Best phone for package car driving?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Ashell, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. Ashell

    Ashell Member

    Its been a while since I did driver helper, so I don't know what technology has gone into cars as far as GPS. But are there any phones out there that have better features for drivers? durability, signal, helpful apps, carrier? I know handling your phone and driving is a no no, but voice commands and Bluetooth, or is that even allowed?
     
  2. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    We don't need phones. If we did, UPS would issue them. I keep telling my on-car that.
     
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  3. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

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  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Our PCM yesterday was about the updated policy on distracted driving. Basically we are not supposed to touch our phones or DIADs whether the wheels are rolling or not. I bring my iPhone4 to work everyday but rarely if ever use it, certainly not for navigation or "turn by turn".
     
  5. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

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  6. The rare, almost extinct species.
     
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  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    When was the last time you saw one of those? And if you saw one, was it working?
     
  8. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    There are 3 on my route!
     
  9. jaker

    jaker trolling

    My phone is in my pocket all day but that is because I stream pandora while I am working

    And don't buy a phone based off this job , buy a phone based on the reason you want it
     
  10. Ouch

    Ouch Well-Known Member

    e="UpstateNYUPSer, post: 1306185, member: 12570"]Our PCM yesterday was about the updated policy on distracted driving. Basically we are not supposed to touch our phones or DIADs whether the wheels are rolling or not. I bring my iPhone4 to work everyday but rarely if ever use it, certainly not for navigation or "turn by turn".[/quote]
    Didn't you post that you use your phone to call pickups and your helper and whom ever else you needed to call to make your day run smoother? Now your posting you rarely if ever use it?
     
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  11. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    My phone sits in the cup holder on the dash. It sits there untouched until the end of the day. A few customers have my number but they rarely call. It's there for emergency use only.
     
  12. bluebiker

    bluebiker Member

    Have you checked to see if they work?

    I've tried them at the railyard 4 phones, none work. Probably the only place where payphones work are airports or outside bodegas in the city where they sell phone cards to immigrants to call home.
     
  13. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Didn't you post that you use your phone to call pickups and your helper and whom ever else you needed to call to make your day run smoother? Now your posting you rarely if ever use it?[/quote]
    I use my phone at work as needed. Oftentimes to make my day go smoother.
     
  14. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    The ones i see have needles or crack pipes next to them.
     
  15. Marne Vet

    Marne Vet Well-Known Member

    Yup, and always dial the 1-800-865-XXXX free number FIRST, then your centers number, and never pay for a call.
     
  16. Marne Vet

    Marne Vet Well-Known Member

    Any phone is fine. You won't need the phone for work, meaning you don't have to use it to call customers that leave notes asking you to call them, and signal strength in the area you work is Carrier based, so look at coverage maps before buying a phone. The only useful apps I need for work are SiriusXM, and Podcasts.
     
  17. rod

    rod retired and happy

    For the majority of my career cell phones weren't even around. We had to use our brains. --------------------------ok--I asked for it--bring it on.
     
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  18. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Whatever phone you wind up with, buy an Otter Box for it. A package car is a harsh enviornment and at some point you WILL wind up dropping your phone. I have a 3 yr old iphone 4 that is in mint condition because it has spent its whole life in an Otter Box. Plus they have a clip on the back so you can attach the phone to the metal lip above the sun visor or some other convenient location.


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  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    I saw one the other day...minus a receiver..lol
     
  20. scoutlover

    scoutlover Member

    My suggestion is a Droid Razr Maxx HD. It has the longest battery life of any phone out so it's awesome for streaming music on those 12-14 hour days.

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