The latest news on the Fairphone 1

In 2013, we embarked on a journey to shake up the industry with the Fairphone 1. Thanks to you, the pioneers who supported our mission, we started building a movement for fair electronics. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved together, but unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where we can no longer support our first phone. Below you’ll find resources to help keep your phone going for as long as possible, as well as responsibly say goodbye if the time has come.

Fairphone 1 maintenance comes to an end

After supporting our Fairphone 1 for three and a half years and the Fairphone 1U for nearly two and a half years, we regret that we are no longer able to offer spare parts.

This very difficult decision is primarily financial. Since the launch of the Fairphone 1, most of the original spare parts have been retired by our suppliers. While we’ve worked continuously to find new suppliers, we simply did not have enough capital to invest in the volumes required to meet demand in the year ahead. After exploring every option within our financial means, we have now reached the point where it’s impossible to support the Fairphone 1 and maintain the financial stability of the company at the same time.

For similar reasons, we’ve also decided to stop developing the upgrade to Android 4.4 for the Fairphone 1. This project has been an ongoing effort from our internal team as well as key members of the community, and we’re disappointed that we are not able to see it through to the end. Please visit our community forum to learn more.

We understand that some Fairphone 1 owners may feel let down. We want you to know we’re applying what we learned from the Fairphone 1 to improve our spare parts sourcing for the Fairphone 2. For example, we’re working to improve our financial outlook, as well as improving our planning to better anticipate the demand for spare parts in the future.

Visit the forum and talk to the community>>

If you’d like to keep using your Fairphone 1


If you’re saying goodbye to your Fairphone 1

Give your old phone a better future

When you’re ready to part ways with your Fairphone 1, be sure to do it right! Sell it for spare parts or recycle it to ensure the valuable materials can be reused

Sell or donate it on the Fairphone 1 Marketplace >

Make someone else happy by selling or donating your phone for spare parts.

Recycle your phone responsibly

If your phone is no longer working, please drop it off at a local recycling point.

If it’s still in good condition and you’d like it to be reused, we’ve just finished updating and revamping our own recycling program. Check it out!

Support Fairphone, reduce waste with a Fairphone 2 New Life Edition

Fairphone is using circular design thinking to produce a limited number of factory-refurbished Fairphone 2 New Life Editions. We’re giving early access to Fairphone 1 owners, the supporters who started our movement. If you want to keep supporting social change and reduce electronic waste, sign up to be notified when this just-like-new Fairphone 2 is in stock.

What we’ve achieved together


The people who bought a Fairphone 1 helped us pave the way towards fairer electronics. Here are just a few of our accomplishments:


  • Conflict free Tin and Tantulum

    The Fairphone 1 started it all. We got our first two minerals conflict free in the first Fairphone ever.

    Learn more
  • Created a Worker Welfare Fund

    The first Fairphone worker welfare fund: from dream to reality. The Fairphone 1 made it happen.

    Learn more
  • Sparked a growing movement for fair electronics

    The Fairphone community now has tens of thousands people promoting fairer electronics. We keep on proving that people want a fairer production for their products.


Together we can change the way products are made