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Robin is the only cloud-first smartphone. It gets smarter every day and makes running out of space history.
Robin is the only cloud-first smartphone. It gets smarter every day and makes running out of space history.
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The Fullest House

Posted by Nextbit (Creator)

Team Nextbit is getting big. This week, we officially filled our last desk at rebel base. Our team has grown almost 50% since the beginning of our Kickstarter campaign, and a lot of these new Rebels are here to make sure that you have the best experience possible.

Caught up in the moment

You want the future to be here already. You want your Robin today. We feel the same way. We know CDMA backers want to know when their Robins will arrive. We wanted to wait until we could give you an exact date, but we can’t wait anymore.

The CDMA Robin wasn’t in development until we saw your response on Kickstarter, and we got a little carried away in the excitement of the campaign. When we estimated we would deliver CDMA Robin in February, we were being optimistic. 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. We will keep you up to date, as we get more and more information.

We know this isn’t the type of news you want to hear and we’re sorry. We’d love to tell you all the Robins would ship in February like we planned, or at least give you an exact date. Stay true, Rebels. We are gonna do this.


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      Michael Bamberg on

      Last update was over two weeks ago! What's up Nextbit? what is the deliver schedule? Whose is being shipped now? I'm one of the first 500, let's get some (good) news.

    2. Sean King on

      So I ordered a GSM (AT&T) early bird special Robin. Will I be receiving mine in February previously said or in April?

    3. Shiv Manas on

      @Steve: As far as we know, only the CDMA phones are delayed.

      Read this article to find out the difference between GSM and CDMA:

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      JW on

      In my experience in working with the cellphone network providers the thing that takes frustratingly long is the length of time it takes to get a device certified for use on their networks. I imagine that there was a GSM version almost ready to test, or at least in the testing queue, by the time this project launched - but of course since the decision to offer a CDMA version was made only during the campaign, it would have taken a short time to have one ready to test, and then to get into the testing queue. It is not as if the CDMA modifications take an extraordinarily long time to do, it is the time you have to wait to have it certified - at which point you can go into mass production.

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      ianfoye on

      Too many posts to reply to! Commiserating with everyone here. I'm upset that the CDMA version will be rather far behind in tech by the time I figured it's life span would be. It is close to the Nexus 5x I think, which was offered as a lower cost option to the 6p, right? So, lower tech shipped late is the biggest bummer of this kickstarter.

      Compensation would be great, but we all know it isn't something they would offer. It seems like using the excuse of 'CDMA was not the original idea for this phone!' is just convenient. I won't even claim to know how much of a difference building the device to do CDMA from a first idea of GSM, but I hope that doesn't mean that our devices will perform worse coming from the back burner.

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      JW on

      @Sean, I understand your disappointment in any delay but you have to understand that on Kickstarter you are backing the idea and plan to bring something to fruition, and the timeframes given are only estimates. There is certainly no contract between you and the creator stating that delivery dates must be met, or even that the stated specifications cannot change as the project progresses, as long as they endeavour to do their best to deliver at some point something that in within the spirit of what was originally pitched.
      And I have no doubt that all of our "investments" went into developing and manufacturing the Robin phone. But I'm also sure the company has plenty of other funding - equity, debt, whatever - and it is only understandable that the company would be using those funds not only to supplement their Kickstarter funding in order to create their first phone but also to develop all aspects of their company's infrastructure as well as marketing and future product development.

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      vandeetz on

      @Michael your argument doesn't hold water here. Nextbit was well underway on the design and engineering of the GSM phone before ever starting this campaign. The CDMA version is well behind, they hoped they could get this out faster, but it didn't work out.

      In hindsight they should've limited the KS to the GSM Robin only, but it's very disingenuous to argue the GSM and a CDMA phone that didn't exist at the beginning of this campaign should be on the same/similar release time frames

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      Sean Kirwin on

      My 'investment' in Nextbit is for one Robin handset, in working order and delivered on schedule. That's it. It was a fairly specific agreement. What it seems like is that I invested in Nextbit to build it's brand globally at trade shows & conferences while missing deadlines for their (only) paying customers. I understand Nexbit wants to grow its business but I funded a phone, not a company. I don't have equity in Nexbit, so it's unclear to me why they are spending time building their business & not building my phone.

