Hello all! I have just joined the forum and this is my first post here. I have been a lurker for quite a while, tracking the progress of the Pure’s development and avidly reading the forum. I am very interested in buying this phone. Until recently, I couldn’t be certain I could (financially) afford this device, but I am coming to the conclusion that ethical production, health and wellbeing are worth a premium price, and sacrifices elsewhere might be worth it to afford this. So in a way, I cannot afford not to buy one of these.
My phone history is largely basic phones, although I have used a smartphone in the past (Fairphone 2 with an open-source, de-G**gled ROM and exclusively FLOSS apps).
I’m largely happy with the design and functionality of the Pure as advertised. About the only thing I’d be missing would be T9 and the ability to somehow display a received MMS, but these are not “show-stoppers” for me - and apart from this, I would lose absolutely no functionality by switching to this device as my only phone. Anyway, I’m digressing. On to my two questions:
Firstly - I am aware that the Pure has Bluetooth functionality. Can I ask how complete this is? For instance, when connecting an Android phone and even some older “dumb”-phones to a modern car, the car itself is capable of reading the address book, and sending/reading SMS messages. However, I have noticed that some current basic phones cannot do this (Nokia 3310 3G and KaiOS devices such as the Nokia 800 tough). For these phones, the car works purely as a speaker/microphone. On the few occasions I’m driving a car that’s younger than me, it’s very convenient to tell the car to dial someone from the steering-controls, without manually doing it on the phone. Again, not a show-stopping feature, but a definite convenience.
My second question is - How do customers obtain a spare / replacement battery? You advertise that it’s replaceable, but I don’t see them listed in the online store. This phone is supposed to be built to last, so given the limitations of battery technology, I’ll be expecting to have to replace the battery every few years.
Thanks and best regards,