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  • Canonical Lowers Ubuntu Edge Pricing

    Phoronix: Canonical Lowers Ubuntu Edge Pricing

    Canonical has listened to the feedback regarding their crowd-funded Ubuntu Edge smart-phone. The company still needs to raise 32 million dollars in the next month, but they have decided to lower the per-unit prices on the phone...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQxODg

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    If they keep the $600 page tag they may fulfill the $32 millions goal, but as it was seen things went a lot slower when only $830 was available, so I doubt they will make it if it is higher than $600

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    • #3
      Variable-pricing pricing campaigns are always harder, I think.
      It's hard not to feel cheated when you ask for a lot of money and then you discover you could have paid a significant amount less if you'd bought yesterday. I know I've been put off by other kickstarters doing that.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
        Variable-pricing pricing campaigns are always harder, I think.
        It's hard not to feel cheated when you ask for a lot of money and then you discover you could have paid a significant amount less if you'd bought yesterday. I know I've been put off by other kickstarters doing that.
        If you have bought the 830$ or the doable deal you'll receive the difference to 625$ so no need to fell cheated as you aren’t.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
          Variable-pricing pricing campaigns are always harder, I think.
          It's hard not to feel cheated when you ask for a lot of money and then you discover you could have paid a significant amount less if you'd bought yesterday. I know I've been put off by other kickstarters doing that.
          They are refunding those people the difference.

          I don't see this succeeding. Its a great idea and will work for 99% of the average desktop user's use cases. However, the type of people who into this type of crowd funding are in the 1%. I also don't trust $700 for a phone with specs to be named later. They should probably use something x86 since its more mature. In a year who knows, maybe they burned through a bunch of money with hardware development and they give me a phone that's comparable to a phone selling for $300.

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          • #6
            i do see them making it to the 32mil even befor this, it's just if the Phone end's up being a POS this may Doom Canonical, and in the pasts Canonical has had the worst QA out of any big player i seen, well maybe MS is just as bad any one remember Windows 95? in 2000 or vista? and, if the phone break after the 28day you're SOL a 700$ to 900$ paper weight and the Phone is GSM only so in the US it's T-mobile or AT&T if you even get support from them at all

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BreezeDM View Post
              They are refunding those people the difference.

              I don't see this succeeding. Its a great idea and will work for 99% of the average desktop user's use cases. However, the type of people who into this type of crowd funding are in the 1%. I also don't trust $700 for a phone with specs to be named later. They should probably use something x86 since its more mature. In a year who knows, maybe they burned through a bunch of money with hardware development and they give me a phone that's comparable to a phone selling for $300.
              Do you really believe that a smartphone with quad-core CPU, 128GB SSD and sapphire crystal screen protector that can run native Ubuntu OS if you dock it with mini HDMI cable will cost 300$ in the next 10 months?

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              • #8
                I think the big elephant in the room is carrier subsidies. Most people expect to pay $100 or so upfront, and lock into a contract. I would love to get one of these phones when I renew my cellphone contract, but I wouldn't splurge on a $600 or higher purchase of a cellphone right now.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by verde View Post
                  Do you really believe that a smartphone with quad-core CPU, 128GB SSD and sapphire crystal screen protector that can run native Ubuntu OS if you dock it with mini HDMI cable will cost 300$ in the next 10 months?
                  cheap SSD's die fast and, it's going to be the ARM native Ubuntu OS (Pukes a little) From what i seen. also its going to start off as the Andoird Ubuntu OS App.... (eww) then move over to Ubuntu Some day

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LinuxGamer View Post
                    cheap SSD's die fast and, it's going to be the ARM native Ubuntu OS (Pukes a little) From what i seen. also its going to start off as the Andoird Ubuntu OS App.... (eww) then move over to Ubuntu Some day
                    You again?

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                    • #11
                      What is the advantage of running Ubuntu on a smartphone? I'm not trolling, just asking. Android seems way ahead of Ubuntu in terms of GUI functionality, while desktop Linux like Ubuntu seems way ahead in terms of the full command line ecosystem.

                      Also, why doesn't Ubuntu push Java more for GUI app development? It seems that many of the best GUI apps, such as the super IDEs like IntelliJ and Eclipse, and even a few games (Minecraft, Wakfu) are Java-based? That seems like an ideal solution to the problems of desktop Linux GUI development.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by verde View Post
                        Do you really believe that a smartphone with quad-core CPU, 128GB SSD and sapphire crystal screen protector that can run native Ubuntu OS if you dock it with mini HDMI cable will cost 300$ in the next 10 months?
                        Easily, Nexus 4 is their demo device, it costs $299 with a BOM to be $157. In 10 months, maybe the cost of 128GB SSD and sapphire crystal screen protector can be included.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LinuxGamer View Post
                          it's going to be the ARM native Ubuntu OS
                          You keep saying that like it's fact despite that not being affirmed as a fact. And before you pull out the "but Android!" bit, I've already sent you a link to Android builds running on Intel architecture. Do try to focus on facts instead of whatever butt hurt fantasy land you're living in.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mendieta View Post
                            I think the big elephant in the room is carrier subsidies. Most people expect to pay $100 or so upfront, and lock into a contract. I would love to get one of these phones when I renew my cellphone contract, but I wouldn't splurge on a $600 or higher purchase of a cellphone right now.
                            Unless Canonical makes a strategic shift, you will NEVER be able to get one on a carrier subsidy. They are only making a limited number and will ship directly to consumers. This is your only guaranteed way to get one. They have indicated they MIGHT do this again in the future if the effort is successful, but no guarantees.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by [Knuckles] View Post
                              Variable-pricing pricing campaigns are always harder, I think.
                              It's hard not to feel cheated when you ask for a lot of money and then you discover you could have paid a significant amount less if you'd bought yesterday. I know I've been put off by other kickstarters doing that.
                              The updated message says

                              "If you contributed at the $830 Ubuntu Edge or $1,400 Double Edge levels before the new perks arrived, we’ll issue you a refund of the difference once the campaign is successful. If you’re happy with the amount you contributed, you can opt out of this refund by emailing us at indiegogoinfo@canonical.com."

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