FreeRunner delayed a further 6 months?!?!??

Michael Shiloh michael at
Mon Mar 17 17:34:14 CET 2008

Very well put, Michele, and others who have said similar things.

I was describing this project to a friend, and for awhile he thought 
this was just another cellphone or PDA. Then suddenly his eyes lit up 
and he said "Aha! I see. It's much more than a phone or a PDA".

It's people who have that insight that are best suited to the developer 
release. Not because they possess special intelligence, but because 
seeing the potential gives them the patience to put up with difficulties 
like the tricky build process, daily changes in software, and our the 
delays in manufacturing.

Of course we're happy to sell the unit to anyone, but if all you want is 
a replacement for your PDA or cellphone, and if you want it in a hurry, 
you should just go out and buy an existing device.

This distinction is not meant to disparage anyone. Those of you who want 
more than a cellphone or PDA are in no way better than those who want an 
open cellphone or PDA that just works. It's just that the goal will help 
you put up with the hardships. Remember, once we start manufacturing and 
shipping Freerunner, the challenges aren't over - in fact, for you, they 
just begin!

Perhaps another distinction is this: If you look forward to the 
challenges of making the Freerunner much more than a cellphone or PDA, 
then please join us. If you have little interest in putting up with the 
frustrations that will surely follow, you will do best to wait for the 
consumer software to be ready.


Michele Renda wrote:
> Hello Pietro
> I think you said what a lot of Neo supporter think!
> Someone must to understand is not just a phone. I something different 
> from what there was untill now. If a person want just a phone or a pda 
> is better that buy a phone or a pda.
> :)
> Pietro "m0nt0" Montorfano wrote:
>> Well, i've followed this discussion and only one thing is left to say: 
>> LOL!!!
>> Just get back from your dream and get the information in the list:
>> 1) The Freerunner IS free, there are only some firmware things that 
>> aren't open and that never will be open but they are only firmware, 
>> even your PC run something which is not open source (BIOS, graphic 
>> card firmware, cdrom firmware, every kind of firmware you got is 
>> generally closed.....)
>> 2) The Freerunner is in the last (we hope) development process, 
>> concerning the hardware, so i think that there's no interest from FIC 
>> to not release it
>> 3) HOW will it be released? It will be released in a status that only 
>> the hardware will be in a good form, the software could be considered 
>> alpha or beta (you are lucky if you can make call or send sms but it's 
>> not guaranteed)
>> 4) WHEN? when it will be ready it will be released
>> So, what can you get from that?
>> You can understand that if you are looking for a replacement for your 
>> "daily use" pda or phone, if you want to get it in a short time, if 
>> you think that is closed source, if you want a camera, a keyboard, 
>> UMTS, HDSPA, EDGE or something different from what is listed for the 
>> GTA02,...., as a normal customer does, you can go to your favorite 
>> mobile shop and get another mobile.
>> I think that no one is here to say something like "my cell is better 
>> than the neo", if you are not satisfied with the Neo specs, there are 
>> 2 thing that you can actually do:
>> 1) wait for another release
>> 2) just get another pda
>> I can't see the difficulty in that, it's so simply, just like anyother 
>> product. If you want the Freerunner for other reasons rather than the 
>> tecnology you have to wait. Personally i like the neo and i like the 
>> idea to hack a mobile os and make it look and act as i want, and first 
>> of all i like the openness of this project. If this project was 
>> something closed i'd be a stupid, with the same money i could get a 
>> device with all the new tecnology, but i don't like symbian and ms win 
>> mobile, so i'm waiting for the neo, keeping in mind that it wouldn't 
>> be ready and functional "out of the box".
>> So just wait for some news from the FIC guys.
>> Bye!
>> Pietro
>> (sorry if my english is not correct)
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