Over the last few years, phones have transitioned from a over-powered, pricey toy into a hyper-productive business tool. Today, over 1 billion of the worlds 4+ billion mobile phones are smartphones and by 2014, mobile internet usage is projected to overtake desktop internet usage. This phenomenal growth and seismic shift in how we use our phones is a direct result of the proliferation of applications that are designed specifically for running a business more efficiently. In our Mobile Apps Series TechRecs, we feature the apps that we believe would be most beneficial to you in running your business. This month we will cover FoxFi, Addappt and Bizzabo.
FoxFi can turn your Android phone into a free WiFi hotspot with no rooting or tether plan required. With this application you can connect your tablets, computers or even a game console with WPA2 security. FoxFi’s usage is covered under your phone’s existing data plan. The app is completely free, but currently it has a usage limit that requires you to restart FoxFi to continue using free mode. A full version of the app with no usage limits is available for $7.95.
The worst part of changing your email address is making sure that everyone has your new address and stops using your old one. With Addappt, you change your contact information once and it will update in all of your connected contact’s address books automatically. Entries will be updated on mobile devices, desktops, iCloud and on all backups. Even better, if you lose your entire address book, just open the app and accept pending connections and your address book will restore.
When attending an event or conference, the opportunity to network and meet new contacts is often more important than the presentations themselves. Many people spend several hours setting up meetings with contacts while attending an event. The biggest challenge has always been making meaningful connections with attendees you don’t already know. Bizzabo is a mobile networking app that helps organizers, attendees and sponsors discover new business opportunities at conferences and events, while enabling event organizers to promote their event and engage directly with their attendees. Attendees can meet and engage with new business contacts, while event organizers can easily communicate with attendees. Bizzabo is free for all users and has plans in the works for even more enhanced premium features for both event organizers and attendees.
Is there an app you would like for us to review? If so, let us know! If you are interested in learning how mobile technology can help your business contact us for a FREE technology assessment. We are a big proponent of integrated “deskless” technology. In fact, our RevITup Business Care Series includes FREE smart device management for 1 smartphone and 1 tablet for each user. We love finding apps to make you productive!