Should You Get a Peek Pronto?
Well, that depends. For me, Yes.
I've had cell phone plans before and I hated it. It was nice to stay connected but in the end, it was more hassle than it was worth. Also, I hated talking on the phone. Yeah, I know some of you might be wondering, "What is he crazy?" No, I am perfectly sane. I can't be bothered by chit-chat. It's not my thing. I went from cell phone plans, to pre-paid, and now I'm settled with the Peek Pronto. So far, I love it.The Peek is a great cell phone alternative.
Can it be better? Sure, and I will get into that later.
How much is it and where can I get it?
I purchased my peek for $20 at Target and purchased an upgrade cable on-line. I will show you how to upgrade your Peek to Pronto for free. Here's a tip. At the bottom of the box, you will see a version number. If you see version "1.09" you will not be able to get a free upgrade. If you see 1.04 - 1.08, you can upgrade your Peek to "Pronto" for free.
They sell the Peek preloaded with "Pronto" for over $50. To me, it was cheaper to buy the Peek and upgrade for free (with cable, another $15). The Peek was also available at Radioshack for a high price of $70. Nope, I'll save $50 thank you very much.
Now some of you may be confused about this technical jargon. Let me explain. The hardware is the same but the software is different. I believe the only difference from the original Peek is a slightly upgraded keypad. "Pronto" is the software that you pay extra for if you want it preloaded out of the box.
Also guys, you have to buy the upgraded cable online from their store. I tried going to Radioshack and got a USB to micro-USB and it did not work. The special cable has a "doohickey" on the USB computer side that changes the signal via parrallel and NOT traditional USB. To put it simply, order the special cable online. It will save you headaches.
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The Peek is a simple email device that uses the T-Mobile network to send and recieve emails. No wi-fi needed. Cool. It works. The Pronto software is a little faster and it has some nicer features like a 4 digit password lock and "Push". Push is a system where Peek automatically pushes your email from the server to your peek as soon as it gets it. The Performance. It was okay. 4 minutes average. Hopefully they will speed it up. I tested this with my brother's Peek. Real world, real time test.
The software is solid and there is only 1 known bug. It will keep blinking when you read your mail on powersave mode. They are working on a fix. The volume is very low. Even on high. If you are expecting urgent mail, quite often you will realize you got it a while ago simply because you didn't hear, and/or feel it vibrate.
You can only view email is text format. No html. That's fine with me. I do hear people complaining about unformatted html tags. You can have multiple accounts but there are no seperate folders at the moment to sort your accounts. They all go into your inbox. Even SPAM! I made sure I used my clean gmail account so I don't get spam. I can imagine how your inbox can get cluttered fast. Hopefully the people at Peek will come up with a workaround.
The battery last a long time in my testing. I went 3 full days before I had to recharge. I hear some people get 5 days which is pretty damn good.
The Peek is not perfect. I would like to see faster delivery times and an IM support. For what it is, I like it. It does what it claims to do. For a fee of $20 a month, I would like to see IM support at least.
Bottom line, I would recommend the Peek. You can go naked and still be connected to the world. Also if you pay in advanced for 3 months, 6 months, and anually, you can get a discount of around $16 a month. They currently have a referral program. For each customer you refer, you and the person you refer get a free month of service creditted. I hear someone already has 3 plus years of free service!
If this review helped you out and you purchased a Peek, use me as your referal. We each get a free month!
So I refered my brother and sent an e-mail to peek with the information (my registered email, his registered e-mail) and got a response about 2 weeks later. My brother is getting 1 month of free Peek Service and I got 3 months free! Wow. So far, I am loving Peek. They remind me of Skype a bit but with a huge difference. Both have great products but Peek excel in customer service. If you e-mail them, they will respond. Skype will answer your questions vaguely or send you to a FAQs page. Those who wish to use me as a referrer, my e-mail is setsar at (gmail) dot [com].