Maybe this isn’t the right place for this question, but I’m also interested in other peoples view on this.
I strongly believe in the works of Purism, PINE and others to bring a open device to consumers. I am a bit worried though that in the future they might fall in the same trap as most manufacturers - the need for selling new devices to keep the company alive. (Maybe this is stated somewhere what their mission is - I’d be happy if someone can point that out.)
I use most of my hardware to a point where it isn’t possible to use anymore. (The iphone 3GS was ditched just a couple of years ago, because I couldn’t update some critical apps)
So for me its totally reasonable to help keep a company I believe in alive, without having to buy stuff from them all the time. But sure, I want to own the hardware - that is important - but pay something upfront and then pay a monthly fee to have the “smartphone” service available - spare parts, repairs and support - obviously some parts need some special conditions, like the screen, maybe I’ll need to pay 75% of the cost if the screen break.
I can also see a advantage paying a small fee now when a lot of features isn’t there yet - but Purism can raise the fee whenever new (agreed on beforehand of course) features is released.
I know there are some challanges in the hardware though, look at Fairphone, they released their FP1 as an repairable and sustainable option 2013, and it is already end of life and they’ve then released FP2 and FP3.
So I think this need to be within the agreement - in the case of supply issues the customer should not have to buy a new phone, nor pay a extra fee for an upgrade. (That the customer don’t want anyway - at least not me.)
This will force Purism to work closely with its suppliers and might even join forces with other manufacturers (PINE, FP etc?) to keep some hardware alive - which I feel would be a good thing in a wider sense. But naturally, the fee should represent this in a reasonable matter.
I find it wonderful that Purism have the guts to sell a barely working phone, made in a democratic country, for $2000. For me it is just a bit too much right now, but for a slightly higher fee I would love to slowly change my worn out hardware-part to a “democratic” counterpart.
For sure, I don’t understand the full implications of this. But I would love to see someone give it a try, I’m willing to take some economic risk.
Would love that someone from Purism gave their view on this, but anyone feel free to comment whether this would be something viable for you.