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Quick reminder: The pre-order price of the Librem 5 GNU/Linux powered smartphone goes up $50 at midnight tonight.

@bazurk @purism
We're in the third quarter, so September 30th at the latest, unless something extraordinary happens.

@tibfulv @purism Yep. Know this much. Would be nice to have a date though. Some of us are holding out on buying a new phone because of this product and it would be conducive to a caring company to pinpoint a date for release instead of a deadline that has apparently been pushed back a few times previously. At this point its more of a consideration for backers and buyers than anything.

@purism Binary blobs, wireless N wifi, 720p display, with your track record of delivery dates, security bugs and poor service. No thanks

@cyrillico @purism
To the contrary. There are zero binary blobs and that's exactly why you only get n, as all available ac wifi components would need a blob. Don't confuse blobs with firmware.
The absence of allows you to install any OS, even 100% libre ones.

@danielst @purism I am aware of this, but if this is really the case then why wont they say which wifi chipset they're using?

@cyrillico @purism
Either because their communication is sometimes lacking, or they don't want to point competition to it, or they think it's not important that it'll be the same Redpine chip as on the devkit. Or any combination of the above 😉

@cyrillico @purism
It is still better as many companies in my opinion. Anyway it is the first model. New things are usually very experimental.

I don't think that it is bad to order one, since you help them with building it. I personally haven't ordered one. The price is too high for me. Other phones might use their source code, I at least hope so.

@cyrillico @purism Purism claims not to contain Binary Blobs:

Do you have evidence to the contrary?

@purism So this means shipping starts as well?!
"Preorder special pricing ($649) ends when general availability and shipping begins."

@purism Any plans for contactless/NFC Payments on Librem 5 ? Maybe Librem CryptoWallet with NFC payments ? This is a HUGE feature these days. I don't even have a Physical Wallet for 4+ years and use purely Samsung Pay on my phone and my smartwatch. Pub. transport in London is all contactless.

The construction of the Librem 5 would make NFC difficult. At least I recall reading that somewhere. Something about metal interfering.

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