2 Must Have Applications!

In the past last weeks I´ve been writing about the relation businesses and smartphones have.  Now I want to introduce you applications that will definitely make your life easier, well it is not what applications are for???

If you have a smartphone you don´t need to bring your laptop with you all the time, just take out your smartphone and dig into a wonderful world of opportunities.

QUICKOFFICE PRO HD

This is the first application I want to introduce you.  According to businessinsurance.org there aren´t many businesses that don´t use some form of office suite software.  And now because of cloud computing you must be able to access these documents from everywhere.

So, this application will let you open and edit your documents anytime and anywhere.  They also mentioned that the most important feature to consider is remote access.

On phones.com Jeb Brilliant comment that this applications makes his iPad a business device.  He said: I find it makes my iPad a more usable work space, and that he would personally recommened it to anyone.

But, what is QuickOffice Pro HD?

QuickOffice Pro HF is a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program.

Android.appstorm.net explain us how do all these features work. QuickOffice HD can open Word document in both Word 93-2003 and Word 2007 onwards, also Excel formats .xls and .xlsx spreadsheets, and .ppt and .pptx PowerPoint presentations.  It also has a built-in PDF reader and syncs nicely with several cloud-based storage services, including Google Docs, Dropbox and MobileMe, which is vey useful if you want to work on the move or to access your documents from different locations.

Most of Office apps on smartphones were notoriously difficult to use due to the small screen size. But QuickOffice HD is much easier to use and certainly suits larger tablet screens.  When you open the application you are greeted with the Welcome screen, which brings up a list of local files, any recent documents you have accessed and any cloud services you are connected to.  You can also search for documents within the application using the search function, wich obviously eliminates the need to exit the program to hunt for a particular document.

Here a quick demo that demonstrates how the app works!

GOARUNA

– Your files are always with you-

The next evolutionary step in cloud computing for your business on the road is file sharing apps.  You don´t need only to open/edit simple files in office documents, you may have the need to have access to images, videos or a number of other formats while away from the offices.

Yan Matusevich on androidpit.com states that GoAruna is an online storage with unlimited space.  You first need to set-up an account with GoAruna, which you can also use on your phone.  Through this application you can manage, share and have access to all your files at home, at work and on the Go.

With this application you can upload files, share links to specific files with your friends or have them upload files to your own “Dropbox”.  This is all included in your online storage, which is completely safe because of their secure high tech datacenter.

This application you can get if for free, but with a maximun of storage of 2 GB, or if you would like to use it for business then you can get it for $75 a month for 5 users with a storage capacity of 350 GB.  Choose your best option!

I hope I gave you an overview on this apps, which might make your life a bit easier!  Give them a try!

The “Bad” Side of Smartphones

In my blog last week I talked about the strategies some companies are following to ensure the security of important data in the devices of their employees.  Now I want to focus more into what possible problems smartphones bring into a business and how a company could prevent or fix this problem.

Some of the possible problem are:

  • Mobile phones could represent a high cost for the business
  • It could generate a problem for the IT department because of the different operating system the smartphones have.
  • Not all the applications that could be useful for the company are for every type of smartphones.
  • The company could lose very important data.
  • They are expensive devices.
  • There aren´t really for everyone.  The can be difficult to understand.
  • Smartphones could also be a very big distraction for the workers.

From the list above I would like to focus more into the high cost these devices could bring to a company.

1. Background

First of all I would like start saying a little bit more about an smartphone, what are they? How do they work? Since when exists in the market an smartphone?

Smartphones have been growing in popularity for the past ten years.  But the first was launched in 1993.  The difference between then and now is that by that time the smartphones were primarly used by business professionals and were mostly very expensive.

The Simon was the first attempt by the tech industry of a smartphone.  This phone had incorporated voice and data services into one package, the device worked also as a mobile phone, a PDA and even a fax machine, it had even a touch screen that could be used to dial phone numbers.  The price of The Simon was around $899, it was a real luxury to have one.

Beginning 2002 the RIM company entered the mobile phone market with its BlackBerry 5810, a phone with the ability to get an e-mail and surf the Web.  The downside of this device is that you needed to plug in a headset in order to talk on the phone until 2004, that the BlacBerry 6210 came out.

By 2007 Apple releases its new revolutionary device “the iPhone”.   This device has a integrated touchscreen display with a really good web-browser, that is still consider as one of the best offered on a mobile device.  In the Fall of that same year Google unveils the Android, a device with a different operating system but practically with the same features than another smartphone.

