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Great Business Ideas – Mobile Apps

Thanks to iPhone and other smarthphones like Android and BlackBerry, the mobile or wireless industry is one of the fastest growing segments in today a...


Thanks to iPhone and other smarthphones like Android and BlackBerry, the mobile or wireless industry is one of the fastest growing segments in today and developing mobile apps is a booming business. Just like the Internet, more and more people are becoming dependent on their cellphones to basically do just about everything from calling, sending text messages, watching Youtube videos, listening to music, social networking, and even paying bills.

Major companies like Apple and Google have launched a market for third-party developers to showcase their coolest mobile apps. This blog post features 10 great business ideas related to this fast-growing niche:

Tube Refund is developed basically to make it easier for anyone in the UK to claim a refund when their train is delayed. It eliminates the hassles of forgetting to claim and filling out long forms. In case you don’t know, London Underground has a ruling that “If you experience a delay to your journey of more than 15 minutes, for reasons within our control, we will refund you with a voucher to the value of the single delayed journey.” Available in the iPhone App Store.

Nixle is another location-based service for community messaging with a twist. For community residents, this mobile app will enable them to receive trusted public safety alerts directly from your police department and other local agencies by text message at no cost. For government agencies and local organizations such as local police departments, school & other government agencies can send geographically targeted alerts and advisories directly to your residents by text message.

Aha Mobile is the first driver-to-driver network that gives drivers the answers they need while minimizing driving distractions. It connects drivers to each other and to relevant information from the Internet. With its 65 MPH safe-driver design, it provides a simpler way to communicate and stay informed behind the wheel that doesn’t involve entering text or studying a small map.

Users can record and share their own personal traffic reports to help those around us, or listen to a customized traffic channel on the roads you travel. With Aha, drivers share their experiences with one another and help each other on the road.

DailyRoads Voyager is a free application for Android-powered mobile phones that acts as a video black box – it records everything but only keeping what the user is really interested in. Photos/videos can be captured even while the application is in the background. This means you can receive and place calls, receive SMS, use your GPS navigation or radar detection software, and rest assured that everything what happens in front of your vehicle, is still being recorded.

Boarding.fr helps you find other stranded travelers by simply tweeting #boarding along with your airport code (LAX, JFK, CDG, …). then it will send you a reply with a link to the other Twitter users who you can message directly to meet up with. Comes very handy particularly if there’s a volcanic eruption that disrupts the entire European air travel.

Talk-o-Meter is one funny business idea that has the potential to go viral and be very profitable. It’s a chat-monitoring iPhone app designed to show who dominates the conversation between 2 friends. The iPhone is placed between two people having a conversation and learns to separate the two voices. At intervals of 1, 2 or 5 minutes you see different lengths of red and blue bars that show what percentage of time each speaker was talking.

Nobody has to be unpleasantly exhorted – from time to time everyone will have a cursory glance at the Talk-o-Meter and adapt if he is talking too much. Gentle biofeedback works. However, Talk-o-meter only works with 2 people who do not have similar voices and talk in a quiet environment. A version for more than 2 people is to follow shortly.

The d2u app is a unique application developed by a transcription company to allow its users to create, edit and complete a digital recording then have the digital file accurately and efficiently transcribed. Works on all iPhone and iPod Touch models.

The application can send your digital files via a secure connection on GPRS, Edge, 3G and WIFI networks. It can be used to dictate Professional Medical and Legal reports, General Correspondence, simple and quick note taking on any of the iPhone and iPod Touch models. The app is designed to be easy to use, visually compelling and loaded with features.

Established bloggers and sites can also develop a mobile app to extend their reach and generate more money. A good example is SkiReport.com iPhone app which empowers skiing fanatics to locate nearby ski areas via GPS coordinates, select areas with the most snowfall, view live ski area cams, receive Weather forecasts by ski area, and even publish first hand ski reports.

Urban Signals is a New York-based start-up location-based mobile app that enables immediate in-person connections between singles. It lets you to see people around you, if they’re available, interested and even ready to meet up… right there on the spot! Meet new friends, love interests or neighbors in real time.
Its ultimate goal is to take love back to the streets!

Catalista helps you find timely and local volunteer opportunities, rate them and share your good deed with the world. If you like to read to kids, deliver meals to the elderly, clean up a park or give $10 this mobile connects you to the right socio-civic groups. Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, T-Mobile G1 and MyTouch.