15 must-have local apps

By Michael Fitzgerald
May 23, 2010

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Find friends (or even love). Sell your stuff, or buy front-row seats. Pick a restaurant, a dream team, a library book, or the best route across town. These apps to download now are designed to make life easier – and, in some cases, more fun.

All Time New England Football Roster Tippett, Bruschi, or Buoniconti? Stanley Morgan or Randy Moss? Touch (down) your personal Patriot MVPs with this app.

Works with: iPhone

Cost: 99 cents

Boston SpeedDate A dating service on your mobile phone. More than 65,000 Boston-area singles can be found, including 25,000 who have the app on their phones.

Works with: iPhone

Cost: free

FanSnap Event search engine with easy built-in ticketing for concerts, theater, sports, and more, including local and international events.

Works with: iPhone

Cost: free

Google Maps for Mobile Check traffic conditions in real time based on GPS data from all those location-enabled phones being driven around in cars.

Works with: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia S60 smart phone

Cost: free

MassTransit Provides easy-to-use Greater Boston bus, T, commuter rail, and even ferry schedules and locations. Does not alert users when a train or bus is going to be late.

Works with: iPhone

Cost: $3.99

Overdrive Media Console It’s the Boston Public Library in your phone: Check out audiobooks now, and e-books starting later in the year.

Works with: Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile phones, e-readers

Cost: free

Citizens Connect Lets user tell the city of Boston about graffiti, potholes, and other municipal trouble spots.

Works with: iPhone; Android in June

Cost: free

Craigsphone Brings Craigslist’s classifieds to your phone, with maps and the ability to post (missed connections, want ads, and more).

Works with: Android, iPhone

Cost: free

Dunkin’ Run Wrangle Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for your next meeting without any mistakes by letting invitees place orders via e-mail to your mobile device.

Works with: iPhone, mobile Internet

Cost: free

Fan Misery Fan apps for Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins lovers. The interface combines a stock index-type report for your team, plus news and stats.

Works: with iPhone

Cost: $2.99 per team

Primo Spot Parking Locates garages, bike racks, and open street parking in Boston and Cambridge. Some versions remember where you parked.

Works with: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, mobile Internet

Cost: $2.99

RadioTime / WunderRadio Get world radio on your phone.

Works with: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm Pre, Windows Mobile

Cost: free (Palm), $2.99 (Android), $6.99 (iPhone), $9.99 (BlackBerry), $14.95 (Windows Mobile)

Urbanspoon Reviews and information on more than 14,000 Boston-area restaurants, served up hot and fresh by fellow users.

Works with: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry

Cost: free

Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill A self-guided walking murder mystery tour winding through spooky (if you want it to be) cobblestone-lined Boston.

Works with: iPhone

Cost: $4.99

Get and The Boston Globe to go. Works with: Android, iPhone, mobile Internet

Cost: free

Michael Fitzgerald is a freelance writer in Millis. E-mail him at

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