Nextbit Delays Launch of CDMA Version of Robin
Jan 22, 2016, 1:54 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Nextbit today said the CDMA variant of its Robin smartphone won't be ready as early as hoped. The company initially thought it could get the phone out the door by February, but now believes it will need until April. "The CDMA Robin wasn't in development until we saw [the] response on Kickstarter, and we got a little carried away in the excitement of the campaign," said the company. "Now that we've gone through development and are working out the testing schedule, we think April is more realistic. We don't know exactly when in April as there are still a number of factors outside our control." The GSM version of the Robin will ship to early backers of Nexbit's Kickstarter campaign beginning February 16. The GSM and CDMA versions will both be sold unlocked and support the networks of AT&T/T-Mobile and Sprint/Verizon, respectively.
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.
Sep 17, 2015
Nextbit today said it plans to make a CDMA version of its Robin smartphone available via Kickstarter beginning Sept. 18.
Maybe they under-estimated how tough VZN and SPrint lab testing is?