Top 40 best free BlackBerry apps

May 16, 2009

blorge So you just got a new BlackBerry but don’t know what applications to install? Look no further. We have gathered 40 of the best free BlackBerry apps available anywhere and posted them below in alphabetical order. Click on the links to open the app’s download site.

See also Top 40 best free BlackBerry games and Top 40 best free Blackberry Apps 2010

Amazon Shopping Application – This app lets you shop using Amazon’s one-click ordering. Also use it to track packages, modify orders, receive personalized recommendations, view editorial and customer reviews, receive the Gold Box Deal of the Day, and access your Wish list.

BBNotePad – If you find the default BlackBerry MemoPad a little short on features, BBNotePad offers an alternative. As a text editor, you can use it write full-length documents or code anytime, anywhere. It features three font sizes and allows you to save file as .txt, which you can open directly on any computer. It also allows you to send notes and memos using Bluetooth to other handheld devices.

BBScreenShooter – An image capture software for BlackBerry devices, this app was developed by programming a small graphical user interface, which takes advantage of JavaLoader.exe. This can be a rather complicated screen capture program. To learn how to use if efficiently, read more details about the app at the download site.

BBScreenStream – The second BlackBerry app from the developer of BBSCreenShooter allows you to constantly capture your BlackBerry’s screen and display or record it on your PC.

BeeTag – This is a 2-D barcode scanner that uses your BlackBerry’s camera to scan barcodes on almost anything, be it product brands, ads and more. After scanning the app displays product information, text and URL info for the products.

Beyond 411 – This is a fast way to look up business listings, driving directions and white pages on your BlackBerry. It also works with your BlackBerry’s GPS giving you exact details of various locations.

BlackBerry Messenger – This app allows you to stay in contact with your BlackBerry-using friends without getting charged for text messaging by your cell phone provider. It uses the BlackBerry OS’s PIN to send messages back and forth.

Bolt Browser - If you find the default BlackBerry Web browser too slow, Bolt is offering a faster alternative. This browser loads fast and utilizes similar shortcuts as the Opera Mini to scroll, zoom, and navigate through Web pages.

Caffeine Finder Freeware – If you’re a coffee fanatic like me, you’d find this app very useful. It lets you search for the nearest coffee shops or cafes from more than 45,000 locations. Like Fast Food Finder, the app also features directional map and addresses of the coffee shops.

Capture It – This app lets you capture images of your BlackBerry’s screen and saves them as .jpg file. After installing the app, you must set it as a device convenience key than launch the app through the Options Icon.

Facebook – Another essential app for road warriors, Facebook has got to be the most ported social networking sites out there. For BlackBerry devices, this 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. You can also view your list of friends and their status updates. You can also use the phone’s camera and upload images instantly to Facebook.

Fast Food Finder Freeware – Looking for a place to grab a bite or get a drink? This app will help you find the closest fast food chain using your phone’s GPS. It provides maps, address and directions to the fast food where you want to go.

Gmail Client - Next to Google Talk, Gmail client is the next most useful and must-have Google app for your BlackBerry. This app gives you almost the same functionality as the Web-based Gmail by giving you access to your contact list, sent and archived mail as well as the labels functionality.

Google Latitude – This geo broadcasting software app tells you where your friends are and lets you share your current location. Making it even more powerful is the fact that Google Latitude is integrated with Google Maps. The app also lets you set different levels of location sharing.

Google Maps – This is not as powerful as the Web-based Google Maps app and the iPhone apps, but it manages to bring Google Maps service effectively to your BlackBerry.

Google Mobile – This application gives you the whole Google experience right on your BlackBerry device. It has Gmail, Google Maps and Google Sync plus links to Google’s mobile-optimized Web services such as Web search, Google Reader, Google Docs and Picasa.

Google Talk – You also need to communicate with your non-BlackBerry using friends. This app sports an interface similar to the BlackBerry Messenger and is as robust as other paid IM client for the BlackBerry.

GridMagic Community Edition – This useful spreadsheet app for your BlackBerry, lets you run complex calculations and organize some information into tables. It also lets you do the usual spreadsheet functions like freeze pane, select row or column, and copy-and-paste. You can email the spreadsheets as Excel .xls attachment using your BlackBerry’s email functionality.

iSkoot – If you’re a Skype user, you’ll want this app. It puts Skype on your mobile phone and allows you to send and receive voice calls to and from Skype users. The app imports all your Skype contacts, and offers an instant messaging function.

Jaikuberry – This is the social networking site Jaiku on your BlackBerry, allowing you to share blog posts with your friends no matter where they are in the world.

JapbLite BlackBerry Personal Money Manager – This is a robust personal finance app for your BlackBerry. This app features multiple accounts, investment tracking, future balance calculations, net worth calculation, foreign currency accounts with automatic revaluation, regular transactions, standing orders, and default and user-defined categories.

