Pocket PC's in the field?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by lakegastonlawn, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. lakegastonlawn

    lakegastonlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Anyone using these in their daily routines? As a step up from the Palm's and PDA's, I thought these might be useful on the go. More power to do actual chores with, instead of just managing a contact list.
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    I have a Palm Pilot and use it every day. I do more with it than the contact list. I have a mileage program that keeps track of my bus., personal miles. I have qxpress and quickbooks on my computer and a module for the palm that sends info back and forth. Qxprress schedules jobs and with the palm, I keep track of what was done,cancelled,or postponed. At end of day, I hot sync and all info is put into program automatic. I absolutely love mine.

    :D :D
  3. Darb

    Darb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    I know many of the major cell phone companies have these PDA or palm pilots with phones built into them. The up side to this is you won't look like batman with all these devices hanging off your belt.
  4. Barry D

    Barry D LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 44

    I work for T-Mobile (Business Sales) and use the Pocket PC with a phone intergrated. This works great for me on both my T-Mobile job and my Lawncare company. It has Microsoft software comes with Word and Excel. Go to www.pocketpc.com and you will find hundreds of programs available to use. Many deal with topics like mileage, accounting, contacts, finance and others.

    You can open Excel and Word documents. You can make changes and send them out as email. You can also check web based emails from this unit.

    Enough of advertising, I use this product everyday and love it. I have a phone and PDA in one devise. If you want to know more just send me an email and I will send you some information.

    Good Luck!
  5. AELawn

    AELawn LawnSite Member
    from South
    Posts: 10

    Did I understand thay correctly? You can put data in your pocket pc version of quickbooks?
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    I have a pocket PC but I still use my laptop for scheduling.
  7. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
    Posts: 930

    What kind do you have? I am looking into getting one of these instead of the laptop. I would like to have one that you can go on the internet with so when I got on trips and whatelse, I can go on the internet with it? Are they easy to use? How long does the battery last?

  8. thegrasscatchers

    thegrasscatchers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    We have Symbol's version of a palm pilot loaded with a very simple software program that I wrote in about 3 nights. The symbol spt-1500 has a barcode scanner built into it. We use that to scan the barcode on the route sheet, then enter information. It makes it much easier to keep track of start and stop times, and the operator doesnt have to be a computer genious. Just has to press the scan button, and choose from 3 drop-down menus. I find the winter the best time to design things like this. Gives you plenty of time to learn how to program, instead of watching the Weather Channel all the time :)
  9. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    Is there a program kile qexpress that will integrate the pocket PC with QB??
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I have used a palm before and it just slowed me down by 3-5 minutes per stop. That can add up to a lot of time during the day. I even tried it out with the crews last year and they were afraid of breaking something on it or messing up a program

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