BlackBerry Travel Apps: 10 Must-Have Downloads

Before your next trip, check out 10 of the best travel-minded mobile applications for BlackBerry smartphones. CIO.com's road warrior Al Sacco shares details and download information.

Whether you're a regular jet-setter or a once-a-year road-tripper, your BlackBerry smartphone can be an invaluable travel companion.


Gone are the days of packing multiple books and magazines into cramped seat-back pockets on airplanes; bye-bye piles of awkwardly folded road-maps lining your car's back-seat; forget compact disc and clunky CD players. Your BlackBerry is all these things and more squeezed into one sleek little—if mildly addictive—package.


Since the introduction of BlackBerry App World, Research In Motion's (RIM) mobile application store, a flood of BlackBerry software has saturated the Web in every category imaginable, including the travel space. Today, the challenge for BlackBerry users is no longer simply finding apps for your smartphone, but determining which ones are worth the space in your BlackBerry's application memory.


That's where I come in. The following 10 downloads are the crème of the travel-app-crop; Why mess with the rest?


Keep moving for details on these can't-miss travel applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

Didiom Pro for BlackBerry

If jamming a media card with music or using a Web-radio app like Pandora just doesn't do it for you, you can pick up Didiom Pro for $9.99 a year for wireless access to your home audio-library on-the-go. All you need is a fast wireless connection—read: 3G or Wi-Fi, I wasn't too pleased with Didiom's performance over 2.5G EDGE—and a Windows PC. Just install Didiom's client on both your PC and handheld before you leave home, set up an account, make sure your PC stays on and then launch the service's encrypted channel whenever you're ready for near-instant access to iTunes, Windows Media audio, whatever.


Download Didiom Pro from Didiom.com or BlackBerry App World.


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Al Sacco, DIDIOM LLC