Neither iPhone or OpenMoko are revolutionary

Attila Csipa plists at
Thu Jan 18 08:40:50 CET 2007

On Thursday 18 January 2007 02:59, Renaissance Man wrote:
> > you seem to have worse autonomy
> No, because you'll still have GSM, and WiFi actually ensures the
> carriers lose control over you.

Bad wording, was referring to power outlet independance.

>> worse coverage
>No, you'll have better coverage, as you'll have the potential to use  
>WiFi when there's no GSM coverage.

Look, it's like saying every phone should come with a shortwave transmitter. 
It would give you a perfectly carrier+moneywise free, several hundred km 
range ! Great idea on paper, but that's about it.

> > extra HW cost, bluetooth interference, limited and country-specific
> > list of channels,
> ???

From wikipedia:

The frequencies for 802.11 b/g span 2.400 GHz to 2.487 GHz. Each channel is 22 
MHz wide and there is a 5 MHz step to the next higher channel.

Spectrum assignments and operational limitations are not consistent worldwide; 
most of Europe allows for an additional 2 channels beyond those permitted in 
the US (1-13 vs 1-11); Japan has one more on top of that (1-14) - and some 
countries, like Spain, prohibit use of the lower-numbered channels. 
Furthermore some countries, such as Italy, used to require a 'general 
authorization' for any Wi-Fi used outside an operator's own premises, or 
require something akin to an operator registration.

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