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Figure 16-4. Simply Sales

If you're interested in using CRM apps, try a few out to see what works for you. See Table 16-4 for sales and CRM apps.

Table 16-4. Sales and CRM Apps

App Name

Price

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Locale sets your phone's ringer behavior based on the time, who is calling, what is on your schedule, and the phone's location. Set it to stop ringing during sales meetings or prioritize some calls over others. Many other apps also work with Locale's settings.

Mobile CRM for MSCRM, by Softtrends Software Private Ltd

Simply Sales, by MyOlive.net Small Business Portal

Free trial/$99.00

Free

This app is a third-party solution for connecting to Microsoft CRM. The full version is expensive, so take advantage of the fully functional trial to see if it will work.

Simply Sales is a simple CRM app that integrates with Gmail and Google Maps. The app was written by MyOlive.net, which also offers a small business CRM portal.

Retail

Small business retailers will really appreciate being able to accept and process credit cards from their phones. For the most part, these apps are free; however, you must have a merchant account, and they charge membership and/or transaction fees for credit card processing.

FaceCash (Figure 16-5) also promises an innovative way to let retailers and merchants handle transactions. Rather than carrying a credit card, FaceCash allows users to show merchants an ID that prominently showcases a picture of their face and transfers the funds from an account with FaceCash rather than a credit card. Users can choose to tie their bank account to the payment service or rely on transfers from other customers (such as parents). Think PayPal with an easier ID system. However, FaceCash isn't useful if nobody accepts it and nobody asks to use it, so most merchants will still need to process credit cards.

Figure 16-5. FaceCash

See Table 16-5 for a selection of money-processing retail apps. Table 16-5. Retail Sales Apps

App Name

Price

Notes

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Pocket Verifier, by MerchantAnywhere

Mobile Credit Card Processing, by Merchant Swipe

Free app/$299 hardware

Free

More information is available at www.merchantanywhere.com. This app uses your phone's Bluetooth to process credit cards from a device sold separately. It only runs on Android 2.1 and higher.

This app will work on early phones like the G1. However, it requires you to manually input the credit card information on the phone rather than giving you a swipe reader. More information is available at www.merchantswipe.com.

More information is available at www.merchantanywhere.com. This app uses your phone's Bluetooth to process credit cards from a device sold separately. It only runs on Android 2.1 and higher.

App Name

Price

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Square, by Square Free

Square is a relatively new company that's been making a splash with its payment system. Square has promised to send a free credit card reader to merchants signing up for the service, but several comments in the ratings indicate that this may not be happening in a timely manner.

FaceCash, by Think

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Corporation

Free FaceCash is a way for purchasers to use their phone for payments instead of carrying their credit card. They use the app for payment. It shows the merchant a picture of the true phone owner's face for security verification, and no paper or plastic needs to change hands. Both the purchaser and retailer must have accounts.

Finance

Android lends itself to personal finance and portfolio management software. One example is Google's own Google Finance app (Figure 16-6). Google Finance allows you to track general stock direction, portfolios, and financial news.

There are also many apps written specifically by banks for their customers. Always double-check the author and reviews when downloading an app that claims to have been written by your bank.

Finance

Updated: 12:36 AM ET

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