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

Torsten Röhl news at softure.de
Mon Jan 15 16:07:40 CET 2007

Am Montag, 15. Januar 2007 15:44 schrieb Andreas Kostyrka:
> * 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.
> Andreas
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Why -  QWERTY keypad ? we have a wide screen 2,8 inch and i
love the new iphone concept without qwerty keypad.  I hope that
the next neo1973 generation phones are also iphone like (without qwerty 
keypad) ... i think a neo1973 next generation phone with qwerty keypad is 
just another phone and not more the wonderful neo1973 linux phone.


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