Welcome! Introduce yourself here!

Hi I’m arobbo, currently in Australia.
I’ve registered on the Fairphone forums for one single, simple goal. BRING THE FAIRPHONE TO OZ!
I cannot believe that we aren’t already in the market zone for the company - which clearly has put the “Smart” back into “Smartphone” for all the right reasons. I like to tinker - build my own desktops, repair and upgrade laptops, I love Puppy Linux, my (vintage) 'phones run LineageOS and /e/ - because I make a firm commitment to my role in Earth’s ecosystem and will not stoop to the false economy that currently infects our planet. Bring it on home, Fairphone!
Best Wishes,
arobbo in Australia

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Hi, I’m Erica Garcia from India… Accidentally, got to know about fairphone when crawling the internet. I still don’t know more about this product…However, I hope one day it will reach to the other part of the world and will be a great competitor to all the existing smartphone manufacturers

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Hi @arobbo and @EricaR,

welcome to this forum.
I guess your desires are recognized by Fairphone, as the techcrunch article based on an interview with Bas von Abel shows.

Though it seems, they will be aiming at the US-market first.

If you want to learn more about fairphone, there is a real library of information on the Fairphone homepage in the category “Story”.
They have lots of reports like the new “Impact Report Vol. 2


And you can of course search the web for reviews etc.
A first list of Fairphone articles can be found here:

(I even found an Indian homepage. :smile: )

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Hi there!

I am Xavier, from Metz in the North-East of France (and I work in Luxembourg)
I have no FairPhone… yet… but I am interested in buying one sooner or later.
I am indeed not a big phone buyer (I have had something like 8 phones, not all smart, since 1995) and I have repaired by myself my current Huawei Mate 9 (with the main camera from the broken one of my wife), so I am already sharing the Fairness. :wink:

Now I have created my account here today, because even if I had already heard about FairPhone long ago, it has come again in my mind this morning when I have read this article:

I hope to keep my Mate 9 a fair time, but when it will become too old, I will certainly buy a FairPhone! :smiley:

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Hi all,

After many years working at Fairphone, and having been part of this adventure since I joined Bas van Abel in 2011 to start this organization from scratch, I have not been much part of the forum. We have always had great people that have been able to participate and I have been focussing in some of our impact projects. But there is some change coming and I felt it was fair to introduce myself to the community.

My background is in Product Design Engineering and Strategic design, and I am passionate about making products more sustainable but also products that can help us behave more sustainably. After being Circular Innovation Lead for some years, I’m transitioning to the Product Team as Design Lead which is exciting! I will be sitting at the beginning of product creation and will allow me to focus in integrating all I have learned about environmental sustainability and circular economy. I also host our Fairphone podcast (Fairtalks), in collaboration with our Brand Website owner Jan.

A bit more personal, I live in Rotterdam, I cycle a lot (sometimes to our office in Amsterdam), and I like cooking too much. I love close-to-reality dystopian stories, specially when they take form on a stage in a theatre.

I see you around!

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Always nice to see one of the “founding fathers & mothers” of Fairphone say hello here. :slight_smile: And glad to see you are not just staying on board, but taking on new challenges. :+1:

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Hi everyone.

I’m Charlie and I’ve been after a Fairphone for years but my Samsung just would not stop working!! It finally gave up after 8 years and so I treated myself to my Fairphone 3plus a couple of weeks ago. I love it!

I work in education as a teacher and as an “Learning for Sustainability” adviser in Scotland. I’ve already done a mining workshop with teachers which was great.

I’d be keen to do an online session for teachers with guest speakers, Fairphone ambassadors, other teachers. I’d be keen to link it with Global Goals 9:Industry and Innovation, 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (protecting Rights)

If anyone would be willing to help via Zoom, please let me know.

The organisation I work for is www.afairerworld.org.uk and we are one of 5 Development Education Centres in Scotland. I’m sure the other centres would like to be involved too.

Thanks,

Charlie

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Hi everyone,

I’m Maro. I am an IT engineer from Germany and have interest in various IT projects, usually in context of FOSS. This led to a Stockholm syndrome-like obsession with progress bars. I couldn’t prevent myself from tinkering with the software of my first smartphone, and that trait seems somewhat written into my DNA with permanent marker. On the other hand, hardware issues need to be simple enough I can solve them by a screwdriver and patience.
Combining that with what the company Fairphone stands for brought me here. Being welcome to do with that phone whatever I want feels like coming home, and reading in that forum makes me feel I’m not the only one. So here I am. I’ll try to be helpful on places I can. Don’t be surprised to meet me near LineageOS threads and other niche topics. Let’s have a great time and enjoy ourselves!

