A BUSINESS has backed Canonical's Ubuntu Edge smartphones, taking one of its "100 phones for $80,000" enterprise bundles.
Alan Pope, an engineering manager at Canonical working on Ubuntu, revealed the news in a tweeted message. He posted a photo as proof of the investment and tweeted, "Boom!... Thank you!"
Now it has $8,509,946 invested towards its $32m goal and two weeks left to raise it. $80,000 sounds small in comparison to $32m, but if the firm sells more enterprise bundles it will carry on in the right direction.
So far it has sold one of 50. Other options include the "one of a kind" $10,000 investment. There are 50 of these, and they offer investors the chance to get one of the first phones off the production line and attend the unveiling to be presented with the phone by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. Six of these have been sold.
More popular are the lower priced investments, and Canonical is taking in $20 contributions. For that cash you get kudos and a name check on a founders page.
The package that offers just the phone has sold out. 1,250 were offered for $775, and 1,250 have sold.
You can, if you want, buy the basic phone package along with a personal listing on the founders page for an extra few bucks. This option apparently is not very popular, and a Canonical has shifted 14 $790 packages. That leaves just 2,986 to sell. µ
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