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FourSquare for the BlackBerry is on its way. The company recently provided access to its beta version to a handful of people and will soon roll it out in batches. You can still sign up for the app and it’s totally worth the wait.

foursquareblackberrybeta.jpgThe FourSquare app is coming to the BlackBerry platform soon.  New York-based FourSquare, which has raised $1.35 million in funding, is working on a beta version of the application. The company recently provided access to its beta version to a handful of people. Soon, it will be rolling out 500 beta invites in batches. You can still sign up for the app. And if my first impression is any indication, it is totally worth the wait.

I’ve been tracking the beta version of the location-based social service on my BlackBerry Tour and so far, have been impressed with the software. It’s highly stable and is easy to use. Of course, there are some limitations with the BlackBerry platform. The app could stand to leverage more of the BlackBerry’s hardware, but that’s a minor nit.

If you’re a first-time user on the BlackBerry, you’re going to find FourSquare to be pretty simple and easy to use. I’ve used the FourSquare app on an iPhone, and as a result, I find the experience a little jarring: You’re forced to take more steps to get things done. There are some features which are missing. For instance, the leaderboard isn’t easy to find and even when you do find it, you need to go online to get the results. That said, since it is a beta product, I’m willing to wait for more functionality.

  1. Seriously, the flavor of the month stuff is not what makes this a great blog.

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    1. Rohan many of our readers are Blackberry users and FourSquare users. And while you think FourSquare is a flavor of the month, I disagree and think differently. Thanks for letting us know of your opinion.

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  2. How is going online to retrieve leader board data a little jarring? How else can you do it? How is a hard to find leader board a feature that’s missing? Sure it’s not user friendly, but that versus the blackberry platform where they simply cannot leverage the platform? I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for new features…

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    1. It is jarring because it takes you out of the app, when on an iPhone you are used to doing everything inside the app itself.

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  3. Thanks Om – I am a long-time BB user and twitterholic – would love to check out Foursquare on the BB, and hadn’t seen the Beta link before. I’ve signed-up now and fingers crossed….

    Thx & Rgds,

    John

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  4. I have been waiting patiently for them to release something outside of the mobile web interface and have taken interest in many of the facets of what they can do:
    http://bit.ly/55xIIi

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  5. Or if you are lucky enough, the new version of SocialScope already has foursquare support built in!

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  6. [...] Foursquare delivers a fun location-based social game to iPhone and Android users, and also has a less-than-stellar mobile website that works on some other platforms. While people with iPhones and Android devices have been talking up FourSquare as the social network of the future, BlackBerry users have been waiting their turn for a FourSquare app of their own. According to GigaOM, that app is coming soon. [...]

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  7. [...] Foursquare for the BlackBerry will be entering into beta soon. The social network based on locations is growing in popularity, and BlackBerry owners will soon be able to join in the fun. GA_googleFillSlot("jkontherun_ros_post_footer"); [...]

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  8. [...] in on 300,000 users having just crossed 290,000 users. Foursquare earlier this week released the Blackberry version of their service. Gowalla and Foursquare are vying for user attention at the same time competing with local search [...]

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