2. Current Conditions

Nowadays the smartphones´prices fluctuate between €100 and €1000 depending on the year of the smartphone.  If you buy now one that was launched in 2008, it would be much, but much cheaper than one that was launched in the past last year.

The new smartphones have improved operating system, completely new features, and they work faster than the old ones.

3. Goals/Targets

The goal is trying to get useful smartphones that increases the productivity of your business at a low cost.

4. Analysis

To be able to achieve their goals, the company needs to consider if it’s better to let their employees to use their own smartphones, if they have one, or to give them one because is necessary for them to do a better work.

5. Proposed Countermeasures

The company needs to keep in mind all the pros and cons of using a personal phone or one provided by the company.  What will result cheaper?  Remember if it treats about a private device, notice all the possible risk that it might bring and what will the company cover from their monthly bill, or if it is a business one, which smartphone then should you provide to your employee.

Another thing companies should have in considerations are:

  • Where should I buy the phone? Directly from the manufacturer or with a long term contract at the wireless service provider such as O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc.
  • Which kind of mobile phone package should I purchase?
  • What is going to be the specific function of this cell phone?  Is it just to call, is it to receive emails, is it to get calls, etc.
  • Is it really the adequate one for my workers?

6. Plan

To be able to choose the best mobile phone package, it is crucial to consider what your needs are.  A package that is perfect for one business may be completely wrong for another.  The two most important factor in choosing a mobile phone package are:

  • Who you call?
  • How much you call?
  • Pre-payment

6.1. Who you call?

The calls of mobile phones calls vary considerably depending on the type of phone called.  Phone calls to landlines and to the same network are cheaper than calling other mobile phone networks.

For these reason buy better then the same network for all your employees, this will not only reduce call charges significantly, it may also give your employees enough spending power to be able to negotiate a small discount.  If the majority of people you or your employees would be contacting are landlines, then it would be better to look for a package which offers cheap landline rates or a number of landline/same network minutes included.   If your contacts are based across a number of mobile networks, then it would make sense to look for a package that offers a good cross network rate or includes a number of inclusive minutes to all networks.  If the calls are all national or international, look for a plan that suits you better, like a number of inclusive minutes to all networks for a specific country, or for a whole region, or a continent, or to include some oversees countries.  These are most expensive, but will work out cheaper compared to the actual call costs.

6.2. How much you call?

The monthly rental cost of packages vary considerably along with the call charges.  The more you pay in monthly charges, the more inclusive minutes you get, and the more you save on call costs.  However there is no point paying for 10,000 inclusive minutes a month, when you only expect to use 500.  Many packages allows you to split the inclusive minutes over several phones, which works out more efficiently for businesses with several mobile phone users.   Mostly for businesses you are able to change the package you are on every month or two.  So if you choose a package is too expensive, you can move to a different one.

6.3. Pre-payment

Some businesses use a system of pre-payment for their mobile phones, this consists on “paying as you go”.  All this calls are paid for in advance.   You buy credit and added to the phone, and calls are made until this credit runs out.   This kind of service is advertise more for consumer service, not a business service.  But if you are just a small business and any package really suits you, because at the end the will result much more expensive, this in an alternative you should consider.

The main advantage of pre-payment is that you only pay for what you use.  There are not monthly charges, and there is no need for any contract.  The main disadvantage is that call charges are more expensive than contract phones, and there are no inclusive minutes.  The is also the risk that calling credit will run out in the middle of an important conversation.

If however, your business needs a phone for incoming calls only, or makes only a small number of short calls, then pre-pay services will more than likely work out cheaper.

7. Followup

To have a better result and to be able to minimize your cost, check each month for a period of time if the package that you got for your employees and for yourself are really the adequate for you.  Maybe you need a package with more inclusive minutes, or maybe one with less, and remember always think, who you call and how often do you call?  These two questions will help you reduce your bills considerably.  Also keep in mind the different kinds of providers, look up for promotions, special offers, compare them and find out which one suits better to your business.

In this post I informed you about the evolution of the smartphone through the time and I gave some tips on how companies could reduce their monthly costs with the right mobile package depending the type of business they run.

 

Security Strategies to Protect Important Information

In my last post I wrote about companies letting their employees to use their own devices, this time I want to show you which measures some companies are taking to secure their business information.

