Ubuntu Edge campaign approaching $8 million, momentum slows, new perks added

Ubuntu Edge campaign approaching $8 million, momentum slows, new perks added
As the fundraising campaign works its way into its tenth day, the tally stands in excess of $7.75 million, a good amount of money indeed, but still far short of its goal of $32 million. Fortunately, Canonical has added perks and other enticements to keep interest in the project strong.

Ubuntu Edge devices can be reserved on different tiered price points based on finite quantities (a scarcity tactic) and at the time of this writing, there are still some devices available at the $775 mark before the price bumps to the $780.

Of course not everyone can afford (or simply chooses not to spend that kind of money) the Ubuntu Edge as priced, but thankfully there are $20 (founder) and $30 (forgot international shipping) perks to pledge your support. Some folks do not like to spend money and not have anything to show for it, well fortunately, for $50 you can be a “founder with style” and get your very own Ubuntu Edge t-shirt.

These are all good things, if you have been thinking of participating in the project, get on board now. The price points include VAT if that is a concern. If the project reaches its goal, the Edge will not become a retail offering. It will however, be a fully unlocked device which will work on GSM and LTE networks around the world (including Verizon and Sprint in the US) capable of delivering Ubuntu desktop to your office directly from the device. On top of that, LastPass is providing a free one-year subscription to LastPass Premium for every Ubuntu Edge backer.

The fundraising campaign is on pace to break records, but truth be told, it is not where it needs to be given the time that has passed already. The goal is still well within reach though, the campaign needs to find some more steam. You are that steam.

Go get yourself a shirt, toss the campaign a twenty-dollar bill if you have one, or better yet, make a pledge to get an Ubuntu Edge.

source: Ubuntu Edge (Indiegogo)

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