The best in free BlackBerry software

Posted by Joe on November 27, 2007

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One of our favorite aspects of the BlackBerry is the bevy of third party applications available. Programs are available to help perform nearly every task. Unfortunately, many of them cost money, oftentimes more than they’re worth to you. It would be wasteful, for example, to drop $24.95 on a stock tracking program if you’re not really active in the market. But it would be nice to have.

So for you we’ve compiled a list of the very best in free BlackBerry software. Take a gander. You’ll probably find something useful to you.

Google Maps Mobile
We’re not sure about you, but we’re big fans of using Google Maps to navigate unknown places.
It seems like the offering is getting better and better all the time, as we’ve seen with the addition of Street View, where you can see an often-updated picture of the street you’re searching for. That’s perfect for dealing with hard-to-navigate intersections and unclear locations.

Their map application is available free for BlackBerry users. In addition to basic map functions, it offers the ability to zoom and change routes, so you can take the path best for your needs. It also offers real-time traffic updates, so you can find your way around congested areas.

Beyond411
Trouble finding businesses in an unfamiliar location? Beyond411 compiles business listings for you. This can be used in conjunction with Google Maps, or even on its own. Beyond411, in addition to business listings, also offers driving directions.

The best part is that it can search for businesses in your area by using your GPS. This will make finding exactly what you’re looking for — and getting there — a whole lot easier.

Skip
If you’re on the go, you’re likely always rushing around, making sure to be in an exact place at an exact time. Sometimes, though, life can get in the way. Delays happen at almost every juncture, and that can sap plans pretty quick. But with Skip for your BlackBerry, you can be notified of these delays and plan accordingly.

All you have to do is e-mail your trip information to Skip, and it will take care of the rest. You get real-time updates on your flight tracking and gate information. Plus, it allows for one-click check-in for your flight. So not only does it help you cope with delay, but also affords you valuable time if you’re delayed elsewhere.

PocketMac
Yes, your BlackBerry can sync with your PC, and you might not know what to do if it didn’t. But what if you’re one of those hipster Mac owners? It can be a long and painful process. That is, unless you’ve got PocketMac. It makes syncing your BlackBerry with your Mac as simple as a few clicks. Now you can keep all of your Entourage, Address Boook, iCal, Now Contact, Now Up-To-Date, and Stickies in line on both of your devices.

BeamBerry
Ever have trouble opening attachments with certain file extensions on your BlackBerry? Most of us have. It’s frustrating, since it can be sometimes important information. There are a few solutions, but BeamBerry offers one for free. Now you can download and view any attachment just as you would on your PC. It’ll also save time on the reply e-mail that says: “I can’t read the attachment…get back to you when I can.”

Update: At the time of publication the BeamBerry software was available for free. This software now carries a price tag of $58 and is available for a one month trial.

BBScreenStream
We’ve extensively gone over the uses of BBScreenStream at BBGeeks. This is just a reminder. You can create demo videos from your BlackBerry with this software, recording it and/or displaying it right on your PC. It works great for demonstration presentations.

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BBScreenShooter
BBScreenShooter does just what its name implies: Captures screen shots from your BlackBerry. You can save the images in multiple formats: .jpg, .bmp, or .png. You can check out BBGeeks’ guide to BBScreenShooter for the full details.

StockView
Plenty of applications are available for the tracking of stocks from your BlackBerry, but they’re either expensive or hard to use. StockView, though, offers the best of both worlds. It’s free, and it works intuitively. Just add the stocks you wish to track, and you’ll be able to log in and check them whenever you want.

BlackBerry Unite!
This free collaboration software can help you keep up with your team’s progress when you’re on the go. After all, that’s why you have a BlackBerry in the first place, right?

You can share pictures, calendars, documents, and more between yours and your teammates’ BlackBerrys. So you can be where you need to be, and still get those pressing projects done.

JabpLite BlackBerry Personal Money Manager
Sometimes, when you’re moving at the speed of business, things can slip your mind. Keep better track of money-related things with JabpLite BlackBerry Personal Money Manager. It’s a simple, straightforward budgeting program that allows you to keep track of expected and actual expenses.

Simple spreadsheets will ensure that you’re earning more than you’re spending, and that your money is correctly distributed. Because the last thing you need is to be getting on a flight from New York to L.A. and have a complete budget breakdown.

MobiPocket Reader
We’ve talked about the MobiPocket Reader before. It’s an excellent application for reading eBooks right on your BlackBerry. Once they were thought of as an annoying medium, but with new readers coming out for smartphones, eBooks may actually be the wave of the future.

So catch up on all of your reading as you travel. Even if you don’t, it’s excellent for daily commutes and lunch breaks. We all need an escape from the daily grind, after all.

