Fairphone is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with minimal harm to people and the planet. The company is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and was supported in its startup phase by the Waag Society, a foundation which aims to foster experimentation with new technologies, art and culture. The main motivations for founding Fairphone were to develop a mobile device that does not contain conflict minerals (which in smartphones are typically gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), has fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain producing it and help people to use their phone longer. The second version of the company's handset is one of the first modular smartphones available for purchase, with the product being designed to be easily repaired and upgraded.

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  • There’s nothing better than the feeling of a new phone in your hand… except for the feeling of an old familiar phone that you’ve kept and cared for all these years. So, we’re excited to announce that nearly three years after the introduction of the Fairphone 2, we’re not releasing a new model just yet. […] The post Keeping your phone longer with a refresh on the inside and out appeared first on Fa...

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  • We are happy to announce that together with Alpha Assembly Solutions we are starting research on the challenges associated with sourcing recycled materials in the electronics industry. This research aims to bring more transparency around the operational and sustainability challenges faced when sourcing secondary raw materials, to kickstart industry discussion on how to tackle them, […] The post Di...

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  • In Uganda sind viele Menschen abhängig von den Einnahmen aus dem Abbau von Gold, was z.B. in Smartphones verwendet wird. Fairphone ist der erste Smartphone-Hersteller, der Fairtrade Gold in seine Lieferkette integriert. Wie das möglich ist und wie das den Menschen vor Ort hilft? 'Zeit für Utopien' ab 19. April im Kino

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  • Hi, I’m Johnny from Customer Support: my job is to help you when you have a problem, but my greatest hope is that you never encounter a problem in the first place. I see so many avoidable tragedies — from a lost video of a child’s first steps, to a brand new phone rendered useless […] The post Tips from our customer support team – How to avoid us and make your phone last longer! appeared first on ...

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  • I’m an open source fan – some might say fanatic. Which is to say, I believe so much in the principles behind fully transparent, fully shareble, fully user-tweakable software that I’m willing to sacrifice some personal convenience for the sake of the community benefit, longer-living phones, and security open source has to offer. Today, I’m […] The post Auto-Updates: A Fairphone first! appeared firs...

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  • Many of us, (around 400 million, by the third quarter of 2017) have a brand new phone that we’re getting to know, and an old phone, our constant companion for the last 1.7 years, who’s about to disappear into the messy drawer we all have. You know what we mean – that drawer where the […] The post Your old phone is calling – it wants a new life appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • It’s perfectly normal to rent an apartment. And plenty of people lease cars. But would you ever consider doing the same with a phone? What would the ideal business model be? What are the benefits for Fairphone and our community? That’s what we’re working to uncover with our recent research and a new pilot project. […] The post From ownership to service: A new Fairphone pilot just for companies app...

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  • Over the past couple weeks we’ve been hopping around Europe to participate in a variety of events and share our story with new audiences, plus connect with our ever-delightful community members. Close to home, our community manager Douwe joined a circular economy event in Amsterdam, while founder Bas gave a presentation at the National Sustainability […] The post Events recap: On the road with Fai...

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  • Phone screens break sometimes. Even when designed to be durable, and lovingly cared for by their owners, sometimes a phone just gets unlucky. The glass is tough, but not unbreakable – and you can find a lot of phones with cracked displays in the wild. That’s one of the main reasons we designed our phones […] The post Supply chain stories: What happened with our phone displays appeared first on Fai...

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  • Cobalt is an essential material used in high-performance lithium-ion batteries, used in everything from laptops and smartphones to electric and hybrid cars. As our appetite for these products continues to grow, the demand for cobalt is growing along with it. Today, Amnesty International published a report about human rights abuses in Congolese cobalt mines. One […] The post A closer look at our ef...

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  • The Fairphone community is the backbone of our movement. Time and time again, they wow us with their energy, motivation and willingness to pitch in and help. Recently, all across Europe, Fairphoners have been organizing meet ups, swapping modules and discussing topics related to fair electronics. Keep reading to learn more about what our community […] The post Enthusiastic, motivated and helpful: ...

