Hold the Phone! Real Estate and Technology

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Daytona Beach Realtor, using technology for real estate. Lisa Hill, "The Smart Choice"

My new Smart Phone and the accompanying drama :P (Of course there had to be some drama)

I was just reading a blog post by Carol Culkin about her new Blackberry. She just got her first one, and it sounds like it's her first Smart Phone! O.o  After leaving one of my loooong comments (They're becoming all too common) I decided I should just blog it. So off we go =) Make sure you read Carol's blog about her first Blackberry, and what sounds like her first endeavor with any Smart Phone, Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, PDA or Toshiba e755whatever you have or would like to call it.

I got my first PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) about 6 years ago. It was a Toshiba e755 Pocket PC. And I loved it! But I kept wondering why they didn't combine my phone with it ;) It drove me nuts, to have to open the PDA for my contacts, then type their phone number into my phone. (And always carry both.) But yaaaayyy! I wasn't the only one thinking that!

A couple of years later, as SOON as Smart Phone technology was released, I started researching for the one I wanted! I decided on a HP iPAQ 6515. At the time, it cost $500 as it was one of the first generation Smart Phones. (No rebates and I didn't care!)hp ipaq 6155

Now a few weeks ago, I got my second Smart Phone. I looked for weeks and weeks for what I wanted (which was the update of what I already had) but AT&T didn't carry HP iPAQ anymore =( I could buy it on the HP web site, but it's still $500 when you do it that way. So I "settled" for the Palm Treo 750. It took a while to get used to. (I REALLY liked my HP iPAQ!) But I've finally gotten it pretty much figured out.

What's interesting is the way I ended up with the Palm Treo 750. First of all, you have to know that I HATE the Palm platform! I absolutely refuse to use it. And I'm not really into listening to music on my phone, so I was getting fed up with all the "toy" phones. ATT Tilt smart phoneThe reasons I wanted the newer version of the HP iPAQ were that it ran on the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platform, and had the real, pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Reader, GPS, and much more. I actually had a listing presentation that I created in Power Point, then converted to the pocket version on my HP iPAQ!

So after weeks and weeks of searching online and returning to store over and over again, unable to find something I liked, I finally decided I would have to settle for the AT&T Tilt phone even though I didn't really like it. (I should mention that I HAD to get a new phone because my battery was no longer holding the charge) So Palm Treo 750as I was waiting for the girl to get the AT&T Tilt phone out of the case, I was absently reading the Palm Treo 750 info and noticed that is said it was running on a Windows platform.... Hold the phone!  WHAT!?! They now have the Windows platform running on a Palm Smart Phone? I had been in and out of that store several times; each time, ranting that I wanted a Pocket PC (Windows Mobile) NOT a Palm, and telling them I didn't like the Tilt because it's bulky. The employees didn't even know that the Palm Treo 750 had what I wanted! It's pretty bad when the customer's more educated than the employees! The only problem was that the info card said it was running Windows Mobile version 5 and I knew the newest version was 6. But when the girl went into the back room to check and make sure that Windows was in fact running on a Palm Smart Phone, she also discovered that version 6 was on the phones in stock. So I now have my new Smart Phone with all my client info, appointments, notes, tasks, etc., AND the real versions of my Microsoft Office suite and I'm back in business so to speak. So with my start screen customized the way I want it, I am once again a happy Smart Phone camper =)  Now I'm just waiting for the new case I bought on eBAY (the stores never carry real leather cases, or choices in style) to come in the mail.

Now I have all my real estate customer and client information with me, wherever I go. My Smart Phone is synchronized with Microsoft Outlook on my computer. Now I never have to worry about not having the phont number of a client, whenever I need it.

If you're interested in buying or selling real estate in the Daytona Beach area, make a Smart Choice and contact Lisa Hill with Adams Cameron REALTORS®.

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Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

I have many of the phone stories you share. I am also with ATT. In the last 12-months my Treo 750 has been replaced 6, yes 6 times. ATT finally sent me a Tilt. while I have had it only about three weeks it is far better than the treo (especially the built in wifi and gps. You can map with google maps for free vs. $10 a month with att)

Now I also have the iphone 3g on order (taking about three weeks). From friends with the new iphone it should be the best platfom on the market (we'll see). Still waiting on June PDA to come out with the laptop patch.

 

If you stay with the Treo or go to the tilt give me a email. I have a web address for a VERY cost effective altnerative to sync with a laptop.

Good post

Tony

Aug 18, 2008 09:02 AM #1
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Sheila Reeves
Allen Tate Realtors - Greenville, SC

Lisa, I've had several Smart phones also and I was not happy with the Palm Product at all either.  My PDA was a Treo and I switched to a Windows based PDA and that lasted about 11 months before it started "crashing constantly also".  After going throuh several of those, I now have the AudioVox 6800 and wish I could have had a Windows based Treo that worked well, as I liked that one really well.  Maybe I will just wait for the I-phone as I've heard good things about it.

Aug 18, 2008 09:05 AM #2
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

AAAHHH! NO! You guys are killing me with this information! I really, really, really hope mine's the exception to what you've experienced. I've spent way too much time looking, and now I've ordered a cool leather case =/

Aug 18, 2008 10:49 AM #3
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Lisa,

I have the TREO 680 and really love it.  Do you have the capability to put your e-key on your phone and also get the mls?

BTW, Have you thought about offering your knowledge to the store that you bought the phone from?  Think about it, you could have a second income training their employees.

