If I buy this phone, it’ll mostly be for the ability to run Ubuntu Touch and maybe PostmarketOS. This phone has one of the better ratings of the latter.
If it turns out to give me problems that I can’t work around, I want to be sure I’m not screwing myself. I live in the US, so my stock ROM is /e/, I guess. Nothing wrong with /e/, it’s probably my go-to behind a Linux ROM (or at least good enough behind LOS).
I found the following line on another forum that concerned me.
Caution: Ensure that you flash an image with a security patch level greater than the level of the existing security patch, Failure to do so will brick your device.
I’m currently running Oneplus 8. Basically unbrickable, thanks to an EDL MSM tool. As I understand, this tool doesn’t exist for Fairphone. How will security patches play a role in ROM hopping? What happens if my ROM dies for whatever reason, but it’s the newest available? Do I just have to wait for an even newer one before I flash? There’s no way to fall back?
So I can downgrade and jump around as long as I don’t relock? I’ll relock once I find somewhere I like.
Thanks for the heads up, I’ll double check carrier support. I thought since the move to 4g, compatibility was a lot less important? There’s a reseller of T Mobile in the US that is very similar to my current carrier, so I’m open regardless.