Price of Canonical's Ubuntu Edge smartphone lowered and now fixed at $695 until the end of the campaign

Price of Canonical's Ubuntu Edge smartphone lowered and now fixed at $695 until the end of the campaign

The story of the Ubuntu Edge isdefinitely an inspiring one – a promise of computing convergence,along with sometruly dizzying specs.



Unfortunately for Canonical, thecompany behind the Linux-based Ubuntu and the Edgesmartphone, its crowd-sourced campaign over at Indiegogois shaping up to be a failure. Off to an impressive start, the UbuntuEdge managed to raise a whopping $2million in under 12 hours from the start of the campaign on July22. Fastforward to August 7, and the amount raised was $8.37 million –an almost complete stop if you consider that six days earlier, thesum was $7.75 million.



In what seemslike an attempt to bring the campaign back to life, the team behindCanonical has just announced that they're lowering the minimum pledgerequired to secure an Ubuntu Edge. Fixed for the rest of thecampaign, it will now cost you $695, down from $775.



With14 days left until the end of the campaign it is unlikely that thismove will manage to breathe life back into the effort. We remind youthat the campaign will only get funded should it reach its goal of$32 million. In other words: everything or nothing. And 'nothing',precisely, seems likely to be the case. We, for one, can't help buthope we're very wrong.



source: Indiegogo

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5 Comments

1. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Too little too late. Sad.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I really want this to be a success story, but honestly they set their funding goal way too high. More than triple what the largest crowdfunding success had been to date is just way too much. I think that Canonical has a very interesting idea in regards to convergence, but they are a software company, not a hardware one. They need to think along those lines and partner with a manufacturer to make it happen, regardless of how cool the Edge looks.

3. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

If they could do this, why didn't they from the get-go......

4. linas_ltu

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I hope the funding will be successful. They could have already received it if they had chosen Kickstarter.

5. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I for one will be checking back towards the end of the campaign to pledge if it looks like it will go through. I agree with some of the other commentors that they do need lower the $32M down to something more reasonable. Fingers crossed though.

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