However, the company's CEO says that mobile network operators expressed interest in the product -- but presumably not enough interest to stump up the rest of the cash themselves.
Speaking to the Guardian, Canonical founder
"It's definitely set a record for the most money raised, but also for the most missed in a campaign." he told the newspaper.
Shuttleworth said that he is still hopeful that there would be a last-minute intervention by a handset maker or industry player who would put in the missing
However, the deadline has passed, and the fundraising website now automatically refunds the backers. If someone comes in now with the missing funds, they may need to try and prevent the other funds being refunded.
Refunds are due to be processed within five days.
He is still committed to the idea of the Edge phone, which acts as a normal smartphone, but can also be plugged into a docking station and effectively becomes the CPU for a desktop computer.
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