Friday, May 31, 2013

Fairphone is here...or almost

Last week Fairphone opened pre-orders for their first handset, a smartphone that will be produced by putting people and the environment first. To start production, they need to sell 5,000 devices before 14th June. The phone costs €325, including taxes. Profits will fund future interventions in the supply chain, funding a progressive model for change. If you, or people in your circle of friends want to support our campaign, please go to Buy a phone, start a movement.
They are hoping that their crowdfunding campaign will prove that there is real customer demand for a product that focuses on improving social and environmental conditions, over and above merely improving technological ones, while connecting consumers in new ways with the people and communities behind their products. Fairphone’s first handset will contain conflict-free minerals, tin and tantallum from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and be made in a factory where a specially established fund in development will ensure living wages are distributed amongst workers. They will provide transparency about its bill of materials, its costs breakdown and its first-tier suppliers. The phone’s design will feature Dual SIM capability, a replaceable battery and a rootable operating system. Taking into consideration the full lifespan of the product, they have joined existing e-waste programs, have a phone sell back program and offer spare parts of all crucial components through our sales channels. 

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