Fairphone is a Netherlands based initiative; it began three years ago as a project that was designed to illustrate the true cost of an ethically sourced smartphone. The phone is now open for the public to place pre-orders; first European customers will be able to place pre-orders before the rest of the world. The Fairphone is a startup like project and because it is a startup like project the project needs 5,000 pre-orders in order to begin production and the phone will retail for €325 or $436.
What you will get for your money is an unlocked phone with a 4.3-inch screen, running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and powered by a quad core processor. Your Fairphone will keep up if not exceed the performance some of the smartphones on the market today. Also the rear camera is 8 megapixels with a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, also the phone has a dual SIM tray so it is easier for travel purposes.
The phone will be made of materials from a completely transparent supply chain so there will be no doubt if your phone is ethically sourced or not. Fairphone had initially opened to the 16,000 people who signed up when the project was announced; this allowed the 16,000 people to have priority of backing this project when the product was ready.
The campaign has 2,384 pre-orders already with 20 days left in the campaign, so if you want an ethically sourced phone now you can get it in the physical form of the Fairphone.
Source – TechCrunch