Build-it-yourself Cellphones

[via Ambarish] News.com writes:

Surj Patel is building his own cell phone, bit by soldered bit.

It’s not easy. It starts with parts that cost around $400. Then Patel and his partner, Deva Seetharam, have to write code to run on the tiny Linux-based computer that he’s hoping will serve as the brains of his new phone.

“I want the phone to be much more open,” Patel said. “The world’s best research and development lab is all the hackers out there. Enable them, and they’ll do it.”

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