Despite a successful Indiegogo campaign to convey the global’s first twin-sided W-Ink phone to the US, the YotaPhone 2’s stateside free up has formally been cancelled. YotaPhone despatched out emails to backers this morning permitting them to understand of they wouldn’t be receiving their units as deliberate, bringing up “unexpected delays” in manufacturing, a crux for any telephone startup.
To make amends, YotaPhone is providing those early backers both a world type — which isn’t suitable with US LTE bands (however HSPA+ will paintings simply high-quality) — or a whole refund. According to YotaPhone, sticking a US-suitable modem in their telephone used to be harder than anticipated. The corporate — who says claims they have been blindsided via the construction — positioned complete blame on their provider who wasn’t in a position to satisfy their commitments.
“This in spite of spending months finalizing and securing the deal to convey to lifestyles the North American version of YotaPhone 2, and once we introduced this campaign we have been assured our provider might be in a position to practice thru with their dedication. This used to be a surprise to everybody at Yota Devices, and our management group, together with our CEO, met with the producer final week in a final-ditch attempt to discover a answer however the logistics have been insurmountable and the software might merely arrive too past due.”
So, why not simply e mail backers approximately delays and ship them the telephone later than at first deliberate (like different crowd investment campaigns incessantly do)? YotaPhone says the delays might have interfered with their 2016 roadmap, that is once they plan to release a brand new YotaPhone at a extra reasonably priced worth than the originals.
Where does YotaPhone pass from right here? The just right information is they’ve introduced on a brand new production spouse to make sure one thing like this doesn’t occur once more and that they may be able to convey a brand new YotaPhone — with up to date hardware specifications — to the US temporarily and with none factor. For actual this time.