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Fairphone is a smartphone designed with ecological and ethical issues foremost in mind.

Insofar as possible, Fairphone is made from recycled, recyclable and responsibly-sourced goods as well as minimal packaging. The modular design means that if one component breaks down or the user wants to update it, only that element need be replaced.

Fairphone features an Android OS, a quadcore processor, 16GB built-in storage, 8 MP front/1.3MP back cameras and a 4.3-inch qHD screen. The phone makes it possible for users to perform many service tasks and replace their own batteries. Dual SIM cards allow two people to share the phone, or allow a single user to switch between work and home use.

In 2013, the 25,000 Fairphones that were offered sold before their production. Fairphone intends to keep growth slow to ensure they can keep their labour practices as ethical as possible.

The Fairphone was designed by company CEO Bas van Abel, who hopes that the product will inspire more conscientious practices in other smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft.

This was last updated in March 2014
Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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