[mythtv-users] Mobile Video Player Recommendations (MPEG4)
fsquires at gmail.com
Fri Jan 26 18:14:22 UTC 2007
On 1/26/07, Dylan Semler <dylan.semler at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/26/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> > On Jan 26, 2007, at 9:08 AM, Dylan Semler wrote:
> > >
> > > Speaking of phones, if one wanted to take that route, I've been
> > > following the OpenMoko project for a bit now. A fully open source
> > > mobile phone complete with a VGA (640 x 480) screen and a GPS. I'd
> > > expect you could get it to sync and do pretty much anything you could
> > > think of regarding using it as a PMP. The only downsides is that it's
> > > not out yet (ETA of March) and it doesn't have WiFi. Future
> > > generations of this device look promising.
> > >
> > >
> > > www.openmoko.com
> > > http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/announce/2007-January/
> > > 000000.html
> > >
> > Any mobile phone has to operate on somebody's network, and the
> > problem with a lot of the fancy units (like the iPhone) is that they
> > want to lock you in to a particular vendor, usually not the best one
> > for you.
> From my understanding, one of the reasons that the OpenMoko is GSM (as
> opposed to CDMA) is that the network providers have much less control over
> the handheld devices. I feel like as long as it has a valid SIM card from
> any GSM carrier, it should work.
This is true for an unlocked phone. When you buy a phone in the US through
a phone company with a plan they lock the phone so that it will only operate
with their network. This is done because they subsidize the cost of the
phone in exchange for the 1 or 2 year agreement. Sometimes the phone
companies will unlock the phone at the end of your contract if you ask, or
you could get one of the stands in the mall to do it.
In the same sense, shouldn't the iPhone work with T-mobile (or any other GSM
> carrier), if you have a T-mobile SIM card? I'll admit that I'm on Verizon
> so I'm not too sure about how the SIM cards work.
The iPhone will be locked to Cingular, so no you will not be able to use it
on T-Mobile, unless you can get someone to unlock it. Verizon uses CDMA and
does not use SIM cards. It is possible to switch a phone between CDMA
providers (such as Verizon and Sprint) but you need to change the
information in the phone's memory.
It was supposed to be so Easy.
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