I bought a used Fairphone with a broken microphone, so as soon as the device arrived, I ordered a replacement bottom module. That cost around 25€ with shipping, which is cheaper then I thought. Today at work I was checking the delivery status with DHL like crazy at every break a I took. I was pleased to find the module in my post box when I arrived at home half an our ago.
My Fairphone at the operation table with a glass of water and some food for me.
I ripped of the packaging which was made of a simple an small recycled paper box. No excess materials here — good job! As soon as I got the module in my hand, I shut off the phone and fetched a screwdriver.
Opening the case took a minute, removing the display was a snap. Soon the Fairphone was lying open in front of me.
Fairphone display and main module.
It took a simple PH0 screwdriver, four screws and less then four minutes and the old and new module were on my desk - side by side.
Can you spot the new one?
Another three minutes and the module was secured in the frame, I quickly reattached the display, locked it and put the battery in. Put the protective cover on and booted the phone. That reboot was taking longer then the repair. A few minutes later, I was reading for a test . Mission accomplished!
Less then 15 minutes after unpacking the module, the Fairphone and myself were already recharging our batteries. Charger: WakaWaka solar charger, Human food: Healthy muesli with blueberries, Book: Sibylle Berg.
That was so easy, almost ridiculous.