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    As an owner of a Fairphone 1 which I still use daily, I feel a little angry indeed. I can absolutely understand their situation and after thinking about it, I don’t think they really had a choice. As has been pointed in this ridiculously long thread in the Fairphone forum, Fairphone never promised a sustainable phone. They promised a conflict-free phone (or at least one that was more fair than other phones). To that end, they have, at their time, succeeded in my opinion. Since then more companies have started to look on the fair side of phones (probably their biggest achievement), so for the future, they will have to do things differently in order to stand out.

    While Fairphone has stopped development of the software for the Fairphone 1, there is a last alpha build available for Android 4.4. I installed it, and it mostly runs (no problems with the phone encryption, I was surprised). It’s good for daily use in my experience. I’m unsure as to how I will continue. I would have greatly appreciated it if they offered a discount for the existing (now naturally angry) owners of Fairphone 1 devices with regard to their new devices. They don’t, and I don’t feel like spending such an amount of money again for a phone that’s probably not going to live longer than usual phones. Since about 3 weeks ago I appearently got one of the last Fairphone 1 batteries from their store, I do have some time to think about it; the phone is still fully intact.

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      There are still spare parts available for phones released at the same time as FP1 by Samsung and Apple. The iPhone 5s (which came out 3 months before FP1) had it’s last update on the 19th of July this year.

      It’s not the industry, it’s very much fairphone’s position in the industry. I can completely empathise with their situation, but this is definitely a case of writing cheques they couldn’t cash.

      When an iPhone is more sustainable than their phone, they have failed in their mission. When Samsung have phones that are more sustainable, they have failed in their mission.

      As /u/stsp/ mentioned the FP1 source is not available. The updates that have been waiting over a year are not available. It’s not that fairphone are failing a little, they’re failing their customers hard and this will hurt them.

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        Sustainable for whom? Spare parts from other vendors use materials mined under precarious working conditions. Doing that kind of work is certainly not sustainable, it damages the miner’s health and life. It only works because there are always enough poor miners to burn out.

        From a humanitarian standpoint, the security nightmare of running an unpatched ancient android is benign in comparison.

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        The suggestion in the comments to buy back broken FP1s for spare parts is a good one I hope they’d consider following up.

        And hopefully a few enthusiasts in the community would be able to take up the reins on the KitKat port?

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          I would not expect a community effort for software updates. The source for FP1 was never available.

          Fairphone does not seem to understand open source communities well. They are experts on the (very difficult) hardware supply chain problem. But since keesj left the company from the outside it looks like there is nobody left inside who actually groks open source :(

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            And hopefully a few enthusiasts in the community would be able to take up the reins on the KitKat port?

            Someone tried to bring Cyanogen with Android 5 (Lollipop) to the Fairphone 1, and failed. It’s the missing source code that’s the problem.