🇬🇧 Interesting links / news articles somehow related to Fairphone

About Fairphone and Shiftphones


30.000 phones sold since 2014…and there were users here stating that 160.000+ Fairphones since then were noticeable less…:thinking:

Anyway the Shiftphone founders mentioned some very honorable values too:

“We actually own the mold that you need to make this battery, which we use in all our devices. This way, we can make sure you’ll always be able to get a new battery for your phone.”
Great move first of all that there is a generic part and even more as it is the most fragile part due to use.

That independence is important to the duo, who despite interest in their products, refuse to bring in outside investors to grow their company faster. “That is also our promise to our customers,” said Carsten Waldeck, “that we can’t be bought. To assure that we will still be around in 20 years.”

Although they have chosen to take the hard risky way I appreciate this move most.
There were several very interesting ideas and prototypes available in the past which were acquired by wealthy companies or investors just to be dumped or locked up.

I’m afraid that I have to revise my statement from here as we are at least on par with Apple:

Yes - we can!

"Apple, Fairphone make the cut in Greenpeace survey

Greenpeace has issued a fresh report that assesses the environmental impact of the world’s leading technology companies. It said only two firms had made significant strides to lower their environmental footprint. (17.10.2017) "

Taking a look at Apple’s new semi-giga central building I do believe that many trees and other parts of the flora and fauna had to give up their home area. I guess no solar panel or other new technology can compensate for this impact having removed things which has grown in decades.

So I would say that puts Fairphone to the top in this concern.

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It’s probably easy to miss in the blog post about Fairphone turning 5 years old, so here’s a direct link to the brand new Fairphone impact report (PDF, 67 pages)

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The article, “F-Droid: The privacy-friendly alternative to Google Play Store”: https://android.izzysoft.de/articles/named/fdroid-intro-1

This is a pretty good introductory article about F-Droid for non-techie, regular hoomans. I’d wish I had this post at hand when I started to tinker with alternative appstores; fortunately, now other people have. Share the love!


Recently featured on 35C3. Vids and PDF and wiki (for more info) here:


This video is already 3 months old, but I haven’t seen anything on the Forum yet (sorry if someone already posted it).
This is a video by TechAltar about European phone brands making a comeback:

The presentation of Fairphone is at 4’36



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Did you know that G%§$e are the good guys?
I was so wrong trying #livingwogoogle.


There’s a piece in the latest issue of Positive News about millennials changing society for the better which includes one Josh Babarinde, founder of Cracked It.

“It’s London’s social enterprise smartphone repair service, staffed by young ex-offenders and youth at risk of offending.”

I asked them if they had heard of Fairphone and got a reply in the affirmative. However they did not elaborate as to whether they’d actually repaired any.


A post was merged into an existing topic: :de: Interessante Artikel/Links zu Fairphone und fairer Elektronik

I just published an article on #livingwogoogle&co on my WriteFreely blog. Fairphone Open OS is mentioned in the Mobile Operating Systems section.

Any feedback is welcome. :slight_smile:


Some comments

  • “Let me here mention other AOSP-based browsers in general.”
    • I guess ist should be “OSes”?
  • the indentation of the item about OpenGAPPS seems to be wrong; it looks like it’s specific to a parent item (/e/ in this case), but I assume it should be on the same level as " Android based OSes"?
  • in the item about Telegram you probably should mention that - as far as I know - chats are not encrypted by default and the user has to specifically enable encryption
  • maybe you can add a reference to general ad blocking software, e.g. for Android
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Thanks. Fixed browsers -> OSes and the OpenGAPPS bullet point.
I also updated the text about Telegram (e.g. to make more clear that I’m not talking about the official client), which was suggesten by quite a few readers.
General blocking software will be added at a later date.
Thanks for the feedback. :slight_smile:

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Thanks for the article! I think it’s really a great and comprehensive reference! :+1:

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The April issue of Which? has a feature “The hidden cost of your smartphone” which mentions Fairphone … but this is all they have to say:

“Fairphone is the first smartphone brand to integrate conflict-free sourcing for all four minerals. We tested a Fairphone phone, but unfortunately it doesn’t compare well with other brands on performance.”

And that’s it. :frowning:


Thanks for this information.
I just moved your posting to this thread, as I guess it fits here well.

The article is available online:

And there is a video on this article:

The article online offers a tad bit more than those two lines cited by you.
E.g. Fairphone is leading the ranking on conflict free minerals and they state:

Unfortunately, it’s not likely to be a Best Buy any time soon. But if its ethical credentials are appealing and you’re willing to sacrifice functionality, head to our full to find out how it fared in our test lab.

The review of the Fairphone 2 on the other hand is available for paying readers only.

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4 posts were split to a new topic: Why might Fairphone have had such limited take-up in the UK

“In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 18 tablets and e-reader brands.”
Spoiler: best score is 9 out of 20 for Asus, Bookeen and Kurio.


Nice finding.
Interesting that “Pocketbook” isn’t even listed here being the 3rd biggest manufacturer.
But considering that “Foxxconn” is the final manufacturer it probably would not score too well.