Do you have Connectile Dysfuntion?

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Real Estate Agent with Silvercreek Realty Group

Do you have Connectile Dysfunction? Then maybe you need Viagra an Aircard!

 

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! 

 

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Rainmaker
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Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Orlando, Florida - Lake Mary, FL
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Pam - The air card is the business person's best friend...
Jul 30, 2008 08:25 PM #40
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Mark Hesser
Bell Mortgage - Albertville, MN
FHA, VA Mortgage NMLS452476

I don't know how a real estate professional could live without an aircard?  Too many variables with Wifi, I cant count how many appointments have been screwed up by wifi connections... Meet anywhere and do business anywhere without spending time and money connecting to wifi

Jul 30, 2008 09:55 PM #41
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Adam~Yeah, I thought the title would get people attention!

Russell~I do think if we profess to be technology agents, we should display some in our LP. I'm glad you enjoyed the humor.

BB~That is a great point....the personal connection is the most important part of the LP. I will have to be sure I don't get carried away...

Lloyd~There are lots of plans available, but it may not be for everyone.....I have enjoyed mine though.

Kevin~Sign me up for a dozen of those beepers.....Remote control, car keys, etc.....Phoenix is a ton bigger than Idaho eh?

Vicki~I'm glad to hear you aren't the driver in that situation! ; )

JB~You will wonder how you EVER worked without one!

Daniel~If you're unconnected how can we bugg you??? ; )

Leesa~Thanks! Are you the kind person who flagged it? I need my husband to come home from Utah so he can help me with my PP. He's my tech guy!

Elizabeth~All aircard plans are unlimited that I've heard of. Call me sometime...it's fun to talk for free!

Richard~Thanks for your support!!!
Jul 30, 2008 10:01 PM #42
Rainer
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Shannon~I think you will love one! I still keep my service at home so that my family isn't without service when I'm gone.

Michael~ I thought it over awhile before we got one too.

Lizette~The proof is in the pudding! Glad you love yours too!

Jim~The hotels are a joke...it's either slow, or you pay out the ying-yang for it! I'm so glad that is not a worry anymore!

Gary~Thanks so much!!! You are too kind!

Mel~Your friend needs to seek professional advice! LOL ; )

Duane~Nice pun! ; )
Jul 30, 2008 11:59 PM #43
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Christine Donovan
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It sounds like you have found lots of good uses for this little gadget.

Jul 31, 2008 12:18 AM #44
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Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
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It just makes sense especially if you  travel a lot.  I have had one for several years and they keep getting faster.

Jul 31, 2008 12:20 AM #45
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John Ford
Security National Properties - Eureka, CA

If you happend to have the VX6800 phone from Verizon, you coiuld also use it as an aircard! I plug my laptop into my cell phone and can browse the listings online and is much faster than my office WIFI!

I once did a listing presentation on the hood of my car!

 

Jul 31, 2008 12:40 AM #46
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Kathy Anderson
HomeSmart - Surprise, AZ
Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand

I have one but mine has never worked very well.  I took it in before my vacation to make sure it was working properly.  I didn't have time to double check it before getting on the plane and found out it STILL isn't working.  I'm headed back to the store tomorrow to get one that works.  Very frustrating!

Jul 31, 2008 01:06 AM #47
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Gina~Technology can be addicting!

Dan~Thanks for your support!

Karl~Yes, you will wonder why you waited so long. It has to be a good fit for your budget and working plan though.

Cindy~That sounds like a sweet set up! Talk about Mobile Office!

Debbie~It's not the dog? ; ) Yes, for business people who work on the road it is vital!

Mark~I had the same frustrations before I got one! You can't trust that WIFI is going to work as planned.

Christine~Yes, I keep thinking of new uses!

Jul 31, 2008 03:12 AM #48
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Pam, I use mine all the time . On the train. Traveling in the car. At seminars and classes. It is a most valuable tool.

Jul 31, 2008 07:26 AM #49
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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
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Your solution seems to be less expensive than moving to a place where CD isn't a problem.  LOL

Jul 31, 2008 07:33 AM #50
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You bring up some great ideas, Pam. That's funny Google Maps couldn't handle NJ, but not surprising!

Jul 31, 2008 11:52 AM #51
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Robert~Mine is as fast as my cable internet at home. Technology changes so fast it makes your head spin.

John~Doesn't that eat up your cell phone minutes? Or do you have an unlimited plan? If you have an unlimited plan, I can see how that would be great!

Kathy~That would be very frustrating! Hope you get it fixed soon!

Margaret~It is a great tool to take advantage of otherwise wasted time!

Heath~Yes, it's much less expensive than moving! I love that it works almost anywhere!

Christopher~While in NJ, we had friends calling us from Cabs, and the Cabbie was asking us for directions to our hotel.......Hello, I've been in NJ for 10 hours now?!? ; )
Jul 31, 2008 01:11 PM #52
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Paul Silver
Focus Professionals, Inc. Rhode Island Real Estate - Newport, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

As a small agency, we dont have the resources that a ReMax might, but we do what we can... one thing is that we provide all our agents with laptops and "air cards" so that they can do as you do... We also offer battery powered printers for them, so they can print stuff out for clients...

I am unaware though that the air card allows you to find your own location on Google Maps... how do you configure that?

That would be another great use.

It is amzing how technology is advancing this industry, finally...

 

 

Jul 31, 2008 01:44 PM #53
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Paul~I am amazed by the amount of tools you provide to your agents!  I don't know of any Re/Max agencies that provide anything near that to their agents here in Idaho! 

Google maps doesn't let your find your location.  I just would figure out where I was, and then look at the map to figure out where I was going.  If there is anything that lets you map your location, I don't know about it.  That's why I still need a GPS. 

Technology changes so quickly though, it is probably right around the corner!

Jul 31, 2008 03:45 PM #54
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Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

Until my current job, I never needed a GPS, now it is great and I occasionally use it for personal reasons as well.  I haven't updated the software in 18 months, and it rarely ever has problems getting me from point A to point B!!

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Aug 01, 2008 06:49 PM #55
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network - The Colony, TX

I had to come back and read all the comments.  This was too good to forget about!

Aug 01, 2008 07:03 PM #56
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Sean Carroll
The Get Off Your A$$ Academy - Manhattan, NY
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I just got my broadband card last night, and I can't wait to use it. I also appreciated what you said about New Jersey "freeways" being the way they are. Chances are though, you'll be sitting in traffic here more often than not, so you have plenty of time to talk, surf, or check maps while sitting on the Interstate waiting to pay a toll. :)

Aug 02, 2008 03:53 PM #57
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Yes, we had TONS of toll charges when we turned in our rental car from the NJ turnpike! I'm glad you got your card! You'll enjoy it! Melody~Thanks for coming back! Ronald~What brand of GPS do you have???
Aug 04, 2008 11:42 PM #58
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Ronald Gillis
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I have a Garmin - Portable, so I can take it and put it in a Rental Car as well.

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