[Community] Status GTA04A5

Ryan de Laplante (personal) ryan at ryandelaplante.com
Mon Mar 3 22:45:07 CET 2014

I'm not sure that I fully understand... The neo900.org website says that
you have raised 71,495 € already and the original goal for development
costs was 25,000 €.  I will be buying one and donated a small amount to
register my interest in the product.  I didn't think that I needed to
buy and pay for one in full until you are ready to bring it to production.

Earlier I asked about buying one without a cellular modem (wifi only). I
was told yes that will be an option.  Will I still be able to use
Bluetooth and FM radio?


On 02/03/14 05:35 AM, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Hi,
> well, the situation is not really encouraging, because
> we have so far collected 20 units.
> This is unfortunately much below what we need.
> It makes the price of a production run much higher than
> we all want.
> And, as time passes, we get more and more problems
> with components that go to End of Life.
> For example I visited the Embedded World fair and did hear
> that it already may become problematic soon to get the
> GTM601 modem modules. But without enough orders
> nobody is providing investment money to secure them
> by buying them in advance.
> And since there is no drop-in replacement, we would
> have to make a complete redesign. But that is even
> impossible since no other UMTS module fits under the
> speaker of the GTA02.
> So we should hurry up finding more interested people
> to replace their GTA02 motherboard with a GTA04A5
> or some improvements for the hardware  that have been
> proposed will never come.
> Some (but not all) of them will come of course in the case
> of a Neo900 but the Neo900 is not 100% compatible - it
> is partially a different device.
> So please let's not die the idea of a device that is maintained
> in hard- and software for many years - completely contrary
> to the industry standard. Remember, we have been ground
> breaking with this modular device upgrade concept (even
> if we can replace only the motherboard and must keep the
> display. So don't let the fruits go (again) to Google Ara...
> Have fun,
> Nikolaus
> PS: if you don't have a GTA02 to upgrade, we still have
> some used Neo Freerunner devices that include a voucher
> towards a GTA04 upgrade:
> http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=Used%20Neo%20Freerunner
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