I spend a lot of time on my cell phone, which has been a Blackberry for the last few years. I do not answer my home phone, and do not have a personal phone number at work. Anyone who knows me knows that I am almost always reachable because I always have my phone, and I answer it. I also use my Blackberry for e-mail and text messages and am almost always reachable that way. I tried an I Phone for a while but I could not stand the touch screen for typing, although I love it for the other applications. The third, and very important use of my cell is as a tethering device for my laptop. I always have access to the internet because I attach my blackberry to my laptop and have internet access at open houses, out on the road with clients, in hotel rooms, or in my office when our wireless is acting up. Since the real estate programs that I use the most are not mobile enabled, and do not work on I Phones, this tethering is essential to my business. The Blackberry web browser is horrible, and the picture quality even worse, but the 3 above functions are working wonderfully for me.
So, if I were content to do things as usual, I would be happy with my Blackberry and not have a roving eye. However, I have never been content with the status quo, and even if I were, the world of real estate is not. We are in a fast changing environment and I have to keep moving forward or I will get trampled.
With this in mind, and the fact that I am due for a phone upgrade on Jan 14th, I have been thinking about what I want and need in a phone. As I said I need:
- A good phone
- A key board that makes e-mail and texting easy
- Access to wireless internet on my laptop. I tether for $15 a month. I can get a card for about $50 and then $70 a month if I need to, but I would rather not if I do not have to.
My wants are :
- A camera that can take pictures good enough for me to post on MLS, my website, my fliers, my virtual tours, my BPO's, etc. I like being able to take a picture on a cell phone and just e-mail to myself without all the intermediate steps needed by a digital camera. Plus, I do not always have my camera with me.
- A better calculator than the standard one on Blackberry. Right now it is faster for me to add up numbers on paper than use the Blackberry calculator,
- A better calendar. The Blackberry Curve calendar is bad news. I just set up outlook so I think I may be able to sync but I am not sure.
- A better web browser. This is the least most important thing to me, but it would be nice.
So, if any of you reading this have any suggestions of a phone with a usable keyboard that does what I want and takes great pictures, please give me feedback.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Intero Real Estate