Well, that didn’t take long. Remember the “frank.” phone that Rob went hands-on with last week? It appears that device isn’t going to see the light of day. At least, not for some time, after the latest blow to the company left them without a crowd-funding platform.

Indiegogo suspended the frank. campaign, and immediately sent out refunds to all of its backers. A move that’s sure to shake things up in the sub-$200 Android phone’s camp, if it doesn’t completely take the wind out of their sails.

The cause for the suspension is an undisclosed violation of Indiegogo’s terms of service.

Frank Phone Feature

While it is unknown what part of Indiegogo’s Terms of Use the project violates, the folks at Android Police have a hunch that leaving out any mention of using an existing reference design may have been the problem.

For being “just another fucking phone”, these guys sure do know how to stir up controversy. It’s hard to say if it’s all a big publicity stunt or not – I mean, after all, Rob’s thoughts about the device weren’t all bad.

But, without a means of raising cash, it’s hard to see the $180 Android phone ever seeing the light of day.

Is this the end of the road for “frank.”?

At any rate, we’ll be sure to keep an eye on this story, and let you know if and when there are any new developments. For now, it might just be safe to say RIP to frank.

Maybe next time, guys.


  1. Well this is a shame to see. I’ve reached out to Fahd Alhattab to try and learn more about what’s happened.

    I have a feeling I’m going to get some slack and “I told you so’s” over this one.

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