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VisorPhone Preview

Sunday October 8, 2000 - 7:37 PM EST - By James Hromadka


VisorPhone in Visor with speed-dial screenWhen I was at the 2000 PC Expo, I heard Jeff Hawkins' keynote where he spoke of the future of smart phones. Although he told the audience that his vision wasn't necessarily Handspring's product line, I knew inside that nobody feels that strongly about something and doesn't follow through with their convictions. Towards the end of September 2000, Handspring verified my gut feeling with the announcement of the VisorPhone, the first cellular Springboard module for the Visor and the Palm OS.

Angled Visor+VisorPhoneHere's a list of the features available for the VisorPhone. Note that some of the features like voice mail may require additional charges from your provider:

  • GSM digital operation for static-free connections
  • Built-in software with easy access buttons for phone and messaging application
  • Caller ID
  • Call waiting
  • 3-way calling
  • Speed dial
  • Call history (stores up to 1,000 messages)
  • Voice mail
  • SMS text messaging application
  • LED indicator
  • Slider switch for quick selection of ring type
  • Internal vibrating alert
  • Built-in jack for optional hands-free headset
  • Can operate as a wireless modem, for performing wireless synchronization and more
AddressBook integrationThe VisorPhone has many ways there are to dial. Tap any address book entry and select which number to dial, use a customizable speed dial list that lists entries by names instead of numbers, use a dial pad like a traditional phone, or use the call history to redial a previously used number.

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