Nextbit Cancels CDMA Version Of Its Cloud-focused Robin Smartphone

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Waiting for the US CDirect Memory Access (DMA) version of the Nextbit Robin "cloud phone?" Well, there is some poor news: the variant has been cancelled. This means that those hoping to utilize the Robin on Verizon or Sprint's network are now out of luck.


"We are unable to ship a CDirect Memory Access (DMA) version," assumed Nextbit's CEO Tom Moss in a post on the San Francisco-based company's official website. He also explained in detail the reason behind the decision. Here is what he said:

As you can imagine, we were in a rush. The Kickstarter campaign is only 30 days long, and it wasn’t until the second week of the campaign that we realized the demand and started the investigation. Becautilize of this, we had to go with the best information we could acquire before the campaign was over, and over time it turned out that this information was not accurate. What people at the carriers, in fine faith given our need for quick answers, thought would hold “weeks” has turned into “months”. What they thought would cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars” has turned into “millions”. And we’re still not there. The goal posts are still being moved, and at this point, we think it is better to cancel this version rather than continue to try and create progress with no clear answers to offer regarding when we would actually be able to ship.

We first realized there was a gigantic delta between what we originally thought and reality in January. It should have been sooner but to be honest a gigantic part of the problem is how long it takes just to acquire the correct information (and in some cases, what we were doing was a “one-off” for the carriers and they didn’t even decide themselves yet how it would be treated until as late as a week ago). Even then, we believed we could recover and launch in March. Then recent information came up and it became April. We really thought that would be it, but yet again, we were wrong. We should have known better. We were not sufficiently doubtful of what we were trecent given everything we already krecent from our experience at previous companies. We were too optimistic, too bullish, and as a result we have to deal with our biggest fear, disappointing you, our supporters. This is poor for you, and this is poor for us. The best we can do is sdiscontinue you this explanation with our sincerest apologies, and try to create sure you don’t suffer any financial loss in addition to the disappointment of not receiving a CDirect Memory Access (DMA) Robin.

All CDirect Memory Access (DMA) backers will acquire complete refund within the next 48 hours. In addition, they'll also acquire a 25% discount code which can be used with a purchase from the company's online store.

In case you aren't already aware, the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) variant of the Nextbit Robin went on sale in February, and was srecent out within a day.

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