Ka-Glom! – Definitely a time killer, this Tetris-type game is one of BlackBerry’s finest.

Mobipocket Reader – Given the fact that BlackBerry devices are not the best for eBook reading, this app fully utilizes the devices display to bring you a decent reading experience. And since it supports the .mobi format, you are assured that you’ll have plenty of eBook titles to chose from and download on your BlackBerry devices. You can also convert PDFs or Word files on your PC and transfer them to your BlackBerry device.

Opera Mini - Web browsing through any mobile device wouldn’t be complete without the Opera Mini, right? For its BlackBerry version, Opera Mini processes page requests through Opera’s servers and offloads much of the processing away from your BlackBerry. It also caches Web pages allowing you to load web pages on your BlackBerry device quickly.

PocketMac for BlackBerry – IPhone is not the only mobile device that syncs well with your Mac. PocketMac is a robust app that synchronizes your address book, calendar, tasks, notes, and email between your BlackBerry and Mac.

Poynt – This local search application 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.

Quick Pull – If you don’t have the patience to manually pull out the battery to give your BlackBerry a rest from time to time, Quick Pull will do it for you. It offers the same functionality as pulling your battery.

Ramble IM – This is a work-around to having the native AOL Instant Messenger for the BlackBerry. It’s an open-source IM client for the BlackBerry generously made available by the open source community.

Slacker Radio for BlackBerry – This site gives you a personal Internet radio app with unlimited free music from 100 pre-programmed “genre stations”.  The app works through EDGE and other 2.5G data connection as well as through Wi-Fi. You’ll need a free Slacker account before you can use the app.

Stock Viewer – This BlackBerry app lets you continuously retrieve stock quotes coming from NYSE and NASDAQ. It also gives you some headline news. The app is designed to work with BlackBerry 7xxx, 8xxx, 9xxx models.

Talklock – This app locks up your BlackBerry device when making a call and unlocks it when your call is finished. This prevents you from touching the screen and activating another application while making your call.

Tiny Tweeter – Another Twitter app for your BlackBerry devices, Tiny Tweeter lets you tweet throughout the day and keep updated with the people you are following. You can customize your Twitter interface as well by setting font settings, sync settings, UI settings and more.

Twitterberry – How good would a BlackBerry be if you couldn’t tweet using it? Thankfully, we have this free app. It allows you to update your Twitter feed and view friends/public timeline without getting charged for text messaging.

Viigo – If you’re looking for a powerful RSS feed reader for your BlackBerry, look no further than this app. Viigo lets you add multiple RSS items from sites you visit regularly. It allows you to add as many as 2,500 subscriptions.

Vlingo – This app turns your BlackBerry devices into a voice-enabled mobile phone that allows you to do voice-dialing, voice-texting and voice emailing. To use it, you must assign one of your BlackBerry device’s key to activate the app. It also allows you to update your Facebook status, create tasks and memos as well as open built-in applications and other third-party applications by using your voice.

WebMessenger - This app will let you chat with friends whether they are on AOL, Google, ICQ, Jabber, Skype, Yahoo and MSN. It imports your contact list from those IM clients and allows you to set your status, see who’s online and of course chat with them for as long as you want.

Where for BlackBerry – A GPS-based local search app for your BlackBerry, this app lets lets you connect with businesses in the area around you. You can also use it to check on gas prices, events, locating specific establishments, and more. It works with Bold 9000, 8800, Curve and Pearl BlackBerry series.

WorldMate Live – A useful app specifically for the road warriors, WorldMate Live delivers content and services to your BlackBerry device including itineraries, flights, hotel information, meetings, public transportation and car rental information. It allows you to export travel information including e-mail confirmation, corporate calendars and more. The app also provide current time and weather for one set location, a weather function offering five day forecast for any major city, and a currency converter for U.S. dollars, Euros or Japanese Yen.

Yahoo Go – Although this app only works on newer BlackBerry models, it does so in an impressive fashion. Featuring a slick interface, this app brings Yahoo’s news, weather, sports, finance, and entertainment news feeds, driving directions and mapping to your BlackBerry. It also supports Flickr and lets you do various Flickr activities in the comforts of your BlackBerry screen.

Yahoo Messenger Client - Not wanting to be outdone by Google, Yahoo also released its own free BlackBerry IM client. And it works and function similarly as the Gmail client. This app is a must have for YM fans.

Do you have a favorite free Blackberry app that we’ve missed? Feel free to add it into the comments.

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63 Responses to “Top 40 best free BlackBerry apps”

  1. Christina Swanson:

    Pandora is a must have for music lovers!

