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IT’S HERE NOW! The Apple iOS App For The V.I. Free Press

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The V.I. Free Press app is available for free now in the Apple Store!

There are more mobile devices than people on the planet. Over five billion mobile subscribers – about 77% of the world’s population – are online.

This new type of simple access for consumers is catching on with a staggering amount of smartphone owners purchasing goods and services from their phone – 64% to be exact.

Mobile Apps are internet applications designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices. According to, mobile applications help users by connecting them to Internet services more commonly accessed on desktop or notebook computers.

While opportunities abound, we have identified three advantages of using mobile apps for your business: speed, volume of information, and advertising.

Let’s face it, we live in a not-so-patient society. We know what we want and we want it now. Most of us can’t count the times we have sat waiting for our computers to take over one minute to boot up and have found our patience tested. Mobile Apps take the “wait” out of mobile.

Since most, if not all, of the information is stored within the application, there’s no need to wait on loading information over a slow 3G connection. Plus, what little information needs to be updated can be done in the background, allowing you to access other information while you wait on the app to load.

Knowing that time is money and that your time is important to you, the Virgin Islands Free Press hired noted app designer Romeo Roger Richardson of Timbojill LLC to produce the first-ever iOS app for a newspaper in the territory.

Be sure to download the free Virgin Islands Free Press app from the Apple Store today and get all the breaking news, sports and weather information of importance affecting the territory and the region on your mobile device. As soon as the app goes “live” the editors of the VI Freep will put an announcement at the top of the website and run a short article that now is the time to get the Apple app.

We hope you will enjoy the convenience of having the important news of the Virgin Islands at your fingertips. If you or your company want to create an app for your business please contact Mr. Richardson at:

And the VI Freep needs an icon image for the new device, so if you know someone with world-class artistic ability who wants to design the image that everyone will see in the Apple Store when they go to download the device, ask them to send their high resolution image to Mr. George Johnson at

The top five icons will be chosen and then the winning entry will be voted on by the readers of the Virgin Islands Free Press. The winner will have the satisfaction of knowing that their design was deemed best of all those submitted!

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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