Hello Fairphone company and community!
I am one of people who doesn’t like his phone being stolen, but also who doesn’t like to have bloatware and forced to use outdated official software. I also never broke and I don’t plan to break the law.
But here is the dilemma I am facing:
- if I unlock the bootloader, in order to get rid of bloatware or use higher Android version in case company stops updating - then the thief can flash other or stock OS to it and sell it for parts.
- If I stay with locked bootloader and hence use stock OS, I have antitheft, because only stock images are flashed and purging user data requires to unlock linked account (on xiaomi and samsung (knox)) first, hence thief will get bricked phone if he attempts to delete data.
So, either stick with stock until they stop releasing or unlock and loose theft protection.
Here is a simple solution I am asking Fairphone implements - implement optional passwording of download mode and recovery, similar to PC BIOS password kept in non-volatile memory. The password must survive resets and energy loss. Password must be allowed to be strong (with wait times and 16+ characters. You can offer password unlocking service for price of 2/3 of the phone (to prevent thieves profiting) and if authorities require it ofc, no problem if you need this. This way you can also generate additional profit while adding unique feature to your product!
This way, thief can’t flash any different OS image and if userdata is encrypted, its a brick for him unless he pays 2/3 market price to you (which he won’t do). If you do this, I give a word to sell all my phones and get Fairphones that support this, thats gonna be 4 devices.