While you may dream of a life working on the go, the reality might be less mobile than you originally hoped. Especially when you consider you need a laptop, charger, spare battery and phone just to stay in touch.

However Apple's iPhone is being used by road warriors more and more as a solution as its lets users carry out basic business tasks, such as grabbing data from your company's computer systems, managing a website, and even viewing, editing, and storing Word and Excel files.

With the release of the iPhone 3GS, the handset gains better security and improved real-time email delivery, both appealing features for business users and their companies' IT departments.

When it comes to apps, the iTunes app store also offer a huge number that are ideal for business users. Need to keep track of invoices, manage your eBay storefront, or log your mileage?

Yep, there's an app for that! We've rounded up the 10 best apps for business. Who knows-maybe on your next business trip you'll be able to leave that hulking ultraportable laptop behind.

iSwipe Global Credit Card Terminal

Publisher: AppNinjas

Price: 59p (plus account and per-transaction fees)

Payment processing

Need a mobile app for accepting credit card payments? iSwipe lets you accept credit card payments wherever business takes you. To use iSwipe you'll have to fork over $25 (£15) per month for an account with the firm, and each transaction will cost 30 cents (18p) plus 2.29 percent of the total.

iSwipe works via Wi-Fi and 3G, and it verifies credit card numbers as you enter them, giving instant feedback for approved or declined charges. The app supports all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Aside from the fees mentioned above, iSwipe is itself a free application, and the service doesn't require any contracts or termination fees, making it ideal for businesses that have never accepted credit cards before. Sales teams can use one merchant account across multiple iPhones.


Publisher: Alexander Batalov

Price: £5.99

Project management

An increasing number of businesses are relying on Basecamp as their project management and collaboration tool of choice. Though various applications offer to bring the desktop Basecamp's functionality to the iPhone, Encamp stands out as the quickest and most flexible iPhone Basecamp app of the lot.

Encamp gives you access to all of Basecamp's core features - such as projects, messages, to-do lists, and milestones - in an interface that loads information quickly. The app's dashboard shows you the latest activity overview, while the project tab displays all your active and archived projects.

In the latest Encamp update, you can also view files attached to your Basecamp projects, such as PDFs, images, and Office documents. Encamp does not store project data on the iPhone, though, so the application always requires an Internet connection to access your Basecamp data.

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