Aug 18, 2008 12:14 PM #4
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You do love your gadgets, Lisa. I'm just not that tech savvy. I have the first generation I-phone. It's a cool phone and no I don't utilize one third of its functionality. 

Aug 18, 2008 02:21 PM #5
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George Tars
PalmHomes LLC - Palm Beach, FL

The Tilt is very good .. I can SSH to my servers ... I can also VPN to my office .... I can use it as a modem with my Laptop (using the internet sharing module) .... off course GPS with Google maps ...   

the bad thing is that it DOES NOT have a headset jack ... so I bought a bluetooth stereo headset fro $49.00 from http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826555005&Tpk=MOTOROKR%25e2%2584%25a2%2bS9 (now they are charging $76.00 but when I bought mine it was on offer)  ...

 

Aug 18, 2008 03:12 PM #6
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Palm Homes- Don't let Andrew read your comment. He thinks I'm a tech genius. You're ruining my image! =P

And Don- YES! And YAY! I've had to use the D key all this time, simply because GE didn't make the lockboxes openable (is that a word) by the Pocket PC platform. LAME! But I called the Board before I bought this one and out IT gal said yes, the Palm Treo 750 is the one Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platform that will open the iBoxes.

Aug 18, 2008 08:11 PM #7
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Susie Blackmon
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My Blackberry has bells and whistles I don't even use as I don't have time to figure them out!  And now all of a sudden my coverage at home is nil... living in the mountains can be challenging when you need phone reception.  I've always liked the TREO but I want to I-Phone!  Luckily AT&T's coverage here is problematic so I can't buy one ... yet!

Aug 18, 2008 09:28 PM #8
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Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Go to AT&T ASAP and ask for the iPhone 3G you won't be dissapointed!

Aug 19, 2008 06:53 AM #9
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

OK. You iPhone addicts. I don't like the iPhone! As I said, I'm not into listening to music or watching videos on my phone. And I really don't like the screen either. I use ALL the capabilities of my Windows Mobile Smart Phones. I won't be happy with anything else.

Aug 19, 2008 04:08 PM #10
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Ann Allen Hoover
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I have the Treo 680 too, and I'm satisfied with it.  The reason I have it is because I have AT&T and if I wanted to have e-key on my phone, that was my choice.  I know I am not utilizing it as I should.  I don't even know what questions to ask. Every once in a while someone will show me a trick it will do and I am amazed.  Maybe someone can suggest a blog post that would be helpful?

Ann Allen Birmingham Realtor 

Aug 20, 2008 02:27 AM #11
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I get by with my Blackberry Curve...I am so low tech!

Aug 20, 2008 08:27 AM #12
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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I can't wait for the BlackBerry BOLD to be released next month! I've had the same BB for two years now. Ouch.

elizabeth weintraub sacramento land park real estate agent

Aug 21, 2008 05:04 AM #13
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Deborah Fisher
Fisher & Company, P.A., Marketing & Creative Strategists - Fort Worth, TX

Please don't get me started with all the phone business again.  I bought my Blackberry Curve two days before they were released to the public.  Now Elizabeth W. says there is a new BB Bold.  Good grief. Here I go again. 

I had an HPJornada back in the 90s.  Wished it was a phone as well.  The Blackberry does all the Jornada did and all I want it to do. As an audiophile I am not going to listen to music in my phone. I do browse the internet, send and recieve emails from multiple mailboxes, use the calendar and alarm clock features, check facebook updates from the kids, use googletalk, store passwords, oh, and the best feature of the BB Curve is the Wi-Fi phone.  The voice dialing is okay as well.

Wanted an iPhone because I am such an Apple geek, but can't stand AT&T.  Dumped them for poor service around 1996 or 97.

I am waiting for the phone chip to be implanted in my head.  That would solve it all.

Aug 25, 2008 02:05 PM #14
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Fisher & Co. - The HP Jornada! I forgot about that one. That was my first choice and I actually ordered one online, but it got lost in the mail. Once I got the refund, I opted for the Toshiba instead. As for AT&T, I'm pretty fed up with them, but they have the best coverage in this area. And most agents have AT&T. With the free mobile-to-mobile, it's the best bet around here.

Aug 26, 2008 02:17 PM #15
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I bought a Treo 700WX about 2 months ago on EBAY for $125.00 including postage!!!

I looked up the retail price for them and they are being marketed for over $500.00!!

After updating the firmware and buying 1GB of SD memory for $14.99 at a Walgreens, I am all set.

I LOVE my Phone/Mobile PC, Lisa!!

 

NEXT on my list is a used laptop w/ wifi included AND a mobile printer....hehehehe!!

=-)

Aug 27, 2008 08:43 AM #16
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Lisa Hill
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Daytona Beach Real Estate

Alex- I bought one of my phone on eBay before. And I get ALL my bluetooth headsets on eBay for $30 instead of $100. We have a few other sites where we get our technology items as well.

Aug 27, 2008 06:17 PM #17
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Larry Lane
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I'd think the phone store employee(s) would be better trained, They could take some lessons from real estate agents!

Aug 30, 2008 01:37 PM #18
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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Lisa,

This is my problem. Trying to choose and at one point were thinking of Treo and then noticed a huge number of postings, and very bad reports. Then the question of BB or iPhone. So far looks like iPhones are terrific for younger crowd, but I won't be using it in this way, so, getting back to BB.

Aug 31, 2008 07:06 AM #19
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Jon- I've never had a Blackberry. Does it run on a Palm platform? That's the only reason I can think of that it wouldn't have ever made my short list. And you're right about all the phones looking like they're for the younger crowd. I guess this is another example of "You know you're getting old when... "

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