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Communication in the field

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by BigDaddyMac, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. BigDaddyMac

    BigDaddyMac Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 3

    I'm trying to figure out what system to use to keep in touch with the other guys I'm plowing with.

    Do you guys use standard cell phones? Nextel's 2-ways? IPhones?

    I was kind of thinking it might be time for us to invest in a phone with a GPS in it, but I wasn't sure if it was worth the money.

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  3. lilpusher

    lilpusher Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 140

    IMO phones with gps will work in a pinch but nowhere near as accurate or quick as most 99 dollar gps. We use cell and 2 ways. I personally like a 2 way with hands free. I have usually found that a piece of technology is better when it is a dedicated piece. Camera / phone / gps / email does everything but not everything well
  4. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    looking back, I wouldn't get the push to talks again. I get alot of phone calls and my problem is that it goes straight to voice mail when you are on the P2T. So I get off of it and all of a sudden have 3 or 4 messages that by the time I have listened to my guys are calling me again saying they couldn't "mike" me because I was on the line... I agree, dedicated is best.
  5. silvercity

    silvercity Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    We have been running Nextel since 1996 and they have come a long way. If you can look at the hybrids they have sprint cell service and nextel 2way
  6. Motorola CLS model radios when plowing on same site. Cell otherwise (Verizon-to-Verizon; free calls)
  7. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    NEXTEL as well as CB, also for the seasonal workers you could go with the boost, a contractor I worked for gave Boost out (if they overused the phone for personal calls they would deduct it from your pay,)- the best part about boost is you dont use it you dont pay for it!!
  8. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    grandviews' system is cool and works well at the shop, but it has some drawbacks...........

    Using the phone is time consuming and limited but I can't get by without it. I also couldn't do my job without juggling several Nextels. All depends on how many people you need to talk to at the same time.
  9. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Another point to make about nextel, the newer have a real "walkie-talkie" allowing you to talk to everyone as a group or one person!!!