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Top 6 Blogs for Frequent Flyers

I am somewhat of a road warrior, where I am in my car a lot. Personally, I travel by airline a lot less for business now being in a startup with an eye on the budget. Technology is an equalizer here. Web applications, mobile apps and the internet on my smartphone and my iPad provide me with the business tools to get work done.  Frequent flyers for business have an equal need to remain productive when mobile.

In my own experience I found that life on a plane is not that difficult, rather, it’s the planning, scheduling and work in between that can get our of hand.  Here are a few notable resources for frequent flying business people to help become more efficient when not ‘wheel up’.

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The Middle Seat Terminal - @middleseat
The Wall St Journal’s frequent flyer blog provides industry news, booking strategies including this great guide to when it’s worth paying for flyer status.

The Points Guy@thepointsguy
All the latest miles and frequent flyer credit cards deals plus hotel and airline reviews to help you maximize the return from your frequent flyer miles, credit card points and hotel points.

UPGRD@upgrd
Two dozen travel bloggers review their experiences, top-tier travel amenities, and how to leverage your points to get the upgrade for cheaper.

FlyerTalk@flyertalk
The world’s most popular frequent flyer community provides blogs and forums to discuss the latest industry news and rewards programs

Road Warriorette @RoadWarriorette
Besides reviewing frequent flyer programs, this blog reviews luggage and other travel accessories, covers travel etiquette and questions about TSA security screenings from a woman’s perspective.

Frugal Travel Guy@frugaltravelguy
Rick Ingersoll, the Frugal Travel Guy, provides hints and tips on “seeing the world at prices you can afford” for both leisure and business. Which rewards credit card has no foreign transaction fee? How do you spend a week in Cape Town on rewards points alone? Read his blog to find out.

MobileDay on Android Now Supports One-Touch into WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype Mobile Meetings

MobileDay Has Been Listening

Thanks to our fanatical users for the fantastic feedback about how you use MobileDay on Android. We’ve been listening and, as a result, have implemented a few new things to make your work days even easier.

One-Touch Online Meetings

You can now join GoToMeeting®, Google+ Hangouts, and WebEx® meetings with One-Touch via multimedia or audio-only. MobileDay interoperates with these services so you no longer need to toggle between apps to enjoy the multimedia experience. We’re just getting started with online meetings and would love your feedback.

One-Touch Skype Audio

With our new Skype audio feature, you can join a Skype voice call anywhere in the world. MobileDay auto-detects Skype audio meetings in your calendar. MobileDay recognizes the following URL format to give you One-Touch into Skype audio calls: skype:chris.smith?call

 

 

Calendar Selection

You can now select which of your calendars appear in the MobileDay app. Simply go to the menu and tap “Calendar Selection” to choose which calendars to display.
 
 
 
 
 
 

MobileDay Now Available for Android Jelly Bean

We are proud to announce that MobileDay is now available for the Jelly Bean version of the Android Operating System. Current Jelly Bean enabled Android phones that are eligible for MobileDay’s latest version :

  • Samsung Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III)
  • Google Nexus 7
  • HTC Desire X

Upgradable devices such as the following are also ready to use the MobileDay app:

  • Nexus S
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Motorola Xoom
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S

 

 

 

Here is what you will find in this latest version of MobileDay, with a new look and great new features that will make your colleagues envious. There’s a brand new view of all your calls including awesome features like:

  • See what calls/events are going on right now
  • Easily scroll through events on current and future days to see what’s coming
  • Quickly send meeting reminders or notify others you will be late
  • Enhanced application performance
  • Support for both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean operating systems
  • Improved One-Touch dialing accuracy

“Wow What An Amazing App For My iPhone! I Have Told My Team And Everyone I Come Across How Great It Is! Thanks MobileDay!!!”

Tammy N., Chicago, Il.

Title: Consultant

Company: Technology

Testimonial:”Wow what an amazing app for my iPhone! I run a consulting practice and have between 25-30 calls a week. A majority of those calls are made from client sites, my car or just trying to get from point A to point B. This application has changed my ability to be effective. I never thought my favorite app would be business related! My two favorite features are  the one touch “join” button and the reminders. It’s hard to remember some of the longer call entry sequences and when you dial from your phone while referencing the calendar details on the phone can be challenging. This application dials it for me!! I also love that the reminder pops up when it’s time to make the call not 15 min before. Sometimes I get distracted in those 15 min so the instant reminder is great. I have told my team and everyone I come across how great it is! Thanks MobileDay!!!”

