Originally published at: Proving our case: Fairphone 2 is sold out! - Fairphone
When Fairphone was founded five years ago, we set out to show the industry, and the world, that a fairer way is possible. Longer-lasting design, fairer material sourcing, better working conditions, and improved methods of reuse and recycling were our main goals.
The Fairphone 2 was our chance to prove that all of this is possible, and that people are hungry for more sustainable, ethical options. This groundbreaking device has now been on the market for a record three years and nine months, proving that there is a clear demand for sustainable electronics.
It is somewhat bittersweet therefore, to announce that we have sold out of nearly all Fairphone 2s. A few are still available new from our partners, while we have one remaining batch of refurbished units which will come back in stock in the coming weeks, but when those are sold, it will mark the end of Fairphone 2 sales. While the Fairphone 2 will no longer be available in our webshop as of now, we will continue to support the Fairphone 2 and the sale of Fairphone 2 spare parts.
Even though the phone is out of stock, we’ll still be selling spare parts.
As you’d expect, there will still be:
- Spare Fairphone 2 parts sold online
- Continued customer support
- Android development and updates
- Fairphone 2 sold by a selection of our partners in the coming months (click here to find out where you can buy).
We’ve stockpiled spare parts with the purpose of having them available for a minimum of three years after the last Fairphone 2 is sold so you can keep on maintaining your phone. Customer Support will also continue to answer your questions and troubleshoot with you.
We’ve got dedicated resources working on the further development of Android 7 with the aim of providing security patches and bug fixes and we’re also investigating the possibility of doing another Android upgrade to a higher version. As the only phone in the business that pulled off the Android 7 upgrade on the Snapdragon 801 chipset, we’ve got quite a challenge ahead of us. Where other companies continue with minimal maintenance on supported hardware; we’re now deep into the unexplored territory of software R&D. But those of you helping us on that journey know it’s part of what drives changes in the industry.
With the support of Fairphone 2 owners, we keep moving closer to a fairer industry.
We’re all in this together, to change the electronics industry for the long term. We are so grateful for your support and for what we have achieved because of it: the first modular, repairable smartphone, with a user-installable camera upgrade, two software system upgrades, and a supply chain containing Fairtrade gold and conflict-free tin, tungsten and tantalum — all of this to show the electronics industry that a different production dynamic is possible.
Showing that there is a market for more sustainable electronics is a strong signal to the industry – and one that we will keep on sending. What an incredible foundation from which to take our next steps in product development… we’re only just getting started on what a “Fairphone” truly means and focussing on our product roadmap. If you want to stay up to date with the latest developments for our future products – stay tuned here.