[Gta04-owner] GTA04 Group Buy - Status

info at flyingfischer.ch info at flyingfischer.ch
Thu Dec 1 18:33:52 CET 2011

I am planning to buy one. But I'd prefer to send my GTA02 in to Golden 
Delicious to let them upgrade the hard an software...

...the manual to upgrade did scare me somehow. I don't won't to break my 
GTA02 ;-)

Let me know, when the time has come to order and send in my phone.

Markus Fischer

Am 01.12.2011 16:49, schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
> Dear all,
> now, several days after the announcement of the "GTA04 group
> tour", the first subscriptions have arrived (thanks you to all who
> have already subscribed!).
> And we have already seen many improvements by the kernel
> and distro developers that show how much superior the GTA04
> hardware has become compared to the GTA02.
> When looking at the filling level indicator:
> 	http://www.handheld-linux.com/gta04-level.php
> it shows that already 20% of the time has passed. The remaining
> time until 10th of February may look as plenty of time.
> But we have so far just 6% of the minimum quantity that is
> required to keep the price as indicated. I.e. we should already
> have triple as many orders if we assume linear growth.
> This is not enough.
> Unfortunately, one thing is clear: if the 350 are not reached
> in time, there won't be a mass market priced GTA04. Just
> the more expensive variant "from stock" will remain :(
> And it will be very unlikely that there will be any offer for a
> "next chance". We can expect a new subscription offer (and
> reduced price for the "from stock" units) only if this one
> becomes successful. And thinking about extending
> the subscription timeframe also won't help.
> Is it possible at all to reach the 350 units?
> Yes, definitively.
> There have been distributed approx. 15k GTA02 units
> and 3k GTA01 units in total. So if we can convince 10% of
> the owners for a GTA04 upgrade, we have 1800. And if we
> just get 2% we have the 350 units.
> And, the total smartphone market worldwide is predicted
> to be 400 million devices in 2012. So we should be able
> to convince 1 person in 1 million!
> So I think it is possible.
> Now, what can we all do to improve the chances of a second
> birth of a mass market Openmoko?
> I think we need to heavily increase the awareness about
> the GTA04 in the Linux communities! There have been no
> reports in the usual new channels of the announcement
> that the GTA04 is now ready to be ordered. At least I have
> not seen them.
> And, if I read this:
> 	http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/30/smartphone_spying_app/
> it is obvious why the open and free software community needs
> a device where every individual has control over the software.
> Some ideas:
> • we convince our friends to upgrade their GTA01/02 as well
>    (on orders of 5 units or more, there will be an additional
>    rebate).
> * become a local reseller.
> * contact your old friends from the intense discussions on
>    the openmoko community-list. I think only a percentage (10%?)
>    of the previous subscribers are still subscribed. So they may
>    not even be aware about this new developments.
> • we can talk about the GTA04 in general and this offer in our favorite
>     blogs, forums, twitters, facebooks, mailing lists, conferences
> * we notify magazines like slashdot.org or linuxfordevices.com
> • add an<img>  link to the Filling Level image and/or link
>    the group tour order page from home pages, blogs, project
>    pages etc.
> * help to provide complete devices:
>     - design and build your own cases (3D printing, wooden)
>     - or look at e.g. eBay for used/defective GTA01/GTA02
>       devices and offer an upgrade service.
> If you have additional ideas, please share!
> Nikolaus
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