Given that I am tied to Verizon for phone service and given their refusal to support Librem 5 phones on their network, I am not going to be able to use the phone I waited so long for. It has the BM818-A1 modem for use on the US networks. Well, some US networks…
Message me directly with an offer if you are interested. I will look at all offers received in the next week or so.
I don’t want to hijack the thread and don’t intend to sell you on anything, but it’s worth noting that Purism now offers the ability to transfer an existing number to their data plan packages as a $15 service.
Honest question: what else did you expect? I’m not from US and never been there, but I know that Verizon has had a very bad reputation when it comes to allowing third party devices on their network for at least the last 15 years or so. From over here I always knew Verizon as the butt of a joke and a company that does things that would be outright illegal here in Europe
Given that I ordered the phone over two years ago, I had hoped that Purism would have made some attempt to work with them in that time, but I gather from forum posts that they don’t do that. I hope that is a wrong impression, because it is a huge disservice to their customer base.
I’m not surprised at all. It is absurdly expensive and on top of that the phone has not reached the functional parity of flip-phone from 2005. On top of that anyone who is not in USA has to pay import tax on that already absurd price tag. And then there is the possibility that the local network provider will outright reject the device. Just like in your case. So you can see why there is almost no interest in it.
On the other hand Steamdeck is selling so well it is out of stock most of the time.
Many of your points are incorrect or not applicable.
In particular, as far as I can see, the OP has never specified a selling price. The selling price may be the current new price of a Librem 5 (which is comparatively expensive and potentially not attractive since a purchaser may prefer just to buy a new device from Purism). The selling price may be the seller’s original purchase price (substantially less than the current new price). The selling price may be some other amount.
Failure to nominate a price may be a contributing factor.
I would like to suggest another possible contributing factor: Purism must be really close to shipping parity. So the “impatient market” of people who decided to jump the queue by buying someone else’s phone is rapidly disappearing.