Convince me NOT to cancel my order.

alan at alan at
Tue Aug 28 22:43:21 CEST 2007

Just a status update here:

I emailed orders at and Jouston was kind enough to respond
promptly.  (Thank-you!) Basically, I asked to have my GTA01 back-order
cancelled if they did not have them stateside by September 10th.  Jouston
replied that they would not available until the 20th and promptly cancelled
my order for me.

It simply made NO SENSE to me to keep open an order for the GTA01 if the
GTA02 will follow within 60 to 90 days.  The Wi-Fi feature is an important
enough addition to wait for.

Until then, I have ordered an iPhone and will do my best to avoid bricking
it while I try my hand at unlocking it to work on T-Mobile's network.  Yes,
it lacks the AGPS I need for some of the geospace-aware apps that I would
like to work on, but it will be interesting to study the interface design
up close. 

Also, while I'm at it (and I have your attention), there are a few
horifically basic handset design issues that need to be addressed in future
FIC/OpenMoko hardware designs that looking at the iPhone makes painfully

1) Shape.  The hemisphere on the bottom of the GTA01/02 phone will not
allow the phone to remain upright in a breast pocket.  It will always cant
to one side or the other.  The bottom needs to be pretty much squared off.

2) Touch-Screen recess.  The bezel height around the touch screen needs to
be cut down to no more than 1mm so that the maximum touch screen finger use
utility is preserved. 

If these have been mentioned before on the list or the wiki, well, just add
my voice to the choir.

Doing my best to not sound "Pissed off" or "Disgruntled" here...


Original Message:
From:  curlynoodle at
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 13:50:45 -0400
To: community at
Subject: Re: Convince me NOT to cancel my order.

There appear to be some disgruntled "developers" out there with the Neo1973 
GTA01 "sitting on the shelf".  Please consider selling your development
on eBay or similar so other, more active developers, without hardware can
get one.

Just my $0.02,

openmoko at wrote:
>> Why am I not being given the choice to RIGHT NOW to be placed at the
>> of the GTA02 sales queue?
> Why dont I have a billion dollars?  I really want it and I could really
> use it...
>> Why am I putting up with all this frustration reading about others who
>> -have- their phones and why should I not just cancel my order??
> Seriously, with your already pissed off tone, I would never get this
> phone.  I have one, and now wish I didnt get it.  I am not looking for my
> money back or anything like that, I knew I could be buying a brick and was
> willing to take that risk.. But the fact is I just dont use it.  I would
> think very early on the focus would be to reliably make and receive calls,
> which this phone cannot do.  If I could use this to simply make and
> receive calls, I would have it with me and thus be more willing to write
> stuff for it while I have some down time at work.  As it stands now it
> sits at home.
> I will have no interest in it until I can make and receive calls.  Not
> make a few calls, then reboot, then receive a call, then reboot, etc... 
> Thats just my opinion tho, so all the linux nuts out there please dont
> jump down my throat.  The only reason I am writing this is so the guy
> asking the questions will get another point of view..
> Dont get me wrong, this phone has tons of potential, but I think others
> may be in the same situation as me.. And after a few months of it sitting
> on the shelf, I will forget its there and move onto something else... 
> That is of course if we dont get a reliable dialer in the near future..

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