Handheld computers covered under the trade-up program include those that use Palm OS, Windows CE, Pocket PC or Symbian operating systems. Apple Newtons, Sharp, Psion and Casio handheld computers are also covered. Handspring explained that United DataTech Distributors will handle recycling and “environmentally sound disposal” of the incoming products.
The $399 Visor Edge is Handspring’s answer to Palm’s Vx and M500 models. It’s an ultra-thin monochrome PDA which sports an integrated rechargeable battery and the same performance and features as the Visor Platinum. The Edge is available in a sleek metal casing in three different colors: silver, blue and red. Based on Palm OS 3.5.2H2, the Visor Edge sports a detachable Springboard slot — an expansion interface that enables the PDA to support expansion products like cellular phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and other devices. The Edge is compatible with all existing Springboard modules that support Palm OS 3.5.
Handspring senior VP Ed Colligan explained that his company has been fielding requests from customers “from day one” looking to trade in old handhelds for new ones.
“We think this is a great way to reward our own Visor customers with an easy opportunity to upgrade to Visor Edge. In addition, the program provides a strong incentive for anyone already invested in a handheld to step up to something new,” said Colligan.
A Web page
for the promotion wasn’t online as MacCentral went to press with this article, but Handspring advised the page should go live by Friday, June 8. That’s when the trade-up program starts, and it runs until July 1. If you’re attending the TECHXNY trade show (formerly known as PC Expo) later this month in New York City, you can take advantage of the program at Handspring’s booth on the show floor.