We need to be aware that when we less expected something might happen to our personal devices, and our information might get loss or might fall into the wrong hands.

So what are companies doing to ensure nothing happens?

Here are some strategies the smartest companies are using to maintain the balance that I read in the Wall Street Journal online.

1. Locking and Deleting

Most companies insists to their workers to use the password feature found in every smartphone.  This password prevents other to get access to the device.  And even though is not the best security measure it helps to prevent unwanted access to corporate data or information about future projects.

If a phone is lost or stolen, or an employee leaves, Kimberly-Clark Corp. has a hard-line solution, they will erase the device remotely.

Ramon Baez, chief information officer for the company, is working on a “self destruct” option that would automatically erase a phone in case it´s lost and disconnected for an extended period of time.   But this practice doesn´t applied everywhere.  In countries like China and South Korea, employers by law are not allow to erase personal data on their worker´s pones, and for this reason he doesn´t allow workers there the usage of personal devices at work.

A remote erasing also deletes any personal information on the phone, such as contact numbers and family photos.  Since these are small devices and are easily misplaced or stolen, it is vital for a company to have the ability to wipe company-sensitive information.  The company will wipe a device as soon as it is reported lost, or if the user reaches the maximum number of attempts with an incorrect password. The threat of losing all that may helps make people more vigilant about keeping track of the phone.

2. Walling Off Data

Companies that are in the industry area –such as medicine or finance- have to do a lot more to protect sensitive data while employees are still using the devices.

Medical companies have to follow rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that protect customer data.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. uses software from Good Technology Inc. to carve out a part of an employee´s devices strictly for corporate use.  All the corporate data will go into this secure part and can´t be moved or downloaded into the phone itself.  If the phone is lost or if the person leaves the company, Nationwide can wipe that portion of the device, leaving the personal information intact.

Mr. Vasudeva, chief technology officer of Nationwide says that beyond the typical password found on a cellphone, the container has its own password, and the data inside are encrypted.

3. Dealing with Variety

Not all the Smartphones counts with the same operating system, so compatibility is one of the technical problems the IT department of a company has to deal with, it takes lots of time and resources to build and test a different version of the same application for every single one.

Most companies because of this reason are trying to keep things “simple”.  The employees who use their own phones can get access only to the company email network and not any other work software.

Kimberly-Clark is looking to partners such as AT&T Inc. to help it create a mobile-enterprise-application plattform.  This new technology allows a company to create one app and have it run on all devices.

By using the technology, the company “gains the ability to effectively manage the cost of supporting many different devices”. Mr. Baez says.

4. A virtual solution

With the technique called virtualization, from providers such as Citrix Systems Inc., mentioned in my last post, some companies give workers access to more than just company email.  The employees can then use that software to access their entire desktop on the device and use the same programs on the road that they use in the office.

For example Royal Dutch Shell PLC is testing these kinds of systems with tablets such as the iPad.  Jay Crotts, the company´s vice president of IT services, remarks that placing virtualization software on employee´s personal tablets is less expensive than outfitting them with company-purchased laptops.

He says that virtualization answer the following question: “How can you increase productivity and allow more ubiquitous access?”

4. Cost

Not all the smartphones´problems are technical, there is also a matter of cost.  Smartphone bills can be steep for some users and most of them want the company to kick in if they´re using the phone for work too.

Some companies have found ways to reimburse employees for their phone use.  Another use a Telecom expense-management program (in the USA), which allocates some expenses to the company and some to the worker.

In some cases companies pays for the whole data portion of the bill, other go further and cover the whole bill.  It may vary depending on the type of employee and the type of organization involved.

Nationwide gives employees a stipend for those workers who are using their own devices, equal to what their BlackBerry bills woud have been if it would be a company phone, which ranges from $70 to $100 a month, and the difference the worker has to cover it.

Wait for my next blog post about the possible problems smartphones could develop in a business.

Should Companies Let their Employees to Use Personal Devices to Work?

In my last blog I describe the advantages and disandvantages of having a mobile phone. Now I want to introduce to you if companies agree to let their employees to use their own Smartphones to do some office work.  A device where besides your personal information, will also have some important company data.

So You Want to Use Your iPhone for Work?

In The Wall Street Journal, Roger Cheng reports how the smartest companies are letting employees use their personal gadgets to do their jobs.

He explains how this arrangement can bring benefits for both sides.

