What's the real scope of hardware openness?

Mohammed Musallam musallam001 at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 9 03:53:00 CEST 2007

Giles, you're complaining? try 30$/MB up here in canada. 

----- Original Message ----
From: Giles Jones <giles.jones at zen.co.uk>
To: community <community at lists.openmoko.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 5:51:34 PM
Subject: Re: What's the real scope of hardware openness?

On 7 Aug 2007, at 22:34, Robin Paulson wrote:

> i for one was interested in what luca had to say, the discussion that
> evolved, and i've learned something because of it

The idea was a good one, but not feasible at this time and not with  
Moko hardware. The Neo1973 is an open device but it can't defy physics.
> and anyway, the telcos are bastards, are screwing us and many would
> agree with luca's sentiments. i found out last week that i get charged
> NZ$10/MB (about $8US) for GPRS data - that's not justified, and isn't
> customer oriented, it's money-grabbing

True, plus their plans don't make sense. SMS messages cost a fortune  
for 160 bytes.

But hey, they're a business and businesses are all about making  
money. Competition is what drives down costs usually.

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