Blackberries may have been overshadowed by the enormous success of Apple iPhones, but they are still popular, especially since the OS is based on JAVA and hence there are loads of free apps available for download online and directly to your Blackberry device. Choosing the best amongst thousands of free Blackberry apps will be a daunting task and hence, here at TechPP, we have listed out some of the cool, highly useful and what we consider ‘MUST HAVE’ Free Blackberry applications. Read on.

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15 Must Have Free Blackberry Apps

1. Google Mobile


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Google Mobile is an all-in-one package combining Google’s excellent mobile apps (Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Sync) with links to Google’s mobile-optimized web services (search, Picasa, Reader, Docs, Google Notebook, etc.). No need to install these Google applications individually!

2. Opera Mini for Web Browsing

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Web browsing through any mobile device wouldn’t be complete without the Opera Mini! The Opera Mini browser increases the speed at which pages are rendered on Blackberry devices by passing page requests through Opera servers. It also caches Web pages allowing you to load web pages on your Blackberry device quickly.

3. Viigo

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Viigo is arguably the best RSS feed reader for Blackberry. It is a feature-rich application which lets you view news & RSS feeds, audio clips & podcasts, stocks & money data, weather and more. It allows you to add as many as 2,500 subscriptions.

4. Pandora Mobile

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Pandora mobile allows you to create new stations, listen to already created ones, rate songs and more. Its almost similar to the desktop version. A must have app if you are a music lover.

5. iSkoot

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iSkoot puts Skype right on your Blackberry smart phone and allows you to send and receive voice calls to and from Skype users. The voice quality is also very good. The app imports all your Skype contacts, and offers an instant messaging function.

6. Poynt

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Poynt is a slick local search app that allows you to run Yellow Page searches to find businesses, movie listings and theater screenings. It lets you browse by genre and even review the current top 10 movies. The app also supports GPS location search and integrates with BlackBerry Maps.

7. Vlingo

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Vlingo turns your BlackBerry devices into a voice-enabled mobile phone that allows you to do voice-dialing, voice-texting and voice emailing. Not only can users dial a number by simply saying a name, but they can also perform web searches, such as saying “Find Movies In Chicago Toronto”.

8. Twitterberry

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This excellent Blackberry Twitter app makes it easy to micro-blog with your Twitter account via your device. You can read twitters from your friends list, send your own tweets via your @ replies, and even write direct messages directly from your Blackberry device. My only complaint is that messages are previewed, with only the first 40 characters or so visible in each timeline screen, so you have to click them individually to read them in their entirety. In that case you can opt for UberTwitter.

9. Facebook

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This is self explanatory. Facebook app displays your home screen notifications, like status updates, and even allows you to poke, write a message or leave a comment on the walls of your Facebook friends.

10. Neosistec CarFinder

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If you can’t remember where you have parked the car, then this app is a must have for you. When you leave your car, open CarFinder’s simple menu and mark your location through your Blackberry’s GPS. When you need to find your car (or another specific point) again, pull up CarFinder and it will guide you back via a compass or the Blackberry Maps application!

11. BBNotePad

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BBNotePad is a free text file editor/creator application for BlackBerry. It simply lets you save, edit, & create text files on your BlackBerry SD card or memory. BBNotePad also allows documents to be saved directly to your Blackberry device or via a memory card for easy file transferring.

12. Palringo

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iSkoot can be used to IM your Skype friends. But if your contacts aren’t mainly on Skype, then Palringo is a must for you. It allows you to chat on just about any major IM network: AOL, Google, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype, and Yahoo. You can also chat with other users of Palringo (on a desktop, Android, iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Mobile or Symbian phone) via text chat, voice or pictures.

13. BuzzMe

Buzz me is a small Blackberry app which adds the ability for your Blackberry to vibrate and ring simultaneously, which should have been a default feature anyway.

14. GridMagic Community Edition

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Whether you need to run complex calculations or simply need to organize some information into a table, GridMagic Community Edition from the Simprit Free Software Community lets you create spreadsheets on the move.

15. Blackberry Appworld

Any other free Blackberry App I might have missed can be easily downloaded from Blackberry Appworld directly to your device.

Hope you found this useful. Which is your favorite Blackberry application? Is it missed out in the list above? Let us know in the comments, or share your experience with any of the ones posted here!

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  • Dwyndal

    Nice to find the google tools here, it’s not that popular from what i’m finding. I heard a good write up on bolt as a browser but it used the storm touch screen as a mouse curser which was iffy with the small arrow pointer.

    I liked vlingo and respect that it’s still in beta (voice controls is still working out quirks with voice and vocab / speech mutterings hehe) The fact that i can drive, push a button of my choosing and search for a local movie theater via web and call is awesome!

    Twittering, i found the 40 piece sample hard to follow and get all the info. Have you tried tinytwitter.com great application and runs smooth. It’s free as well.

    Love the list! Always looking for more apps :)

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      You are bang on target about BOLT, it would have been in this list of not for Opera mini 5. I haven’t tried tinytwitter, but I have really started liking uber twitter, have you tried it?

      • Dwyndal

        I haven’t tried UBER yet but i’ll give it a whirl today and see how it goes. I ended up taking a lot of apps off due to the small app storage, I am hoping to get that expanded somehow.

        Also, not sure what version BB you have but i tend to ignore the warnings for what blackberry style they work on. I am currently with the storm and find most work, you just need to get around the buttons and scroll function of the track ball. Oh to be the unloved step child of developers in the shadow of an iphone. haha I’ll update with uber :)

        • Dwyndal

          ok so far my friend UBER is taking the cake. It’s so much faster and the one plus it has over tiny besides speed and clean space (not jammed and hard to view all) is it handles pictures and video.

          I will mostly likely be removing twitterberry and tinytwitter once i get used to the transition but thus far it’s awesome!

  • http://programmingkid.com Vaibhav Kanwal

    Great applications all of them. Although, lack of access through Wifi does effect Blackberry phones but for BIS enables BBs. They work great.

    I’d recommend Tweetymail.com for using Twitter from your email.

  • http://www.dzinepress.com Dzinepress

    really nice post.

  • shortieex

    I’ve got a blackberry curve 8520 its
    Unlocked and I have a vodafone sim
    In it at the moment as I’ve only ever
    Used vodafone and hope to stay with
    Them. I got on the internet on my bb
    And I type in google bb app world
    Download and I click download and it
    Say my bb isn’t sutible and don’t
    Match sustem requirements but when I
    Brout the phone it siad it do souprt bb
    App world so how am I going to download
    It with the phone not letting me ?

  • http://hackingarticles.com Bhanu @ HackingArticles

    Well I was thinking of buying a Blackberry Bold….Now I’ve decided to buy that in the upcoming week! :D

  • Blackberry Apps

    My favourite app on my blackberry, at the moment, is Yahoo Go! It works great on the Perl and lets you add widgets to do even more

  • Deavicruz

    Free tankone