Last year, in this same situation, I bought, unlocked and sold an iPhone 5s and earned around $300 that I could spend more responsibly. There’s always people for buying shiny stuff.
I think there is a lack of visibility, I read about Fairephone only in this site!
In adition, I would like to see some information regarding other OS running in this phone, why not Sailfish?
That’s not entirely correct. There are many newspapers and tech-related websites that actually write whole articles about the Fairphone 2. So I don’t think visibility will be a serious obstacle for the 15k mark. Yet, the more people know about the project the better.
Here you can find an (incomplete) list of news articles about the FP2 in various languages. I’m sure there are many more articles which are not included.
I actually agree with @Jordi about the lack of visibility, but I think it’s not necessarily a lack of media visibility, but – I know I suggested this before – a lack of first-hand visibility. I wished it was possible for Fairphone to stage a few more events outside Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Finding a cheap or free venue should not be such an issue, I think there are many non-profit organizations who share and support Fairphone’s aims and could help with the logistics. Simplified: Show the Fairphone 2 in events in London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Vienna…
It’s not just the event itself, it’s also that such events provide additional opportunities and justifications to remind your friends of Fairphone e.g. through sharing a Facebook event, using your organization’s email list and so on. One event produces multiple opportunities to bring back Fairphone into potential buyers’ minds.
We were trying to get a Fairphone 2 prototype to.showcase it at the Urban Mining Workshop of the Austrian Fairphoners at this year’s Vienna Open Festival and this was the answer @Daria_Fairphone gave me via email:
Have you considered inviting a FP employee to be there in person (so the prototype would stay “in Fairphone’s hands”)?
Of course we did!
I see that Sean is attending E-Scrap Conference in the US, but that’s unfortunately not exactly “our region”…
That looks like the number of sold phones per week decreases by ~100 each week right now. Gonna rise again. Stay Positive.
8,999 at 8 am (GMT)this morning
Given it’s 9001 right now at 9:42 am (CET), the lucky Mr. or Ms. 9000 only just escaped our sight
The average weekly rate has dropped from around 100 a day to just below 80 a day. To meet 15000, the daily sales rate would now have to be over 175 a day. Looking like a little under 12000 by September 30th.
Need some big corporate buyers to pile in!
No, the cost breakdown is needed badly. It will surely boost sales!
… plus confirmation that the FP2 will arrive pre-rooted and with the option to boot in Android, Firefox, Sailfish, Ubuntu touch and any other OS you’ve written by yourself one evening, etc etc ;¬)
Meanwhile even co-operative mobile won’t sell you one on contract until they “become available” - so no pre-sales there. and the bloke at Vodaphone I just got a new SIM card from hadn’t even heard of Fairphone. Still come november when then start to appear in the flesh, I’m sure a whole bunch will sell.
Maybe we should all go to https://www.thephone.coop/fairphone/ and register our interest !!!
I would usually say to register interest, however a note of caution, the Phone Co-op is a very small company. We need to bear that in mind, as they need to be sure when buying that they have the market to sell to and this could give a false picture.
I say that as a member of the Phone Co-op myself
plus confirmation that the FP2 will arrive pre-rooted and with the option to boot in Android, Firefox, Sailfish, Ubuntu touch and any other OS you’ve written by yourself one evening, etc etc ;¬)
It’s already confirmed that FP2 will NOT come pre-rooted but with an open bootloader and easily rootable.
I’m confident that alternative OSs will work, but both rooting and installing an alternative OS might void warranty.
During the last sales, sales always caught up speed, once they got to the end of the sales period and had a similar “breakdown” of sales pattern after a couple of weeks if I am to remember correctly.
In case UK style faciciousness translates badly across Europe … my comments were very much tongue in cheek!!
Personally I’m happy with Android 5.1 and will probably never dare to root my FP2 or change its OS. I find it hard to believe that such facilities are a major factor determining mass sales … but evidently there is a significant niche market for this which FP could sweep up.
… and really, to minimise cost to consumers whilst maximising income to Fairphone we want Fairphone themselves to sell lots of FP2s (not the mainstream suppliers like Vodafone, who will doubtless take a big cut) … however, as mainstream consumers mostly buy direct from their service provider, from whom they can’t get an FP2 and have therefore never even heard of it … not so many will be sold.
I think on the long term Fairphone must cooperate with the big mobile service providers to really make an impact. After all the movement is about building up the consciousness of the most people possible and that is only achieved if e.g. Vodafone or T-Mobile advertise the Fairphone.
Also, even though they might get a cut, it would boost sales and, following the economies of scale principle, would thus lower the production costs of the individual phones (at the same time increasing Fairphone’s margin and possibilities for further interventions in the supply chain.