YotaPhone Scraps Plans to Bring Handset to U.S.

Posted by at 9:41 am on July 31, 2015

YotaPhone 2YotaPhone today said it has cancelled plans to bring the YotaPhone 2 to the U.S. even though it raised the necessary funding through an Indiegogo campaign. The company blamed the change in plans on logistical problems with its manufacturing partner.

“We believe the likelihood of a severe delay in these shipments would have created a conflict with our international road map for 2016, leaving Indiegogo supporters behind when customers in other regions will be offered a newer, cheaper and better YotaPhone,” explained YotaPhone in an email provided to its supporters.

“The good news is that, as a result of our growth, we are bringing on a new manufacturing partner who can support the scalability we need in order to quickly bring YotaPhone to various regions around the world, including North America. This includes delivering a new generation YotaPhone with the latest specs and technologies, but also at a lower cost, to allow us to offer better value to our customers in 2016.”

Those who backed the company through Indiegogo can choose to receive the international variant of the phone (which does not support U.S. LTE networks), or receive a refund.

YotaPhone said it is still working out the details for providing the refunds. YotaPhone’s device has two screens: a standard LCD panel on the front, and an e-ink display on the back that can be used to conserve battery life.

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