Enterprise Mobility: 10 iPhone Apps to Boost Your Communications Capabilities

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-09-21 Print this article Print
Skype (Free)

Skype (Free)

The company adds video chat capabilities for the iPhone 4 and also offers instant messaging. Users can send or receive video via the iPhone 3s rear camera.
Does anyone even remember the ancient era where mobile phones were only used for voice calls? In today's mobile- and message-crazy world, it seems many of us spend a lot more time typing into our smartphones than talking into them. Throw in video chat technology, where we won't just be talking, but speaking face-to-virtual-face with our friends and colleagues, and you're looking at a future where making a plain old-fashioned "phone call is completely unfathomable. Take a recent survey conducted by The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The report found some 55 percent of those who exchange more than 50 messages a day say they would rather get a text than a voice call, and heavy text users are much more likely to prefer texting to talking. This development hasn't been lost on the application architects putting their wares into Apple's App Store: Dozens of communications apps from giants like Skype to independent shops offer communications applications that redefine the ways you can use your iPhone. It may be an entire platform, or just an insane number of emoticons you can use to bug your friends, but the App Store is giving consumers more ways to "talk to each other than ever.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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