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Ethical smartphone

A Dutch company is making the world's first ethical smartphone, without conflict minerals or sweatshop labour. It's currently only available in Europe - how awesome would it be to be the first company in Canada to offer plans on an ethical smartphone? Not sure how much control you have over your phone supply, but here's hoping. Check it out at http://buy-a-phone-start-a-movement.fairphone.com/fairphone-excl-charger.html

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Userlevel 7
Wow, They don't give those away do they?
Userlevel 6
Sounds like its going to be an expensive phone.
Userlevel 1
lot of other bloggers are saying that's lie, There is no ethical smartphone check it here: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/23/there_is_no_ethical_smartphone/
This phone isn't even in production yet. They need 5000 pre-orders (from Europe) to even start production on it. If you look at that Salon article, it's from over 3 months ago.
Userlevel 2
Noble cause, I wish them luck. It'll be interesting to see if this takes off and if they're able to fully control and ensure that the minerals used aren't without conflict. Coltan is the big issue, about 50% of the worlds production comes out of Africa, and unfortunately more often then not it's procurement if far from ethical. The next biggest supplier outside of Africa is Brazil, which is hardly a country that comes to mind when thinking about ethical practices. Maybe they're getting it from Australia or Canada, which could be why the price is so high.
More specifically than Africa, most of the world's Coltan comes from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been at civil war since independence. Mining there funds the rebels and the government to keep going at it, to keep killing each other, to keep raping innocent women. There are lots of countries in Africa with much more civil mining practices (Tanzania and Ghana near the top), but DRC isn't one of them. I too guess the price is high because of the added costs of getting conflict-free minerals.
Userlevel 6
Ross Arnold wrote:

More specifically than Africa, most of the world's Coltan comes from Democratic Republic of Congo...

They are getting there tantalum from Congo. Supposedly from mines that don't support the rebels, but that's a complex thing to actually track dows. I do admire the intention and hope that we won't have to read an article 6 months from now that contradicts all their efforts.