alcatel bic phone?

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Harald Welte laforge at
Tue May 15 06:25:48 UTC 2012

Hi Sebastien,

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 09:43:35AM +0200, Sebastien Lorquet wrote:
> what do you specialist think of the "bic phone" as an osmocombb candidate?

the problem is not so much to find inexpensive phones that are

The problem is finding somebody who is willing to do the weeks to months
of reverse engineering the required hardware components and the DSP/ARM
API.  In case of (older) MTK chipsets, all that is missing IMHO is
somebody to look at the way the ARM drives the DSP (shared memory based
API) and write some code on the ARM side that can interface with our
existing L1.   But still this is something that requires both reverse
engineering skills, a lot of knowledge on GSM Layer1, as well as
probably some MS measurement equipment plus quite a bit of time.

At the moment, I don't think any of the classic OsmocomBB developers has
that time, as there are many other systems to investigate and play with.
We already have a working solution for GSM on both the MS side (with
inexpensive phones that are still available in decent quantitites), so
people are looking at 3G, Thuraya, TETRA, Inmarsat, etc...

Also, regarding TI Calypso, you will not find any current-day phone that
is still using it.  It was end of life in 2007/2008.


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