Indiegogo suspends campaign for "frank." phone after Terms of Use violation

Indiegogo suspends campaign for "frank." phone after Terms of Use violation

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Earlier this month, two entrepreneurs from Ottawa, Canada launched a crowdfunding campaign for the “frank.” phone. The main premise was that smartphone are too expensive, and there needs to be a phone priced competitively that does everything you need it to. The project had a very edgy tone, using phrases like “It’s just another fucking phone but it’ll only cost you $180.” and “It’s about time to disrupt the shit out of the North American smartphone industry.”
Unfortunately for the Frank team (and anyone who wanted the phone), Indiegogo has now suspended the project’s crowdfunding campaign and automatically refunded all contributions. The page now has this message at the top:

This campaign has been closed by Trust and Safety due to a violation of our Terms of Use. The campaign will no longer be accepting contributions, and the Campaign Owners no longer have access to the campaign.

If you read our previous post about the Frank phone, you’ll know that it was based on an existing OEM design sold on Alibaba. The message doesn’t state what part of Indiegogo’s Terms of Use the project violates, but leaving out any mention of using an existing reference design may have been the problem. The project’s page might lead you to believe it was entirely developed in-house, with images of whiteboards and sketches of the phone’s design. The project’s About page even stated, “After many design variations, models, prototypes, and a few fights with the whiteboard, he [one of the entrepreneurs] was able to strike a good balance between build quality and design quality.”
The team behind Frank. phone responded to our initial post by saying the development process was more complicated than simply picking an existing device. “We’re working with the mould, making customization and improvements, such as the upgrade to the front camera and the upgrade to Android 7.0, and

Article originally published at: Android Police