Third request: what *is* the warranty on the Freerunner?

Dimitri spam2 at
Mon Aug 4 20:30:01 CEST 2008

I'm just venting steam. I'm not entirely unhappy with the phone: just a
little frustrated, since I'm having a hard time justifying the purchase with
my wife... not to mention my iPhone-loving friends.

There were a number of sites, like Engadget and a few others, that were
essentially implying that the Freerunner was ready for general use (as
opposed to the Neo1973, which was strictly a developer's phone).

So, I enthusiastically ordered it, only to realize that it's still, very
much, a developer's phone. And not just a developer's phone, but a *super
hardcore* developer's phone.

I wouldn't mind learning to program for it, but even that's hard to do,
since there are a handful of competing openmoko software architectures that
aren't really interoperable.

Anyway, I guess I'll wait for the software to catch up to the hardware.
Meanwhile, I'll keep it tucked away in the closet.


Steven Kurylo wrote:
>> I feel mislead by their marketing, which led me (and, from what I've been
>> reading, many others) to think that the phone was actually ready for both
>> developers AND regular folks. This, of course, is false, as it can't even
>> connect to the internet *out of the box*, and requires a ridiculous
>> degree
>> of programming knowledge to even do so. (As a Java programmer with 10
>> years'
>> experience, I've finally given up trying.)
> I haven't seen anyone say the phone would be ready for regular user.
> I tell people don't even expect to make reliable phone calls.
> Though I think they should have put a big warning page during the
> purchasing process before it takes your credit card, so no one would
> have an excuse to complain.
> Sorry that its not for you yet.

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