Celery. Email without a computer. This is either genius or insane and I have no idea which. From the site blurb it appears to be a colour fax machine service which is being marketed to senior citizens as a way of keeping up with family without having to install a computer. That’s the beauty of it. As Neil Grabowsky of the company emails me to say – ‘You and I don’t need Celery – our parents and grandparents do.’ And he has a point.
To use it, you send an email from your computer to, say, ‘[email protected]’ and it’s faxed through to their phone and machine directly. And this can include colour photos of the kids, of course. If they want to send an ‘email’, they hand write it and stick it in the machine and press two buttons to send. I tell ya, either genius or insane. Service costs $259 a year including machine, thereafter $139 a year for 900 pages a year. Toll free adds $25 a year. Fascinating idea, guys.
Celery is a simple device that allows people to be included in email — and to communicate electronically — without actually having to email or operate a computer themselves. It is for the group of people who do not use email, and therefore miss out on a popular and efficient way to communicate. Simply put, Celery bridges the gap between old, or traditional, forms of communication, and new. It is a low-cost, easy-to-use alternative to email for those who lack the desire, resources, or ability to own and use their own computer. It is extremely easy to use.