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As of 12-1-11 they require smartphone use with their proprietary uploader app. Can they do this? Is this within legal parameters of a contractor / subcontractor arrangement? Can anyone site any pertinent legal documentation re: this? Sounds like a load of crap to me. If it is legal (are we living in russia?), looks like I'll again be parting ways with this piece of work MFS co.

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sure it's legal, you are free to not contract with them.
 
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I couldn't imagine not having a smartphone anyway. I can run my entire working world on it if I need to. Just get the cheapest one you can get, usually free, and pay the 30 buck a month data package. Once you get used to it, you will wonder how you ever got by without it.

But like was said, you are free to work for someone else.
 
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I can't imagine being in business and not having a smart phone, that being said you don't have to get one, you can alway work somewhere else, or just play angry birds on your PC.

It really is no different than the digital camera and internet access you were required to have when you started
 

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MHR said:
As of 12-1-11 they require smartphone use with their proprietary uploader app. Can they do this? Is this within legal parameters of a contractor / subcontractor arrangement? Can anyone site any pertinent legal documentation re: this? Sounds like a load of crap to me. If it is legal (are we living in russia?), looks like I'll again be parting ways with this piece of work MFS co.

Sorry if this has already been addressed.
The reason is it helps them report back quicker to their clients. I have yet to see a cell phone take better photos than a digital camera. The flash on the phone is nowhere near as good at a Kodak. You're better off getting an android tablet and transferring your photos from your camera to there. I have the HTC thunderbolt and iPhone 4s. Both have great cameras for cell phones but can't compete with a camera.
 

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I hate their damn touch stuff.

I try using my wifes and in about 2 minutes want to drive over it with my pickup.

I'm happy with my netbook with regular key board and mouse.
Still using an old style flip phone.
 
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The reason is it helps them report back quicker to their clients. I have yet to see a cell phone take better photos than a digital camera. The flash on the phone is nowhere near as good at a Kodak. You're better off getting an android tablet and transferring your photos from your camera to there. I have the HTC thunderbolt and iPhone 4s. Both have great cameras for cell phones but can't compete with a camera.
Well said but my tablet only has 5mb front and rear camera.I take the pics with the digitial camera and then upload them to my tablet and off they go.I do have a smart phone but am not so good at using it.
 
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Ive already told them Im not able to use my phone due to service issues. Several things they didnt consider:

If my service isnt good till i get home why not just use a camera and upload at home like I always do.

Battery life on a smart phone is crap. Now put that in 10 degree temps and I guarentee the battery wont last an hour on an initial with all the pics taken for jani, wint, and debris.

How about durability?? I blew through 3 cameras in 2 yrs. I now use a freeze proof, shock proof, waterproof, dust proof fuji with a non mechanical zoom and its lasted 2yrs so far.

Photo/flash quality??!!

If its not going to save me time, and be more of a headache, why would I use it?

Just saying.....
 
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I don't work for fas but use smartphone exclusively. Currently using Droid incredible. The camera works just as good as my Kodak digital camera, so does the flash. I know a real digital camera may have more pixels, but my phone has a 8 mp and you have to set to lowest setting anyway. Battery is also comparable to the Kodak. If you have bad service area there's not much you can do. After owning and using my smartphone ill never go back.
 

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Ive already told them Im not able to use my phone due to service issues. Several things they didnt consider:

If my service isnt good till i get home why not just use a camera and upload at home like I always do.

Battery life on a smart phone is crap. Now put that in 10 degree temps and I guarentee the battery wont last an hour on an initial with all the pics taken for jani, wint, and debris.

How about durability?? I blew through 3 cameras in 2 yrs. I now use a freeze proof, shock proof, waterproof, dust proof fuji with a non mechanical zoom and its lasted 2yrs so far.

Photo/flash quality??!!

If its not going to save me time, and be more of a headache, why would I use it?

Just saying.....
A android tablet will do just fine. No 2 year contract required. Just transfer your photos from your camera via Bluetooth or FireWire to the tablet. Those droid tablets run about the same as a digital camera.

I hear you on battery life though. The more you charge your batteries, the more worn out your device will get. I go through cell phones 2-3 times a year. I just got my iPhone 4s.
 

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im gonna be new to using phone for pics,sowhats difference between using digital or phone then send them once your back at office???
 

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im gonna be new to using phone for pics,sowhats difference between using digital or phone then send them once your back at office???
Android has an app that uploads your photos from site for FAS. Here's the problem. Nobody has unlimited data. You'll be paying out of your azz!!! You need to find someone who wants out of their contract with unlimited data. I suggest AT&T or Verizon. FAS should've put you in touch with a local Verizon or At&t business sales rep. If not, pm me and I will set you up with my people.
 
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Android has an app that uploads your photos from site for FAS. Here's the problem. Nobody has unlimited data. You'll be paying out of your azz!!! You need to find someone who wants out of their contract with unlimited data. I suggest AT&T or Verizon. FAS should've put you in touch with a local Verizon or At&t business sales rep. If not, pm me and I will set you up with my people.
http://gigaom.com/broadband/another-unlimited-mobile-data-plan-bites-the-dust/

Don't use a smartphone for picture uploading if at all possible (this isn't referring to taking pictures on phone and transferring them via USB to computer). You will quickly rack up GB of usage, and there really is no such thing as an unlimited data plan.
 

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Yeah there isn't unlimited any more.

I HAD unlimited on my air card because I was a customer way back when........ they went and changed it to a 5 gig cap without even asking me.
No grandfathered in or any thing of that sort.

I'd tell FAS I don't have a smartphone and unless they foot the entire bill from the phone purchase, data plan, monthly bill and overages they can keep dreaming, I aint buying one.
 
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http://gigaom.com/broadband/another-unlimited-mobile-data-plan-bites-the-dust/

Don't use a smartphone for picture uploading if at all possible (this isn't referring to taking pictures on phone and transferring them via USB to computer). You will quickly rack up GB of usage, and there really is no such thing as an unlimited data plan.
Verizon is unlimited if you've had a contract before the switch. All my pics are upload thru my phones, thousands a month.
 
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When you use your smartphone to take pics it stores alot more data than you think. One of the things FAS gets is that the pics a tagged with a GPS marker confirming your taking pics of the correct house or not cheating using a house from Safegaurd for pics. I heard it was coming. A buddy of mine was in on the beta testing.
 

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Verizon is unlimited if you've had a contract before the switch. All my pics are upload thru my phones, thousands a month.
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Yeah there isn't unlimited any more.

I HAD unlimited on my air card because I was a customer way back when........ they went and changed it to a 5 gig cap without even asking me.
No grandfathered in or any thing of that sort.






You just think its unlimited. This is unless its different in different markets.

I got a call one day from VZ telling me that my monthly bill was going down a few bux. I asked why this was. Normally a bill does not go down.

They said that they killed the unlimited data plan and reduced the rate by $5 a month.
 
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