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Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club [1] represent! Back in 2006 I started a similar project to TuxPhone that I dubbed OpenCell [2]. I'd been working with GSM modules for a while, and my motivation was "This WinMo phone I have sucks. I sure do hate carrying around a cell phone, MP3 player, and camera all the time - I know I could build one device that'd just do it all."

Unfortunately as a student I didn't have the funds to see this to the point of reality, and the iPhone was launched in January 2007, essentially making my effort look like a steaming pile of shit. That said, technology has come a long, long way since then. 3D printing, inexpensive reflow soldering equipment, and stacked DDR packages make this goal pretty attainable compared to when I launched my efforts. I'd love, love, love to see efforts like this revived.

  [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Valley_Homebrew_Mobile_Phone_Club
  [2]: http://web.archive.org/web/20080927003526/http://widgetry.org/dokuwiki/doku.php



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