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AT&T to reportedly drop HTC's 'Facebook Phone' following sluggish sales

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After just over a month of sputtering sales, and a subsequent price drop to $0.99, AT&T will reportedly discontinue the HTC First, otherwise known as the "HTC Facebook Phone."

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According to an inside source, HTC's First, the first handset to come with Facebook's "Home" launcher pre-installed, has performed so poorly that AT&T will end sales of the device return all unsold units to HTC, reports BGR.

While exact numbers have yet to be revealed, the person claims AT&T saw nationwide sales creep along since the First debuted in early April, moving less than 15,000 units through last week. The telecom recently dropped the price of the smartphone down to $0.99.

The publication notes that HTC reserved dedicated floor space for the phone, and posits that the deep discount was meant to move as much inventory as possible before the time period is up.

However, AT&T in a follow-up statement that "as mentioned previously, we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans."

The First was billed as the flagship device for Facebook's Home experience, as it was optimized to take advantage of the social network giant's Android launcher. While it appears that the U.S. run of the handset is coming to an end, future international availability remains unknown.
post #2 of 49

I didn't see that coming....

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post #3 of 49
Just like Facebook stocks. Facebook is way over-rated and over-valued.
post #4 of 49
This is BOGUS, man!!  I'm going to organize a protest against AT&T!!   Who's with me?!
C'mon, I said   WHO'S WITH ME?!!!
 
On another note, however;  What does this have to do with Apple? (On this "Applecentric" news site)  lol.gif
post #5 of 49
With the SGS 4 and HTC One launching at the same time it's not surprising, and it's especially not surprising since almost 70% of smartphones sold on AT&T are iPhones.
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post #6 of 49
Embarrassing

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post #7 of 49
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

After just over a month of sputtering sales, and a subsequent price drop to $0.99, AT&T will reportedly discontinue the HTC First...

 

Maybe $0.98 was the sweet spot?

 

No, probably not...

 

Looks like Mr Zuckerberg just learned that smartphone users want operating systems, not apperating systems.


Edited by GTR - 5/13/13 at 7:15pm
post #8 of 49
HTC eats dust again... ...you begin to feel sorry for 'em. Sorta'....

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post #9 of 49

Not very surprising. Facebook is a sputtering brand at this point.

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So, where are all the fandroids who gloated about iOS not getting Facebook Home?

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post #11 of 49
I am not a big FB fan but this is somewhat surprising, if true. I'll wait until AT&T kills it officially before I believe this news.

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post #12 of 49
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So, where are all the fandroids who gloated about iOS not getting Facebook Home?

Whoa. . . There were gloating Android fans proud of Facebook Home?? The overall two star rating at Google Play would be evidence they were part of a tiny minority if so.

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post #13 of 49
Facebook, the MySpace of tomorrow.
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post #14 of 49
Facebook isn't a driving factor for buying a phone. FAIL.
post #15 of 49
Maybe the Instagram phone will do better.

C'mon AI can't you spin this story with a big anti apple headline? Like AI always does?

Suggestion: This is bad because less android fragmentation will happen?
post #16 of 49

Now to be know as the HTC Last.

post #17 of 49
That was..fast. I remember all the "LOL iOS CANT HANDLE SOMETHING LIKE FACEBOOK HOME ANDROID IS SO AWESOME" trolling like it was yesterday. Turns out, people aren't clamoring for that shit.
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Haha that's hilarious 1smile.gif
post #19 of 49
Facebook is a dogsh*t business model....

I know, I know, they make a lot of money!
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Facepalm!

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post #21 of 49
Saw that coming. I imagine the windows phone is next
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That was..fast. I remember all the "LOL iOS CANT HANDLE SOMETHING LIKE FACEBOOK HOME ANDROID IS SO AWESOME" trolling like it was yesterday. Turns out, people aren't clamoring for that shit.

Really? Where? I didn't see ANYONE bragging about a Facebook themed iOS, anywhere. You know what android fans are doing right now? Buying the One or the GS4. Even after it was released on Google Play, no one seemed interested in Facebook Home.
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Facebook, the MySpace of tomorrow.

 

Nah, Facebook is too big to fail!  

 

Just like Kodak!

 

Washington Mutual...

 

Braniff Airlines

Ziff-Davis

Reader's Digest Corporation

Gateway

Palm

Hewlett-Packard

 

I guess Facebook will be with notable company.

RIP Facebook.

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So, where are all the fandroids who gloated about iOS not getting Facebook Home?

 

So it's really about sticking it to the fanboys on the other side, right? That's why we wish doom on a competing company? Not because of the company or its products but the fact that the other side likes them? I've been around Apple a long time and have suffered through the denigration of the Windows crowd, the proprietary web code that left Macs out totally, the taunts, the predictions of doom and claims of irrelevance. Now that Apple is the top dog in a new world it's our turn to do the taunting, the denigrating, the laughing? Somehow it doesn't feel all that good to me to do that. In a strange way I think it would be a good idea for Apple to produce a Windows RT version of iTunes, a sort of "pay it forward" for Bill and Steve, who down deep actually liked each other apparently.

