The growing popularity of VOIP specialist Skype (and its high-profile iPhone App Store debut) coupled with focus on saving communications costs makes this application a welcome addition. The service, which was downloaded a million times in its first two days of release, allows free Skype-to-Skype calls from your iPhone from any Wi-Fi hot spot.
3Salesforce.com Mobile (free)
4Flight Track ($4.99)
6Gas Buddy ($2.99)
Although gas prices have fallen sharply since the horrible highs of 2008, road warriors on a budget should always be looking for the best price at the pump. GasBuddy allows you to find gas stations by ZIP code, distance, directions and estimated drive time. It also has a savings calculation program.
7Remote Desktop Lite (free)
8Billing Manager by Intuit (free)
Small business owners struggling with tracking invoices will find Billing Manager a source of relief, especially since 33 percent of business owners stated that they are chasing more overdue payments today than they were last year. Billing Manager provides free unlimited invoicing, with a small monthly fee for added services such as estimate creation and credit card processing.
9QuickVoice Recorder with SpinVox ($0.99)
Currently the top-selling business application at the App Store, QuickVoice allows users to “speak and send” perfectly formatted e-mails. It allows voice mail recordings of up to 20MB and includes a pause/resume feature. Developer nFinity is currently offering a free desktop app as a bonus when you download QuickVoice Recorder for the iPhone.
10Accept Credit Cards (free)
This free app allows users to run credit card transactions directly on their iPod touch or iPhone. All one needs is the MerchantWARE Mobile virtual terminal application, a merchant account from Merchant Warehouse, and a connection to a network. It also includes an automatic end-of-day batch processing feature.
Currently the top-selling productivity application, WifiTrak helps users find free and open Wi-Fi hot spot public access points. It displays a list of networks sorted from most usable (open, strong signal) to least suitable (locked or hidden, weak signal). Users also have the ability to “forget” networks, and the app includes support for secure networks and password storage.