I moved to New York for a year in September 2019. And since then, I have been living a life off the grid thanks to my FP2.
Overall, I must say I am really disappointed with the experience I had with my fp2. Since the first month of purchase, the mic, the camera and the battery have been faulty, never had the chance to fully appreciate this not so tiny gadget in its full functionality. Having said that, I assumed it was OK, since I thought of it as an experimental project. But seeing there is a FP3, instead of working towards a fully functioning ethical phone and capitalizing on the brand image, negates the whole idea about the critique of consumerism: hence I rant.
FP2 is not compatible with most of the network carriers in the USA. I had a Mint number/subscription, and it has been a total failure. There’s no way I can use the internet, unless there’s a WiFi I can connect to. And with the Wi-Fi, every time I wanted to connect, first I had to turn on and off the plane mode so that FP2 could rescan and find available WiFis. Apart from the internet roaming, the network coverage was not there either. I got used to this, as I tried to think of it as being forced to decrease the amount I spent over the phone. But then, suddenly, the phone stopped charging itself. At first, the battery started to drain itself. Like turning on the phone and literally watching the battery charge amount dropping to 0 as the phone was loading itself. And now, it simply can not be charged. The screen flashes, as if it is being disconnected from the power source in every millisecond. While other phones can be charged through the same power source/cord/cable, FP2 can just not charge itself.
And if it’s a faulty battery situation, or something wrong with the bottom mic/charger part, I can’t get any spare parts to shipped over here. So practically, my FP2 is dead in the US, might resurrect once I am back in the European soil.
I am really frustrated. The lack of responsibility on the consumer-end, the implication of keeping people update their phones with a new model rather than providing solutions to improve their existing phones makes me question the model FP promotes.