Jul 24 AT 8:23 AM Nick Gray 13 Comments

Ubuntu Edge crowd funding campaign introduces new lower cost perk tiers


If you missed out on the first day $600 Ubuntu Edge perk tier, fear not. Canonical has updated the Indiegogo campaign with nine new perk tiers which span the gap between the original $600 and $830 pledge amounts. Backers are rewarded with the limited edition Edge smartphone that dual-boots Ubuntu and Android. Each of the new tiers will be unveiled once the previous tier is sold out.

The Ubuntu Edge may not be for everyone, but the campaign has shown that there are quite a few smartphone junkies out there who are willing to invest their hard earned cash to help fund an idea which could lead to the next smartphone revolution. With $4.2 million already secured in less than two days, the Ubuntu Edge crowd funding campaign shouldn’t have any issue reaching its $32 million target.

ubuntu-edge-IndieGogo_Perk-listShow Press Release

More opportunities to get your Ubuntu Edge

Hi everyone

The last few days have been absolutely incredible — over $3.5 million in the first 40 hours. We’ve broken records, we’ve attracted the attention of the world, and we’re marching closer and closer to bringing the Ubuntu Edge to life. $32 million is a huge number, and we’ve never danced around this fact. To get there, we’re going to need your help to bring family, friends, fans, and followers to the campaign.

This crowdfunding process has already provided us with a lot of great feedback, especially about our perks — and we’ve been listening to it all. You told us you want more opportunities to get the Ubuntu Edge at a lower contribution level, so we went back to our spreadsheets and came up with a solution. Today we’re changing our perk levels. We’ll offer a limited number of phones at each level, and as each tier runs out the next ones will be made available, so act quickly to get the best deal!

You’ll only see the first few levels on the campaign page today, but continuing our habit of openness and transparency we want to share the whole plan with you.

Hundreds of you have already contributed $830 for an Ubuntu Edge, but don’t worry. We’ll refund the difference at the end of the campaign so you won’t lose out. We’ll contact you all directly with more information.

We need to keep the campaign momentum going. Please help by sharing the news and, of course, keep pledging!

The Ubuntu Edge team

Source: Indiegogo

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Really hope they hit their funding goal so I can get one. An Android phone with these specs (fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage) would easily sell for $800+ next year. Maybe they can use Tegra 5 if it comes out on time.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I agree. I totally want this! I just wish HTC, or some other Tier 1 OEM would partner with them to bring costs down even further. You KNOW Canonical is getting hit hard with higher-than-normal manufacturing prices, and that sucks.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        HTC or other Tier 1 OEMs would charge a premium to build this device for Canonical. Yes, it would be a high quality device, but they are better off going with one of the no-name chinese manufacturers who can push out a device like this at really low cost.

    • David Goldstick

      Would easily sell for $800+ next year? No, it would sell for about the same price as upper mainstream models today. Ubuntu’s simply not going to hit mainstream by selling $800 devices.

    • Senthilkumar Raju

      OK. I have decided to pledge $625 + $30. I hope I will find a use for such device. :) I feel I have too many computers already. But if it is a success I will definitely develop for it, so it should be worth it. This phone is awesome I have posted about it.


  • halo0

    Just got in at $625. Here’s hoping this happens!

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  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    And just like that, the $625 tier is now sold out. Funding is up to 4.6 million now. Let’s see how long it takes for the $675 tier to fill up.

  • Senthilkumar Raju

    OK. I have decided to pledge $625 + $30. I hope I will find a use for such device. :) I feel I have too many computers already. But if it is a success I will definitely develop for it, so it should be worth it.

    Its awesome phone, I have posted about it


  • Sachin

    Hey, can anyone please tell me how to pledge the amount for this awesome device?