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Handspring has donated 500 Visor Deluxes and VisorPhones to the Red Cross and New York Police and Fire Departments to help them coordinate their efforts to help the victims and find survivors in the WTC attacks, according to Visor Central. VoiceStream is donating GSM wireless service for the phones.

They are responding to a plea from the Red Cross for technology donations. Handspring and other companies came through and the Red Cross now has everything they requested.

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Good on Handspring!

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 11:28:12 AM #
Everyone needs to find a way of supporting the people that are working hard to save lives and cleaning up. God bless you all.

Proud Visor Owner

skoty @ 9/15/2001 11:17:33 AM #
Way to go Handspring! Thanks for being the first PDA company to step forward during this crisis.

We all kind of pick sides when we buy our first PDA. Sometimes people defect from one brand to another. Right now I'm very proud to be on the Handspring team.

God bless Handspring!
God bless America!

RE: Proud Visor Owner
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 5:58:28 PM #
Way to go Handspring! Looks like other handheld companies are doing something too. Look at Chapura's homepage www.chapura.com . Dataviz also has a note up on their homepage www.dataviz.com.

God Bless the U.S.A.!

RE: Proud Visor Owner
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 8:52:32 PM #
Qvadis has a link on their homepage at www.qvadis.com to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

God Bless America!

HandSpring Foundation

digichimp @ 9/15/2001 11:33:05 AM #
It's companies like HandSpring that make me glad to be a part of the Palm community. Their donation was generous and immmediate and that says alot. When everyone is so concerned with tech, stock prices, market share and the bottom line; this event really hit home what is really important in life.
Bless the people effected and this country.


RE: HandSpring Foundation
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 11:57:38 AM #
immediate? 4 days later? hmm...

RE: HandSpring Foundation
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 12:07:54 PM #
It was immediate... Immediately after the Red Cross asked for assistance. The fact that 4 days had passed means nothing.

The gesture itself is what's important. The fact that they chose to make a contribution (and this has nothing to do with Handspring, but the world in general) shows a lot.

RE: HandSpring Foundation
Ed @ 9/15/2001 1:16:34 PM #
> immediate? 4 days later? hmm...

Actually, the donation was several days ago. I just heard about it recently, though.

I should point out that this wasn't done for publicity. Handspring itself hasn't said a word about it. The only reason anyone knows about it at all is someone from Visor Central brought the Red Cross' plea to Handspring's attention.

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Digitech, Who ISN'T affected
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 5:37:09 PM #
Bless the Effected? Everyone in this country, let alone the world is Affected.

RE: HandSpring Foundation
rldunn @ 9/16/2001 5:15:31 PM #
Some people just don't get it. After the tragedies of the past week and the goodwill mentioned in this article, some idiot has the gall to point out a typo of all things. Unbelievable!!

RE: HandSpring Foundation
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/17/2001 12:13:26 PM #
I'm already sick of the people saying "Because of the terrorist attacks, anyone who says _____ is an idiot who doesn't get it."

So, true patriots don't care about spelling, eh? Whatever, go take a chill pill and stop calling people names for stupid reasons. It was a legit point.

Palm Donated too

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 9:41:11 PM #
I know someone who works @ palm. The day after the disaster, he told me that palm was donating some number of Palm VII's (don't remember how many) + network service to disaster relief groups. Apperantly the Palm VII was one of the few wireless devices that was still working well in downtown after the disaster. I like the fact that palm choose to keep a low profile about this. Charity should not be a form of P.R.


RE: Palm Donated too
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/15/2001 11:54:45 PM #
If they release a press statement, then that is quite acceptable. However, if I see one of those Phillip-Morris=type commercials about how they sprung to action to aide in disaster relief, I'm only buying Clies or Handeras from that point forward.

It is wrong to profit in anyway as a result of any deaths (unless of course you are a mortician, cop, or weapons designer...)

RE: Palm Donated too
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 12:32:32 PM #
weapons designer ok to profit from death?

RE: Palm Donated too
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 5:40:16 PM #
I meant to state, keep to what you do, if your business is death, then profit from it, however wrong it maybe. But, if your business is PDAs, do not profit from death.

500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 3:40:14 AM #
500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
IBM, General Electric and Daimler Chrysler each donated $10 million to the red cross last week.
And 3 oil companies donated $5 million, and lots of other companies donating $1million. Total $100 million has been donated by companies. So, I don't see how they can't afford to buy their own PDAs.

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
GrouchoMarx @ 9/16/2001 3:48:22 AM #
So?

The relief and aid teams needed PDA-functionality and wireless communication to help coordinate their efforts. Handspring specializes in both of those, quite overtly. So they said "here, have some," and donated what they specialize in. OK, so maybe 500 older Visors and phone Springboards doesn't have the same retail value as some of the cash donations they've received. Big deal. It's that much more donated cash they have to spend on medicines, bandages, forklifts or whatever else. Yay Handspring and Palm!

--GrouchoMarx

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 11:36:53 AM #
well think of it this way...would u rather recieve $100 as a gift, then u had to go through the internet, credit card, wait, to finally recieve the head phones u wanted? or would u rather have just recieved the head phones and skip the hassel?

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 11:50:38 AM #
>500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
IBM, General Electric and Daimler Chrysler each donated $10 million to the red cross last week.
And 3 oil companies donated $5 million, and lots of other companies donating $1million. Total $100 million has been donated by companies. So, I don't see how they can't afford to buy their own PDAs.
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Why does everything have to come down to a comparison? Isn't the gesture of aiding those in need enough? It's comments like this that disgust me. In a time like this, we shouldn't be sitting here nit-picking every little thing... GROW UP!


RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/16/2001 4:55:34 PM #
"500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much."

I agree that's a dumb remark to make. Why try to compare??? So, if I only have $100 to give to the Red Cross, does that mean that my donation doesn't count as much as the big company donations? I don't agree. We give what we have, and each one counts. - ml

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/17/2001 2:13:32 AM #
Well...Handspring ain't IBM...nobody is IBM, not even IBM....

It is great that a small company like Handspring show interest in something like this, instead of moving into apathy city. Even if it's not nowhere near the contributions made by corporations like VIA and IBM.

Live long and prosper...

everyone else has made some great comments in response...
scaught @ 9/17/2001 1:31:46 PM #
but i wanted to add this.

youre a prick. please dont breed. **** you.

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/17/2001 2:01:11 PM #
I don't suppose it's too much to ask that either people act civil (not swear at each other and call people names) or that abusive ones get their accounts yanked.

RE: 500 Visors + VisorPhones don't cost much.
rldunn @ 9/17/2001 2:25:30 PM #
I'd rather see comments like that that someone is at least standing behind (within reason, of course), then all these anonymous posters such as yourself. If you feel strongly enough about something to post, there's no reason to hide behind anonymity.

List of Contributors

Ed @ 9/17/2001 9:02:34 AM #
Cnet has an article listing what I'm sure are just a few of the companies that have contributed to the disaster relief effort:
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-202-7160573.html

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Where is the money coming from?

I.M. Anonymous @ 9/17/2001 8:46:20 PM #
Handspring isn't even profitable, so where is this money coming from? Must be throwing around that Venture cap money. Nice gesture, but they won't be in business much longer anyway.

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