The reasons I went for the FP3+
Why did i need another phone?
4 years ago, I bought a second hand phone, because it seemed as sustainable as the FP project. All went well, until the morning where I woke up, but the phone didn’t.
What choice did I have?
I had the choice between going for another used phone, but I was concerned about which brand I would choose to “promote by using it”. After several hours of research, and reading allegations about all the phone brands I could find in the local second hand shop, the decision was clear: I want to promote a brand that has clear principles of fairness.
What are the upsides of Fairphone?
The phone is designed to be opened. Defectious modules can be changed. Something is no longer working? Only replace this module! The modularity isn’t unlimited, and I hope that my support to the company will help improve this.
Which step further did I do?
While buying the FP, I saw that it would be possible to install another OS without losing warranty. I looked up the OS they were talking about. After some reflection, I went for e.foundation, because it seemed to be my personal best fit. The upside is that my phone is now completely degooglized, apps depending on GSF will be stuck on an Island or in a Shelter). The downside is that some apps won’t run under /e/, because the world seems to depend on a single company. This being said, the stock OS is fully compatible with all apps.
What could Fairphone improve?
The best case scenario would be to keep the current hardware structure and build every future improvement on it. In this case, only the needed components would be exchanged over time.
Why is Fairphone the best fit for me?
- It has clear considerations for the environnment. One example being the strict limited plastic used in the packaging, which in my case were tools to apply the screen protection.
- It has clear considerations for the workers. Whereas with other brands I am concerned about child-workers, here I am confident that it isn’t happening.
- Event if it’s not the last and fastest technology, it is still powerful. Most of the tools we are using have much more potential than we’re actually using.
- It’s time to change the way we’re thinking.
Fairphone offers a sustainable product, socially fair and needing less ressources on the long run. It is also fair with the costumer who wants to customize the product. The brand’s principles are compatible with mine.