Just curious: how many of those 5 years did the phone receive updates and how long were spare parts sold?
Not knowing all details it seems to me that you were kind of lucky that no problems occurred. That kind of luck can happen with any phone
It actually did with my FP1 which is now well over 5 years old. Spare parts were discontinued somewhere in 2017, the last software update was even before that. And if I remember correctly they stopped selling the FP1 early 2015. Which means my FP1 is still doing fine around 4 years after it has last been sold.
So from my perspective the end-of-sales isn’t neccessarily a disappointment. Even less so as this time around the software support has improved significantly and the company was able to secure spare parts for several years.
On another note I find the FP3 is almost overdue. I think the FP2 is not really competitive if compared to new phones at half the price. I wouldn’t blame anyone being suspicous that the FP2 wouldn’t receive any more updates because the whole industry essentially doesn’t provide more than 2 major version upgrades. The Android One program represents the longest update guarantee you can get and that just means major upgrades for 2 years, security updates for 3. From the time the phone was initially sold, not when the customer buys it.
On social media I usually see the complaint that the FP2 is just at Android 7 while 9 is current. People don’t trust 4 year old hardware with a 2 year old operating system to last them for a handful of years. That’s why I think the FP3 is important now. And I’m pretty much in favor of calling it FP3, even if it was module-compatible with the FP2 (and would be some kind of FP 2.1 if you will). With a 2 in the name I would fear confusion and people might mistake it for a 2015 model when in fact it is a 2019.
Sorry Fabrice if I posted all this as a reply to your post when half of what I wrote is related to this thread in general and not to what you have said.
P.S.: what I slightly agree with is the disappointment some people expressed because of Fairphone not being specific on what happens next. “Future products” is pretty vague. Of course I could be wrong, but I’m quite sure we will see an FP3 in 2019. But what the specs will be at the moment all seems speculation at best. And I don’t fear the support for the FP2 will be dropped once the FP3 comes out.
Still, not a good time for anyone who considered buying a Fairphone recently. Not knowing how long one would have to wait and what exactly will be released is frustrating I guess.