I just posted about it in my blog and Google+ page, now forwarding it to identi.ca (which forwards it to twitter).
http://blog.1407.org/2012/01/01/gta04-free-software-smartphone-group-buy/ https://plus.google.com/111476378907603803049/posts/5vbJyoeDSLu http://identi.ca/notice/87924177 http://twitter.com/#!/RuiSeabra/status/153475257783689216 I think we should make more publicity about this in places where more people may reach.... these lists here are preaching to the choir, some outreach is a must! Rui On Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:50:40 +0100 "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <h...@goldelico.com> wrote: > Hi all, > that status of the GTA04 mass market group tour > > http://www.handheld-linux.com/wiki.php?page=GTA04%20Group%20Tour > > is that we have: > > * passed half time yesterday > * first early bird batch is sold out > * but still only 16% preorders (56 units) > * we have approx. 6 weeks left to fill the remaining > gap of 84 % > > So I would say that we are still far away from becoming > successful. > > If I read that over 2 Million new Android units have been > activated over the Christmas holidays  and 4 Million > iOS devices just on Christmas day , I can't believe > that we do not find 350 potential buyers in 60 days... > > Well, we don't have a real mass market device and I think > we should not even pretend to have one, in this phase. > Because we are then compared to the 100 EUR Huawei > Android/UMTS units where one has to suspect that the > workers in China are being ripped off... > > What do you think should we do to make this group > tour a success? > > * extend the subscription timeframe until we reach > 100%? > * ask for/collect donations to extend the early bird rebates? > Some sort of sponsorship by community members for > community members who can't afford a new GTA04 > immediately? > * have more resellers or buying groups to order batches > of 10 units? > * talk more about the benefits and special features one > can only find in a GTA04 and nowhere else? > * subsidize GTA04 boards by combining them with a > UMTS contract? > * offer to pay only part of the price by end of the subscription > time frame so that we can already buy the expensive > and difficult to source components, but postpone > production individually until the remaining payments > arrive? (i.e. pay 200 EUR until 10th Feb and the remainder > until May) > > More ideas are welcome! But please keep in mind > that we can't develop something completely new until > February and components cost what they cost... > > The simpler the idea the better! > > And, there may be ideas which are too big for a single > community member, but may become feasible if we all > work together, contributing many small pieces. > > Curious about your ideas, > Nikolaus > > : > http://www.giga.de/macnews/newsticker/ios-gegen-android-42-millionen-ios-26-millionen-android-aktivierungen-am-weihnachtstag-256890 > : > http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/27/holiday-gifts-drive-new-ios-device-activations-sharply-higher/ > _______________________________________________ Openmoko community > mailing list email@example.com > http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community _______________________________________________ Openmoko community mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community