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O2 Joggler £149.99

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Not sure if any1 would be interested in this. O2 is branching out from phones with a new device for the home which it claims will help families keep track of each other's schedules and other activi… Read More
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8y, 2d agoFound 8 years, 2 days ago
Not sure if any1 would be interested in this.

O2 is branching out from phones with a new device for the home which it claims will help families keep track of each other's schedules and other activities.

The O2 Joggler is a device with a 7in touch-screen designed to sit on a table or desk. Its chief function is a calendar, showing at-a-glance what everyone in the family is doing, and it can send text message reminders for events to the phones of family members.

AdvertisementIn addition, it can show photos, play music and video content, and link to news, traffic and weather information.

"Family life is more hectic than ever these days. We are all having to do more, and trying to cram about 36 hours into the day," said O2's head of families, Sharon Pickford.

Customers had told O2 that they wanted the firm to help them "save money, get rid of hassle, and create time to spend together", according to Pickford, and the firm has come up with three new products: the Joggler; an online O2 Calendar; and a new bolt-on package for families.

Unusually, the Joggler does not connect to O2's cellular network, but to a home network router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The calendar is designed to be easy to use, described by Pickford as "like an early learning version" of the calendar tools found in groupware packages such as Microsoft's Outlook.

Family members can key in appointments, reminders for birthdays and other information using the touch screen, or from anywhere via the web-based O2 Calendar, which is also available as a standalone service. This enables users to check their family calendar even when at their office PC, Pickford explained.

The Joggler will send reminders to family members' phones via SMS at the appropriate time, but only to handsets on O2's network. "We want to bring customers to our network," said Pickford.

O2 is considering adding support for email reminders in the future. Also in the pipeline is an internet radio player, and the ability for customers to send up to 50 free text messages per month from the Joggler.

The device uses its internet connection to receive news feeds from Sky, a weather feed, and traffic information from Trafficmaster.

It also doubles as a media player capable of showing digital photos and videos, and playing music. This can be loaded into the Joggler's 1GB of memory via a USB Flash drive, or streamed over the network from a Windows PC for more tech-savvy users.

"In the long term, we would like to work with content providers to get previews of 'U' certificate movies in feeds to Joggler," said Pickford. However, the device does not support a browser for surfing the web.

The Joggler will be available in O2's online and retail stores for £149.99.

Due in May is another family-friendly product, a new bolt-on that lets one O2 subscriber pay a monthly fee allowing a group of up to five family members to make unlimited free voice calls, MMS and text messages between other members of the group, provided they are all on O2. Pricing has yet to be disclosed.
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#1
This is also available as an upgrade instead of a new mobile to some O2 customers....
1 Like #2
This is like something on Dragons' Den - another over-engineered answer to a non-problem.

In my best Bannatyne growl "Why not just buy a wallchart planner? I'll tell you where I am.....I'm oooout!".
#3
You can get a decent Netbook for £149.99, and you can do a lot more with it than this piece of tosh :thinking:
#4
Got to agree with the comments above, no disrespect to the OP, more to O2 for bringing out a product that is totally pointless in a credit crunch....

What can this do that my mobile phone can't..... crazy!
1 Like #5
This has potential for hacking to make if far more interesting, its just a netbook without a keyboard.
I could see this making a cool alarm clock. Hopefully its a flop and you can pick one up for £50 :)
Someone needs to take one apart
#6
People spend too much time planning their lives and not enough actually living them.
#7
pjcorrigan;5308711
People spend too much time planning their lives and not enough actually living them.

Well said.. I'd consider this if it was about half the price, as it stands, they are asking too much for something I don't believe they are going to be that commited to in the first instance - I can see this dying a death before long - plus if the standard of their coding is reflected in their website - argh!
I'd like to see it as open source, but that said, I guess people could just pick up a touch screen and make their own if they really wanted to (I've done similar with jukeboxes in the past)
#8
This reminds me of time tables for lessons at school
oh no no no
#9
morpheus
Got to agree with the comments above, no disrespect to the OP, more to O2 for bringing out a product that is totally pointless in a credit crunch....

What can this do that my mobile phone can't..... crazy!


no disrespect taken matey!! lol :thumbsup:
banned#10
Or the families could talk to one another.
#11
Paddy2eyes
Or the families could talk to one another.


There's a dying art! :p
#12
I can't understand what you lot are moaning about,?the joggler is a good useful product that does far more than any calender ever could, and to the person who said a netbook could do more, oh please give me break you honestly think a netbook would look good sitting on your shelf being used as a calender? maybe a chav version of this yes!

I for one love this product and will be picking one up soon, and £149.99 is not a huge amount to pay for a device that does so much.
suspended#13
axxxr
I can't understand what you lot are moaning about,?the joggler is a good useful product that does far more than any calender ever could, and to the person who said a netbook could do more, oh please give me break you honestly think a netbook would look good sitting on your shelf being used as a calender? maybe a chav version of this yes!

I for one love this product and will be picking one up soon, and £149.99 is not a huge amount to pay for a device that does so much.


Do you work for O2?

We all laughed at this when we were shown it months ago :)
#14
axxxr;5310019
I can't understand what you lot are moaning about,?the joggler is a good useful product that does far more than any calender ever could, and to the person who said a netbook could do more, oh please give me break you honestly think a netbook would look good sitting on your shelf being used as a calender? maybe a chav version of this yes!

I for one love this product and will be picking one up soon, and £149.99 is not a huge amount to pay for a device that does so much.
#15
Nice product in some ways but far too expensive to take off and limited to O2 users.
Silly move that as most families are not all on the same network.
Knock it out at £59.99 offer it open to all networks with a O2 'price match' on your network renew date and youve got a winner.
#16
mann242
Nice product in some ways but far too expensive to take off and limited to O2 users.
Silly move that as most families are not all on the same network.
Knock it out at £59.99 offer it open to all networks with a O2 'price match' on your network renew date and youve got a winner.


Exactly, I don't know if this is re-branded kit, but it seems way tooooo expensive, and the functionality over and above synchronising calenders, eg. text messages, doesn't quite seem worth it, even with flashy photo icons via touch screen. Typically launch prices are higher, but payg option, unlocked, needs to be better priced.

I like this bit, from their terms and conditions -

'1.2 You acknowledge and agree that O2 may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Service (or any features related to or within the Service) to you or to any users of the Service at its sole discretion, without prior notice to you.'

mmm, all the more reason for not buying it?

Also, web page to create calendar is showing as not found on O2s website :(
#17
expensive trush
#18
Saw one in store yesterday, look decent but you can browse the net like a tablet and for £149 is crazy.

Also it has one of the worst marketing tag lines ever:

"Your New Fridge Door" - :thinking:
#19
Now down to £99
2 Likes #20
Mikiex;5308702
This has potential for hacking to make if far more interesting, its just a netbook without a keyboard.
I could see this making a cool alarm clock. Hopefully its a flop and you can pick one up for £50 :)
Someone needs to take one apart


I take my hat off to you, you are about 12 months ahead of your time. Have you seen the threads recently? You were pretty much bang on right. :thumbsup:

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