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Earlier this month, Peek stopped supporting its US email and Twitter service. The company then began giving away its remaining inventory of handheld devices. The company's founder, Amol Sarva has now provided an update of the status of the liquidation as well as some warnings as how difficult it would be for anyone receiving a unit to hack it and write code for it.
Despite at one time offering a $300 lifetime subscription deal for its Peek Twitter and text messaging handhelds, users reported that their service was cut abruptly on January 30. Some did receive e-mails warning them of the stoppage, and Peek CEO Amol Sarva confirmed service for the devices has ended. The products, such as the Peek 9 that added e-mail to its list of capabilities, used T-Mobile's 2G network for their connection to the web.
Peek, a provider of SaaS services that give internet-only wireless devices smartphone-like capabilities, is expanding to the cellphone market. Peek has partnered with Micromax, India's largest domestic mobile handset manufacturer, to offer cloud-based apps on that company's Q80 phone. Peek's "Genius Cloud" software will give the Q80 instant messaging, video chat, social networking, web browsing, and push e-mail.
Peek plans to partner with manufacturers in Asia to develop low-cost smartphones for emerging markets, according to a report. The move is designed to turn Peek into a profitable company for the long term. Currently, it has sold a modest 50,000 handsets although it is close to turning a profit. Its future plans center on leveraging its Peek software for use on cheap smartphones that could be sold profitably for as low as $50.
Users of older Peek devices including the Pronto and Classic have been offered a free upgrade to the new Peek 9ine. Peek CEO Amol Sarva made the gesture in response to a network migration that resulted what Peek’s blog refers to as the ‘whigging out’ of the older devices. Existing customers affected by the outage have been advised to check their email for further advice or contact email@example.com for further details.
Peek after a brief teaser today launched the Peek 9, the latest generation of its always-on e-mail reader. The new version earns its name by running about nine times faster than the Pronto as well as through better reception for its T-Mobile 2G connection. It also becomes a multi-app device for the first time as it can check Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter.
Peek today hinted that it's planning a major new product for the near future. The company didn't say what might be in store but was confident it would "blow away folks" beyond what it has already done with lifetime e-mail on the original Peek and its milder performance with the TwitterPeek. More news is expected soon.
UK-based Wi-Fi provider Fon has recently teamed up with US-based e-mail and text messaging device maker Peek to create the PeekFon brand in Europe. Under the partnership, PeekFon will offer users no roaming charges in any European country, letting users send and receive e-mails and texts over GPRS data networks. Fon works on the principle of sharing Wi-Fi access, with subscribers to a home service that open it to other Fon users receiving access in return wherever they are in their travels across Europe. The PeekFon will get rid of the need to find one of the claimed 800,000 hotspots throughout Europe.
Maker of text and e-mail only handsets Peek is offering a one-day sale that will see buyers paying just $10 per month for the life of their device. This is half of what the usual monthly subscription fee costs for either the Pronto or Classic hardware devices. The deal is only valid on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Following rumors last week, Peek on Tuesday launched its expected TwitterPeek. It embraces the same single-purpose philosophy of the earlier device and here is dedicated solely to Twitter: users can check their feed and write posts or replies. Its always active use of T-Mobile's EDGE network lets it provide updates most anywhere inside the US without having to manually refresh or look for an access point.
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