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iPhone-like Linux phone delayed

Jun 28, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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As Apple launches its iPhone today, a company attempting to build a similar touchscreen-based phone around an open, user-extensible Linux OS has acknowledged significant delays. OpenMoko now hopes to ship its first “mass market” model in October.

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The announcement came yesterday, in an email from OpenMoko leader Sean Moss-Pultz to several mailing lists. OpenMoko expected to ship its first Neo1973 phone in March, but “critical hardware bugs” resulted in delays “expensive for us and annoying for you,” Moss-Pultz acknowledged. Points made in his lengthy post boiled down to:

  • OpenMoko will spin out as a separate company from Taiwanese OEM/ODM giant FIC
  • An website will launch next month
  • Through an online store, about 1,000 prototype Neo1973 phones will be available, including:
    • A “base” model (GTA01B_v4) for early adopters will cost $300

    • A $450 “Neo Advanced” model that adds a JTAG/serial board, development cables, and second MicroSD slot
  • In October, will offer a second-generation phone, codenamed “Mass Market Neo 1973,” featuring:
    • Samsung S3C2442 SoC (system-on-chip)
    • 256MB of flash
    • 802.11b/g WiFi
    • SMedia 3362 graphics accelerator
    • 2x “3D accelerometers”
  • Next year, hopes to offer three separate phone models
All of's phones will apparently be unlocked GSM/GPRS devices. They will run a user-modifiable Linux-based OS maintained by, an open source project sponsored largely by FIC to date.

In his note to the lists, Moss-Pultz wrote, in part, “We absolutely, passionately, believe that something as fundamental to our lives as the mobile phone must be open. The [FIC] CEO and Chairman are the two greatest supporters.”

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