Interview with Raider Realm

Ortwin Regel ortwin at
Tue Feb 12 21:22:11 CET 2008

It sounds like Michael was talking about GSM in general. The area not
covered by that indeed does seem negligible in the US. You have got a
different issue. From what I picked up, it is not reasonably possible
to change the hardware in a GTA01 to support the 850 Mhz band. The
best option you have is probably to sell your GTA01 and get a GTA02
that supports 850 Mhz when they become available.


On 2/12/08, Christopher Earl <earlc8451 at> wrote:
> I read the Raiders Realm interview with Michael Shiloh Here is the excerpt I
> will am talking about
> "RR: So is all of the hardware you have for this FCC certified and ready to
> use on different networks?
> MS: Yup.  Absolutely.  Now it is a GSM based phone, both models, which means
> they both use a sim card and the GSM network which is pretty common here in
> the states, but much more common in the rest of the world.  But there are
> some areas in the states that don't have coverage for that.  But that's
> pretty small.  In fact, I think it's virtually negligible."
> My question is of the 'Negligibility' of this issue. I do not know . nor do
> I claim to know, the number of GTA01s sold in the united states, and the
> ratio of those phones which found homes in GSM 850 areas. I would like to
> request a confirmation that this issue is being seriously addressed. I have
> sent three separate emails this month and not one person can tell me if I
> will EVER be able to send my GTA01 in for repair. I will cover the cost of
> shipping. Unfortunately I was one of the sorry bastards to get my device
> before this was a known issue. Im not asking for anything for free, nor do I
> wish to cause anyone a hassle. I only wish that the apparent few of us whom
> live in a GSM 850 Dominate state can get their devices repaired, at our
> shipping cost. If the answer is " I dont know","maybe in a few months" or
> somthing like that, fine. I just want to know IF I can count on OpenMoko/FIC
> to rectify this issue now or in the future.
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