Gphone and 850, perspectives

Randall Mason lists at
Thu Nov 8 16:44:45 CET 2007

iPhone doesn't have GPS, so how does that fit your mythical project?

GPS works in the US.  It is a US invention.  It is owned by the US.  It is
run by the US.  We donate it to the world.  Why would it not work in the
US?  It works EVERYWHERE, that's why it's called Global Positioning System.

How are there so many people who know so little about cell phones, GPS, and
PDAs that claim to be supporting projects on this phone?  How did you
convince your company to start these projects?  Why was Michael's initial
post saying that 850MHz is not supported because of hardware layout not
enough?  How do people decide that they want quad band phones without
knowing what they really are and why they would want them (besides "wow,
quad band works everywhere, right? Great, I'll just get quad band so I never
have to think!")?

On 11/8/07, admin at <admin at> wrote:

> We were willing to wait for the commercial version to start our
> development, but if that is not going to be functional in the USA in
> remote areas like other cellphones, then it is lights-out for any
> possible future vendor here in the USA who want to incorporate this in
> to an existing product line.
> Thats a fact not a wine.
> I will get a development kit from Apple and live with it.
> Our products need a  gps/phone/computer system as an add-on and  it cant
> wait past January 2008.
> If the GPS works great I will buy it as a PDA in future once it is
> released.
> This morning the project using the NEO was canned, reasons are, ever
> shifting timetables and secondly,  too much risk when the rug is pulled
> from under your feet by FIC suddenly not supporting US  frequency bands,
> while there are other alternatives such as Iphone available with a
> development kit that  might meet our development scenario -- (about just).
> Unfortunately rural access is crucial for our applications, so it just
> became a no-no.
> Anyway thanks to all for the input, and the NEO was a great idea till
> now, unfortunately it does not seem if it will be available in a working
> state within the next year here in the USA.
> All of luck with OpenMoko.
> Bye.
> Pietro "m0nt0" Montorfano wrote:
> > admin at ha scritto:
> >> In this case it is a very valid issue and definitely not a complaint
> >> or a whine.
> >> It basically tanks one of the largest consumer bases and it tanks my
> >> project in my company until I find something else.
> > Well the man at FIC (Michael) said that this issue is being evaluated,
> > i'm not associated with fic in any way so anything i'm writing is
> > because i've read the mails coming from this mailing list.
> >
> >> You left out one important part in your mail below.
> > No, i've left anything because the subject of this mail is regarding
> > the 850MHz issue, GPS is not involved with it.
> Well, then add in the WIKI that GPS will still work in NA, else it only
> makes matters worse for marketing and is misleading by not disclosing
> all the features that will work..
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