It is not like Fairphone had provided Fairphone maintenance until yesterday. So the very first premise is incorrect.
Displays have been unavailable for a year already. Batteries have been in short supply for ages. Motherboards have been unavailable for months and months, and the last minor update of the OS is ages ago. The only thing we, the users have seen since are endless promises of a coming update, of spare parts that would eventually become available again etc. Jesus coming real soon this time…
So all in all, as an FP1U user, I have seen active maintenance happening for just under two years, which is pretty miserable for a device advertised for longevity.
I did expect more. Now I have returned to buying second hand phones again and putting custom ROMs onto them, for me, that’s the most ethnical and sustainable thing I can possibly do. Will I give Fairphone another chance? Not before some years have passed and they have a proven track record that they can do better. Because the experience with the FP2 also seems pretty sobering. Some of the components seem to be of poor quality and spare parts are also in short supply already. At this point I don’t have trust that they will be really able to ensure a life of 5 years as they have promised.