Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jun 2013 23:46 UTC, submitted by raboof
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The entire global supply chain is too complex and overwhelming to be addressed as whole. Which is why we're starting with a single product. One, single, open, high-performance smartphone made as fairly as possible with a transparent supply chain. One step at a time." I love the idea behind the Fairphone (and it's a Dutch project, too), but I'm too much of a realist to think it will truly force large corporations and consumers to change their minds.
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I'm suspect
by jokkel on Tue 4th Jun 2013 09:01 UTC
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I don't see them doing better than Apples does today regarding the environment http://www.apple.com/environment/our-footprint/ and suppliers http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility/ . Or products that are TCO certified http://tcodevelopment.com

The phone is just a generic off the shelf chinese phone, which fairphone's supplier A-Hong produces for other people too. It sells for around 150 € today. The only thing fairphone really does is use more fairly produced tin solder.

They don't provide a plan for recycling or improved working conditions in China. With the 1.5 million € for the 500 phones manufacturers will not be impressed. It just does not have the power that bigger manufacturers have.

A company that wants to produce a phone, but does not have a single engineer is very suspect to me.

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