Digital Link Springboard Still Coming Soon

When Sprint announced a combo wireless phone and modem called the Digital Link, it said the Springboard module would be available in September. It has recently appeared on the Sprint webstore with the note "temporarily out of stock". When it is finally available, it will cost $250. It provides 7 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time and weighs 3.4 ounces.

The Digital Link phone/modem, which will be made by AirPrime, will be third-generation-ready. When Sprint PCS launches 3G service next year, users will only need to do a software upgrade to take advantage of high-speed, always-on access to the Internet as well as high-quality video and audio.

Recently, Sprint licenced Handspring's Blazer Web browser so it will be available for users of this Springboard.

The Digital Link has to be compared with the HandSpring VisorPhone, which has similar functions and is now free with a service activation. At the Digital Link's original announcement, a Sprint PCS spokesperson said that customers will still be interested in the Digital Link module, despite its higher price, because Sprint offers the widest coverage area and because current Sprint PCS customers can put the Springboard on the same phone number as their cellphone for a small additional monthly charge.

Thanks to John Bomba and Druce MacFarlane for the tips. -Ed

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I.M. Anonymous @ 10/18/2001 8:25:13 AM #
I'm from Asia Pacific... so I really hope to see one of these in Singapore. Visorphone springboard costs S$600 without service! And there isn't any service providers that sell it!! :(


Token @ 10/18/2001 12:21:38 PM #

Good stupid support

Coyote67 @ 10/18/2001 5:44:18 PM #
Well I called Sprint to ask them about this. Call lasted about 30 minutes talk time. Heres the jist. The digital link can be setup to foward all incoming calls to a normal sprintpcs cell on your account. So both of these can share a number. To use it in general theres a $5 extra fee, this web minutes fee lets you use your normal minutes to go online via the digital link. As the digital link is just like the visorphone(ignore the gsm shnit) it is a cell phone, you can just change to it like you would if you changed phones with your sprintpcs account. This process from my experience(did it twice) took about 1hour to get everything settled, including the minibrowser working again. As for when its available, the guy, Paco I think it was, said that it should be out by the end of the month, and that it is currently on backorder. I suspect hes telling the truth about both, but really doesn't have a clue about the backorder issue since we all know it never was actually available for sale. Also, he tells me ALL visors will work with the digital link. As I am a deluxe user(maybe pro soon) I respond to this with a HELL YEAH! Also, and this I really like, the digital link can be tested at any sprintpcs store once it goes on sale. Hope this info will help.

On another note, anyone know if that kingston or whoever makes it keypad for the visorphone that lets you make calls when its out of the visor will work with the airprime(digital link)?

OH my god...becky, look at her....Prism.

RE: Good stupid support
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/19/2001 9:41:29 PM #
beware that forwarding calls from a sprintpcs phone costs $0.10 per minute.

RE: Good stupid support
I.M. Anonymous @ 3/27/2002 3:31:10 PM #
A question for Coyote67: what did it take to get the minibrowser working with the Digital Link? That's the battle I'm fighting now...

[my email address is if anyone has any tips]



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