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      Michael on

      People complaining about the CDMA'ers complaining is hilarious. This campaign launched on September 1 and the Verizon/CDMA version was announced on September 17th. At the end of the day these timelines don't add up and they are well off the original February fulfillment date.

    10. Thomas Mims on

      I completely understand the reasoning for the delay, since the CDMA version wasn't started until after the campaign began. I can easily wait a couple more months, and I don't really care that the tech will be "outdated" or anything like that because that's just how the tech world works. Everything is outdated. I am a little disappointed though because I convinced my mom to pre-order the CDMA version, and she is still rocking an iPhone 4 which is starting to give up on her. So if I had known it wouldn't be till April, I would've suggested a different phone for her, strictly just due to the fact hers is about to fail completely. So really, I just wish we had been given a very rough estimate prior to the pre-orders ending. Either way, still super excited to get the phone!

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      JW on

      A couple of months delay in getting the CDMA version out seems reasonable and understandable, given the history of this version and since it began development well after the GSM version. In retrospect, perhaps Nextbit should have been a little more realistic about the timelines when adding this variant, but if they deliver on their current timeframe estimates, they will still easily be in the top 20% of Kickstarter projects in terms of their ability to deliver as closely to their initial projections during their campaign.
      And I don't quite understand the whining from those complaining that their phone will now be 6 months to a year behind the current "top specs" - the phone you are "buying" (OK, Kickstarter is not a store, I know...) was significantly less expensive than a current state-of-the-art phone, and has design features (for better or worse, just depending on your tastes I guess) that you can't get elsewhere.

    12. Elisabeth on

      I was honestly expecting it to be a bit later, especially since the CDMA development started later. I know you guys won't let it us down and you'll get it right and that's what matters.

    13. Joseph Steig on

      If Nextbit can deliver this in April it should make BlackBerry and others truly embarrassed. That may be damning with faint praise but the cycle time for smaller companies to get a CDMA variant out there is always excruciatingly long. April will be a relative blink of the eye.

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      Daniel McKenzie on

      I have all the a lot of empathy for all the Verizon and other cdma carrier users whom are future nextbit owners. I was absolutely fuming as for a while there I thought I was the one who was going to wait an extra few months. I've been working with this backup iPhone 4s since late November and if I had to wait longer I would lament investing in nextbit... And let's face it, no one here wants that

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      Lars on

      I understand the disappointment with a lot of people, we all want our Robin. But you have to understand where the CDMA version comes from. Nextbit never meant to make that version, they only decided they would provide it when the Kickstarter campaign was already very much in swing because people were asking about it. So they didn't have to do it, but they did. This also means that the CDMA version would have been well behind the GSM version in terms of production because it got added so much later. They are trying so very hard to give us all a memorable and enjoyable experience, but these factors are largely out of their control, so bear with them please.

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      Craig Kobayashi on

      CDMA backers should at least get a mascot figurine or some other good faith gesture to at least give us something to look forward to in February. Hell, I haven't even received my postcard yet, and I'm in California!

    17. Steve on

      (That should read 'now delayed' , not 'none delayed'. Thanks)

    18. Steve on

      I echo the question below re CDMA - I'm not a techie; I don't even know what CDMA means. Does this announcement mean ALL phones are none delayed until (at least) April? If so, the announcement was a bit 'matter of fact'.. BOOM, "2 more months, thanks guys, bye!" Could someone clarify re CDMA vs 'normal' version please.

      Disappointing to say the least.

