The top 5 travel apps for the BlackBerry Z3

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By James Richardson on 17 Jul 2014 05:08 am EDT
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With BlackBerry seeming to be pursuing two types of customers at the moment - business users and the consumer market, the BlackBerry Z3 could well fall into the hands in either of these two camps. Sure, we may see top executives rocking a BlackBerry Passport or Classic in the future, but there will always be companies that don't want to spend the big bucks and the BlackBerry Z3 will still serve its purpose.

So whether you are travelling on vacation or on a business trip I've put together my top five BlackBerry 10 apps for you to put on your Z3. And the best news is that they are all free to download!

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The top 5 travel apps for the BlackBerry Z3

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Thanks James..
For me BlackBerry Travel and Maps are very essential.. Have a flight to Australia at the end of the month and BlackBerry Travel is already onto it.

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I forgot to say, that with Navfree you can download a lot of maps from all over the world onto your BlackBerry and you can use them without data connection.

I agree! Im currently using navfree. Yes you need wifi connection to save your route before you can use it offline. Best free gps for me so far!

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Ditto!
I'd uninstall BlackBerry Maps if I could - don't have a need for navigation, just walking and public transit directions.

Only sometimes - depends on your OS version! Possibly carrier? I have no idea...

I've run builds of BB10 that didn't have BlackBerry Maps and I'd add it on afterwards. Running a legit 10.2.1 release on my Q10, and don't have the option to remove, sadly.

while I like how "new" BlackBerry 10 users are welcomed and introduced by posts like these, I also think they are some kind of redundant. travel-apps are the same as for the Q10/5 and the Z10/30 and don't need a featured introduction for each new phone on the market. same goes for tutorials like "how to catch the perfect picture with the Z3" - it's literally the same procedure.
no offence; just my feeling about that.

It's all about Google my friend. New users are more likely to search for their device than their OS. This is just covering all the bases.

Z10

If seo was the concern, the title should be "top 5 travel apps for the blackberry z3,z10,q10,z30"

Also, blog software allows you to set tags, setting tags open the blog to better seo without jumbled everything into the actual article and title.

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Before downloading Foursquare, be aware that it has since updated into an app called "Swarm" which is available only on Android and iOS. They've recently announced that they have no plans to create that application for Blackberry but will continue to make Foursquare available. Foursquare still exists on iOS and Android but it's no longer used for checkins, Swarm handles that. So the app available in BlackBerry World is basically the old Foursquare, which is good if you don't like their recent changes, but bad if you're expecting updates or any form of customer support.

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Best purchased app ever. This with BlackBerry travel....I've never been let down by this combo. ever. Mireo for the win

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Looking forward to the new article "The Top 5 travel apps for the BlackBerry Passport" and of course: " Looking forward to the new article "The Top 5 travel apps for the BlackBerry Classic". Thanks.

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I'm concerned that the tutorials will be for the black model... and I'm planning on buying the white one! :P

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Wasn't working for me either, even though Ryanair should be supported. When you log into blackberry.worldmate.com, you will find an email address to which you can forward your bookings. They should be added to your app in a few moments.

In case you travel to Europe I would always recommend the app Railroad Germany. Primarily created for the german market where it works even with local subways and bus it covers in the meantime nearly all european countries with inter regional public transportations. :-)

Let us know what you think about FX Rates. We'd love to get your feedback and see if it meets all your needs when traveling.

You neglected to mention that Navita Translator needs an internet connection to work. It’s a great app but having to spring for an international roaming plan (or something similar) is a bit of a downer.

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For me:
Navfree is good but not accurate and the search doesn't work if you are not connected
BlackBerry travel: I don't definitely understand for what use (with remember and Pocket - Android version- you have all needed
Be map is ok but sometimes the search is really not good
BlackBerry Maps... BlackBerry should stop the dev and negotiates with Nokia for a native offline app.
Navita trans... I prefer fancy trans or yandex for russian country.
And of course rome2rio...

BlackBerry travel has never let me down. And it allows me to book my Limo when I arrive at my destination!

Maps also works really well for me in the UK. I use it on a daily basis, several times a day while I work on the road. No complaints aside from calling roundabout exits "Junctions". Would love to be able to store map data locally with it as Signal isn't always available in the places I work, but generally it isn't an issue, and there are alternatives.

