I have no mobile phone today and I never had one. Because I was not so happy to have a not-fair phone.
I’m very aware of what is high tech and what it cost : I grew up in a high tech environment. My parents had a little electronic company in the South of France with a strong R&D service that run, in the '80th, the first transistor in the World up to 4 GHz (a Mitsubishi prototype made for running at 2GHz, so before the end of the month, Japanese engineers went among ewes and sheep to see their chip)
I am Franciscan Friar, kind of monk. I promised to live in poverty, chastity and obedience. I have no money, no bank account on my own. I earn few wages and give it immediately to my community. I can emit checks for curent spendings, but important spendings are discused in the community. And buying a Fairphone is of the second kind.
I used to work with young people, teen agers, living, sleeping, with a mobile, playing with cracked programs. It was a handicap for me to not have a mobile phone.
But, by the time, they understood my position. They knew I have only free (open) programs on my computer under Linux. And I could announce them proudly I would buy a fair phone soon.
I failed buying a Fairphone 1, because I was traveling when it went out,and because it was difficult to react quickly without a payment card, gathering money, finding a way… Too late…
No matter : I would expect longer…
This summer I pre-ordered for a new Fairephone.
I guessed it would be more expensive than the previous one. So I asked for help around me. I’ve got 300€.
The new Fairephone is really more expensive than I would expected. 300€ is far not enough !
I don’t discuss the price : I’m confident it cost fairly the announced price.
But now, near me, some are saying that a Franciscan having promised to live in poverty can’t have a phone at 500€. A phone after all.
OK, they don’t know about the technology or fairness price and are not aware with cheap mobiles around them or by their own. And they are on Windows and see no problem.
But it is where I live : in the World, in a community.
And I can’t fight always against mis-comprehension, programed obsolescence, private licensed softwares.
I would have been pride to have a Fairphone and tell around me : "It’s possible to be fair and sustainable and free!"
I’m not so sure today for me : is it possible to be fair, sustainable, free and poor ?
I think I will send back the 300€ and remain without mobile phone. It will be my contribution to fairness and sustainability : delaying technology; remaining with the growing handicap of having no mobile phone.
Maybe one day…