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Dual-mode Linux phone deemed “tres bon”

Jun 20, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

The first dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone available in France has received a glowing hands-on review from French-language phone news site Neuf's Linux-based “Twin” phone draws praise for its small size, PDA-like features, and responsive, simple user interface.

(Click for larger view of Neuf Twin)

The Twin runs a Linux 2.6.10 operating system, making it one of the first — if not the first — shipping Linux phones based on a 2.6-series kernel. also describes the phone as the first shipping dual-mode phone, although Nokia and others have previously demonstrated dual-mode capabilities.

According to, the Twin measures only 4.2 x 1.8 x 0.75 inches, yet offers features typical of larger, PDA-like smartphones. These include a PIM (personal information manager) suite with Outlook synchronization, a 300-name contact database, an mp3 player, and a full Opera web browser. describes the process of configuring the Twin for voice-over-IP (VoIP) use as simple and rapid. The phone comes with five profiles that enable it to be used with “NeufBox” wireless access points, or with WiFi hotspots operated by Neuf and its various partners. For example, VoIP services are available in SNCF train stations through-out Central France, at d'Adael Wireless hotspots in Paris, and in some 30,000 “FON” hotspots around the world. notes that unlocked versions of the Tri-band GSM Twin are available to the first 10,000 customers, priced at 200 Euros. Additionally, SIM-locked models are avialable for 1 Euro, bundled with an Internet and mobile phone subscription package from Neuf Cegetel.

The complete review, which includes several pictures, can be found here (French language).

For additional details about the Neuf Twin, see our original coverage of the device:

Dual-mode Linux phone ships in France

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