Treo, Treo, Everywhere!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

MRome and CTucker SponsorsIt was a Treo-full day at GBBR. And when it was over, every agent who attended the SmartPhone Smart User seminar had a new bag of tips and tricks for using the indispensable tool of our trade. 

Dick Betts SmartPhoneSeminarThe guru of mobile devices, Dick Betts, led the seminar that focused on Windows and Palm-based Treos. He also talked about the Blackberry and iPhone, but there was no question that for real estate, the Treo rules. With this one device, you have a phone, calendar, calculator, computer, camera, email, iPod, and more, all in the palm of your hand.

Most of the class already had Treos, there were a few Blackberry owners and one iPhone, plus some who were there to help decide which to buy. Dick left no doubt that he's a Treo fan, and pointed out that it's hard to find a function that other phones offer that the Treo doesn't do.

Sharon Mezei, Erik Grooms, Dick Betts, Shari Gaister We all came out of the class with new information, like how to rescue an almost drowned Treo. If you accidentally drop it in water – which Treos do not like – immediately remove the battery and use a hair dryer to get rid of the water. When it looks dry, place it in a box of rice overnight. After a good night's drying rest, your Treo should be ready to work again.

With so much good information, it's hard to pick favorites, but here are my top five tips from the seminar:

Treo Graffiti1. Graffiti. A long time ago I used a Palm PDA v5 and then an i705, and loved the graffiti feature. When I switched to the SmartPhone I could never get it work. But yesterday Dick beamed the program to my Treo and even set it up for me – yes! I have Graffiti again! That alone was worth the whole day. To top it off, I found this page on the Palm site with more on Graffiti. http://www.palm.com/us/support/handbooks/graffiti2_tips.pdf

2. Calculator. Much more than simple arithmetic is available on the calculator. There are multiple functions, and you can even run an adding machine tape!

Dick Betts working on Treos3. PdaNet. You can use your Treo anywhere as a modem for your PC with PdaNet software, and save the $50 to $80 monthly fees for wireless service. It's slower, but the price is right.

4. Add a name and number to your Calendar – quickly. You're stopped at a traffic light and a friend wants to schedule a lunch date. Here's the quick and easy way to update your calendar:  Select day and time, select Options, select Phone Look Up, find the person, and click Add. You're done.

5. "Ignore" nicely. Did you know that when you hit the "Ignore" button, the person calling may be  aware of that? There is a way to change it – you just push the buttons on the side. Sooo simple!

Dick Betts has a lot of tips on his site – check them out at  http://tinyurl.com/ywvzhz. Dick is an NAR certified e-Pro trainer, and we were glad to have him share his expertise with the group. As for me, I'm delighted to have my Graffiti back!

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Gail Harris
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Thanks Margaret, I can always count on you for informative information.  My husband just got a new Centro Palm and he gave me his Treo.  At first, I thought egads this thing is heavy.  Then I started playing around with it and it does os much so easily.  My husband's Centro is so light and it does so many similar things and as Sprint has a special on for $99.00 with a 2 year plan, I was thinking about taking the plunge; however, your new info has given me hope that my new found Treo is the way to go.

 Thanks much, and happy holidays.  Love, Gail

Dec 13, 2007 12:51 AM #45
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Margaret,

Thanks for your post!  One day after originally reading this post, I drop my TREO in the drink!!!!  I did exactly what you said... took the battery out, dried it with a blow dryer and then placed it in a bag of dried rice and 12 hours later, IT WORKED!!!

Thanks again, 

Dec 13, 2007 01:34 PM #46
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Jennifer,Hope this post helped you make a decision.

Gail, Enjoy you "new" Treo and hope we can get together again soon.

Mike, So glad that you learned this very helpful trick!

Rick, How wonderful that it worked!! You can thank Dick.

Dec 13, 2007 11:07 PM #47
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Jennifer,Hope this post helped you make a decision.

Gail, Enjoy you "new" Treo and hope we can get together again soon.

Mike, So glad that you learned this very helpful trick!

Rick, How wonderful that it worked!! You can thank Dick.

Dec 13, 2007 11:07 PM #48
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"JT" Prevatte
Former Agent - Fayetteville, NC
Thanks for this post and THANKS for that link!  I know a lot about my treo but I was able to pick up a few more hints!
Dec 14, 2007 02:39 AM #49
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Catherine Sinocruz
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Hi Margaret,

Dick Betts was in Reno, NV few months ago.  It was an informative class.  I truly enjoy using my Palm Treo 700P.  Thank you for sharing the "Ignore" button.  I totally forgot about it.

