Using Openmoko in Japan

Torsten Wagner tottiwagner at
Tue Oct 16 09:30:59 CEST 2007

David Schlesinger schrieb:
> You'll need to find some hardware to run it on, the Neo1973 won't
> function in Japan. It's a GSM phone, and Japan's system is pretty much
> completely WCDMA...

Hi David,

do you now for sure that the Neo will not work (as a phone) in Japan ? I 
thought that 2.5G devices might work by selecting the correct provider.
Neo does not come with EDGE but with some of the 3G features. Is there 
for sure no provider in Japan which might be able to support the Neo ?

Furthermore, I heard some rumours (several years ago) that the Japanese 
goverment was discussing to establish a complete VoIP-network in Japan 
[1]. They wrote that the network might be ready 2007 (which is now :) ) 
Is someone able to confirm or to give any status about this news ?

It might be even interesting to know for the openmoko-people, since if 
it will be true, openmoko might be able to sell the neo-device even to 
Japan... a country full of gadget loving nerds ;) (to be political 
correct please let me say that for sure not all Japanese are nerds ;) )



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