“ Businesses don’t have to buy as many phones for employees. Employees, meanwhile, don’t have to carry two devices around, and people who didn’t get a company phone before can have one now”

But there can be also some disadvantages in letting employees using their own devices.  Not all Smartphone’s offer trustable security features. But allowing personal phones raises a few questions:  “How much control does a company have over the device? What happens, for instance, when somebody leaves the company—and their phone is loaded with sensitive business documents?”

Roger Cheng claims that companies that have seen the most success are giving their employees the most freedom.  They request their employees to take responsibility for keeping the device safe by using complex security functions and passwords in all  that concerns the company.

“Companies that are being successful are moving away from dictatorial approach to a shared-responsibility model,” says Ken Dulaney, an analyst for research firm Gartner Inc.

For a video about the topic from The Wall Street Journal click here.

But now let me introduce you a company that is not just giving their employees the freedom of bringing their devices to the workplace, also a company that offer others the chance of letting their employees to use their own devices to work.

The Solution

Like I mentioned in one of my earlier post, the Citrix System Inc. a vendor of virtualized desktop software created a “Bring your own device to work” program that helps companies to give their employees new freedom to choose their own preferred workstyles and computing habits.

Benefits of the program for the business:

  • Make IT more agile and strategic –> with the ability to deliver secure enterprise resources to employees on any platform or device.
  • Give users freedom –> Let employees choose the devices and locations that match their personal workstyle and make them most productive.
  • Create a flexible business –> Transform your business culture and improve morale and productivity by giving your workers choice and flexibility.

The key challenges include:

  • Empowering users to access enterprise data, apps and desktops on any kind of operating system.
  • Enabling application portability and data backup even as users work beyond enterprise networks and move from device to device over the course of a day.
  • Getting control over unsactioned apps and websites of all information workers to preserve data security and integrity.

But how does it work?

What Citrix does is to create a virtual desktop and application for your company that provides people with the freedom and flexibility to choose where, when and how they work, with a simple condition:  IT maintains completed control over security and performace with no need to own or managed the physical device or its location.

  • Citrix XenDesktop: is a desktop virtualization that transforms Windows desktops and applications into an on-demand service available to any user, anywhere and on any device. But what is desktop virtualization?  The operating system, apps and data are decoupled from the underlying PC hardware and moved to the datacenter, where they can be centrally managed and secured by the IT department of a company.
  • Citrix Receiver:  is a software that lets you access enterprise data, applications and desktops from any computing device including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

The softwares Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver give IT the power to allow employees to use their own devices to work without the risk of losing precious informations to strangers.

In my next post I will be writing about some strategies companies could take to protect their important data.

So, if you want to know more, come back and read some more!

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cell Phones at Work


While I was writing my last post on “Why should companies give cell phones to their employees?”, I ask  myself about the pros and cons of using a personal cell phone to do some office work.

Going through this idea I did some research that I would like to introduce you, so let´s start off  with the positive side of this matter.

ADVANTAGES

  • The biggest advantage of having a mobile phone is that it becomes much easier to contact you, it doesn´t matter if you are on your way to work stuck in traffic, or if you just left for a business trip, your clients and colleagues will always be able to contact you anytime.
  • In the event of a critical problem, it can be communicated to you and a decision taken, without you having to be in the office.
  • They allow a whole network of employees or offices to communicate with each other no matter where they are.
  • Effective use of mobile phones can help improve both employer to employee, and employee to employee communications.
  • They are also so common that nowadays everybody expects you to have one.  Especially if your job takes place a lot outside the office, people will expect to have another number to contact you.
  • A mobile phone gives you more “time” to communicate, an important conversation can take place anywhere like for example on a train, or on your way to the airport if you are leaving for a business trip, which puts less restrictions on time.
  • It also allows you to confirm and check details quickly, or to get that information you might forgot before an important meeting.
  • It allows you to check your appointments.  You can communicate with an employee or with the person you intend to meet at any time to confirm.
  • Now because of the advance of technology, you can use your cell phone as a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), where you can set reminders and notes in the same way as a paper organizer.
  • With cell phones you can get also emails and your are able to answer them right away.

DISADVANTAGES

  • One of the disadvantages of being accessible from anywhere and at any time is that you might get calls outside of business hours.
  • Another disadvantage might be that if a customer sees a mobile phone number as the only source of contact, then most will automatically assume that the business is small and has no office or resources.
  • The biggest fear many employers have over using a mobile phone for business is that the cost will be so high as to damage their business, because there is a risk that some employees could misuse the phone, raising bills massively.
  • Some business charge their employees for the non-business calls, so they make sure bills charges are kept as low as possible.

