Just stating that selling phones that are supposed to last the longest possible doesn’t look like a profitable business that’s all.
There’s a reason why every technolgical device now has planned obsolescence embedded: because it’s profitable. Not doing it is very cool, just wondering what makes it viable for them.
There are more than 10,000,000,000 cellphones out in the world. Even sustainable phones won’t last forever. Let’s say Fairphone aspires to capture 10% of the market someday, so they have 1,000,000,000 phones in circulation. Let’s say those phones last an average of 20 years (wouldn’t that be something!). That’s still 50,000,000 new phones per year to be built (or the parts count equivalent). I think their business model will be fine if the phones succeed
I don t have the info why it s not in the USA. I hope with theire last money round they will expand to gain more market shares.
My two cts on this is about the radio module compatibility: I am in France and it took them 10 monthes to make it work great on the Free Mobile network. I don t know nothing about how those modems work…but I can tell you its fairephone 4 + free mobile was a pain. But other users on orange and SFR I think had no problems.
I guess they would need to have a partnership with at least one US carrier and make it work across USA…