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You can now receive notifications for text messages on this watch from Citizen. It vibrates and glows when a message is received on the wearer's cell phone. The watch displays the subject line and body of the text message, up to 70 characters.

Additionally, the clock face magnifies text to 1.2 times the original size for ease of reading.

The watch comes with a leather or stainless steel band and is equipped with Bluetooth technology compatible with many market phones. Citizen says they recommend the new timepiece for businessmen who don't want to miss important messages from clients and coworkers.

The watch is priced at around 30,000 yen.

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sure because that is somehow better than using your cell phone? Staring at your wrist and waiting to see a message scroll that you can't reply to and can't see pics. Kudos Citizen, I am rushing out now to Bic Camera to buy one...not.

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May be useful for elderly businessmen over 70 !

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Get Smart - I wanna talk to my watch.

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Text messages, OooH!

Nobody here uses them, right? I don't, and no-one I know still does.

E-mail, anyone??

What's the point of having your watch vibrate, flash and show you your message when your phone can do just the same?

Watch calculators, and people using them, looked bad enough.

Most of the time, when you get a message, you want to reply to it soon. With this you can't.

What a waste of R and D time and money.

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Simply because this is so useless but kind of cool, I would consider if it were actually being sold for what it's actually worth.

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ridiculous is right... i wouldn't wear it even if they gave it to me for free

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If the watch will receive standard SMS text messages, that would be an innovation in Japan. My au telephone won't. It only receives au's non-standard cmail, which means it only receives text messages from au phones.

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Why...nuff' said.

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It looks like this uses Bluetooth to get messages through a cellphone, rather than connectng to the network directly. So even if I had one I'd still have to carry a cell phone, which also vibrates when receiving messages, and by the way, can also tell the time. I want a light, compact mobile phone that I can strap to my wrist, maybe with a mechanism to generate power for the battery from hand movements.

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Its already available Alan. Im wondering why this is even news. $500 from China. Tried using it on my softbank but they don't allow. Works in other countries

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According to another article they are only compatible with sofbank. They are the TM84-0341V and TM84-0342V.

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It's time to dump my shares in Citizen...

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To me this seems sort of like the idea of a hands free fone.. like those fones that stick in your ear and wrap around. It would some times be convenient i guess to just look at your wrist and read the message instead of needing to get out your fone and press the message button to read it. And i guess it would look very stylish in a James Bond sort of way also? but it is not at all a necessity; only a vanity thing.. a big boy toy ^_^

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Mikanojo is right. There are times you don't want to or can't pull out your phone. Classrooms for example. Also at dinner, perhaps, or during a business meeting.

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That's what a phone is for...this is just stupid. :(

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I wonder how this would work in the legal aspect...

"No, Mr. Policeman, I was just wondering what time it was and waiting for the numbers to change on my watch while driving. That's why I was staring at my watch for so long."

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Couldn't you get a beeper that costs less than 200 to the same thing?

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i'd like it if it was led with a retro font.

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