This seems like a pretty good idea from @Fairphone. Phone subscription that gets cheaper the longer you have it and has a system in-place to reuse parts and recycle what can't be reused!
I mean this definitely seems good, but wouldn't it be better if instead of renting, users bought the phone with the ability to trade it back in after they are done, and get a partial refund dependant on the state of the phone and the number of years it has been in use?
Like I get the circularity advantage of a rental system, but it also means that after paying for the service for five years, you still don't own the phone.
Blog post about it: https://www.fairphone.com/en/2021/10/25/recycling-program/
@athairbirb I see. I'd prefer it if it were an actual trade-in rather than getting a coupon, but it definitely has its benefits.
Also, it seems that blogpost no longer exists (it returns a 404) but I found this page instead: https://support.fairphone.com/hc/en-us/articles/4409533230865-Reuse-Recycle-Program-FAQs
@r0br0t it seems on-par with lots of contract based phones where you get the SIM too, so I can see the appeal there
@kattiekat it does! I think it'll work quite well, pricing it's not so mad compared to other contract phones