Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the release of BlackBerry Travel, a new app that lets BlackBerry smartphone users plan, book, manage and share travel activities quickly and easily, on the go.

According to Jim Tobin, Senior Vice President, Software and Services at RIM,

“The BlackBerry Travel app is set to be the next must-have tool for travelers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar.”

What Are The Features?

The BlackBerry Travel app features a desktop component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as print and edit itineraries, from their computer.

The app also brings together tools that travelers need while planning on the go, including hotel booking, currency converters, weather forecasts and more.

In addition, BlackBerry smartphone users can share their travel information with colleagues, friends and family over email or through LinkedIn, directly from the BlackBerry Travel app.

The LinkedIn integration allows users to search for people in their network who might be in the same city, and also send messages to contacts and update their status.

How It Works?

When a new booking confirmation or itinerary arrives in your inbox, the BlackBerry Travel app is automatically updated with the relevant details, which makes travel planning and management easier than ever.

Calendars are automatically populated with itineraries as soon as they are confirmed and, by leveraging the BlackBerry push technology, the BlackBerry Travel app keeps users informed and in control of their itineraries by monitoring flight statuses and promptly providing notifications about changes.

The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Travel app is available as a beta download on the Blackberry App World.

The app is free, although operator charges may apply and works on selected BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry® 5 OS (Device Software) or higher.

The BlackBerry Travel app was built in collaboration with WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel platforms.

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