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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA

Cell phone recommendations for Realtors (on Verizon)

Asked by Don Tepper, Burke, VA Mon Jun 14, 2010

I'm on Verizon, and it's probably time for me to get a new cell phone. I currently have a Palm Centro and have never been very happy with it. The keyboard is so tiny it's almost unusable. Web browsing is painfully slow, and larger sites just won't load. I went with it, in part, because I'd had a Palm Pilot and used the contact management function a lot. But Palm hasn't updated that software in years, so I'm guessing that others now have functional contact management functions.

I don't need a lot of bells and whistles (though I certainly wouldn't mind so long as it's relatively easy to operate), but I would like something fully functional with all the bases covered. So--one of the Blackberrys? Something using the Android operating system--like the Droid or Droid Incredible?

Any suggestions or comments--pro or con--would be appreciated.


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Hi, Don,

I am getting used to my Blackberry 8900 Curve, small keyboard and all. My service has long been with T-Mobile, but their system seems slower than others. I envy my colleagues who have the newest I-Phones. For example, I pulled out my trusty HP Financial Calculator at a recent seminar. The guy next to me said, "I think there's an app for that." He got a two week trial and downloaded it to his I-phone on the spot. It did everything mine did, only faster. Another colleague told me today that his I-Pad (which weighs a lot less than my laptop and does almost everything I need) now has a hack available that lets him make calls from it. Our MLS is fully accessible from an I-Phone or I-Pad, but on the Blackberry, I get a stripped down mobile version that doesn't give me all the data. By the time my laptop finishes booting up, or my Blackberry loads the map I want, the other guys have their info and are done. That experience is going to cost me money.

Technology seems to have merged computing and telephony into personal information devices that happen to make calls, too. You may think now that you don't need the Bells and Whistles now, but the pace of innovation in our industry is accelerating, and those Bells and Whistles give us amazing mobility and connectivity.

I consider myself pretty tech-competent, but just last week, I told a colleague I didn't see the need for electronic document signing - "just a tech gimmick" I think I said. This week THREE clients told me they could receive and read docs on their I-phones, but had no printer and no way to sign and return them, so there would be a delay. So, I am learning about electronic signatures.

I spend the morning with Stefan Swanepoel of RealTrends ( His discussion of what's coming in our industry was both scintillating and daunting. I have some new tricks to learn.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 14, 2010
Great question........We would imaging there are many people with the same delema.............

We are also in Don's identical situation and will be paying close attention to responses to this post.

It helps to hear the voices of those in the trenches!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 15, 2010
Hi Don:

Clearly it is the phone and not the service or the reception.

Droid or Blackberry will be just fine.

Blackberry is being replaced now by smart phones from Apple and or Google.

Verizon should be coming out with an iPhone soon.

Goodluck and best regards.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 14, 2010
Iphone 4g. They may or may not work on Verizon ;)

If you need to use a verizon based phone, Droid. Blackberry's are ok but they are dying out. Droids will have the apps to support it as developers have more time to get them out there.

Sean Dawes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 14, 2010
Don, for whatever it is worth, I got a Samsung SCH-U960 the end of last year and I have not been very happy with it. It is probably obsolete now anyway. It has a great camera in it, but other than that I've been unhappy with the email and web browser functionality. There is about a 10 minute delay with receiving emails unless you go in and manually refresh it. Another annoying feature is even when you turn off all the sounds, it still makes beeping sounds when you are checking email. Very annoying. I would like to get an iPhone, but I want to stick with Verizon because it is the only carrier that I get reception with at my house. I haven't checked out the Droid, but I heard they were nice.
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