of
incoming messages. Thus you can quickly see if it needs your attention without
opening the entire message. It even works when using other apps so you don't
have to stop what you're doing unless you see it's necessary.
Lock for BlackBerry Messenger
Allows you to password protect access to BlackBerry Messenger. The privacy of
your texting can be protected when others use your BlackBerry. You can quickly
Lock and Unlock on the Application switcher.
This is a cross-platform messenger, also available for iPhone, Android, and
Nokia Symbian, free for the first year. Its an enhanced version of SMS and MMS
that uses your 3G/EDGE internet data plan (or Wi-Fi if available). Chat and
share with another WhatsApp user or a group—among
all the supported platforms. Send videos, photos, voice notes, contacts,
and your locations.
31) IMPlus Lite
If you're a instant messaging junkie, this will help save time and effort
when chatting or sharing across multiple services. It supports AIM/iChat,
MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk, MySpaceIM,
Facebook, Skype, and Twitter. Talk one-on-one or create/join a group. You also get access web-based access from your desktop or laptop.
Gives you central access, sharing, and backup of your contacts. Pulls contact
info from your social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and email services
(GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo). This can help you network and keep in contact with
Tools and Utilities
Protects your device and info if it becomes lost, stolen, or broken.Works
with a free service offered by RIM. Schedule automatic backups of most data. If
your device is misplaced or stolen, you can remotely lock, locate or wipe it via
the Internet. You can even make it ring loud to help find it and display a
message in case someone else finds it.
SmrtGuard Mobile Security
This offers a host of security and privacy features, including device locking
and recovery, emergency call button, and call blocking. Plus during a 30-day
trial of the Pro edition, you get mobile virus and SPAM protection, backup and
restore, and remote wiping.
Keeps track of your data, voice, and SMS usage. It compares it to your plan
and provides alerts and alarms when you reach the limits. This can be a great
Memory Booster Pro
Recovers the lost and used up memory of your BlackBerry device. Boosts
performance and makes applications run faster and smoother. You can run on-demand and on a schedule.
This installs onto your BlackBerry Smartphone and enables you to access and
view your data from your BlackBerry PlayBook. Access your email, calendar,
files, contacts, memo pad, and tasks on the larger tablet display. You can even
use the smartphone's data plan to browse the Internet on the PlayBook.
Who Is It
See who's calling, emailing, or texting by the color of the front LED light
on your BlackBerry. Its faster and easier than
reading the caller ID, especially if the phone is out of your reach. You
can assign up to 10 colors to different people.
This adds a clock to the BlackBerry menus of all apps. Check the time while
playing a game or browsing the web without having to exit the app.
Screen Shot FREE
Lets you take, save, and email screen shots of your BlackBerry screen. Maybe
capture a high score on a game to showboat to your friends, discuss your
favorite apps on a blog, or use to capture an error message for tech support.
Reads your SMS and email messages aloud, so you can concentrate on driving.
Also features customizable auto-response and timeout duration. It can help
prevent distracted driving and related accidents.
ScoreMobile for BlackBerry
Lookup real-time sports scores, player stats, league standings, recaps, and
other sports info and news. You can also track live games with push alerts.
Sports Illustrated (SI)
A must-have for Sport Illustrated fans. Stay up-to-date on sports news and
topics. Customize it with your favoriate pro and college teams. See and share
the SI commentary and photographs.
Golf GPS Range Finder
Shows the distance to the green and any obstacles on
thousands of different courses. You can also tap your touch screen for it to
calculate the distance to that point from your current GPS location. You can
even checkout a satellite photos of the course and holes.
Easily track time for up to 15 athletes or participates at once. Simply hit
Start to begin timing all and then hit each person's individual Stop button.
Then you'll get a table and ranking info which you can email or upload to Google
Measures distance, estimated calories burned, and current, average, and maximum speeds.
Great for biking, hiking, walking, and other outdoor activities. You can even publish
the data to the SmartRunner site, Facebook, or Twitter.
Helps you plan, book, manage, and share your travel info. Find flights,
hotels, and destination information. It can even scan and automatically pull
travel info from your emailed itineraries. You get alerts if a flight is delayed
or there's connection changes. You can email your travel plans or post them to
Gives you access to maps, directions, and info on nearby businesses and
restaurants. GPS support gives you route planning, turn-by-turn directions, and
location updates. You can save locations for later use and share maps via email
or text messages.
This ad-supported app can translate and speak words or phrases in more than
50 languages. In addition to typing the words or phrases, you can translate from
e-mails, the browser, or SMS messages. Then you can share your translations via
Twitter, email, SMS, or memos.
Input or import an address from your contacts to get info on road closures, alternate routes,
and the ETA. You can even quickly email or text the ETA info if someone is
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