Openmoko™ is a project dedicated to delivering mobile phones with an open source software stack. Openmoko was earlier more directly associated with Openmoko Inc, but is nowadays a gathering of people with the shared goal of “Free Your Phone”. Distributors are currently selling updated versions of the Openmoko Inc’s phone released in 2008, Neo FreeRunner, to advanced users, while the software stack for FreeRunner and future free phones is being developed by the community.
Solar-powered OpenBTS systems costs pennies a day and operates in the farthest outreaches of Earth.
Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that’s revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. Where do you want me to begin?
“We make GSM look like a wireless access point. We make it that simple,” describes one of the project’s three founders, Glenn Edens.
November 15, 2005 12:09 PM PST
By John Borland
Staff Writer, CNET News
Patel says he has lost patience with even the slimmest Motorolas and most advanced Nokias. He has been trying to build new features for cell phones for years, and he–like a growing number of other impatient developers–has concluded that phones have to be as flexible as ordinary computers if he’s going to make progress.
“I want the phone to be much more open,” Patel said. “The world’s best research and development lab is all the hackers out there. Enable them, and they’ll do it.”