Wavecom and Handspring Partner to Develop Next-Generation Wireless Handheld Solutions

Companies to Focus on WISMO™ GSM wireless technology.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France -February 20, 2001

Wavecom S.A. (NASDAQ: WVCM; Nouveau Marché: WAVECOM), a leading developer of digital wireless standard modules (WISMO™), today announced a strategic relationship with Handspring, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAND), a leading provider of handheld computers. The companies intend to explore the development of future wireless data products and modules for the U.S., Europe and other global GSM markets.

"The integration of wireless voice and data communications is one of the driving factors in the development of handheld computing today," stated Donna Dubinsky, CEO of Handspring Inc. "We believe Wavecom's technology and expertise can enhance Handspring's capabilities in this direction."

WISMO, which stands for Wireless Standard Module, is a compact, fully integrated device containing all of the software, hardware and other technology needed to implement a wireless telecommunications standard. WISMO modules are available in PCS1900 versions for the North American market as well as 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and dual-band versions for GSM applications elsewhere. GPRS functions provide a variety of high-speed data and multimedia communications options to enable such applications as wireless Internet.

"This partnership represents an important endorsement of our technology and its potential in North America. Our agreement with Handspring is one of several significant steps forward we expect to make in the U.S. in the months ahead," explained Aram Hékimian, CEO of Wavecom.

About Handspring

Handspring is a leading innovator in the handheld computing industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets a family of expandable handheld computers for a broad range of markets and customers. Founded in 1998, Handspring's flagship technology is the Springboard platform that provides a simple and easy method for hardware and software expansion. Today Handspring sells its Visor line of handhelds at Handspring.com and through select Internet and retail partners in the U.S., Asia, Canada and Europe, along with a line of Springboard expansion modules and accessories.

Handspring, the Handspring logo, VisorPhone, Springboard and Visor are trademarks of Handspring, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.