Mobile apps that can save you money
4 Money-Saving Mobile Apps
by Christy Birmingham
The mobile phone is starting to overtake the dog as man's best friend. Add in a few money-saving mobile applications (apps) and it will be even harder to put down your phone.
Powered by Google Product Search, the app brings smarter shopping to the smartphone world. With free install, users instantly have access to detailed product information, such as price, consumer ratings, and reviews. All simply by scanning barcodes with your phone.
Other search methods include text and voice searches, and app recognition of numerous covers of products. Find local deals for many US cities on products and services in the "Today's Offer" section.
Bragging rights have been earned. AppBrain cites the app has 250,000 downloads and 30,090 ratings of 4.17 on average.
Skype, which uses the internet to make voice calls, has unleashed a related mobile app to save money on the go. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Symbian.
Key features are free Skype-to-Skype calls and free video calls on Skype for iPhone. Download is free, and savings are evident on both local and international calls. Affordable options are pay-as-you-go or by subscription.
Recognition for the software is mounting. The Skype Mobile App was named best money-saving mobile app by Carphone Warehouse Appy Awards in the UK in 2011.
Compare product prices and save! Price Grabber is available for the iPad, iPhone, and Android.
Users have the product reviews for thousands of online merchants at their fingertips, literally. Product features such as price are clearly displayed to prevent spending excess money or purchasing incorrect products.
The app also lets you set the dollar amount you want to spend on a product and alerts you when the limit is reached.
No small mention here, Shop Savvy is tagged as "the leading mobile shopping assistant" by the Marketwire website. Version 5 was released in November of 2011 for the iPhone and Android.
The app has garnered over 20 million downloads and over 10 million current unique users according to Marketwire.
Mobile apps provide multiple ways to save money while on the go. Additional apps feature local deals and coupons, and provide consumers savings on restaurants and trips. Perfect for a busy lifestyle!
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