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      Devin M on

      Unfortunately i have to agree with everyone else February would have been perfect but i should have expected this to happen. Sadly i have a broken phone and can't wait that long until it ships in April. :(

    20. Sami Pitts on

      Reading this news plus a lot of people's comments really has me feeling disappointed and cheated in a way. I was excited backing up a new company with new ideas and cool design for a phone but the trend on Kickstarter is to over promise. Over promise on features, release date, quality, etc to only be let down by waiting forever while in this case, the tech inside the phone becomes so last year. I mean really? So does that mean Nextbit is going to have to play catch up with every phone they release? I mean, that is if they survive their first launch. By the time I get my phone, it's going to be too little too late and the nostalgia would have worn off long before then. And what do we get in return? A phone that we'll all want to replace in another year and most likely not by another Nextbit phone.

    21. Tracee de Jesus on

      I think the delay is understandable given the CDMA version wasn't even part of the original plan. Sorry, i know this doesn't make the wait any easier, but I really believe that it's going to be worth the wait.

    22. Ke'Marcus Jenkins on

      As excited I was to get this phone, this is pretty saddening. Spec wise, it'll be a year behind all other phones being released this year (Not the end of the world, but not that great either). I also feel a little concerned, since it feels like they put the CDMA version on the back burner. Funded in October, "shipped" in April? Probably won't back phones on Kickstarter anymore. No one's fault.

    23. Hunter Stephenson on

      I love this phone. I don't even own it. Never touched it. But I love the concept of this phone. I'm very, very sad that the CDMA is going to be that far out. I don't think I can wait that long for the technology that is included in the phone. Maybe the next phone, but not almost 9 month old specs (or near that). I really wanted this phone too. I don't see why the Verizon bands can't just be stuck in there like the Moto X Pure and the Nexus phones and then sold without Verizon's consent. That's what they did, right? Verizon had no clue what my Nexus 6P was when I activated it, nor my Nexus 5X for my family member. I wish you guys could just stick the bands in the phone and ship it, and let us worry about getting it to work. Verizon's policy is they it will take any unlocked phone that works on its network. They've changed that. So I'm not too sure what factors are causing the delays. Anyone?

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      Sean Kirwin on

      If you don't have a more specific date than 'April', I'm going to guess that means May.

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      Sean Kirwin on

      I backed this phone on Kickstarter knowing February was an ambitious delivery timeline but I genuinely thought you would pull it off. But you didn't. Now you're just another Kickstarter project that overpromises and late-delivers.

    26. Jo Hibbert on

      Disappointed with a definite capital D. Have similar concerns as posted below regarding currency of technology by the time it actually appears in our hands. Perhaps you might consider extra special deals for original backers on the purchase price of future generation Robins.

    27. Justin Esquibel on

      Thanks for the update!!! The timeline is responsible, it was added after the campaign started. Thanks for being honest from the get go!! Stay true

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      Gerardo Merlos on

      well that sucks I wasn't expecting the phone that late. should have put a different date than February when the pledge was up.

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      Tyler Scow on

      Sad to say but I wish I could cancel. Kind of seems silly waiting till april for a phone that at launch will be 1 year old technology, I was okay with february but this really kills it for me. Oh well, cant get out now, guess ill just have to wait.

    30. Mariana on

      Will all the non CDMA phones ship earlier?

    31. Josh Dusel on

      This comes as no surprise to me. It's a bummer, but not a surprise.

    32. Joseph Brennan on

      Thanks for the update guys. I appreciate everyone's hard work to get the Robin out. I am very excited to be a part of Nexbit Wave One, and can't wait to get my hands on a Robin. That being said, it is a very long time from funding to delivery. Perhaps, with the CDMA variant, you would consider allowing us to put our pledge dollars for the phone and accessories towards the next Robin?

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      Michael on

      Disappointed with the timeline but understandable. Unfortunately I have a phone with a cracked screen and can't wait, good luck to you guys.

    34. Luna on

      Im with you John!!

    35. John Proffer on

      I expected delays. But in all honesty, phones are perhaps the fastest-decaying piece of technology in existence. Newest phones are outperformed or out-featured by competitors within 6 months. So delays on this phone are actually a bad thing. If there's any more delays I'll have to ask for my money back.

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      Doug C on

      Dang it! Thats so far away. Appreciate the projected date though.

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      Scott Thompson on

      Thanks so much. I don't think many of us expected a date, just an update :).