Consider supporting a better vendor than Samsung
- Samsung’s Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Labor; Our research indicates that student laborers amount to 80% of the total workforce in the factory. - http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/report/63. "I agree that besides evaluating devices for freedom, labor conditions should also be considered if possible. There is a continuing interest in these issues in the Replicant community, see e.g. the GTA04 or the efforts to get the Fairphone supported by Replicant." - Wolfgang Wiedmeyer
- Samsung takes $10 billion hit to end Galaxy Note 7 fiasco - https://encrypted.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0ahUKEwj9odWyr83SAhVEBSwKHVTGBbQQFggfMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmoney.cnn.com%2F2016%2F10%2F11%2Ftechnology%2Fsamsung-galaxy-note-7-what-next%2F&usg=AFQjCNEng_Dqf6BnlZYtdb6p9tROiR352w&bvm=bv.149397726,d.bGg
- Samsung’s Future Is Bleak Because Phones Themselves No Longer Matter - http://www.wired.com/2014/10/samsungs-endgame-looks-bleak-phones-dont-matter-anymore/
If we would like to support a OLPC concept look at Lenovo A1900 which is one of the cheapest multilanguage smartphones.
Asus is interesting as a company because lots of their mainboards are supported by Coreboot.
Currently, you only have the choice between running an "unethical" but freedom-wise better Samsung device or buying a Fairphone which needs around 170 MB of non-free blobs to operate properly. Many people have invested effort in trying to convince Fairphone to make their devices more freedom-respecting, but this is only a secondary or tertiary goal for them - if it's a goal at all.
Personally, I don't find it that unethical to buy an old and used Samsung phone supported by Replicant as you don't really support them by buying used devices anyways.
I agree with you. not supporting Samsung = not needing the latest crap of theirs and/or a version of their device which collects info from users.
meaning, Replicant is the answer to not supporting Samsung's greed or other companies for that matter.