Bring in the FairPhone

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Once it is released, Koodo should bring in the FairPhone (http://m.fastcoexist.com/1681513/buil...), an ethically sourced, user-friendly phone that is completely recyclable!
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Ashley Churchill

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YESSSS!!
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That would be nice, a modular phone that would be as easy to upgrade as a desktop computer!

Closest we have to that would be the LG G5 (removable battery and modular components), but no where near the FairPhone.

Keep in mind that FairPhone would not be carrier-locked. Although Koodo carries Nexus/Pixel sim-unlocked phones, most sim-unlocked phones never make it to carrier stores.

Not sure whether Koodo would offer it (Telus would have to approve). Sadly, if they only make it multi-sim or if it's easy to "upgrade" the phone to multi-sim, I doubt Canadian carriers would offer it.

Just my 2c.

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Please, yes!  I am not buying a new phone again unless it is a fair phone!
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If you look at the specs though, it doesn't look too promising. A 3 year old processor, 2 gb ram, a 1080p display. These specs would be respectable back in 2014, but we're in 2017 now. And with a price of $750 canadian (530 euros), I would expect something better. 
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I would gladly sacrifice money and processing power for a phone that is fair trade and modular. I don't know if you have noticed but e-waste effects communities and ecosystems in the poorest areas of the world. It isn't fair that we ignore our impact on those people and places for the worship of convenience and techological edge. That is actually sick.
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I support the option of Fairphone on the market, however I doubt Fairphone would be willing to go on subsidy through our carriers given that I doubt they'd agree to supply carrier-locked phones.

Many other manufacturers' phones still haven't made their way on our market including Lenovo (other than the Moto brand they bought), Xiaomi, Blu, Ulefon, Asus, Acer, OnePlus, plus some brands have little shelf space such as Huawei, ZTE and HTC...Those brands are more likely to hop on to our carriers' subsidies before we see the Fairphone available through carriers.

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While I do agree with the environmental and social impact of smartphones, I'd have to argue that the average consumer does not care about such issues. If you look at tech reviews or the youtube comments for the Galaxy S8 for example, people are only interested in the price, performance, and build quality of the phone, not its environmental impact. For this reason, I don't think the fairphone will be available at any major carriers, and will remain online as a niche smartphone. 
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Agreed with Jason Wang. Environmental friendliness is not an electronics consumer's priority yet.

To be fair, your stereotypical cellphone user will get a new phone every 18-30 months, probably trade-in their old phone, give it to a family member or sell it on Kijiji, then that handset will probably still get used for another few years.

Unfortunately, aside the environment, there's other factors involved such as child labour. I'm personally not the biggest fan of Apple, Samsung or SONY (all mentioned in the article), but I won't hold back from activating a new phone on Koodo when the promo's get good!

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Yeah, we live in a colonial culture where people are disconnected from the consequences of their actions and little responsibility is placed on them or corporations due to a lack of awareness and political will.  I am hopeful that once people know that something like the Fairphone exists they will begin to demand ethical electronics.  I don't think people are as self-serving as you think!   Not the people I know, at least.  It was a crowd-funded operation.  Doesn't that give you hope?  Maybe Koodo won't carry it, but people like me will get them anyways for ethical reasons and pressure governments to ban planned-obsolescent gadgets, like the French JUST did.