Handspring today announced regional retail availability for its VisorPhone module [review] through 48 Best Buy stores in California and Nevada and 187 Staples stores in California, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
Cingular Wireless, a leading GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) wireless service provider in the United States, will provide the service plans for all of those markets.
Handspring recently announced national service availability in February with the additions of VoiceStream Wireless and Powertel, in addition to the service initially provided by Cingular Wireless. U.S. customers can now purchase and use their VisorPhone in GSM service areas covering over 6,000 U.S. and Canadian cities and towns. Handspring is aggressively working to offer VisorPhone in North American retail stores and carrier stores nationwide over the next several months.
VisorPhone is available starting at $299 when purchased simultaneously with a service plan from Cingular Wireless. Visor handhelds are sold separately both online at Handspring.com and in Best Buy and Staples stores.
"Initial web response to our VisorPhone Springboard module has been positive and we are very excited to be introducing this product to retail customers through two of our leading retail partners, Best Buy and Staples," said Scott Long, national wireless markets manager for Handspring, Inc. "We’re glad to be working with an industry leader like Cingular Wireless to put the power of VisorPhone into the hands of customers looking for a simple solution that combines the power of a mobile phone, a handheld computer, and a wireless modem for e-mail and Internet access."
"Consumers continue to look for solutions to their communications needs that increase effectiveness and productivity," said James Flynn, Cingular vice president of national distribution. "Cingular strives to do our part by offering a range of products and services for the customer."