EU tech culture is really intriguing actually, everything from private email services (mailbox.org) to low-power computing (pine64) and a lot of FOSS development. I find myself aligning more with those values than the values we're pushing here in the US--whatever the Venn diagram of Meta/Google/Microsoft/Amazon/Salesforce/Oracle are I don't think it's super inspiring. Maybe it's a little unfair to cherrypick though.
> Pine64 initially operated as Pine Microsystems Inc. (Fremont, California), founded by TL Lim
> all devices for the Kickstarter campaign were manufactured and sold by Pine Microsystems Inc. based in Fremont, California.
> In January 2020, Pine Microsystems Inc. was dissolved while Pine Store Limited was incorporated on December 5, 2019 in Hong Kong. As of late 2020, the standard form contract of pine64.com binds all orders to the laws of Malaysia, while the products are shipped from warehouses in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.
Through that lens it probably makes a lot of sense to simply move your operation to China, when that covers the bulk of the relevant supply chain for your products. Especially if you have no other barriers deterring the relocation, like language or cultural challenges...
As opposed to doing business from China. Hmm, really.....
> Although we would have liked to only use 2G, the least harmful radio frequency, it is currently being phased out around the world. We spent a good amount of time trying to find a flexible, modern and global GSM module, which could be used for travelling anywhere in the world. With the user’s health in mind, Pure always chooses the lowest spectrum available to limit radiation.
Will this phone also save me from the vax?
Of course, now that it's open source someone could add it, but... too fundamental of a feature for me to start daily driving it in the first place.
So unfortunately group messages are one of those occasions where superficially easy problem becomes a non-trivial feature to add.
 > the content is extracted and sent to a temporary storage server with an HTTP front-end. An SMS "control message" containing the URL of the content is then sent to the recipient's handset to trigger the receiver's WAP browser to open and receive the content from the embedded URL. Several other messages are exchanged to indicate the status of the delivery attempt.
Whether it's SMS or MMS on the backend doesn't matter to me as a user, it's still a fundamental enough feature of a mobile phone for me that I can't consider one without it.
If a European company wants to put a lower priority on implementing MMS knowing that it's both non-trivial and non-free in most of the world -- not least of all their own country -- then I that's a perfectly reasonably thing for them to do.
I agree it's a pretty key feature.
Of course, there are a lot of other problems with SMS. There's a reason other chat apps are so common, and a lot of it is key features like delivery confirmation and message length.
Perhaps Mudita should offer a cloud service that bridges various chat apps to their phone. If they take a privacy-first approach, it could be a really nice service.
Similarly, I would love to streaming music on this thing. Spotify runs on everything, so why not here?
Maybe I don't totally agree with their product vision though. I like the idea of a slimmed down, privacy-respecting phone. I just don't want to give up ALL the benefits of a smart phone. I would welcome a unified chat interface and a simplified Spotify app.
I would probably be willing to pay a subscription for secure backends to give me a streamlined, integrated experience.
Group messaging requires MMS, so you don't get it for free by just implementing SMS. Most up-and-coming platforms seem to stop at SMS - which you do need for MMS as its control messages are sent via SMS, but it's not enough.
Hope these guys would consider doing an ereader though.
> Hope these guys would consider doing an ereader though.
Why? Can't a 3rd party just make an app? Given you already have the eInk screen, how is a dedicated ebook reader supposed to be different from an eInk tablet with a reading app?
A dedicated device can be better for avoiding distraction. When reading on my phone or computer I'll often switch apps to look something up or check something, but when reading on a dedicated e-reader I find the friction of switching devices keeps me conscious of the distraction.
If you can stay focused while reading on a multipurpose device, you probably don't need an ebook device. But I happen to appreciate the option.
Most of those issues could be dealt with by changing habits/lifestyle (which is the point, to a degree) however for people who have made that plunge... how do you deal with the seeming need for a phone with secure chip for the endless banking and two factor apps?
I would need a second phone with all bells and whistles which defeats the point.
I've been without a smartphone for about two years now and would not go back (although sometimes tempted by the false promise that a shiny new product will bring happiness).
It's easy, you just don't treat your phone as secure, do banking on a computer, along with email.
2FA is not magic, it's just another password. Just a password manager like pass  can generate 2FA codes, but it's easy enough to do with oathtool  that I wrote my own password manager.
You can probably get a older model flip phone without a data plan for $50 or less online, but this is for people who crave aesthetic and have lingering discomfort with some untold aspect of oled screens and 5G waves, or at the very least they want an excuse to not be connected all of the time.
Maybe we'll see a RYF-capable phone?
Thanks people post such pearls on HN!