Research In Motion Ltd., the manufacturing company behind the BlackBerry handheld devices is preparing to launch their application store today: BlackBerry App World.
BlackBerry App World can be downloaded from RIM’s website. The BlackBerry App World will be starting with a launch of about 1,000 applications. To purchase applications, you will need to set up a PayPal account if you do not already have one.
Jim Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive of RIM stated that he plans to work with wireless carrier companies to see if the company can have application purchases tied to their phone bills instead. Currently Apple charges the credit cards that users have linked to iTunes for application downloads.
Some of the free applications listed on BlackBerry App World include Viigo, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook, Bloomberg, MySpace, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, ELLE, ELLEgirl, Woman’s Day, Text2C, GPS Tracker, Timble Outdoors Free Trial, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Newsweek, CBS News, TheStreet, and Shazam. MobileCrunch has a solid list of applications listed on BlackBerry App World.
To download BlackBerry App World, visit www.blackberry.com/appworld. If the download link is not available there right now, it should be there shortly.