Even though the Global Positioning System (GPS) has been around pre 2000, it only started to gain popular acceptance the last 3 years. The GPS devices get more smaller and more powerful each yearwith additional features such as MP3, Internet searches, automatic traffic re-routing, and multiple routings. It is very easy to install a program on your BlackBerry, iPhone, or most cell phones and give them GPS functionalities.
A GPS is a great tool to help you on your business.
If you are prone to get lost when looking for addresses like what used to happen to me, then a GPS would help get you there with lesser stress. I know agents in just my office that took about 2 hours to visit 4 NODs or Expires because they would get lost along the way or go back and forth between addresses. When I had them get a GPS and train them on how to use it, all of a sudden they can visit about 20 homes in the same 2 hours by not getting lost and going the shortest distance to each home. I have a few GPS in my car and am usually pretty happy with the Tom Tom brands with the latest version that I got is the 335XL that cost about $200.
As useful as a GSP can be, it might not be for everyone.
There are some people that don't like technology at all and would refuse to use them. There are also instances where the GPS device lead the drivers to longer routes or zig zag all over the place or have them drive 14 miles locally when the could have taken the freeway a few blocks where they were, which my sister's GPS did to me a few times and I wanted to throw it out the window.
Is a GPS right for you?
If you want to see if a GPS is right for you, make sure you buy it at a place where they would warrant a return for at least 30 days without any restocking fee. If you end up liking the device, it would probably pay for itself in a few short trips. Just make sure you don't have a setup like the person below, which is pretty extreme.