Phones coming tomorrow; final shipping emails via u/kop316 & u/Azdle (Pictures in thread)

What aspect/s of the phones do you all think should be highest priority for independent testing?

I think testing the cellular modem would be really helpful (for North America. Birch batch isn’t being delivered abroad afaik) because I’m still not clear on what carriers will support the phone when I get it.

I’d also like to see how the phone works with home servers and networks. Can a parent set up their Network to block internet access to the children at bedtime while they’re on a business trip? Can I remove access to my roommate who doesn’t pay his share of the internet bill while I’m at work?

Simply making a phonecall and talking to someone on the other side. Does it work at all, and if so, how is the sound quality? Librem 5 calling other phone, other phone calling Librem 5. And of course, Librem 5 calling Librem 5. :smiley:

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These network questions sound like router settings which are accessed via web browser, so I would say yes.

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From @Kop316 on reddit:

“Update: The phone is ready for me to pick up (Signature is required and FedEx always trys to deliver when I’m at work, so I placed a pick up request). When I am off work I will get it.”

He says he’s on vacation soon but will update when he can and compare it to the PinePhone Braveheart when that arrives.

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Wow the phone looks amazing - easy accessible modems and changeable battery.

Can’t wait to see more videos / fotos and unpacking videos :slight_smile:


And then sending and receiving an SMS. These are the basics expected of a phone.

Then connecting to the customer’s wireless access point.

Then web surfing.

That might be harder to arrange given the current L5 density in the world - unless two friends / associates / colleagues, both based in the US, happen each to have one.

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SMS will work w/ Chatty, Calls will work to make/receive calls but whether audio works will depend on when Birch folks try it–there’s an audio routing issue that we discuss in this post and that we are hoping to have fixed via a software update in a few days:


Be prepared for a tsunami of negativity from the haters then.


I doubt much would change that regardless. All we can do is continue to work on issues and continue to report on our progress. I think the Breaking Ground post does a good job of describing just how difficult a task this is:


Indeed, both last news posts do a good job at reporting progress and hilighting the difficulties the project faces. Out of curiosity, is there an issue report for the audio issue to follow?

You don’t have to convince me. :slight_smile:

It would be good if blog posts were duplicated in this forum as some of us only read the forum.

Edit: For clarity, I mean content of blog post duplicated in forum. I understand that noone has time to automate that right now.

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Something I saw recommended a while ago was to get an RSS reader and have it check Purism’s blog feed:

I used to check the blog constantly, but having an app do it for me is much better!


huge thanks, I didn’t even check (silly me) they have an rss.

tech might have a bright future ahead


from u/kop316 on reddit


Happy to see this finally happening! I can’t wait to see some field tests, and first impressions from people that have received their phone. I mean, people outside Purism.
I am still following this project with interest, it’s important for everyone to have an alternative like this.


This is awesome. From the reddit post (in the comments), it sounds like the software is at the alpha stage, but it will only improve from here. And as more and more of the community get our hands on these devices, we should be able to help out with the software as well.

Gnu/Linux phones are becoming a reality :slight_smile:


I just got mine a short while ago too! I’ve posted some basic unboxing photos here:

And now it’s time to play with it. :smiley:


Thanks for the nice photos and the friendly license! I’ll put some in my next video.


Hi all! Here is a video of me opening the Librem 5 and turning it on.

I hope to have time eventually to film some software running. (I cut the rest of the video where I go through setup and open a web browser because the bright screen washed out of the video.)

I measure the phone at about 15cm tall, 7.5cm wide, and about 1.6cm thick (about 1.3cm thick at the side of the phone, plus a bevel angled toward the back of the phone). I can’t weigh it unfortunately.