10. 16. 2006
E-mail for the technically challenged
Many of us have parents we'd love to send e-mail to, but there's one small problem: no computer at Mom and Dad's!
Presto is an e-mail service for people who don't have e-mail or a computer or internet access. The service limits e-mails to receipts from known addressees, so there's no spam. Users have the ability to selectively receive bulletins/news offered by Presto. The e-mail service combines with a special HP printer that plugs into a standard phone line (yes, dial-up service) and delivers received e-mails, photos, etc. in pre-formatted templates to the recipient. The only maintenance for the end-user is adding paper and changing the ink cartridge (something even my dad should be able to handle). Presto even notifies the user when it is time to do that!
The printer, available for $149.99 can be pre-ordered at the Presto web site. The e-mail service is scheduled to debut in November and costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually.
Facilities for getting Mom to remember to check the printer not included. Guess you'll still have to use the phone for some things (but, it will, of course, be your cell phone)!