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Supra eKey available on iPhone & iPod Touch

Supra has been promising a version of eKey for the Apple iPhone for several months now.  I was starting to think it was vaporware until the application finally showed up on the iTunes store recently.  I personally don’t own an iPhone and I was a little concerned that I might be excluded because the iPhone was the only compatible device shown in Supra’s marketing material.  Thankfully, it turns out that my hunch was correct.  The iPod Touch works as an eKey flawlessly.  There is one caveat however…

Before you go to buy a dongle from your local MLS office, you should download the eKey app from the iTunes store.  It’s free and easy to install.  The problem you will run into is when you go to purchase the dongle from your local MLS.  During the process, they will probably ask you to enter an authorization code that they provide you with and then they will want you to sync your device.  At home, you have your wireless router so this is not a problem in the long term but at the MLS, I doubt they will give you their wifi encryption key to allow you to sync your device on their wireless network.

To solve this problem, I borrowed my wife’s Verizon Mifi.  This is a fantastic little device that acts as a wireless hotspot for up to 5 computers at once in any location that you can get 3g cellular service.  I went through the process, hit “sync now” and everything fired off without a hitch.  There are a few other solutions that I can think of, but most of them are a little clunkier than something like the Mifi.

Certain devices available from Clear might be able to serve the same function or if you have an air card for your laptop, you can take your laptop in and set it up to provide an adhoc wifi network connection to your iPod Touch however the details for that are a bit beyond the scope of this article.

If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone, the eKey setup process should work flawlessly without a hitch.  If you have an iPad, you may have to jump through some of these hoops to make it an eKey depending on which model you have.

About Geordy Rostad

I am a real estate agent in Kirkland, WA. I am constantly looking for new ways to innovate and expand my business and online presence. I have been an agent since 2002 but a lot has changed since then. We have awesome new tools to use to market our listings and ourselves and other tools to assess our efforts. Client expectations have dramatically shifted as well. Staging, photography, flyers and of course online marketing have all become more complex and central to winning customers and marketing listings.

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  • So have you tried it on an iPad? or has anyone tried it on an iPad?

    • Geordy

      I have not tried it but there is no reason that it should not work. If you have an iPad with 3G, the setup should be no different than an iPhone if you are connected.

    • Kim

      I was thinking the same thing. Has anyone tried it? I carry my IPad anyway since it is the size of a notebook, can make handwritten notes with the software Pentultimate. Interesting….

    • jae

      I’ve been using it on iPad and I don’t recommend it. It is too bulky to carry around to show houses. Best solution would be iphone or the new ipod touch with mifi(or any wi-fi enabled phones).

    • jae

      I’ve been using it on iPad and I don’t recommend it. It is too bulky to carry around to show houses. Best solution would be iphone or the new ipod touch with mifi(or any wi-fi enabled phones).

  • Scott

    Would love to see this on Android

  • Jolenta

    Holy cow! I thought this was still quite a long ways off for the iPhone. I am getting it tomorrow. Yee-ha! Thanks for the heads-up!!

  • Geordy

    The android option will probably be extremely ugly and clunky. I have an android phone and the reason that I chose to use the key on the iPod instead was because the dongle was so small and sleek. The android dongle will likely be a large, ugly bluetooth to irda adapter like the blackberry uses now.

  • BestREMAX

    I just called my MLS to get the add-on which is $55 but the shocker is that Supra charges each agent $16 per month additional just “to use” the iPhone interface. Not worth $200 per year IMO.

  • TampaAgent

    the supra boxes are so OLD technology.. but when you have no competition.. you get no innovation, no improvements, and out of date technology. With supra you need (and pay for) a converter to go from blue tooth to infrared… this should have been fixed 10 years ago! there are much better boxes out in the market, but supra knows how to rotate the MLS lease contracts and renewal dates so no local board can compare lock box solutions. why not just use a smart card like a credit card to access boxes? use a phone as a phone, no chargers, no lost keys, no dead batteries. REALTORS.. ask your board to look into the Sentrilock. they have some really nice extras. http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20030822_sentrilock.htm
    I am not associated with them in anyway.. but I have looked into the Sentrilock boxes.. I urge you to also. We need to demand better of Supra or switch.

  • No way. I didn’t even receive an e-mail about this. I hope the Android version comes soon or I will be switching to an iPhone. The old school Blackberry version of this with the ‘garage door opener’ add-on was the worst thing ever.

  • If you need an extra gadget, why not just carry the Supra key?

  • I was quite disappointed to see you still need to attach a device to your iphone for it to work like a supra key. Why can’t they just have a simple app for the iphone?

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