If you own a BlackBerry smartphone, you likely know that it's a very capable device. But with the right software, your BlackBerry can do even more.
Here are some tips on finding software that can make your BlackBerry smartphone even smarter.
BlackBerry App World
BlackBerry App World, the applications store for BlackBerry smartphones, has opened for business. There's a lot to like about the store: It's easy to install on your phone, neatly organized, and easy to use.
App World may already be installed on your BlackBerry; if it's not, you can download it by pointing your phone's browser to blackberry.com/appworld.
You'll need a phone running version 4.2 or later of the BlackBerry OS, and you need to have a phone with a touch screen or a trackball, which includes all recent BlackBerry models, including the Curve, Pearl, Bold, and Storm, among others.
Many of the applications in BlackBerry's App World are free, but some are paid. If you want to purchase any apps, you'll need a PayPal account; if you don't have one, you can sign up at paypal.com.
You can browse BlackBerry App World from your computer, too, not just from your phone. The store is neatly organized and very easy to browse. You can, for example, view the Top Free Apps and the Top Paid Apps. You also can browse apps by category, such as Business, Productivity, and Games.
BlackBerry Unlocking Software
Interested in unlocking your BlackBerry so that you can use it with a carrier other than the one that you purchased the phone from? Read my guide to Unlocking Software and Services for BlackBerry Phones.