Forbes: Apple’s iPhone cuts business travel costs; 12 iPhone apps for business travelers

“Forget packing a phone, laptop, paper and pens. Just tote an iPhone filled with business apps,” Bonnie Ruberg reports for Forbes.

“In an economy like this one, what company can afford to send its employees on the road with suitcases full of high-tech gadgets? To cut costs, business travelers just need to tote an iPhone filled with applications that help them book airline flights, organize schedules and deliver presentations,” Ruberg reports.

“Apple’s App Store has hundreds of travel-related apps and almost all of them are $9.99 or less. Indeed, the iPhone is making life much easier for business travelers–or at least it will, once they figure out what it can do,” Ruberg reports.

Full article here.

In a companion piece, Ruberg writes, “The iPhone isn’t just a fancy toy for making calls, listening to music and sending e-mails. It’s also a powerful tool for business travelers. There are hundreds of iPhone applications that can turn the device into a travel agent, schedule organizer, GPS tracking system and so much more. Here’s a peek at 12 apps business travelers should try.”

Forbes’ “12 iPhone Apps For Business Travelers” is here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. Still need editable docs and spreadsheets. Hopefully Google will fix this soon with their Docs. I don’t think that there’s a need for full word processing (at least not until there’s a bluetooth keyboard option), but surely basic functionality would be very beneficial.

  2. The iPhone isn’t a business tool until it can synchronize notes to your Mac and back.

    And yet, you can. Not natively/trivially, but it’s certainly possible; look at Appigo’s Notebook, which integrates with Toodledo, for example, which is perhaps better than synchronizing with your Mac if you need to access your notes from more than one computer.

  3. How about the iPhones numerous insecurities?

    How about encrypting emails and data transfers?

    Trust our business to a leaking boat why don’t us?

    Jesus, I remember a time when Apple = Secure.

    Now with Safari’s 3.2′ “Google” reporting of all web sites we visit, many Apple apps “phoning home”, EFI having complete access to the internet and our hard drives without OS X even loaded. I wonder if Apple = No Privacy.

    I weep for what Apple used to be, a great little computer company in favor of the consumer. Now they, teamed up with Google and AT&T;, are nothing but sneaky underhanded liberal gestapo agents treating their customers like cattle.

    Heck we used to joke about M$ treating it’s customers like cattle, “They eat what we give them”, now it’s Apple.

    We need a new computer leader.

  4. @MacGenius

    If you build it, they will come.

    In other words quit your complaining like a ‘tard and do something about it.

    Or at least tell me what platform will actually do EVERYTHING the phone de la apple does so I can buy it instead? There might be one that’s passable in the next 5 years, but what about now?

    MDN magic word is “idea”, humm MacGenius could learn from that.

  5. @ BlackWolf

    re MacGenius

    I say again. He never has a good word to say about Apple, Mac or Jobs. Best to disregard anything he posts.

    Best we just let him wallow in his own malicious rhetoric.

  6. Well, if I saw iWork available for the iPhone, then I’d buy the thing. As it is, the lack of a document editor is a little unacceptable to someone who is fed stories about the “handheld computer” the iPhone is meant to be. Even Windows Notepad puts the iPhone’s document-editing capabilities to shame. I must learn how to write apps for iPhone to fix this fault.

  7. @Mac Genius:

    Your issue is with overbearing authority control, and I agree with you.
    I dont think Apple is really too much of a ‘liberal gestapo agent’ ….yet…..(good phrase!), but the atmosphere worldwide is tending that way.

    Apple is just a computer co., but they dont live in isolation, so maybe they could look to their privacy issues.

    Too many people are allowing too much control of their lives – if your computer/software setup is going the same way, which it obviously is, then its wrong.

    I also dont think MacGenius is far off when he mentions the old Apple – they were cool and secure.

    Things change, but not always for the better.

    We were promised a new ‘peoples computer’ leader in Linux, but it hasnt happened so far.

    I wish it would…….

  8. Perhaps I will start a consumers Linux company……make it like a computer that ordinary people can use.

    I wonder if there are any Linux freaks who arent so in love with their skills that they cant leave their grimy bedroom in their parents house because of ‘Cranius Giganticus’ syndrome?

    WHY the F**K hasnt someone turned Linux into a NORMAL OS yet?

    Anyone know?

  9. Still need editable docs and spreadsheets.

    YES. If you can’t edit, you might as well have a key drive.

    Although I can’t imagine doing serious spreadsheet or presentation work on an iPhone.

    Hmmm perhaps an eMate-like iPhone dock might be in order?

  10. WHY the F**K hasnt someone turned Linux into a NORMAL OS yet?

    Because there’s already a consumer’s ‘nix that ordinary people can use. It’s called Mac OS X.

    Because you’d have to work around or license all the software, OS and UI patents held by everyone.

    Because there’s no money in an OS itself. You need other products and services.

    Because the start-up costs would be ENORMOUS. Good luck with that business plan, and getting financing. And where do you get that wedge into a saturated and mature market? Look how long it’s taken Apple to climb back from 1990.

    Because…. you get the idea.

    If you have some insight into making it work, GREAT!! Just be sure to fully consider what you’re getting into.

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