Looking at the Librem 5: Linox based cell phone

Tactical Panda

New Member
Jun 30, 2019
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Texas
Hey guys, more of a lurker than a poster, but I wanted to hear some thoughts on the Librem 5, if anyone has been following it. For those that don’t know, the Librem 5 is a cell phone by the company Purism, based of off a Linux OS. (No android or Apple)

The phone has been in development for several years and reviews of earlier model beta phone show it to be really rough around the edges. It’s also very high priced for what your getting. ($800, or $2,000 for U.S manufactured) App support is also very limited (obviously)

I wouldn’t even be looking at a phone like this if it weren’t for my current disgust with big tech and their increasingly worse attacks on free speech. Purism last approach is based on privacy and freedom of use. They claim not to track or sell your data, have manual kill switches for gps, camera, and internet, and have removable battery/WiFi/modem.

I’m probably crazy for wanting to spend a bunch of money on a subpar phone, but I also like the idea of getting away from Apple/Google and support a company that actually cares about privacy/freedom.

is anyone else following this company and/or have any insight into if this would be a good investment or not?

https://shop.puri.sm/shop/librem-5/
 

SGT Dave

Very Tired
Sep 5, 2012
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Kyle, TX
I like the idea, but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that price. Is it compatible with any cell provider, or do you have to use their $99/mo service?

Personally, I think I may return to a simple flip-phone after my current phone dies.
 

Tactical Panda

New Member
Jun 30, 2019
47
18
Texas
I like the idea, but I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that price. Is it compatible with any cell provider, or do you have to use their $99/mo service?

Personally, I think I may return to a simple flip-phone after my current phone dies.
Suppose to work with other sim carriers I believe, but it’s a little confusing for a (non techie, I.e. me) to understand. They configure your phone to a certain baseband of your choosing, based on your carrier, but you have to know what baseband your carrier requires. Their own service looks like it’s based on AT&T cell towers.
 

IndyDave1776

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Jan 9, 2021
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Indiana
Suppose to work with other sim carriers I believe, but it’s a little confusing for a (non techie, I.e. me) to understand. They configure your phone to a certain baseband of your choosing, based on your carrier, but you have to know what baseband your carrier requires. Their own service looks like it’s based on AT&T cell towers.
Two thoughts:

1. My misadventure into what was supposed to be Linux at its simplest reinforced that this means simple by computer nerd standards, not grumpy old man standards.

2. If their service is based on AT&T towers, you aren't gaining anything. AT&T will still have access and AT&T is the .gov's biggest spying partner.
 

Army 1911

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Mar 17, 2008
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Dallas Texas or so
Well if you head just south from DFW, not 179 or 181, just 180 degrees, most of Texas is still just south of DFW.
 
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