Fairphone 3+ vs Volla Phone vs ?????
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@adlinux Redmi Note 7 works really well on UT as well:
You can read my state of play here:
However, indeed, you need to first unlock the bootloader using MI flashtool.
Best is to follow carefully the UBports installer instructions.
Thanks for letting me know about the Volla Phone's problems. I've looked through that github list and like you said, the thing to look out for seems to be the network coverage which is quite a big deal.
For that reason I've emailed Volla about this to get their input and they have actually responded to me saying:
"I found the following information on the UK website of O2.
LTE BANDS UK
1 - 2100 MHz
3 - 1800 MHz
7 - 2600 MHz
8 - 900 MHz
20 - 800 Mhz
The Volla Phone operates on
GSM / 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz,
UMTS / 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz,
FDD / LTE / 4G: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz"
O2 are the mobile network that my SIM is connected to.
So this looks like it should be all good (as far as I can tell, the numbers at least seem to match), at least from a hardware level. But do you think the issues could be more closely related to software?
I think you should ask if other users use the same data provider as you on the Volla and what kind of problems they have... After that you could decide
@adlinux Hi, for the FP3+ the main issues are:
- mobile data does not work at all
- cellular network (phone, sms) is somehow connected to WiFi
I am not really sure yet, what the main reason is:
- either it only depends on the activated wifi-toggle
- or it needs an active data connection
Anyway, in most situations, If I am not at home and there is no WiFi, I miss calls and can't do calls.
- video recording does not work yet, but that's low priority compared to call/sms issues
@stanwood Thanks for clearing up my confusion to do with on-line and off-line charging. I hadn't even considered that a phone wouldn't be able to charge when turned off!
As for the Xiaomi; I am really tempted by these phones and have looked at them before. From a hardware perspective they look great, the big killer for me is how I would need to go about unlocking the bootloader.
Here's where I might be getting a bit tin foil hat-ish; I simply do not trust giving Xiaomi any of my data whatsoever. So, do you know if it is at all possible to unlock the bootloader without creating a Mi account? If I can't then I'll have to pass on the Xiaomi's even if their phones do look really good.
@domubpkm Thanks! I've taken you're advice and have posted a question about this in the Volla Phone thread!
@luksus That's a shame, the FP3+ looks like such a cool phone.
I'll be keeping an eye out for updates to it though as I would love to try out the phone when the Ubuntu Touch port for it is more ready.
Metoo, i would be interested in FP3(+) when my FP2 breaks
Having taken everyone's comments and advice into account (thank you very much to everyone who has been helping me), and having ran a Mastodon poll (for the hell of it) I have just ordered myself a phone to run Ubuntu Touch on as a daily driver!
And the winning phone is drum roll................ the Volla Phone!
@adlinux Good device totally usable in everyday life. I had a hard time activating the internet first and then the mms (french APNs) but it is ok now I wish you a good an easier start up.
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@tommiedom same for me!