Catherine

Dec 14, 2007 04:07 AM #50
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Jeffrey, Do you have any specila hints to share ?

Catherine, Glad you were able to attend a Dick Betts' class. So now you remember to use the "ignore" button.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 15, 2007 03:33 AM #51
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Gail Robinson
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Margaret, I have just switched from the Treo 650 to the Treo 800 WX (whoops, meant 700 WX) so that I could use my Treo as a modem with my laptop when I'm at a client's home.  I'll check out the site with the tips.  Thank you for the advice on rescuing my Treo from water damage.  I haven't dropped my Treo in water, but I've managed to dry out and rescue two waterlogged phones.  I hadn't thought of putting them in a container of rice!  Great tip, thank you.
Dec 21, 2007 04:02 PM #52
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Gail,

What tips do you have to share? Seems that a lot of people needed the "drying out" solution.  Amazing how many people have water accidents. Guess this shows our phone addictions.

Dec 21, 2007 08:51 PM #53
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Hi Margaret,

One tip I have is to use the voice recognition feature.  Press the third button down on the left side of your Treo 700 and just speak the name of one of your contacts.  The phone will speak the name back to you.  If it is correct, just say "Yes" and the phone will dial that contact.  This feature, unfortunately does NOT work with a Bluetooth headset.  Apparently this feature works with the Treo 700 WX, but not the Treo 700 P.

Update:  I just spoke to Margaret and found out that her Treo 700 does not have this feature.  Margaret's Treo has a Palm operating system, whereas mine has a Windows Operating system. 

Dec 22, 2007 12:30 AM #54
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Gail, Nice talking with you this morning. I just sent an email to Dick Betts to see if this voice recognition feature is on the 700p. 
Dec 22, 2007 01:49 AM #55
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Margaret - It was great talking to you as well.  Apparently the differences between the Palm Operating system and the Windows Operating system are significant.  It's not enough to talk about the models Treo 650 vs 700, we also need to keep in mind what operating systems are being used (W = windows, P = Palm).
Dec 23, 2007 02:28 AM #56
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I've been having difficulty using my Treo 700 WX with eKey to open electronic keyboxes.  The Supra technician told me today that the Palm system works much better than the Windows system with the Treo.  I just thought I'd pass this along.
Jan 06, 2008 01:09 PM #57
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GAil, The Treo does not work with our lockbox system in the Baltimore area.

 

Jan 07, 2008 12:03 AM #58
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I was just looking longingly at my old Kyocera with it's great grafitti.  I didn't know that grafitti was available for my Treo.  Thanks for the tip.  W
Jan 07, 2008 08:59 AM #59
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Darleen McCullen
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What great tips. Thanks for sharing. I finally bit the bullet today and purchased the Treo. Still learning how to use it so right now, I feel like a fish out of water. :-)
Jan 24, 2008 12:23 PM #60
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Gosh every time I read something about a Treo I want one more and more.  But unfortunately I am stuck with the T-mobile Dash.  Got any tips for it???
Jan 27, 2008 03:52 PM #61
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Will, thanks for stopping by.

Darleen, Find  someone who has a TREO and have them share some tips with you. People love to show you how they use and what they have learned.

Rosemary, I was talked into a Dash because I was with T mobil. Hate hate hate it. My tip for you, Give it away! Want mine?

 

 

 

Jan 28, 2008 12:14 AM #62
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Margaret, I'm having so much trouble with my Windows-based Treo 700 WX that I want to switch back to the Palm version.  I had clients who flew in from Italy specificlally to look at properties for one afternoon only and we stood in the cold with my Treo pointed at lockboxes for three minutes or more as it got hung up and I had to restart it.  Sometimes I have to take the battery out and reboot it.   Other times I have to do the eSynch manually.  Sometimes I have to call KIM for the code.  The Treo 700 WX makes me look unprofessional and I can't afford that.
Jan 28, 2008 01:06 AM #63
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Thanks for your post Margaret,

I tried the link and it is dead for tricks. If you have a new one can you please forward? Had the 600, 650 and currently using 750 with Windows 6 and ATT

Happy Selling

Tony 

 

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