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Chopblock 4 points ago +6 / -2

Having an affordable option that comes preinstalled with free & open source software (FOSS) would be solving a huge hurdle for many people.

I don’t have details on this particular phone, but a FOSS system likely:

  • Makes it far easier to install the apps you choose, instead of being trapped into a ‘walled garden’.

  • Makes it easier to uninstall apps

  • Makes it possible to know what’s actually being run

  • Prevents tech companies from being able to retroactively censor sites at the device OS level

  • Eliminates the risk hurdle preventing people from ‘rooting’ their phone out of fear that it will become a useless brick

  • Gives people a taste of how the ‘big brother’ OS systems actually hurt the user’s experience, rather than help it.

  • Make it much easier to ‘give aunt Betty a decent phone’ without compromising your principles

EDIT: IT SEEMS THE “FREEDOM PHONE IS NOT FOSS

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militarysnoopy 1 point ago +1 / -0

It's not Foss though. It's just a custom android ROM with some apps pre-installed on a pretty normal phone.

Anybody can do the same on most of their existing phones by looking it up on xda-developers.

I'm advising everybody to stay the fuck away from this and instead to look at a real alternative like the PinePhone. A truly foss phone running Linux with hardware switches for the radios, gps, wifi, etc so you can physically disable them when you don't want to use them.

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people_who_annoy_you [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

I haven’t heard of that but it certainly sounds far superior. Honestly you can also just make your own basic phone that also has computing capability on something like a Lambda or RPi. Just need a cellular modem chip and a registered SIM, and to send some AT commands back and forth.

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Chopblock 0 points ago +1 / -1

I haven’t looked into the specifics of the phone so I can’t say, but I do know that if people look a little harder for better options in the direction of the ‘boomer-tier’ FOX/‘conservative influencer’ offerings, there’s usually one to be found.

Newsmax - OAN; Parler - Gab; NRA - GOA; etc..

That said, more conservative options is better for developing an ecosystem, even if some are wet noodles.

Here’s another real FOSS option:

https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/

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Easter_Bunny 3 points ago +3 / -0

While true, the first thing people do is install the Gapps bundle, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever else. You can't save people from themselves.

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NiceDice 2 points ago +2 / -0

The Freedom Phone includes Rumble as one of their default apps. As a user of Graphene OS, I know that the Rumble app will not function without Google Play Services.

This means that Freedom OS includes Google Play Services. Not really a good or bad thing, since some people need it to use certain apps they don't want to replace yet.

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HiddenDekuScrub 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thanks for making this post. I'm not sure why people are hating on the phone, but it strikes me as some kind of Andrew Torba "don't trust anything that isn't Gab for any reason" crap.

Gab is okay, but putting all our social media eggs in one basket is how we got here in the first place. We need more market competition, not less.

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people_who_annoy_you [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

The main issue I see is - everything being sold is suspect when looked at through some lens or from some angle. To truly be secure you need to DIY, but most people don’t have the skill or the time.

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people_who_annoy_you [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Intelligence agencies have operatives working in positions of authority in most major technology companies in the US and abroad, and the ones that they don’t have operatives in, they are always working on doing so.

They do this to implant intentional obscure security holes into major consumer products that they can later use to gain access to practically anybody.

They do things like ANOM routinely, sure, that’s just an app, and I’m sure one or some of the other mainstream ones like Signal, Wire, Telegram, etc. may also be fed controlled, but the biggest holes are those in the devices and systems most people have and use daily, and most will continue to use, even when they know this.

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Brotherhoodlum 1 point ago +1 / -0

Honeypots are like the questions that eliminate the majority of suspects in "Guess Who?"

*Is it a man?

*Is he wearing glasses?

*Does he have a red sweater?