These are the general pros and cons of using either a personal or a business cell phone at work.

In my next blog post I will go more deep into if companies should or shouldn´t let employees to use their personal Smartphones at the workplace.

A Kind of Revolutionay Application!

On my last post I talked about why are companies giving cell phones to their employees.  This time I want to introduce you a cool application which could come handy while working.

BUMP

The application I want to show you is Bump, an application created by Bump Technologies for Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems.

This nice application allows two smartphone users to gently bump their phones together to exchange your personal contact information or from someone else, photos, music, calendars, apps, social networks and more.

This is one of the most popular free app of all times. And how does it really works?, Well before bumping phones, each user confirms what he or she wants to share with the other user, and within 5 – 10 seconds confirmation messages appears on your screen for you to accept, then automatically you receive the sent data on your phone and vice versa.

I found this app interesting because you don’t need a keyboard to type in the name and number of the other person, you just bump your smartphones together and done.

The idea for Bump was conceived by David Lieb, he felt that while entering contact information into his iPhone, the process could be improved, and that´s how Bump Technologies was founded.

For a small tutorial on how to use Bump look at the video.

The foundation

Wanting to dig into the reasons of creating an application like this one, I look up for more information about the creator.

On xconomy.com I found an interesting story about how David Lieb conceive the idea for Bump.

The idea was born during his first week at the University of Chicago´s Booth School of Business in 2008.  He found himself meeting dozens of new classmates and typing their names, phone numbers, and email addresses into his phone´s address book, one by one.  He thought this procedure was a waste of time and he needed to do something to fix this.

This obsession with the mobile-device data transfer problem cause eventually him to dropped out his studies at his business school.   Before he quits studying he won together with a classmate $25,000 in the school´s New Venture Challenge entrepreneurship competition for Bump – a software they created to instantly send data between any two iPhones.

After investing a lot of time and dedication, they create what is the actual Bump now. They just wanted to create something easy to use, that would save time to everyone.  “There´s no chance my mom could figure out Bluetooth, but if I told her just to bump her phone, she can do that”, explains Lieb.

David Lieb wants to “solve people problems in the real world”, that´s what he expects with his company, to create and improve applications to make people lives easier, according to an interview with Julie O´Dell at the VentureBeat studios.

I believe this is quite an useful application that was created to save us some time and make our lives a little bit easier, sadly only for those who have an Android or an iPhone.

Why are Companies Giving Mobile Devices to their Employees?

Last week I wrote about an application for Smartphone called YUILOP.  This cool app offers you the chance to send free SMS to your friends who sadly do not posses any Smartphone like you.

Going through the topic I mentioned before I wrote that nowadays is quite important to be able to have internet wherever you go, especially if where you work at you need to be in constant communication with superiors and clients, or if you need to do business constantly abroad.  Cell phones have become vital for many businesses, improves communications amongst the workplace and provides a valuable tool for workers to do their job.

So why they actually do it? Why do companies give an Smartphone to their employees?

First of all they don´t give an Iphone, Blackberry or Android just to anyone, mostly this devices go to salespersons, executives and managers, the type of employee that need to be reachable 24/7.

James Bucki, the Director of Computing Technology at Genesee Community College, explains:

 “salespeople and executives are the most frequent employees that travel on company business.  They must be reachable in order to service customers, manage the business and make quick decisions.”

Customers are now expecting rapid responses to their needs and a cell phone in the employee´s hand will give you an advantage over your competition.

Some other reasons of having employees with cell phones at all times is to be able to address them when they are on the road e.g. for a meeting, or for technical support if somebody in the office requires it.  The two reasons mentioned above reduces cost to the company, because you don´t need then an extra person to cover that employee, you just give him/her a call and fix the issue.

As a company if you decide to give to your employees a mobile device, Leo Kreuzweird, a blogger from Yahoo! Contributor Network for topics related to business and law, suggests to consider the following:

  • What service provider you want to go with.
  • Need to consider whether a national rate or better an international one (depends on your business and your employee business needs).
  • If your provider also provide services overseas.
  • Also what kind of equipment is the best for the employee (for example if the person is in their early twenties would get used to an Iphone better than somebody who is in their fifties)
  • What plan is the best, how many minutes your employee really needs, or if it better a flat rate on text messaging, etc.

