The array of applications - âappsâ for short - that you can use nowadays to add features and functions to your mobile phone is truly amazing. Phones arenât just for calling anymore; for many people, making phone calls is not even one of the main things they do with their phones. Indeed, younger users do as much or more texting, surfing the âNet, watching videos, and playing music on their phones as they do talking.
And, since technology moves so fast that new apps come out almost literally âby the minute,â mobilephone users have an ever-expanding field of options that they can add to those listed above. The best news of all? Many apps are free! Weâve got a handful of the most popular free apps here for you to consider:
Youâve Got Mail!
Gmail (for Java), that is. Yes, you can certainly check your Gmail on your computer - but with this app, now you can also check it on your mobile phone and have a better quality experience than you may expect from phone e-mail capabilities. Owners of phones with keyboards love the versatility of this freebie.
Do You Know the Wayâ¦?
Yes, there have always been apps for the âdirectionally challenged,â but you can now get Google Maps on your phone - once again, courtesy of Java. You can see Street View, satellite view, and directions for driving, taking public transit, or âhoofingâ it to your location, depending on which phone you use. And thereâs the ever-popular GPS as well. So donât guess about the routeâ¦just check your phone for it!
While youâre planning that âroad tripâ or your next adventure, donât forget to consider having a mobile phone signal booster on hand. When it comes to road trips, being able to communicate sometimes can be the difference between a safe journey and one that winds into areas you donât want to beâ¦so equip yourself with the power youâll need to send and receive calls and messages anywhere without worry about âblack holesâ or âdead zonesâ en route. Such security can be priceless!
Speaking of priceless, this is only a small sample of free apps available for your phone. A little looking around online can show you lists and reviews, as well as tip you off about suitable freebies for your particular phone. Here are a few more âgoodiesâ for Symbian phones:
âQikâ Like a Bunny
Love the idea of putting yourself in a video online? Qik 1.00 is a Symbian phone app that can let you do just that. Use your camera phone to stream live video of yourself over WiFi to Qik.com, and you can be famous - or at least a legend among your friends.
Pretty âTweetâ Communication
You donât have to pay extra to equip your phone to use Twitter - Tweet60 gives you a wide range of Twitter functions, including the standard Twitter options of updates, following or unfollowing, and retweeting. It also organizes your âstuffâ into easy-to-read columns so you can tell at a glance whatâs going on in your own âtweetâ-ville.
Browsing on a Budget
Not having the latest super-smartphone doesnât mean you need to put up with a subpar âNet browsing experience. Opera Mini (for Java) version 4.2 runs on the lowest-end phones but gives you an experience thatâs beyond âjust the basics.â Youâll think youâre on your computerâs desktop with its ability to zoom, focus, and show you clear, quality images and text.
Whetting Your Appetite
Consider this brief âhandfulâ just an appetizer, or an introduction, to the myriad choices youâve got at your mobile phone âapp buffet.â You donât have to spend big to have big possibilities at your fingertipsâ¦and you can be sure that, if anything, thereâs only more around the corner!