Librem 5 Phone, progress reports

  • @trainailleur said in Librem 5 Phone, progress reports:

    Purism said:

    3 - WiFi, Cellular, Microphone/Cameras (all 3 will turn off GPS)

    Does this mean the GPS will be available to hardware unless all three of the kills switches are off, or does it mean that GPS cannot be used unless wifi and cell modem and camera are all switched to available?

    I asked for clarification and will post it here if I receive it.

    Purism replied: if all three kill switches are engaged, GPS will be disabled in hardware.

  • I noticed today that the baseband was announced as the Gemalto PLS8. It is good that Purism will keep the modem user replaceable on a card, because the LTE coverage of each version looks from this product sheet to be fairly basic.

    • PLS8-E: Has GSM modem. LTE Bands 1, 3, and 7, three of the four primary bands in most of Europe, Band 8, the "global" band, and Band 20, a common secondary band in much of Europe. No band usable on a US Big 4 network.

    • PLS8-US: Has GSM modem.
      Not much in the way of LTE bands for international roaming outside of the Americas.
      AT&T - Band 17, giving partial coverage on the AT&T primary bands 12 and 17 (the former is a superset of the latter, but exactly what this means in terms of reduced coverage for not having Band 12, I am not sure), Bands 2, 4, and 5, three of AT&T's 7(?) secondary bands.
      T-Mobile US - Bands 2 and 4, two of T-Mobile's four primary bands, and Band 5, one of T-Mobile's two secondary bands.
      Verizon (I would guess mainly through roaming agreements with another carrier) - Bands 2, 4, and 5, all secondary Verizon bands which might be useful if other carriers have roaming agreements.

    • PLS8-J: No GSM modem. LTE bands 1, 3, and 19. From what I can tell (as no expert), these are decent bands for LTE in Japan.

    • PLS8-X: Has GSM modem. LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, and 17. These seem like good bands for Latin American and the Caribbean, and should also work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, but I'm not sure if there's much application in the rest of the world.

    • PLS8-V: "V" presumably for Verizon - No GSM modem. LTE Band 13, Verizon primary band, and Bands 2 and 4, two of Verizon's four secondary bands.

    Perhaps there are some other varieties of this modem which aren't listed on the spec sheet, but I'm not seeing much in the way of coverage for Africa or most of Asia among these five. Maybe Purism will choose a different modem for those markets.

    Edited to add GSM info and clarity on the Verizon coverage.

  • Librem5, how to disable sensors and other hardware that could be used for tracking and spying: Lockdown Mode: Beyond Hardware Kill Switches

  • Purism posted a few videos yesterday of bootup, calls, and browsing, and SMS on the Librem 5:

    Purism’s Librem 5 Progress in Videos

  • Fyi as it is related: Purism launch Librem One ethical services crowdfunding:

    What are your thoughts?

  • @tera Purism needs to make these applications available for Ubuntu Touch. You guys are supposed to be partners, but I see very little collaboration. what gives?

  • @divideandsponsor said in Librem 5 Phone, progress reports:

    @tera Purism needs to make these applications available for Ubuntu Touch. You guys are supposed to be partners, but I see very little collaboration. what gives?

    What gives is that UBports has yet to receive the 2 Librem 5 dev boards that Purism said they were going to send. So until dev boards are actually received work can not proceed from the UBports developers. Hopefully that will change sooner than later.

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson

  • Reply from Purism regarding the Librem 5 dev kits for UBports:

    If you are in contact with the UBports developers then can you ask them to get in touch directly via an existing Purism contact? If you are a UBports developer then can you talk to your colleagues and find out what the status is from their perspectives?

    My impression is that there are a very small number of development boards, but that most of them are already assigned to third party development groups. For some of those groups, the task of assigning the boards was left to the people in charge of those groups and I don’t know whether there was clarity about who should receive boards.

  • I read the May update (as all other updates as well) ... interesting that it seems that they make a mobile version of the MUA Geary which I tested already on my FreeBSD laptop. In general, I think that we're far away from any delivery to us, the backers.

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