Take care!

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Welcome!
Have fun with this forum and your Fairphone.
You are totally right, that there are quite a few likeminded people in this forum and help developing alternative software/OS for the Fairphone is always welcome.

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Ciao a tutti dall’Italia mi chiamo Nicola,sono un orgoglioso possessore del Fp3 da un mese,felice di fare parte della community.

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Hello everyone!

I was know as the_moreira here but know my username is m_moraque, thanks to @Alex.A! My name is Mario and I am from Spain. I am a community member since june 2020 but I have known Fairphone since some years before. I think I haven’t introduced myself until know so with the username change in mind, here I am!

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Hello everyone :smiley:
I never introduced myself after so much time here, so let me do so!

I’m Alex, a French teenager from Nantes. I discovered Fairphone through my brother a few years ago when he bought his FP2, and then I got a FP2 New Life Edition from the last batch in June 2019. This was my entry to the smartphone and android world. I discovered more and more things and was (and still am!) enthusiast about the values and ethics of FP. I remember the first time I booted into TWRP by mistake, I was afraid of resetting my phone :face_with_hand_over_mouth:
I joined the forum in February, got some useful and friendly help, and decided I would involve myself as well in helping others. And here I am! :blush:

I am also involved in some ecological projects in my town :seedling:, I play guitar :guitar:, theatre :performing_arts:, and various other things as well.

This is also an occasion for me, as @m_moraque, to introduce a change in my username, I decided to change it from @Alex21 to @Alex.A. So now please mention me as @Alex.A! :blush:

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I love this :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I’ve just realised I had never formelly introduced myself either after all these years: I’ve joined in October 2015, before even receiving my first Fairphone :sweat_smile:

I’m Antoine, 32 years old, from France, I now live in Montpellier (South of France) but grew up in the Parisian suburb, lived 5 years is Paris, where, after some video editing studies, I also studied teaching, which both didn’t quite fit me, so I became animator for children in schools and daycare centers for almost 10 years, with a world tour inbetween : I’ve travelled through South-East Asia, Australia and New-Zealand for almost 2 years.
When I came back to France, I didn’t really want to settle back in the expensive, polluted and grey Paris, so I settled in Montpellier the year after, where I had some family to host me at first, still working as a daycare animator for children. But now I start to really be fed up with the precarity of the job (it’s almost impossible to decently live with it if you’re not official, which is rare and getting harder and harder) and now with COVID19, I want some more change, so I’ll try different jobs, starting by helping with the pandemic situation.

As for hobbies, I love going to the cinema - my teenage’s sagas and blockbusters (Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbeans…) are always in my head - and making short films with groups of kids and teenagers (with some basic special effects, they love it), I’m fond of playing theatre - especially improvisation - and videogames - especially Nintendo’s : I grew up with Pokémon, absolutely loved Kid Icarus Uprising on 3DS, became fan of Zelda (playing Zelda BOTW for more than 400h (!) now, but also Mario Kart, Ring Fit Adventure…), I love dreaming, philosophy, talking about politics! Imagining a fairer world while watching the stars in summer until very late…

About Fairphone, a friend from improv’ theater talked about it to me, and a few years after, that’s when I was in Auckland, working in door-to-door fundraising for Amnesty International that I received in January 2016 my first FP2, which I had pre-ordered 6 month earlier!
So I’ve owned a FP2 from launch - several actually, if we consider the 3 swaps due to technical issues, and I’m not even mentioning the numerous modules received under warranty :sweat_smile: The joys of being “one of the first 17,418”…
But tired by all the issues that remained that tested my patience and commitment to the Fairphone cause - the battery length, the bugs, random reboot and slooooow photo taking - I’ve given it to my father (whose it’s the first smartphone, so he doesn’t bother much) when FP3 came out last year and decided to give Fairphone another chance… So I now own an FP3 - also from day 1 - and except for falling letters of the back cover and a small issue with the privacy filter protective glass, the phone’s working like a charm!
Being a follower of Fairphone for all these years made me want to imply more on the forum, and in real life, so I’ve become an Angel, even if my lack of technical knowledge pulled me from organising events, but I’ve just decided to move forward and launched the Montpellier community topic a few days ago.

