The proportion of smartphone users aged 55 years+ has risen from 38% (in 2010) to 51%, indicating that smartphone take-up for older age groups has increased. We've pulled together some useful smart phone apps that could save you money and time, from petrol and parking to restaurant and cashback apps.
Enter your meter readings and the app will work out your energy spend for you, creating excellent graphs and statistics to refer to. For UK-based users, the app also allows you to compare your energy usage with what other companies are offering, allowing you to potentially save even more money.
A clever app that allows you to keep track of your income and outgoings. It has an alert feature as well as bill reminders, budgeting tools and even a tool for you to monitor spending using a variety of currencies.
Rather than spending 41p per minute calling 0800 numbers, use 0800 Wizard to find the relevant businesses' 01 and 02 UK landline numbers. These calls can then be deducted from your existing minutes, rather than costing you extra.
Your data connection is your phone's connection to the World Wide Web, allowing you to download apps, photographs and music quickly and easily. Most networks impose a limit on how much you can download a month, but Onavo's clever app makes that data go further and provides you with information about which apps require the most, so you can manage your usage more efficiently.
This app only works for Orange customers. This app means the 2 for 1 codes are sent straight to your phone. It also has all the other information you need to plan your trip to the cinema like cinema location, film times and reviews.
Every day new deals in your area will be sent straight to your smart phone. It also includes a feature allowing you to connect to friends and see what discounts they've gotten - and if three of your friends get a deal, you'll get it for free!
This app makes use of your phone's camera to import your loyalty cards onto your phone in a format that can be used at the checkout, to save you searching for each one. It'll also keep you updated with deals and special offers from your favourite stores.
As you shop, check into stores with your phone to receive special offers and discounts. Many stores offer cashback to Quidco users which you can collect in your account. The map feature will even alert you to deals near you.
Tell this app where you're going and it'll find the cheapest car parking possible, including free ones. It keeps track of where has available parking spaces so there's no chance of you arriving to discover a car park is full. It will even direct you to the car park to make sure you don't get lost on the way.