GPhone in Australia by Dec 15 for $199!

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The beauty of being an open source software is that you need not ask someone the permission to use the code.  That’s exactly what Ruslan Kogan, the founder of Kogan Technologies, a small electronics maker based in Melbourne is going to do. He’s going to build the first Android powered device in Australia that comes at a lower price and that too ahead of Asus.

The G1 costs something around $1000, for the ozzies which they’ve been buying on eBay and come Dec 15th, they can literally get the gPhone for just $199.  According to Kogan, his gPhone would be a direct inspiration from the iPhone and would be a touch-screen device along with a built-in key board (Hmmm). It also incorporates the HTC Dream’s track ball, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

As Kogan puts it:

“We’ve got a few designs that we can easily choose from. We know the components that’s going to go into the phone. It’s a matter of loading the Android system on to the phone, configuring it, making sure it works very well and then the manufacturing of the few thousands phones that we need to launch it is just a matter of a day or two.”

What’s his secret behind the low-priced products that he sells? He says that he gets the products designed directly from China, which wades off the doubts of to why his gadgets carry a low price tag.

If you are in Australia and want to grab one, don’t bother looking for it in the stores as Kogan favors the direct-to-consumer model.

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