Negative experience with Cordon electronics (repair) FP3

Thank you for sharing this. I did some research before but it was never that clear and now I’m convinced that it doesn’t make sense to me to change to the ways more expensive 48MP :wink:

If you’d like to try an alternative 12Mpx ~

Keep your eyes open for a giveaway as it will take me some time if you would like me to send on.

I live well of the beaten track and don’t even go to the local village except on average once a month and there is no post office there :slight_smile:

I also had a bad experience with them.

When I bought my FP3+ last Christmas it kept rebooting, once a day. After some attempts with Fairphone support I was asked to send it to Cordon, it was probably March.

You get an email when they receive the phone and one when they send it back.

They kept my phone for 50 minutes. They updated the SW and sent it back, without even waiting a couple of days to see if the intervention fixed the problem. The problem was still there when I received my phone.

I’ve just sent it again to Cordon a few days ago for another problem and I’m afraid of what could happen.


Hi max

You don’t say when you sent it, last Xmas is a while away. You also didn’t say if the 50 min SW update made any difference.

Given it could all have happened 9 months ago and you now have a different problem I wondering what the bad experience was ??

I’ve just enriched my post, thanks for warning me.

I hope it is clearer now.

The new problem is with the display, it started showing vertical lines of different colors every now and then. After a couple of weeks the lines became fixed and never disappeared so the phone was unusable.


Sorry to repeat but I don’t see how any of this is a bad experience with Cordon, which was my query :slight_smile:

On the issue of the screen I’m seen many post where similar issues arose due to the screen not being seated properly. Have you tried disassembling and reassembling the module…

Then please ask for a new thread, or start one by yourself and do the troubleshooting there, thanks…

Just to close it as I understand DeepSea remark.

If I have a problem, I send the phone to the lab, they update the SW and send it back to me without even verifying the problem is solved, and I realize it’s not solved, I call it “bad experience”.

Before sending the phone to Cordon the second time I did all what Fairphone support asked me to do (also disassembling and reassembling the display). If they asked me to send it to Cordon I guess we tried everything was reasonable trying.


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I have mixed experiences with Cordon, though in the end still quite happy (after having had troubles for 6 months).
I had noticed shortly before the first lockdown that my FP2 battery was draining very fast (probably a defect I had never noticed). I suspected hardware fault and contacted support. Two weeks later my phone stopped working, and lockdown arrived. As everything was closed I had no phone for the time being. Then when Cordon reopened, I sent my phone in, got it back with an exchanged core-module, but… battery was also draining fast again (not as fast though). I did tests with a second FP2 and nailed it down to the core-module again, so they had sent me a defective core-module (probably badly refurbished). I contacted Cordon directly again, and I got my case solved as an emergency case, I got my phone back under a week with yet another core-module (this time really functional). So I’d say the service was good, the defective spare-part was less appreciated.


Yes that seems reasonable to me too.

Must be getting senile, sorry I missed that bit, but nevertheless I have read such things can be down to the network and sim card which Cordon wouldn’t have been able to assess.

So are you saying it’s been rebooting once a day since?

Here’s hoping they can get the phone back to you soon and in a better condition than they received it.

All the best

I’m not sure what the ref to DeepSea was but I’m sure it’s not important. ??

To me this doesn’t sound like any Fairphone was treated in a different way by the repair center as conventional phones despite its modular design. Now what’s that for an option to maybe get it fixed for the costs of a brand new phone or dump the entire device. Quite ridiculous approach from my point of view. If I wanted to only have these two options I would stick to any other brand mobile.


I rather believe they couldn’t finally find the cause and therefore first “tested” to see if you really could realize a misbehave and sent you back the original core module so see if you would get back to them again for this same issue which you did shortly after (did you compare any SN or IMEI numbers?). So then in was clear for them to have it replaced.
Anyway, this all looks to me like unreliable business.

