Casio PhoneMate Unveils First Email Phone
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Casio PhoneMate announced the IT-380 E-Mail Link, a telephone answering device that also lets users check their email.
The IT-380 uses a three-line, 18-character liquid crystal display (LCD) to indicate unread e-mail messages.
Stephen Knuth, president of Casio PhoneMate, said: "The IT-380 serves as a powerful filter for e-mail users, who increasingly need to be able to identify and act upon important messages. The IT-380 is ideal for those who'd prefer to avoid the hassle of using their PC to dial up an ISP or online service, just to check email. This is clearly a task for which the phone is far better suited than the PC."
One feature of the IT-380 is an alert signal that tells the user when new email has arrived by flashing a light. Recipients can view the subject line and sender's name--and take appropriate action either by calling the sender or signing on to their Internet Service Provider.
The IT-380 will be in specialty retail, consumer electronics and computer stores in the second quarter of 1998. The estimated street price is expected to be $149.