Users have been able to buy Ubuntu phones from online stores for a while now, and they are available in a number of regions, like China, Russia, Europe, and the United States, in a more limited fashion. It took a while, but now the phones are also available in the stores with contracts to drive the price even lower.
When the first Ubuntu phones were announced back in February 2015, Canonical said that a number of operators will pick up the phones, and they will sell them through the stores. That didn’t happen until now, but that’s changing. It’s not done by a big company, but it falls in line with the company policy.
An Ubuntu fan posted a picture taken in a shop in Germany named Saturn with the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition discounted from €169,90 ($185) to €1 ($1). The discount is provided by a mobile operator named Debitel.
It’s not a big step for the Ubuntu phones, but it’s an important one because it signals the fact that adventurous users might get their hands on phones with a new and innovative operating system based on Linux.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht