I have no special secrets, I just find working free for Google, Facebook etc as morally repugnant.
I have so far refused to get a smartphone, and live quite well with a sturdy old Nokia, a navigator for travelling and a camera, plus PC to work and correspond with: compartmentalization is important.
My two children (now 17 and 14) have grown up well on the same diet.
However, I realize having a smartphone for certain “official” tasks (e.g. plane tickets, banking, entering certain offices, etc.) is becoming practically obligatory.
I am looking for a smartphone with a poor camera, no gaming, which hopefully doesn’t tell governments what I am doing and will still be usable five years from now, but can easily use “official” apps, where I can apply /e/ degoogled software, and which we can share in the family, keeping it in the drawer most of the time, if possible dual sim (and usable in Europe where I live).
Great if it could also be easy to repair and with changeable battery, but at least privacy is the main thing.
Of course,the provider has my data. I was referring for example to the Xiaomi phones which the Lithuanian government says keep sending info to the Chinese government: I imagine the problem there lies in the hardware.
So one can purchase an android 4.2.2 (less than 5.0), then install /e/ over it making it equivalent to android 11? Sorry to ask so many questions, but maybe there are other people in my same condition, and I certainly know others.
Another question, I hope useful for others too: adding /e/ if I understand rightly does not uninstall default apps that are installed by default on the Samsung, can one really uninstall them, for example with these simple instructions How to Uninstall Apps on Samsung Galaxy S4 ?
Also, once you have the new phones set up, install a tracker-blocking app to get more oversight and control of the hidden connections going on in the background. I’m speaking of connections initiated by any of the applications you choose to install. You can depend on the OS itself (/e/) to not spy on you, but the same can’t be said of any app you install.
Two excellent tracker blockers are TrackerControl and Blokada 5. They allow you to see the hidden connections that apps are making, and block them completely.
It’s really hard to find a decent device with removable (I mean : without tools) battery nowadays.
FairPhone is one of them, as long as they have spare batteries in stock …
Obsolete Samsung device’s genuine batteries are hard to find, lots a counterfeit poor batteries are for sale. Also stands for other spare parts (screen, etc).
/e/ is privacy-oriented, and works well without a /e/ Cloud account linked to it
The problem you could face is that it’s too much privacy-oriented : some apps may not work, lacking Google “base” apps !
My advice for default apps : don’t try to deactivate or uninstall them, they will come back with each update.
Instead, put them in a folder in another screen page, and forget them.
following your wonderful suggestions, I just bought an 80 euro Galaxy s4 mini… It would be great if it worked, using an 8-year-old phone, refurbished, and showing one can survive without selling oneself on the street to Bezuckergates…