First of all, I’m SO thrilled to have found this company! I could not agree more on a philosophical level and am so enthralled that there is actually a company out there standing up for privacy rights (I think I’m in love )
I’m in need of a new phone. I have been using a old QWERTY keypad slider phone for 6 years on AT&T to avoid additional privacy leakage through smartphones…but my beloved trooper finally had enough on New Years Day and the screen stopped working. I’ve since tried to replace it with an identical model from ebay only to find that AT&T is bullying me by literally choosing to turn off my sim card every 3 days until I get a new phone. And theyre phasing out 3G anyway, so it was only a matter of time.
Unfortunately I am NOT tech-savvy at all. I’m just someone who believes privacy is a human right and I’m not going to trade my personal data in for convenience. (especially to a bully company whom I’d be essentially paying to steal from me!)
So I’m reaching out.
I’ve researched the Librem 5 reviews. Most of the reviews I read were from early/mid 2020 and cited a lot of missing features. But I love what Purism is doing, and I’m pretty willing to make some compromises if it means protecting my privacy and supporting a company fighting a good fight. (I already made plenty of compromises by never adopting a smart phone in the first place so this will hopefully not be too difficult for me).
However, I am completely lost as to how to go about making the Librem 5 my primary phone. What is the “modem” compatibility thing on the product page referring too?
Have any of you been able to get your Librems to connect using a mainstream carrier like AT&T? How do you do that?
AT&T started bullying me the moment I put my sim card in a new phone, even though it was the same model as my old one, they are telling me that it is not an “approved” phone so they are shutting the sim card down until I upgrade to some thing they will “accept”… so if they’re being assholes like that, how can I possibly get them to accept a specialty phone like the Librem?
What carriers have you all used successfully with Librem?
If I want to make this my primary phone, what do I need to be prepared to do? And what compromises do I need to be prepared to make?
I dont want to spend all this money on a new phone only to find out that I can’t get it to connect to my carrier and not even know which carrier I could switch to to make it work.
THANK YOU to any generous tech-savvy folks who can help out a fellow privacy-rights lover make her dream phone come true!