3G? What about CDMA?
montgoss+openmokocommunity at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 20:50:18 CEST 2008
I don't see how GSM is much less "closed" of a network protocol than
CDMA (the interchangeable SIM cards being the big difference). The
GSM chip is the most locked down hardware on the Neo. A CDMA chip
would be no different.
As far as the aims of the Openmoko project, I don't see how CDMA
conflicts with that. I thought one of the aims of Openmoko was to
show people the benefits of opensource, mobile computing. It seems
odd to give people choices over everything but the service provider.
On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 1:14 PM, Kevin Dean <kevin at foreverdean.info> wrote:
> GSM is essentially an international standard. With some exceptions,
> CDMA isn't used much.
> Furthermore, even in the USA, Verizon will be deploying a GSM network
> "soon" (next few years). So a Freerunner WILL work on Verizon in the
> near future.
> Don't count on a CDMA device, using a relatively "closed" network
> doesn't meet the aims of the Openmoko project.
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 2:02 PM, Steven **
> <montgoss+openmokocommunity at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I talk with friends and co-workers about OpenMoko and the Neo
> > Freerunner all the time. Inevitably, they say something like "That's
> > cool. Will it work with Verizon?" or "That's cool. Will it work with
> > Sprint?". And of course, the answer is no... I don't think any of my
> > friends are with at&t (even though they're supposedly the largest
> > wireless carrier in the US) or any other GSM provider. They're all on
> > Sprint or Verizon. I myself was originally on Verizon and switched to
> > at&t solely for the Neo. But most people aren't willing to do that
> > (and most are locked into contracts with a $250+ early termination
> > fee).
> > So, have you considered making a CDMA version of the Neo? I think
> > that'd about double your sales in the US.
> > -Steven
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