[ubuntu-uk] Linux mobile phones in the UK

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk
Wed Jul 2 12:21:29 BST 2008

Quoting Alan Pope <alan at popey.com>:

> On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 11:43:47AM +0100, Matthew Macdonald-Wallace wrote:
>> @ £227 ex VAT per unit, I think I'll stick with my freebie that came
>> with my contract for now.
> "freebie" you say? How long a contract did you sign to get that "free" phone
> and how much will that contract cost you over that period?

Slightly more than £227 (£15pcm over 18months), but still less than a  
£15pcm contract _plus_ £227 for the Open Moko.

> The thing I like about the openmoko is the flexibility and openness. No
> sim-locking, no proprietary firmware preventing me doing stuff, and yeah,
> ssh to the phone over usb is "cool".

Agreed, it's a great idea and I'm all in favour of it, my argument was  
that the providers/carriers have no real commercial reason to switch -  
a lot of people don't care what runs on their phone, as long as it  
looks nice and allows them to upload happy-slapping vids to YouTube! :o)

> The one thing missing from the openmoko is 3g, but there's plenty of other
> features that make it a neat device.
> Look at the massive community of people developing stuff for the iPhone,
> there's no reason (other than market share) that people wont develop for
> openmoko.

And I look forward to being part of that community when I can afford  
the hardware!


Matthew Macdonald-Wallace
matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk

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