US 850 band users wanting to sell Neo
The phase 1 Neo1973 does not support support the 850 MHz GSM radio band. Since the 850 MHz band is popular in North America this may be a problem for North American users, as they will find poorer reception and more "black spots" on the Neo than on phones retailed locally especially in rural areas.
More explanations in mailing list postings:
These countries also use 850 MHz:
Because the phase 1 Neo1973 was intended as a developer release a number of North American buyers may have received their Neos before this problem was fully appreciated.
Will a modification to my Neo 1973 (GTA01bv4) be possible?
As of Feb 08, it has been confirmed by Openmoko that this is not possible, presumably due to the difficulties in getting FCC approval for a (relatively) small number of phones for a model which is no longer in production.
The best option for those with GTAO1 phones in areas where they need 850MHz is therefore to get a Neo FreeRunner instead which everyone presumes will have an 850MHz option (a check on actual performance with 850MHz has already been done).
To sell up leave your details here
--Aberios 11:16, 6 December 2008 (PST) pre-owned Black FREERUNNER, $300 (or best offer) plus shipping from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Contact me though email openmoko-email(a)angelo.ca
--onida Dec 19 19:54:31 (PST) Black Neo Advanced Kit, $350 including domestic shipping from Portland, OR. Like new. Only used a couple of hours for testing. Excellent working condition. All factory accessories included. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
--Nsquires 7:01, 11 November 2007 (PST) Black Neo, $280 plus shipping from Los Angeles, CA. Like new, with screen protector film still on. Only used a couple of hours for testing. Contact me though my user page or email nathansquires (a) gmail.
--bchurchwell 20:01, 24 November 2007 (PST) Black Neo Advanced Kit, $400 including shipping from San Diego, CA. Like new, with screen protector film still on. Only used a couple of hours for testing. Most accessories never removed from case. Email email@example.com
--KrisAbsinthe Feb 15,2008 Neo 1973,Black and Silver $250 Free Shipping inside USA. All other countries will pay shipping. Great Condition w/ lanyard, stylus lost, 512 MB MicroSD,Head Phones. For $280 (total) I will send the device in for the GSM firmware upgrade. Before shipping it off. Includes Latest usable Root and Kernel. Gsmhandset.state has been hacked for better sound, GPS pre-installed and working with TangoGPS. Earlc8451@clarkstate.edu Selling cause I live in a GSM 850 area.