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U.S. Cellular Recommends Five Apps for Working on the Move
KNOXVILLE, TENN. (June 23, 2014) – Out of the office can still mean you’re on the job. With the help of a smartphone or tablet such as the 4G LTE iPhone 5s or iPad Air, and some helpful apps, users can optimize their work experience on location and in the moment without sacrificing productivity.
The use of mobile technology can mean the difference between staying on schedule and on budget or not. According to a recent MarketingCharts.com survey, half of smartphone users ages 18-39 use their phones as the primary device to check email, and a majority of those users check it hourly.
But it isn’t just email. According to a 2014 Exact Target/Salesforce Mobile Behavior Report survey, six in 10 users have downloaded a business-specific (not utility or gaming) application in the past six months – with 65 percent of those saying it’s a more convenient way to access information. The features of many of these popular apps suggest the convergence of the Internet’s defining trends, big data and mobile, is imminent.
With reliable mobile access to the Internet on a 4G LTE network through U.S. Cellular, users can download apps to increase mobile productivity and stay informed. Independent contractors often meet in many locations throughout their day, making calendar and map apps a necessity for being in the right place at the right time. Onsite projects like construction and architecture require builders and designers to make decisions in the moment. Having access to information such as city code requirements can keep construction on budget and on schedule.
“Those managing onsite projects or those who travel for business require mobile access to data, as well as the ability to create cross-platform, integrated reports that can be shared,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “Work continues to get done even when employees are out of the office.”
For those looking to stay on the grid on the go, U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps for their smartphones and tablets to stay informed and productive on the job:
- Mobile Data Security: Offering comprehensive mobile security and privacy, this U.S. Cellular Android app ($2.99/month) gives you the peace of mind to use your smartphone to conduct critical business with confidence. Back up your photos, videos, contacts and call logs with one-touch efficiency, and protect yourself from phishing, fraud, harmful sites and malware.
- CloudOn: With this free app, iPhone and Android users can create and access Microsoft Office files from any mobile device. Seamless integration with DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive makes group projects easier to manage wherever individuals on the team are. Track changes in real time using advanced editing functions, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity, and keeping both clients and personnel happy.
- CamScanner: CamScanner turns your iPhone5s or iPad Air, into a mobile scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards and other texts. Smart cropping and auto enhancing ensures your text and graphics come out clear and it is easy to share the documents as in PDF or JPEG format via email, social media and more. The app is available on both your Android and iOS mobile devices.
- Evernote: This easy-to-use, free app lets users sync data across multiple devices. Take notes, record voice reminders, capture photos, and make it all accessible and searchable, in the office or at the lab, on your smartphone or tablet.
- NOAA Weather Radar: No matter how organized people are, we can’t control Mother Nature. Independent contractors of any kind using a 4G LTE network will know if that summer squall is coming their way, so they can take steps to keep outdoor work sites protected, or move that meeting inside. Created by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, this Android and iOS app features a “Pull down to refresh” feature that updates the radar.
- Mileage Tracker: This handy free Android app tracks mileage through GPS and calculates the expense. Productive travelers can also backup data and send reports to DropBox and Google Drive for multiple vehicles and accounts. Focus on business knowing that you are managing your miles effectively.
“Big data is only helpful when it can be harnessed effectively. These apps bring people and data together, almost anywhere,” says Brundige. “Putting them to use means you can simply do what it is you do, and spend less time managing what you do.”
4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’s markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.