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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-10
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Open Hardware feature phone

mikroPhone is currently a basic feature phone with extensible open source firmware. It is a fully open hardware device and it can easily be built in a home lab. It is intended to protect user's privacy to the highest possible level and to bring data sovereignty back to its users.

This project focuses on further improvement of the basic phone device and integration of ARM module that runs GNU/Linux OS. Since linux module is entirely optional, it is not used for handling any critical functions of the device (e.g. cellular voice and secure VoIP calls, SMS messaging) and it can be powered-up on demand. This would solve common problems of linux smartphones such as poor basic phone functionality and short battery life. The goal of the project is to provide an option of enjoying a fully usable linux smartphone.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.