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  • Late last year, we introduced you to Broadway – the manufacturer making the slim cases for the Fairphone 2. After creating a shortlist of potential suppliers, we decided to work with Broadway due to their capabilities and social and environmental performance, plus their keen interest in collaborating on a variety of activities to improve working […] The post Creating a better working environment w...

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  • At Fairphone, we’re working to make phones in a way that’s better for people and the environment. Today, we were proud to see that these efforts are being recognized: In their 2017 Guide to Green Electronics, Greenpeace gave Fairphone the best grade (B) out of all the major electronics manufacturers. And it was the very […] The post Greenpeace guide: Fairphone leads the pack on the shift to greene...

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  • Back in April this year, I shared our ambitions for growing our company and improving our business operations, specifically by raising more capital and strengthening our organization. After spending my summer working towards these goals, I’m happy to share some big news: we’ve secured investments totaling € 6,5 million from pioneering impact investors who share […] The post Growing a healthy socia...

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  • The word is out! We have unveiled the latest accomplishment in our journey for fairer electronics and long-lasting design. By introducing two brand new camera modules, the Fairphone 2 has become the first smartphone with a core function that owners can upgrade by themselves. Now that the dust has slowly started to settle, we want […] The post New camera modules make the Fairphone 2 upgradeable app...

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  • As part of our mission to change how products are made, we’re taking a closer look at how to make the most of the materials in our phones when they reach the end of their useful lives. As you might suspect, recycling is a big part of the answer. In a series of blog posts, […] The post Examining the environmental footprint of electronics recycling appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • We recently shared the news that we need to stop supporting the Fairphone 1 — our first attempt at making a fairer smartphone. In his blog post, our founder and CEO Bas van Abel explained some of the reasons why we needed to make this hard decision, including the financial and supply-chain related challenges of […] The post A closer look at the spare parts supply chain appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • If you’ve been keeping an eye on our blog lately, you might be noticing a theme – we’re really interested in electronics recycling! In two earlier posts we shared the results of our research on the best available options for recycling smartphones, especially in terms of recovered materials. Plus, soon we will publish a blog […] The post Collecting used phones, from Africa to Europe appeared first ...

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  • Last Monday, members of the Fairphone team were in The Hague for the signing of a gold covenant, which aims to increase the supply of responsibly sourced gold. We were one of the signatories celebrating the kickoff of this initiative spearheaded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-signed by a variety of parties […] The post Fairphone wants to increase global supply of fair gold appeare...

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  • Just a couple months ago in April, I went to the DRC together with team member Sylvain, to continue our quest for more responsibly mined materials. This time was all about cobalt, a critical material we need to produce our battery. For some part, we were joined by a documentary crew that is following us […] The post On-site visit to cobalt mines in Congo, April 2017 appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • In February, I introduced you to the first steps of the materials scoping study that we completed with the help of The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI). To recap, we reviewed 38 materials found in the Fairphone 2 to gain a better understanding of the social and sustainability issues associated with each of them, plus the opportunities […] The post Zooming in on 10 materials and their supply chains appea...

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  • In our last customer support update, we hinted at some improvements we were working on to give you a better experience. And we’re ready to share a big one: have a look at our updated customer support section! We rearranged the layout, improved some content and added a couple of great new features to make […] The post Fairphone’s online support gets a refresh appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • At the beginning of last week, we announced to Fairphone 1 owners that we have stopped supporting our first phone. Practically speaking, this means that we will no longer sell spare parts for the Fairphone 1, and have stopped developing the software upgrade to Android 4.4. Personally and professionally, this was a bittersweet decision. The […] The post Why we had to stop supporting the Fairphone 1...

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  • For the creative sector, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the pinnacle of annual industry events. Many agencies spend years dreaming of taking home a coveted Lion award. Which is why we were very honored to hear that the design agency, seymourpowell, and the Fairphone 2 won a Gold Lion last week for […] The post The Fairphone 2 earns Gold at Cannes Lions with sustainable de...

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