GTA02 preorder please?

Ole Tange at
Tue Jan 22 14:24:29 CET 2008

On 1/22/08, Michael Shiloh <michael at> wrote:
> Tim Murphy wrote:
> >
> >     I would like to propose asking the
> >     <> to add a preorder form for stable developer
> >     hardware platform.
> I'm researching this within the company. I don't have an answer yet, but
> I would agree with Tim, that it is unlikely that we will be able to set
> up a pre-order system. It's not just an issue of the CC provider, but
> rather with laws that prevent charging a credit card until the item
> purchased has shipped.

As a former employed at the Danish Consumer Agency I can confirm this
is the law in Denmark, too.

Would it be hard just to postpone the charging of the creditcard until
the order has shipped? (All Danish web shops do this. If an item is
temporarily out of stock your credit card will not be charged until
the item is in stock and shipped to you).

> The good news is that we intend to build many more than before, so that
> pre-order won't be necessary.

I have done 5-10 talks on OpenMoko with more coming. After each talk
most of the audience is ready to buy (guesstimate in total: 500
handsets). I will not be surprised if FIC yet again underestimates how
many handsets should be build in the first run. The pre-order could at
least give an idea of that (plus I would have a pre-order URL to point
to in my presentation).


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