Big Contacts: Your Internet Rolodex

Last Updated May 24, 2007 10:08 AM EDT

big-contacts.jpgHad it with Outlook? Big Contacts lets you manage your contacts, appointments, and more, all from within your Web browser. Just import one or more address books (the service supports everything from Outlook to Gmail to Palm Desktop) and you can log calls, schedule meetings, send e-mail, and even manage sales opportunities. Big Contacts also offers group calendars, reporting, Skype integration, mobile access, and SSL security. I particularly like the one-click access to Google Maps for any contact's address.

In short, it's a thoroughly impressive service, though not without a few quirks (like the inconvenient pop-up contact browser, which should be baked in and omnipresent). Big Contacts offers plans starting at $12 per month, but you can get a free account that supports two users, 500 contacts, and 500MB of storage. While you're at it, check out Highrise, a similar service with a spiffier interface. Even if you don't want to replace your current contact manager, you can use one of these services as a Web-accessible offsite backup.

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