  2. Nicolle:

    Thank you for putting PocketMac in your top 40 BlackBerry must haves list! We are glad you like it as much as we do!

    Nicolle Higgins
    PocketMac Team

  3. Claude:

    What about Pandora? …. I’m guessing you prefer Slacker, huh?

  4. Claude:

    Oh, and what about Autolock?

  5. amarilez:

    hey u didnt mention tune wiki im really enjoying this app cuz it gives me lyrics to alot of songs

  6. Ken J:

    You would think a website called talking about nothing but mobile stuff would have a mobile version of this site right? lol

    Well, unless it does and I just don’t know it, but a lot of sites automatically detect that I’m on a blackberry, but this site doesn’t. In case you’re wondering, I’m at home on my computer to type this…

  7. John Pospisil:

    we’re just testing this feature now.

  8. Sam:

    One new awesome app that I can’t live without now is the Google Voice app. If you have a Google Voice account, you have to install this!

  9. Alicia:

    I just switched from Sprint to Verizon. Sprint had “sprint navigation” that was free and it was GREAT. The VZ Navigator is horrible in my opinion. Is there a navigation app out there for Verizon that is similiar to Sprint Navigation??

  10. Amman:

    Forward, Reply and Edit is also a FREE app that allows your BlackberryTM Smartphone to edit emails you forward or reply to others. Use it to fix spelling mistakes, add content, delete content, add comments, etc…in emails you forward or reply to.

  11. Lionel Pinkhard:

    The site works fine on my BlackBerry, sure it’s not totally mobile optimized, only really the big images at the top that looks out of place. Mobile versions are always cool, but as long as it at least renders readable on a mobile device it’s a lot better than those flashy sites that are totally mobile unfriendly.

  12. Tonya:

    my favorite apps pocket express, flickr, pandora, myspace messengers(msn & yahoo)

  13. Lauren B:

    Pandora is indeed a must have!! The Bible is also a good one, you can find it on Blackberry App world Diner Dash 2 is a fun game, as is Jewel Rumble 2,and spore

  14. Repunzle:

    Pocketmac sucks. Blacberry Desktop Manager for Mac is awesome. Better than the Windows version by 10, better than Pocketmac by 10,000,000.

  15. Justin:

    Can NOT believe you didn’t include Pandora here. It easily outranks 90% of the things you’ve listed here.

  16. mengembalikanjatidiribangsa:

    nice info, thanks!

  17. Andrew-Steven:

    How about Ubertwitter it’s pretty much all the features of Twitter and more (it far surpasses Twitterberry)

  18. Jay:

    I would have to say that quicklaunch for the blackberry is a great app. Makes looking for certain things easy, and simple.

  19. Jay:

    I would also like to add, in my opinion, slacker radio is ten times better than pandora. 1: you can look for and play a specific song, where as pandora it will play other songs and maybe play yours later. 2: you can see the next song that’s gonna play before it comes on. 3: I’m not sure if you can do this on pandora, but you can cache stations to listen to off line with slacker. That’s why I prefer slacker over pandora.

  20. Technorotic:

    Thanks for sharing this list, I want to include Vopium a free VoIP app for Blackberry offering Free Sync Feature.

  21. Bill:

    Try Google Maps…gives great directions and is free.

  22. Bill:

    To find local places and address I use Google…it’s a free number you can put in your address book. The number is 46645. I have it as Google, then when typing you would type Famous Footwear.the city and then the state abbreviation and send and you get info back within 15-30 seconds. It is awesome. They also have where it helps you spell and another one but can’t remember that one. I mainly use it for finding places.

  23. Lanette:

    Thank you for the suggestions and comparisons in apps as this is my first blackberry and I don’t know much about apps therefore, your comments are helpful. I must say…I’m having a blast with my blackberry Tour.

  24. lon:

    what about palringo or wifix there the best ones out of everything ever mad for blackberry u can use anything with wifix if u know how

  25. MC:

    no GPS navigation? Gokivo Navigator is free and has worked well

  26. foxxirider:

    CallBlocker is a great app if you need to block calls, I use it a lot!

  27. YouKnowKnothing:

    Hey MC,

    This post is listing FREE applications not trials. There are few good free sat-nav. applications out there and I believe that is why nun where listed.

    Google however has a new application coming with their new phone so we can all hope that it will transfer over to the free side soon after the release!

    Yes I will have another slice of Google!

  28. kim:

    Where is pandora? Its better than slacker and you can hear music around the artist you choose

  29. Jerry:

    I have a BlackBerry 8100 Pearl

    The ‘BBNotePad.jad’ is not a readible app. ‘.alx’ appears to be the only app. extn that the BB desktop seems to recongnize.

    ‘Mobipocket Reader’ Is a GREAT program!

