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This is by far my most valuable Techno Gadget! I got my Verizon Aircard about a year ago, and I am still finding new ways to employ it in my business. I'll tell you how I use it so far.
I use it at the office. I work from my home, but when I go into the office I love to use my aircard so I don't have to rely on their slow internet access!
I use it at Open Houses. I work predominatly with New Construction homes, so when we have unsold inventory I do Open Houses. I always take my laptop and aircard with me. It's very useful to be able to pull up the MLS and give visitors information about other homes for sale in the same vicinity. I also can use any downtime to write blogs, answer emails, or Hijack someone else's post!
I have used it as a GPS. I am living in the Dark Ages because I don't have a GPS yet. As an Idaho native, I don't really need one! However, when my husband and I recently visited Phoenix and NYC, I was in the passenger seat playing navigator with my laptop, aircard and Google Maps if we got really lost. (It didn't help at all in New Jersey though since their freeways are so crazy even the computer couldn't figure it out!) A GPS will be my next Geek Quest.
I have used it to work on Vacation. I don't know about you, but I think Hotel WIFI is a joke! The speeds are as bad as dial up at some places I've tried. Now I bring my laptop and aircard, and I can do anything I would normally do in my office while on the road. It very handy during airport layovers too.
Now, I will tell you about my Big Idea for the future!
I will use it in my Listing Presentations. This is one of those "Why didn't I think of this sooner?" ideas, but I am dying to give it a try. I plan to put my next Listing Presentation on Power Point. I can then take my laptop and aircard to the Presentation. I will be able to show my clients all the great websites their home will be featured on, show them the Virtual Tours I use etc.... Of course I will bring printed material for them as well. Being able to show them as opposed to tell them will be invaluable. Now I just need to get that next listing lined up! (Maybe all of you have been doing this for years, but last week was the first time I had thought of it.)
Most Cell Phone providers have this service. Remember, you need cell service to be able to use the air card, so I would suggest going with the company that has the best coverage in YOUR area. In Idaho, Verizon has the best coverage by far, but each area has it's own unique circumstances.
There are many styles of Air Cards. The one I chose plugs into a USB port. I like this because I can use it on my PC at home if I ever want to. Also, when I upgrade my laptop, I won't have to worry about getting one that has a certain kind of slot for a specific aircard.
Just like a cell phone, an aircard has a monthly fee. Most companies have a contract for 12 or 24 months service as well. However, unlike a cell phone, you pay a flat fee for unlimited airtime! There is also a fee for the air card, although most carriers have a free model available. Click here to shop all carriers online at a discount. I have found that my aircard more than pays for itself with increased productivity!
If you have any ideas of how you've used your Air Card, please tell me about it!