Fairphones sold 2013-2019

With today’s release of Fairphone’s Impact Report vol. 2 [please discuss other aspects of the Impact Report elsewhere], we also got a tiny bit of extra numbers on a favourite topic of us statistics obsessed folks: Fairphones sold since the company’s inception. I have combined these with the number of FP3s that @Stanzi was able to elicit from @lorahaspels earlier this year, past sale numbers from a German newspaper article from late summer 2018 plus the widely known numbers of 25000 FP1s and 35000 FP1Us sold in 2013 and 2014. I wasn’t able to research an exact number for the oft-forgotten small-scale sale of the final batch of FP1Us in the first quarter of the year 2015, but it was around 1000 devices. Please let me know if you find better data.


Complementary notes:

  • Each column indicates the number of Fairphones sold in a year (not delivered). Remember while the whole FP1 first edition was sold over the course of the year 2013, the vast majority of these devices were only delivered in early 2014.
  • Fairphone counts devices sold to resellers as sold (so even when those keep sitting on their stock, they count as sold in the stat), so that’s what went into the graph.
  • Where Fairphone’s own numbers (slightly) differ from the 2018 newspaper article, I chose to regard Fairphone’s numbers as more exact and/or more up-to-date
  • I deduced the number of FP2s sold in 2019 by subtracting Lora’s number from the 2019 total released today.
  • Fairphone states a total of 182999 Fairphone sold since 2013. If you make the math, that is far below the cumulated number of my data compilation above (nearly 220000). As of now, I simply cannot explain this difference.

Feel free to provide more/better data if you have a proper source for it! :slight_smile:


@lorahaspels’s number was also 200k Fairphones sold in total if you check. So if 182999 FPs sold is the real number, well… There’s a problem :sweat_smile:
Perhaps Lora’s number was more or less approximate and this is where the difference comes from?

(Disclaimer: I didn’t read the report yet.)

I guess resellers will not sit idly on stock forever at their own risk.
In trade, there’s a business model with which you sell stuff for vendors, so you buy the stuff first, then try to sell it with a profit margin, and if you can’t sell everything you bought, you return what’s left after a certain period of time and get reimbursed by the vendors.
I’m missing the technical term for this model at the moment, but there would be a difference if sales numbers wouldn’t be handled consistently regarding such returns.

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I found another article from Forbes stating that Fairphone would have sold 175k FPs end of august 2019. Which would bring us not far from 220k or 230k currently. I don’t know if it’s reliable though and I haven’t found the source of this data yet.

Probably too simple :angel: but:
Difference between Fairphone’s total and mine: 36351
FP1U total (2014+2015): 36000 (including my vague 2015 FP1U guess)

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You think they wouldn’t have counted the FP1s? That would seem strange…

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Did you count in the numbers for the FP2 New Life edition?

Edit: Ah, just read that the numbers do not include FP2 New Life edition. Sorry!

I think the yearly numbers for the FP1 and FP1U are not correct, because a total of 60,000 was produced. So, where do the 1,000 units come from? (The first generation was sold until February 2015, so I think the number ratio for the years 2014 and 2015 could be a little different.)

I’ve found a better link for the number 35000 and added one for the number 1000 (see starting post). It’s not clear to me whether the final 1000 batch in February 2015 was part of the planned 35000 or on top of it. Either way, it makes for a difference of just 1000, not 36000.

Bas van Abel published an article in February 2015 and mentioned a total of 60,000 Fairphones of the first generation:

That’s the FP1 and FP1U.

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