I guess this is the future of commerce: whip out your iPhone to accept a credit card payment wherever you are. And simply wave your iPhone to make a payment when you're buying something. TransSF Card Terminal is a free app that lets you accept credit card payments on your iPhone. The app claims to be the only one that works with any gateway and any credit card processor.
I’m a naval architect and salvage engineer, and my job requires that I have the ability to view, edit, and create Word and Excel documents on the go. Recently, two highly trusted and experienced mobile software development companies recently launched Office-compatible applications for the iPhone. Both of these developers—Quickoffice and DataViz—have provided mobile Office software suites for years on a variety of mobile platforms. I have used their products in the past and was very excited when I heard they were working on iPhone versions. After purchasing and using both suites, I found that both products are better than I expected. However, each has slightly different ways of functioning, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Quickoffice lets you edit or create Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the iPhone. To edit a document, transfer it to your device via e-mail or a wireless network. You can then open it from within the app and add, delete, and format content. I was a little disappointed that the app does not support more document formats such as WordPerfect, Google docs, etc. However, it’s great to be able to work with Word and Excel. In one stroke, this app has turned the iPhone into a serious contender for the business market.
WebEx has become synonymous with online meetings and Web conferencing, and this iPhone app truly takes the WebEx experience to the next level. At first glance, you might not realize how practical it is, but once you get into a situation where you need it, you’ll see how valuable it is to be able to log into your meeting from wherever you are—whether you’re walking through an airport or standing in line at Starbucks. The app lets you view the presentation as well as simultaneously participate in the voice conference call.
This application (and others like it: see page 75) turns your iPhone into a mobile credit card terminal that allows you to accept payment from customers wherever you might be. As long as you have your iPhone with you, you won’t miss a sale.
Credit Card Terminal