It takes a lot of work to make a smartphone compatible with as many carriers as possible, and when you’re an upstart firm just getting ready to release your first phone, all too often that means making some sacrifices. So when we learned that the crowdfunded Nextbit Robin wasn’t just going to push beyond GSM-only compatibility and give supporters the option for a CDMA model that worked with Verizon, but also one that would operate on Sprint, it was definitely cause to be excited. Now it’s nearly time for the first Robin handsets to ship out to backers, and that group was supposed to also include those who had elected to go with this CDMA-compatible version. Unfortunately, it’s now coming to light that the CDMA Robin isn’t quite ready for its big debut, and we’ve got a slightly longer wait in store.
Nextbit explains that this whole CDMA business was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, encouraged by user response of Kickstarter. That meant that development started a bit late, and while Nextbit was very much hoping that it would be ready to go by February, right alongside the GSM Robin, the manufacturer finds itself forced to admit that its timeline was maybe a little too optimistic.
There’s still no hard-and-fast release date for the CDMA Robin, but Nextbit reports that sometime in April is looking like the most realistic window.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled on the Robin Kickstarter page for updates; Nextbit promises that it will update backers with news on the ETA for the CDMA Robin as more information becomes available.