My name is Dom and I am a web developer living in Derbyshire, UK.
My journey to finding the Fairphone started as a result of looking into ways to improve my lifestyle to benefit my local community and the environment, including turning vegan 3 months ago. I happened to purchase a magazine recently (Permaculture for anyone interested) when I was browsing in my local supermarket, which contained an advert for the Fairphone courtesy of The Phone Co-Op.
I was in the market for a new phone as my previous one had recently packed up and, even though I had sent it to the manufacturer to be repaired, they classed it as an uneconomical repair and so were going to charge me for a replacement handset (even though the phone was still under the 2 year warranty, there was some damage that apparently voided it).
I had all but decided on my new phone - the iPhone SE - as I like small form factor phones so that I can easily use with one hand, and that was the only alternative to the Sony Xperia Compact range that I had previously, alongside not being too happy with Android/Google at that point in time (not that I considered Apple to be much better).
So alongside all this, I was also learning more about online privacy and data security, and finding out about how much data is being collected from companies/services online and offline that a lot of us take for granted.
All these things culminated in making the decision to purchase the Fairphone 2. The first thing I did with the phone after turning it on and getting it hooked up to the Wi-Fi was to install the Fairphone Open OS, as it is important for me to not use GAPPS where possible.
I haven’t fully migrated yet (my SIM card is still sitting in an old spare phone) as I am working on understanding and getting all the functionality set up before I use it as my main handset, but I am working on it as I have some downtime over the holiday period.
I am looking forward to learning more about open-source app development so hopefully in future I can get stuck in myself.
The information on this forum has proved invaluable, and will continue to do so as I delve further into the possibilities.