I've tried #XMPP. fail. (nobody else in my circle wanted to use it)
I tried #Matrix. fail. (nodbody else in my circle wanted to use it)
I tried #Signal. fail. (won't work without google services)
I tried #Tox. fail. (half the time messages just don't get delivered)
Not sure where to next, but if you find something, let me know ;)
@falgn0n Try Wire Secure Messenger
WhatsApp has the main community, but even with the privacy advertisement, it's really questionable.
And Signal, it's cool and paladin of privacy, but again, you will need to use GPS to work properly, not cool (and less safe).
That's how I see this problem.
I got the same problem...Slowly trying to educate peers regarding the need for quitting #whatsapp.
I use only #XMPP and atleast people close to me are now forced to start using it 😬 ....And when I make new contacts and people ask for whatsapp number, it is easy to educate them regarding this, thus getting more people to use XMPP...But I think the point is to stick to one format - #XMPP, #Jami, #Briar or Whatever...If u switch now and then, people lose confidence in u.
There should be a version of Signal on their site that works without the google services. There was a huge drama previously and they don't allow anyone to publish the builds anywhere else. We can't even have a version on Fdroid. It's fucking ridiculous. It's one of the things that annoye me freaking lot with #Signal. But ehy, at least installing directly from their website the apk it should work.
Once I find a working #TWRP for this phone (Huawei PRA-LA1 with EMUI 8.0), I will root, flash and try signal again :)