VisorPhone gets a steep price cut

Handspring plans to make a major price cut on the attachment that turns its Visor handhelds into a cell phone.

Handspring plans to make a major price cut on the attachment that turns its Visor handhelds into a cell phone.

Starting Monday, the VisorPhone will sell for just US$49 with cellular service activation, a US$200 drop from its most recent price. Handspring had been running a promotion that sold the unit for US$99, but only when purchased with a new, high-end handheld.

A Handspring representative characterized the price cut as permanent, aimed at spurring sales.

"It's a great product that wasn't selling at the levels we'd hoped," the representative said.

The latest move follows a more modest US$50 price cut made in May from its original US$299 price tag.

Handspring introduced the VisorPhone in September and started shipping it in December.

Service plans range from around US$30 to US$150 per month.

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