Smartphone Apps of the Month – July

It’s summertime and the living is much easier, thanks to a nearly endless supply of practical and useful smartphone apps. This month it is my pleasure to talk about two such apps: Flashlight and Yelp. As its name implies, Flashlight enables you to project light through your smartphone. It’s one of the most practical free apps on the market. And so is Yelp, another free app that you will quickly come to rely on. Yelp casts the light of customer recommendations on whatever plans you’re making this summer, helping you to make wise consumer choices.

Flashlight: Available on Android.

FlashlightDownloading Flashlight by Intellectual Flame Co., Ltd to your smartphone means never having to say it’s too dark to see. Flashlight can outrun an old-fashioned flashlight and is designed to support all Android devices. What do you get with the app? How about a fast startup and a bright illuminator? It even comes with a Strobe mode and its own sensitive frequency controller.

The beauty is… the Flashlight app is free!

As someone who works with customers a lot, I always like to see what a smartphone app’s users have to say. And Flashlight has plenty of users, over 300,000. The result? A consensus thumbs-up from those using the Flashlight app.

One user gave it an A++++ (four pluses!). Another used all caps to say it was: SIMPLE, EASY, FAST, BRIGHT. But perhaps the best summary of what most users said was this comment: “Perfectly simple. Great tool for quickly utilizing your flash LED. Simple and effective, I use it all the time. Highly recommended.”

Yelp: Available on Android.

YelpYelp the app is a mobile application of the online consumer search service of the same name. Since its inception, Yelp remains one of the most popular and reliable sites on the Internet. In fact, by the end of the first quarter of 2013, Yelp had a monthly average of 102 million unique visitors.

It’s easy to see why. Yelp is used to search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. You can tap quick links to find what’s most convenient to your location, as well as narrow your search by price and what’s open. Or find special, limited-time deals offered by your favorite local businesses.

You can also read reviews from an active community of locals. These folks know what they’re talking about and can help steer you in the right direction. Or you can add your own comments and photos. You can share your consumer experience on Facebook and Twitter . Plus, if you’re looking to make a restaurant reservation, you can use OpenTable without even leaving Yelp.

In short, you can look up addresses and phone numbers for thousands of businesses, then call or map them from your smartphone. The app integrates with your phone’s GPS, making it easier than ever to find a business. How’s that for convenience?

Yelp’s mobile application was used on approximately 10 million mobile devices on a monthly basis during the first quarter of 2013. Perhaps most amazing of all, “Yelpers” had written more than 39 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on just about everything.

Two words connect these two wonderful apps: smartphone and enlighten. Download these apps today to light up your life and your summer travels. If you’re not currently using a smartphone, don’t forget to check out our selection. We have an entry-level smartphone for the casual user and a feature-packed model for the power user.

Until next time, may the apps be with you!

12 Thoughts on "Smartphone Apps of the Month – July"

  1. Jose Velez says

    Am a current customer, how about adding the Nokia 920 to your phone offers since ATT currently supports it and it isma great phone,

    • Dominic at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for the comment, Jose. We don”t have any plans to add that Nokia cell phone to our lineup. However, if you already have one, we can send you a free SIM card so you can use it with our affordable cell phone service. If you need any additional information, please feel free to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you.

  2. Tom Bott says

    Just downloaded your Flashlight “App of the Month” and it”s fantastic. Everyone should have this app. THANKS!

  3. pat irwin says

    I have never had a smart phone before . my husband ask me about data , I know nothing about it . can you tell me about it , will I be able to use the web ?
    thank you

  4. Tim Donovan says

    I have an Apple iPhone 3GS as do 4 other family members, also members of ConCell. It was a boon when you offered an iPhone as part of your line-up. It would be nice to know if these and other recommended apps are available for iPhones as well. Better yet, could you offer refurbished 4S iPhones in the future? I had a Motorola Bravo earlier but switched to the 3GS iPhone for compatibility reasons and love it. I got several family members into ConsumerCellular because you offered an iPhone. The 4S has Siri and a much improved camera. It would be a great upgrade.

  5. Kim says

    Agreed, Tim! I would love it if you offered iPhone 5 SIM cards! I had an opportunity to upgrade and went right for the 5, but you don”t offer SIM cards for the 5. When will you upgrade? We are SO happy with CS and recommend you to everyone we talk with!!

    • Dominic at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Kim. At this time, I don”t have any news to report regarding Nano SIM cards for the iPhone 5. If we carry it in the future, we”ll be sure to announce it via this blog. Thank you.

  6. Beverly says

    Yes, I have an iPhone 3GS from Consumer Cellular which I really like and would very much like to update it to a more recent iPhone with more memory. Seems there are quite a few people who would like to see CC stay with the iPhone and give us updates. Some of us have Mac computers and the iPhone works very well for us. Please consider offering iPhone as an option again in an updated version with more memory. Thank you.

  7. Donald says

    Flashlight does not work on Motorola Bravo

    • Dominic at Consumer Cellular says

      You”re correct, Donald. The Flashlight App works best with smartphones that have a flash component built into the camera. The LG smartphone that we”re currently selling is a good example of one of those phones. Thank you.