First Tweet-Only Device Debuts

Interesting idea, but bloggers are skeptical it will catch on

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2009 12:42 PM CST

(Newser) – The concept is simple: a device dedicated solely to sending and receiving tweets. TwitterPeek—made by mobile email/text gadget maker Peek—launches today at a cost of $199 with free lifetime service or $99 with a monthly charge of $7.95. Neat, writes Don Reisinger on CNET, but this idea seems dangerously close to dead in the water.

“There are a slew of mobile apps that allow people to tweet while they're on the iPhone, some BlackBerry models, and Android-based devices,” Reisinger writes. And the price, though modest for most mobile gadgets, might turn people off. Ty McMahan agrees in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a functional, dedicated device for the Twitter platform. However, it doesn’t necessarily offer a better experience than free Twitter clients available for smartphones.” But it does get Peek some hype from its association with Twitter.

With Twitter apps available for most mobile devices already, watchers wonder if the TwitterPeek will take off.   (AP Photo)
The TwitterPeek.   (Peek)
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