Motorola IMFree Instant Messenger
Someone at Motorola must have kids.
Why else, other than basic profitability, would they come up with a device
that can get the ankle biters off the PC so mom and/or dad can get on it
for a while?
The gadget to which we refer is called the IMfree, a wireless, handheld
doohickey that lets you - or whoever else displays such tendencies - send
and receive instant messages without having to park your posterior at a
The IMfree has two main parts, a base station that plugs into a PC via
a USB port, and the portable handheld device that looks like a little typewriter,
with a small QWERTY type keyboard and a nine line liquid crystal screen.
It also comes with a rechargeable battery and a battery recharger/AC adapter.
Youll need to install some client software and of course the PC
it uses as its base needs Internet access, but that pretty well goes without
saying or would have if we hadnt just said it.
Anyway, the handheld part of the IM Free system can move up to 150 feet
from the receiver, so instead of being bound to the computer the kiddies
can plop down in front of American Idol or whatever theyre watching
these days, or depending on how big your house is they can use it from
the privacy of their bedrooms.
Of course using it from the privacy of their bedrooms opens up a whole
new can of worms when it comes to privacy issues or stalking issues but
on the other hand the IM Free system also comes with parental security
controls to help avoid such stalking or privacy issues.
You do need to have AOL Instant Messenger for the system to work, but
you dont need to pay for that bane of otherwise civilized society;
buying the IM Free thingamajig gives you access to a free Instant Messaging
account, so we imagine you can bypass the rest of AOL.
Motorola says one base unit can handle up to seven of the handheld remote
units, and each of the precious youngsters can chat with up to six buddies
at a time. And the units LCD display also features those emoticon
things that let kids express emotions and feelings to the recipient without
needing the ability to actually express themselves in written form.
We guess you could say its guaranteed to put a smiley on their
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