Would it be possible to release the Librem 5 modem unit as a separate USB device that we could purchase independently of the phone, without the necessity to buy the whole device?
I hope that making it available as a separate module (pcb with solderpads is fine by my standards) wouldn’t require much of an additional investment (certifications, etc).
This way, the modem itself would become easily accessible to a broader community of hackers, makers and tinkerers, and the cost of software development for this module would be greatly reduced. This would significantly aid in making the modem free in the near future.
Additionally, having a voice-enabled modem that can be installed in a laptop or a desktop, enabling it to perform mobile phonecalls (either via gammu/wammu, PureOS in a VM/native, or direct AT interface), is a really big convenience feature as well. To my knowledge, there are none such devices right now coming from a reputable company that supports user freedoms.