I am having the same problems many people seem to have had with their FP1s:
- The USB charging socket is dodgy and only chargers when the cable is held at a certain angle.
- The battery goes flat incredibly quickly - from say 60% to 15% in a matter of minutes.
- Even when my phone is on charge, with the red charging light - it does not charge. It stays on (for example) 35% for the time the charger is plugged in, and as soon as i take it out it immediately falls to (for example) 18%.
This wouldn’t be too much of a problem if i could easily get hold of a new battery and replace the USB connector, but as this forum tells us, this is increasingly impossible. The motherboard is unavailable to buy, and somewhat unbelievably, Fairphone don’t have batteries available.
This is slightly mind-boggling to me - how are we supposed to extend the life of our phones when we can’r replace the battery? I don’t really know what to do now… if it gets any worse, my phone will just be unusable.
It seems like my only option is to find a phone repair shop who is willing to do difficult soldering to replace the USB - I assume at a high cost (that’s if I can even find a shop to do it, which a lot of people seems to be struggling to do). And even then, I still have a pretty duff battery, which I am struggling to replace.
I love Fairphone, and everything about them - I think this is a great project and want to support it. My phone is nearly 3 years old, and I can’t afford to buy a FP2 atm. At the least, I would have hoped that my phone would be as easy as possible to repair when broken, and that Fariphone would make it as easy as possible by having all the parts I need in stock.
Anyone have any brilliant ideas that have not been talked about previously?