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Feb 19, 2008 10:55 pm

I am transitioning from the institutional bond biz to EDJ.  In my previous position I used a Bloomberg terminal and since I had accounts all over the world, I had the messages that came across my Bloomberg forwarded to my Blackberry.


For you folks at EDJ, do you think a Blackberry or other mobile email device is useful, or is regualr email and your BOA sufficient?  Let me know what works well for you.  Thanks!

Feb 20, 2008 8:32 am

i think jones has a contract with Verizon and you have to use a windows based platform.

Feb 20, 2008 8:51 am

Thanks IronHorse, so you think a Palm Treo or something like it would be better than a blackberry?  Do you happen to know who I might talk to about that at EDJ?

Feb 20, 2008 10:25 am

BW -  It has to be Windows Mobile 5 or 6 on a Smartphone or a wireless PDA.  My Palm Treo won't work. 

 
We get a discount through Sprint, Nextel, or Verizon of 18%. 
 
Your regular email and your BOA will be sufficient for a long time.  You can't do much on the mobile Jonesnet anyway.  No trades, no email.  You can basically look at your calendar, prospects & clients personal info (not their account info), and your performance charts.  To me it's not really worth forking over the money every month for the data package and the hundreds of dollars for the new phone.   
Feb 20, 2008 11:20 am

you just have to get a Treo 700wx or whatever.  one is windows based and will work.   

Feb 20, 2008 11:55 am

Thanks for the info...I appreciate it.  I am with Verizon already and the data pkg is about $30/mo.  I am due a new phone and will probably get a PDA phone I can use because it will be 2yrs before I can get another phone.

Feb 20, 2008 12:16 pm

nice thing about Verizon.  Left Jones 14 months ago and still getting the 18% discount.

Feb 20, 2008 12:46 pm
Spaceman Spiff:

BW -  It has to be Windows Mobile 5 or 6 on a Smartphone or a wireless PDA.  My Palm Treo won't work. 

 
We get a discount through Sprint, Nextel, or Verizon of 18%. 
 
Your regular email and your BOA will be sufficient for a long time.  You can't do much on the mobile Jonesnet anyway.  No trades, no email.  You can basically look at your calendar, prospects & clients personal info (not their account info), and your performance charts.  To me it's not really worth forking over the money every month for the data package and the hundreds of dollars for the new phone.   
 
The newer Palm Treos work.  If you are going to spend the money on it anyway, you should get it.  I am often out talking with people that would like to sit down and talk, and checking my calendar right there is very helpful.  It's also "priceless" when I am at home and my wife tells me she needs me home for something at a certain time.  I don't have to log in to my laptop at home to check my schedule.  Might seem immaterial to some, but when you have 2 small kids and a wife that works, it saves a lot of headaches.  But, unquestionably, I could live without it.
Feb 20, 2008 1:06 pm

I have the Blackjack 11 and it works well. Sometimes the internet is slow but easy to work with and I can edit 'to do's' for my BOA as well as add activities and those were the most important features for me.

 
Miss J
 
*BlackBerry doesn't work with our system.
Feb 20, 2008 9:20 pm

I use a Samsung Blackjack and haven't had any probelms with it. My area is a 3G with Cingular so my response times are very quick, outlying areas that aren't 3G are much slower.