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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.



Hi. My name is toon, 34 years old and from the Netherlands (Eindhoven). I just bought the fairphone 2. It is a great device. It is superior to the simple samsung GT-S5280 I was used to passed 3 years. But price is also much higher (530 euros compared to 80).

I like to be more independed from the tech giants, and I like to spend my money in a way which encourages a proper way of doing business. Meaning that all life is respected everywhere anytime. Being by mere luck a citizen of the free and prosperous west world this is the least thing I can do with my stable freedom and wealth.

Fairphone seems to be the only one among the big players like samsumg, apple and so on.

It was a bit disappointing to discover that google has infected (so to speak) Android completely. And that there is no easy way out. But I saw that on this forum you can run completely google free, which I am going to study and try. Because I can not accept that buying a (striving for) fair phone means you must give up your digital identity to some uncontrolled company.


Welcome to the forum, @toonl and @LadiesMan217! :slight_smile:

If you have some spare time, I invite you to get involved in the effort to build a community portal. :slight_smile:


Hi all, I am from Antwerpen, Belgium and I pre-ordered an orginal FP2 but never ever got it to work.

Right now I am looking for other Belgians active on this Forum, so I can do a couple of tests.

So any1 who can point me into the directions of other Belgians or Antwerpenaren active on this Forum, much appreciated.

Tx / Danny


Welcome to the forum, @Da_Cool! :slight_smile:

Simply start a new topic and add it to the #addressbook :slight_smile: Then people will be able to find you and post in that topic.


I don’t yet see any Belgian #addressbook entries, nor would I feel the need to start a local meetup - I am just looking for fellow country men/women to test my own FP2 problem with.

One reaction I had, but then again we don’t seem to be able to meetup easily either:roll_eyes:


You didn’t read my post carefully. I suggested that you start a local topic and add a link to it to the #addressbook. Then other Belgians, who visit the #addressbook will see your topic and might answer. Nobody said that you would have to organize a local meetup.

I’m just saying that the chances to find other locals are pretty low in a thread with over 500 posts.


Hey @nanoplink and welcome to the forum and community!

I moved your post here as I don’t think it has anything to do with the #communityportal.

As for the lack of information I think you should have a look at the #wiki’s and #staff curated guides. Also the #meta:dictionary could be interesting to you. You can edit wikis and contribute if you have info that isn’t mentioned there yet.


Hi @paulakreuzer and thanks for showing me those links! :slight_smile: I withdrawed my response because I think it have to do with the community portal and should not be in this thread.

My first post was about that : there is no clear direction for people who want to dive into the hardware and how to contribute to the community on a more technical side. The community portal is the landing page for the Fairphone community. It should hold those kind of informations. One shouldn’t wait a community member to point out those resources (even if that’s a really nice move you made!)

Since I didn’t introduce myself yet here I go : I’m a electronics/system development enthusiast and I bought a fairphone 2 because I wondered if it could remove some friction on device customization. I’m also interested by the USB 2 port at the back of the phone and what it could allow! :grin:

(also can i post my message again in #communityportal now?)


@nanoplink If you want to discuss the content of the #communityportal, please head over to the Github repository and start an issue:

Ps: I’m gonna close the other topic because Github is easier to keep track of the discussion around the community portal.


Welcome to the forum, @samk! Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself? :slight_smile:


Seems like that has been a spam account?


Australian. Work in Qatar. Owner of a Fairphone 2 after a lot of hassle.

I want to vote with my money and time for supply chain transparency. We walk into supermarkets and shops and know nothing. I want to know the story of each product. I want to contribute to this movement at least with my purchasing decisions but also professionally. I would prefer, actually, to stop with this whole career bullshit. But it occurs to me that my specialty in geographic information systems might help with a supply chain transparency system.


Welcome to this forum.
Just read your other posting, how you came by to own a FP2. It’s people like you, that make a change. I appreciate it.
And influence and influential people can help to achieve things, that otherwise could not be reached. So I guess you are right, you and your knowledge might be needed.


Greetings from Sweden and my new Fairphone 2! :smiley:

Happy to support this company and its efforts. I had a Huawei Honor 9 which I was very happy with, but I just had to support this phone and its future.

I know it’s late getting a FP2 but whatever! :slight_smile:

This is my first day with the phone and I’m still getting used to it.
But something I’m wondering is, what is it that Fairphone OS has added to it?
Cause it feels pretty Android 6 stock-ish.

I’m also wondering if it’s worth going forward with Fairphone OS or switch to Lineage OS?
This coming from someone who relies on Google apps.

Any thoughts are welcome!

Besides that, just wanted to say hello, join this community (that I’ve been stalking for weeks :smiley: ) and wish everyone a good day!



Welcome, Welkin :slight_smile:

About LineageOS, have a look here: FP OS Android 6 VS LineageOS Android 7


Hey there, I’m a proud new owner of a Fairphone 2! I support the project and hope it will keep growning, for a “fairer” world.


Hi, I am Eva de Vries and happy owner of a Fairphone2 since two months.
The camera stopped working very early on, but today i opened & closed the module and it is working like charm again. So time to join the community and thank Fairphone for this brilliant modular phone!

Greetings Eva


Hi Sergent and Eva, welcome to the show :wink:


Hello everybody,
My name is Simon and I’m from the UK. I bought the FP2 as a replacement for my 10 year old Sony Ericsson W890i and I’m very happy with it. My old phone still works so it will be kept as a spare. I’m always loathed to replace things that work but the FP2 was too tempting for my long needed upgrade.
Glad to see so many people supporting the Fairphone project and the forums.