Gphone and 850, perspectives

Pietro "m0nt0" Montorfano monto84 at
Thu Nov 8 08:29:45 CET 2007

So, ok, the NEO does NOT support 850/1900 MHz band, this is an issue, 
FIC is informed of that and i think that they are evaluating the 
possibilities to make it working, so please just stop crying at the list 
"my neo here isn't working..." ok, i understand the problem and i 
understand you, but receiving a tons of similar mail is boring. AFAIK 
FIC members read the list, and now are just considering some solutions 
(at least i hope).

So in conclusion, the replies at the FAQ on this issue are (forgive me 
if appear a bit rude but it's due to my english):
I live in north america, i have my NEO dev edition and i can't get the 
signal, what i can do?
sell your neo, it's an hardware/firmware/software issue, so it can't be 
fixed with a simple software upgrade
I need the 850 support should i buy the neo now?
No you don't have to until you want a good pda whitout the possibility 
to make phone calls
I live in NA and i usually stay in my big city, will the neo get the signal?
May be, it will probably get it but it's not assured, you can try to 
verify somehow if the bands supported by the neo are covering your area
What can i do to make the neo supporting those bands?
you can do nothing
What is FIC doing about this?
Don't know, i hope they are considering some solutions for this issue
Last but not least: which are the solutions which FIC is considering?
The solutions are:
1) do nothing, at least  for the GTA02, maybe a fix in GTA03 or 
something similar
2) produce 2 separate phone, 1 for the NA and another one for the Rest 
Of The World (identical phone except the capability to get the 850/1900 
band INSTEAD the 900/1800 one)
3) make a nice community poll to ask if the members can wait another 2 
month (the time is just something I think) to redesign the hardware and 
fix the firmware so that we can have a full quad band phone)

The 3rd solution was not proposed but it's another way to solve the 
problem, honestly i don't mind about the quad band, i live in italy and 
i don't think i'll ever come to america, if i'll do that i'll use some 
other cheap phone, but i think that it's important for other community 
member to have it working in quad band way, so i'll wait if the 
community will decide to wait and obviously FIC will consider this solution.



P.S. We will wait for some FIC official solution.

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