Cell phones become smarter and they are fast becoming a pervasive part of corporate life. There are several nifty applications that mobile service providers are offering for the corporate user, though we are still a long way from having cutting edge business applications on the mobile. Nevertheless, here are a few that could make work life simpler.
The ability to access email inbox while away from the office was probably the first application that finally sold mobile technology to the business world. No wonder then that this facility is available from almost all telecom services providers. Most providers offers these services on GPRS where user can log on to the telecom service providers website (planet hutch for instance) and access his/her mail accounts.
Some providers such as Airtel have started services such as Power mail, which follows the push mail model. That means, user don’t actually need to log into his/her mail account – new mail will show in the phone as and when the user gets one.
Another good way to access email on the phone is downloading specialized applications from email service providers such as Gmail, that offer a special interface for mobile phones.
If user’s work demands heavy messaging then bulk SMS solutions such as ‘SMS GupShup’ (www.smsgupshup.com) are for user. BE a stock broker for instance managed to cut down his phone bill by more than half by using SMS GupShup to communicate with his clients.
This service by Webaroo lets user create a mobile community online and send group SMS to all members for free.
How this works is simple:
Users must register with the site and create a group listing the phone numbers of user’s group members. Messages sent by the group creator are forwarded by Webaroo, at no charge, to all members of the group. So basically users pay for just that one message sending to SMS GupShup.
All service providers such as Reliance, Airtel, Hutch bring to the user happenings from around the world in the form of a simple ticker on user’s phone. These tickers are similar to the news scroll that runs at the bottom of the screen on TV news channels. They bring user updates on news, stock alerts and even cricket scores in the form of a ticker at the bottom of the handset.
Most service providers also provide specialized subscriber based services such as stock portfolio managers that let user keep track of user’s stocks, calculate profits and even email user’s portfolio transactions. However, the user has to take care not to go overboard with these alerts, as these will cost user Rs 3 per SMS. Banking is another area that eats up into of user’s time. M-banking could help cut down on his/her banking time.
Any banks offer this as a free service that allows customers who have cell phones with internet access to check balances order check books and even make user’s bill payments on handsets.
If user is banking with ICICI, HDFC or Kotak bank user could log on to www.india6767.com/banking.htm to access these facilities.
Ticketing on user’s mobile phone is another handy application If it is movie tickets user is looking for then currently user have applications from movie halls such as Fame Adlabs and PVR Cinemas that bring user utilities that either reside on user’s cell phone or can be accessed via websites to book movie tickets.
Services like Makemytrip (www.makemytrip.com) and IRCTC (www.irctc.co.in) have come with utilities for flight and train bookings They provide access to rail and airline listings, let user check out availability and price options, and finally book the ticket using his/her credit or debit card.