Phone Carriers BLACKLISTING More Open Ph ...


Mar 13, 2021

There has been an uptick in Pinephone users having trouble activating phones over certain carriers (not all carriers are part of this- research yours before committing – and if you can, make the commitment to only commit to open carriers). If you have experienced this, reply with your experience- I would love to hear what you are using, to report into future postings/videos. Let's help the honest carriers succeed by sharing our successes!).

What makes this story even moreso suspicious is the recent trend of de-g0ogled phones no longer "being on the whitelist” (as of recent). These phones run the same exact hardware. Even run the same exact operating system (Android). In fact they suddenly become part of the "whitelist" if running a carrier installed Android.

What does all this mean?


What reason could there be for de-googled phones to not be on a β€œwhitelist?” Especially given they are running on the same exact hardware, even operating system (Android).

This leads one to believe there is nothing short of blacklisting going on against phones not part of the big centralization club.


Never before has there been a time where the trends toward more centralization builds ever so steeply.

From operating systems, to social media, to cloud everything (thin client future?), to online shopping, to hardware. Everything we use and rely on, is becomes part of the club. And there is not much democratic about it (except to vote with your wallet).

It has never held more importance to decentralize your technological life.


SOLUTION #1: We can fix the Pinephone/De-googled phones issue in many cases: start by activating the sim card in another phone (if this doesn't work: switch to an open minded carrier). Take that "whitelisted phone" activated SIM card out and place it into your Pinephone/Lineage/Librem5/other (β€œnon whitelisted”) phone.

(UPDATE) SOLUTION #2: Recently I was able to activate a phone listed as incompatible on Mint Mobile by opening the Mind app (with new Mint sim in phone), and then when asked, click on "skip phone check (IMEI)", and go straight to activation.


We can also stop calling this problem whitelisting and call it what it 99% likely is: Blacklisting. Carriers/Phone makers work closely together, and there is a keen awareness of current trends.

There is little doubt recent changes may have been motivated by the growing trend of users looking to take more control over their cellular life/privacy (ie: de-googled + Linux phones: Pinephone/Librem5). This goes directly against both some carriers and phone maker business models.

In 2017 USA law signed allowing ISP’s to sell customer data β€œwithout explicit consent”:

We can change the way we use social media (and influence others to do the same) by opting to spend more time on decentralized social media platforms such as Mastadon, and less time on more restrictive, centralized models like Facebook. These centralized platforms do not respect our universal human right to privacy (as declared in United Nations Universal Declaration Of Human Rights), free speech (in many cases), and monetize the ability to manipulate the ways in which we think.

We should be aware of the trends, and where they might take us, acting accordingly.

These are small steps, but can become big ones when we all take them.

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