Back in January I wrote an article that stating “The iPhone will NOT help your Real Estate Business” . I waiver now a bit on this statement.
The reason I waiver is because it depends on what type of phone you have now and what you use it for. If you a Windows Mobile phone user then you already know this phone will not do anything your phone can’t do now. If you are a Palm user and you use Supra eKey you will also not be able to use the iPhone because the iPhone won’t be able to install Supra eKey (yet).
Greg Swann noted in the comments that Supra eKey not being able to work is a moot point and I agree its not THAT big of a deal. And also the MLS not being able to work on the iPhone is also no biggy.
The reason I think this could be a good device is because of the “Show Off” factor. I tried to get you all to think of the show off factor with this contest. In April I (contest) was going to give away a Personal Media Player (PMP) if somebody gave me a good example of how you would use it in real estate. Nobody played so here is my idea. Load up all of your listing’s photos on the device and when your out an about use the device to “Show Off” your listings. No you don’t need that device and you can do this with the iPhone. Have you seen the commercials? The thing looks sweet and if it works as well as a Mac does out of the box then I think the iPhone will be a hit.
There are a few things that concern me though on the iPhone.
Battery Replacement. The iPhone (as far as I understand) does not have a user replaceable battery. That is VERY bad IMO. I’m a power user when it comes to my phone. I bought an extended battery just to last through the day.
On Screen Keyboard. Rumors are circulating that the on screen keyboard usability is a horrid experience.
I will most likely get one because its shiny. If the rumors about Apple having 3 million units available then it will be a easy purchase. If not then it will be difficult and sell it to the highest bidder 🙂
Derrick over at Flipping Rich is going to give one away if anyone buys a condo through him.
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