You all may, or may not, be aware of a tech privacy phone, router, website & email service by the name of BraxMe & Brax2.
I have been a user of this for at least 2 years, and a user of Fdroid for about 4.
I have nothing but good things to say about the whole concept and even the devices & services in an of themselves (especially for the Founder “Rob Braxman”). There is a problem though, that I have seen these past 2 years and it’s that this platform has no vision (or even interest IMO) to have, or make REALISTIC & PRACTICAL WAYS for the Newer & Future General Public to come over to the Free Open Source Software & Privacy Focused side of Phone & Device side; and is very content with the way things operate ATM. I Truly wish there was more thing like this available for people (without the bureaucratic style human platform interface operation), which is what brings me to the question of this thread:
Does any one know of similar devices & websites available like the BraxMe platform?
My understanding is that most people will just purchase android, and even some apple?, style phones and do roots (I still don’t know what that really is), and Lineage this or Linux that, to ATTEMPT to either have more control over their devices, make them more private, or make them more “transparent”. I think its safe to say that everyone here would like to have the maximum amount of all these concepts in their daily life devices, but I also understand that the big tech industry has made me/you an enemy for wanting to do so, hence the birth of things like F-Droid.
But it can’t be that there is only one or 2 players in town for this after at least 4 years of living in shadows of the big tech phone & device market. So once again, does anyone know of other (hopefully US based) privacy phone & device centered platforms out there, that are also F-Droid friendly?
If not, is the only other alternative doing “root” stuff to existing big tech manufactured android phones & devices?
mmm, after a quick search it seems like these 2 have some potential.
Still doesn’t provide an alternative to the BraxMe platform, but it may just be a break even situation since on BraxMe you still have to do some of the privacy leg work as well.
I still can’t believe that it’s been at least 4-6 years of full blown general public privacy phone & electronics violation exposure, and we still only have F-Droid as the most top tier solution, worldwide.
I guess my years are a little off, but I am referring to 2013 when the first large scale exposure of data privacy by Eric Snowden came out in the “public”. I understand data privacy has been “known” of a lot long er than that, but it has not been as big ever since Snowden; even people in their 70’s more or less know about what’s going on since watching Snowden’s interviews, in recent years. So it’s even worse that’s it’s been longer than 6 years and there really is only 2 platforms (one being BraxMe) that provide alternatives to big tech phone & device market.
That’s really great of you to share all those source links.
I am more informed because of them.
I still am on the fence about much of this, and still think that as untasteful & lacking as that platform is; I see no other major & practical option for the public to take up, at this time (minus the options Licaon_Kter presented).
Pyra a US version exists, could possibly be ordered but has uncertain delivery dates, also not clear if 4G is working yet so may not be viable as a phone for US use, but the 3G stuff should still work in Europe
Volla German, meant for Europe but at least one forum poster said he had no trouble getting it shipped to USA by ordering through indiegogo. You will have to verify frequency bands with your carrier.
Fairphone mostly for Europe but supposedly there is also a US distributor, Murena (whose site says Fairphone is a partner but does not make it easy to find this model for US use unless you start from a European product list). The supported frequencies have some overlap with US bands but not completely, you should check with your carrier for what bands they need to use. Murena Fairphone 4 says it should be usable, but I have not verified this, and they put /e/ on it which @SkewedZeppelin has commented on, you probably have to reinstall the Fairphone OS yourself.
Shiftphone - German, there is even smaller overlap with frequency bands used in US.
if all you want is to make wifi VoIP calls and not bother about android stuff at all
There used to be PiPhone and ZeroPhone but those are no longer much use in USA after the demise of the 3G networks since these never had working 4G or 5G. There may be a few 2G networks left that none of the carriers want to talk about but those might quietly go away at any time now.
Software wise, there’s lots of websites devoted to alternate ROMs, app repos, individual apps, settings adjustments, rooting, etc. Others have commented on those so I won’t even try here.
If by “platforms” you mean Braxman’s XMPP service, there are literally THOUSANDS of those available. Some partial listings are at Public XMPP servers . And it is not too difficult to run your own, for example Freeedombox can do this and more. For the publicly available servers, not all are privacy friendly, you will have to check out the prospects’ policies individually. Some of my favorites are