In first place, sorry for my english.
I live in Brazil and I liked the ideology of the company, with environmental concern. My question is:
- What would be the way to buy a fairphone?
- Fairphone work with carriers here in Brazil?
Thanks for all.
Right now Fairphone is only producing for and shipping in Europe, this means that to get the phone you would need to have it shipped somewhere within Europe and then carry it back to Brazil or have someone ship it there for you.
This is because, as I understand, Fairphone still doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle distribution and support outside the Old Continent.
There might also be issues with the technical specifications, in fact I think that there could be incompatibilities with certain networks different from those in Europe, although this is something I don’t know in details (you can check this recent thread about Fairphone in the US for an idea about outside-Europe compatibility).
However, I don’t think it is much relevant because unless you want to go the double-shipping route, you’ll need to wait for when Fairphone will be available for Brazil.
They have in fact plans to expand to other markets and when they do, the phone will certainly be “compatible”.
In conclusion you have to wait some more time to get a Fairphone, but you’ll certainly get a better, more mature one when it’ll be Brazil’s turn.
The information here https://fairphone.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201319993-What-are-the-exact-frequency-bands-of-the-Fairphone-Will-it-work-everywhere-
and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM_frequency_bands
and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands#Deployments_by_region_.28UMTS-FDD.29
suggest that the FP will indeed work in Brazil (both GSM, i.e. 2G/Edge, and UMTS, i.e. 3G). In other countries in Latin America, GSM (calls and 2G/Edge data traffic) will probably work, too.
But of course shipping might still be a nuisance, and I don’t think that the FP team can give any guarantees that it will work.
Oh, and you can set up the FP with Portuguese as your system language