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Motorola IMFree Handheld Instant Messenger Kit

3.9 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Up to seven handhelds can be used at the same time on a single base
  • Supports up to 12 popular emoticons, up to six chat sessions simultaneously per handheld
  • Built-in parental controls can limit who can send messages to the handheld and block certain chat invitations
  • Works great on cable modems and DSL, and even works with dial up
  • Included: IMfree unit with removable bezel, base with USB cable, NiMH rechargeable battery, plug in charger, CD ROM, user manual, one year limited warranty
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  • Brand Name: Motorola
  • Model Number: MX240a
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

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Free up the family computer without putting a stop to the fun of instant messaging with this MotorolaIMfree Personal Instant Messenger. This portable, convenient IMfree device allows Instant Messengers to roam almost anywhere around the house - up to 150 feet from an Internet-connected PC and base station! With this Motorola IMfree Personal Instant Messenger Kit, the family computer is available for the family once again, and the kids don't have to miss a single LOL or OMG moment! Order yours today!

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Technical Details

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.4 x 8.5 x 2.5 inches
Item model number MX240a
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

Technical Specification

Product Manual [PDF 1.64mb]

Additional Information

ASIN B00009LI6N
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3.9 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,895 in Computers & Accessories > Laptop Accessories > Bags, Cases & Sleeves > Messenger Bags
#21,135 in Electronics > Office Electronics
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Date First Available May 7, 2003

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I purchased a couple of these for my kids for Christmas, 2003. According to the tech specs, the transmission range for these things is 120 to 150 feet.
The units we received indicate 'out of range' when taken upstairs in our house, which is about 50 feet from the base unit.
I used Motorola's web support site and asked if it was possible that my units were defective. They sent me the URL to an FAQ, which told me that the working range for these things is 150 feet. Very frustrating. It seems they did not even read my question. To add insult to injury, their automated customer satisfaction followup email was emblazoned with the motto 'intelligence everywhere'. I beg to differ.
In summary, I do not recommend the IMfree.
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This product hits at a much used function on today's computers: IM. And, at [this] price this is just right for a lot of Holiday gift lists.
However, by requiring the base to be attached to a PC (which has to be on, running a special program, and connected to the Net) rather than directly to a wireless broadband router, Motorola has limited the appeal of their product to a much smaller market than need be.
Motorola should have spent the extra effort to allow this unit to connect to home 802.11x networks in addition to a USB connection for those who don't have a wireless LAN.
A great idea that could be much better in its next version.
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I recieved this product a few days ago [...]

Both me and my brother have both purchased this and even talking about buying one for everybody.

The second thing is it's quality. Wow! You don't even need to learn anything new (unless you're new to AIM). It's very simple to use, maybe even simpler than basic AIM! It's wireless range is great! I can talk to my friends from the comfort of my bed or couch, even when I'm eating! The wireless range is nothing as horrible as other reviews make it out to be. I was talking to my friends while waiting for the bus in my driveway. I can wait in the car and talk. Sure, the image is in black and white, but in reality, who pays attention to looks for great quality service?

The only problem I had from it is when I first bought it, it said the AIM service couldn't be reached. But I think that the AIM servce might have been down at the time, because it works fine now.

The only thing I would change is the ability to edit your profile. But other than that, I would recommend this to anybody. (...) I hope my review helped you a lot!!
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Other than its somewhat-cute looks, the IMFree handheld is a terrible product, because it doesn't work. This is a big disappointment to me as I'm usually a big fan of Motorola's products.
First of all, the charging takes forever, and the units seem to have trouble holding the charge. BTW, you get one base and one handheld unit in each package. Kinda weird since I haven't found a way to buy the handheld unit separately. So you over-pay each time and get this large package with things you don't need.
Second, wireless range is truly terrible. If you live in a loft you'll probably be ok, but for those of us who live in walled houses, the reception completely drops after just a few feet when you move to the otherside of a wall.
Third, the keyboard sucks, and the screen sucks even more. Keys are very hard to hit, and the screen is not viewable in most lighting conditions.
Fourth, the IM program sucks. There's a slight but noticeable delay in IM, and it doesn't always tell you when your buddies log off.
In short, this is an alpha product, and you shouldn't have to pay for your frustrations.
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We got both of our children, son 14 & daughter 10, one of these for christmas last year. My husband & both thought that for the small price we paid it might last a month & then fall apart, but to our surprise, almost a year later they are still working perfectly! They are worth every penny we paid for them & more. The kids can walk around the house & instant message with their friends. It is much easier than a laptop because of the small size which is about the size of a PDA. We downloaded the software & the base just plugs into one of our desktop computers; a very easy set up. They have the freedom to move around anywhere in our home & sometimes even manage to do chores while using the IMFree. I would say that if you have kids or teens that IM a lot, it would be a great gift, especially if you are trying to put off purchasing another computer. The IMFree would be a MUCH cheaper option.
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By Rich on December 20, 2004
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I got this last summer,and it worked great,we have broadband and 8 computers,so I just leave one one all the time and use it whenever I want.The only problem I have with it is that the rechargeable battery only lasts 5 minutes or so,but I'm sure thats easily replaceable.Overall great product.
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By A Customer on December 28, 2003
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Dear Lord, first of all for the record this thing sucks. It takes over 16 hours to charge the battery. It took twice as long for me because the charger for mine was irregular and did not fit correctly so it would occasionaly stop charging all together. (Way to go Motorola)Second, after using it a grand total of 2 times it stopped working all together. It simply did not turn on. Even during those two times it was a poor substitute for a computer. The lighting is poor and frankly the black and gray graphics are crappy. I didn't expect this to be perfect but I did expect it to be functional. I was going to return it for a new one but after this experience I am going to get a refund instead. Also as teenager this device is marketed towards me. However if this is what Motorola thinks I and my peers want they are sorely mistaken. First of all, this handheld needs a backlight and color screen. Also it is extremely annoying that u have to have the computer on the whole time. I have DSL so the computer just sits there the whole time. I would not mind paying extra for these features.
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