Smartphones have allowed workers to become more organized, also allows to receive email outside the office and where they can efficiently answer an email for a client right away instead of losing them to a competitor.  Also most of Smartphones offer the ability to edit documents, so if you are outside or on a business trip, holiday, etc you can quickly make a change to a document and send it right back at the office.

The disadvantage of having a company smartphone is that when you terminate your working contract you must have to return the device.

Is there another option?

There are also some companies that are willing to help you pay for the personal device of your choise , like for example Citrix Systems, Inc.

At Information Week, the Business Value of Technology, Charles Babcock reports how Citrix employees are getting subsidy from the company to select the device they prefer.

In this article Mr. Babcock describes how Citrix implemented a policy of bring-your-own-computer to work for 3500 Citrix laptop users, willing to pay them $2,100 to pick out the computer of their choise.

This is quite an incentive for the employees to be able to upgrade themselve to a higher level multimedia machine.  Paul Martine, the CIO of Citrix Systems and the creator of this policy mentioned before pointed out that people have tended to go and spend a $1,000 more than what they give them. Most of the employees wouldn´t go there and buy a laptop of $3,000 by their own, they consider it irresponsible, but with the $2,100 stipend is not a problem anymore.

And what about security?

Well for the employees that bring their own device to the workplace, they must storage all the important company data in an encrypted “safe zone” folder, so in the case of lost or robbery, no corporate data has been lost.  Because without the encryption key, the folder is useless to the possesor of the laptop.

A program like this one improves the employee satisfaction that leads to increase their productivity and efficiency.

And as a personal opinion, I do thing is quite a great incentive for companies to give a device to their employees, or to subsidized the purchase of a device of their choise.  Who wouldn´t like to get an Iphone for example at work? I thing nobody!

 

Yuilop – more than just chatting!

As a member of the „Tool-Fool“ group, I was searching for interesting and useful tools for our smartphones, iphones or blackberries.  Well in my case I´m just going to imagine how it would be to have one of these.

Because of different reasons, now I am not in the position to buy a new phone with all these features.  But I do think is important nowadays to have a phone that allows you to be online all the time, more if you are already in college or working for a company.  For example now some companies give you even when you start a new iphone, blackberry or android so they can communicate with you at all time!

Well, let´s cut to the chase.  The new “tool” I will introduce you is YUILOP.  For a long time the SMS were a big source of profit for the Cell-phones companies, people were sending housands of thousands of messages in a month. But now with the chance of having internet in your phones, you can communicate with friends through

regular Mail, Facebook, or instant messaging tools like Whatsapp or Blackberry messenger.  The average cost of sending a regular SMS is around 0.20 Euro, but if you hire from your provider an internet flat rate you will have the chance to minimize this cost by using the programs I’ve mentioned already, the only “problem” is that the use is limited, you can use it only with persons that have the same app as you.

But with the App Yuilop for Androids and recently Iphones you have the chance not only to “chat” with persons that share the same tool, but you can also send regular SMS to persons like me that do not possess an Android, Iphone or Blackberry.

What can this new cool tool do???

  • Well with this cool app you can send unlimited free SMS to any provider and in 110 countries worldwide (for now free SMS only in Germany).
  • You also get to be in contact with all your friends, even when the receiver has no Smartphone.
  • Real-time status –> Appears on your screen if your SMS has been send, read or if that person is writing you back.
  • They also want in the future to offer you the possibility to call for free.

If I want it, where should I go and download it?

If you are interested go to the webpage http://yuilop.com/de/download/, sadly is only for Androids and Iphones available.  Once you downloaded it you will get a new yuilop number (but it doesn´t mean you won´t have you regular cell-phone number) and through this new number you can send the SMS for free, thanks to a energy system they implemented.

The whole point of this system is to gain as much as possible new members.

But how does it really this energy system works???

You will get extra “energy points” every time you get a new SMS on your Yuilop number,  when you invite friends to become new members, through chatting with other yuilop contacts and also through some yuilop activities concerning in energy points. And how do I spend this energy points?? Well, points will be taken away every time you send an SMS.

If I would have an android or iphone I would definitely give it a try,
because then I can also communicate with friends that don´t have
Smartphones and the best you can download it for FREE!

So who knows and just give it a try?? if you do, let me know how it
results!!