    I would really like to find a free ‘audio/voice recorder’ app for this phone. The only audio/voice recorder on the phone is to send audio imbedded in email. You can not save any audio to phone.

    Thank you

  30. Octavio:

    Shazam! Its a music id app!

  31. Alex:

    One new awesome app that I can’t live without now is the Google Voice app. If you have a Google Voice account, you have to install this!

  32. hersch:

    Strangely my browser doesn’t seem to be able to show this page properly… It appears that a slight portion of it is not correctly displayed and the template of the article doesn’t appear to be right. Are you sure this article has been set up for Safari?

  33. Harvey:

    I find SNAPTU to be a good download, has several apps that I find useful

  34. jimmy:

    Good post!!

  35. Anthony:

    What about BuddyGaurd? Its a must have for anyone with a blackberry

  36. Paresh Bheda:

    Opera Mini is a good broswer for BlackBerry.. it is work good..

  37. Clark:

    You might wanna look into superior hosting, the 1st test your site timed out and ultimately it loaded(really little by little) around the 2nd test.

  38. meme:

    I only have 200 txt msg per month…is there an app i can dl that will allow me to send free txt msgs?

    Also, if I dl google talk or AIM, will those msgs count under the data plan?

  39. Arvid:

    I am a new BB user can you guys recommend me the links to download all these apps? thank you

  40. Gabe:

    What is the best app for news, local, national and international? help please

  41. Mike:

    You need to download BB App World from

    Once you have this on your BB you can download apps.

  42. Raihan:

    @Gabe, try VIIGO. Add your favorite newspaper’s RSS url if you need to. I am from Bangladesh, and I can read local and international news using VIIGO.

  43. Carolyn:

    I absolutely hate my blackberry and almost every good app costs way too much money. I used to think the blackberry was super high tech and cool and then I got one. Piece of crap! Hardly any of my apps work proporly and they all suck. I should have got the droid.

  44. lauren:

    Whats the droid?

  45. ananomouse:

    “WHERE” is the best app blackberry has!! It combines several of the apps you have listed into one! – and it’s free!!

  46. war:

    Gwabbit is a must have, it converts an email signature block into a blackberry contact. Does anyone know of a good voice turn by turn nav app? Nav4all was good but it was taken off.

  47. Q2er:

    Another very useful app to keep track of how your day is passing is Activity Log ( and its Pro version Activity Log Pro (

  48. dawn :):

    Is there an app for myspace messenger for the black berry curve?

  49. london_uk:


    iam new to bb i need a sat nav app for the uk, free or a trial one.

    can anyone help ,thanks

  50. david_la:

    im using im+ that give me a lot of im messengers like yahoo msn my space an facebook ,it has some more but i only use 6 the lite version allow you to do still so many thing on your mssngrs. give it a try . available at app worls on your phone

  51. Crystal:

    I love and use the Weather Channel app all the time as well as the NFL Mobile app during football season! :)

  52. iPhone Development:

    Can NOT believe you didn’t include Pandora here. It easily outranks 90% of the things you’ve listed here.
    Custom Software Development

  53. muntakim:

    Nimbuzz is a great app. It allows you to pool all your chats (fcbk, msn, googltalk) into one place. Also the only app that I’ve seen that allows the use of facebook chat properly.

  54. dana:

    what about a site to download apps when blackberry app world doesnt work?

  55. Joe:

    Does the Blackberry have any GPS tracking apps for it?

  56. Jesse Panganiban:

    Nice List! Also, ‘beetag’ is beetagg – double ‘g’. :D

  57. wendy:

    hi just wondering
    if i use BB messenger.. and im overseas do i get charged international roaming rates?
    also the “push’ function with emails… would that mean i have to turn off data roaming when overseas to avoid ridiculous phone bill?
    thanks if you can help i hate my iphone and thinking of switching..
    regards …

  58. Ashmaya Gurung:

    I thought the I-Skoot sounded great, but when I went to download it, there was a notice that the app was not available after Jan 20, 2011. Thought you’d like to know so you can take it off your 40 best free apps list… What a bummer.

  59. jester:

    I was wondering if someone can help me find a certain text message app for my blackberry, each time u send a txt it comes up in speech bubbles, just not sure what the app is called, if anyone can help I would appreciate it, all the best, karl.

  60. jac:

    ^^^app for txt is crunch sms

  61. david:

    Awesome list here, good to see other twitter apps :) cheers for this


  62. Loree Inman:

    Mr. Number Callblock from BB App World. Not only blocks calls but logs them as well. Also blocks texts. The app also has caller ID but you have to pay for it. I’ve tried other callblock apps & this is the best.

    @jester-crunchSMS at BB App World

  63. disRespect:

    Pedestrian, but would be great to find an accelerometer-based pedometer and a metric-to-imperial calculator here.

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