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Fairphone is a feel-good gadget.

Fairphone is a feel-good device

5/30/2013

When it comes to buying new gadgets, everyone wants to feel good about their purchases. This means something different to every shopper, but one thing many people prioritize nowadays is ethics. Whether it's knowing that the materials used in a smartphone are eco-friendly or that the people constructing the technology are being treated well, many people will jump at the chance to switch to a product that is conscientious at its core.

According to Tech Crunch, smartphone lovers may soon have a strong option if they want to buy a more sustainable device. The Fairphone, the source reported, is a smartphone developed by a Netherlands-based technology startup of the same name that aims to use its completely transparent supply chain to not only improve its own ethical practices, but to make a measurable impact on the cell phone industry as a whole. The company will manufacture the phones from conflict-free minerals, support worker welfare and engage in a comprehensive e-waste program.

The unlocked, 4.3-inch phones are powered by a quad-core processor and run Android 4.2. They feature an 8 megapixel rear camera, in addition to another 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. Additionally, the Fairphone utilizes dual-SIM trays, which Tech Crunch emphasized makes carrier switch and international travel easier.

On the company's website, Fairphone pointed out that it isn't perfect, and that these devices will be a starting point for a productive conversation on how to address a number of major social challenges. Tech Crunch specified that the firm's process is really what sets it apart - as it recognizes unfair or unsustainable aspects of its supply chain, Fairphone will openly devise ways to overcome these challenges. By facing these difficulties head-on and publicly, the business hopes it can play a part in developing a set of best practices that will someday affect the smartphone industry at large. This is a work in progress.

"But the phone is not a solution in and of itself - it's simply a vehicle for change," Fairphone explained on the site. "We're revealing its story, understanding how it's made and producing an alternative. By buying this phone, you're reconfirming that collective action counts and becoming part of a community that has the power to fuel change."

Production will begin on the Fairphone when 5,000 preorders are reached, Tech Crunch noted. For now, they are only available in Europe and will cost approximately $420.

Make the switch
Sometimes, a gadget just calls your name. But the problem for many consumers is that the timing isn't always convenient. Cell phone contracts can be restrictive, and if consumers want to make a change right away, the process can be inconvenient and expensive. By using ProtectCELL's BUYBACK program, opting to use a cell phone buyback option can be both easy and good for your wallet. Within the first year, you'll get up to 50 percent of the full retail value back, and within two years, you'll get up to 25 percent back. With that kind of deal, you can switch to the smartphone of your dreams whenever it feels right.

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