Miniature Phone Is Trying To Make Modularity More Sustainable
Fairphone wants their customers to have their phones for up to five years, optimizing modular parts a user can freely take out using a screwdriver
Fairphone, a startup smartphone company based in Amsterdam and founded in 2013, wants to have its customers replace their phones every five years. The company executives wants to place ethical values first by making their products sustainable. The company does this by designing their smartphones with modular pieces, making many of the parts replaceable should they no longer work properly. This includes the company having a positive impact in the mining of necessary resources and manufacturing their smartphones.
The next Fairphone is set to release this year.
Founder of the Fairphone company, Bas van Abel, believes the larger companies have difficulty separating themselves from each other. Van Able wants the story of how Fairphone began to do what larger companies cannot and present themselves as a fresh face on the market with its values at the forefront. The newest edition of the Fairphone, the Fairphone 2, continues to have the same standards its predecessor had.
Van Abel wants to form partnerships with carriers to provide Fairphone users with an incentive to keep their phone for longer, such as offering them additional data or lower monthly costs. These partnerships may show up in the future, however, they’re simply ideas Van Abel would like to see happen.
On the Fairphone website, they have the Fairphone 2 available for preorders with a temporary delivery date of June 30, 2017.
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Katie Salen Tekinbas is a game designer, animator and educator. She is a professor in the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media. Previously, she has taught at Parsons' New School for Design, the University of Texas at Austin, New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
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