Viigo RSS Reader
Much like the MobiPocket, Viigo gives you a quick and easy way to read your favorite blogs when you’re on the go. This is especially helpful if you have trouble reading your feeds through other mobile readers. This one is designed specifically for the BlackBerry.

UPDATE: We have published a second round of free BlackBerry applications here: “The Best FREE Software for your BlackBerry, take 2″

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40 Comments ↓
#1262 bman on January 9th, 2008 at 11:55 am
FYI, BeamBerry is no longer free, just a 10 day free trial, then $50/year

#1722 Guide to wiping your BlackBerry | BB Geeks on February 29th, 2008 at 9:00 am
[…] keep in touch with all our important contacts. We load our BlackBerries with various softwares and applications to increase our productivity and customize them with interesting themes and ringtones. We watch […]

#1726 Jamfris on March 1st, 2008 at 11:42 am
I guess that when you recommend Pocketmac, it’s because you never actually used it, right?

Because Pocketmac sucks big time… well… RIM politics and mac-related services suck in general… and it’s a shame.

#2721 Jay on April 22nd, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Anymore free applications out there for the blackberry? can we have an update.

#2737 Mike on April 24th, 2008 at 4:49 pm
We’ve recently released a free mobile learning suite for BlackBerry called “gWhiz”. Thus far it has a graphing calculator and a flashcards/trivia game application. Much more is scheduled to come. You can check it out at http://www.gwhizmobile.com or http://m.gwhizmobile.com on your phone..

– Mike

#3206 The best in free BlackBerry applications, take 2 | BB Geeks on May 23rd, 2008 at 2:06 pm
[…] to the feed or follow us on Twitter.You might remember way, way back in the day when we looked at free BlackBerry software. Recently, someone in the comments suggested that we do a follow-up. That’s all the prompting […]

#3689 Google Maps Mobile expands transit features | BB Geeks on June 6th, 2008 at 9:03 am
[…] may want to subscribe to the feed or follow us on Twitter.Google Maps has always been one of our favorite applications for the BlackBerry. It’s comprehensive, it’s fairly accurate, and it’s free. And […]

#3884 Sirena on June 14th, 2008 at 8:06 am
Do you know how I can make google talk work on my blackberry pearl?? I downloaded it through Blackberry.com, but everytime I try to sign in it always says “connection error: Please ensure device time is correct” any clues???

#4086 NOUMAN KHAN on June 19th, 2008 at 5:12 am
how i can get 4.5 version

#6009 maureen on July 11th, 2008 at 12:51 pm
I want to check my bank account from my blackberry but it says I’m not operating with a proper script or system. What do I have to download?

#6124 Josh on July 13th, 2008 at 7:50 am
I don’t recommend using the Blackberry Unite software. Too many people including me have had problems and it is difficult to get rid of other than wiping out your phone.

#6902 Oliver on July 26th, 2008 at 4:39 am
Here are my top picks with screenshots:

http://gpstrooper.googlepages.com/bbapps

OB.

#6931 sravan on July 28th, 2008 at 4:17 am
I wud llike to use my bb like a comp.can I connect my BB to a beamer and show some power point presentations

#7088 itl on August 15th, 2008 at 10:26 am
6931 sravan – Look on the BlackBerry UK website for Impatica it connects BB to projector with a software app that compresses ppt material, have explored Impatica for use in lge public sector org – good software.

#7311 Blackberry ThemePark on September 12th, 2008 at 11:35 pm
Great Resources, Just downloaded a couple myself. I especially enjoy the Screen Casting for Blackberry, Making movies on my phone, Rock On!

#7453 Pedro Biaggi on September 29th, 2008 at 11:48 am
How can i get software so that a would be able to see youtube videos on my blackbeery Curve

#7463 BlackBerry personal finance software roundup | BB Geeks on October 1st, 2008 at 7:16 am
[…] start with the most responsible purchase of all? The one that costs nothing. As we discussed in our best free BlackBerry applications article, JabpLite has a personal finance manager for BlackBerry. It’s a stripped-down […]

#7542 segun on October 8th, 2008 at 2:34 pm
please how do i open back my black berry? It says only emergency calls when i try to dial out.
Please help send the reply to my e mail box, [email protected] i live in Nigeria?
best regards
segun

#7796 Nappy on November 2nd, 2008 at 9:46 am
A site featuring download over the air apps would be good too.

#8446 Craig MacKinder on December 11th, 2008 at 7:44 pm
There is a new release of the Enterpreter translator available for a limited time trial.

