Top BB Apps For US$100


In response to the disruption of BlackBerry services worldwide, complimentary premium apps worth more than US$100 are up for grabs at BlackBerry App World from October 19 to December 31, and one month of free technical support is available to its enterprise customers.

Existing Technical Support subscribers can receive a complimentary one-month extension before January 17, 2012, and those who are not subscribers can receive a complimentary month of Enhanced Technical Support before January 17, 2012. RIM, however, said that the availability of the apps offer depends on the type of device, operating system version, access to BlackBerry App World and local conditions or restrictions. Here is the list of premium apps that have been announced by the firm at the time of writing, and will be released over a period of four weeks:

DriveSafe.ly Pro

This app from iSpeech.org is ideal for those phone calls from colleagues and clients you receive while driving. It reads out the texts and emails you receive and lets you respond by voice, hence allowing you to drive without dangerous distractions. You can even use its voice commands to repeat the message, or call back the sender.

Actual price: US$19.99
Drive Safe.ly Enterprise

DriveSafe.ly Enterprise, another version of the app that prevents texting while driving, allows playback of incoming texts and corporate emails. The voice quality is optimum, and messages can be played on demand. Texts and emails can be spoken out aloud on hands-free mode. The auto-response and timeout duration can be customised as per A special promotion also offers a free Caller ID Reader.

Actual price: US$79.99
iSpeech Translator Pro

This app comes in handy during travels abroad where you need help with translations. This allows you to speak and type any words or phrases to translate them in multiple languages like Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, simplified and traditional Chinese, Spanish and Swedish. The app’s human-quality text to speech and speech recognition also works with emails, texts and web browsers. Moreover, it allows for extended recording time to speak your phrase to be translated, and all upgrade messages are removed.

Actual price: US$
Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant

Vlingo is a more demure version of Siri. The voice recognition app lets the users voice commands to their smartphones, like what to text a friend, or find a restaurant that serves your favourite cuisine, or even update your Facebook status.

Actual price: US$19.99
Nobex Radio Premium

On the road, it is an entertaining pastime to listen to your favourite music from across the world. This premium app gives you access to over 16,000 stations in more than 100 countries around the world. Your account page keeps track of the last songs you requested and you can see the playlist of over 3,000 stations. You can also run the app on sleep timer anywhere between 15 minutes to 2 hours, watch YouTube videos of songs, and even share your playlist on Facebook or Twitter.

Actual price: US$9.99
Photo Editor Ultimate

This app from Ice Cold Apps edits your images and upload to sites like TwitPic, Tumblr and ImageShack. The simple menu interface makes it easy to edit the image, and apply colour filters, or create a photo booth.

Actual price: US $1.99
Shazam Encore

When you hear a familiar song but can‘t recall its name, turn to this premium app, which lets you search music by artist, track and lyrics. It also lets you buy the track, share the tags by text, email or on Twitter and Facebook, read track and album reviews, look at the songs topping the Shazam’s Tag Chart, watch YouTube videos and recommends music that suits your taste.

Actual price: US$5.99
Bubble Bash 2

This puzzle series from Gameloft involves bashing and exploding three or more like-coloured bubbles. The second version includes an adventure to Africa and 16 modes that feature special bubbles. A word of caution: Do not get caught playing this addictive game during work hours.

Actual price: US$ 4.99
Texas Hold’em Poker 2

This version of the poker app from Gameloft is ideal for those obsessed with the game. It has a comprehensive training mode as well as advanced modes. There are over 20 events at eight venues that include Dubai, Macau and Omaha – The latter offers a mode for an even more comprehensive poker experience.

The Omaha mode pits you against 10 opponents, in a game that features improved graphics and animations, improved AI and coaching system, and a statistics section that gathers info on past hands and best performances.

Actual price: US$2.99 onwards
N.O.V.A.

As Kal Wardin, the hero of the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, or N.O.V.A., you have to protect humanity from alien threats in this game. You have been called out of retirement to end a new war, which involves finding way out of locked rooms, get special abilities and weapons and more over nine levels set in different environments.

Actual price: US$2.99 onwards
SIMS 3

This game app from Electronic Arts takes users through adventures in Egypt, China, France, and America, and is available in Canada, Japan and US.

Actual price: US$2.99
Bejeweled

This popular game of matching sparkling gems and make them burst is available as an app in Canada, Japan and US. Four or more gems can be burst to create power gems for higher scores. The game features a classic mode and a timed action mode.

Actual price: US$2.99

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