Fairphone 3! The phone that dares to be fair
The Fairphone 3 is made with care for people and planet. It’s got everything you’d expect from a great phone — and so much more. Comes with stock(!) Google Android 9.0 Pie
The Fairphone series is pretty much the only major choice if you’re looking for an ethically produced smartphone. 2017’s Fairphone 2 even delivered a modular design to make it easier to repair, allowing you to extend the life of the phone.
Now, the social enterprise is back with the Fairphone 3 — so what’s changed in the two years since the last phone’s release?
The Fairphone 3 sticks to the same modular design and ethical production ethos as the previous model. In the case of the former, the phone is made up of six modular parts which can be swapped out to facilitate repairs. The team is taking things a step further too, saying it will sell modular earphones as an accessory that you can repair.
Fairphone adds that the new smartphone uses “responsibly sourced and conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper and plastics, and sources fair trade gold.” It’s also confirmed plans to set up an initiative to better source cobalt.
The Fairphone team says it’s also better supporting recycling initiatives with the new phone, supporting collection programs in countries like Ghana, for one. Additionally, it will reward buyers for using the official recycling program to trade in their old phones (€20 for any phone and €40 for a Fairphone or Fairphone 2).
The team behind the new phone says it’s also working with final assembly partner Arima to pay bonuses to workers “with the aim to bridge the gap between minimum and living wages in the factory.”
What about the Fairphone 3 as a phone?
If there’s one bad thing about the Fairphone series, it’s that the device family is pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to horsepower. This still seems to be the case on paper, as it’s offering a lower mid-range Snapdragon 632 processor 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage.