I tested the alpha version of Sailfish already, and I really liked the feel of the OS. If Dual SIM would have already worked, I am sure I would have tested it longer than only over the weekend and would maybe be able already to tell if could see switching to Sailfish for good.
How does this relate to the topic: Speaking for myself, and assuming that it could be similar for other users, Sailfish is a new OS and new experience that certainly sounds like an interesting alternative to Android. But for myself, I have a strong allergy to advertisement and having this partner space prominently placed like shown in the link, would already be a no go for me. Particularly if the partner would get access to notifications so that ads could pop up would be very annoying for me. For such reasons I have installed an ad blocker on Android. Though, if I use an app longer than just for testing, and it is useful, I of course buy a pro version or donate to the devs, as of course devs need to be able to make a living from their work!
So, my personal answer if I’d like the idea of partner space is definitely NO!
This is brings me to the question of the price, if it was possible to buy Sailfish.
First, if I am not mistaken, also Android is not free. That is, Android is, but not using GMS. To my understanding mobile phone vendors pay for testing the device if they adhere to Google’s requirements, putting eventually also a price tag on the usage of GMS. I was actually just looking at the cost breakdown of the FP2 to figure out, how much FP is paying for being allowed to let GMS run on their phones by default, but couldn’t find anything. So maybe my info here is wrong, or these costs are just hidden somewhere in royalties or licenses. Anyhow, I would be super curious now to learn if and how much we are paying for running GMS on the FP2. Maybe @Douwe can shed some light on this issue?
Anyhow, let’s return to Sailfish. The article @sfossimo posted, states: “End customers, in general, are looking for well performing mobile devices for cheaper price compared to others.” I am not sure if this is true for the average FP2 customer, as the device certainly is more expensive than comparable devices. So in my opinion FP users are willing to pay for what they get, even though, maybe, this mainly refers to the hardware aspect of the phone? Not sure …
But to elaborate this from my side, I personally would definitely be willing to pay for an OS (as, through donations, I already do so e.g. on my PC). The amount is then again difficult to answer. But I may not be a typical customer. In the 5 months I have my FP2 I am already running the third OS, after stock, Sailfish alpha, now FPOSOS. And I am sure that I would also test other interesting OSs when they are ported for the FP2 (e.g. CM, or maybe even MaruOs some day; that would be super awesome). Considering this I may probably also hesitate to pay more than 15 or maybe 20 € for an OS.
So, what do I think would be a way how to get the money for licenses - and for the devs (hopefully!).
- Personally I think I’d prefer to have testing version, that maybe runs for a month or two for free, before you need to buy a license (pretty common policy for many software solutions, isn’t it?).
- I think @Stefan’s suggestion, having the ad version with the possibility to buy oneself out, could substitute for the above mentioned suggestion.
- If not too much, I would be willing to buy the OS
- An advertisement only version would be a no go for me (until someone hacked it and publishes how to get rid of the annoying ads )
Anyway, thanks for bringing up this issue!
I really liked my short Sailfish experience and I am looking forward to test another version, with working Dual SIM!