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emerging options for smartphones
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:05:12 am »

Hello.  I just read that there may be a few new options for smartphones/tablets besides Apple's iOS or or Google's Android in the future.  Apparently Mozilla has been working on Firefox OS.  There's a book on it from LabourStart entitled Firefox OS for Activists.  Sounds interesting.  I myself don't have a smartphone, but I may consider getting one in the future.  So, I'm just checking out some possible options that may be available in the future.  I know Ubuntu is working on one also, and there's also Fairphone.  Or Blackberry, if I want to support the folks in Waterloo.
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Re: emerging options for smartphones
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 08:49:45 am »

Fairphone looks pretty good.  Specs are very nice and I like that it has root access by default.  That's my only complaint about default android distributions on US phones... you are locked out of your device.... so it's nice that Fairphone is fully open in that regard.  The bad news... It's only available in EU at the time :(


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Re: emerging options for smartphones
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013, 09:41:40 am »

Just relating my experiences with my phone and Tablet.

My BlackBerry 9530 Storm loads up just fine in Vector Linux when the phone is set as a Mass Storage Device in preferences. My internal drive and external 16gig micro sd with tons of music and movies work just fine
transfering files from Vector to the phone.

My unlocking adventures with It I documented at

My cheapo 4 inch Android Tablet that is exactly like this

Also mounts just fine in Vector when the Iview is told to mount as a usb device. My understanding of later Android Operating systems after 4.0 is that more hoops need to be jumped through to get these later
tablet operating systems to mount. The MTP protocol is now used on the later tablet/phone operating systems
to mount instead of as a mass usb storage device like the older operating systems.

I plan on keeping these 2 units for a while as glorified MP3 players and Movie watchers and the tablet for wifi instead of using Mini Opera and phone time on the phone.

My H20 card sells me 200 minutes of time on the phone for 90 days for $10.00. My wife pays for that
since I hate phones and she wanted me to have a umbilical cord to her.  ;D

I learned a lot about tablet and phones and just got lucky with what fell into my lap.
Both units cost me less than $80.00 combined for the both of them and fufill a fuction.

Anyway. Thats my story.


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Re: emerging options for smartphones
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 09:55:58 am »

I've been eying the FireFoxOS phone for some time and I'll most likely pull the trigger on one next month.

1.  They're unlocked. This means you aren't locked into a specific carrier.
2.  They're damned inexpensive. 80 bucks gets you one off eBay (the only outlet so far).

Check 'em out:
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