April 17, 2009

Should Governments Build iPhone Apps During a Recession?

big_icon_32607.png big_icon_32608.png Utah.Gov is the first iPhone app by a state government and it is pretty impressive. ReadWriteWeb reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn addition to the directory of departments and services available, there's also a second app available called the Utah Professional License Lookup, allowing a quick and convenient way to check on the professional license status of doctors, nurses, contractors, accountants, and any other professional offering services that require state licensure.

... There's something about seeing governments spend money on an iPhone app that seems a little questionable though, especially at a time like this. The iPhone is also a very locked-down, proprietary system that is far from universally accessible. A universally accessible web interface could be more appropriate.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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