[Community] Growing the Community

Tobias Platen tobias at platen-software.de
Thu Jun 20 10:10:03 CEST 2013


On 06/19/2013 12:22 PM, Bob Ham wrote:
> On 2013-06-19 07:23, openmoko at pulster.de wrote:
>
>> FIRST have a product, second talk about it.
>
>> As Openmoko shop owner (former OM distributor) I am interested the story
>> continues. I'm ready to invest 10-20.000 eur for now, later more.
>
> If you're really willing to invest in the GTA04 to move things
> forward, I would recommend donating some of this money to cover the
> one-time costs of a production run for the new A5 board, with the
> remainder being used to purchase boards from the run.
>
> As I've said before, I strongly believe that the dependence on
> existing cases is a major block for the GTA04.  With the new A5, we
> will be able to produce complete new phones using case kits and
> 3D-printed cases (assuming Nikolaus has the GSM antenna ready for the
> case kit; I can't remember if that's been done yet?).  I believe the
> A5 will open up wonderful opportunities for the community, and will
> also attact new community members.
>
> Alongside this new case-building activity, if we continue developing
> Replicant, one would hope we can bring it to a point of "working".  In
> the future then, we would be able to create a more complete product of
> boxed GTA04 phones consisting of a board from another A5 run (or
> possibly A6), a case kit and 3D-printed case, loaded with Replicant
> and ready to be used out of the box.
>
> Coupled with an aggressive and polished marketing campaign, possibly
> involving crowd-funding, this has the potential to be very successful,
> perhaps even reaching the volume of orders to allow a more affordable
> sale price.  There has been concern from Nikolaus about running such a
> marketing effort so I'll say now that I could be willing to volunteer
> for dealing with crowd-funding and marketing, if and when the
> technical side is at the right level (that is, it "works" ;-)
>
I'm interested in this device and would buy one
if my 3 years old HTC Dream reaches end of life.

Maybe the FSFE could run a crowdfunding campaign.

Tobias Platen



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