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Laptops beware. Today's mobile devices are catching up to their bulkier counterparts in terms of speed, memory, and processing. So, while you can't take your laptop to a business dinner, you can still access laptop files, instant message with your assistant at the office, even check your flight status and the weather report for your next destination, all from the table. That's thanks to the increased processing power of your PDA, and the innovative new applications that thrive on it.
That's right -- there's even more you could be doing on your PDA. In fact, there's a whole new wave of phone applications that are helping to boost the mobile entrepreneur's productivity and give you instant backup when you're in a meeting. Here, BusinessWeek.com has assembled the dream team of new applications for your mobile device.
Whatever application you invest in, be sure it's compatible with your operating system, and that you've signed up for a high-speed data service like EV-DO from Verizon Wireless or Sprint. To see what might come in handy, read on.
Premiere Global Services
What it does: Print e-mails and attachments from a mobile device to any fax machine Operating System: BlackBerry or Palm OS, Windows Mobile 5.0 Price: $15 activation fee, $4.95 per month for 30 printed pages
Where to buy it: www.printanywhere.com
Laplink Everywhere 4
What it does: Access desktop or laptop files remotely Operating System: Web browser running Windows Mobile, PocketPC, CE, Palm OS, or Symbian OS
Price: One hour remote control is $8.95 monthly; $44.95 per year. Unlimited remote control is $10.95 monthly; $94.90 per year. Unlimited remote control and access to product from CompUSA is $49.99 per year.
Where to buy it: CompUSA, www.laplink.com, www.handango.com
What it does: GPS navigation and mapping with turn-by-turn voice guidance Operating System: Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC, Treo 700W (Windows Mobile 5.0 OS)
Price: Software only for $199, software, GPS receiver and SD card for $399
Where to buy it: www.alk.com/store
WebMessenger Mobile Instant Messager
What it does: Simultaneously instant message from AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber Operating System: Java based BlackBerry devices with BlackBerry OS 3.7 or above, Google Talk, Palm OS 3.0 or above, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 5.0, Symbian
Price: BlackBerry $34.95 per year; Palm, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 5.0 $29.95 per year; Google Talk $29.95 one-time payment; Symbian $19.95 one-time payment
Where to buy it: www.webmessenger.com
WorldMate 2006 Professional Edition
What it does: Real-time travel information, including flight-status updates, flight schedules, global weather forecasts, currency-converter and exchange-rate service, travel-itinerary manager and desktop-itinerary synchronization, world clocks Operating System: Windows Mobile 5.0 or Treo 700W (Windows Mobile 5.0)
Price: $74.95 (one-year subscription)
Where to buy it: www.handango.com
Documents to Go
What it does: View, edit, and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, view Adobe PDF files, view photos and graphics Operating System: Palm OS 5.or higher, Symbian UIQ, Symbian Series 80
Where to buy it: www.dataviz.com, www.amazon.com, www.buy.com, www.handango.com, Office Depot, Staples, CDW, CompUSA and other retail outlets
Nice Office Wireless
What it does: CRM application that tracks sales, customers, products; automatically records contact activity from wireless device; remote access to forms and documents; opportunity tracking; schedule appointments; generate reports Operating System: BlackBerry OS 220.127.116.11, 4.1 or above, PocketPC 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0
Price: $19.95 per user per month (must be purchased as an add-on to an existing account such as Nice Office Small Business for $29.95 per person per month)
Where to buy it: www.niceoffice.com