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iPhone Trade-ins: The Going Rate

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If commercial property’s in your job description, then a smartphone is probably one of your most important business tools. The impending release of a new iPhone model (probably named the 5S) reminds us that updating technology can be a real treadmill. What are our options today?

Consider Doing Nothing

Most commercial real estate professionals don’t need to mindlessly chuck old devices and grab new ones.  That gets expensive and disruptive, and often presents the classic economic problem of diminishing returns.  Is a new phone going to send and receive more email?  Browse more web?  Run more apps? Probably not. The fact is the basic productivity gains from mobile technology are more or less at a plateau today: as long as our carrier’s data network cooperates, our full connectivity to our prospects and our business data has been established, and a new phone isn’t going to improve much on that basic benefit.

Instead, we’re looking at incremental benefits: faster screen refreshes.  More seamless switching from one app to another. Crisper photos. Is that worth shelling out hundreds for?

The $200 Middle Ground

Staying on the treadmill could be well worth it, especially if top-quality photos of space and buildings are key to your communications. So is there any way to soften the blow?

Perhaps sensing that the market for upgrades could be softening as phone owners notice this diminishing returns problem, Apple has announced it is launching a iPhone trade-in program.  The computing and device giant will offer store credit on the purchase of a new iPhone for trade-ins.  CNBC’s John Fortt tweets that the terms mean the customer must leave the store with a new contract, as the store will place the trade-in value of your old phone onto a gift card that you have to use to buy a new iPhone at that time.  Ars Technica reports that Apple will be offering $200 in trade-in value on a iPhone 4S.

Blunting some of the expense of upgrading is fine, but as long as we’re considering trade-in programs, what are the options?  As it turns out, there are several.

Options On Options

Ars Technica ran a recent post about the various hardware trade-in programs running for smartphones — not just iPhones.  It turns out that Apple is a late entrant into the secondary market on their iPhones.  Sites that accept old iPhones and other handhelds for store credit or cash include Amazon, Gazelle, Nextworth, USell, Totem and Gamestop.  The iPhone trade in numbers are in Ars’s chart below.



Options.  Markets.  A great way to reconsider our relationship with that tech treadmill.

8 Essential iPad Apps For Commercial Real Estate


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I’m an Android guy, but I can’t pretend the wider offerings of software for the iPad and iPhone don’t make me a little green with envy once in a while.  Here are eight great apps for any commercial real estate pro:

Photoshop Express Because managing your property photos can be a pain — cropping and color correction and brightness are a must-have for property shots –  photo management should happen fast and on-site, Photoshop Express is the iPad’s leading solution, bringing much of the power of the world’s leading photo software to your pad.  Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

AutoCad WS View, edit and share AutoCad drawings with anyone from the site with AutoCad WS. Easily open DWG and other file types and get close with your prospective tenants on improvements while on-site.

Dragon Dictation Voice recognition app that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Up to five times faster than typing on the iPad keyboard. Tap to record, tap again to pause, doubletap when complete.

Dragon Recorder Use the free Dragon Recorder app with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (4th gen) to conveniently dictate complete memos, reports, or articles – anytime, anywhere. Play back, rewind and fast forward the audio recordings. Then wirelessly transfer the audio files to your Mac or PC for quick and accurate transcription with Dragon speech recognition.

Dropbox Emailing yourself a file so you’ve got access to it at your desktop or mobile device is a hassle.  Dropbox cuts out the hassle – its’ a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox is accessible from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox site.

ArcGIS by ESRI Ideal for building data on top of locales using maps.  You can get to key demographic and market indicators, map distances, run keyword searches and manipulate layers.  Ideal for access plans.

Pro HDR So much of onsite photography depends on light factors that we can’t control.  But you can make up for the shortcomings using High Dynamic Range photography that takes multiple shots at once, then sums them together for the best looking exposures – all automatically.

Sign-N-Send  Sign any Microsoft Office document or PDF and send to anywhere with Sign-N-Send. Universal app that works on all iOS devices.

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