I try my best to act ecologically, sustainably, responsibly, even if it is hard in this overconsumption society, which is why I really enjoy watching companies like Fairphone grow from a baby activist company to a bigger social entreprise. I enjoy watching more and more people getting to realise social injustices or about the environmental crisis… In other words: getting conscious of our impact. Better late than never! I like to learn about similar companies and social and ecological activism, so if you get to know any new similar company, feel free to let us know in the forum! :blush:

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This is my cue! Born French, spent 10 years in Ethiopia, now I call Lower Saxony/Germany my home. Intent on encouraging freedom, be it either human rights, data ownership or communication. Being a technical noob, this implies I spend huge amounts of time on using non-mainstream systems without really mastering them. But I love it. So for me Fairphone is just the natural must-have which was called for. Nothing is perfect but to move things on a good path is a source of satisfaction. I am deeply grateful to all those technically versed co-fairphoners who enable my stumbling efforts :slight_smile:

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Hallo ihr alle,
ich bin T.S. Spivet (das ist natürlich nicht mein richtiger Name, aber ich bin lieber vorsichtig, den mit Fremden im Internet zu teilen, obwohl ich nichts schlechtes über euch denke…)
Ich bin 15 Jahre alt und wohne in Deutschland, ich kann also Deutsch und Englisch sprechen. Ich habe Mitte letzten Jahres ein Fairphone 3 bekommen und zum Glück noch fast keine der hier im Forum vielbeschriebenen Probleme damit gehabt. Ich interessiere mich einerseits für Technik/Elektronik/Reperaturen und wie dieser ganze Kram funktioniert und andererseits für Sicherheit/Privatsphäre/FOSS usw. (Und natürlich für Umweltschutz und Nachhaltigkeit)
Schön, dass ich mich hier mit anderen Leuten austauschen und diskutieren kann und hoffentlich Antworten auf eventuelle Fragen finde.
Einen schönen Tag euch allen,
T.S.

Hello everybody,
I’m T.S. Spivet (that’s not my real name of course, but I’d rather be careful sharing that with strangers on the internet, although I don’t think anything bad about you guys…).
I’m 15 years old and live in Germany, so I can speak German and English. I got a Fairphone 3 in the middle of last year and fortunately have had almost none of the problems described here in the forum. I am interested in technology/electronics/repairs and how all this stuff works on the one hand and security/privacy/FOSS etc. on the other hand. (And of course for environmental protection and sustainability)
Nice to be able to share and discuss with other people here and hopefully find answers to any questions I may have.
Have a great day everyone,
T.S.

Partly translated with the help of www.DeepL.com/Translator

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Hi, I am José from France (Troyes)
I am expecting to buy a FP 3+ by the end of this year :).

I am a Free/Libre and Open Source Concept fan. Software, hardware, …
And I am expecting to promote Fairphone :slight_smile:

Feel free to contact me if you are located near Troyes :slight_smile:

Best regards, jrd10 - José


Bonjour, je suis de Troyes (France).
Je pense acheter un FP3+ d’ici la fin de la l’année.

Si vous êtes des environs de Troyes, n’hésitez pas à me contacter :).

J’ai vu que le FairPhone était vendu dans les boutiques Orange ?!
Je l’achèterai sur le site FairPhone.com :slight_smile:

Amicalement, José jrd10

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Dear Fairphone community, my English knowledge not the best, so I asked my friend translate :slight_smile:

Please allow me to share my story with you.

I consider myself to be an eco-conscious, green person. I had heard about Fairphone for a while, and planned to buy one, although it’s not too cheap. Last September, I ended up buying a used Fairphone 3. With the phone change, I bid farewell to the Google world at the same time, I removed Android from the phone. I installed an /e/OS system instead, which I am happily using ever since, even though it has some room for improvement and it is not meant for an average user just yet. I got used to the new mobile OS, that there is no cloud saving etc. Fairphone worked out very well for me, and I decided to get another one for my wife, as our earlier phones are more than 2 years old and are noticeably ageing.

One day, I saw an advertisement about a used but fairly new Fairphone 3+. I got excited as it is very rare to see such an advertisement here in Hungary. The only disappointing thing was the roughly €450 price tag, so I passed. A month later, the price was lowered to about €320. I called the seller, and it turned out that there is no warranty on the phone, but it is functional. I then wrote to Fairphone support to ask if there is any warranty based on the IMEI number. They soon replied that a payment receipt is required for a warranty, but also that this IMEI is reported to them as a stolen or lost phone. I called the seller with the updates, and he said they are aware of it, they are specialised on selling devices which are lost or get stuck at the post office. I told him I am still interested nevertheless, so we agreed on a discounted price of €180. It was apparent that this phone was rather a burden for them, people weren’t interested in buying it, and they had no clue about the values and spirit of Fairphone. I, on the other hand, was attracted to it for precisely this reason. They sent the prepayment request and the bill, and I transferred the money.

