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Being almost 50 (OH MY) I am in the age bracket where I grew up with tech, but also am in the generation that is still stunned by what is going on. Those 1-GEN older (1GO) than me are a little freaked out by it all and those 1-GEN younger (1GY) think this is the way it has always been and always will be!
Let me give you a few examples. When I talk to a 1GO about getting an AMEX Membership Rewards GOLD card to get 3x on all my airfare and an Chase INK Plus business card so I can buy gift cards to pay my utility bills to get 6.25% credit (less fees) toward my next vacation, they give me the glassy-eyed stare and cannot comprehend the logistics of doing this and btw doing all this online (after all, is it safe to use online banking!?! ). Then the 1GY would ask me why on my/our last churn I did not go for 6 or 8 cards all at once like others have been doing as of late (ok that makes me feel like I jumped to 1GO)!
But back to your cell phone. I have talked many times about the fact that I e-mail myself a PDF (you can use PDF creator to do this) of my itinerary and boarding passes as well as hotel confirmations. Why? You just never know, and having all of this can make or break a trip. Think about this situation. You get to a hotel and they say we cannot find you by your reservation number. OK, fine, get out your phone and show them what they need to see. Next, if you need to, you can e-mail a copy of what you have in your phone, or even fax, right to the hotel where you are. Print and you have all the proof you need. I also add a password to the PDF just to be safe. Here is how you do that with PDF creator:
What else can you put into your phone? Before I go on, let me remind you of THIS post where I talk about security. Having been a “computer geek” and running my own computer shop for almost 20 years, I can tell you people are lazy. They don’t use good passwords. They don’t back things up. It just takes too much time. So my question: How good is the code or swipe “symbol” that locks your phone? If a 4 year old can guess it in 60 seconds, it is not OK! OK? Good! You get me.
So again, what else can you put in your phone? Why not scan all the credit cards you plan to travel with (front and back) so if your wallet is stolen you can call your credit card company and tell them just what cards are gone. Also, your passport. If you lose your passport, would it not be outstanding to be able to send it to a color printer and print out proof of who you are? You could also include your homeowner’s insurance policy information so that if the worst happens and you come home from your vacation to your house in flames, you have the information you need to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible. Same goes for auto insurance, if you are covered on rentals through your auto policy it would be good to have all of that information with you, and health insurance. Sure you have this information in your car and in your wallet, but on vacation you may not have your car and what if your wallet gets stolen? All these can go into ONE single PDF. (are we seeing the need for good security on your phone now?).
Anything else? You tell me. Are there other things you can think of that you could see being useful inside your phone in the form of a PDF or photo? Seriously, this just does not take that much time you 1GO’s and yes you 1GY’s! I get that you have been rolling your eyes at the screen for the past minute and thinking to yourself that you do all this already (duh)! – René
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