PDA News: Palm and Sega Unite, Garmin iQue Pre-Order, Handspring Rebounds

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Palm & Sega Ink Deal

Sonic will now be rolling off your TV screen and onto the Tungsten T as Palm and Sega today rolled out a co-branded site (link: http://www.palm.com/software/sega/segamobile.html).  The five titles initially available for the Tungsten T include Shinobi (Sega 1991), Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Sega 1994), Super Columns (Sega 1995), Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega 1991) and Shining Force II (Sega 1994).  This is great news for Palm and I’m sure a lot of folks out there like me will buy these games just so we can satisfy the nostalgia we have for the past, the caveat is the games will only run on the Tungsten T and the soon to be released Tungsten C.  On a side note, I can’t believe it’s 2003 and now 12 years since I sat as a teen engrossed in Sonic.  But now I can do it again.

Handspring & Orange Ink Deal

More co-branding, but on the hardware side this time.  Yesterday Handspring announced the $90.4 million hole they had in the budget for the past quarter.  Handspring today had to announce something that at least sounded positive, so what they’re telling the world now is that they’ll be jumping out of the pure handheld organizer business and instead focusing on co-branding smartphones for network carriers.  The first carrier to sign with Handspring is Orange, a European mobile phone network operator.  Orange will release a Handspring phone this fall, but it will carry the Orange branding.  Handspring feels this is the way to go to return to profitability and be in a growing market.  Handspring CEO Donna Dubinsky is quoted as saying, “”Our strategy today is to develop deep relationships with several strategic carriers, which we call tier one carriers, much like the relationship we have with Sprint. Our goal is to conclude a handful of such relationships over the next 12 months. We also will work with what we call tier two carriers, carriers who will buy a non-customised, or slightly customised, product either from us, or from our distributors.”

Garmin iQue available for Pre-order

The Garmin iQue 3600 will be the first Palm on the market with integrated GPS and 32MB of onboard memory.  It is now showing up on the shelves of web-retailers for $549.99.  Amazon.com has the iQue 3600 listed at this price and a shipping date of July 1, 2003.  The release date is a little bit disappointing, when we saw this device at the CES in January it was said to have a release date of May and they had an almost fully working device.  However, whenever this device does come out we’ll be here to review it, and if you want to be the first kid on the block with this toy then might want to order now!

Garmin iQue 3600





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