As part of a reply to a question concerning a fail-function of my FP1 I received from a member of the support team this information:
“software development has priority in finishing the software for Fairphone 2”
And no solution for my concern…
This very disappointing!
I bought the FP1 with the intention to have a SUSTAINABLE phone. Now it turns out, that the FP1 it not more sustainable than phones from Samsung and others - and worst: LESS sustainable!
Sustainability of hardware in first instance is a matter of being able to update it with up to date software to use this hardware as long as possible instead of buying an new hardware each two or three years and making the old hardware to e-waste. This is given for Samsung and many others, for example based on cyanogenmod.
For the FP1 this is NOT given - and there is no working cyanogenmod-solution due to the few users of FP1 compared with the number of users of other phones.
Giving priority to a new hardware (FP2) means, to offend against the principles of sustainability.
So, my conclusion is:
I will try to sell my FP1 and buy a Samsung or HTC or whatever - a phone with a lot of users and therefore with a much better guaranty for working SW-upgrades (in the minimum based on cyanogenmod). And in no case a FP2 with still not so many users and a quite high price.
But I am afraid, that it will be very hard to sell an old FP1 with an outdated Android and facing the upcoming FP2.
So: My FP1 will end as e-waste - like all other phones and therefore also becoming a very unfair phone!