Thanks to those who have responded here. Obviously, this is not a scientific poll. But there is some evidence of at least a few outsiders here receiving their phones already. Maybe we can check back on this thread after Dogwood ships.
One person here expressed a lack of understanding about the question in the original post, and again later about privacy concerns. I am not sure what he was trying to express since the questions were quite clear and any responses would be voluntary. Some outsiders with their new L5 should be willing to brag about it. I think it’s appropriate to ask these kinds of questions here until Purism decides to start releasing more information. I think that members of the media are also outsiders as long as they are as uninvolved with Purism’s business as much as any other outsider and are reporting objectively as real news.
The insider vs outsider issue becomes extremely relevant when other outsiders are still making critical ‘buying’ or ‘not-canceling’ business decisions. To distort or hide that kind of (insider vs outsider) information and accompanying relevant biases, from buyers or potential buyers would be highly unethical or likely illegal because insider bias of a satisfied L5 owner is relevant to the amount of risk involved in the business deal for the outsider. In a ‘group-think’ culture this detail could possibly be overlooked or mistakenly justified if no one brings it up in advance. Purism’s lack of communications alone aren’t exactly concealment of critical information if no one is asking the right questions or if Purism does not make untruthful statements or implications. As Purism ramps up (or doesn’t ramp-up) production in the Dogwood and Evergreen batches, this issue should resolve itself for all to see. But if it doesn’t resolve itself (lots of outsiders here who just got their new L5 in the mail), this question of insiders vs outsiders with their phones may become the most relevant. Hopefully some funding has been set aside to pay for mass production and hopefully demand skyrockets. Whether or not the product reviews are good isn’t so relevant. I knew when I placed my order that I probably wasn’t going to be getting a Samsung-quality finished product. If I receive my phone and if it makes calls and runs some programs, Purism will have succeeded. In the early stages, I think that it was a necessity for those who receive their phones to be the same people who are doing the development work on the phone. As production ramps up, a significantly higher percentage of those having and talking about their L5 phone should be outsiders. It’ll be fun to read all of those forum posts here.