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Agents, consumers connect with mobile technology

Part 1: Mobile matters in real estate

Editor's note: In this three-part special report, Inman News dives into the world of mobile real estate to offer a look at how agents are using various services to connect with clients and streamline their businesses. (Read Part 2, "Trends in mobile technology," and Part 3, "Real estate on the go: from GPS to ZipForms.") More than 229 million people subscribe to wireless services in the United States, or about 76 percent of the national population. Globally, an estimated 2.3 billion people subscribe to wireless mobile services -- the world's population in September 2007 was estimated at 6.7 billion, the Cellular Telephone Industry Association reported. Wireless users sent about 64.8 billion text messages in the first half of 2006, and sent about 12.5 billion text messages in June 2006. Telephia, a telecommunications research company, reported that 64 percent of all U.S. mobile phone subscribers actively used text messaging as of the first quarter of this year. And V...

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