Neo FreeRunner

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Neo FreeRunner
Manufacturer FIC
Type Smartphone
Release date July 3, 2008 (2008-07-03)
Units sold 10,000 (2009)[1]
Media microSD, SDHC capable
Wolfson WM8753 Codec
Operating system Openmoko Linux, Qt Extended, Debian, Stable Hybrid Release,[2] Android, Gentoo (all Linux-based), Inferno
CPU Samsung S3C2442 SoC @ 400 MHz
Memory 128 MB SDRAM
256 MB NAND flash
Display 2.8 in. VGA (480×640) TFT, 286 pixels/in.
Input touchscreen
2 hardware buttons
Connectivity GSM
Bluetooth 2.0
WiFi (802.11 b/g)
USB 1.1 slave and host
2.5-mm audio jack
Power 4.4 Wh (1200 mAh @ 3.7V) battery[3]
Dimensions 120.7 × 62 × 18.5 (mm)

The Neo FreeRunner (development code name GTA02) is an open-source smartphone that is developed by the Openmoko project and manufactured by FIC. It is the successor to the first development phase smartphone Neo 1973, and is intended for users with a high demand for customizability.

Shortly before the shipping the OpenMoko project released the CAD files, the schematics and other development resources of the Freerunner (and the Neo 1973) under a Creative Commons license, CC BY-SA 3.0.[4][5][6]

The Neo FreeRunner started shipping on June 24, 2008 and is currently priced individually at US$250[7] and at US$200 each if purchased in multiples of five.[8] A debug board is available for US$99.

The Neo FreeRunner includes features that were not present in the development release of the phone (Neo 1973),[9] the changes include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, SMedia 3362 graphics accelerator, two 3D accelerometers, Samsung 2442 SoC, and 256 MB of flash memory.[9]


As of the 2008.08 software revision only the GSM phone module is working reliably; the Freerunner's hardware does not yet have fully functional software interfaces. The software development is split between Qtopia under X11, GTK+, FSO, Debian.[10] There are also some derivates of the Openmoko main distribution SHR and FDOM (Fat and Dirty Openmoko), the vanilla Qtopia distribution is recommended by Openmoko for users not wishing to use early development stage software, and FDOM for those who want to test the latest features and fixes without worrying about stability.

It is also possible to run Inferno on OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner.[11]

Android has been patched to run on the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner by at least two different developers.[12]

OpenWrt can be compiled for the Neo FreeRunner.[13]

In media[edit]

The Neo FreeRunner makes an appearance in William Gibson's 2010 novel Zero History, as the phone initially used by the character Milgrim.


The Neo FreeRunner is open-source, meaning that it can be modified by the public according to the GNU Public License.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moss-Pultz, Sean (2009-01-03). "Questions and Answers". openmoko-community (Mailing list). Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  2. ^ "SHR - Openmoko". 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  3. ^ Shiloh, Michael (2008-02-08). "GTA02 Battery Capacity (Was: Re: More about the GTA02)". openmoko-community (Mailing list). Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  4. ^ Linux goes walkabout by Jack Kapic on (March 4, 2008)
  5. ^ on webarchive
  6. ^ schematics on (archived)
  7. ^ Mosher, Steven (2008-04-11). "GFreeRunner Pricing and PVT update". openmoko-community (Mailing list). Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Group sales - Openmoko". 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ a b Moss-Pultz, Sean (2007-06-28). "New Oceans". openmoko-announce (Mailing list). Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  10. ^ Debian On the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner Phone, Slashdot article.
  11. ^ "inferno-openmoko - inferno for openmoko neo freerunner - Google Project Hosting". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Android - Openmoko". 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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