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Size: 4 1/8" x 2 15/16" x 1 1/16"

Weight: 1.8 oz

Hard Cover Compatible: No

Memory: 0K on Visor when inserted

Availability Discontinued

Handspring Modem by Handspring

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We live in a real-time world, and sometimes you need to get to important information from the Web or an email at all times of the day. With the Handspring Modem (HSM), you can dial in and access any of your important data at any time.

The Modem sticks out just under " behind the back of the Visor and " above the top of the Visor, significantly adding to the dimensions of the Visor.

The HSM also comes with a 6' phone cable and 2 AAA batteries that should provide 3 hours of constant use. One nice feature of the HSM is that it will warn you with 4 beeps if you plug into a digital/PBX phone line to prevent you from damaging the modem. There is also a button on the modem that initiates a modem HotSync.

See VisorCentral's extensive review for more infomation...

User Opinions
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Gets the job done, and well!
Sure it's big, not as fast as its 56k counterparts, but it works. I got mine off ebay in original box (never been opened) for 45 dollars with shipping. Already I was way ahead of the competition. It uses its own batteries, saving precious power for my visor. 33k doesn't sound fast, but in palm land it is more than enough. It came with a CD with avant go and one touch email. I use my modem all the time to sync in the mornings, browse with avant go, email, and talk with friends on AIM. If you want an affordable way to sync away from home and do some light work, this is it.
by gorrak

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Very useful device
I own the modem for a couple of months. Very useful device. Only one drawback - embedded software isn't very informative. It hardly notifies me when batteries are empty. But using two sets of NiMH AAA's correct the problem :)
by soukhov_dmitri

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the wor4ld is now in the plam of my hand
I got mine yesterday and for $40 it works great. It is fast on pages designed for a pda. I can read my email without a email client on
by thefly

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Now that it's at a closeout price of less than $40 ($30 in some places) it's a deal...
...if all you're after is retrieving POP3 and sending SMTP. AvantGo and web browsing is a tad on the slow side but for the price, you cannot beat it.
by ProjectZero

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Well, it works
The best that can be said for the modem is that it works and that it comes with it's own power supply. With the other modems on the market now, I can't imagine that the HS modem will survive. It lacks integrated software and isn't as fast as what else is available. I'm glad I've got a modem, but if I were buying one now, I doubt I'd buy this one.
by VoxDei

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Since Wireless Modems Aren't Ready for Primetime, Handspring's Wireline Modem is Great!
Bought Omnisky Service and used it for a day. It was terrible. Reception problems galore. Returned it and bought Handspring's wireline modem. It works well. Some of the other reviews here are critical of its size. The benefit of this modem is its build-in battery which doesn't drain your Handpring's internal battery. Others were critical of the size if you keep it attached all the time. Not a problem for me. I don't want the added weight of any modem attached all the time. When I'm on the road and want to retreive email, I pop the modem on and get my email and it works perfectly. OH and be SURE to download the free Blazer Browser ( as it is GREAT! Loads webpages fast and in color!
by Prism Lover

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What can I say? It works!
It works perfectly. My visor still manages to fit in the slip case with the modem in,but there is a noticable bulge at the top. It didn't ruin the case, either. The modem works great with AOL For Palm, a fax program, and for a little while, I could browse the web with a Free ISP. (AOL doesn't support palm web browsing, and probably won't for a while) I now use SpeedyLink, an email-based web browser. 33.6 isn't a fine speed for email and Instant Messages, and worked well for web browsing.
by Jim

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Glad I didn't wait for the 6...
Sure, it is a little large - but it works well with Avantgo, Blazer, ICQ and other mesenger services. I dislike the drain other modules put on my visor batteries (easier to change on the module than the visor) so the size is actually a nice trade off.
by Anonymous

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Works Fine!
I returned my THINCOM modem (for its non-existent battery life) and upgraded to the Visor Modem. Shorter on features, but longer on battery life. Would like to see all modem manufactures include another small connector and conversion cables for a REAL RS-232 port (like WHY is that SOOO difficult?) and include a VT-100 terminal emulator program (so add a few bux to the cost). This modem could use some decent included software... especially a FAX program. Otherwise, most any web browser I tried works great (Avantgo, Eudora Web, PalmScape, etc...). I am still on the original included batteries after a few hours worth of surfing. I don't regret returning that THINCOM battery depletion module (modem) and 10 DAY TIME-LIMIT DEMO programs for a better Handsring modem -one bit!
by Bill

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Decent modem but lacks software
I've been really impressed by this modem. Size factor doesn't bother me much although it would be nice if I didn't have to carry it seperately. I was also disapointed that Mail and Browser software was not included.
by CrazedVW

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