A few days later, the seller called me that they are going to refund me as the phone is not turning on, it is only vibrating. I got disappointed, but I asked him to send me the phone anyway, as I already have a similar phone so I could use this other one for spare parts, like the battery or the microphone, not to mention the front and rear cameras of the 3+. They did send me the phone and I enthusiastically got to disassembling it with a screwdriver. However, someone totally damaged the head of one of the 13 screws, making the disassembling impossible. I called the seller again to tell that I am not interested in a phone in such a state and would send it back, and requested a refund. He told me I shouldn’t send the phone back, I can just throw it away, and that they will refund me regardless. I texted them that I can still make use of the battery, but they didn’t care any more, they refunded the entire €180 price. At least I got myself a free battery, I thought.

But then, I brought this broken phone to my friends at a computer repair shop, who drilled out that one broken screw.  So I disassembled my own phone, and was very nervous not to break the screen so that I try out the new phone with it. And this way, the Fairphone 3+ turned on.  I thought I’d check if there are any other issues with it, and it turned out the phone was used by a German person before. I could only reset it by unlocking the screen, but I had no idea about the unlock pattern. I hardly believed it myself but I unlocked it with the 3rd attempt. (It was not a complicated pattern, and I strongly suggest everyone not to start their pattern with the digit 1 on their phones.)

After unlocking, I had the digital life of a German guy in my hands. This made me thinking. I did not put a SIM card in the phone, I did not connect to the Wi-Fi, I only saw that many of his accounts like Facebook, email or WhatsApp are connected to this phone.

I was thinking what to do, as I could simply reset the phone now, but what if the original owner has an important photo or document on the phone he might need? I slept on it, and wrote him an email the next day in which I explained the situation, that I acquired his device with a screen fault, I could turn it on using the screen of my own phone, what would he like me to do? Should I send it back to him in Germany? If he sends me the postal fee I’m happy to do it. Or should I backup the contents of his phone and share it with him online? As for me, my intention would be to buy a screen to replace the faulty one, and then give the phone to my wife.

I haven’t got any reply to my email so I looked for a German-Hungarian interpreter, whom I asked to help me call a frequently used contact from the call list. We tried but all we managed was to leave a message on voicemail.

By the evening however, I did got a brief email from him in which he asked me to wipe everything from the phone, and wished me all the best. 

Thus, I order a new display for my wife together with a recycled phone case, which arrived shortly. I swapped the screen, and moved my wife from her previous phone to the “new” Fairphone 3+, and she is now a happy user of a phone saved from almost being trashed. 

Since I do not live a life in social media (deliberately), I didn’t want to share this story there, but a friend of mine suggested to share it with the Fairphone community as a positive story in the modern days.

To finish my story with a quote commonly attributed to Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Peace & love,
Gonzo

Hungarian version:
Kedves Fairphone Közösség!
Megosztanám Veletek történetem.

Környezettudatos, zöld embernek tartom magam. Már egy ideje hallottam a Fairphone-ról, s tervezetem, hogy vásárolok egyet, csak hát nem olcsó. Tavaly szeptemberben vásároltam egy Fairphone 3-as telefont használtan. A telefonváltással együtt elbúcsúztam a google világától is, a telefonról is töröltem a Google Android rendszert, s feltettem egy e/OS/ rendszert, amit megelégedéssel használok, bár van hova fejlődnie, s nem is átlag felhasználónak való egyelőre. Megszoktam az új operációs rendszert a telefonon, hogy nincs felhőbe mentés, stb. Nagyon bevált a Fairphone telefon, s elhatároztam feleségemnek is szerzek egyet, hiszen korábbi telefonjaink több mint 2 évesek, s öregednek.

