Free talking e-mails offered for Valentine’s Day by Nextel

If flowers and chocolates just aren’t going to cut it today, how about an extremely personalized, talking e-mail?

The folks at Nextel Partners at Kukui Grove Center are offering free chocolates, 25 percent off accessories, a free first month’s service, the chance to win a $50 gift card, and more, for simply trying out the new NextMail service at the store today between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

By simply pushing the walkie-talkie button on a Nextel phone, people can send talking emails to any computer email address in the world, with messages up to five minutes long, explained Courtney Wells, Nextel Partners public relations manager.

Those receiving the talking emails do not have to be Nextel customers.

The NextMail service is available only at Nextel.

“It’s definitely a fun way to say ‘I love you,'” said Cara Yamaguchi Kakuda, general manager of Nextel Partners.

“What’s great is that it’s unexpected because people aren’t used to hearing a human voice over email. And it’s as easy to send as a voice mail. Better yet, it’s free,” she said in a press release.

Sharing the Valentine’s Day love with those that are closer to home, all attendees who send a NextMail message at the free calling event will be entered in a drawing to receive a free $50 gift card.

Nextel Partners leaders were also the first to offer national “four-in-one” digital wireless service in the Lihu’e area, combining digital cellular, short messaging, wireless Internet access and digital walkie-talkie service, in a single wireless phone. Nextel Partners’ office is located at 3375 Koapaka St. in Honolulu.

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