Please keep in mind that I’m not a hardware hacker (yet) if my questions seem silly
The Crowd Supply campaign page for the Pocket Reform reads:
Optional Cellular Internet: M.2 key B WWAN slot for 4G/5G/LTE modem (Note: EMEA/APAC/Brazil and Japanese customers have to obtain the modem via MNT Research or other vendors for the EM06-E and EM06-J versions.
As far as I can see, the mnt shop website currently does not offer a cellular module? Are there plans for offering one for German/EMEA users? ETA?
And further down at the purchase options there’s an LTE modem listed:
4G LTE Cellular M.2 Module
From the Crowd Supply Basics project.
LTE-A Cat 6 module with M.2 form factor, with Worldwide LTE-A and UMTS/HSPA(+) coverage
Is that modem from the Crowd Supply Basics usable for Pocket Reform users in Germany?
Do I need additional antennas for cellular data with a modem?
Can I just open the Pocket Reform, put in the modem and my SIM card, reboot and start browsing on mobile internet?
If not, what else do I need or do?
Is it possible to install a (/the same) cellular module on the original Reform?
If I understand it correctly, it has to do with the anodize process. It cost more money to do that with a color such as purple. In my experience MNT is very fair about their prices being representative with the real cost of the manufacturing and assembly process.
The Pocket Reform looks amazing, but I am currently nowhere near being able to afford it. Is the expectation that this will be sold directly via MNT after this campaign similarly to the Reform? And would that have any effect on the price (probably impossible to predict but just asking)?