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Handspring and Orange SA partner up

The companies are working closely together to develop advanced business and personal smartphone solutions that will tie seamlessly into Orange back-end network systems to make wireless data applications easy to use right out of the box. Handspring and Orange plan to leverage their respective expertise in mobile user interface design and robust wireless service offerings to bring new smartphone solutions to the European market.

“Working with established leaders like Orange is the ideal way for Handspring to help deliver the best possible smartphone solutions to European customers.” said Ed Colligan, president and chief operating officer of Handspring, Inc. “By customizing Handspring’s advanced wireless applications and intuitive user interface for Orange’s services and back-end systems, together we can deliver solutions that will make a difference in people’s lives. We look forward to building a strong position together in this category.”

Richard Brennan, Executive Vice-President, OrangeWorld and Brand at Orange, said, “We are pleased to be working with Handspring, who has proven to be one of the leading innovators in smartphones. Together we can create a superior customer experience for Orange customers. We are dedicated to delivering compelling services to our customers, and making the experience of accessing wireless services an easy and enjoyable one.”

Chris Jones, senior analyst and director at European research firm Canalys, commented, “In Europe, we expect shipments of smart phones to exceed those of handhelds in 2003. But for vendors to succeed they need to develop good relationships with mobile network operators, in as many countries as possible. The leading phone handset brands already have these and this is a positive move on Handspring’s part.”