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Linux-based cell phone drops July 4

The Openmoko Neo Freerunner, a Linux-based cell phone that "will help enable ubiquitous computing in the 21st century," will be on sale starting July 4, with shipping to begin July 7.According to company specs, the phone utilizes GNU/Linux and comes with core software for dialing, SMS and recording contacts.
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Written by Andrew Nusca on

The Openmoko Neo Freerunner, a Linux-based cell phone that "will help enable ubiquitous computing in the 21st century," will be on sale starting July 4, with shipping to begin July 7.

According to company specs, the phone utilizes GNU/Linux and comes with core software for dialing, SMS and recording contacts.  Openmoko will supplement these features with periodic downloads beginning with a software suite that takes full advantage of the phone's hardware platform. The new software, debuting at Linux World in August, is expected to provide location-based applications.

Two versions of the phone will be available: 850MHz or 900 MHz Tri-band GSM, to match frequencies in different countries.  Black, oval-shaped and tipping the scale at 6.5 ounces, the Neo FreeRunner features a 2.8" 480 x 640 VGA touchscreen, Wi-Fi (802.1 1b/g), AGPS, GPRS 2.5G, Bluetooth 2.0, two 3-axis motion sensors and comes with 128MB WSDRAM and 256MB NAND Flash.

The Openmoko Neo FreeRunner will retail for $399, and the phone will be sold directly from the Openmoko webshop at www.openmoko.com and via distributors in the EU, India and North America.

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