@FriendofBernie Really easy- take off the back cover and the IMEI is printed at the bottom of the EG25-G. You can also find it in settings of Phosh under Mobile.
@RTP Ah, thank you! Under Mobile all I get is turn Airplane mode on or off, but there it is on the EG25-G. Extremely tiny, but I'll get it. Makes it possible to get a sim card for it.
Open to U.S. based recommendations, not that there are many choices...
Official T-Mobile/AT&T works but I do suggest activating the sim on another phone first. Certain employees will not recognize the IMEI of the pinephone, sometimes causing them to call it unsupported (this happens across carriers).
Better yet check this for information on carrier support: https://wiki.pine64.org/index.php?title=PinePhone_Carrier_Support
@RTP In the pine64 forum there is someone who had a sim card and carrier working, then after a idk a few days/week, they got a notice that the phone was unsupported.
Ah yes, this is why I wanted to warn you to be careful and choose your carrier wisely. Very good on you to look into the carrier first. Save yourself some heartache. ;)
Someone mentioned Cricket now blocking under what they call "whitelisting"... but we should call it out exactly as it is: BLACKLISTING. If a carrier supported a phone and suddenly blocks that phone under new "whitelist" policy. It is semantics game. It is blacklisting. #CricketWireless #Pinephone #Carriers
@RTP Yes, it was cricket.
One place I went to was very confused. They wanted to handle the phone, I wouldn't let them. A second emloyee came in and said, You won't let us get into your phone so we can't help you. The next place was worse than that. T-mobile will probably take any $thing$ but their service is slow. The phone is my internet, at least until libraries open.
@RTP For a long while the local cable co was sending with weekly junk mail a flyer about wireless phone service, but it required a cable account so that was out for me. But more recently that part did not appear in the flyers; that was the place I went to, but apparently they stopped their association with that carrier.
@mobian None of that shows up here. Looks like you have a sim card installed. I don't and so far unable to get one unless they (carrier) can have a IMEI.
One place told me it would show up with magic number combo, but that did not work either - again because there has to be a carrier service on it to get it. It's been a puzzle until seeing it on the modem itself tonight.
I am seriously waiting for the next stable Mobian OS. I've tried a couple of the Nightlys. This 12/15/2020 version - at update software, it says it cannot update due to dependancy, below is blank or black on black, and it just stops there. I was just trying it.
@FriendofBernie See the section on the graphical updater in https://blog.mobian-project.org/posts/2021/02/09/pam_issue/ . We are afraid you will have to update via the console tools once...
@mobian @PINE64 Yes, but I don't have the "factory image" to start with. From here it is not the difficulty, it's the long updating and keeping the phone awake - I probably would not have the phone plugged in because I'd go somewhere where there is fast (somewhat, not always speedy) wifi. Connectivity is a problem here.
Easy, no encryption: https://images.mobian-project.org/pinephone/nightly/
Almost as easy, allows encryption:
@mobian Ah, but the installer image is from December, alpha. How close is the Feb10 nightly to "next stable"?
@FriendofBernie at some point we will simply rename one of the nightlies to be the next stable. After updating they are all the same anyway. Usually, we do it ca. once a month.
@mobian Oh, ok. I had tried a couple from January, but thought I should wait. Mobian is the OS that more works than others.
What time is it where you are? I can't believe I'm still awake here - it's lie 0500.
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