Tag Archive for 'phone'

I think I found my new phone…

…the Android “GSmart” from Gigabyte. Haha..

Hey Internode, when are you offering mobile phones?

I love Internode and finally have Naked ADSL2+, yay. My mobile phone is with Three however, and they have been bought by Vodafone. I strongly dislike Vodafone and want to switch.

Thinking about switching, I wish I could go with Internode.. So how about it Simon? You’ve got 3G wireless now so it can’t be that hard, right? Hell, I don’t care if you piggyback off Optus and charge more for it.

-c

The openmoko is sooo Qt

Ever since I heard about the Openmoko, a completely open mobile phone, I was really interested. Open hardware, open software, Linux, handy little device that might be useful? Awesome.

The latest developer model, the Neo Freerunner GTA02, has been available for a few months now and Jason bought one (which means I get to play with it). Originally the moko was developed using GTK, but now there are lots of different images for it.

Recently, Qt Extended (formally Qt Embedded pre Nokia purchase of Trolltech) released an image for the moko based on their 4.4.1 codebase. I thought I’d check it out and I was pretty impressed!

Note, that if you’re following this, make sure you get the correct version for your moko. The Freerunner is GTA02, while the original Neo1973 is GTA01.

First I had to download the kernel image and the root image (for the GTA02, of course).
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Taking a SIP of VoIP

It’s time for me to jump on the VoIP bandwagon..

This was the post I made to the CLUG list the other day. Why? Mendy is moving back to Australia permanently in December (yay!) and in the mean time I want to be able to call her at reasonable rates. Currently this means calling her Macau mobile at a hefty price through Telstra. Once she is back I also want for her to be able to call her parents in Hong Kong for cheap.

I knew about VoIP and had played a little with Ekiga (the open source VoIP client for GNOME), but that was about it. Looking into it seemed pretty complex, with a myriad of providers, software and hardware. I wasn’t quite sure which provider to go with, what hardware I needed and what was the best way to set it all up. What traps were there? As usual, my fellow CLUG’ers came through with great advice, so thanks!

It appeared that the general consensus were things like:

  • Make sure your router supports QoS (Quality of Service), so that the quality of your call doesn’t drop when someone is downloading
  • Get a provider in Australia (preferably your ISP) to reduce latency and help with billing
  • Get an ATA (Analogue Terminal Adapter), so I could use my current analogue phone
  • This is how I got it working..
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