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Is BlackBerry Travel supposed to update your flight information as well? It didn't pick my bookings from my email account, so I sent them to their email address and they were added shortly after. However, there isn't any updated information on BlackBerry Travel, no gates, no detailed information on the aircraft. I have to do everything myself, I don't find it practical at all. The reminders are useless to me. :/

I miss Apple's Passbook app and other apps that took care of this much easier.

Aircraft information is updated if it's contained in the email you forwarded and if the scanning utility can detect it. Gate information is added on the day of your flight, when it's updated by the airline/airport. You shouldn't have to do anything here but sometimes it's a bit delayed because the airline/airport doesn't update it in time.

BeMaps Pro
BeWeather Pro
FancyTran
BlackBerry Travel
Dream Sounds

Those are my top 5 travel apps!

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I love BlackBerry Travel! I recently came on vacation a couple days ago. And I was so shocked how well it worked, it was my first time using it. and it's an awesome app!

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Further to what Mikey_NNG said with respect to Foursquare. They killed it. It no longer has any of the functionality with Mayorships or any of the other fun cool features. Boo Foursquare you used to be awesome.

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I tried to download BlackBerry Travel on my Z30 and it said it wasn't available for this device. Really?? Of course I am in the States running on Verizon so that may be the problem. Anyone have a suggestion?
Thanks

From my totally Awesome Z30

Blog list didnt work. gave me the old version. Semine links didnt work for me as well. Try going to blackberry world search blackberry travel it worked for me. Goodluck!

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Now that we are in the subject of maps, I wonder why has been so difficult for BlackBerry to develop the official Map App, I mean, I live in the Dominican Republic and I only get a map with no names and divisions at all, no map, everything in blank... is it that difficult to have a map... no way!

BBM channel: C0040FF4D..... Proudly Z10 owner...

I love blackberry travel, I wish they would be more active with learning how all airline companies send email itinerary as some don't always make sense but for the popular airlines I enjoy the up to date status details and live email scanning for everything else

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I love blackberry travel, I wish they would be more active with learning how all airline companies send email itinerary as some don't always make sense but for the popular airlines I enjoy the up to date status details and live email scanning for everything else

Canada Z30

I've been a fan of BlackBerry Travel for years. However I noticed in OS 10 that for whatever reason airline confirmation numbers get deleted. Anyone else have that issue?

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I have been using blackberry travel. Thanks for sharing such useful informations. Btw I loved your water drops wallpaper for blackberry in the 1st pic of the thread. Can you please tell me from where to get this wallpaper?

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I finally get BlackBerry Travel to download after doing a restart (good suggestion) and following links to BlackBerry developer site. It made no sense to me that a native BlackBerry App wouldn't be available on my Z30 and not available in all countries. So by perseverance I got it to work. Yeah!!!

From my totally Awesome Z30

Really liked the Navita Translator! Thank you, James.
BB Maps is my go to GPS. In my experience, it uses less power than my GPS device. Maybe it's the smaller screen of my Q10. I appreciate the visuals, but the voice cues are pretty good so I don't even have to look at my device most of the time. (The only thing better was the older 'navigator' on BB07).

What?
This article is really bad, when I travel I shouldn't use data roaming because the high costs.
I can't use Maps, I should use navfree, this is a example.

BlackBerry maps? Common.. BlackBerry maps Sucks. Doesn't even work in my country. Google maps are the best, but it works better with the legacy devices Cuz there is no Google maps on. 10 so u have to install android app which works with play services.

Z10 10.2.1.2977

BlackBerry Travel is just plain awesome. That should be put in with bbm for free and given to the office platforms. Then after 3 trips, you have to pay for it. It is easily a top app with just a little tweaking.

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BlackBerry maps works with many flaws in Europe, especially in Romania. It's maps loading time is hilarious, depend of the data transfer it has many white squares. Imagine that we in Romania have a very powerful HSDPA net with a real 1.5-3mb transfer rate (download! ) which permit a very good loading times for apps like this.
Forget about BlackBerry maps and bring Google Maps as native!

Proudly Z10 owner

I like Navfree, except that the map files are so large I had issues. Suggested to the developer a way to move those files to SD.
I discovered Foursquare was a massive battery drainer. I liked using it, but it had to go the way of the delete button.

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How do you share your travel arrangements and changes etc via BBM? All it lets me do is invite others to download BBM travel.

It's really frustrating to see that in every one of these app review articles, related to travel or navigation, BlackBerry Maps is mentioned, but there's no trail of Mireo.
Mireo is, in my opinion, the best navigation app on BlackBerry 10, and definately a lot better than BB Maps.

Show some Mireo love please!