Handspring to Eventually Stop Making the Visor
During a conference call today, Handspring CEO Donna Dubinsky said for the first time that her company will eventually stop making Visors and only make Treos. She said, "We are a company that is transitioning out of the organizer business and into the communicator business. At some point we will have transitioned out of the organizer business." Ms. Dubinsky didn't say when this switchover might take place.
Since the introduction of the Treo line last fall, there had been much speculation about Handspring's future plans for the Visor, especially because the Treo doesn't include the Springboard slot, which before had been the primary feature of all the company's handhelds.
While Ms. Dubinsky didn't flat-out say this was the end of the Springboard, the implication is certainly there.
This announcement means Handspring is betting its entire future on the success of the Treo line.
In what will hopefully not be a sign of things to come, Ms. Dubinsky also had to announce that the rollout of the Treo will be delayed in the U.S. due to parts shortages at its Mexican plant.
The Treo line is made of of several models, all of which have integrated wireless capabilities allowing them to handle both voice and data. The Treo 180 will have a built-in keyboard while the 180g will use Graffiti for text input. Both of these will have monochrome screens and cost $400 with a service contract.
Later this year, the company will release the Treo 270 with a color screen and a built-in keyboard. Handspring currently plans to charge $600 for it.
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