If you were one of the thousands of people that contributed to Jolla's landmark crowdfunded tablet project, we've got some bad news: you may not be getting your Jolla Tablet.
Those that have followed the Finnish company in recent months are already well aware of its struggles. As noted in a New Year's post on its official blog, the first small batch of Jolla Tablets was shipped to early Indiegogo backers in the fall. Serious financial issues in the latter months of 2015 crippled the company's production and forced it to rethink matters.
Jolla promised to ship out another small batch of tablets to backers in early 2016. The bad news, the company said, is that they will simply not be able to complete production to fulfill all contributions. In other words, this means that some people who backed the tablet campaign won't be receiving a Jolla Tablet.
The company didn't provide any details regarding how many tablets it plans to ship or how many people will be left out in the cold. It did say, however, that contributors that don't get a tablet won't be left empty-handed and that they might have some positive surprises in store. Jolla said they'd have more information on that matter at a later date and invited readers to speculate on what the backup reward might be.
As we've seen time and time again, crowdfunded campaigns aren't without risk. A recent study found that one in 10 Kickstarter projects fail to deliver on promised rewards and that eight percent of money donated ultimately went to failed campaigns. What's more, only 65 percent of backers surveyed said they received their reward on time.
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