While we know a BlackBerry is primarily an excellent tool for work-related activities, it can be fun too. We've rounded up the five best fun BlackBerry downloads designed for your life outside the corporate walls, although in some cases they are also suitable for business use.

Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry

We're big fans of Yahoo's Flickr, the online digital photo-sharing and archiving service. And when you combine the functionality of Flickr with an internet-enabled, digital camera-equipped mobile phone the possibilities are infinite.

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You can take a photo at the beach, for instance, and share it with friends and acquaintances instantly by launching the Flickr app, which lives on your BlackBerry home screen in the form of a Flickr logo icon. Next you simply browse to the location of your photos, on your microSD media card or your device's internal memory, for instance, and click on the file you want to upload. Then just give the photo a name and choose your privacy settings; private, friends, family, etc, pick the size in which you want it to appear and hit Upload. Within seconds, your image will be available on your Flickr page. And you can then send along the URL to your public images page to your friends and other interested parties so they can periodically check for updates.

The Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry is available for free on RIM's website and all you need is a Flickr account, which is also free.

Picasa user? No worries, RIM is reportedly working on a Picasa for BlackBerry app, as well.

MLB desktop icon for BlackBerry

If you're a fan of American Baseball then you’ll love the Major League Baseball (MLB) desktop icon for BlackBerry, which places your favourite team's icon on your BlackBerry home screen for both easy access to related scores and information, as well as some unique home screen decor.

Whenever you click your squad's logo, you get a listing of the team's next game along with a schedule, news headlines, league standings, team and player alerts, roster lists, stats and more. You also get one-click access to the MLB mobile site.

And if your team happens to be playing, you can click your icon for real-time scores. So the next time a meeting and the game overlap, you'll have discrete and near-instant access to scores and game highlights. (If you get caught checking scores while the CEO's talking, remember, you didn't get hear about this app from us.)

The MLB Desktop Icon for BlackBerry is available for any of MLB's 30 teams, and it can be downloaded for free over the air directly to your BlackBerry (data charges may apply) or you can choose to install via PC.

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Want to liven up your BlackBerry and ensure it's not only used for work? Then check out our five favourite fun apps. From uploading photos to Flickr to checking sports scores – you’re guaranteed to enjoy using these apps.

BlackBerry Wallet

If you've ever wished for a safe, secure and simple digital storage option for your e-commerce information, BlackBerry Wallet may be just what you're looking for.

An evolution of RIM's older Password Keeper app, the free BlackBerry Wallet stores all the information you need to shop via BlackBerry including payment card data, shipping addresses, gift card numbers, loyalty program credentials and more as well as user names and passwords. It's also designed to integrate with sites that support the application so your information can be automatically entered into forms whenever you decide to make a mobile purchase. All you need to do is create one central password, fill in all the necessary information, and then click the Wallet icon on your home screen and login.

A big downside: The application doesn't yet work with a very wide variety of sites - at least that we've seen. In fact, we only know of one website that currently works with BlackBerry Wallet, BPlay.com, a BlackBerry software retailer, but assuming RIM can convince a few major online retailers to back the application, this digital wallet may go a long way towards replacing your out-dated, leather wallet. (RIM will still, however, need to assure consumers that it's safe to make financial transactions via mobile devices, which may be the greater challenge.) BlackBerry Wallet is available for free, over-the-air download.

TV Guide Mobile for BlackBerry

You're stuck in traffic and suddenly you realise your favourite TV show is just about to start. Here's where the TV Guide Mobile for BlackBerry application from mobile software developer Handmark comes in. With just a couple clicks you've got access to the full lineup of the night's TV shows, as well as personalised recommendations and access to related news stories. TV Guide Mobile also lets you send programme reminders via SMS text message so you remember to leave work in time to get home to catch your favourite show.

The application creates an icon on your BlackBerry home screen for easy access, and you can change your locations at will to see TV listings when you're travelling.

Sadly TV Guide Mobile, which is available for free over-air-download and it works on the vast majority of newer BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices (Windows Mobile 5.0 or higher is required), is only currently available in the US.

NEXT PAGE: Use your BlackBerry to find your car

  1. Make your BlackBerry about fun as well as work
  2. BlackBerry Wallet and other fun apps
  3. Use your BlackBerry to find your car

Want to liven up your BlackBerry and ensure it's not only used for work? Then check out our five favourite fun apps. From uploading photos to Flickr to checking sports scores – you're guaranteed to enjoy using these apps.

CarFinder for BlackBerry

Ever parked the car in the in a huge shopping centre parking facility only to find yourself wandering aimlessly in the sweltering sun hours later in search of your vehicle? But thanks to Neosistec, a Spanish software development firm, and its CarFinder for BlackBerry app, you'll never find yourself wandering up and down aisles in search of your car again, no matter how large the parking lot. That's because CarFinder uses your phone's internal GPS to 'tag' your parking location for future reference.

You just mark your location as soon as you leave your vehicle, and whenever you're ready to return, click the CarFinder icon on your BlackBerry home screen to launch the application. Then pick whether or not you want to find your car using CarFinder's built-in compass or your BlackBerry Maps app, if available, and you're car-ward bound.

CarFinder is available for free over-the-air download from RIM's website. Note: We were unable to give the CarFinder app a hands-on test drive, because we don't have a BlackBerry with internal GPS and the application didn't seem to work with our external GPS puck. The app just said 'Waiting for GPS Signal' over and over again. So users without built-in GPS appear to out of luck.

  1. Make your BlackBerry about fun as well as work
  2. BlackBerry Wallet and other fun apps
  3. Use your BlackBerry to find your car