A FIC phone with a real keyboard - Was: OpenMoko ON the iPhone

Sean Moss-Pultz sean_mosko at fic.com.tw
Sat Jan 13 08:40:39 CET 2007

On 1/12/07 3:23 AM, "Carlo E. Prelz" <fluido at fluido.as> wrote:

> My question is: are there plans for FIC to produce a QWERTY keyboard
> model with native openmoko? (Possibly with wifi in place of gps, and
> with real mini-sd instead of micro-sd - but these are my personal
> preferences) No matter if the phone comes to be somewhat larger!

Yes but this kind of stuff is Q3 / Q4 for us. We're focusing on the software
issue first. This, IMO, is a far bigger problem. I know our first phone is
not 3G, not WiFi, and doesn't have a QWERTY keypad. But please remember,
this is unlocked and unsubsidized. Many components in this handset are
currently being shipped in our other phones in high-volume in Asia. This is
the _only_ way I could sell a device in the sub-$500 range. Which I think is
super important for getting critical mass of an open phone.


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