Real Estate professionals go through technology like bath water. When I was younger, old or outdated things were dismissed as "so 70's" or "so 10 years ago." Today, we often refer to an outdated thing as "so March." I got my first Android-the original Droid- phone in 2009. I later upgraded to a Droid 2. Earlier this year, I moved up to a Galaxy Nexus. Throw in an iPad, a Galaxy Tab and a Kindle with the rest of the hardware and my drawer looks like a mini Star Wars junk yard.
And most of my old smart phones remained junk until I had to replace my Galaxy Nexus after dropping it and cracking the screen. Verizon couldn't transfer everything to the insurance replacement, and told me that before I scrubbed the memory, I could just upload all my photos to Drop Box via my home WiFi. I couldn't make calls anymore, but the Internet connection still worked wherever there was signal.
I then had an epiphany. One of the things that spoils us about smart phones is that they are like a mini tablet computer. We can use them for Facebook, Google chat, Netflix, Youtube, and of course browse websites. With all that functionality, why scrap a smart phone just because you can't make a phone call anymore (or can't you? Read on)?
I broke out my old droids and connected to WiFi. I uploaded or updated the following apps:
- Google Talk
- Google Drive (like Drop Box)
- Amazon and Amazon MP3 Player
- Dolphin Mobile browser
Here's the answer: Why drain your primary device's charge listening to music or using other apps at home? You need the tools fully charged for when you are out in the field. What about those times when our devices are recharging? Or when we walk upstairs and forget the gizmo on the kitchen counter or in the car? It isn't just an addiction to tech, we could answer client email or put out a fire early. Now you have a solution. Keep your old phone in the bedroom drawer, basement man cave or garage for when you're in a pinch. You can check your email, update Facebook, surf Active Rain or stream old movies.