7 posts • joined Thursday 17th May 2007 20:14 GMT
IIRC because of the DRM - they dont want you to fiddle with it on a virtual machine.. or they just wanted you to fork over for the more expensive version.
The Neo doesnt have to convince the FCC - it already has.
I dont know if you're from the US or not but anyway if a phone complies with the GSM standard and to local regulations (FCC in USA for ex.) - then one can sell and use it.
The Neo 1973 is approved by the FCC so you can use it with any telco using GSM and in fact with QTopia running on it you can use it as a phone, make and receive calls etc. (though being a dev-preview there are still some bugs to iron out). Walled garden or not.
I predict apps for the iPhone will come over iTunes ;-) and Apple will take a nice cut from the price. The only true open/free platform is the OpenMoko platform and it will remain open/free.
What you fail to realize is that neither Android powered Phones nor the iPhone will give you any full access / code for the GSM/GPRS part. At most they will do the same as the Neo - give you serial port access. This is due to legal reasons (FCC compliance etc.). And this is not a SIGNIFICANT portion of the OS, what a load of rubbish. Nothing to see here.
As for a small install base - you do realize that the currently available model is/was only intended for developers and people who like to tinker?
No marketing by El Reg
This isnt marketing by El Reg as they clearly stated they have access to the new stuff while the general public will have access to it on Monday.
As it is now searching for firefox results in first hits pointing to a Silverlight FAQ?!?!
A few months ago I searched for "Linux" on a daily base and each and everytime they would snuck in some windows stuff.. at least they dropped that crap.
Gates still believes in Tablet PCs
Gates:"The Tablet takes cutting-edge PC technology and makes it available wherever you want it, which is why I'm already using a Tablet as my everyday computer. It's a PC that is virtually without limits -- and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America." 11/2001
"The faith is strong in you Gatewalker.. err Gatekeeper!"
I'll chuckle again.. in 5 years when my phone is still not my PC or vice versa.
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