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/e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« on: January 25, 2021, 03:42:10 PM »
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[Update January 2021: we will be starting shipping first /e/-smartphones to the US on early February 2021 from https://esolutions.shop
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e OS is Android that has totally been deGoogled.  Open source replacements have been found or forked for all of Google Services and are part of the package.  There is no Google spyware left in the OS.  You even have the choice of letting /e/ foundation host your cloud services or set up your own Nextcloud instance so you have total control.  And yet you can still run Android apps.  The OS has a repository of over 30,000 Android apps both open source and commercial each rated for privacy and permissions.

Before now phones with /e/ OS preinstalled have only been available in the EU.  The big announcement here is /e/ is bringing preinstalled smartphones to the US.  I've been waiting for this for 2 years.

Now we just need to find out what kind of phone models they are going to offer in Feb 2021.

https://e.foundation

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Re: /e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2021, 05:54:23 PM »
And which networks are going to carry them.  In this area, you need either US Cellular or Verizon for good coverage.

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Re: /e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2021, 07:13:20 PM »
And which networks are going to carry them.  In this area, you need either US Cellular or Verizon for good coverage.

They'll be unlocked GSM only.  So ATT, T-Mobile and some of the discount GSM carriers.

> coverage

I have T-Mobile, which is fine in major markets.  When I traveled to Iowa I only got a signal near the Interstate or in a larger town (read country seat.)   In the very small town I was visiting I barely got one voice bar only if I stepped outside and raised the phone up, arm's length, over my head.   Verizon is the only way to go out there.

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Re: /e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 04:50:57 PM »
US refurbished Samsung Galaxy S9+ and S9 phones with /e/ OS installed US$429.99 and 379.99 respectively. Available as of today 2/22/2021

Shipping extra.

GSM only phones so T-Mobile and AT&T

I've ordered mine already S9+.

https://esolutions.shop/shop/

(be sure to select USA)
« Last Edit: February 22, 2021, 05:19:53 PM by Brad »

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Re: /e/ OS Smartphones Coming to America
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2021, 07:07:50 PM »
T-Mobile just brought back a true unlimited data plan with 5G and no throttling - The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/22/22295466/t-mobile-magenta-max-unlimited-data-5g-4k-video-announced