- Weight: 1 pounds
Motorola IMFree Handheld Instant Messenger Kit
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just want everyone to know I absolutely love this little device! I go to work in the day and look forward to coming home to it in the evening for my late night instant messaging. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Steinbelt
At first, this seems like a good product... brand name, ease of use, low cost. But if the battery goes dead, there are no replacements made anywhere and because this item is so... Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Old Dawg
Horrible product for anyone over the age of 10, wait why are they even on AIM?
I purchased this product and the connection was horrible, even my little sister hated the... Read more
well, it looked pretty cool until i find out what i ordered didnt come with the base unit :] ugh...Published on June 25, 2007 by Christina Russo
I bought this at Walmart about 2 years ago..for $30.00 ...this price is a rip off. Overall, the only downs to this product are the limits of 6 conversations, and no backlighting. Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by C. Horn
I think the concept of this is deff worth the buy. I like being able to sit in bed and talk to friends without having to waste money by using my cell phone. Read morePublished on March 5, 2007 by ^_^
This device only works with a host PC that must be powered on. Which brings up the interesting question: If I must have my PC powered on, why do I need a separate device to send... Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Walter R. Baranger
Heyy guys i really want this but i dont know wich one to buy the comapainon or the starter pack thing and is it easier to buy it online or at a local store such as Walmart,... Read morePublished on December 27, 2006
don't listen to those peoples, it's not that bad. I live in a 4floors house and i have the base in the basement and i have noe problem getting the signal.Published on November 27, 2006 by Suda Phet-an