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10 ways to turn your mobile phone into an efficient business tool

(Polly Schneider Traylor, TechRepublic) Increasingly sophisticated smartphone capabilities are making it easier for road warriors to accomplish business tasks. When you’re away from the office with only a mobile phone in hand, the application you most desire is email — or for those with less patience, SMS. But beyond messaging, you need much more from your phone if you view it as your business partner. Some requirements are crucial, such as security tools. Other additions just make life much easier. Here are some tips on maximizing your mobile phone productivity.
  1. Choose the right platform for your business and role. There’s no single best platform for business, even though many say that for office workers, the Blackberry is still king (sorry, Apple). What’s essential is choosing a device that maps well to your business and to your individual job requirements.
  2. Consider battery life! If you’re often working away from the office, you better have hearty battery life in that smartphone. If you treasure fast data connections and use Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi, your battery life will be compromised even more.
  3. Don’t overlook these two security imperatives. Increasingly, smartphones support remote wipe so that you or your IT administrator can erase all the data from your phone if it has been lost or stolen. Then there is encryption, which may or may not be automatic and easily configured in your device. If you have ultra-sensitive data on your phone and/or regularly access your corporate VPN from it, there are more protections to consider.

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