 

If Apple were the only choice out there it would be a duller tech world, wouldn't it?

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post #26 of 49
Wow looks like we've got some thin skinned Android fans around here.

And yeah, when Facebook Home first came out the tech press did make a big deal about it not being available for iOS, especially with Facebook themselves saying they could only do something like this with Android because its so much more open than iOS is. So yeah I get a certain bit of satisfaction knowing iOS users aren't missing out on much, if anything here.
post #27 of 49

> a sort of "pay it forward" for Bill and Steve, who down deep actually liked each other apparently

 

Anytime you feel that way, click over to Folklore.org and read or re-read about how Gates killed the amazing MacBasic.

 

I'm looking forward to Microsoft going the way of Sun and Wang and the slower, more painfully, the better.

post #28 of 49
Who was going to drop their current phone and the FB phone. It was never going to be a phone people would rush out to buy. If it succeeds, it will be over the long haul.
post #29 of 49
I do remember the media saying Facebook picked their team & it's not Apple. Not an Android fan but glad people realize Android is the operating system Facebook is an app
post #30 of 49

I personally think Zuckerberg & co made a huge mistake when they followed G+´s way of letting everyone add you.

By making subscribers, and opening everything up they took away the core of why I liked Facebook. Privacy & quality content. 

 

Over night it was turned into reshare-over-the-top-to-get-more-subscriber mania just like G+ was. It was a major turn-off, and I more or less stopped using it. 

 

Now it´s just like a poor mans reddit with your annoying far away relatives. 

 

And please don´t reply "You know you can turn it off, restrict it etc". That´s not the point, the point is the whole site change character by these changes. 

post #31 of 49
Shipped and soon to be unshipped.

Too bad HTC can't seem to score a break against the Samsung hype machine.
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post #32 of 49
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So it's really about sticking it to the fanboys on the other side, right? That's why we wish doom on a competing company? Not because of the company or its products but the fact that the other side likes them? I've been around Apple a long time and have suffered through the denigration of the Windows crowd, the proprietary web code that left Macs out totally, the taunts, the predictions of doom and claims of irrelevance. Now that Apple is the top dog in a new world it's our turn to do the taunting, the denigrating, the laughing? Somehow it doesn't feel all that good to me to do that. In a strange way I think it would be a good idea for Apple to produce a Windows RT version of iTunes, a sort of "pay it forward" for Bill and Steve, who down deep actually liked each other apparently.

If Apple were the only choice out there it would be a duller tech world, wouldn't it?

What if the current top dog, Samsung achieves their seeming goal of absolute domination?

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post #33 of 49
There's a general lack of analysis here.

This isn't an expensive flagship phone like the galaxy S4, HTC One, or iPhone 5.

This phone is aimed at young people who would upgrade their smartphone between June and September.

Students who upgrade during the summer months or before the next school year.
By most reviews, it's a decent midrange phone.

If I was an android user I'd be hoping for success. Competition is Good. Even for iOS users.
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So, where are all the fandroids who gloated about iOS not getting Facebook Home?

They don't exist. Most android fanboys don't like home if they are pure google. The thing that bothers me is when a Apple fanboy gets happy about not getting the choice to run an app. 

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They don't exist. Most android fanboys don't like home if they are pure google. The thing that bothers me is when a Apple fanboy gets happy about not getting the choice to run an app. 

 

What a ridiculous statement. "Apple fanboys", and everyone else with an iOS device, has the "choice" to have the facebook App and run it as much as they fucking want. They just don't have the "choice" to have an app take over the entire fucking phone, as facebook home does.  Reasonable people realize that giving capabilities to apps to modify such core aspects of the OS can cause serious useability issues. A bit different than "running" an app, but hey whats the difference, right? It makes your troll more sensational. 

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Most android fanboys don't like home if they are pure google.

 

I like it that you declare yourself to be in a position to make a statement on behalf of 'most Android fanboys'.

 

Keep telling your mirror:

 

"You da man!"

 

post #37 of 49
Hah!! Perfect! I think the thing I hate about FB is that they really don't produce anything tangible. Maybe I'm old here but they are nothing more than a glorified BBS.
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The thing that bothers me is when a Apple fanboy gets happy about not getting the choice to run an app. 

In other words, the thing that bothers you is when other people don't think what you think? Wow, that truly is a horrible state of affairs...you must cry yourself to sleep each night.

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Whoa. . . There were gloating Android fans proud of Facebook Home?? The overall two star rating at Google Play would be evidence they were part of a tiny minority if so.

Did you really expect Google to give a good rating to a product they did not want on Android. Remember they are not evil - in their own minds.
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> a sort of "pay it forward" for Bill and Steve, who down deep actually liked each other apparently


Anytime you feel that way, click over to Folklore.org and read or re-read about how Gates killed the amazing MacBasic.


I'm looking forward to Microsoft going the way of Sun and Wang and the slower, more painfully, the better.

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