10 essential BlackBerry apps for travel

Stay organized, productive and in the know with this road warrior's tool kit for your BlackBerry

By Logan Kugler, Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless, BlackBerry, blackberry apps

Whether you're out on the road for weeks at a time meeting with clients, just popping into the city for a weekend conference or taking the family on a hard-earned vacation, a few well-chosen applications can turn your BlackBerry from a communications tool into a road warrior's productivity powerhouse.

You can track expenses, mileage and business calls; find the perfect places to stay, eat and work; keep on top of your travel arrangements; and even call on a virtual concierge to handle last-minute changes of plan -- all from the comfort of your BlackBerry's familiar screen.

[Don't have a BlackBerry? Check out 10 must-have free Android apps, 10 must-have free Palm webOS apps or Five fab apps for iPhone OS 3.0 and the 3GS.]

Here are 10 BlackBerry apps -- some of them free -- that could be invaluable for your next trip. When you're done reading, tell us about your favorites in the reader comments.

[ See also: How to Transfer Blackberry Contacts to an iPhone ]

WorldMate Live

Keep all your travel details readily accessible with WorldMate Live, an itinerary manager packed with useful features for frequent travelers. All you have to do is forward your airplane, hotel or car rental confirmation e-mails to WorldMate; the service parses out the relevant details and makes it all easily available.

Additional features in the free "lite" version include location-based search (using Yelp), currency conversion, hotel and limo booking, world time and the ability to search for local LinkedIn contacts. The paid Gold version ($11.95/month, $99.95/year) adds flight status lookup, "push" text alerts for flight delays, and a travel directory with contact information for airports, airlines, hotel chains and rental companies.

[ See also: VersaTool for BlackBerry: The only app you'll ever need? ]

Republished with permission from Computerworld (view original version)

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