London Estate Agency Foxtons has signed a major deal with phone provider Nokia to supply staff with its Lumia 820 smartphone. The manufacturer has already given the device to around 900 phones of Foxtons’ employees
The estate agents, who we have highlighted on this blog before as a leading innovator, has 37 offices and has developed bespoke apps for the handsets for staff use.
Foxtons insist that the new phones and associated features will give them the competitive edge, especially as the firm’s in-house development team is already familiar with developing applications in the Microsoft Windows environment and has now begun deploying its own apps for the Nokia Lumia 820.
Foxtons said the partnership allows it to deploy its Microsoft systems onto smartphones, allowing Foxtons agents to rece
ive, update and share information quickly while on the road. The built-in Microsoft Office applications on Windows Phone 8 mean that they can also work on Excel spreadsheets and edit Word documents whilst away from their office PCs, enabling them to check emails, make targeted calls and prepare for their next appointment, maximising their time out of the office.
Dan Rafferty, IT Director of Foxtons, comments, “In a fast moving business with many staff movements across departments and locations, keeping an accurate, up-to-date contact list is a challenge for us. We’ve developed an app integrating our personnel system with our active directory and phone system so all the information is accurate and can be accessed directly from our agents’ Nokia Lumia 820s. It’s a great timesaver and asset for the team. The Nokia Lumia 820 aligns with our entire device strategy and allows us to fully integrate our current Microsoft systems throughout the company.”
With agents covering large areas, Foxtons said that the mobile navigation features of the Nokia Lumia 820 were also an important factor in the switch to Lumia.
Nokia Drive offers free turn-by-turn navigation with live traffic updates and offline maps, removing the need for separate satnavs or an A-Z. When showing prospective clients around a property, agents can use Nokia City Lens to show live information on the local area, showcasing points of interest and amenities including leisure centres, cinemas, restaurants and shops.
Adrian Williams, Director of Business Sales UK at Nokia, said: “Foxtons is a great example of how a company can empower its workforce to work effectively on the move, with their smartphones integrated with its existing Microsoft infrastructure. We are delighted that Nokia applications such as Nokia Drive and Nokia City Lens are making a real difference for Foxtons employees in the competitive real estate market.”