Openmoko has announced an agreement with Canada-based Koolu to distribute the Freerunner Open Source mobile phone in all of the Americas, UK and EU with plans to expand globally through local partners.
Koolu, known for its innovations in easy-to-use services such as Google Apps and Skype, will distribute the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner phone first to developers, and later to consumers as Google Apps go mobile. Koolu has created a program unique in the industry by offering free Neo FreeRunner phones in a referral program for Google Apps world-wide.
Commenting on the announcement, Koolu’s president Jim Despathy said: “Koolu will surround the phone with services and applications to lower the entry point to Internet and telephony access. The phone will reach new markets that are presently not being addressed by traditional phones and phone companies but at the same time bring these phone companies clients they previously could not reach.”
As we already know, the Openmoko Neo Freerunner is available for $399 directly from its webshop at Openmoko.com and via distributors in the Americas, Europe and India. The company will announce availability in other regions during LinuxWorld Expo which takes place in San Francisco from August 5th to 7th.