Nextbit to Offer CDMA Version of Robin Smartphone
Nextbit today said it plans to make a CDMA version of its Robin smartphone available via Kickstarter beginning Sept. 18. The first 300 units will be available for $299, after which the price will jump to $349. Nextbit says the CDMA phone will run on Verizon's network in the U.S. Nextbit also said it will kick off a color contest today at 2p.m. eastern. The contest will allow Kickstarter backers to propose colors for the device. Nextbit will later put the five most popular choices to vote. The Robin is an Android smartphone that manages storage through close ties to the cloud. It is not expected to ship until the first quarter of 2016.
Nextbit announced the Robin last year, but the company is using CES 2016 to re-introduce the phone just ahead of its launch. This phone focuses on optimizing on-board storage using the cloud.
Nextbit hopes the Robin will convince people to jump into the cloud feet first. This Android smartphone prioritizes which apps and files get to stay on the phone, and which are relegated to Nextbit's servers.
Jan 9, 2018
Nextbit this week warned owners of its Robin smartphone that it plans to shut down its Cloud Storage service on March 1. The company revealed the news in an email to customers.
May 3, 2016
Amazon is kicking off sales of the Nexbit Robin with a limited price. Anyone who buys the phone from Amazon between May 4 and May 10 will pay $299, rather than $399.
Oct 22, 2015
Nextbit has opened up preorders for those interested in its forthcoming Robin smartphone. The phone was initially offered via Kickstarter for $299/$349.