While I have been working for many years to remove all aspects of Google from my personal life, it was only this past week that I replaced the final piece. As of this week I have finally fired Google. It wasn’t easy, and in this post I’ll tell my story of how tightly Google was integrated in my life, the lengths I had to go to remove them, and what took so long.
Yes it would be covered under the Services canary:
However note that warrant canaries are designed to cover secret gag orders, NSL, implanted backdoors etc. and wouldn’t necessarily cover a regular, lawful request for information (like if law enforcement asked us for the contact information associated with a particular phone number). In our case there is very little to disclose other than the contact information associated with a particular number.
Well, I’m self-employed, so just another #BusinessExpense
FWIW, I eventually plan to get a Librem 5 USA but while waiting for the supply chain issues to resolve, I choose a De-Googled phone instead, but I’d rather give Purism my business instead of one of the other MVNOS.
This is absolutely the most informative and inspirational posting you have done. Your persistent explanations motivated me to commit to a Purism Librem 14 and now I understand how the Librem 5 works for me. I never understood the AweSIM service, but I’m more in the $20/mo range than $100/mo. If you ever create a limited tier, then I’m all in with Librem 5 and AweSIM service. I would pay up to $40/mo for a limited data plan.
I have tried to ditch Google Maps without success and my experiment years ago with a standalone GPS device was a disaster, so I am very curious what GPS device you chose. I wonder if there could ever be an OpenStreetMaps alternative to Google Maps. I wish there could be, but a workable standalone device is a decent substitute.
Thank you so much. I very much want a de-Googled phone and now I finally see how a Librem 5 with a cheaper AweSIM service would work for me. I’m going to hold off on an alternative and see if you offer a cheaper AweSIM service in the next year or so.
The only thing I can’t get rid of is YouTube. There are options like invidious to circumvent tracking but at the end of the day you are still using their service.
Or alternatives like PeerTube, LBRY etc. But I don’t see any of those being close to YouTube in content. Which is the only selling point for consumers.
As a content provider you want to make money so you go where the audience is (and where you can monetize your videos). Thus, I am not seeing any chance to break the circle.
During the last years some more privacy- & non-censorship-oriented services popped up like rumble, odyssee?, gettr, …
Diversity is a good thing. Especially if you open-mindedly watch the amount of censorship during the last months. Funny sidenote: Those new ones gained a lot of traction due to the censorship of others.