Librem5 silicone cover


Perhaps, but! What I’m getting at holds true either way. if they advertise a proper case being included with the device, this justifies a slightly higher price for the package that ships. An increase of $50 on the price for such a thing is reasonable, as a case that is comparable to a $50 iPhone or Android case is what could be included at that price point.

Who knows, they may surprise us and include one!


I do agree to an extent.

Though, I really don’t see why such a small company, struggling financially, should include this in the package w the phone purchase.
If all things were correct (ur estimates), Purism should only pay those initial 60k and additional cost of production and then charge per case $15-20. That way they can make some extra profit without breaking a sweat.

Just look at the pile of money Google is sitting on and never had a case for free on their website for Pixel purchases (at least upon release AFAIK)
No other small OEM (in terms of market share) was into that stuff.
Of course I’m not including Giant Samsung, which just throws hundreds of goodies in order to push it product.


Agreed. The difference here is that if they included the case with the phone, and charged an extra $50 for it with every order, this is a guaranteed case sale in every instance. So they are making profit at every unit beyond #1300.


“surprise us and include one”

That’s way beyond wishful thinking for me :slight_smile:

To me, surprise would be delivering phone some time in August.
Another one would be stocking and selling spare batteries on their website by the end of the year. And sure, having protective cases available for purchase once they start shipping the phones or at least within a month.


All of these would be surprises to me, very welcome ones :slight_smile:


Just a note on the pricing: $599 was the campain price, and the new one is $699, currently on sale $649.
There’s not too much wiggle room. Price went up to adjust for the updated production cost, which became apparent around the time the devkit was produced. This rise was not originally planned.
Of course the sale suggests still a bit of wiggle room, but you have to keep in mind that pre-orders have multiple positive effects for Purism:

  • cash before production
  • already sold. No risk, no warehouse keeping
  • increased order quantity, lower per unit price
  • allows prediction of additional sales after production

and that’s why they want you to get on board now, because it makes the whole thing more economical.


Due to this post the Librem 5 will have the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S10e has which isn’t useful for a case at all but maybe for the screen protector glass. The screen protectors might fit, which would be as important as a case for me. For the second case mentioned in this post the Huawei P9 screen protectors could be a good choice…?
Or is there already an other idea where to get a screen protector from?


Could just get a tpu case cut the corners off it and perhaps loctite them to the L5 corners so atleast we have impact protection on the 4 corners . perhaps due the same with a TPU soft rectangle on the rear of the case . It would look kinda silly but would mitigate the risk until a proper case came along.

Cut an L and a 5 out of a clear phone case for another phone and use a clear glue to stick to the back ? That would look pretty cool . With again some clear bumpers on the 4 corners.


Something similar to this"&qid=1563404592&s=wireless&sr=1-3

Cut an L and a 5 out of it and glue them using clear non permanent adhesive to the back and cut the 4 corners off and use the same clear adhesive .

As long as the adhesive wasn’t permanent and was clear as well This might be a temporary solution and might even look kinda neat.


If no official case will be made, and no crowd-funded option comes available, then the next best thing will likely be one of those silicon DIY jobs you see on youtubes.


I’m interested to buy a silicone cover from purism, there is any news?
I don’t have a 3d printer and no one else close to me have it, but i don’t want to risk to broke it, i hope purism will sell this item too before shipping

Otherwise there is any alternative who ship within europe?


Purism should learn from them


Personally I want something more durable. I have run cases like the Otterbox Defender on my phones for years. I do a lot of stuff outside and can be hard on my devices.

There was a company that produces phone cases for the US military that I did contact about providing a Librem 5 for to produce a case but they said that it would have to be a bulk order of at least 250 cases for them to do it.


Interesting. I like it, especially the Strada Series. But ordering 250+ pieces is only possible after the shipment of ‘evergreen’ phones, since its final dimensions are unknown.


Correct. I would also have to make sure the funds for 250 cases could be gathered from whoever would be interested. The cases are pretty nice but not everyone wants to spend $50 or so on a phone case.


I’ll commit for a Mil-Spec case!


In order to estimate the demand, you can make a preliminary poll about the possible order and preference about the type of case.


I would be interested in this.


I could I suppose. The company is here Juggernaut.Case

The IMPACT case is what I was looking at. Slim but tough. I personally was also interested in the wrist mounting capability although it isn’t cheap. More then likely not everyone’s cup of tea.

It is interesting seeing the military applications of smartphones and tablets like this. I read some time ago that a lot of Android based devices got swapped out for Apple ones due to stability issues even though the iPhones and iPads used more power. You would think the USMIL would be more interested in building their own OS or Linux build for this kind of thing instead of outsourcing it but the US military has been very interested and into “commercial off-the-shelf” tech and even small arms solutions lately.


First, I think, you need to find out the demand for different models. Models that have enough votes (250+) can be ordered. Other customers will have to choose between the models ordered. Practical questions:

  1. who will accumulate funds for the order;
  2. what to do with the funds sent, if they were less than expected from the beginning;
  3. shipment of individual orders / returns / warranty.