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Exclusive : O2 Slashes Cost Of 7-inch Atom Tablet Device To £49

O2 will apparently cut the cost of its electronics fridge door/post it device, otherwise known as the Joggler, to a third of its initial launch price (down to £49) for 14 days only starting from the 2nd of April.

This means that you will be able to get yourself a 700g Mobile Internet Device with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 800x480 pixel resolution for a little more than the cost of a "dumb" digital photo frame.

The Joggler is a relabelled OpenPeak OpenFrame device that boosts some pretty impressive configuration like an Intel Atom processor, 1GB onboard memory, WiFi-N connectivity, Ethernet as well as support for a number of operating systems thanks to EFI.

It also comes with a USB port but no SD card reader. It runs on an O2-customised operating system but hackers (opens in new tab) have been able to install Nokia's Maemo (opens in new tab) and Ubuntu's Netbook Edition on the Joggler as you can see below.

Even without any hack, the O2 Joggler remains a very decent device especially at £49. You get internet radio with 100 radio stations powered by Pure, the ability to play a host of audio and video formats (wired or wireless) as well as sending and receiving text messages.

Of course, it will be able to display pictures like an ordinary digital photo frame and its two inbuilt speakers should be more than enough for most tasks. And if that is not enough, users will be able to download free Apps from the O2 App store from tomorrow.

Note though that the O2 Joggler is a mains-only device which is a real shame.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.