Two friends of mine who sell real estate refuse to own a BlackBerry. One younger than me says she is too old and experienced (after 25 years as a broker) to bother with “new” (!) technology. The other says he doesn’t want to spend the money on such a PDA because clients always can reach him on the phone.
Neither reason worked for me years ago and certainly doesn’t work for me now. But then, I am such a “CrackBerry” addict that I always have it with me and turned on, even carrying it room to room when I’m home.
I have depended on a BlackBerry (and, yes, too much so while driving during my years in in D.C.) since I began my real estate business in 2002. I realized that many folks prefer the ease and speed of email and justifiably required an immediate response. Further, they don’t want to be condemned to voicemail.
But the ability to shoot back an answer to an email isn’t the only benefit: With a BlackBerry you also can search the Internet, read and manipulate attachments, looks up all a contact’s information and easily be reminded of calendar items.
After owning, buying, losing, damaging and buying spare BlackBerries in a quantity greater than I care to remember, I have endured several of the same version so old that it had no cute name but only a number (7105T). Continue reading