Any opinions on purchasing from Koolu?

Jeffrey Malone ieatlint at
Fri Aug 8 03:26:48 CEST 2008

I just spent the last three days with two guys from Koolu at LinuxWorld (a
post from me about this is coming).

I can tell you the guys were definitely legit, and that if their customer
service is anything like the two reps, it will be well above par.  They are
based in Canada, however, not the US (Toronto)...

And as to what they may install... doesn't really matter.  The phone is the
phone, the software changes in about 7 minutes, so if it comes with
something you don't want, it really doesn't matter.

Jeffrey Malone

On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM, xaos x <xaos at> wrote:

> I ordered mine from them. Got it in a couple of weeks. You'll need to sign
> for it when you get it so, unless you're home when it arrives, be prepared
> to visit your post office to pick it up. They ship it CA ExpressPost, which
> interfaces with USPS. AS for the phone, it was the same Freerunner with
> om2007.2 on it.
> -Tom
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nick Van Fossen" <stix213 at>
> To: community at
> Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2008 7:12:47 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: Any opinions on purchasing from Koolu?
> I've been trying to purchase a new 850 Freerunner for almost 2 weeks now,
> but as you already know the openmoko online store still says they are to
> arrive on July 25th...  The only two US distributors are Koolu, and
> only lists the Neo 1973 - not freerunner,
> and has been ignoring my e-mails for a week and a half, so I guess my only
> choice is Koolu.
> But, Koolu looks like they want to go a different direction with their
> phones than Openmoko does by installing Android, Google Apps, and some other
> goodies that I have no interest in.  I've been hesitant to purchase from
> them because of this, but I'm wondering if anyone else has purchased an 850
> Freerunner from Koolu and how that went?  Did you get your phone?  Have any
> problems with Koolu?  Do you have any problems installing any of the
> openmoko builds/stacks?
> Thanks!
> -Nick
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