Sending Feedback is Easy During Your Mobile Day

Thumbs up or Thumbs Down?  That is the question.

This is our support team’s favorite feature in the MobileDay app.  “Why is that?” you say? Well, it is the fastest way for us to understand what is working for you as a user.  It is also an even better way for us to understand what did not work so well when you tried it.

Here’s how it works.  When you have used the MobileDay Join button for entering a meeting or conference call, the MobileDay interface will then have these opposing thumbs show up on the meeting that has transpired.  If you had an issue with your call you can quickly send us meeting details so we can research the issue and fix any problems by clicking Thumbs Down. When you have a great experience with MobileDay, simply press Thumbs Up and opt to share this mobile meeting success with your colleagues.  We need your help spreading the good word about the magic we call MobileDay so thank you!

 

 

Smilin’ and Dialin’…

..until you get into an accident anyway.

Vintage Mobile – Smiling and Dialing

Here at MobileDay, we love vintage mobile phone images. As a career sales guy, this one is is a favorite. Rotary mobile…so cool. ” Smilin’ and Dialin’ “was a term of cold calling endearment back in an entry level job that I once had on an inside sales team. Wow…things have come a long way in telephony…especially in mobile.

I wonder if she is on a conference call? WATCH OUT!!! Screeeetch.  

Phew. Thank goodness for MobileDay. Just a tap in the app to get into any audio call or conference call in your calendar. It’s free for iPhone and Android.

 

 

A ‘Squirrelly’ Mobile Conference Call

As a knowledge worker, you are likely to at least participate in conference calls, if not hosting them yourself. I have been doing audio conference calls in business for more that 15 years, watching the technology change and morph from scheduling calls with operators into its current form used today, which is primarily reservationless conferencing, that is, using unique combinations of toll-free numbers and pass codes and/or PINs to get into a particular call instead of using an operator.  Heck, these calls have even become free to organize and use. Simple right?  Well, the mad growth in the business use of the mobile smartphone,  and the giant wave of remote work and road work being done, has created a whole new dimension to this newer method of conferencing.  Mobile devices now account for over 25% of all the people dialing into conference calls  each day and that number is increasing.  As we transition to joining calls from our cool new mobile device, there are new nuances that make things more challenging.  Multitasking, network quality, battery life, pass codes and PINs, an app for this and app for that… it can be a challenge just to join a call.

 

Since going mobile, I have had my fair share of times where the call was a bust.  I was working from home and discovered that my dog left the screen door open while I was on a conference call.  (Yes, my dog can open doors, but cannot close them.)  A squirrel had entered the house while I was in my home office and proceeded to tear about trying to find solace from my dog, the nice canine gentlemen that let him into this fine establishment (aka my living room).  Dog chases squirrel, things get loud, I start to yell (profane) all while my mobile phone remained un-muted.  The kicker was that this call was with my whole staff.  I sounded (and acted) like a lunatic until it discovered the open screen and returned to the yard.  Needless to say, they will never forget.

 

What is your worst mobile conference call story?  Please comment below.
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“Everyone That Makes Conference Calls During Their Mobile Day Should Use This App.”

Mike P. South Easton, MA

Title: President

Company Type: Telecommunications

Testimonial: “I give MobileDay the biggest thumbs up yet!  I can now throw away the Post-it notes that have the conference dial-in numbers scratched on them.  MobileDay reminds me of the conference call time and date plus dials the bridge with PIN number and all.  Easy. Everyone that makes conference calls during their mobile day should use this app.”

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“MobileDay Has Done It! I Tell All My Coworkers Who Are ‘On The Go’ About It.”

Sarah W., Boulder, CO

Title: Product Management Director

Company Type: Security Software

Testimonial: “It seems there is ALWAYS a problem getting everyone on a conference call. I’ve always said that when someone figures out how to get people on a conference call with one click, the problems will go away. MobileDay has done it!  I tell all my coworkers who are ‘on the go’ about it. Now we can all get the first 10 minutes of our meetings back.”

 

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“This App is Awesome! It Has Worked Flawlessly Since the First Time That I Used It.”

Rudy P., Boulder, CO

Title: Regional Sales Manager

Company Type: Security Software

Testimonial:  “This App is awesome!  It has worked flawlessly since the first time that I used it.  Reliability aside, just the simplicity of not having to worry about punching in all the conference numbers is great, especially when I am traveling. You make it easy. Thanks MobileDay!”