If you travel a lot, your cell phone may be able to do a lot more for you than it currently does. The right applications for your phone can create many types of conveniences for you, even if you’re already used to using the standard mapping, search and navigation applications. In this post, I’ll round up convenient offbeat applications for your cell phone, including some that save you money when you’re on the go.
Cellfire is a mobile coupons application that lets you save money at many types of retailers, rent-a-car firms, and other kinds of businesses around the country. It’s optimized for the BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile. In many cases, you can just bring up a coupon on your phone and show it to a cashier to redeem it. It would be good to see more business-related coupons available, though.
Google’s Local Search service is a good way to beat the costly 411 system. You can call 1-800-GOOG-411 from any phone and say what you want to search for, such as “pizza Austin.” You’ll get numbers, the option to be connected to numbers free of charge (the 411 system charges for the automatic connection), or you can say “text message” if you want the information sent to your mobile phone.
Applications for accessing your remote desktop computer can be life-savers when you’re traveling. If you use an iPhone, try RDM+. For reaching a remote desktop from any Internet-connected phone or device, try I’m in Touch. Avvenu is also a very easy to use remote access solution.
If you happen to be an Outlook user, SoonR is very good for doing remote Outlook access from a cell phone. It also offers a number of collaboration features that can be useful if you’re traveling with colleagues.
Speaking of collaboration, Gubb is widely used by many web workers to share lists among colleagues. Adding an item to a list takes seconds, as does deleting one, and you can see your list and everybody’s that you share with from a cell phone or a computer. If you appreciate shared online calendars, give this collaboration tool a try.
Finally, if you don’t already use visual voicemail, this can be a big time-saver because you can see your voicemail messages and avoid having to listen to them all in linear fashion. I recently wrote about Pinger, a good, free application for doing this, and also for sending broadcast messages to colleagues from a cell phone.
Do you know of any good mobile phone applications?