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For me, the iPhone is a constant companion. I might say that the device itself is something I can’t live without, whether I like it or not. In general, having the iPhone with me 24/7 has been a good thing. After all, when I need to disconnect, there is always airplane mode.

Recently, I moved all my apps around so that the most used apps are all on the home screen. Surprisingly, many of the apps that ended up there are free. I say surprisingly because I’ve bought quite a few apps in the past few years.

This little exercise in efficiency made me wonder what the best free iPhone apps were for others. So here I ask: What are the 5 iPhone apps you can’t live without?

I will start things off by sharing the best 5 free iPhone apps that I can’t live without.

Skype [iTunes Link]

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Many people I communicate with are die-hard Skype fans. So primarily it’s important for me to connect with them using a medium where they feel comfortable.

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When I’m on the MacBook Pro, I generally have a Skype session open with several threads of conversation going. It’s great to continue those conversations as I step away into iPhone land.

I also appreciate and use the international calling features; however, that is not free. If you don’t have a Skype-In phone number, check out this post How To Get A Skype-In Phone Number For Free How To Get A Skype-In Phone Number For Free Read More to get one free.

Google Voice

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While not an official app, the new HTML 5 version of Google Voice gets the job done. I recommend that you make the app into an icon that resides on your home screen; when you go to the Google Voice page on your iPhone a small pop up appears that offers this option.

About 3 months ago I made Google Voice my primary number and most times, I forward those calls to the iPhone. Before this app, it was painful to make outgoing calls. Now it’s just a simple as making a call via the native iPhone phone app.

You can also send SMS messages, turn on the “Do not disturb” feature and change various other settings. I also like the ability to view your inbox and listen to voice mails (especially since the voice to text feature is still abysmal).

Lose It! [iTunes Link]

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I am still amazed that this app is actually free. I suggest you download it now before that changes. As the name implies, this app helps you “lose it” and by “it”, they mean weight.

This app helps me keep track of my weight over time and ties that data with a diet log. There is a large database of pre-selected foods with the availability to add custom foods. You can also add what exercises you completed throughout the day and Lose It! will offset your daily budget of calories accordingly.

Recently, they added a feature where you can join up with friends on your quest to Lose It!

WordPress 2 [iTunes Link]

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As a blogger, it is important for me to be able to respond to commenters when ever I can and make edits on the road when necessary. Usually the kinds of questions I get – especially the solution-based posts – are time sensitive and I know how important it is to respond quickly when someone is looking for an answer.

This app is also a good tool to store future blog ideas. Simply type in the title and perhaps a bit of brainstormed notes and save as a draft to be completed when you get to your main computer.

AppMiner [iTunes Link]

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If you love free quality apps like I do, then grab this app right now and begin to smile. Granted, many of the apps I find here are garbage, so here are the methods I use to find the good stuff:

Method 1: Click the “Sale” tab and look for apps listed in the “Top” section and then click the “Free” tab.

Method 2: Search for the app you wish to buy on sale or free and then “watch” it. Then periodically check the “watch” tab for hopefully a good deal in the future.

You will also want to check out FreeAppAlert to find free apps and receive alerts via Twitter or RSS.

Your Apps!

Please take some time and share your “can’t live without” apps with us. Make sure the app is free and not one of the default apps that come pre-installed with the iPhone. Thanks!

  1. Ashwin Manoj
    April 1, 2010 at 3:30 am

    The apps I cant live without are...
    Facebook,Tap Tap Revenge 3,Flixster,IMDb,Google,App Popular,AppMiner,Paper Toss,NY Times,Pandora,TuneWiki,Hottest Apps,Digg,TasteKid and Finally....Howcast....

  2. Ady Pearson
    March 31, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I can't find Lose it on my app store, has it been removed?

  3. iphone app reviews
    March 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I never saw any real value in Skype...until I tried it. Now, it is a crucial part of the way I do business and communicate. I like how it does not overload itself with features like so many of the alternatives. A great program and, as mentioned, it's free!

  4. Juan
    March 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I Love PandoraBox <3 similar to AppMiner...

  5. DL
    February 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    NewsRack (formerly Newsstand) is my favorite RSS/news reader. Facebook is probably my most used. Cardstar helps slim my wallet by storing all my affinity cards. Dropbox for access to my online storage. Cooliris for its nifty UI.'s At Bat to catch Yankee games.

  6. Susan B
    February 19, 2010 at 5:43 am

    FastMall is interactive FREE shopping malls on your iPhone. Complete with interactive mall map, get deals and shake your iPhone for the nearest restroom! iTunes - - Web - This is truly awesome.

  7. Terri
    February 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Having worked briefly for Apple as an iPod Touch (and god help us if we called it an 'iTouch' in training, lol!) phone support technician I think I have come up with the ultimate list. They would be...

    Fluent News: puts the headlines in one easy app.

    The Weather Channel: a vast improvement over the native weather app.

    White Pages: for your basic phone search

    TextPlus: for all your texting needs

    WebMD: for all us hypochondriacs out there in cyberspace :-)

  8. Race
    February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    iHeart Radio is my favorite free app. It was one of the first applications I loaded on my iPhone.

    I'm a talk radio junkie, and it quenches that thirst daily.

  9. Carl Anderson
    February 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

    In order of what I most frequently use:

    Twitterific, Google, iBloglines (web app), The Weather Channel, Stanza, Facebook, ShoZu, AudioBoo, Air Mouse, My Gov, Woot On, Instapaper, Diigo, Delicous, NYTimes, IMDB, Google Earth, Open Culture Marbling (for my 1 year old),

  10. Pam
    February 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    The best one for me that I wouldn't want to do without is Stanza.

  11. Sally Andrews
    February 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    In addition to Lose It. I'm also a big fan of Flat Belly Revolution (

  12. Karen
    February 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    In addition to others listed above: WhiteNoise Free, Dragon Dictation, What's On, Dropbox, Yelp

  13. Amy
    February 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I 2nd the Facebook app recommendation. I'm also a fan of Lose It and AppMiner (both are on my home screen).

    Other free apps on my home screen: Inrix Traffic, The Weather Channel, and Evernote.

  14. Marcelle
    February 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

    How about an app for Makeuseof? That would be on my home screen! Definitely would make my top 5 list :)

  15. alhasib
    February 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I'm not sure about the “can’t live without” status, but for those of you who are avid FaceBook-ers like my wife, the Facebook app is a must. It's better designed than the web interface and even easier to use than from a desktop. Now that the FB app has push notifications, when at home the iPod Touch replaces the mobile phone for sending and receiving short messages.

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