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A BlackBerry smartphone is an ideal travelling companion

October 13, 2008 • Top Stories

rim.jpgBlackBerry smartphones offer a range of applications and features that help travellers to make the most of their time and organise their lives, whether they are travelling within the borders of the country or abroad.

Not only does a BlackBerry smartphone help you to stay in touch with the people back home through email and voice, it also helps you to find your way around foreign territory, plan your travels, track your expenses and entertain yourself during those long hours in airport lounges.

Certain BlackBerry smartphones, like the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310, BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8110 and BlackBerry® 8800 smartphones, also boast powerful built-in GPS functionality and Google Maps that gives you an all-in-one navigation system that makes sure you never get lost or need to stop to ask for directions.

The software displays your precise location on a map and integrates directly with your address book. You can check maps and get turn-by-turn directions quickly and conveniently – wherever you are – and whether you are on foot or in a car.

A wealth of travel applications is available for the BlackBerry smartphones. One example is TravelMate Live (http://www.worldmatelive.com), which helps you to organise all your travel needs. Some of the functionality this nifty tool provides includes a travel checklist, an expense track, a currency converter, country fact sheets, a planning module, and more. The tool can be used to keep track of your travel arrangements for multiple trips.

Other useful applications to consider are Dictionaries and Translators for BlackBerry. For example, you can use BEIKS’ Dictionaries and Translators (http://blackberry.beiks.com/) as your personal travel phrase book and even practise your French, Italian, Turkish, Japanese and more. And with features like audio pronunciation, you’ll never get lost in translation.

Built-in features found in many BlackBerry smartphones such as the digital camera and integrated media player can all help to make your trip more enjoyable. If you have forgotten your digital camera, you can take snaps using the integrated camera so that you have something to show the people back home.

The media player, meanwhile, helps you to keep yourself entertained with your own music and video media files during long trips and boring waits that are part of the travelling experience.

Whether you are travelling for work or fun, a BlackBerry smartphone in your pocket will help you get the most out of the trip and ensure it is a pleasant experience.

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