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With up to 99 percent (or even more!) of Americans owning a mobile phone, the way that we have been handling business all these years is rapidly beginning to change. Some recent studies even indictae that the USA's wireless penetration has reached numbers upward of 100 percent! (http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/index.cfm/AID/10323) More and more of our day to day business is being done on our smartphones, while we are on the go. The newest communication strategy for business owners? Mobile collaboration. 

Mobile collaboration is a new and revolutionary way for users to attend virtual meetings using mobile phone technology to connect with other colleauges. With mobile collaboration, users can attend audio meetings, video meetings or web conferences from the comfort of their cell phones, any place, any time. They can instantly connect and share information with their colleauges, with everything from real time multi-party conferencing, to telestration (onscreen drawing that can be shared with others).For more on what mobile collaboration entails, read here: http://www.wisegeek.net/what-is-mobile-collaboration.htm.

Business meetings no longer have to take place in the office. People from all over the world can connect together like never before. No longer needing to "meet" for business meetings, users can do their own thing, and then come together virtually for their meetings, without having to physically be in the same place. Mobile collaboration is just a branch off of traditional conference calls, where the users had to be near a landline phone in order to connect. With mobile collaboration, all you need is your cell phone. Connect with others wherever you are: at home, at the office, at a hotel, in the airport, picking up the kids, it doesn't matter! Some mobile collaboration apps even go a step further, allowing users to share data, and visually connect as well, all through the use of a cell phone! Isn't technology amazing? 

There are several mobile collaboration apps right now made specifically for mobile conferencing. MobileDay is one of the most popular, and it has a one-touch feature that makes it incredibly easy to join conference calls with, well, just one touch. This app uses your calender and other features to automatically detect all of your conference information. Then you simply push one single button to be connected to your call when it is time. You can find out more about Mobile Day here: http://mobileday.com/. Here's what Mobile Day co founder Brad Dupee says about how MobileDay will change the face of business:

"MobileDay exponentially reduces the time and frustration involved with entering conference calls from an iPhone or Android phone with One-Touch entry into ANY conference call.No more dialing 25-30 digits to enter a call…hopefully not while driving! MobileDay provides One-Touch entry into any conference call, whether you are a call host or a guest invited to someone else’s conference call."

Speek is another popular mobile collaboration app on the market right now, and it is unique in that it provides users with a personalized link instead of a phone number and PIN to use. Speek was created by E-vite founder John Bracken. Here's what he had to say about the new service:
“We’re changing the notion of having your identity as a telephone number to a link,” Bracken said. “I think it opens up a lot of doors in how we can do things, and how we can bridge people into the Web experience.“Conference calls today are a painful experience in a $3 billion market that hasn’t innovated in over twenty years. Speek is revolutionizing conference calling by turning a limited telephone-based service into one that is simple, free and in-tune with the next generation of web and mobile services.”

To learn more about Speek you can check out their website here: http://www.speek.com/. While the mobile collaboration world is one that is just starting to pick up steam, it is clear to see that these companies are starting what is sure to be a growing trend. Bringing your employees together like never before and increasing productivity is something that any business owner can get behind. Whichever app you choose to use for your mobile collaboration needs, we are sure that you will love the results!
 

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