I wanted to let you know that the Fairphone team is working on an update with production news for Fairphone 2 owners and community members.
Since the time we hit our crowdfunding goal the last week of September, we have been working to finalize and test the final prototype and get started for building pilot phones. I’ve taken some of your questions already and answered them in this thread of questions after the crowdfunding period.
As I understand it, the top questions from the community still to be answered are:
Examples of photos with the Fairphone 2 camera
Spare part prices
Battery tests or reports
Production photos and delivery timeline!
I can’t promise we’ll have all these issues answered this week, but we’ll try our best. If you have more questions, feel free to write them below. You’ll hear from us soon with more news on production.
My name is Niklas, I’m 14 years old and live in the east of Austria. At first I have to say that I’m learning English only at school, so it’s not perfect, but anyway I hope you’ll understand me When I first read about Fairphone, I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea and the company. Now I visit fairphone.com at least every second day. Espically in September, I often visited the web page to see how many fairphones were sold and I was very happy to see that at the end of September more than 17000 fairphones were sold. But after the crowdfunding period I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t see the latest sell numbers. So do you now how many fairphones are sold yet?
The german website “mobiflip.de” reports, that the delivery of the first Fairphone 2 is delayed to December: http://www.mobiflip.de/fairphone-2-auslieferung-doch-erst-im-dezember/
Their source of information ist the Fairphone-website/-shop. They should have digged a bit deeper, maybe here in the forum, to get their information checked …
Two users clarify the situation in the comments (me included), but maybe the Fairphone-Team can contact them because of the publication of false information
I’d be curious whether during distribution there will be an instruction on how to root the phone. Would that be voiding warranty (because if you do a mistake during rooting you can destroy the entire phone)?
I’d be interested in setting my phone up exactly the way I want to before using it every day.
This is not entirely correct. Rooting in itself is not dangerous. It’s unlocking the bootloader on locked down phones. Sometimes, people say rooting, when they mean unlocking the bootloader also. Depending on device, unlocking can brick your phone. Fairphone stated that the bootloader will be unlocked, and that you will be able to install alternative oses. See blog post about Jolla, for example. Also, I think I remember a post or blog entry that even rooted you will not automatically lose warranty.
lklaus is right: unlocking is dangerous. I unlocked several phone and once had a Huawei nearly bricked. But Huawei has a mechanism to reload firmware with a not answering phone (I don’t know of other phones but samsung).
Rooting is easy: find the right “superSU.zip” for your phone and store it at root (main-folder) of your SD-card, unlock phone’s bootloader, insert SD-card, start phone in bootloader-mode, chose install ZIP, chose superSU.zip from SD-card and install. Ready.
Whats makes rooting dangerous is the ability to change everything on your phone e.g. delete any file from system and doing so to make your phone unusable.
I’ll ask @Douwe, our new Community Manager, to check in on the question about rooting with our software team. And @humorkritik, I saw your thread but I don’t have any info to share about the camera shutter.