Even if Ubuntu is known for anything else but mobile telephony, the first Ubuntu phone is ready to get on the market and make history. What makes its future customers so excited and full of adrenaline is the fact that it will be produced in a limited number and it will only be sold in Europe.
The operating system is different than that of iPhones and also of Android: the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will sell uniqueness in a box. This is the first time users can buy a phone that works on Ubuntu operating system. The limited period is referring to the fact that the flash sales it will be found in will not last very much. An announcement about the actual, physical release will be made on the 10th of February, on all Ubuntu’s websites: the official one, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and on the Twitter account of BQ.
The price of the phone is very attractive too: only $193, meaning about 170 Euros.
The British company Canonical is one of the biggest fans of Ubuntu, and they are the ones who supported the movement to other gadgets, besides the computer, even if it is in the top 3 operating systems for PC, near Windows and Apple Mac. There has also been a place where the Ubuntu system has shown its beautiful eyes at for the whole world to see: the Mobile World Congress in February 2013. In that moment, they weren’t ready with their own gadget, but the system was being tested on Google Nexus devices. The proper Ubuntu phones have appeared in 2014 at the same Mobile World Congress. Finally, this year has already been a lucky an, for the first sale of Ubuntu phones is ready to go.
Even if the phones will be sold unlocked, the salesmen will automatically give SIM cards that cherish the deals that Ubuntu has with Portugal Telecom, GiffGaff in the UK, Three in Sweden and Amena in Spain.
“If you come out with a new [OS] that’s based on apps and icons then you’re just a ‘me too’ platform. You’ll only be as relevant to developers as the number of users you can bring to them, because you’re adding the burden of supporting a new platform. And for users you’ll only be as good as the apps that you have. We’ve had to switch that model around and deliver an experience that is valuable in its own right – clearly the more services that plug into it the better it becomes, but it’s not fully dependent on them from day one, and for an early adopter audience it’s a great product.”
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