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Wendy  Borns…, Real Estate Pro in Dover, MA

I am researching smartphones and am btwn a Palm Centro, HTC tilt, Blackberry Curve and Iphone. Would love?

Asked by Wendy Bornstein, Dover, MA Tue Feb 26, 2008

to hear other realtors feedback on what features are key.

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Hmm, interesting, are we in the Atlanta area the only ones that use our phones as our Supra key? Almost everyone in my office uses the Treo because it is compatible with Supra. I open lockboxes with my phone, it automatically updates every morning at 4am so I don't have to worry about updating it manually, I can look up listings, provide feedback, access the agent roster...everything with my Treo. It's awesome!
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to clarify my previous, the blackberry is useful for agents, just most agents don't access corporate email systems as often as other professions. The Blackberry is kind of the standard by which all smartphones are measured by and for good reason, they make a solid product for just about all business applications.

Both Palm & Blackberry offer "Push" email applications. I find the Palm more user friendly in the real estate world, advanced users though will find both equally good for their purposes. Lack of built in Wifi for the Palm is really the major tech item missing. One item to be aware of is to be aware of is the vuneralbilities of wifi and bluetooth access and the info stored on your handheld.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Only real downside to the Centro is the lack of Bluetooth, look into the Treo versions 650,680,700,750,755 etc. Those support bluetooth for handsfree and hotsync. Personally I prefer the Palm platform over the windows version. I haven't heard of any virus' for the palm platform, but have from the windows version. The Blackberry is great if you have to access enterprise servers etc. but not really needed by agents. The Iphone really doesn't work with many business applications but does have the benefit of having WiFi built into it for surfing the web via Wifi and is faster than many mobile phones web surfing speeds. It all comes down to the coverage of the service provider in your area. Most of these phones are digital only phones so their range of reception is limited by the digital coverage in your area. The full keypad makes life so much easier to type and search. The iPhone's touchscreen is amazing but can get a bit tough to type in long internet addresses. Hope that is helpful. A great Palm refrence site is MyTreo.net link below with knowledge base and user reviews and common support and user guidance.
Web Reference: http://www.Mytreo.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
I think it depends on what you want it to do and how often you trade phones. I've had Palm and while I liked it I think it is on it's way out. iPhone is pretty cool, especially if you want to watch movies, youtube, listen to music, and load pictures on it. Pretty expensive though at this point. May not work currently if you travel abroad much. Blackberry is very business oriented and probably one of the most ingenious products I've ever seen. Looking at a web page with a phone number....you can call directly from that page without dialing the number. Same with email. How about one button dialing if the home phone is busy and now you want to dial the same person's mobil? I also like that it interfaces with outlook and also with card scan. You can scan everyone's business card with cardscan to outlook and then download to your phone. Huge timesaver for your assistant to get them working on better things.
Web Reference: http://www.teamlynn.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 27, 2008
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Wendy....

I recently upgraded from the Treo 650 to the Treo 755P and have been happy as a clam. My carrier is Verizon and it took a while for them to get the 755. It's broadband and sings.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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I absolutely love my Blackberry Curve. I think it is one of the best decisions I have made in a long time, how sad is that? But seriously, all of my emails are downloaded right to my phone and a little red light flashes when I have a new one. Same thing with missed calls. It has too many cool functions to list. But, they are mostly practical functions in a business sense, as opposed to the iPhone which I view as a toy. I got it free on amazon after the $100 rebate so you can't beat that. I'm paying very low rates through t-mobile and I get great coverage. Most of my long distance calls are free because if you are in any spot that picks up wifi the curve uses the wifi to place your calls, rather than deducting from your minutes. I have absolutely no complaints!
Web Reference: http://www.wnyhomevoice.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
First things first...What cell phone provider in your area gives the best service area coverage? Once you have found out the answer to that question your choice of phone will be narrowed down to the phones your best service provider offers. Now you are able to make an intelligent choice. I use a Blackberyy World Edition.This PDA has RIMM technology which pushes emails 10 times faster than anyone else,period. If you travel,this World Edition allows you to place and receive calls and emails anywhere in the world.All the answers previous to this are not giving you the facts that you need to make the best decision.
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I am & have been an avfid blackberry user for years, even before real estate. I find the simplicity as well as e-mail technology & capabilities to be far superior. As other phones, Iphone etc, have come out, I have seen many colleagues & friends change & many have said the blackberry was the best. The curve, which I am on the fence about changing to for I love my pearl, is an incredible phone. Its ability to hop on a WIFI signal and utilize that for better performance, clarity & speed on the web is pretty incredible especially if You live in an area where You are not in the "city" area often. There are WIFI singals all over the place so this feature definately enhances the value.
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I agree with Christopher as I have the same phone ... 15 or so phones in the last 10 years and this is by far and away the best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
I have tried many different smart phones throughout the years and had good and bad luck with each of them. If your area uses the GE Supra Lock boxes keep that in mind while making your decision. The Centro is now compatible with the lock boxes but the blackberry phones are not. The HTC may be soon, if it is not already, I believe it is the next generation of the MDA which I am currently using and I love it. With the many continuing education classes that we have to attend in Florida, it is valuable for me to have phone where I can quickly respond to emails that come in so we can keep our customers in the loop. The slide out keyboard makes it simple to respond quickly without having my fat fingers hitting multiple keys at the same time so I think the HTC would be a good choice for similar uses. The Iphone has not yet be perfected. It has a short battery life already and if you add a few applications to it it will drain even faster. Let me know if you have anymore questions or concerns and I would be happy to help!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
I use the pocket PC 6800 (Verizon) Microsoft mobile 6. It has been a fantastic phone and a tool that I can now not live without. It is compatible with our MLS system, electronic lock box keys, blue tooth nav system and nearly everything else us folks use. BIG screen, slide out qwerty keyboard too. The only compliant that I hear is that it just is not a "pretty" phone. I don't care much about pretty when it comes to getting the job done so...no complaints here. No system freeze, great battery life.....need I say more? I LOVE IT
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 26, 2008
Wendy -

I have not been happy with the PalmTreo. Freeze frames - locked up phone, shutting down for no apparent reason...the list goes on an on. I have been looking at the i-phone and the main reason I like it is because I can actually read the screen.

Good luck,
CJ
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