Five Must-Have BlackBerry Applications

By Dante Sarigumba, Robert Kao, William Petz, Timothy Calabro

Part of BlackBerry All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Over the years, the number of BlackBerry applications has grown considerably. Here are five great apps that extend the functionality of your BlackBerry; they’re all free, so give them a try!

App Name Category Features
Facebook Social Networking With Facebook for BlackBerry, you’ll never be out of touch. You
can send messages, post comments, update status, add new friends,
and more. Uploading pictures and posting as things happen makes it
easy and quick for your friends to keep tabs on what you’re
doing.
Google Maps Maps / Directions Google does a fantastic job of extending its maps service. Some
of the features include: GPS location, satellite views, full
turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic, transit lines,
bicycling paths, and a simple search to find anything you
need.
Poynt Location-Based Poynt is the one-stop shop for looking up businesses, people,
movies, restaurants, and gas prices.
Slacker Radio Music Streaming Slacker Radio has a huge selection of different genres, ranging
from Alternative, Comedy, Hip Hop/R&B, to International.
Slacker’s caching feature allows you to store thousands of songs on
your BlackBerry smartphone, saving you precious battery life and
allowing you to listen without any breaks even if you don’t have a
wireless signal.
Vlingo Productivity With Vlingo, you’ll rarely have to touch your BlackBerry
keyboard ever again. Send text and e-mails, and search the Internet
through Vlingo’s voice controls. Vlingo also speaks your incoming
text and e-mail messages.