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+ <title> PayPal resumes: Neo900 sources again </title>
+ <meta name="date" content="2016-03-05 21:00:07">
+ <meta name="last modified" content="2016-03-03 21:00:07">
+ <meta name="keywords" content="neo900, paypal, N900">
+ <meta name="authors" content="hellekin">
+ <meta name="description" content="Neo900 resumes sourcing components after PayPal trouble clears.">
+ </head>
+
+ <body>
+
+ <p class="lead">After <a href="/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project">6
+ months of PayPal trouble</a> the situation has been sorted. Neo900
+ has resumed buying components for the upcoming production run.</p>
+
+ <h3>PayPal Unfreezes Neo900's Account</h3>
+
+ <blockquote>The PP issue got solved "by timeout" (180 day rule).
+ <br>&mdash; <a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=1496288&postcount=142">Joerg</a>
+ </blockquote>
+
+ <p>This is good news! Since last September our assets were frozen
+ (the &ldquo;WikiLeaks Syndrome&rdquo;) as our &ldquo;case&rdquo;
+ was going through
+ <a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1484790#post1484790">a
+ Kafkaesque process</a> that finally ended on January, 25th,
+ 2016.</p>
+
+ <p>After blocking Neo900's account, PayPal had to decide whether
+ Neo900 is a <em>crowdfunding</em> project or
+ a <em>pre-selling</em> project.
+ <dl>
+ <dt><strong>"crowdfunding"</strong></dt><dd>means the money is
+ used to support every step of the project, including
+ risk.</dd>
+ <dt><strong>"pre-selling"</strong></dt><dd>means the money is to
+ increase the volume of an already financed production:
+ delivery is certain, and the underlying effort is already
+ covered by other sources.</dd>
+ </dl>
+ </p>
+
+ <p>PayPal initially recategorized us as <em>pre-sale</em>, imposing
+ a whopping $200,000 insurance reserve: effectively freezing your
+ 40k EURO assets for 180 days. We'd like to thank you again for
+ your continuous support, and numerous efforts and supporting
+ letters. All funds where eventually released when reaching the
+ 180 days threshold.</p>
+
+ <h3>Component Sourcing Resumes</h3>
+
+ <p>Right after PayPal unlocked your contributions, we could resume
+ buying components to build the new boards.</p>
+
+ <p>Unfortunately, 500 N900 units that we had secured earlier were
+ missed due to accumulated delays with pre-orders and the PayPal
+ freeze.</p>
+
+ <h3>Incoming: more N900s</h3>
+
+ <p>In order to break even,
+ our <a href="http://neo900.org/estimate">earlier estimates</a>
+ pointed at 500 units sold. After the 6-month PayPal delay, our
+ estimate bumped break even to ~800 units. This means we must
+ communicate a bit more (and better) and Joerg proposed to
+ do <a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=96311">Community
+ PR</a>, where the brainstorming has started.</p>
+
+ <p>Recently, a large number of units&mdash;more than we need to
+ break even&mdash; appeared on Aliexpress: our boots on the ground
+ in China are active to evaluate those N900 allegedly from Russia.
+ If you know where to find some affordable stocks of N900 units,
+ please <a href="mailto:contact@neo900.org?Subject=N900%20Stock">contact
+ us</a>!</p>
+
+ <h3>Hello Neo900 Community!</h3>
+
+ <p>This article was brought to you by hellekin, who joined the team
+ to facilitate communication with you.</p>
+
+ <p>I was called to join the Neo900 to relieve our dears inventors
+ from the public relations tasks, and let them focus on the
+ technical and operational sides of the project.</p>
+
+ <p>I'm not a PR professional, but a long time free software activist
+ and accidental coder. A member of
+ the <a href="http://www.dyne.org">Dyne.org Foundation</a>, my
+ activity covers a diversity of projects ranging from system
+ administration to code, web development, and community building.
