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OpenMoko [Nov. 8th, 2006|09:33 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Open, fully-hackable phone:

Look at the presentation:

On sale Jan 2007 ... I'm totally getting one.

[User Picture]From: vanbeast
2006-11-08 05:40 pm (UTC)
damn that phone is ugly. Interface looks nice, though.

On the other hand, the platform sounds amazing. Provided they're not $bajillion, I'll probably get one too.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2006-11-08 05:52 pm (UTC)
you know that you're more fluent in code than english if upon the first pass of "$bajillion" you think that it's a variable name and then upon the second pass you realize that it's a price.
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[User Picture]From: psi0nik
2006-11-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
can't it be both?
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2006-11-08 06:23 pm (UTC)
at first i thought that "they" was the company that makes the phone and therefore $bajillion would somehow be a company name but the variable name of "bajillion" didn't make too much sense in that context.

then i realized that he was then referring to price since '$' is vanbeast's (and my) currency symbol.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2006-11-08 06:24 pm (UTC)
so yes. could be both.
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[User Picture]From: waider
2006-11-08 09:12 pm (UTC)
Press release I read elsewhere said $350.
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[User Picture]From: ioerror
2006-11-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
What about the greenphone?
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[User Picture]From: deathboy
2006-11-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
guh. beat me to it :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-11-08 06:11 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, they had no intention to sell it to consumers/for profit, etc. It was only being provided as a developer's reference to entice other companies to build platforms built upon the same stuff.

So I can only hope such companies come around.
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[User Picture]From: toast0
2006-11-08 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well... other than the high price, and I'm not sure if they actually started shipping yet, you can buy the "Community SDK" which includes the phone and an sdk for $700 (+ shipping and any appropriate taxes).

Does wide availability make a difference?

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-11-08 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'd rather hack knowing my hackery could be shared and used.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-11-14 11:34 pm (UTC)

hooray trolltech

those systems typically lock you out of anything that's not the java(qtopia) frontend. if you're making a connected app, that's fine, but if you want to alter the actual phone software, think again
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From: ex_ex_mcm69
2006-11-08 07:08 pm (UTC)
nice one. not sure it will ever appear in Ukraine, but i'd love to have one.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-11-08 07:36 pm (UTC)

I'd be all over that if it had a real keypad. No love for fiddly stylus typing (or fingerprints all over the screen.)

I guess it'd make a good PDA, but I don't really have much call for one. :(

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[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2006-11-08 08:34 pm (UTC)
A couple of points:

1. A carrier will never sell an "open" phone. This is especially true in the US. No carrier support means no carrier subsidy. Buying the device outright might be acceptable for geeks who appreciate the added value of it's openness but if they want to appeal to the mass market they NEED that subsidy.

2. If this thing turns out like the Zaurus (linux PDA), I wouldn't want to rely on it for my phone.

3. I do, however, appreciate the idea of an open bar.

In closing: all the cool kids (alright, a couple of people who wear sandals) build their own cellphones out of parts from SparkFun
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[User Picture]From: silpol
2006-11-13 03:03 pm (UTC)
Brad, are you really about phone? What is wrong about us , http://nokia.com/770 ? successors should be even better ;)
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