Free BlackBerry Apps: Nine Torch 9800 Compatible Downloads

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You've got your brand new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone in hand. All your contacts are transferred, wallpaper customised, your various e-mail addresses set up.

You're ready to start loading all your favourite BlackBerry applications...but you find that many aren't yet compatible with the Torch, or at least you can't download them from BlackBerry App World or the vendors' sites. It's true, lots of quality BlackBerry apps are not yet available for RIM's latest and greatest: Pandora for BlackBerry; Amazon's Kindle app; LinkedIn for BlackBerry; the list goes on. But I was able to find a handful of great apps that are available. Check out the following slides for a list of nine valuable applications for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Best of all: You'll never have to open your wallet; all of these BlackBerry apps are free.

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Capture It

This great, free BlackBerry app lets you quickly grab screen shots from your RIM smartphone. Simply open up your BlackBerry menu at any time and choose the Capture It option or assign the app to a convenience key for easy access. Screen shots are saved to your BlackBerry Torch's picture library.

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Google (GOOG) Maps

Google Maps for BlackBerry is a treasure trove of valuable features and information packed into a single mobile app. Find walking, biking, driving and public transit directions; view your location on a map; find nearby business listing; search by voice; check out satellite imagery of your area; view traffic alerts; and much more.

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Plug It In

RIM's BlackBerry OS has a built-in low-battery indicator, but it doesn't let you customize your own battery-alerts. In comes Plug It In, a free BlackBerry app that works on the Torch 9800 and lets you choose when you want to know your battery is low: 20 percent; 30 percent; etc. You can also choose to receive audible alerts and accompany them with custom LED colours.

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Flight Mode

RIM's BlackBerry OS "condenses" email messages to reduce strain on wireless networks and speed up delivery. Flight Mode for BlackBerry downloads all additional content needed to view "truncated" BlackBerry e-mail before you turn off your device for flight. Just activate Flight Mode before your plane takes off, and the app downloads additional content, turns off wireless connections and powers down your BlackBerry. Turn it back on in-flight, and you're good to go.

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Google Mobile Search App

Sure, you can search the web using the search section of your BlackBerry browser's "start" page, but why would you when you could employ Google's Mobile App for BlackBerry? Besides offering a less cluttered search-interface, Google Mobile App lets you search by your location for nearby results. And you can search via voiced, no typing needed.

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Tag Reader for BlackBerry

You know those funky, multicolour barcode-like "tags" popping up on movie posters, flyers, in magazines and just about everywhere else? They're meant to quickly provide cell-phone users with additional information on a given subject, and they're really quite cool. But they're also useless if you don't have an app that can translate them into web links, like Microsoft's (MSFT) free Tag Reader. Simply snap a pic of the tag using the free app and you're golden.

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bit.lify

There are plenty of URL-shortening services, but few are as easy to employ via BlackBerry as bit.ly, thanks to the free bit.lify BlackBerry app. After installing bit.lify, surf on over to any web site via the BlackBerry browser, open your BlackBerry menu and choose the bit.lify option. Then just specify whether you want to share the new URL via e-mail/SMS/etc. or copy it for pasting.There are plenty of URL-shortening services, but few are as easy to employ via BlackBerry as bit.ly, thanks to the free bit.lify BlackBerry app. After installing bit.lify, surf on over to any Web site via the BlackBerry browser, open your BlackBerry menu and choose the bit.lify option. Then just specify whether you want to share the new URL via email/SMS/etc. or copy it for pasting.

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Foursquare for BlackBerry

Torch-owning fans of location-based social-networking service Foursquare will be glad to know the BlackBerry mobile app works like a charm on RIM's new touch-screen/QWERTY combo device. Check in, see your 'friends' whereabouts, view profiles, add tips and more, all via BlackBerry.

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Google Voice

Google's free mobile 'dialer' for BlackBerry lets you place calls and send/receive SMS test messages via your Google Voice number; view Google Voice call history; access voicemail transcripts; and more. And it integrates with your BlackBerry's native address book for streamlined access to contacts.

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