Why is the Fairphone 2 more expensive than the Fairphone 1?

  • The technical specifications of the Fairphone 2 are more advanced than our previous Fairphone. This was a conscious decision related to our ambitions for longevity. Better performance from the start enables you to enjoy the phone for a longer period. Higher quality components will help ensure that the product lasts longer.
  • The first Fairphone was created using an existing design. For Fairphone 2 we are investing in a significant amount of research and development. This way we could create new designs that are exclusively ours and reflect our goals and ambitions. 
  • Compared to other manufacturers that might produce millions of units, we produce a relatively low volume of phones. Because of this we don’t get the price breaks attached with high volume commitments.
  • Finally, international exchange rates have played a role in determining the price of the Fairphone 2. We buy everything in US Dollars and mostly sell our products in Euros. Since we started working on this product, the value of dollar changed relative to the Euro. So the stronger dollar increased the cost of producing our phone in Euro terms.

We published a cost breakdown to show you where your money goes when you buy a Fairphone 2. A bit more explanation can be found in the accompanying blogpost.

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