That’s amazing! Partnering FIC, OpenMoko announced the immediate availability of a completely integrated open source mobile communications platform! Availability also coincides with the unveiling of FIC Neo1973 smartphone, which utilizes OpenMoko and will be available in January 2007! Check press release and screenshots here.

What that means? Think that you have a smartphone, fully customizable and hackable as a PC with thousands of software and less than 350$! As built on Linux kernel, OpenMoko offers all power of open source on mobile devices. Developers can easily(?) start developing software and offering services. Furthermore, Neo1973 also suuports dual OS and can run Windows Mobile. Check also linuxdevices’ post.

From the web site, FIC’s device looks like it has promising specifications:

Hardware

  • 120.7 x 62 x 18.5 (mm)
  • 2.8″ VGA (480×640) TFT Screen
  • Samsung s3c2410 SoC
  • Global Locate AGPS chip
  • Ti GPRS (2.5G not EDGE)
  • Unpowered USB 1.1
  • Touchscreen
  • micro-sd slot
  • 2.5mm audio jack
  • 2 buttons
  • 1200 mAh battery (charged over USB)
  • 128 MB SDRAM
  • 64 MB NAND Flash

Software

  • Dialer
  • Contacts
  • Application Manager
  • Calendar
  • More…

Looking forward:)