Can you ditch your laptop and work off your Treo 700p or smart phone?
I posted a blog about my Treo 700p and now I wonder if it's possible for me (or any Realtor for that matter) to ditch my laptop and work only using my Treo. I believe I can. With third party applications and high speed internet now available to Sprint and Verizon networks, the Treo smart phone has been a nice little tool in my arsenal. So much that dragging my laptop out has become cumbersome. So I ask, "How long can I work off my Treo without having to reach for my laptop?" Before I answer this question, let me see what I currently use my Treo for and see if I ditching my laptop is even an option.
Obviously, phone calls, calendar, contact management and text messaging are my Treo's number one purpose. I have installed a commercial software called ChatterEmail to "push" my email to my Treo so I get an email message seconds after it's delivered to my inbox just like a Blackberry. I can take pictures with my Treo's camera for clients or even myself for blogs and such.
I also installed Docs To Go so I can view, edit and create Word and/or Excel docs. I could even view PDF files which means, with a Fax to Email service such as eFax, I can receive faxes as email attachments and view them with Docs To Go. If I need to get my client's signatures, I just forward the email to my client, have them print it out and either fax it back to my eFax or directly to my transaction coordinator. This helps since it eliminates the paper waste but still gives me access to them anytime.
I use Kinoma 4 EX to listen to internet radio and podcasts and to view streaming vidcasts and other video sites like Google vids and YouTube. I use pTunes to listen to my MP3s and audio books of Zig Ziglar & Robert Kiyosaki.
I have Supra software to open up Real Estate lock boxes and to look up listings on MLS. It also tracks who accesses the lock boxes and keeps an inventory of them. I also have WINForms Mobile installed to view my transactions with my phone.
When looking for a particular address, I installed GoogleMaps. For GPS support, I have TomTom Navigator 5. I installed Directory Assistant to be able to look up the phone number and/or address of any business listed in the Yellow Pages.
For those long waits in line or while at an open house at vacant homes, I have SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS to link to my Slingbox at home so I can watch whatever is on my TiVo. If nothing is on TiVo, I have TCPMP installed to watch any DVD that I ripped (from my desktop, not laptop) and saved onto my 2GB SD card. If I don't feel like watching movies or listening to music, I installed Little John MultiEmulator that can emulate and play GameBoy ROM games, Nintendo ROM games, Sega Genesis ROM games, etc.
So now that I've pretty much dissected my Treo's software and capabilities, what exactly do I need my laptop for?
Elk Grove CA Realtor
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