Generally I wonder how come Fairphone did not choose one out of many Fixit repair centers around. One address is in Berlin which has its repair center located in Krakow, they fixed my Pocketbook e-book reader having a memory defect…guess for which costs (out of warranty)… ~ 32€ incl. shipping. That looks reasonable to me. 1/3 of a new FP3 would had been ~ 150€ - the most expensive part the core module is about 209.90€. But having no clue and therefore replacing the entire device looks simply like bad practice and is surely no proper solution when dealing with any Fairphone .

Which kind of tests were these if you like to share?

Hey @Patrick1, I documented my issues in my first topic, have a look if you wish :slight_smile:

I don’t think so.

  1. The core-module I had, which had battery draining isues was dead when I sent it in, i.e not switching or charging and charging without a battery indicating some sort of hardware failure.
  2. They stated they had changed the core-module, if they state so but don’t do it, it’s a bit problematic.
  3. I checked IMEIs, they were different.
  4. The second core-module had battery drain problems, but not for the same reason (not a kernel wakelock permanently using the CPU), and not as much (2.5%/h instead of ~9%/h in standby).

Ok if it clearly was traceable that part(s) were changed that’s a different point. Anyway your tracking with “top” over some time surely was tiring. Hard to troubleshoot such a tricky issue. Battery drain can have so many causes specifically as phones usually don’t sleep for long time. But depending on OS generally there should be some time of sleep when the device is not actively being used.

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Topic is still alive, i just can agree with the headline.

Presumably you have some experience.
A scenario maybe that you had to send your phone for repairs via Fairphone who then employ Cordon to fix an issue they accept responsibility for.

Knowing the problem and detail may be useful to others, but surely if the problem is still there then it’s Fairphone who are to take the flack not Cordon as we don’t know what Cordon were detailed to do??

It is just the same story. Cordon detects oxidations somewhere, then no warranty ,repair quote 300€. They don´t try to fix it, they don´t check if the oxidation is really the problem.

Imagine being the repair technician. Cleaning oxidation would not result in a reliable repair.
Also if the oxidation is discovered how? There are markers to show water ingress, once that is discovered there are few options.
The technician can test the parts individually and then give you a quote for the non-working part, which is maybe what they did.

Clearly once there is water damage then there’s no chance of using the warranty.

So how could it be fixed, not under warranty and the only reliable option is to replace the defective parts. If that’s the core module, which I imagine is the most sensitive then 300 euros is the cost.

I don’t see how else they could ‘try to fix it’

I used to work on electronics, radar and missiles, so I have some idea of the issues.

It’s an unpleasant shock to get a quote of hundreds of euros but that’s the cost of a guaranteed repair.


Clearly once they don´t detect water damage, they don´t detect water ingress, they detect oxidation. This not the same, but this is an other (un)fairphone story.

If my company wanted sustainability, I would instruct support to always test whether there is a way to save the device. And then to propose, for example: We could clean it and then maybe it will work. Since we want us to have satisfied customers, the trial does not cost anything, of course. Because nothing is worse for a company than dissatisfied customers.

How do you know they didn’t detect water ingress/damage. The two markers on the core module are hidden to a simple module replacement user option so you wouldn’t know. ~ Unless you dismantled the core module housing which then means you’ve voided the warranty.

Can you confirm the bottom module ‘sensor’ was still white when you sent it in?

What is this ‘trial’ that does not cost anything?

You might want to have a look at this article on iFixIT regarding Water Damage. Please read the second part on “Cleaning Circuit Boards” carefully. And then come again with doing this (i.e.; just to begin with: “Completely disassemble your device removing all cables, opening all connectors and remove shields to access under them.”) for free.
Plus, while the cleaning/repair might seem to have been a successful one, the device might fail some time sooner or later due to the water damage/oxidation. And if the repair would be successful, you would still have to tell the customer, that the phone might fail later again, but that the bill now is for 2 working hours plus parts’n’stuff plus tax, postage and packaging, making it as expensive as a new core module (though this is just wild guesswork on my behalf).
No company, especially not a small one can really afford that kind of policy. Even more so, as water damage is in general on the user.