Fairphone, a company that aims “to bring a fair smartphone to the market – one designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet” is going on pre order next week. The smart phone will be made of minerals which are got from sources where there is no forced labor. The company needs at least 5,000 orders for the smart phone to go into production.
The raw materials for the smart phone are obtained from “a supply chain that guarantees sourcing minerals from areas that are free from violence and armed guards.” This also means that there will be no high profit margin over these smart phones. The organization aims to “have a transparent , long-term relationship with suppliers so as to ensure proper working conditions in the assembly line.”
“As we are not in the business of putting more phones on the market, but rather creating phones that last, we are shaping a business model that supports this ambition.” The company has released the four designs that you can see in the image. One out of these will be selected for the final production, if the pre orders reach the 5,000 mark. The smart phone will come with Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, and will have a 4.3 inch touch screen display. In case there are 5,000 pre orders, the smart phone will start shipping later this year for €325.
Source: The Register UK