question on 850... and alternate hardware hack ideas

Brad Midgley bmidgley at
Tue Nov 13 17:51:28 CET 2007


To put your mind at ease, yes it would be insane to try to add gsm to
an n810. You'd end up with an external battery, new enclosure, etc.
There is no advantage over using a basic bluetooth phone with DUN.

If a triband with 850 can't be worked out or isn't for you, I'm sure
the third gen hardware for running openmoko would have four bands
covered. There's certainly no perfect phone out there yet so it just
means a little more waiting to see. I won't replace my day-to-day
phone with anything slower than 3g anyway.


On Nov 13, 2007 8:45 AM, Joshua Layne <joshua at> wrote:
> So I am sure that this is a silly question and there is no way to send
> an AT command to set the TI GSM modem to use NA frequencies, but....
> that is exactly the case with the telit modules (e.g. the GM862:
> --
> AT#BND=1 sets the modem to NA:
> So, any news on this front? -- I had to ask.
> Secondarily, on the alternate hardware front, has anyone thought of
> using a Nokia N810 with a telit GM862 and the USB eval board from
> sparkfun
> ( -
> yeah, it would be a $600 package by the time you were done and it would
> probably require a custom case or duct tape and a minature mule to carry
> it. but it seems like it would work. (why oh why didn't nokia include a
> gsm modem???? they certainly know how to...)
> thoughts or flames are welcomed.
> my favorite solution is still a software switchable (i.e. by AT
> commands) quad-band neo, but I am hedging my bets.
> Best Regards,
> joshua
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