As the cell useage plans have changed, so has the availability of cell and wireless coverage in rural areas. Reliability of wireless phone service and speed of Internet connections can vary greatly by location and service provider. A little investigating needs to be done to determine the best service provider possible.
The cost of a smartphone or tablet will result in a quick return on investment, especially as more apps and website-based offerings are available to simplify business and provide fingertip information to the user. The question has actually become how can a crop consultant, ag retailer agronomist or custom applicator get by without mobile connectivity and ability to use all the apps.
Shannon notes that a lot of available apps are free. “Just try it,” Shannon said. “If it is a free app, it doesn’t cost you anything to try it. You can always delete it off your device, but you can see what the app offers.”