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Sell without camera's

The product page says:

If you don’t need it, we don’t include it.

But it only refers to accessories. For my smartphone I don’t need a front-facing camera (never make selfies). Would be cool if I’d be able to leave that out too on my purchase.

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If you’re talking about FP3

It also contains everything you need for clear calls, like the receiver, 3.5mm earphone jack, secondary microphone and proximity sensor.

So you would want to keep it.

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I think the front camera is an indispensable part of a smartphone for the vast majority of users – and primarily for video calls rather than selfies. So I think the small size of the group of buyers who would want to have an FP3 without a front camera would make it a net loss endeavour for Fairphone to re-construct the whole phone in order to isolate the front camera into its very own standalone-module.

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Fair enough. I thought it was already a separate module.

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Remember that there are free FP3 cameras on the market from people who replaced their FP3 cameras with FP3+ cameras. So it still could be interesting to buy a new FP3(+) without cameras.
Or (easier for new users) Fairphone could collect the old cameras and sell phones with them at a reduced price. That would increase the recycling! :grinning:

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Probably not economical. If the camera costs are A then a second hand older version will be A-2. Then as the phone are made in China it would require Fairphone to ask for a ‘different’ product which wouldn’t be much less that FP3

Then it requires either sending the cameras to China or using their repair facilities to make the swap.

I image sending to China is a no go ‘sustainably’ and economically and as for using the repair centre ~ uneconomical.

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While I agree, that it is most likely not be fesible businesswise / economically, there is another way than reconstructing the whole phone.
Fairphone could offer a top module with a dummy instead of a camera. And the main (back) camera could be replaced by a dummy as well.
Such a (dummy) model could be sold for companies/users, that require a no-photo device.

But that could be something for future developement, as I don’t expect the demand to be sufficient for such a phone from Fairphone right now. Diversification of the model-range surely would need higher sales numbers.
But that’s just wild guessing on my site, as I don’t know those numbers.

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