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Fairphone – the conflict-free, dual SIM phone with open source software

by Rob Zwetsloot

Fairphone is a powerful Android phone created from fair trade and conflict-free materials, and needs your help to be funded

We’re always on the look out for great Android phones, whether they’re the official Google Nexus phones, or the next power house from Samsung, however the ethical acquisition of materials never crosses our minds when we’re looking at these products. Enter the Fairphone, which not only addresses these concerns, but also delivers a great product with it.

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A fair phone

The Fairphone is a dual SIM, quad-core smart phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and comes with 16 GB of internal storage and a qHD (960×540) capacitive touch screen. The best part is, all the materials are sourced from conflict-free areas, with the principles of fair trade applied. All this for only 325 Euros/£280/$420.

There’s a catch though – the phone will only exist if enough pre-orders are made. 3500 have been sold at the time of writing, however 5000 need to be made before production can start. You can support the phone by heading to their website and purchasing your own phone.

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    • Bobby

      A very good idea behind this project. Still I am waiting for a “real” Linux phone like the Ubuntu Touch Phone. i would buy the Fair Phone right away if they would offer an Ubuntu version.

    • Israel

      I agree with Bobby. I think a lot of people are chomping at the bit for a good uPhone to come out. 14.04

    • a-non-e-mouse

      I’m also looking forward to Ubuntu phone. The hardware specs sound good (no AMOLED and battery is replaceable, yay!), but I would like a full OS like Ubuntu, even though Android 4.2 is no slouch. If I can get this with Ubuntu, all the better!

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