OpenMoko - open phone

I am desperately in need of a new phone. My trusty Nokia 6600 has served me well, and still continues to chug along, but is plagued by bad sound, connection, small memory, and slow processor. I'm still drooling over the new Nokia N95, but not sure when I can actually get my hands on one (or afford it).

However, there is another drool-worthy phone coming out in January. On the same vein as the Nokia N770 tablet, which is very hackable, the OpenMoko phone is a fully hackable mobile phone. GPS, quad-band GSM/GPRS, SyncML, microSD cards, apt-get install, Linux, GTK goodness. Future versions are expected with WiFi and Bluetooth. via Koen's Blog

Also check out the LinuxDevices article which sports images including mapping applications.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.