Shaking up the industry
Fairphone’s aim is to shake up the electronics industry by demonstrating that it is possible to make social and environmental improvements at each stage of the production process.
It has published a detailed cost breakdown of the Fairphone 2 on its website, bringing more transparency to the industry and giving consumers greater insight into what it costs to make, sell and service a phone.
‘UK customers looking to combine the ethical credentials of the Fairphone 2 with fair pricing, low call rates and a commitment to building a different kind of economy based on human values and environmental sustainability will find the perfect fit at The Phone Co-op.
‘We’re the only mobile network owned by our customers, giving them real influence over the way we operate and ensuring that profits are reinvested in projects that make a real difference to the world around us.’
Vivian Woodell, Chief Executive of The Phone Co-op
Fairphone works directly with suppliers that trace materials back to conflict-free validated mines, starting with tin and tantalum from the Democratic Republic of Congo – a country infamous for instability – and, in the near future, tungsten and gold.
In addition, it is setting up a worker welfare fund at the factory in Suzhou, China, where the phones are manufactured, with a contribution from every Fairphone 2 sale going directly to the fund.
Thanks to the support of the 60,000 buyers of the first Fairphone, the company has been able to develop the new model without relying on external investment.
Contracts and price
Fairphone has continued its partnership with The Phone Co-op, the UK’s only customer-owned mobile network. The partnership, which allows UK customers to get the Fairphone 2 on a monthly contract, is based around shared values of openness and ‘people power’.
In the UK, customers can pre-order the Fairphone 2 from The Phone Co-op https://www.thephone.coop/fairphone/. It can be bought outright for £395 or included as part of a bundle with minutes, texts and data starting at £25 per month.
Customers can also pre-order directly from Fairphone for €525, including 20% VAT. Based on the current production and development schedule, delivery is expected to start from November.
Click here to find out more about the Fairphone 2, including specs, design and availability.