Three Ways BlackBerry Connects You to South Africa this Summer

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The action starts today and the Inside BlackBerry team couldn’t be more excited! One of the biggest and most popular sporting events in the world kicks off in South Africa, and even if you can’t be there yourself, your BlackBerry® smartphone can connect you to the action! No matter what team you cheer for, there are plenty of BlackBerry features that are perfect to help keep you in the loop.

Here’s how Inside BlackBerry is staying connected to South Africa:

Staying Informed with BlackBerry Apps

BlackBerry® App World™ is full of apps to choose from – just check out this list! Here are just a few of the many apps available:

South Africa on BlackBerry

South Africa for BlackBerry is a free app that gives access to scores, push alerts for goals, and calendar updates for matches. This app also includes a BlackBerry® Messenger tie-in so you can share the experience with your friends!

Premierscores

Premierscores is allowing a seven-day free trial for the event. Premierscores features minute-by-minute commentary, stats and graphics.

Goal Mobile

The year-round Goal Mobile will of course be covering the games too! It delivers commentaries, interviews and photos.

Find and Follow

The Find and Follow app is a great option if you are going to be in South Africa for the games. Of course, you’ll be able to access the latest scores, schedules and news, but it will also give you details on the best hotels, restaurants and transportation in the area.

Download the updated Twitter for BlackBerry Beta app

Twitter is a great way to stay in touch with those in South Africa during the games! Our updated Twitter for BlackBerry beta includes push message notifications and easy-to-use list functionality, so you can get all the most recent updates as quickly as possible.

The official Twitter Media site has got some great suggestions for hashtags to use:

  • English: #worldcup
  • Spanish: #copamundial
  • French: #coupedumonde
  • German: #WM2010
  • Portuguese: #copadomundo
  • Japanese: #jfa2010

They also have a Top Tweets list organized that will be buzzing with news all throughout the tournament, so be sure to keep an eye on it!

Show your pride with Themes and Wallpapers

Showing off our favored team’s national pride is a must! One great way to do so is with themes and wallpapers. (My parents hail from good ole England, so of course I’m sporting the UK theme – go UK!) If you’re looking for a theme for your team, you can check them all out here: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/world+cup/category/107

How are you staying connected to the games? What team are you rooting for? Please share with us in the comments!

About Becky Y.

As RIM's social media strategist, Becky spends much of her day following great online conversations about the BlackBerry® brand (and does some work here and there too). You will hear from her occasionally on Inside BlackBerry, but for the most part she will be behind the scenes, supporting our roster of experts in their blogging activities. Becky anticipates that she will have a lot of "Who Knew?!" moments, and hopes that our readers do too.

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