Take the txtr beagle, for example. This 5″ disappointing excuse for an ereader was originally announced in October 2012, but never actually made it to market.
This past week I decided to see if it was available yet.
Update: The beagle is now available from. They’re only shipping to Germany.
Txtr had planned to sell it to telecoms so it could be bundled with smartphones and/or new contracts, but it’s been 6 months since that was announced and it looks like no telecom wants it. That’s probably why txtr opted for releasing it via retail channels, only that doesn’t seem to have happened either.
Just over a month ago I reported that this smartphone companion would be released in the US and in Germany. Retail was supposed to be $69 and 59 euros, much higher than txtr’s original promised 10 euro price tag.
Well, it’s a month later and so far as I can tell the beagle still is not available anywhere. It was supposed to be available via this site, but as you can see it is still listed as pre-order. The beagle was also supposed to be sold in Germany, but I can’t find any online retailer who has it in stock (not Amazon.de, MediaMarkt, etc). I also can’t find any sign of new beagle owners on Twitter or Youtube gushing about their purchase. There’s also no word from txtr explaining the delay, but I wasn’t really expecting them to answer my press query.
If you have a beagle or know where it, please leave a comment. I want to know if it really is available, and I bet at least some readers are also interested.