Have you noticed that your family (and maybe even some of your friends) treats talking on the phone like it’s some sort of hassle? It’s not just them. More and more these days, people are using non-auditory methods of communication such as email, text and social media to stay in touch. Businesses are catching on to this trend and offering apps that expedite services to make customers’ lives easier and more convenient.
Here’s a list of eight apps that can help you revolutionize your life with the tap of a few buttons.
This app eliminates at least one excuse for not making an appointment to see a doctor. With ZocDoc, users can schedule appointments with doctors and dentists in over 2,000 U.S. cities, searching by specialty, hospital affiliation or insurance plan.
With FreshDirect, greater New York and Philadelphia area residents can order pretty much any grocery item imaginable and schedule delivery as soon as the following day. The app saves previous orders and lets you view nutrition information.
GrubHub and partner Seamless put the take-out menus of over 40,000 local restaurants across America at users’ fingertips, and you don’t have to dial any numbers to place an order. Grubhub serves more cities, but only Seamless offers corporate accounts.
This roadside assistance app uses GPS technology to find the closest available help when your car breaks down. Users pay a flat rate per service, not a membership fee, and providers are located across the U.S.
There’s no need to speak to a dispatcher (or hail a cab) with Uber, which pairs drivers and riders in over 50 countries. The app provides fare estimates and maps your route, and drivers accept requested rides before they learn the rider’s destination.
This app lets you search and book appointments at thousands of beauty salons and spas on three continents. You can browse staff bios and reviews, and collect points to redeem for future services.
A new spin on traditional wash and fold, Washio lets residents of major US cities send out laundry and dry cleaning seven days a week. It’s picked up in one hour and dropped off within 24 – with a cookie.
Folks can’t avoid talking on the phone entirely, at least not yet. Some situations, both personal and professional, still require an old-fashioned telephone call. But new apps are being designed every day. Perhaps soon, cheesy hold music and irritating dropped calls will be relics of the past, and everyone will be able to focus their attention on the phone calls that really matter to the people they care most about.
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