I just noticed that the modular headphones disappeared from the store. I own a pair and I love them: they have great sound, are modular, stuck in your ears while moving, and seem to be quite sturdy overall.
So I’m wondering: anyone any idea or speculation (gossip! ) if/why they might be discontinued?
I can also just guess, but like with all the accessories and spare parts, I assume that Fairphone has no continuous production, but orders a certain amount that should last for an expected time. When the stock is empty they try to find a partner that is willing and able to produce the next batch. If they can’t find one, as with the battery for the FP1 or the bottom module of the FP2, the product is discontinued.
Also I wrote and email to Support Unit. Here the replies:
“The modular earphones are indeed no longer included in our product portfolio but we are investigating alternative options. As yet there is no timeline or further details available.”
“We have to cover the warranty period, so we keep enough stock for at least 2 years after the last one was sold.
How long they will remain in our website however depends on how fast they sell until we reached the stock volume that lasts for only warranty support.”
"No it was not a limit edition, we are just looking for a more performant and sustainable product "