Do we REALLY need a phone?

Stefano Cavallari stefano at
Mon Apr 21 12:51:48 CEST 2008

On Monday 21 April 2008 08:54:15 Shawn Rutledge wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 3:10 AM, Stefano Cavallari
> <stefano at> wrote:
> >  Then you just provide some module to access the chosen network, like a
> > SDIO card (probably with a big external part like most wifi ones).
> >  I was thinking of a beast like a bluetooth UMTS dongle. There are
> > already USB
> I used to think like that too.  Maybe it's a good idea.  It would
> certainly be way better for the environment.  However, it costs more
> in several ways (engineering, components and space) to make it
> modular, and for the idea to make sense you are relying on a couple of
> things: that the handheld will satisfy you for such a long time (10
> years maybe), and that it will make sense to continue to build modules
> with whatever interface you chose at the beginning (considering that
> the minimum-sized module you can build at the beginning will be
> looking excessively big in a few years).  
I wasn't going that far in building the device 100% modular despite it would 
be cool. I was talking about just the UMTS/GSM part as it uses different 
frequencies in different regions, and it's not deployed everywhere.
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