Twelve vacation apps for BlackBerry

Summer holiday means long days, warm nights, and lots of travelling. With the latest smartphones becoming cheaper and more accessible, the number of downloadable applications (or ‘apps’ as they are called) which can be used to to help us plan our holidays has exploded in the last year.

There are now thousands of apps available – everything from boredom-beating games to news services and flight trackers – and most are either free or inexpensive. To make your vacation more enjoyable we have selected a dozen of our favourite vacation apps for your BlackBerry smartphone.

1. Nav4All

Need directions this summer? With Nav4All, you will never need a map book again. Nav4All is an advanced and inexpensive navigation system, accessible on your own BlackBerry smartphone whenever you need it.

2. WorldMate Live

WorldMate Live can turn your BlackBerry smartphone into a personal travel assistant taking the stress out of travelling. The application gives you instant access to all trip details including flight details, hotels, itineraries, weather updates, currency converters and more. It enables you to create itineraries that sync between your BlackBerry smartphone, Outlook Calendar, personal website and WorldMate Live website, making sure you keep up to date with your schedules. Get weather forecasts, currency rates, and more – WorldMate Live is a terrific tool for summer travel.

3. WeatherBug

WeatherBug keeps you informed and prepared for a day at the beach with live local weather, severe weather alerts, in-depth forecasts, camera views, detailed radar maps and international weather.

4. BlackStar

Using your BlackBerry device and BlackStar, you will be able to keep track of your current latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, direction and the distance to your destination. As long as you brought your GPS capable BlackBerry, you’re all set.

5. BlackBerry Messenger

Share your pin or unique barcode to connect with friends anywhere, anytime. Take comfort in knowing your friends and loved ones are only a BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) message away – forget that postcard, BBM instead. You can chat and share experiences such as funny stories, holiday pictures and videos and more with individual contacts or groups of friends instantly.

6. Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones

Stay on top of your social life with Facebook® for BlackBerry® throughout the Holiday. This application makes Facebook services – like sending messages, poking friends, writing wall posts, inviting friends to join and uploading photos – available on the go.

7. MP3 Ringtone Creator

Sitting on the beach and got nothing to do? Easily create your own ringtones directly from your BlackBerry smartphone. All you need to do is choose a song, select a starting point and save your new ringtone file

8. reads your text messages and emails out loud so you can concentrate on the road. Eliminate the temptation to reach for your phone by letting read to you and automatically respond for you. Stay connected by listening to your messages without texting while driving or reading emails in your car.

9. In Case of Emergency

In a medical emergency while on vacation it is best to be prepared. This simple app has saved lives, and it could save yours in case of an emergency, providing emergency personnel with critical personal and medical data: your name, who to contact, important notification telephone numbers, blood type, allergies, your physician’s name and number, the meds you take, existing medical conditions – even the name of your health insurer, so you get the medical attention you need now.

10. Navita Translator

When things get lost in translation in a foreign country turn to Navita Translator for help. It can translate more than 50 languages and read words aloud in languages sucj as English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

11. OANDA Currency Converter

You can make your travels even easier by using a currency converter like OANDA Currency converter on your BlackBerry smartphone. You simply need to select the currency you want to convert from and to, fill in the amount, and OANDA Currency does the math.

12. Flickr

Share your summer vacation with the world! Snap a picture and post it to your Flickr® account right from your BlackBerry smartphone.


  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

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