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FIC's Linux handset pushes open-source philosophy

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If you think your cell phone's software is lame, stop complaining and do something about it. That, at least, seems to be the philosophy behind this Linux handset from FIC, as seen on Slashgear.

Other manufacturers--most notably Motorola--are taking steps toward adopting the communal software philosophy, and standards are in the works. But FIC seems to be forging ahead on its own, going measurably further to make its phone a true open-source device that will allow anyone to build custom applications and share them with other hackers through a wireless repository.

And if you're not interested in all this, the thin GTA001 handset appears perfectly serviceable as is, with a 2.8-inch screen, touch-panel controls, GPS features and an "iPod-quality" MP3 player. We like the oval shape too, despite our ovo-phobia .

(Photo: Slashgear)

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