Earlier this week we learned that Nextbit was working to possibly bring its Robin phone to the Verizon and Sprint networks, and now it’s official, at least in regards to Big Red. Nextbit has informed us that the Verizon version of the Robin will go on sale tomorrow, September 18th.
This CDMA model will be available for $299 for the first 300 devices, and after that the Kickstarter price will raise to $349. Aside from the band changes, the phone should still offer all the same specs as the standard GSM version.
As a refresher, that means you get a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3 GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 32 GB of internal storage, 100 GB of cloud storage, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front cam, dual front-facing speakers, and a 2680 mAh battery. For more details, check out our first quick look.
There are still some unknowns here, such as whether Nextbit has directly reached an agreement with Verizon or simply is using compatible bands that “should” work with the network. All we know is that activating unlocked devices to Verizon often causes headaches, even when it shouldn’t from a compatibility standpoint. Hopefully Nexbit will have better luck in this area.
It is also important to note that Nextbit hasn’t mentioned Sprint just yet. That means that they are probably still working to obtain capability (and/or a partnership) with the Now Network, though hopefully an announcement towards that end isn’t too far off.
What do you think, any Verizon customers out there interested in the Robin? Are you excited to see more unlocked devices getting support for Big Red in the wake of the death of contracts, even if activation hurdles still haven’t completely subsided? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.