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jorgesumle wrote

I don't have one. I avoid Google by all means.

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vixwd wrote

I'm huge on avoiding Google as well as the major ones like Apple. How do you manage to get service?

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jorgesumle wrote

Get service? Sorry, I don't understand what you mean. Can you clarify me that expression?

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AngryData wrote (edited )

I don't have one because they don't provide a high enough level of user control. Built like garbage, infested with more software garbage, expensive as fuck with all sorts of bells and whistles you don't need, and it makes you pay ridiculous data prices and get fucked in the ass by billing.

If you want a computer, use a computer, if you want to text or call, then use a normal phone. I don't know how anyone can stand mobile browsing, its like trying to read a news paper with a paper bag on your head with crooked eye holes.

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vixwd wrote

I'm not being cross, but what's your age group? I don't tend to see this mindset often enough in younger people. Like myself, we've never not had cell phones, so the viewing is just normal. But, I'm a huge FLOSS gal and like the idea of something doing one thing only, and doing it very well.

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AngryData wrote (edited )

Im in my late 20s. I definitely see the appeal of such a device, I just don't like how it has been implemented. Im probably the target audience for Windows 9 and 10 for mobile computing but Microsoft has really soured my taste lately by trying to get in on the same social/media/advertisement/propaganda crap as everyone else, especially after they have already fucked them up so many times before.

I still use an ancient tablet for reading digital books, froyo version which I think was 1.2 or something, but its not like it works with any new programs these days.

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jorgesumle wrote

I'm 21 and don't have phone, and I met once a young woman who didn't have a phone either. But I'm an exception, most young people are so brainwashed they cannot even imagine life without a phone.

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MhikeiMPC wrote

I wouldn't call it brainwashed, like for example, can you imagine growing your own food and using a coal/wood stove? We're just used to having this convenience at our fingertips.

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jorgesumle wrote

can you imagine growing your own food and using a coal/wood stove?

Yes, I can imagine that. It seems perfectly reasonable for me, though I don't need a stove where I live now.

We're just used to having this convenience at our fingertips.

What's it convenient for? I'm not used to that, and non-human animals and most people from poor countries, small tribes or communities aren't either. I just don't can't see why would that make my life better or bring more happiness to my life. In fact, I would have to work more (exploited workers in Asia and other places too) time to have one of those, ending with the little privacy and software and hardware freedom I can have in this dystopia, handing more power to oppressors and bringing yet more hierarchy to the world.

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MhikeiMPC wrote

in this day and age, you need a phone for a lot of things. What worked back then/in developing countries does not work now/in developed countries. we have different technologies, different ways of life.

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gen3 wrote

Mobile data is very cheap where I live. I get 120GB a month for around 8$.

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MhikeiMPC wrote

Holy shit. Here I could get unlimited everything with 6gb LTE data for $50

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gen3 wrote

It was like that few years ago. 1GB used to cost 5$ without a proper plan. But a new player showed up couple of years back. Now I get free voice calls and 100SMS/day along with that sweet data.

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Random_Revolutionary wrote

I had a firefox os phone, but put android on it because I wanted apps such as skype. I also put the gapps on because I didnt really know better and I'm to lazy to reinstall and take them off.

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gen3 wrote

Fdroid has all the essentials you need. You can use 'Yalp Store' From fdroid to get apps off the play ecosystem.

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robottroymacclure wrote

not much, its pretty bare bones. someone else probably has cooler stuff. im old. lol

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gen3 wrote (edited )

I would love to get a burner phone anonymously. Unfortunately my country doesn't have such things. Stuck with my identity attached to my phone.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

We have that where I live but you can just find a corner store somewhere that's already registered them under someone else's name and then use that.

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gen3 wrote

Getting a SIM, requires national ID. Hard to find people who will volunteer their creds to be used by a stranger.

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glitter_v0id wrote

honestly a j7 with original software. I need to test swapping os systems on a different device before I fuck with this one. Maybe get a cheap old phone so if I brick this I'm not SOL for work.

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therealmidnite wrote

I am now the proud ex-owner of an smartphone. I gave mine to my mother (whose Blackberry has finally cracked up), and I won't be getting another.

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therealmidnite wrote

Yep... now the NSA can spend a lifetime combing through her multi-gig collection of cute puppy videos. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

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therealmidnite wrote

I have no idea how the work. Don't care, either. Never wanted one, and now I don't have one. Case closed.

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therealmidnite wrote

I don't understand electricity either, but getting coffee is rather difficult without it. Anyway, the guy she married was in hospital with cancer at the time, her phone was failing, and I gave her mine. It's in great nic, since I'd stopped answering phone calls on it about four or five years ago.

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therealmidnite wrote

4 is good. Anything else?

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therealmidnite wrote

I thought you were giving up this whole sockpuppet thing?

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ziq wrote

You people need to stop accusing every shitty liberal that comes along of being me. Wtf.

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CE399 wrote

I use a (what?) 2g cell phone. I only use it for texting and as an alarm clock and mp3 player. It has excellent battery life and does exactly what I want it to and no more.

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jadedctrl wrote

PDA

I have this old PDA that runs a libre LiGNUx system, but it's ten years outdated and porting it forward would probably be incredibly painful.
Still, it's one of my vague and far-in-the-future goals to get a modern-day Linux kernel working with this thing. One day…

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selver wrote

Completely normal Motorola smart phone.

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gen3 wrote

You should get on the Lineage no-Gapps hype train.

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vixwd wrote

I'm riding that train, loving it for the most part. Some apps like Uber are a pita but it's worth it I feel.

What's your opinion?

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gen3 wrote

Yeah a friend of mine had the some issue with his Uber and Zomato. He uses micro-g. Which solves the whole GCM problem. But some apps like Protonmail that use GCM on android work fine except they will spit out an error about 'Google play services missing' and push notifications don't work. But that's the price one pays for being a FOSS hippie I guess haha