Timex partners with AT&T and Qualcomm to launch messaging services on a GPS sport watch

Runners spend hours on the road and with the new Timex Ironman One GPS+ they will now be able to enhance their safety via wireless messaging and other tracking functions.

Timex partners with AT&T and Qualcomm to launch messaging services on a GPS sport watch
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I have been looking for a MOTOACTV replacement for at least a year and it looks like Timex is finally launching a new mobile device that will replace it and add even more capability.

The Timex Ironman One GPS+ was developed in partnership with Qualcomm and AT&T as a fitness device that provides standalone wireless cellular connectivity for messaging and fitness service syncing. The wireless connectivity is provided in addition to Bluetooth MP3 capability, 50-meter water resistance, Bluetooth heart rate monitor support, and a full range of fitness tracking functions.

The Timex Ironman One GPS+ device is available for pre-order now for $399 with a launch date planned for November. The premium price is similar to what we see with other high-end fitness watches, but the focus here is on wireless connectivity. I pre-ordered one because I find the wireless messaging functionality to be a good safety measure. I run various routes all over the city and as I get older my wife does worry about my safety on the road.

You can send and receive messages and share live tracking of your run with family and friends. There is a "Find Me Mode" safety solution that will send an alert with your exact location in case of an emergency and this functionality alone may be worth the price. In addition, you can sync to third-party fitness services like MapMyRun, Runkeeper, and Strava. This device has everything I have been looking for in a single running watch.

AT&T includes a year of data with the purchase of a new Timex watch. This data service reminds me of the way Kindle cellular data is managed. There is not yet any pricing information for data service beyond the first year, but I can't imagine it costing that much since very little data is being used. I hope it ends up being free for the life of the product.

I know there are many people who don't think runners should listen to music on the road since it can be a safety concern. However, there are many of us who listen for motivation and are aware of our surroundings as we run. I have not yet found any other good GPS watch with MP3 capability since the MOTOACTV. Another major reason I ordered a Timex Ironman One GPS+ device is because it has 4GB of internal storage for music that plays via a Bluetooth connection to your earbuds. 

Timex Ironman watches have been around for a long time and I look forward to seeing their latest and greatest on my wrist. Earlier today I also saw a link to other less expensive GPS models coming soon, including one that looks like a Gear Fit for daily activity tracking.