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After $1 Million in Kickstarter Sales, NextBit Adds Verizon Option for Robin Phone

The upstart says it will offer the first 300 Verizon phones for $299, with later units selling for $349.

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Aspiring smartphone maker Nextbit said Thursday that, fueled by strong demand for its cloud-first smartphone, it is adding an additional model that is designed for Verizon’s network.

The first model, which is designed for GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, has already helped the company raise upward of $1 million in Kickstarter backing, more than doubling its initial target. The company said it will sell the first 300 Verizon models for $299, with the price then going up to $349.

Nextbit initially tried to market its cloud services to other device makers and carriers, but decided earlier this year to pivot and become a phone manufacturer itself.

It faces a slew of competitors also targeting the affordable premium end of the market, including big names such as Motorola and upstarts like OnePlus and John Sculley-backed Obi.

While choosing to sell its first phone on Kickstarter to gauge demand, Nextbit already has millions in funding from Accel, Google Ventures and other investors.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.