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Old 04-02-2002, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Timex Internet Messenger Watch for $90 @ Walmart BM.

Taken from FW credit goes to ibm650. Comes with one free year of service from SkyTel.

FREE Unlimited text and numeric paging for one full year.
Nationwide Coverage so you'll get your messages in thousands of cities and towns from coast-to-coast.
FREE Toll-Free Personal Access Number so your friends & family can stay in touch nationwide, without needing to remember another number.
FREE Unlimited SkyTalk voice mail: Contacts call your toll-free number and leave a voice message. You'll be notified instantly on your watch. (10-second greetings, 20-second messages.)
FREE Caller ID so you'll know who's trying to reach when you get a numeric page or voice mail notification.
FREE Pager Email Address so you can receive Internet email messages on your wrist.
FREE Personal Greeting: You record your own greeting. Callers immediately know they?ve dialed the right number when they hear your voice.
FREE 24x7 Customer Service with toll-free access.
FREE Message Recall: Get your messages via toll-free phone call or on the Internet when you forget to wear your watch.
FREE Service Activation:

Watch features:

Lightweight, trim design ? less than 1/2 inch high
Chronograph, stopwatch (including lap timer)
Countdown timer
Up to 5 alarms
Adjustable-speed scrolling display screen
INDIGLOŽ night-light
Zinc Air battery lasts up to 30 days
FLEXtime? feature auto adjusts the time as you travel, so you'll never need to reset your watch again!
Mobile alerts from Yahoo! Get the news, sport scores, weather and more.
Choice of message alerts including vibration or musical tones
Plus, it?s a high quality MotorolaŽ text & numeric pager!
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Old 04-02-2002, 05:24 PM   #2
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I checked out the watch demo, its pretty neat. I wonder how good coverage is?
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Old 04-02-2002, 06:38 PM   #3
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If I didn't already have a cell phone, I'd definitely be all over this.

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Old 04-02-2002, 07:43 PM   #4
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So.. is this watch receive-only? There's no sending internet messages, as far as I could tell.

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Old 04-02-2002, 08:09 PM   #5
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Just think of how much fun it would be to type a message on a watch...



<< So.. is this watch receive-only? There's no sending internet messages, as far as I could tell.

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Old 04-09-2002, 11:47 AM   #6
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<< Just think of how much fun it would be to type a message on a watch...



<< So.. is this watch receive-only? There's no sending internet messages, as far as I could tell.

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After having several Casio Data Bank watches - it's a lot more fun to type a message on a watch than not respond at all.
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Old 04-09-2002, 01:50 PM   #7
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<< Just think of how much fun it would be to type a message on a watch...



<< So.. is this watch receive-only? There's no sending internet messages, as far as I could tell.

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After having several Casio Data Bank watches - it's a lot more fun to type a message on a watch than not respond at all.
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So how much is it after the year is up? And I guess you can't reply to pages you get on this watch?

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Old 04-09-2002, 03:49 PM   #8
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<< So how much is it after the year is up? And I guess you can't reply to pages you get on this watch >>



I think it is $5 or $10 a month. I don't think you can send a reply.



<< Just think of how much fun it would be to type a message on a watch... >>



Been there, done that... Not fun!


I've been thinking about getting this watch though I am concerned about the battery life (only 60 days).
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Old 04-09-2002, 04:28 PM   #9
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Why would someone get this instead of a cell phone? I read somewhere that Timex is estimating the free year of service at $900. After the first year, will you pay $75 a month to have a pager on your wrist? My cell phone plan is $30 a month.
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Old 04-09-2002, 05:38 PM   #10
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For what it's worth I just discovered that if you have a United Airlines Frequent Flyer account you can buy one of these from Skytel's Web Site for $99 and get 1,000 frequent flyer miles. If you ask ten different people what 1000 FF miles are worth you'll probably get ten different answers but I estimate miles to be worth about 1.6 cents each so 1,000 miles is worth about $16.
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Old 04-09-2002, 05:44 PM   #11
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The service plan is $49.50 for 6 months after your first free year. $100 per year for unlimited messaging basically the Timex Internet Messenger Watch is free.

One nice thing, the watch sets itself with a pager signal called Flex Time. The watch will always have the "exact" correct time. The Skytel service is not neccessary for the "Flex" Time Feature to work.

Here's a link to the service plans Timex.
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Old 04-09-2002, 06:50 PM   #12
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<< Why would someone get this instead of a cell phone? >>



Because I don't feel like attaching my cell phone to my wrist.
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Old 04-11-2002, 09:28 PM   #13
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Just got this thing:

This is a hot deal if you ask me.
$90 at Walmart, sets up in 5 minutes.

people can contact you toll free which is pretty great (from payphones too) and you get a toll free voicemail account

I've got non-junk emails from my hotmail account forwarded and my POP account forwarded with a little shareware program, so I get email notifications (and the first couple hundred characters) as soon as I receive them. Great little device and cheap as heck.

