Is a FreeRunner sufficient for me?

jeremy jozwik jerjoz.forums at
Sat Jun 20 07:50:59 CEST 2009

best. email. yet.

you should link that sms script. perhaps it can be modified to siphon off
the contacts too

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 10:24 PM, Ben Wong < at>wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Joerg Lippmann<jl_lists at>
> wrote:
> > Then the Freerunner is not for you.
> > It may sound harsh, but it's definitely *not* suitable for daily use.
> Period.
> Brolin,
> I must respectfully disagree with Joerg's advice to you.  There are
> flaws, including the ones Joerg points out, but they do not
> necessarily make the Freeruner unsuitable as a daily phone.  I think
> it depends on the person.  I use mine daily as my only phone and it
> works well for me.  From your description of yourself, I suspect you
> would be happy with a Freerunner as well, as long as you don't expect
> it to do everything you want out of the box.
> Battery life?  Yes, Joerg is correct that it's mediocre.  I do charge
> it every night, but that's not a big deal, especially since it charges
> off of any USB port.
> The sound quality is "terrible" according to Joerg, but that has not
> been my experience.  Perhaps I'm just lucky, having bought a later
> model unit, but people have actually been telling me how crystal clear
> I sound compared to my old Samsung phone.  The one thing I don't like
> about the sound on the Freerunner is that the default volume is too
> low, but it's not been enough of a problem for me to even look into
> how to increase it.
> Joerg also mentioned that the device is "lame".  I'm not quite sure
> what he means.  The Freerunner is certainly lacking features that some
> proprietary phones boast, such as a multitouch interface and 3G/4G
> data transfer.  Since I live in a big city and have WiFi nearly
> everywhere I go, the lack of 3G is not a disadvantage for me.  And
> multitouch?  Well, somehow I survive without.
> The one thing that jumps out at me in your request, Brolin, is keeping
> your SMS messages on the microSD card instead of the SIM.  I know that
> the SHR distribution, which I'm using, stores everything on the SIM by
> default.  Perhaps David Ford's improved SMS app will do what you want?
>  Alternatively, if you are happy with simply archiving your SMS to a
> text file, David Ford sent out a one line script to do so about a
> month ago.  (I can dig it up if you need.)
> --Ben
> > 2009/6/17 David Murrell <dmurrell at>
> >>    Fundamentally, at this point, my Openmoko Freerunner fails the Not
> >>    Interested in Technology - Significant Other Acceptance Procedure,
> >>    otherwise known NIT-SOAP.
> > That is not a problem for me because I am single. :)
> P.S. You may not be single for long.  One little known feature of the
> Freerunner is that it is an Ultra-Powerful Magnet for Attractive
> People.  They will sidle up to you and exclaim, "OMG!  Is that a
> Debian box in your pocket?!"  ;-)
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