[clug] WiFi/Cellular dual mode cell phone

Tim tim at murphy.org
Mon Sep 3 23:48:17 GMT 2007

If you don't mind a bit of a fiddle, it might be worth checking out the 
openMoko (www.openmoko.com).  I've seen it pop up on this list a couple 
of times, but just to recap, it's an open source mobile phone with WiFi 
and GPS capabilities.

It's in the development stage at the moment (most of the functionality 
is still being built) but a (more) stable version should be released in 

Has anyone on the list got one of these devices?


Chris Zhang wrote:
> Hi List,
> I am looking to get a dual mode WiFi/Cellular capable mobile phone since
> Telstra is phasing out CDMA network.
> I am really impressed with the calling rates with some of the mobile
> VOIP services, e.g. Truphone, Gizmo, Skype, etc.
> On average these companies charge you nothing for landline phone calls,
> and roughly 30c/min to any mobile network within Australia. (same rates
> apply to about 30 other countries as well)
> I did some research on different providers. Skype requires a cell phone
> to run its own program, which raises the specs a bit comparing to using
> other providers, it also charges a few more cents/min to Australia
> mobile networks.
> As for the other two providers, namely Truphone and Gizmo. They
> recommended Nokia N and E series, which is considerably priced.
> My other option is to get a wifi phone, and another GSM/3G cell phone. I
> don't quite see the benefit of this as financially it does not quite
> justify the hassle of carrying two devices.
> I will probably go with a WiFi/Cellular dual mode phone. Does anyone
> have any experience with this sort of things? Alternatively, is there
> any other way(new technology) thatI haven't thought of?
> Thanks

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