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Look Ma--NO HANDS --Cell Phone Must Haves!

 LOOK MA NO HANDS 

How many of you own a Blue Tooth or other hands-free cell phone doo-dad? When they first came out, I remember seeing a woman in a grocery store with this thingamagig in her ear, yapping away to HERSELF.  I was thinking, "Boy, she must be a busy person."   Now looking back, I'm thinking she PROBABLY was.  And she was way ahead of me!   I resisted the hands-free idea for quite some time, for the simple fact I didn't want another electronic contraption to figure out, to deal with, worry about it running down or another expense.  To tell the truth,  I was one of the last Realtors I know to even get a cell phone (2000).

BUT I finally caved and it has been one of the best investments I've made in the past two years. The most important aspect of using a hands-free device is, of course, SAFETY when you're driving.  IF you MUSTtake a call when behind the wheel, this saves fishing around your car seat or in shirt pocket or through your purse while you have one hand on the wheel.  

It's coming...we'll ALL most likely have to have one eventually in our business. You may want to start shopping now. Ask you cell carrier what they have to offer. 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsKat DeLong • July 26 2007 08:59AM

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I didn't get a cell phone until 2000... but that's also when I got my license.  I was one of the last of my friends to get a cell phone.  I always figured, if I wasn't at home, people didn't need to get a hold of me... wow, have things changed!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 11 years ago

When I first saw people with these blue tooth head sets, I thought "how silly can fashion trends get!". Now I have one and find it extremely helpful when I am in the car or multi tasking at my desk. They really are useful and not just fashion trend.

Great post.

Posted by Brad Snyder (Sierra Vista Realty) about 11 years ago
I love my bluetooth in my car, but do not use it out of my car.
Posted by Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services) about 11 years ago
I have a blue tooth for my phone but I have NO clue where it is!  It was a waste of $100 in my opinion.  I could never get used to it, had issues with trying to use the phone in normal mode if the blue tooth was too close to the phone (that's why I had to put it away so they weren't too close to each other), plus I HATE walking/driving around looking like I'm talking to myself.  I think those that use these regularly tend to ignore other peole in a room and can potentially lose clients.  They may be a good idea for hand-free and safety, but I'd rather not use my phone when driving.
Posted by Mary Warren about 11 years ago

Donna: Like me---you waited til 2000 to get the cell. I'm like that with all TRENDS, though this isn't one that's fading. THANKS so much!

Brad:  I, too, find them useful. I don't always use it, but IF I have a lot going on, it's plugged in my ear. I STILL pull over to talk--I'm too old to try and do both at once-drive and cell talk.

Jon: It is interesting how we all have different takes. And every gadget isn't for every one. Thanks so much for your feedback.

David:  If I'm with clients, I don't answer my cell regardless of I have my Blue Tooth on.   Thanks for dropping by.

Mary: LOL   I had trouble getting used to mine, also. We're not alone. But it isn't for you, then you don't NEED it. I'm sure you do more than fine without that dang thing.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) about 11 years ago

I actually have two...but one now sits on the counter and one is now my wife's.  I changed phones to a Treo Palm style and they don't work really well with that model....Treo likes to SELF ANSWER when using a bluetooth....that can get bad. 

I liked it when I had it...made life simpler...but I did notice the other day looking at some pictures that had been taken of me that it really DOES jump right out and that is the first thing people notice...

Some good..some bad, I guess.

Posted by "JT" Prevatte (Century 21 Family Realty, Relocation/Recruitment Director) about 11 years ago
I have a blue tooth (and a few white ones) ...and I use it on occasion. Just seems to be one more thing to "put on" and "charge up".
Posted by Al Maxwell, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams) about 11 years ago
I have a Platronics one....I quit smoking in January (I had the hands free because it was just the thing I needed to drive and smoke) I realize it is also a safety measure....so many people get in accidents from holding a phone and trying to drive...now I hear of an accident because the kid was "TEXT" messaging while trying to drive!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 11 years ago

I have to agree with you Kathy.  When I first saw them I did not care for them too much.  But I absolutely love it in the car.  Outside of the car I don't use it too much but I have to have it for driving.

Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) about 11 years ago

Jeffery:  I know what you mean about the TREO and its self answer. Gotta still work out bugs, I guess. Thanks for sharing.

AL: I agree...more stuff to deal with. We're damned it if do, damned if we don't. 

WooHoo: haven't heard of the Platronics. Congrat's on the quit puffing thing.    I still PULL most of the time.

Kimberly: Does make driving easier, doesn't it. I see more and more folks (all ages) with one stuck in their ear. LOL

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) about 11 years ago

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