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Realtors can soon get an inexpensive Android phone with no contract

$175 contract free Android

Radio Shack will soon be offering the T-Mobile Optimus T for $175 with no contract required. The smartphone will run Android 2.2 and for data, users may have to purchase a monthly data plan through T-Mobile but still, no two year contract is required.

Our research shows not only that agents are interested in Android, a majority are in the market for a smartphone in the next year and Android is poised to take 50% of the smartphone marketshare by next year.

How this is good for Realtors

Realtors, we know that everyone has their hands in your pocket for $20 a month, $99 a month, and so on, and purchasing technology is sometimes cost prohibitive, but you feel yourself falling behind as other agents in the field flip out a phone and perform computer tasks that your old flip phone just doesn’t know how to do.

Instead of buying a $600 Android (like I did), and committing to a $250 monthly cell bill at Sprint (like I did) and being locked into a two year contract (like I am), you can go to Radio Shack and modernize your phone life.

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This makes for a great second phone or data phone. We have a few tech tips on how to make this work:

  1. Don’t worry about getting a phone line, you can just get a data plan and use Voice over IP to make phone calls.
  2. Set up your Google Voice to go to your phone so you can screen your calls like an old school answering machine.
  3. Take data off of your existing phone and use this as an email machine and app machine. Get your news, use e-signature apps, complex mortgage calculators, tweet on the go, facebook on the fly, etc.

What are some ways that you can think of to use a cheap yet awesome non-commital Android phone? Could this be your next phone that you actually commit to?

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Mike

    April 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Why did you pay full price for your phone from Sprint? Was the Palm Pre bad enough for you that you changed phones before the contract was up?

    • Benn Rosales

      April 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      The HTC Evo was just that damn good. 🙂 I loved my palm pre, she was great, but evo makes more sense for the types of productions we do, bigger screen, and certain apps make it a go too machine for our business.

  2. Scott

    April 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Google Voice and a data plan are a perfect pairing for keeping costs down with an Android phone. Great tips (as usual), Lani!

  3. Mike

    April 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    If you go online to T-mobile, you can get a refurb one for $120.

  4. angela

    July 17, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Or, while you're at Radio Shack purchase a droid available through Virgin Mobile, unlimited everything no-contract monthly service $60. After your first month gauge your telephone minutes usage, and if it's under 1200 minutes you can go down to the $40/mo plan. All plans include unlimited texting and internet. The company also has some really nice no-contract pricing options for tablet mi-fi cards 🙂

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