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PhantomALERT Uses Crowd-Sourcing to Alert You of Speed Traps, Cameras and More

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BlackBerry App Version 1 – Speed Trp Alert in VA

PhantomALERT is an app available in App World that is a driver/crowd-sourced database of speed traps, red light cameras, speed cameras, school zones, DUI checkpoints, dangerous intersections and more across North America. The app alerts you if it detects that you’re approaching a point of interest and lets you react accordingly. There is a similar app right now on the market called Trapster, which has over 10,000,000 users, and it’s not clear which one provides more accurate readings for your area. In the end, it’s a crowd-sourced initiative so it depends how active your local community is for the respective app.
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Trapster Updated with Virtual Radar and Custom Notifications

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Trapster have updated their app to version 3.6 and while I haven’t used the app in a long time, it was fun rediscovering some of its features like their custom sounds. A popular trend in navigation tools, you can switch up the audio warning for Schwarzenegger, George Bush or an Old Hillbilly.
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Trapster updated to version 3.5 with custom alerts and new UI

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Trapster let us know that they have updated their application to version 3.5. Updates to the latest version include:

  • Virtual Radar(R) dynamic alert area narrows and elongates based on velocity and direction of travel.
  • Trap filters allow users to customize what types of alerts they want, for example possibly a user only wants to hear “police often hide here” alerts if they are of at least medium credibility, and does not want to hear speed camera alerts at all.
  • Custom sound themes, to the voice of Arnold, Austin Powers, Yogi and Booboo, and more.
  • Native BB UI (no more DOS looking dialog boxes).
  • Improved signup process.
  • Manual location setting for BlackBerry’s that don’t have GPS, or have blocked GPS.
  • It has been tested on the Storm, Storm 2, Tour, and Bold.

This app is getting exponentially better as more users sign up and build a bigger database of speed traps. Oh yeah, and don’t speed, it’s dangerous.

Download the latest version of Trapster from Trapster.com.

Top 5 summer travel apps in BlackBerry App World

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Photo courtesy of Chris.Gordon

As we enter into summer and all start gearing up for vacations, I wanted to point out some helpful BlackBerry apps for the summer traveler. These applications are all available in BlackBerry App World.

Trapster

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is drive with all the windows down and enjoy the breeze. Trapster notifies you when you’re approaching speed traps, red light cameras and speed cameras, so you can drive worry-free.

Download Trapster FREE for your BlackBerry.

Transclick

Transclick provides a translation service to help you with any language barriers you may come across. There are also several dictionaries to choose from on App World, once you get a hang of the local language.

Purchase Transclick for $5.00.

TeleNav

TeleNav is a convenient GPS app that gives you driving directions as well as restaurant, hotel, ATM and WiFi hospot locations.

Try TeleNav free for a 30-day trial.

WorldMate Live

WorldMate can help you stay organized and connected so that you’ll save your business money as well as keep you focused on the important things while leaving the legwork to WorldMate.

Purchase a yearly subscription to WoldMate Live for $99.95.

Travel Genius

Travel Genius pro-sumer app that functions as an LBS search tool. Travel Genius helps you quickly find and get to the places or services you need when you are out and about.

Purchase Travel Genius on App World for $2.99.

Comment and let us know if you’ve tried any apps that would be good for a summer traveler.

Trapster now available for BlackBerry

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Location-based services are making enormous gains in the mobile space. When Android launched its developer awards, most of the apps were LBS. Now Trapster will join the BlackBerry LBS space with an app that lets you know the location of speed traps. With over 100,000 users, more than 50,000 traps, speed cameras and red-light camera alerts in the system, Trapster is well on its way to stopping traffic tickets from burdening our already worsening economy.

Check out a flash demo of Trapster here.

Trapster beta available on BlackBerry

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An officer issuing a ticketAnother neat use for GPS: alerting you to speed traps. Trapster allows registered users to add speed trap locations on their website, and the mobile app alerts you when you drive close to one. The app offers customizable alerts for live police, red light cameras, speed cameras, and hiding spots that are often used. It’s currently in beta, and only offers support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers, though they’re working on support for other providers. You can check out instructions for installing it here. Thanks Mike!