JUST PEEK-ING

We haven’t tried this device, but because it makes so much sense and it’s so cheap, we thought we’d pass it along anyway. We’re thinking of getting one for our 86-year-old aunt. If you don’t have an 86-year-old aunt, it might be useful for a businessman or even yourself.

It’s the “Peek Classic,” a $20 device for sending and receiving email. It’s from GetPeek.comPeek

 and is only available in the U.S. It was $100 last year, but what with straightened times and declining sales and all that, it’s now twenty. There is a catch of course: you have to pay $15 a month for a year’s worth of the wireless email service. Or you can pay $20 for just one month; very handy when you’re traveling.

 

The Peek Classic is not a cell phone; it just sends and receives email. It looks like a Blackberry, but doesn’t have a calendar, games and all those other functions. It also doesn’t do MS Word or PDF attachments, meaning: if your incoming email comes in with one of those, tough luck. If the email comes with a photo attachment, however, you can see the photo on your Peek. So maybe someone sending you an attachment could take a picture of it and send that.

A more expensive version of the Peek, the Peek Pronto, will open MS Word documents and PDFs as attachments. It also has a search function for your saved mail and offers unlimited texting. The Peek Pronto costs $60. User comments are quite favorable.

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