There are plenty of Blackberry users who travel frequently and Worldmate by Mobimate has tried to make things easiers for those users. Worldmate provides travelers easy access to times from different cities, a day/night map, global weather conditions and a real-time currency exchange calculator. Any business traveler would know that this information is sometimes vital when globe trotting around the world.
The program is fairly big at 234 kb, the reason most likely due to the heavy graphics of the program. There is no Over-The-Air installation available which is unfortunate.
World Clock â€“ Provides times for 5 cities simultaneously. The default cities are London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. It is very easy to change the default cities, Worldmate lists over 250 major metropolitan centers. The first time I started the program the times were off and had to manually update the clocks for each 5 different cities. This was only a minor issue because after that the clocks kept the right times.
Day/Night Map â€“ Provides a visual day/night map of the world. This feature for myself is the feature I thought would come most in handy. Calling long distance frequency I always have to ask whether it is a good time to call and not 3am in the morning. What I found with WorldMate is that it takes way too long for the map to draw on the screen, at least 60 seconds to draw the whole map. This gets way too annoying, Mobimate needs to find a quicker way to draw the maps.
Weather â€“ Provides a 5 day forecast of 250 cities from The Weather Network. Nothing much to mention here, weather is weather.
Currency â€“ You can view 3 currencies at once. You can easily change to another monetary unit, WorldMate provides real time currency exchange to every world currency. This feature can pay for itself, I canâ€™t count the many times I went walking around to see which place would give me the best rates but after walking for 30 minutes I end up at the first exchange shop. Now with WorldMate you can view the real exchange rate and calculate if you are getting a fair rate at the exchange shop.
We were very disappointed in the Day/Night map but the 3 other features are enough to warrant a purchase of the program. The software is very reasonable price at $25 for a year subscription. MobiMate does offer a trial of WorldMate, we recommend that you download the trial first before making the purchase.