Status #14746

What is going on with this Ubuntu mobile ... There [...]

Auckland, Auckland
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What is going on with this Ubuntu mobile ... There is something I can't quite get. If we pride ourselves on trying to do things for free and instead of working for money working for the good of the group why is this so expensive !? I understand you'd have to pay something because the world hasn't changed yet but why do we have to pay so much ? Guys what are you're thoughts on this ? I think this is weird and it kinda goes against our principles .... doesn't it ??
I understand your concerns and I, for the most part, agree. What concerns me even more is after several long sessions of online research, I am not convinced that the 5G network is safe. I haven't found anything that assures me that there have been any upgrades for personal safety from radiation or safety from the small "stations" and the large, new towers that are required for this new network. If anyone ca enlighten me, I'd be most grateful!
Saturday 23 July 2016, 22:43:26
5G is not 5GHz. See review below.
Saturday 23 July 2016, 23:11:57
Where is the review? Who posted it? When?
Saturday 23 July 2016, 23:14:29
cbos…. If you keep reading past the first post, the review starts there. It does not cover these safety issues.
Saturday 23 July 2016, 23:33:22
Thanks, cbos! I read through your review and the misgivings I had picked up about the inconsistencies, missing information and the slick presentation was clearly articulated in your knowledgeable review. This is what I was hoping to find in my internet search but perhaps no one has gotten around to digging deep enough to have answers. What you discussed in your review was enough to make me hesitate, but the safety issues have yet to be addressed and that just adds another layer of concern from my point of view. I am just beginning to understand the havoc that RF and EMR can impose on the human body. I am involved with a local group that is going to stop the local electric co-op from forcing homeowners to have Smart Meters placed on their homes. Many of the issues with Smart Meters are consistent with cell phones and this is why I saw a red flag when I started to dig into the Ubuntu Mobile issue. Thanks again for your review!
Saturday 23 July 2016, 23:51:49
That's great but you didn't answer my question... why is this so expensive ? Do you realize people who don't have much cannot access this ? Also I understand this runs on the internet, what if the internet goes down or what if you don';t have internet where you are ?
Sunday 24 July 2016, 08:07:20
I suppose I would have answered your question if I had a good answer! However, I may have the best answer I can come up with. The technology that goes into a Smart Phone is very complex and is expensive. As time passes, everything becomes cheaper, as you know, but we aren't at the point yet where smart phones are cheap. When I got my first smart phone, just a couple of years ago, they GAVE it to me because I signed a contract. It wasn't really free, but since I signed the contract, I paid for it over time. Somehow, someone has to pay for the phones, the stations, the technology that supports the whole system. I understand your frustration, but until Ubuntu is universal, nothing will truly be "free". And, by the way, I do understand that many folks can't afford this technology. I recently slipped below the poverty line and struggle to survive on social security benefits, which cover about half of my monthly expenses. I understand the struggle that many people face daily as I see folks in my small town sleep in their cars or the campground, show up to the food bank every Wednesday and rage a constant battle with hunger, despair and social services. This is why I have devoted my life to Ubuntu and seeing that it will become a concept as prevalent as breathing.
Sunday 24 July 2016, 16:59:17
Samuel, I will attempt to answer your question with what I know. WOR(l)D ( is the company behind UBUNTU Mobile. As far as I know, no one on this site is officially representing either the base company or UBUNTU Mobile. Since Michael is the one promoting the UBUNTU Mobile brand, it is he who should be answering some of these questions, or a representative in the country being marketed. You can check the link I gave above for some of the background research I did.

Your questions are valid (about the internet going down and about the price), and until some of these questions are clarified, I would suggest holding off on any purchase. I hope that helps.
Sunday 24 July 2016, 17:51:18
Jack Daniel
A large portion of your cell phone cost goes to the provider...UBUNTU, get it?
Monday 1 August 2016, 22:07:41
What I get from what your saying Jack is that ... Ubuntu is trying to make money ... that's against the principles we all got together for !
Monday 8 August 2016, 10:11:30
During the transition from where we are now to a fully self-supported Ubuntu community will require money. Please watch to Michael's videos and read his book that outlines the transition to a world without money. He explains it far better than I.
Monday 8 August 2016, 15:14:56
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