Egy nap láttam egy használt hirdetést, melyben új Fairphone 3±as telefont hirdettek. Megörültem neki, mivel nagyon ritka itthon, Magyarországon az ilyen telefon, hirdetés. Csak hát kb 450 euróért árulták, így hagytam a dolgot. Egy hónap elteltével az árát lentebb vitték, s már 320 euró körül hirdették. Felhívtam őket, s kiderült, hogy garancia nincs a telefonra, de működőképes. Ekkor írtam a Fairphone ügyfélszolgálatnak, hogy IMEI szám alapján van-e garancia, amire hamar kaptam egy választ, hogy garancia csak vásárlás igazolás alapján van, viszont náluk ez az IMEI számú telefon be van jelentve mint lopott vagy elvesztett telefon. Felhívtam az eladót a fejleményekkel, mire közölte, hogy tudnak róla, ők ilyen postán beragadt, elveszett eszközöket árulnak. Jeleztem, hogy érdekel a telefon így is, s megegyeztünk egy alacsony árban (180 euro), mivel nekik érezhetően nyűg volt a telefon, senkit se érdekelt, nem tudták mit jelent a Fairphone, illetve a szellemisége. Hát engem meg pont ezt érdekelt. Küldtek előre számlát, díjbekérőt, a pénzt átutaltam. Majd pár nap után felhívtak, hogy visszaküldik a pénzt, mivel a telefon nem kapcsol be, csak rezeg. Csalódott voltam, de mondtam nekik, hogy küldjék el így is, mivel van egy ilyen telefonom, s alkatrésznek tudom hasznosítani a telefont, ha tényleg hibás, pl: akkumlátor, mikrofon, nem is beszélve a 3±os elő- és hátlapi kameráról. El is küldték a telefont, s nagy örömmel álltam neki a csavarhúzóval, hogy szétszedem. Csakhogy a 13 csavarból az egyiknek a fejét valaki teljesen tönkretette, így nem lehetett szétszedni. Felhívtam az eladót, s mondtam neki, hogy ez így nem érdekel engem, visszaküldöm, s utalja vissza az árát, mire mondta nem kell visszaküldeni, dobjam kukába, visszautalja az árát. Írtam nekik sms-ben, hogy az akkumlátort tudom használni, de ez már őt nem érdekelte, visszautalta a teljes 180 eurót, így ingyen lett egy akkumlátorom, gondoltam.

Igen ám, de a rossz telefont elvittem egy számítógép szerelő boltba a barátaimhoz, akik kifúrták nekem a 13 csavart :blush: Így a saját telefonomat szétszedtem (nagyon izgultam a kijelző levételén, nehogy eltörjem), s a kijelzőt áttéve bekapcsolt a Fairhone 3±os telefon :blush: Gondoltam kiderítem van-e más baja a telefonnak, s bekapcsolás után kiderült, hogy egy német valaki által használt telefont tartok a kezemben. Resetelni a telefont csak úgy tudom, ha belépek a telefonba, viszont a feloldó mintázatot nem tudom. Szinte magam se hittem el, de 3-dik próbámra feloldottam a telefont (nem volt bonyolult mintázat, amit ezúton javaslok, hogy senki se az 1-estől kezdje a mintázat megadását saját telefonján).

Feloldás után ott volt egy német srác élete a kezemben… ezen elgondolkoztam. Nem tettem bele sim kártyát, nem léptem fel vele wifire, csak azt láttam, hogy facebook, mail, whatsup, minden más fiók hozzácsatolva a telefonhoz.

Gondolkoztam, hogy mit tegyek, hiszen tudom resetelni a telefont, de akié a telefon, vajon van-e neki olyan fontos képe, dokumentuma a telefonon, amire szüksége lehet? Aludtam rá egyet, s másnap írtam neki egy emailt, amiben leírtam, hogy hozzám került a kijelzőhibás telefonja, a saját telefonom kijelzőjével be tudtam kapcsolni, s mit szeretne mit csináljak a telefonjával? Küldjem vissza németországba? Ha utal nekem postaköltséget, intézem. Vagy mentsem le a telefon tartalmát, s fájlmegosztón keresztül küldjem el neki? Magam részéről azt tervezem, hogy rendelek hozzá egy kijelzőt, s miután kicseréltem, feleségemnek ajándékozom a telefont :blush:

Pár napig nem kaptam választ mailemre, így kerestem egy német-magyar tolmácsot, s kértem hívjunk fel egy telefonszámot a kontaktjai közül, akivel gyakran beszélt. Meg is tettük, de hangpostára tudtunk csak üzenetet hagyni.

Estére viszont jött Tőle egy email, amiben röviden kérte, töröljek a telefonról mindent, s minden jót kívánt :blush:

Így megrendeltem feleségemnek az új kijelzőt, hozzá egy újrahasznosított tokot, ami gyorsan meg is érkezett. Kicseréltem a kijelzőt, feleségem átköltöztettem a régi telefonjáról az „új” Fairphone 3±osra, s így feleségem örömmel használja a kukából megmentett telefont :blush:

Mivel nem élem a közösségi média világát (szándékosan), ezért oda nem is gondolnám, hogy helye lenne ennek, viszont egyik barátom javasolta, osszam meg a Fairphone közösséggel, mint pozitív példát a mai világban.

Gandhi idézetével zárnám soraim: Te magad légy az a változás, amit látni szeretnél a világban!

Peace & love
Gonzo

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Hi & Goodbye - I am leaving the Fairphone community forum! It was a pleasure. Take care.