Number of GTA02s ordered as of 10 Jul 2008
kevin at foreverdean.info
Thu Jul 10 19:35:17 CEST 2008
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Ron K. Jeffries <rjeffries at gmail.com> wrote:
> My gut says OpenMoko first mass production run was approx
> 1,000 to 1,500.
I think you're dramatically low-balling it. You're basing that on the
number of phones ordered, but aren't factoring in the number shipped
to resellers who have the item in stock but haven't sold it to a
customer yet, the number in transit to those retailers and the
distribution centers (one can assume that they're producing are a rate
faster than they're shipping to customers), the number put into
people's hands as "test equipment" for major media outlets,
universities and the like. I'm willing to bet that, like Koolu, there
are people or organizations with devices that aren't in end-user hands
yet - an Android based Freerunner like the W.E. Phone (for instance)
doesn't exist yet, but it's safe to say they're developing it on some
form of hardware.
Realistically speaking, the number of people with Freerunner's in
their hands don't matter too much. The only reason I care at all about
how many devices Openmoko fabricated is to know if they're generating
revenue to be secure in a future product line. The number of devices
produced doesn't correlate the the number of community members (one
can assume there are device owners who will never join the OM
community and that there are members without devices) and the number
of users with devices doesn't correlate to Openmoko's profitability.
Openmoko earns profit on devices that end up in closets and warehouses
just the same.
And... A bit more bluntly... I think there's a reason that the sales
figures haven't been released. :)
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