15 useful iPhones apps for work and play

Make your life a simpler, more fun and more social place with these apps (many of which are free).

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So, I put together a list of my 15 top iPhone apps. Most of them are free; I’ll tell you when they’re not. And this is only for the iPhone, though several are on my iPad, too. Some of these can be used on Androids and BlackBerrys as well.


1. Skype

Skype has become the de facto way I communicate with my family and quite a few of my friends. It’s also how I’ve done interviews, and I suspect you do as well. The call quality is great—most of the time at least—and you can’t beat the price of free.

2. Viber

This might be a new one for some of you. Viber is a terrific app (for iPhone and Android) that lets you call other Viber users free. It’s easy to set up, and once it syncs with your contacts, it creates a separate list of people who also have Viber installed.

That way, when you want to contact them, you can IM the person (just as you would ordinarily), and/or call. Viber uses your data plan, so if you don’t have unlimited texts that come with your plan, it’s a terrific option. It uses wifi or a 3G network to connect—there may be charges if you use the latter—and the sound quality is incredible.

3. Google Talk from beejive IM

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