Will they sell 15000? [They did]

The following is probably only interesting if you use Linux or Mac.

Since it’s going to be very exciting, I think I have to share my small bash alias with you. I don’t keep track of all sales in a nice chart, but when working on my computer I can always know the current status by typing a few characters in bash:

$ fp2sold
Thu Sep 10 01:42:51 CEST 2015
10526 of 15000 sold

All you have to do to get this magic trick working is

a) Having curl installed and
b) having this following function in your ~/.bash_alias

function fp2sold {
    date && curl -s http://shop.fairphone.com/media/counter.json | sed 's/{"total_sold"://;s/,"total_to_sell":/ of /; s/}/ sold\n/'

At the beginning there had been several new Fairphones sold in between the times of me typing fp2sold. Now the pace has slowed down a little. However that makes it even more exciting whether we will make it.


Of course the issues must not be mixed. But both have to be seen. It’s about how you wight production and software. Is it 50/50? Or is production all and fair/open software is just something on top, a nice-to-have?

Form my point of view the people from Fairphone did a great job which needs to be done (relay! thank you for that!!), but they just focus on half the problem.

I’ve been using open software for about 17 years now, and i don’t want to go back behind that. Thinking in the terms of open software, open access, open ideas and even privacy is maybe nothing many people are used to. So the ideas sound strange ans risky in their ears.

From my point of view saying: “I want a fairphone with Android” is the same like say: “I want fair production, but it must be cheep”.

Odd, for me the counter showed the number of sold FP2s that I entered into my graph (10520) – at 23:40 (CET). I hope I’m not getting a special “Keep Urs happy” version of the counter :wink:

Hi guys.

I just wanted to tell you why I did not preorder the fp2 by now:
I did not find a good/long review on youtube. If something costs more than 500 bucks, I first want to touch it, feel it, try it. Or at least I want to watch a person on youtube doing so.

I think they should have made more final prototypes and have handed them over to some youtube-testers.


I don’t think there is even a single final prototype. And thats kind of how crowd funding works: They want to raise the money before they start production, so they don’t have to take a loan and instead can be financially independent


I also were wondering about the number, @Lidwien gave us. Mine showed 10520 before midnight. :smile:

A lot of news companies had a look at FP2 prototypes, maybe you’ll find more info in this post: :slight_smile:

Well, at least there was the FP image video of taking apart the phone (easily repairable screen, modules). Software- and speedwise it will be comparable to an HTC ONE M8, since this phone and the FP2 share the same chipset and GPU. There are a lot of hands on videos about the M8 on Youtube.

True! However I’d have wanted a prototype in Vienna so badly!!! :sweat_smile: Not even a working one, just one to touch, and feel, and … well, that’s going kind of intimate now… :blush:

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I wonder what an MKBHD §review would do for Fairphone…


The only reason for having another count is that I must have forgotten to update the page before looking the number. Sorry for that.

Hi you guy too,

you will be able to feel and touch and do whatsoever before you have to buy it. You know, if you don’t like it, you will be allowed to send it back and get back your money. This is crowd funding!

I prefer to feel and test the FP2 myself! And I am very optimistic that it will feel great! :smiley:


You know you don’t need a Fairphone for that. I believe there are already some fairtrade and Eco-friendly sextoys out there! :wink:

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Actually I was gonna say “…take the FP2 prototype apart”. How dare you post such perverse things… :wink:


Strongly different numbers in Fairphone’s own graph here, mainly in the beginning days of pre-ordering. I assume their numbers reflect the point of time of orders, not payments (which I think the counter does and which my tracking is showing – thus the weekend plateaus).


I think they just interpolated between the weekly observation points.

BTW. I’d like to know if the Fairphone Team itself believes in reaching the crowdfunding goal… :slight_smile:

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With the information we have available, it is hardly sane to believe in it.

However we might not have all the information. Maybe the Fairphone team knows more (e.g. they are planning an extraordinary campaign or have a sales partner in sight who will buy a big chunk of the phones). Then they have reason to be optimistic.

I’m just glad they will still build the phones in any case.

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I think the Pop-Up-Store in London will lead to some extra sales.

It also seem like many people are waiting for more info on the OS/software part of FP2!
And more blog post would probably help. I ordered mine long ago (or it feels like it anyway), and I wish they could give more info on what they’re up to (a weekly basis would be great).


@Stefan: Will there be again a pop-up-store in London? When?
I am also pretty optimistic, that we will reach 15.000 before end of Sept.
My bet would be Sep. 25th. Who is in?

I woul like this also and finally asked the support about this topic; the answer was:

Support (@Sietse):
“Making a “micro-blog” of what keeps us busy on a daily/weekly basis is
sadly enough not possible. Our communications team does not have the
capacity to do so. There is so much other work to do that these small
updates are not possible.[…] sometims on Twitter and Facebook”

Sadly, but I guess true…
Anyhow, a short twitter-like newsticker with some main points of the week would be not that work, wouldn’t it?

And secondly I asked support about filling the Newsletter with more really “News” and not just pointing to already published Blog posts; the answer was:

“… we do indeed mention things we have posted on the website recently. This
is because most of our followers do not really check the website. After
the newsletter we see a huge increase on traffic on the blogposts that
were mentioned, people we else would miss.”

So OK, this holds maybe not for the huge forum community I guess, but only FP knows the real page counters…

Cheers, Robert


That’s true. But you know these videos, right?
Live Fairphone 2 :blush:


Where have you taken the graph from? What’s the URL?

Well, it’s obvious that in their marketing they’re going to have to be relentlessly optimistic. Would be kind of counterproductive if they said “naaaah, we’re probably not gonna make it” :slight_smile:

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