3G, etc. - is the Neo 1973 already out of date?

Ben shadroth at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 02:29:22 CET 2006

"And just this week, the Australian Federal Police specified  that any
new handsets it purchases for its mobile phone fleet must be 3G

Now of course, whether they like it or not, every large organisation
will be forced to use 3G sooner or later as the 2G networks are
eventually phased out. But one could surmise that CIOs at some of
these early adopters are looking to gain a competitive advantage by
jumping on board before that time."

- http://tinyurl.com/yjs3pc | http://preview.tinyurl.com/yjs3pc

In Australia:

Vodafone, Optus and Telstra all provide 800/1900 GSM.
Vodafone, Optus, Telstra and Hutchison "3" all provide 2100 3G

Telstra also operates another 3G network with wider coverage, called
"NextG". This network is run using: UMTS 3G, 850MHz, HSDPA

WiMax is due to come out some time soon.

Would there be any possibility of swapping modules on the Neo 1973, or
should we just treat it as disposable and hope for multiple OpenMoko
options instead?

It may be worth having two phones as an initial release - to
demonstrate the versatility of OpenMoko - ie. one more
budget/multimedia orientated, one more professional, GPS, etc. or with
optional add-ons. I realise this would require a lot of extra effort,
but I'm just trying to think of ways to separate the idea of OpenMoko
from the Neo 1973.

Given the mass of wireless network standards, a multifunction radio or
swappable radio would be of great benefit, unless the Neo 1973 is
fairly cheap, as it would need to be replaced (or already needs to be


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