Handspring cuts 20% from workforce

Handheld maker Handspring has cut its global workforce by 20%, as the company shifts some of its marketing and product...

Handheld maker Handspring has cut its global workforce by 20%, as the company shifts some of its marketing and product development work to the wireless carriers it partners with.

The maker of the Treo Communicator combination phone-PDA reduced its staffas "part of a restructuring effort that's going to enable us to cut costs and focus on the business", said company spokesman, Allen Bush.

The layoffs were announced to employees and were spread across Handspring's worldwide workforce. Its marketing department took the biggest hit, according to Bush. Handspring said it plans to share more of its development and marketing efforts with partners.

"We're going to focus more on working with carriers to develop Communicator products and distribute them through their channels," Bush said.

The company is already teaming with Sprint PCS Group and has made the Treo available for Sprint's next-generation wireless network.

"We've seen through our relationship with Sprint how effective we can be when we work with carriers to develop products that work well on their networks," Bush said.

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