Despite successful Indiegogo campaign, the YotaPhone 2 won’t be coming to the U.S.

BY Evan Selleck

Published 31 Jul 2015

image YotaPhone 2

In late February, the YotaPhone 2 was officially unveiled, showing off an overall upgrade to its two-display design.

Soon after, an Indiegogo campaign was launched to bring the device to the United States, as long as it was successful. Indeed, when the campaign wrapped up in late July with nearly $300,000 raised, on backers pledging at least $500 to reserve a unit, it was considered a success. The YotaPhone 2’s arrival in the U.S. seemed like a sure thing.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

As revealed by The Verge citing emails sent to U.S.-based Indiegogo backers by Yota Devices, the creator of the YotaPhone 2, the device is actually not coming to the U.S. after all. The cancelation is due to serious issues that arose with the company’s manufacturing partner, including “unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone 2 from our manufacturer.” The company also added that the “logistics were insurmountable and the device would simply arrive too late.”

“Too late” is apparently referencing an arrival date sometime in 2016, as Yota Devices notes that if they went ahead with their current manufacturing partner, and stuck to the U.S. launch plans for the YotaPhone 2, it would somehow conflict with the company’s plans for 2016. Yota Devices actually notes that if they had stuck with this plan, then other regions of the world would already be getting even better YotaPhones by the time U.S. backers were receiving the YotaPhone 2.

According to Yota Devices, Indiegogo backers have two choices:

    1. For those who are avid fans of our hardware and innovation, we offer you the option to receive an International version of YotaPhone 2 (YD201) in Black only. For those backers living outside of North America, this is the exact phone we already planned to send you. For those living in the US, this phone will work with major GSM carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile. The unfortunate situation is that it will remain locked to HSPA+ (3G/3G+) bands and will not be active on 4G/LTE.

    2. For those of you who are not interested in the International YotaPhone 2, you’ll have the option to request a refund. We’re still figuring out the logistics for this, but the refunds will not be charged back to your credit card. We will instead send a reimbursement to you directly.

So, wait for a refund, or go with the international version of the handset and lack LTE-connectivity. Not the best situation, but Yota Devices is already looking to the future. The company is partnering with a new manufacturer to focus on the next handsets, and their shipping locations, which includes the United States. The YotaPhone 2 just won’t be in that mix.

Did you back the YotaPhone 2 in the U.S.?

[via The Verge]