VIPorbit Is a Modern Contact Manager

I don't typically write about the same app two or more times; there's only so much time to cover the one million apps out there. But VIPorbit, the Contact Manager deserves mention. VIPorbit was created by Mike Muhney, the co-creator of the original contact manager, ACT!, which took the world by storm in the late 1980s. When I last wrote about VIPorbit, I praised it, but criticized the color scheme. Thankfully, the latest version uses a much more elegant purple color palette.


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VIPorbit has matured in other ways. It's cheaper, and even free for the iPhone app. Their optional monthly subscription is cheaper as well. I recently started a new business, and when I investigated CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems like and ZOHO, it was shocking to see how expensive they can be.


If you just need a Contact Manager, VIPorbit can be a better fit, at a fraction of the price. The iPhone version is free, and the version that leverages the iPad is $20, but on sale for just $0.99 with a free trial! And the Mac version has a free trial for thirty days, before you need to commit to the $50 fee. The VIPsync sync service is a bargain at just $45/year, considering CRM services can charge that much for one month.

In continuing with the "free" trend, they are also offering a free e-book with advice for contact management. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.