This is an English to Spanish translator with audio pronunciation for your Blackberry. Download and try this BlackBerry application for free at http://www.enterpret.net Other languages are coming soon.

You can also find Enterpret on GetJar, a great site for mobile applications. The Enterpreter mobile translator can be found at this Get Jar Link

http://www.getjar.com/software/universal/all/Search/enterpreter

#8652 BB curve Wiz on December 21st, 2008 at 11:47 pm
The 4.5 BBOS has been released for the curve. You can get it from your provider website. If your provider doesnt have the update, dont get it, because it will void any warranty you have on it.

The update allows you to record videos, not just take pictures, and even watch youtube videos. Im sure theres more, but thats all it took for me to get it : )

Oh and its free !!

#8703 x man on December 24th, 2008 at 11:01 pm
I just got bb storm cuz I’m locked into verizon. The phone itself is awesome but I can’t find cool apps for it. I mean there are a few good ones out there but apple iphones have a much better selection. I love my storm but RIM needs to wake up and realize we want to have fun with our phones

#9013 Spud Spudly on January 15th, 2009 at 12:19 am
Best new Blackberry app that I’ve downloaded in a long time is Slacker Radio (www.slacker.com). It’s free streaming radio on your BB with over 100 channels to choose from. Most fun is that you can go their web site and program your own channels and they will automatically show up on your BB with no effort on your part. Just name your station, tell it what bands you want to hear, what songs by those bands that you prefer, set some other useful variables and that’s it. Only limitations are the (very) occasional short ad and a limit on the number of songs you can skip to 6/hr/channel. Very cool stuff.

#9147 Joel Hughes on January 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 am
Hi, can I put a shout in for a free web app which we created to help us with our Blackberry’s – it’s called sendlaterapp.com and basically it allows you to reply to an email but have that reply scheduled for delivery at some point in the future. A good example where we use this is when replying late at night and we DON’T want the client to know that we work at those hours, see what I mean? thanks Joel

#9207 Ive on January 27th, 2009 at 11:48 am
I need an applications for view videos from youtube. I have a BB Curve 8320.

#9265 Carlos Adonis Diego Martinez on January 31st, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I gonna Got someting of this program to be demo and give sound in my black berry maching.

#9474 Rob on February 8th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
I am looking for a smart converter for my Blackberry…of course free…

Thank you

#9561 Brandon on February 13th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Hey I was wondering if there is any software for the bbcurve8310 that allows you to view voicemail and be able to delete without having to listen to them like the software on the iphone

#9575 greg gilbert on February 14th, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I have tried and tried and can’t seem to download GoSkip can anyone help me? Please e-mail if you have info. Gregory.e.gilbert at gmail dot com

#9594 Austin Ricky on February 16th, 2009 at 5:47 pm
Anybody know how to get a free guitar tuner on my phone? A guy had one. Very cool.
Thanks from Austin, TX
Please DO NOT move here.

Cooper
#9598 Cooper on February 17th, 2009 at 9:58 am
@Austin Ricky You can try this app out for Guitar Tuning on your Berry =)

ota http://www.supernifty.com.au/download/AudioTunerBlackBerry.jad
desktop http://www.supernifty.com.au/download/AudioTunerBlackBerry.zip

#9654 ryan on February 18th, 2009 at 11:40 pm
Is there an application to download
To video call…I have a black berry
Bold

#9655 ryan arscott on February 18th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
Does that mean it will be available soon

Cooper
#9660 Cooper on February 19th, 2009 at 9:18 am
@ryan unless you are on Orange in the UK video calling is not an option. I actually think that the Video Calling bundle they offer is a default and I am not positive that it will work on a BlackBerry.

#9675 garykhan on February 19th, 2009 at 7:45 pm
quick question. i got a blackberry bold from a friend which is just over a week old and would like to wipe the device. however, before doing that, i was just wondering if wiping the devices maintains the messaging applications and other applications that came preloaded with the device?

Cooper
#9679 Cooper on February 20th, 2009 at 9:41 am
Yes all default programs associated with your BlackBerry will be reinstalled when you wipe the device and upgrade the os.

#9697 garykhan on February 21st, 2009 at 10:48 am
thank you very much for the quick response. much appreciated. so before i do this, you’re 100% positive i would have the facebook, icq and msn apps etc still in the phone?

#9702 rico on February 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 am
Looking for an app thats for fitness training and uses gps to show route and distance

#9707 Darci Hansbrough on February 22nd, 2009 at 11:49 am
I think this might backfire if you’re not careful…

Cooper
#9714 Cooper on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 am
@garykhan No only the default applications will be restored — any IM applications will have to be re-downloaded from the RIM site

Facebook should come back – if not it is easy to find.

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