TABLET UPSTART Fusion Garage plans to offer a 3G enabled version of its tablet, the Joojoo, within three months according to the firm's CEO, Chandra Rathakrishanan.
Talking to The INQUIRER, Rathakrishanan said that a 3G enabled Joojoo tablet will be available through mobile operators rather than directly from the firm. He also said that this may result in the device being cheaper than the £319 asking price for the WiFi only edition.
Although Rathakrishanan wouldn't be drawn on which mobile operators will be carrying the tablet, he was clear that, unlike Apple, Fusion Garage won't be taking a cut from the monthly bill. This is probably not all that surprising given that the firm doesn't wield the formidable clout of Apple. Nevertheless it does float the possibility of operators being able to offer the Joojoo for next to nothing and recouping the device cost through their high data tariffs.
Given that the Joojoo sports a USB socket and runs Linux underneath its browser interface, there is a pretty good chance that one of the many USB 3G dongles on the market will be usable with the Joojoo.
When asked if this is something that Fusion Garage would stop, Rathakrishanan said that his firm "wasn't there to cannibalise consumers" and that it won't stop such modifications or issue 'cease and desist' orders to those who offer modifications. Unsurprisingly, any such modifications to the operating system would, according to Rathakrishanan, void the one-year warranty on the device.
Rathakrishanan also confirmed that within the next 30 days the Joojoo operating system will recognise USB memory drives through its interface. When asked whether it could be used to load other operating systems on the tablet, Rathakrishanan said that there was nothing stopping users from doing so, though his firm would not support that but neither would the company prohibit it, though it would void the warranty.
The Joojoo was launched in the UK on 28 April with the WiFi only model costing £319. Rathakrishanan confirmed that orders placed now will arrive on 12 May.
All this talk of unrestricted modification to the device is in stark contrast to Apple's policy, which prefers to employ a more Orwellian approach to operating system management. µ