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Blogger unpacks Linux-based phone

Jul 16, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Out in the blogosphere (which we believe is somewhere near “the Internets,”) the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner is getting unpacked, photographed, and examined. On Holden Karau's blog, he describes difficulties getting the FreeRunner working with an AT&T SIM card, but dubs the voice quality “pretty… awesome.”

(Click for larger view of the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner)

A little over a week after the Linux-based Neo FreeRunner shipped, an Ars Technica article provided an in-depth look at the three optional phone stacks available for the hackable, open-source phone. However, writer Ryan Paul was unable to get his hands on an actual phone.

Now Holden's Blog offers a quickie first look at the hardware. Judging from the numerous photos, the complete FreeRunner package ordered by Karau provides lots of goodies along with the phone, including the DBoard debug board and a spares kit. As previously reported, the phone incorporates a 400MHz Samsung S3C2442 (ARM9 core), 128MB of RAM, 256MB of flash, and a 2.8-inch 640 x 480 TFT display.

Karau had success using the phone with T-Mobile, but as with OpenMoko's earlier Neo 1973, he had difficulties with AT&T's 3G network. “Of my 3 AT&T 3G SIM cards, 2 of them worked, and one had a bit of difficulty,” he writes, and then lists the error code.

The Holden's Blog story and photo gallery are available here. The text observations are pretty sparse, but will no doubt expand over the next few weeks as Karaus starts writing code for the Neo FreeRunner.

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