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Q: Can software directly access the SIM?

I'd like to know if the GSM chip accesses the SIM directly or whether it goes through the OS? If it is possible I would like (and may develop) software to download SIM data into memory so that multiple SIMs can be stored and networks jumped by software rather than by physically changing SIM. Reasons:

- To use cheaper services, say one prepaid network has cheap calls and another has cheap SMS, configure phone to skip to cheap network to send SMS.

- To have software periodically check several SMS, voicemail services or numbers from one device.

- While travelling, it'd be nice to be able to email SIM files around, say to let a co-worker assume a company number when replacing you at an overseas post or to leave your unused prepaid credit to a friend at the end of your vacation.

- Partial coverage. Travelling rural South Africa, areas are sometimes covered better by one or other carrier, it'd be a pain to switch SIMs every few km, but could be done automatically.

- Backup; say your phone /w SIM goes through the spin cycle and becomes unusable.

- For Fun! I'm sure there are other reasons why putting the functionality of a physical device into a file is a good idea.

Strix99 23:15, 30 August 2007 (CEST)

Q: Can the Neo charge and use devices on a USB hub at the same time?

See FAQ#Q: Can the Neo charge and use devices on a USB hub at the same time?

other hardware

I just stumbled upon the HTC Advantage X7500. How likely one could have that device run openmoko even though there it's a windows mobile? --Minime 19:13, 10 April 2007 (CEST)

voice over ip

what about voice over ip? is the cpu strong enough for skype?/is there a skype(or similar) client that runs on that kind of cpu? :)

VOIP over GPRS basically doesn't work - the latency is too high.

There isn't a skype client for the CPU.

The answer: the CPU should be strong enough esp with the new CPU that they will implement in June, according to the plans. My answer is based on a theorem: The Nokia 880 has got skype on it and I don't think it is that much stronger if it as at all, than Openmoko with it's 200MHz. That should be sufficient. GPRS is too slow for that I believe but if you are home, you could connect to your WiFi and use SkyPe that is awesome. (^_^)

Which is irrelevant, as there is no skype client for the CPU. You cannot compile your own skype client, only skype can. --Speedevil 19:22, 23 May 2007 (CEST)

We could compile OpenWengo for the Neo1971, although gprs would still be a problem. Wifi or possibly bluetooth would be OK. --Sagacis 00:21, 31 August 2007 (CEST)

FreeRunner released

A lot of this FAQ is written from a point of view in which FreeRunner is not released. It is not the case any more. KSiimson 13:44, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Q: Whats OpenEmbedded, BitBake, Openmoko(OS), opkg/ipkg

Is OpenMoko a company that manufactures Neo1973 and Freerunner?

I though FIC manufactured these devices, but according to this FAQ, it's OpenMoko? Did I miss something or should the FAQ be updated?


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