Gone are the days when you travelled with road maps and route instructions. With the advent of mobile apps, you just need your passport and a smartphone. Travel.india.com lists five of the best travel apps and the best thing is some are absolutely free.
Gone are the days when language was a barrier. With Google Translate, you can translate up to 60 languages. iPhone and Android users can choose to translate by speaking instead of typing with the app. Android users can also listen to the translations with the eSpeak app. Google Translate (www.google.com/apps) Free
XE Currency app helps you manage your money while on the go. It tracks live exchange rates of over 180 currencies for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android users. XE Currency (www.xe.com/mobile) Free
It helps iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or an Anroid phone users to process credit card payments from anywhere in the world. An extremely user-friendly app, you just have to connect Square Card Reader and start swiping cards. The money gets directly transferred to the configured bank account. You get the square card reader free on signing up for the app. Square (squareup.com) Square app is free of cost. Transaction charges are 2.75 per cent.
The app detects paid and free Wi-Fi routers and guides users to it. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android users, it also enables you to store free Wi-Fi spots in the app’s directory. JiWire (www.jiwire.com/iphone, market.android.com) Free
Flight Track Pro
The app enables iPhone, iPad and Android users get updated flight schedules. Flight Track Pro provides updates on gates and cancellations for both domestic and international flight schedules. It covers 1,400 airlines and about 5,000 airports. The app also provides maps of airport terminals and weather details. Flight Track Pro (www.mobiata.com) Price Rs 502