The modular phone dream rested on two legs, one that promised easy repairability and the other that offered potential scalability. Sadly, that dream almost vanished completely after the cancellation of the Project Ara phone and the failure of the LG G5. Only the Fairphone has survived to become the most repairable and durable phone in the world, and it proves its worth once again. The company has announced that one of its current phones has reached end of sale, but unlike most smartphones, that doesn’t mean the Fairphone 3 has reached its end of life.
While probably a futuristic dream, the modular phone presented by Project Ara and the LG G5 didn’t really woo consumers, at least not with the technologies and designs available at the time. Instead, Fairphone chose to target a more specific market, focusing on consumers who value sustainability, sometimes rather than the latest hardware features. Of course, not everyone finds it worth it, but its recent announcement highlights benefits that very few phones can boast of.
After two years, Fairphone is stopping the Fairphone 3, which means that it will no longer be available for sale directly from the manufacturer. By current standards, the 2019 modular phone is already quite old anyway, even for a mid-range device. In most cases, shutdown also means end of manufacturer support, but not in this case.
Instead, Fairphone promises that aftermarket parts for the repairable phone will continue to be available. This also includes the camera module upgrade which allows the Fairphone 3 to match what the Fairphone 3+ has. As if that weren’t enough, the company is promising an Android 11 update in 2022. It will be a bit late, but at least it still happens.
No other smartphone on the market can proudly offer such a service, but then again, no other smartphone is so easy to repair. Of course, there have been a lot of bumps along the way, like having to stick to an older processor, but a new Fairphone 4 with 5G is expected to arrive soon to give the line a much-needed upgrade.