BlackBerry celebrates five years of its app store with free apps

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Back at the start of March, Google celebrated the two year anniversary of its Play Store (née Android Market) by offering users a few special deals on apps and media. That’s well and good for the Android crowd, but what about you smartphone fans who are on a bit of an underdog platform? We’ve got deals coming your way, too, as BlackBerry announces some special downloads to celebrate five years of BlackBerry World (née App World).

With a user base split between BlackBerry 10 and older BB OS revisions, BlackBerry is making sure to offer apps that both groups of users can enjoy. There’s not a ton of selection here – just five titles per platform – but some of the selections look pretty decent. For instance, BB10 users can start creating PDFs from printed documents with Scan to Text, normally three dollars, but available with this offer for free. Downloads are available from now through April 4.

Considering the trying times it finds itself in, no one would have really blamed BlackBerry for not doing anything special for the occasion, largely glossing over it, so it’s nice to see that it’s still taking the time to let its users know it appreciates them.

Separately, we get a little update on sales of BlackBerry hardware, with news that orders of SIM-unlocked handsets direct from BlackBerry are opening to shoppers in the company’s native Canada.

Source: BlackBerry, ShopBlackBerry
Via: PhoneDog, Mobile Syrup

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