With the new
Just Watch MeFeaturing service from the national carrier SkyTel, the Internet Messenger allows for a number of different paging options. It's a numeric pager that delivers to your wrist the phone number or numeric message of people who call your pager number and punch it in. A few moments later, your watch starts beeping or vibrating silently (your choice); push a button and the phone number starts scrolling across the bottom of the watch's liquid crystal display. The Internet Messenger can deliver text messages to the pager as well, sent to a special email address or entered onto a form at SkyTel's Web site. If you're willing to pay more, people can send you text pages by calling a SkyTel operator and dictating a message to be sent. This text-messaging feature is what enables the news headlines as well. By the way, the watch also tells time. It shares the features of a lot of digital watches: multiple alarms, a stopwatch with an eight-lap memory and a countdown timer. The price for the watch is $99, but that's just for the hardware and a brief free trial. The paging service costs extra; exactly how much extra depends on what you sign up for and what type of deal
On the Same PagerAbout the only reason to merge a wristwatch and a pager is to minimize the electronics you carry around with you. In that case, using the watch as a numeric pager (service starting at $4.99 a month) seems pointless because you'll still need to carry a phone to learn what your caller wants to tell you. But for receiving brief text messages, it's fine. You'd probably want the operator dictation option, though, unless you're sure the people paging you have ready access to a computer.
|At a Glance |
|Product||Timex Internet Messenger Watch|
|Price||$99, plus paging signup and service fees|
|Verdict||Not pretty, but cool, if you can figure out a use for it|
|For More Info||www.timex.com, www.skytel.com, mobile.yahoo.com|