I’m not sure if this is the right place to bring attention to it, but I have noticed some pretty stark differences between how Mint Mobile (a T-Mobile MVNO) operates on a device running /e/ (specifically the pre installed S9 and S9+) vs one running stock Android.
I’ve posted a few different topics and comments on the subject, but I’ve had a problem over the past few weeks where the Mint Mobile network “goes to sleep” and can’t receive calls or texts until I call or text someone, at which point I get a cascade of text messages - more info here.
For troubleshooting purposes, I purchased a OnePlus N10 5G and have been using it as my daily driver for the past few days (while doing my best to protect privacy and running ProtonVPN to block ads/malware/trackers). I have not experienced these issues since, I assume because WiFi calling and texting is functional. However, I’ve also noticed that in the top left of the screen, “Mint” is displayed as the carrier, while on an /e/ device, it is displayed as “T-Mobile,” (technically true, but odd). I’m wondering if there’s something that makes /e/ not play nice with Mint, hence why it could be more susceptible to “going to sleep.”
I’m happy to try to provide whatever info I can to try to get /e/ and Mint playing well with each other, as I think it’s a good combo and would prefer to use a privacy focused device.