European mobile big mobile phone maker Fairphone recently has withdrawn support for its first phone, the Fairphone 1, company announced recently that spare parts cost of the phone has reached a breaking point.
This phone originally launched in May 2013, the Fairphone 1 was created this phone with some goals, such as created with sustainability at its core, focusing on using fair, conflict-free materials, good working conditions, and long product life, and company was offering spare parts and software maintenance- until now
Company CEO Bas van Abel wrote on a blog about the phone and services that company has “reached a point where it is no longer possible to keep supporting” its first flagship phone.
“Due to the fast pace of change in the electronics industry, most of the original Fairphone 1 spare parts have now been retired by our suppliers. We’ve worked continuously to find new suppliers and convince them to keep making the parts,” he wrote. “However, after exploring every option within our financial means, the minimum orders required to produce new batches of spare parts is beyond what we can afford.”
The company knows that this change will affect the market of this phone because with these changes Fairphone will no longer sell repair spare parts for its first flagship model and will stop them developing the software upgrade to Android 4.4.
The company will continue support for the Fairphone 2, which was released in July 2015(Via the Verge).
Fairphone is retiring phone because making hardware is hard and making it sustainable is even harder.