I’m a refugee from the land of the dinosaur phone, where you hit a button three times to get a “C” and four times to get an “S.” You can imagine how my world changed when I got the iPhone. My first discovery was that the onscreen keyboard makes it a lot easier to compose and send e-mail or texts. I love that I can access my three e-mail accounts wherever I am. I no longer have to wait until I get to the office to be on top of the action.
Password managers allow you to securely store all of your passwords, account numbers, registration codes, and pretty much any other important or private information on your iPhone. There’s a number of these apps available in the App Store, but eWallet stands out because it provides 256-bit AES data encryption—the highest available. Additionally, Ilium Software, the developer of this app, provides customer support that is among the best in the business. Finally, the interface is intuitive and easy to use. You can even sync eWallet with your desktop computer, which makes it unique among this crowded field.
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
This app helps you track spending and stay on a budget. See your monthly income and expenses, track the expense categories that you spend the most on, and quickly spot when you are going over budget. Entering budgets and transactions is simple. You can graph expenses vs. your budget, compare yearly expenses, have reminders sent when you go over budget, and more.