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Nextbit Shelves CDMA Variant of Its Robin Phone

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Mar 17, 2016, 8:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Nextbit has canceled plans to bring a version of its Robin smartphone to Sprint and Verizon Wireless. The company cited the slow carrier approval process and ballooning expenses as reasons behind its decision. "What people at the carriers, in good faith given our need for quick answers, thought would take 'weeks' has turned into 'months'," explained Nextbit CEO Tom Moss. "What they thought would cost 'hundreds of thousands of dollars' has turned into 'millions'. And we're still not there." The company is refunding those who pre-ordered the CDMA version of the Robin, and is also offering those customers 25% off the GSM version of the Robin should they want it. The Robin runs Android and proactively offloads apps and files to the cloud in order to conserve storage. It is sold unlocked and works with AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Mar 17, 2016, 11:18 AM

Verizon's high standards

Verizon simply wanted the phone to be of the same impeccable quality as the...
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So True, and having done tech support for VZW, I could add several more to your list. Verizon's certification process is ridiculous, especially seeing how crappy many formerly decent phones become when they are offered by Verizon.

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