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[liberationtech] hardware options for a computer phone, not a mobile phone...

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Sun Sep 30 11:51:04 PDT 2012


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On 30/09/12 16:24, John Case wrote:

> So the question ... what is the handset ?
> 
> If a handheld linux computer (archos ?  old compaq ipaq ?) wasn't 
> designed as a mobile phone, it won't have speaker at the ear and
> mic at the mouth as you would expect, so that's difficult.  OTOH,
> if you use a handheld computer that was designed as a phone, you
> have a problem with the tight integration of the mobile modem with
> the device, and you lose some control over the modem and its attack
> vectors (although if you are running a completely open OS, perhaps
> not ?)

Hi John,

The Samsung Galaxy Player is essentially an Android phone without GSM
hardware. It's phone sized and has a microphone and speaker suitable
for making VoIP calls.

I believe it's possible to install CyanogenMod on it to get a
completely free software stack. I don't know whether anyone's tried
connecting a USB GSM modem.

Cheers,
Michael

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