+ I participate in a few free software projects such
+ as <a href="http://tomb.dyne.org/">Tomb</a>,
+ <a href="http://dowse.equipment/">Dowse</a>,
+ and <a href="https://devuan.org">Devuan</a>. I also volunteer
+ time to the <a href="https://gnu.org">GNU project</a> in the
+ webmasters team and with
+ the <a href="https://gnu.org/consensus">GNU consensus</a> project
+ to coordinate development of free social software.</p>
+
+ <p>Last August
+ at <a href="https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Village:Neo">CCCamp15</a>,
+ I was softly coerced into accepting a N900 phone from Werner with
+ the hope I would go back a week later to Buenos Aires and hand him
+ the device for dissection. Unfortunately I didn't come back yet,
+ but I learned to live with my new pet.</p>
+
+ <p>You see, my last phone ended up dying slowly on the roof of a
+ random bar in Paris, sometimes in 1999. My friends had been
+ harrassing me to get one, then harrassing me for not answering it,
+ and finally stopped complaining when they learned I had no phone
+ anymore. Go figure. I was happy with the situation until
+ Camp.</p>
+
+ <p>You can imagine how an inexperienced user who didn't follow the
+ evolution of <em>smartphone</em> technologies since
+ before <abbr title="Year 2000">Y2K</abbr> can build expectations
+ about a phone. I had mine: it should be flat, multitouch and HD,
+ about the size of a Galaxy S10, and of course free hardware, the
+ only way the user can ensure the phone is not spying on them.</p>
+
+ <p>Interruption and built-in privacy wiper were the two main
+ blockers for me to get a phone again. I was still waiting for my
+ dream phone.</p>
+
+ <p>My lack of experience with <em>smartphones</em> make me an
+ excellent guinea pig for user interfaces. My friends can't stop
+ wondering when they see me fail at using their device for simple
+ tasks. But if you wonder how a clueless person can handle tech
+ talk about phones and communicate for Neo900, here comes a little
+ context.</p>
+
+ <p>I had been curious about free hardware since I met
+ S&eacute;bastien Bourdeauducq in the <code>/tmp/lab</code>
+ hackerspace near Paris. We share some fun memories of making an
+ ad-hoc street demo
+ of <a href="https://m-labs.hk/m1.html">MilkyMist One</a> in
+ Amsterdam. The OpenMoko project was great and
+ the <a href="http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Neo_FreeRunner">OpenMoko
+ Neo Freerunner</a> design attractive, although a bit clumsy to
+ handle and the display too small. So I kept waiting.</p>
+
+ <p>When Werner introduced me to the Neo900, I stubbornly dismissed
+ it for the form factor. Although it brought to life my desire for
+ an Internet device built on free hardware and free software, I
+ could resist the tentation to crave this <em>slider</em> with a
+ ridiculously small keyboard: I'm not a thumb-writer! So when
+ Werner sneakily handed me an N900, via my partner, to "keep in
+ touch during the camp", at a moment most vulnerable as I was
+ leaving my angel shift in the kitchen, circumspection had me.</p>
+
+ <p>Long story short: I've been traveling to 4 countries lately and
+ have 6 SIM cards in a little box. Using the keyboard to SSH into
+ a remote machine or editing text isn't as bad as I expected. I
+ still prefer my full-size keyboard but I took some notes on the
+ N900, and it's great for ad-hoc interventions on a server.</p>
+
+ <p>Having passed this barrier to usage, I'm eager to see what the
+ hardware upgrade to Neo900 can bring in terms of performance. The
+ N900 falls a bit short and shows its age.</p>
+
+ <p>But more importantly, and this is why Neo900 has a special place
+ in my heart, it's <strong>the only phone that provides a hardware
+ protection from remote activation of the baseband chip</strong>.
+ Even a secure phone like
+ the <a href="http://cryptophone.de/">Cryptophone</a>, besides not
+ being free, cannot prevent the baseband chip from requesting power
+ on its own, because it's using stock hardware, and all commercial
+ phones (I know of) connect the baseband chip directly to the
+ power, without CPU intervention, hence without any control from
+ the <abbr title="Operating System">OS</abbr>. With the Neo900,
+ you are free to choose whether this pesky lurker <em>needs</em>
+ access to your phone's radio or not.</p>
+
+ <p>Thank you for your attention,</p>
+
+ <p>&ndash; hellekin for the Neo900 team</p>
+
+ <p>P.S.: Feedback is welcome! Did you enjoy reading this post?
