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FranklinCovey Products Announces FCmobilelife Applications for the iPhone

Company also announces new release and pricing for FCmobilelife for Web, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile

FranklinCovey Products has announced FCmobilelife, a new set of consumer iPhone applications, which incorporates its planning and productivity methodology allowing users to collaborate with an entire smartphone network and web-based browsers in real-time.

“We’re excited to release these consumer iPhone applications and bring our proven planning and productivity methodology to a device that is growing in popularity and is being more heavily relied upon by its users,” said Jeff Anderson, Senior Vice President of Product Management at FranklinCovey Products. “People have more and more demands on their time and FCmobilelife enables users to better utilize their time by setting personal goals, organizing tasks, and creating appointments, and sharing these with others via their smartphone.”

FCmobilelife focuses on five key areas of productivity to enable users to create work/life balance and do what they need to do at their own convenience from anywhere and at any time. The five critical productivity components include:

  • Schedule: A calendaring tool that allows for real-time collaboration with others within a team. Users can perform a real-time busy search from their phone and check each others’ calendars to ensure availability and schedule others for important events and or meetings.
  • Tasks: Users can create voice, text or photo messages to assign tasks to family members, friends or co-workers. Additionally, notifications can be sent to notify people of current status, to accept or reject tasks or to indicate when a task is completed for real-time accountability.
  • Post: Allows users to send FYI’s, reminders and updates in the form of voice, text, photo and blog messages to other users. Responses can be sent using these same posting methods.
  • Goals: Users can set, track and manage progress on personal goals from anywhere at anytime and define or track progress on a daily basis. Users can also link Tasks to help achieve a specific Goal.
  • Team: Add contacts from the entire FCmobilelife network to communicate and track progress of any individual or Team whether it’s a neighborhood softball team, a child’s soccer league team or a sales team. The team function allows users to communicate, collaborate and control group task management.

The first of these applications, FC Tasks, is available immediately on the Apple App Store. This application will allow iPhone users the ability to easily organize and manage important tasks on their device. This stand alone application will sell for a one-time $5.99 charge. The company plans to have all FCmobilelife applications for sale on the App Store in the first half of 2009.

“FCmobilelife is a Web services consumer application that focuses on allowing users to accomplish more with less,” said Anderson. “We believe that FCmobilelife will bring order to the chaotic lives we live by allowing users to organize and react to changes on the fly from anywhere at anytime.”

In addition to the new iPhone applications, FCmobilelife for Web, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices were recently upgraded to include performance enhancements that make it applicable to groups and organizations of any size. New features include:

  • Outlook integration
  • Recurring meetings
  • Offline mode for mobile clients

FranklinCovey Products has partnered with The SCO Group to develop FCmobilelife. FCmobilelife is an efficient and productive alternative to voice calls, voice mail, text messaging and email. It gives users greater control of their life and more time to do what is important to them.

“iPhone functionality is a significant step for our mobile initiatives,” said Jeff Hunsaker, president and chief operating officer, SCO Operations. “Providing FCmobilelife technologies on the most popular handsets is a priority for us. The Apple iPhone has incredible market presence and outstanding multimedia capabilities. We believe our technologies will enhance the communication experience of iPhone and other smart phone users” said Hunsaker.

FCmobilelife is priced at $29.99 (annually) for a two user subscription or $49.99 (annually) for a five user subscription and $99.99 (annually) for a 20 user subscription. Web, Windows Mobile and Blackberry customers can purchase FCmobilelife at www.fcmobilelife.com . A free 30 day trial is also available and can be registered for through the same channels.

For more information about FCmobilelife and FranklinCovey Products please visit www.fcmobilelife.com or www.franklinplanner.com.

About FranklinCovey Products

FranklinCovey Products is a global retailer and the exclusive worldwide licensee of the FranklinCovey(tm) brand owned by Franklin Covey Co. Franklin Covey Products helps individuals and organizations achieve greater productivity, effectiveness and success. The Company's products are sold throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and in more 15,000 retail outlets across North America, including 70 FranklinCovey Products stores. Some of the Company's best-known consumer products include the popular FranklinCovey Planning System(tm), PlanPlus Planning Software(tm), PlanPlus Online(tm), as well as a line of binders, business cases, totes, and other productivity and organizational tools and accessories. For more information, please visit www.franklinplanner.com/.

About SCO
The SCO Group (SCOXQ.PK) is a leading provider of UNIX software technology and a provider of mobility solutions. The Me Inc. product line at SCO focuses on creating mobile platforms, services and solutions for businesses and enhances the productivity of mobile workers. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO products and services, visit www.sco.com. SCO and the associated logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

More Stories By Jeremy Kartchner

Jeremy Kartchner, Partner at Snapp Conner PR has more than 10 years experience in both technology and sports PR. Kartchner has launched a variety of company’s to market, including, Big-D Construction, FranklinCovey Products, Vucci, Footnote.com, Silex Technology America, Bountiful WiFi, Family First Federal Credit Union and Broadcast International. In addition to his responsibilities with Snapp Conner PR, Kartchner also works with the Utah Jazz as a member of its Game Night public relations staff where he is responsible for tracking and providing game time statistics for local, national and international media, conducting pre and post game player interviews and writing for the blog “Under The Bleachers.” Kartchner joined Snapp Conner PR from the Snapp Norris Group where he was PR Director. Prior experience includes PR consulting work for Digital Video Networks Inc., a technology start-up company based out of Salt Lake City as well as a PR Manager with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 where he coordinated Mitt Romney’s media briefings and oversaw all media aspects for a number of functions including the Olympic Village, the budget and finance department, transportation, and the weather forecasting functions.