Less than 3 years ago I bought a Fairphone 3 because of the company’s claims about longevity and environmental footprint. My phone stopped working this July after it overheated for no apparent reason. Fairphone repair centre sent me a quote for 337,61 euros for the repair and said that the phone stopped working because of an electronic fault on the motherboard.
I was very disappointed with the quote given as I may as well buy a new phone for that amount of money, and mainly because I bought the phone believing that it was going to last as Fairphone claims to be a brand that cares about designing for longevity and aims to make phones which hardware will last as long as possible (claims from Fairphone’s website). Mine lasted less than 3 years because its hardware stopped working through no fault of my own.
Fairphone website states: ‘We design for longevity, easy repair, and modular upgrades. Our goal is to make your phone’s hardware last as long as possible, and to provide the support to keep its software up to date. The longer you can keep your phone, the smaller its environmental footprint.’
Fairphone’s claims sadly do not match my experience, my phone did not last and cannot be repaired by myself because Fairphone does not sell the electronic card/motherboard.
I have asked for my phone to be returned to me unrepaired a MONTH ago and I still have not received it or given a delivery date.