+ What else should it have covered? What do you want to read in the
+ news? You can tell me: hellekin at neo900 dot org, or in the
+ comments.</p>
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+
+ <p class="lead" style="margin: 1em 0 0.5em">
+ After 6 months of PayPal trouble
+ (see <a href="/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project">previous
+ article</a>) the situation has been
+ sorted. Neo900 has resumed buying components for
+ the upcoming production run.</p>
+ <p style="text-align: center">
+ <a href="/news/paypal-resumes-neo900-sources-again" class="btn btn-lg btn-default">Read more</a>
+ </p>
+
+ <hr/>
+
+ </p>
<p class="lead" style="margin: 1em 0 0.5em">
<a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1484864">PayPal trouble</a>
delays project.
</p>
<p style="text-align: center">
- <a href="/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project" class="btn btn-lg btn-default">Read more</a>
+ <a href="/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project" class="btn btn-lg btn-default">Read more</a>
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The Neo900 project was present at <a href="https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Main_Page">CCCamp2015</a> at <a href="https://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Village:Neo">the Neo village</a>.
Check out the talks we were giving there at our <a href="/resources">resources page</a>!
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- <a href="/news/neo900-on-chaos-communication-camp-2015" class="btn btn-lg btn-default">Read more</a>
+ <a href="/news/neo900-on-chaos-communication-camp-2015" class="btn btn-lg btn-default">Read more</a>
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<h2 class="h1">The device you've been waiting for</h2>
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+
<p>Are you tired of all those closed mobile platforms? Do you want to truly own a device that has the ability to do whatever you want, just like your PC?</p>
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+
+
<p>
The <strong class="neo900">Neo900</strong> project aims to provide a Fremantle (<a href="http://maemo.org/intro/">Maemo&trade; 5</a>) compatible successor to the N900, with a <strong>faster CPU</strong>, <strong>more RAM</strong> and an <strong>LTE modem</strong>. This is all based on a free, mature and stable platform - the <a href="http://gta04.org"><strong>GTA04</strong></a>.
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+
<p>We'll provide complete, <strong><a href="faq#complete">ready-to-use devices</a></strong>, as well as <strong>motherboard replacements</strong> for your current devices.</p>
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+
+
<p>Most importantly, the <span class="neo900">Neo900</span> is an <strong>open platform</strong>, carrying on in the tradition of the <a href="http://openmoko.org/">Openmoko</a> project.
<span class="neo900">Neo900</span> will support all operating systems available for GTA04 (<a href="http://qtmoko.sourceforge.net/">QtMoko</a>, <a href="http://shr-project.org/">SHR</a>, <a href="http://debian.org/">Debian</a>, <a href="http://replicant.us/">Replicant</a>, ...) and should serve as a great platform for porting systems like <a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=91308">Maemo</a>, Ubuntu or Firefox OS - or even for writing your own one!</p>
<p>We <strong>bring the hardware</strong>, you <strong>choose the operating system</strong>.</p>
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<a href="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=91142" class="btn btn-default">See the forum thread &raquo;</a>
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As a member of the <a href="http://openphoenux.org">OpenPhoenux</a> family, we're committed to provide <strong>the best hacking experience</strong> possible.
Even if we have no idea how to make use of some feature, <strong>you</strong> might have one and we won't stop you from <strong>implementing it</strong>.</p>
<p>Our dream is to get <strong>all your crazy needs</strong> covered. You can expect <strong>free, unlocked bootloader</strong>, combined <strong>GPS and GLONASS</strong> navigation system, stereo <strong>line-in</strong> and additional <strong>connection pads</strong> for your own or third party hardware - and those are just the biggest things that we plan to include.</p>
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<p>We're going to publish <strong>full documentation and schematics</strong> for the device. Although it's not a high-end device with the fastest available components, we believe that thanks to provided freedom, <strong>no planned obsolescence</strong> and ability to easily port new operating systems <span class="neo900">Neo900</span> is going to serve us and our users for a really long time.</p>
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<p class="center" style="margin-bottom: 20px; text-shadow: 1px 1px 0px rgba(255,255,255,0.5), 0px 0px 10px white, 0px 0px 25px white, 0px 0px 50px white;"><span class="neo900">Neo900</span> will preserve <strong>all the features</strong> of N900... but there's more!</p>
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<p>Enjoy <strong>increased accuracy</strong> and faster fix times thanks to concurrent support of two navigation standards - American GPS and Russian GLONASS.</p>
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<h3 style="text-align: center">Want to support the project?</h3>
<p class="center" style="margin-top: 40px"><a class="btn btn-lg btn-primary" href="/donate">Donate now</a></p>
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