Ethical smartphone

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 5 years ago
  • Not Planned
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.f...
Photo of Ross Arnold

Ross Arnold

  • 100 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
  • happy

Posted 5 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Chad Burr

Chad Burr, Mobile Master

  • 203,988 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Wow, They don't give those away do they?
Photo of Erwin


  • 23,576 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
Sounds like its going to be an expensive phone.
Photo of MatB


  • 32,478 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
lot of other bloggers are saying that's lie, There is no ethical smartphone check it here:
Photo of Ross Arnold

Ross Arnold

  • 100 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of mattjs


  • 15,658 Points 10k badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of Ross Arnold

Ross Arnold

  • 100 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
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.
Photo of Chris Petersens

Chris Petersens

  • 47,266 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
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.

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.