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What Happened to Real Open Source Phones?

Apr 20, 2011, 16:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

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"Another big reason OpenMoko went nowhere was a lack of any partnership with the phone companies and handset providers. Most people get their phones as part of their cellular contract, and no phone company I know of sold an OpenMoko phone with their contracts.

"The blame could go two ways here. Did the makers of the phone not bother to try and engage the telcos, out of some sense that it would constitute a deal with the devil?

"I originally thought the phone companies took one look at the inherently rootable OpenMoko and ran for the hills, but they haven't balked too badly at the way other phones—from the iPhone on down—can be rooted and customized from the inside out."

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