[sf-lug] Mobile Linux, glibc, Java

Steve Castellotti steve at theProfessionalAmateur.com
Tue Feb 8 21:06:56 PST 2011

    I've had a Nokia N900 since it was released last November.

    It will operate on any GSM network, such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
Verizon and Sprint are CDMA, so you can't use it with either of those.

    It is 3G, sometimes reading "3.5G" though I am unclear on the

    I have a month-to-month plan (no contract) with T-Mobile which has
somewhere between 500 and 1000 voice minutes (not sure as I've never
exhausted them all for any given month), plus unlimited internet and txt
messaging. It costs me around $60/mo.

    When I travel overseas I swap out the SIM card for a local carrier
(often prepaid) and I'm good to go.

    For the moment it is exactly the perfect phone for what I need,
which includes some occasional mobile development work. I'm a
decade-long Python coder and lately a Qt fan (since the LGPL license
change), which together are this phone's bread-and-butter. I am hoping
for a hardware refresh when Meego is a bit further along, but in the
mean time I don't miss iOS and am holding out for the next crop of
tablets to take another look at Android.



On Tue, 2011-02-08 at 20:00 -0800, Michael Shiloh wrote: 

> It only works on networks that use a SIM card. I don't know if Verizon 
> uses a SIM card.
> You can buy a SIM card from ATT, and probably from Tmobile as well. I 
> think you can get a fixed amount of money on it with no commitment to a 
> monthly account. I did that many years ago when I was testing phones. I 
> can't remember the details, but I do remember that the store clerk first 
> told me that it was impossible, and then later discovered that it was 
> entirely possible.
> On 02/08/2011 07:53 PM, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> > hi,
> >
> > On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 7:50 PM, Michael Shiloh
> > <michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com <mailto:michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     Oh yeah, that thingy. The SIM card. I simply took it out of my old
> >     phone and put it in my N900. Came right up.
> >
> >     Most phones are locked to a particular carrier. If you buy a phone
> >     from Tmobile it will only work with Tmobile SIM cards, etc.
> >
> >     Not so the N900. It is, by default, unlocked.
> >
> >
> > Wow, does this mean that I could use the N900 on Verizon Wireless?  Have
> > you ever used your n900 on Verizon?
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