Vodafone has added the smartphone Fairphone 3 in its portfolio. With this, the Dutch manufacturer of the more sustainable smartphone has come closer to its goal of increasingly offering its devices to network providers.
Interested parties can buy the smartphone without a contract for 450 euros. That's the same price that Fairphone demands in its online shop for the device. With contract the Fairphone 3 is available, for example, with the Red S contract for a one-time 9.90 and a monthly additional payment of 15 euros.
Availability via a network provider like Vodafone should help Fairphone to make mobile users aware of their devices. So far, the Fairphones were rather known niche devices and mainly people who deal with the topic of sustainable electronics.
Modular and sustainable
The Fairphone 3 is conceptually similar to its predecessor, the Fairphone 2: it is very easy to disassemble into individual modules that can easily be replaced in the event of a defect. This Fairphone wants to achieve that the smartphone is used longer. As long as users can simply buy spare parts and assemble them, they do not need a new device – that's the basic idea.
Many of the raw materials used are recycled or sourced from sources that are certified sustainable and fair. For example, some of the rare earths come from appropriately certified mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At iFixit, the Fairphone 3 got the full score on reparability. For users particularly convenient should be the ability to easily replace the screen. With 90 euros, the display is quite affordable.
In terms of features, the Fairphone 3 is a smartphone in the upper middle class range: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 632 works inside, the RAM is 4 GB in size. The battery has a nominal charge of 3,000 mAh and is fast-charging.