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Old 01-15-2007, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the opportunity to get a new Blackberry or Moto Q - Question is: As a sales professional, will it help me be more productive? Or will it just be too much connected?

I am having a hard time deciding whether or not to get one? I have a laptop and the only Real use I see productivity coming in is when I am in the car traveling or in and out of airports to check email and then make phone calls when I see those emails. Is that enough to justify getting one?
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It's also a PIM and works as a gps unit. Let the pros come on and they'll add more to my post.
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I just got back from Verizon and I am still not convinced I should get a Blackberry or the Q????

The email part is great. But if someone needs to reach me, they call me, including my boss. Since I work remotely (home/office), my cell phone is critical. I talk more than I email.

Plus, I hear of too many issues such as reception, lock up on these devices...

I am trying to justify the $45/month data plan...will I sell more? Will I make more money? Or is this device going to cause me a headache and I do I really want to be that connected?

I have had a Treo 650 before and I drove my wife crazy by carrying that around with me all the time. I did like the email part, but that was it.
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As a sales exec, I can't live without mobile email and the PIM. As I move between appointments and meetings , I can check email on the BB and respond as necessary without having to open the laptop and log on. I can make calls, take calls, do almost everything that I do in the office from the road.

The BB is rock solid, rarely locks up and no "blue screen of death" as you might see from windows devices. One thing to remember is that you can open and view word and excel files, but not edit or create them. If that is an issue, then you need to think twice about it. For me, I always have the laptop and an aircard if I need it.

Reception is a matter of the carrier's coverage where you use the device. I am in New England and have a Cingular BB and a Verizon aircard for the laptop, plus I carry a Verizon phone as well.
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Is it going to make you more productive? Sell more? That's up to you... If you learn the device and use it's capabilities, I can hardly see how you couldn't become more effective, and thus sell more.

As for the phone aspect...well..it's not a Nokia 6230i. However, I have yet to hear anyone denegrate the device based on the phone being subpar. I don't use VZW so I can't speak to how the latest BB's (87xx series) perform on their network, but I doubt it's poorly.
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I am trying to justify the $45/month data plan...will I sell more? Will I make more money? Or is this device going to cause me a headache and I do I really want to be that connected?
That's partially up to you and partially up to whether or not the device is suitable for your needs. Only you can really answer to those two points and to some degree, you really just have to try using one to see. Obviously, the device will only benefit if your're comfortable and proficient at using it. I highly recommend reading up on shortcuts and tips and tricks. You can definitely use the trackwheel for everything but you'll be significantly more efficient if you use the shortcuts.

Blackberryfaq.com is an incredibly useful reference, btw.
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