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SEEED RePhone Kit Create

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I would love to get this, but the GSM Network (2G) will be drooped by the end of this year by Telstra, Optus and vodafone, So if your from Australia keep this in-mind, i will just have to wait till they bring out a 3 or 4g version.
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The first batch of orders arrived in our warehouse late next week. People whose order will be fulfilled by this batch should have already received an email with tracking. The vendor is currently working on working to gather and pack the second batch of the group's order for shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey. We will continue to check in with them throughout the fulfillment process and update the group again as soon as everything is en route to us!
Expect another update from us on 9/27 or sooner if something comes up.
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the SEEED RePhone Kit Create and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 9/29.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 9/19.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
All of the orders have been shipped and are now on the way to you! Once tracking is available, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking information. Please allow 24-48 hours for this information to update in the courier’s system.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
We're also on Instagram! We'd love to see photos of the drops you've received. Give us a follow @Massdrop and tag your pictures #massdrop. https://instagram.com/massdrop
Something else to note here: if you're in the US, be aware the AT&T will sunset its 2G network by the end of 2016 - which means that this will no longer work there.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the SEEED RePhone Kit Create and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 8/19.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 8/6.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: BUYER BEWARE. Seeed has a nasty habit of pushing "open source" products like these very hard, and then not publishing sufficient documentation and example code. For this specific device, I had bought 3 different kits from their Kickstarter campaign, under the assumption that I'd receive a product that I could really play around with. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
The RePhone core, a MediaTek MT2502A, looks amazing on paper, yet YOU don't get that performance or featureset. Instead, you're stuck with a closed source RTOS blob. No register-level documentation like you'd get with any other open source project. What you get is a Windows-only, Eclipse-only SDK which provides indirect access to some of the features on the chip. So if you wanted to, like me, code in Vim on Ubuntu, you're mostly screwed, or at least your normal workflow is broken.
Now I understand that there are some people who don't mind this, and are happy to put up with this. That's fine, but I'll just warn you that you might not find nearly as many examples as you're hoping for. If you really want to buy this thing, you should consider getting into Lua programming and looking up some of the non-Seeed examples on GitHub.
Maybe I'm whining and acting overly-entitled, but I don't think this deserves the privilege of being called "open source". That's just disingenuous and hurtful to those in the industry who really do create wonderful open source technologies.
jpsamaroo
If you have used this particular product, is it at least usable in stock form? Im kind of interested in just making a cool phone toy out of an old Gameboy or some other odd case. Just something to play with, and show friends. Im not much of a programmer as of right now, so I don't expect to be pushing any boundaries, or reaching limitations, really just think its a cool idea, and seems simple enough to get basically operational right out of the box.
killerstephen
If that's the case, I wouldn't be terribly worried. My comment was based on a matter of principle, and was not intended to imply that this product is entirely non-functional. For the project that you have in mind, it should be reasonably easy to suit the RePhone to your needs, although depending on the user interface you wish to use, you will probably have to do some real work. The UI that's included by default is...not excellent, to say the least (no ability to enter arbitrary phone numbers or texts, they must be pre-loaded), however people have managed to improve the UI on their own. A set of directed Google searches should lead you in a good direction. The forums are not terrible either, although I would not expect to receive a terribly useful response from the Seeed staff if you do post a technical question (although other people will probably try to help). Maybe you should check out this repo and see if it might suit your needs: https://github.com/loboris/RePhone_on_Linux. As always, I wish you the best of luck, and hope that you'll share a write-up if you do (or don't) manage to get it working!
Who the heck is gonna use this stuff?
henrymyf
Me, Im in. This looks cool as hell.