OpenMoko - We Need HYPE, and we need it yesterday!
libervis at libervis.com
Tue Jun 5 16:50:25 CEST 2007
I also agree that we need to wait with the actual hype and public marketing efforts. What I meant was to simply start quiet preparations and discussions for when the time comes to start promoting.
On Mon, 4 Jun 2007 16:04:50 -0600
"mathew davis" <someoneinjapan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think we need to wait. When the neo1973 has matured a bit and has worked
> out the mojor kinks it will generate attention on it's own, which we can
> then strengthen. But right now I don't think it would really have an
> impact. We don't know the final release date, the software on it which is
> the biggest part of the phone is not worked out yet. And when the phone is
> released that's when the magic happens. The community will come alive.
> Programs will be developed for the phone that we haven't even thought of
> yet. And then interest will be generated. Plus we will be excited about
> our phone, we will be excited about moding them and doing what we want with
> the phone, in essance freeing our phone. Then I believe it will explode. I
> think it's a good idea to spread the word about the neo1973 but I don't
> think getting or starting hype now is important or needed. I just don't see
> the usefulness of it now. But that's just my opinion.
> On 6/4/07, Danijel Orsolic <libervis at libervis.com> wrote:
> > I'll chip in here for once. :)
> > I agree with what some have said that we should better wait before the
> > phone is actually a finished product we can point to (including a web site
> > or store where people can easily buy it).
> > However in the meantime I think we should think about the marketing
> > subject, build up the marketing machine, so to speak, which we will use once
> > the phone is out. It's basically just preparation.
> > I've recently started a web site (http://www.mobiliberty.com) which was to
> > focus on phones like Neo1973, open in nature, powered by Free Software and
> > Free Standards, but guess what, it hasn't been such a big success and there
> > just aren't enough stories around for the site to really have much meat to
> > chew on. Right now I'm basically working away on my other projects and
> > leaving that site for some sort of a revision until a day comes when the
> > world of open mobiles will really be interesting enough for one news/blog
> > site to prosper out of it (and a day when I will own one to talk about first
> > hand too ;) ). In other words, I'm waiting for Neo1973 to come out and make
> > a mark.
> > And I would be willing to help that happen. Someone mentioned an OpenMoko
> > site in Hungary. I think that's a very good idea. We should have as many
> > countries covered as possible. I'm from Croatia (neighbouring Hungary) and
> > perhaps opening a Croatian OpenMoko site would be a good idea too, though
> > that would depend on the market here I suppose, which might not be as big on
> > FOSS related stuff as Hungary.
> > Anyway, the overall point is, we can start thinking about it, making plans
> > and preparations, laying out the structure we need to make Neo1973 a
> > worldwide hit once it comes out.
> > I also hope and expect FIC will invest considerable effort in this regard.
> > They are making and selling these phones after all. It's their brand on it!
> > Cheers
> > Danijel
> > On Mon, 4 Jun 2007 11:27:38 -0500
> > "el jefe delito" <eljefedelito at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Regardless of where the hardware and software are right now, I would
> > imagine
> > > that they both will be further along come release date. But, outside of
> > > this community and the few people that remember us telling them about
> > the
> > > FIC Neo1973 and the OpenMoko platform, who knows about this phone or
> > > platform?
> > >
> > > Slashdot and NYTimes and many other sites have articles about the Apple
> > > iPhone, but very rarely is the Neo1973 mentioned. We, the OpenMoko
> > > community, are interested in these articles too (I would imagine), and
> > yet
> > > no one ever posts a comment about the Neo1973 (except me, it seems). If
> > we
> > > don't get the mainstream press to write about the Neo1973, we (or FIC)
> > are
> > > going to have a difficult time selling devices and getting out
> > there. If
> > > they (press) won't write about the Neo1973, the least we can do is
> > mention
> > > the Neo1973 in the reader comments, with a link to the wiki.
> > >
> > > Here is one such article from just this weekend. The iPhone will be
> > getting
> > > a lot of coverage, and as different as the two philosophies may be, the
> > > average person on the street will see the two phones as very
> > similar. If we
> > > have a great feature comparison, why not let people know??
> > >
> > http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/fever-builds-for-iphone-anxiety-too/
> > >
> > > I hope that we can start to create some buzz about this product! Being
> > > open, being able to work with multiple service providers, being
> > unlocked,
> > > being cheaper, being higher-resolution... all of these are benefits that
> > we
> > > must PROMOTE. The quicker we can post on an article, the higher on the
> > > Comments list we will be and the more reads that comment will get. No
> > one
> > > reads Comment #154267....
> > >
> > > Thoughts?
> > >
> > > --
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> > > "Free Software exists to free you from the artificial constraints set
> > by
> > > Apple and Microsoft. Free software is Unrestricted software. Get
> > Free."
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