A FIC phone with a real keyboard - Was: OpenMoko ON the iPhone

Andreas Kostyrka andreas at kostyrka.org
Mon Jan 15 15:44:06 CET 2007

* Sean Moss-Pultz <sean_mosko at fic.com.tw> [070115 15:35]:
> On 1/12/07 3:23 AM, "Carlo E. Prelz" <fluido at fluido.as> wrote:
> > My question is: are there plans for FIC to produce a QWERTY keyboard
> > model with native openmoko? (Possibly with wifi in place of gps, and
> > with real mini-sd instead of micro-sd - but these are my personal
> > preferences) No matter if the phone comes to be somewhat larger!
> Yes but this kind of stuff is Q3 / Q4 for us. We're focusing on the software
> issue first. This, IMO, is a far bigger problem. I know our first phone is
> not 3G, not WiFi, and doesn't have a QWERTY keypad. But please remember,
> this is unlocked and unsubsidized. Many components in this handset are
> currently being shipped in our other phones in high-volume in Asia. This is
> the _only_ way I could sell a device in the sub-$500 range. Which I think is
> super important for getting critical mass of an open phone.

That's something I've wondered, why are these things so "cheap"?
Typically, one pays the same amount for a subsidized Winmobiles with a
contract here arounds.


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