I definitely recommend it.
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Old 04-11-2002, 09:40 PM   #14
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Hey ericliaw which prog. are you using to forward your emails?

Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2002, 10:16 PM   #15
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Am I the only one who thought it was an Instant Messenger watch?

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*edit* Anyone know how often and how much battery replacements are for this watch?
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Old 04-11-2002, 11:46 PM   #16
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<< Hey ericliaw which prog. are you using to forward your emails?

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I'm curious to what program your using too
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Old 04-12-2002, 01:23 AM   #17
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Ollie
The battery is good for 30 days and it comes with 4 new ones.
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Old 04-12-2002, 04:23 AM   #18
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hey
the program is called forwardmail, linky
make your timex internet messenger a poor man's blackberry!
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:38 AM   #19
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Noticed the Battery only lasts 30days. I'd imagine it's not horribly expensive to replace, but, it's still an added expense since I don't think they have rechargeable watch batteries.
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:03 AM   #20
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I can give a good overview of this watch, have been using one since it was first sold by Timex, over a year ago.

Prior to this watch I owned the Timex Datalink Beepwear Pro, which combined the Datalink organizer features with the Pager features. That watch had a few drawbacks: Ugly, attracted a lot of attention, coverage/reception not too great, I never used the organizer features as they were hard to navigate, and it had a removeable/convertable design, meaning the watchband broke within a year, also the buttons wore out quickly.

This version of the "pager watch" is definately the best so far (yes, even better than the Swatch watch pager).

First, it looks like a regular Ironman Timex, and performs like one. It has all the sport and time functions, has the modern indiglow features, including nightmode (which turns indiglow on for 10 secs or so when you hit a button), and is as durable as a regular Ironman.
Timex states the watch is water resistant, meaning the watch itself is waterproof but since it uses Zinc Air batteries (675's I think), the batteries dies when gotten wet. In actual useage however, I have worn the watch when working in the garden and washing car and dishes, and have not experienced any problems. This past weekend I even forgot it was in my pocket when I jumped into the hot tub. After 5 mins sitting right next to the hot waterjet, it still works perfectly, battery not affected at all. The battery compartment as easy to open, and has a little O-ring gasket that seems to keep the battery dry though just about anything.

I have 2-year old boy who loves to play with watches, and he was the death of my Beepwear, but has done no more than slightly scratch the crystal on this one.

Second: The reception is better than the Beepwear, I find I miss fewer pages now. It is also lighter and thinner than the old Beepwear. The battery life has been estimated at 30 days by Timex, but I find it lasts anywhere from 60-90 days and sometimes longer. I get about 2 pages per day and the "news" pages (3-4 per day), and I have used probably 10 batteries total since purchasing it in 2000.

In addition: the batteries are cheap, they are the same as the zinc-air hearing aid batteries, in fact you can use the regular hearing air batteries rather than the pager batteries, they are really the same. About $5-6 for 8 batteries.

The paging service works fine, and Skytel has great coverage. You can turn on nationwide paging as needed if you are travelling, and can add features like voicemail and operator-assisted text msgs to the regular service. I find the local paging (mid-atlantic) and nationwide both work well.

Flextime is great if you travel, it will synchronize itself in all US cities and many Canadian and European cities. Most major airports are covered by Skytel, and as you are landing, you'll find you watch will sychonize to the local time before the pilot even announces it on the intercom.

The price is quite reasonable, and i wish I was able to take advantage of the special! I paid something like $120 or so for the watch when it was first released, and $99 for 1 year airtime.

Overall this is the best convergence device so far, and it still makes people who are pecking away on their "internet-ready" cellphones jealous when they hear my watch beep and I get a text page on my wrist.

I will probably even keep this when I get my Hiptop, the next very cool convergence device. www.hiptop.com
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Old 04-14-2002, 07:33 PM   #21
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nice review guttertech, was wondering if anyone knows how water resistant this watch is.red I'd knock two birds out with one stone
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:23 PM   #22
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This thing rocks!! It is a GREAT watch just as an auto-setting Ironman, but the Motorola pager makes it way cool!!! Ironman watches are $50+, this one was $90 and the service is free for the first year. Very nice!!!

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Old 05-04-2002, 09:43 PM   #23
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You can get it directly from Timex they have free shipping & no tax unless your in CT or AR plus there is a 15% off coupon good till 5/13/02. So final price is $85 shipped!
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Old 05-05-2002, 05:10 PM   #24
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....and the coupon can be found where? i don't think its at the usual *bargain places.
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Old 05-05-2002, 05:11 PM   #25
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nevermind.. i found it on google... its a mothers day promo
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