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OpenMoko Cancels FreeRunner Sequel, Reduces Staff

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Apr 6, 2009, 7:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Apr 6, 2009, 11:14 AM

OpenMoko CEO Sean Moss-Pultz recently said at a conference that the company has discontinued work on the follow-up to its FreeRunner open source Linux handset. The FreeRunner is meant for developers, who could buy a kit along with the device to help them design software and applications for it. The follow-up handset, known internally as the GTA03, aimed to improve upon the FreeRunner. The original FreeRunner only sold about 10,000 units. Moss-Pultz said that it has reduced its staff by 50% in a bid to survive. It is now concentrating efforts on a new product (rather than the GTA03) that is not a mobile phone. Moss-Pulz said that OpenMoko will continue to support the FreeRunner, and hopes to make phones again at some point in the future.

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Apr 6, 2009, 4:55 PM

World's smallest violin...

If it's any consolation, I'm amazed they stayed in business long enough. It had to be one of the dumbest business plans I've ever seen, especially when people who want to spend all of their free time d--king around on a phone to make it usable have WinMo, which at least has won favor with carriers.
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