My Dream Cell Phone

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales B.R.E. 01191194



My Dream Cell Phone:

 

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:

  1. A good phone
  2. A key board that makes e-mail and texting easy
  3. 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 :

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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,
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Marcy Moyer

Intero Real Estate

marcy@marcymoyer.com

www.marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

DRE 01191194

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Marcy Moyer eXp Realty of California  Specializing in Probate and Trust Sales, and Rental Investment Properties

 

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Rainmaker
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BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

I am seeking the best phone for myself/real estate as well. Will seee what people say here.

I want one that I can use as a lockbox key too, smart phone,and GPS.

Jan 03, 2010 09:50 AM #1
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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Hi Marcy...I say it's a toss up between iPhone and BlackBerry. My guess is you may have already known that. If you are comfortable with the Blackberry you wouldn't have to learn a new operating system. On the other hand, the iPhone is pretty easy to use. I use a BlackBerry myself and I love it.

Jan 03, 2010 09:57 AM #2
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Tom Hall
Coral Shores Realty, 1119 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-610-4186 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hi Marcy - I get my first Blackberry, the new 8530 on Saturday and can't wait to get started loading aps and getting educated. It is cold here so I will be inside studying.

Jan 05, 2010 02:29 PM #3
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Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

I see I'm not the only one looking for that perfect phone.  I have a Blackberry Curve 8310 and I do love it.  I can access ALL of my email accounts, text, take photos (which I do rarely because I always have my Canon Camera w/me) and could tether to the computer if I wanted -- I opted to get the ATT Aircard - it's a little expensive but very convenient. 

I'm ready for an upgrade so thought I'd check here to see what folks are saying about the different phones.  I've had my Blackberry almost 3 years now -- I'm considering iPhone, Blackberry BOLD 9000 or 9700 -- AT&T doesn't offer the Blackberry STORM. 

Does anyone have the Blackberry BOLD yet?  I'd love to know how it's working out for you.

Jan 22, 2010 04:56 AM #4
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Marcy Moyer
eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales - Mountain View, CA
Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist

I think I have decided to get a droid and give up my bb curve. I will get a internet card untill the droid can be tethered. We'll see how it goes. Verizon lets you try a hone for a month and return it if you do not like it, so I am going to take the leap.

marcy

Jan 22, 2010 07:10 AM #5
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Ingrid Laine
Embrace Home Loans - Virginia Beach, VA
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How did you like the Droid? I have considered it, but I am not sure about this new Droid OS.

Mar 25, 2010 01:42 PM #6
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Marcy Moyer
eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales - Mountain View, CA
Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist

I ended up getting the new blackberry tour instead.  I did not like a camera or the keyboard on the Droid. I am prety happy with the Tour.

Marcy

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