YotaPhone 2 US release plans derailed

The dual-screened YotaPhone 2 dates all the way back to the early days of 2014, and after a year of waiting, we finally heard back in January that Yota Devices might have friendlied-up with a US carrier and was working to get its phone in stores. Those rumors ultimately didn’t pan out, and instead the phone would be sold unlocked through crowd funder Indiegogo – maybe not the most ideal situation, but at least US shoppers would have a chance to get their hands on the phone. Well, that was the plan, at least, but this week we learn that those good intentions have gone to naught, as Yota Devices informs Indiegogo backers that it’s pulling the plug on its US release.

The company blames failures from supply chain partners, and despite commitments to have them deliver the needed hardware for US sales, significant delays have since cropped up. While Yota could just delay availability, it’s got some next-gen hardware on the horizon for 2016, and didn’t want to have to pause the US release of this current YotaPhone model so long that it would overlap with the launch of this new model.

Instead, backers are being given two choices: they can request a reimbursement and get their money back, or they can instead elect to receive the international version of the YotaPhone 2. While that model will indeed function on US GSM-based networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, connections will max-out at 3G – no LTE speeds will be available.

Yota Devices reports that after this embarrassment, it’s found a new supplier that it’s confident can deliver on the scale it needs for a proper global release for the next-gen YotaPhone.

Source: The Verge

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