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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13 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

7,798,598 Raised of $32,000,000 Goal 21 days left ======== That's too much (32 million) !!!! WTF

2. Brendan126

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

I agree with that... I think that already raising 7.75 million plus shows that there is enough demand for the phone.

9. chouputra

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Look at how much money apple sell in a month, $16 billion and you say $32 million is too much for high-tech product?

3. link2mutt

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

May, 2014 is too long. If they plan to shipping by the end of this year, It would be better.

10. chouputra

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

This device is not yet created like commercial device do. There are a lot of things to work on such as final hardware design, manufacturing, certification etc. If you want to get a phone right away, go to apple store or something.

4. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

I knew they wouldn't reach their goal.

11. chouputra

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Don't underestimate anything, apple was said to close down more than a decade ago.

5. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

this is desperate, I don't trust shutulwood, he may steal the money and escape to cuba or something, selling a non real product is a con?! where is the law? or does the courts are blind when it comes to anything open source?! Please, protect the ppl money

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It's essentially the same principle as pre-ordering.

12. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

preordering is for a product that is already exist and real. this is an imaginary product that only exists in a 3dmax graphics file!!

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It's the same principle. Your paying upfront for a product you will get in the future. I pre-ordered a ps4. They will in the future make me one and give it to me or give my money back. If you wanna go deeper into it then it's just semantics.

7. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

In my country, with $50 one can buy over ten T-shirts with any color or words he want to paint on them lol

8. chouputra

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Don't mix up selling t-shirt with fund raising.

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