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A Fair Trade Smartphone

Fairphone wants to create a "seriously cool" Android phone that puts social values first. The group behind the phone is hoping to raise enough funds to make their vision of a fair trade smartphone a reality.

© Fairphone

Fairphone believes that you can "change the way products are made starting with a single phone." The group wants to make a fair trade and environmentally friendly Android smartphone and is hoping to sell at least 5,000 devices to begin production and ensure success for their endeavor. They have already pre-sold nearly 4,500.

Fairphone isn't just looking to incorporate "green" materials in the device. They want to positively impact the entire supply chain:

  • Create better working conditions for all those involved in each facet of the device
  • Leverage open design principals
  • Use fair trade practices in the acquisition of all precious metals needed
  • Ensure appropriate re-use and recycling

To their credit, Fairphone hopes to offer a rather high-quality device. This includes Android 4.2, an 8MP camera, and a Quadcore CPU. Fairphone claims to have been working on the initial device and ensuring its fair trade values for three years. 

What do you think about this fair trade smartphone? Do you think it will catch on?

Source: Fairphone


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  • Thanks for the comment.
    The specs for the Fairphone look good, though may not offer quite as much as you hope.

  • I think this is an AWESOME idea .... a Fairphone Android Smart Phone needs to have certain minimum specs in order to attract Consumers -

    Android 4.2
    8 megapixel back camera
    2 megapixel front camera
    4.3 - 4.5 screen
    1.5 gig ram
    16 gig internal memory with micro sd slot
    decent screen resolution