On this, the day of the iPad 3G, Fusion Garage is promising us a JooJoo 3G before the summer is out.
Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan has said the 3G version of the company's JooJoo tablet will hit the market at some stage over the next three months. Not only that but with the arrival of 3G connectivity to the device, Fusion Garage will be handing over the responsibility of selling the device to the wireless carriers it partners with. The Inquirer spoke to Rathakrishnan who said customers would have to purchase the 3G tablet directly from their carrier. Chandra went on to say that this means mobile phone companies could subsidize the device, making it cheaper than the WiFi-only model.
However, perhaps most interesting is the revelation that in the next 30 days JooJoo operating system will recognize USB memory drives through its interface. When asked by the INQ if it could be used to load other operating systems on the tablet, Rathakrishanan replied that there was nothing stopping users from doing so. Despite saying it would void the warranty, the CEO said his firm would neither support nor prohibit such activity.
Indeed it would seem as though Fusion Garage is in no hurry to limit users' options when it comes to the JooJoo. When asked if the device's Linux-based OS and USB port would mean support for any of the USB dongles currently on the market, Chandra said Fusion Garage "wasn't there to cannibalize consumers" and that it won't stop such modifications or issue 'cease and desist' orders to those who offer modifications. However, again, this kind of activity would void the one-year warranty on the device.