GPS/Cell phone patent issue

joerg joerg.twinklephone at
Sat Jan 26 01:11:24 CET 2008

> In other words, like it or not, if this patent is valid (who knows)
> and its scope is what it looks like (I'm not a lawyer) it will have a
> significant impact on the *phone* world.
In other words, *you* consider GTA to be a *phone*, nothing else and not 
beyond. You're kidding?
Like it or not, the GTA/OpenMoko is a *computer* with built in GSM-modem, and 
i don't think many of the customers will opt for an off-board solution that 
fails when leaving GSM coverage area, while they got the cpu-power to 
calculate the route and may *easily* feed the hilarious amount of 256MB map 
data to their 4GB local storage, thus saving the 1.5$ per server-side route 
calculation off-board.

This "patent" might have impact on future forms of advertisement, or even on 
the fee you have to pay for off-board route calculation (if you think you 
need such a stupid thing), but i don't feel it will influence any of the 
things i ever could imagine i plan to do with a GSM enabled PDA.


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