The Dutch social enterprise, Fairphone, has once again taken a big step towards smartphone longevity and sustainability. With the launch of two new camera modules, Fairphone has proven that you don’t need a new phone to experience the upgraded features. The camera modules are available separately for current users to use on the Fairphone they own. The modules will also be available with the upgraded version of Fairphone 3, the Fairphone 3+.
The company’s new achievement is another big step towards their journey to create fairer, long-lasting, high-quality devices. Rapid technological advancements are no foreigner to the world of technology. Every day, big names are introducing new models of the products with added features. However, in the case of smartphones, technology has gone so far that consumers are paying for new models just for an upgraded version of the previous one. Fairphone has taken a different approach and introduced camera modules so consumers can enjoy the upgraded features on their current smartphones.
As a result of this incredible approach by Fairphone, current Fairphone 3 owners can upgrade their devices by spending as low as €70 until the end of September and €94.90 as of 1 October.
Coming to the Fairphone 3+ the rest of the technical specifications are similar to the Fairphone 3, such as a Qualcomm 632 processor, 64GB memory (expandable to 400GB with a MicroSD card), a replaceable 3000mAh capacity battery and sturdy Gorilla Glass 5. On top of all this, what sets Fairphone apart is what the company refers to as “fair specs”. With every new phone it develops, Fairphone is expanding on existing projects and introducing new initiatives to make its supply chain fairer for all those involved. Sales of the Fairphone 3+ and the upgraded camera modules will contribute to:
- Collecting e-waste in Europe and abroad, plus sourcing Fairtrade gold, fair cobalt and conflict-free tin and tungsten from high-risk areas, as well as recycled copper.
- Improving conditions in small-scale cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and gold mines in Uganda.
- Launching the Circular Module Program for Fairphone 3 and Fairphone 3+, encouraging customers to send back their old or broken modules free of charge to give them a second life. The program is currently being launched in Germany with iFixit, and in France with our repair partner, Cordon. Other countries will be added in the near future.
- Employee satisfaction programs and living wage bonuses for factory workers in China.
Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens sums up the company’s goals for the camera upgrades and Fairphone 3+, commenting:
“We believe that we must make the most of the materials used in consumer electronics. We’re moving one step closer to a circular economy by encouraging the reuse and repair of our phones, plus making it easier for users to keep their devices for longer. The launch of the new camera modules and the Fairphone 3+ is a concrete example of how we’re making this possible. By showing that it is commercially viable to care for people and the planet , we want to motivate the electronics industry to act more responsibly.”
From 27 August, the Fairphone 3+ will be available for presale on Fairphone’s website and via partners for a suggested retail price of €469*. The device will be released on 14 September and will be available across Europe from selected (online) retailers and operators.