iPhone lockbox app on the way

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Real Estate Agent with The Johnston Team

6/24/09 UPDATE: Just got this link from SUPRA via their Facebook page. It appears the eKey for iPhone Basic will be released in August 2010 and the Pro version will follow in December 2010!

UPDATE: for those of you waiting check out this post eKey on iPhone, finally! at GeekEstateBlog.com and eKEY for iPhone is coming soon! from Supra.

For those of you that are iPhone users, I'm sure that you know that yesterday Apple released some info about the upcoming iPhone OS version 3.0.

There are many new features and you can watch the video over on the Apple site and get great reviews all over the web. My favorite is Ryan Block's at GDGT.com. The two things that I think are important for Realtors are:

1. Apple will now allow developers to access bluetooth to communicate with external devices

2. Turn by Turn directions

The first one has been what has kept Supra from being able to develop an application similar to the one on the Blackberry. I have spoken to (name withheld) at Supra and they have assured me that the app was being developed and wold be released pending Apple allowing this functionality. The iPhone 3.0 release will not be out until summer (hopefully June and not August) so I expect this app to follow shortly.

The second option is great for those of us who do not have navigation installed in our vehicles. Since the economy is not getting better quickly I'm not buying a car anytime soon. Garmin and TomTom have been developing proof of concept applications for the iPhone so I can assume they will be releasing apps this summer also. The one caveat here is, because of licensing issues these applications will have to provide their own maps. An entire map of the US stored locally could take up 750MB - 1GB of space. I have an 8GB version so this takes up as much as 12.5% of my storage.

 

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Still not Supra on the iPhone (it's May 2010). What a misleading article. So much for being "all but assured by a GE rep" ... wow.

May 10, 2010 08:53 PM
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@Sam Miller

 

Besides that this newer eKey revision (when they went to the fatter white one a few years back instead of the small black one) has been NOTHING but a headache. It's the worst Supra e-key device they've ever made. The shelf life on the battery is literally like a day or two tops. The thing is terrible. I've had the old one on my Palm Pilot before it went kaput, have the blackberry fob, the smaller beeper sized e-key and the large fat white one, I can say with 100 certainty the only useful thing about this new fat key is the flashlight. I'd rather just update it myself over the phone rather than have to carry something that big with me at all times to pop lock boxes. In fact, in my office three associates have discontinued use of the GE Supra key and lock boxes because of the exorbinant fees and the new key. It's pretty bad when Realtors would rather use traditional coded punch boxes over Supra keys (if for nothing else the data mining so sellers know you are getting activity) because the key is that much of a hassle. Regardless of what anyone from GE or this social network says I'll believe there is an iPhone app when I'm popping lock boxes with it. Other than that, it's all just noise.

May 10, 2010 09:05 PM
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I received an email from NewsGeni.us eBrief with the following claim that eKey is finally coming to IPhone.

 

http://www.newsgeni.us/articles/217/eKey_Coming_for_iPhone.html

 

 

May 18, 2010 12:56 AM
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Has anyone heard an update from GE? I don't see why this should be such a big hurdle. Even if it was a special case for the iPhone

June 15, 2010 01:27 PM
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When is the update coming from GE? I also heard that atnt bought out tmobile or going through anti trust

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