Must Have Apps for Business Road WarriorsWhile packing for your next work trip, don’t forget to also “pack” your smartphone full of these must-have apps for business. Today’s software applications can keep all of your business information organized and easy to find and also help you locate services, such as gas stations, and great places to eat or to get a cup of coffee while you’re in unfamiliar territory.
After using these apps on your smartphone, you will wonder how you ever managed to travel without them.
If you are tired of scrolling through your emails looking for your various car rental, flight and hotel booking confirmations, you’ll want to download BlackBerry Travel. This nifty little app keeps all of those important emails together and will even notify you of gate changes and flight delays. You can even share your trip info with other BlackBerry users with this app so that your co-workers or family members will know when your flight will land or if there are any delays. In addition, this free app boasts a currency converter, world clocks and other useful travel gadgets.
According to Ynetnews, this social network-based GPS has approximately 45 million users, making it the biggest such application in the world. Utilizing information it gathers about accidents and delays from its many users, this real-time app informs drivers of potential slowdowns and traffic jams. Waze, which was recently bought by Google for $1.1 billion dollars, is free and available for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Android smartphones.
If you travel frequently to foreign countries, it can cost you a small fortune to stay in touch with family, friends and co-workers by phone — even if you’re only heading across the border. Viber is a free app that allows you to talk or text other Viber users for free over a Wi-Fi connection. This app is free and available on various platforms, including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
This app’s name says it all. This software application from JiWire will help you find the nearest free Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere in the world. Wi-Fi Finder is free and available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
No one should plan a trip for business or pleasure without consulting TripAdvisor at some point. This website has millions of up-to-the-minute hotel, restaurant and attraction reviews from fellow travelers. You can also find helpful tips about various destinations on TripAdvisor, such as advice on transportation, that can help with your trip planning. The TripAdvisor app is free and available for all major platforms, including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.
Expensify is a handy, free app that will keep your business expenses organized on the road. This app, which is available on all major platforms, including BlackBerry, iPhone and Android, allows you to take pictures of receipts and then make notes regarding the expense. You can also link emailed receipts and import credit card charges to your Expensify account. At the end of the trip, you can then use the information to create an expense report.
You can discover hundreds of mobile apps for your business on the GetApp Mobile Marketplace.
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