BlackBerry Traffic, A Little Closer Look

August 18, 2010 | By | 6 Comments

BlackBerry Traffic is a beta app that is currently available in the BlackBerry App World Test Center through the Test Center, for Canada and the U.S. For those who had the BlackBerry Traffic app through the Beta Zone, this is an even more recent version. I’ve seen some lists saying certain phones are supported, and though mine wasn’t on the list, it’s working on my phone.

I would think that as long as your GPS is open on your phone, then the BlackBerry Traffic should work on your BlackBerry. So what is the BlackBerry Traffic App?

The app has four views. And comes complete with everything you need to set it up. First you use the Places at the bottom of the screen. You can place Home, Work, and add any other places of your choice. When you start adding places, you’ll see Recent and Add A Place. Add A Place has New Place: From Contacts; Type an Address; Current Location; and Cancel.

You can also search for a place. Search has: Search For: [space] Near my current location, Near my current destination, or In the following city and has a space with the City, State/Province Abbreviation and Submit at the bottom.

Share. This section has Share My ETA. You can choose from the following Reason: On my way; Running Late, Stuck in traffic; Almost there; Circling. Look for me; I’m right outside; and Arrived safely. The note states – BlackBerry Traffic: On my way. I’ll be at [space] at []am/pm. You choose the recipient and send. Clicking on the spot for the recipient you’ll see the following choices: Delete; Edit; Replace w/Contacts; Replace w/Phone (SMS); Replace w/Email; Replace w/Pin, and Full Menu. This is great for letting your family or loved ones, including work know when something’s up so no one worries.

There are four views to the main screen. The first will show your destination time in bold on the top middle, to your top right sits the GPS indicator and the time below. You pick your place and it will show in the top right the time it is now so you see how many mins you have. It shows in each line the turn and distance to the next street to arrive at your destination. The letters and numbers are large enough for anyone to see.

Next view is a line with each street labeled so you can see it. It shows the car at the bottom, the miles and the time it will take.

The next view shows your Current Speed, Distance, Elapsed/Stopped, Average Speed, and Maximum Speed.

The following view is Distance and Time Left.

In the Menu you can bring up Destination Info which outlines the place you are navigating to, Reset Trip, Update Traffic, Stop Routing, and Close.

I like the app, it’s pretty accurate it time of getting there and I found it worked pretty well in sharing. It’s pretty similar to TeleNav’s On My Way application.

If you have any issues with the phone and you’re sure your GPS is working, this is the way to be sure GPS is working. First go to Options/Status and type TEST. Click the Menu button and choose Start. Scroll down to GPS and check, then ¬†scroll down to Run and click. You will see the Current State says idle. Click the trackball or trackpad and choose Start Fixing. The GPS will fix and get your location and it will say GPS fixing succeeds! That is if your GPS is on and your are in an area to find GPS. Next go to BlackBerry Maps. Open BlackBerry Maps, click the Menu button and choose Start GPS Navigation. This will pin point you. The BlackBerry Traffic app should then work fine.

Let us know what you think of BlackBerry Traffic. I like it, it’s nice to see what time you’ll get there with traffic in mind instead of guessing.

You can grab BlackBerry Traffic for free in the Test Center in the BlackBerry App World here.

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  • kata

    I’m liking it. I downloaded it while I was at work so I didn’t get to check it out too much; but I was checking out the views and such. I like how it tracks your eta and mph and everything. When I was reading about it on the website it said you can make it choose and alternate route. I didn’t see that option, but as I said I didn’t get to delve in very deep, so I could have very well missed it. Overall, looks pretty awesome.

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