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AT&T to allegedly discontinue the HTC First due to poor sales

AT&T to allegedly discontinue the HTC First due to poor sales - read the full textThe first Facebook phone, it seems, has been a failure. Sales of the HTC First have been a disappointment, to the point where AT&T, the sole carrier of the device in the US, had to slash the price from $99 to $0.99 within a month of the phone's launch. And now, it seems, they will be discontinuing...

 

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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-05-14 13:13 from mB73 - click to readActually, you can easily turn off the FB interface (3 clicks) and underneath it is almost pure stock Android. No HTC Sense skin.

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  • 2013-07-29 20:09
  • ftIC

HTC just can't catch a break...

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  • 2013-05-14 19:40
  • jBuf

> In reply to mickeyroute @ 2013-05-14 10:38 from ib3S - click to readYou said the correct words Nexus 4 sold well yet was unlocked and sold cheap what was HTC and Mark Z thinking 2years contract fail

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  • 2013-05-14 18:42
  • jxXT

$99 with 2years contract or without ? Who the hell would wanna buy a FBphone for 99$ + 2 years contract ? (2YC, it's too long)Even apple don't take a year to release a !phone now.

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  • 2013-05-14 18:24
  • qnSC

Hope it would reduce the price of unlocked version

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  • 2013-05-14 15:45
  • t}AX

"It remains to be seen where Facebook goes from here, as clearly not many have liked their first attempt at entering the mobile phone segment. As for HTC, their bad luck streak just doesn't seem to end."

Correction, their 2nd attempt. Their first attempt was the "cha-cha" as mentioned in the article, which was a piece of s...

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  • 2013-05-14 15:33
  • j8wI

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-05-14 10:26 from 4@9b - click to readI like you.you make sense

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  • 2013-05-14 13:59
  • jA4A

Oh HTC ..
In srilanka SGS4 sells like a hot cake.
But HTC one is like. HTC what ...?
HTC poor marketing and lack of understanding
Killing itself. Its sad to see fine company like HTC
Destructing itself.
In that case hats off for Samsung and RIP HTC .

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  • 2013-05-14 13:47
  • iwpE

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-05-14 11:41 from nciI - click to readnothing to do with stock android at all, a lot of people thought it was a facebook phone, why bother ith a branded device when most people already have more then enough access to facebook in their lives, either through tablet, phone, computer, smart warch, whatever, the integration is needless, the price was also high for what is essentially a weak phone, while there may be a market for this device, its target market already want to own much much more premium galaxies, and iphones, long contracts on gimmick phones and locked to networks will also contribute to poor sales, so to say people do not like stock android, i suggest you look at nexus 4 sales, very cheap handset on pure android, sold like proverbial hotcakes

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  • 2013-05-14 13:27
  • 3xqh

> In reply to mickeyroute @ 2013-05-14 12:18 from ib3S - click to readApples strategy? This is hilarious. Apple sold the iPhone only over one carrier per country with super high payment rates and later they started selling phones unlocked.

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  • 2013-05-14 13:16
  • mB73

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-05-14 11:41 from nciI - click to readWhat has the HTC first in common with stock android? The only thing, that is the same is, that it is build on Android^^ HTC first is totally different than stock android. Never used Android before? There are hundrets of launchers and the Facebook launcher is the one, which people seem to not like, has absolutely nothing to do with Android Stock launcher ^^

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  • 2013-05-14 13:13
  • mB73

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-05-14 11:41 from nciI - click to readnexus devices beg to differ

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  • 2013-05-14 12:48
  • w9K3

Nothing wrong with the Android OS.
The root cause of HTC First failure was due to:

1) Outdated hardware. HTC should be blame on this. HTC should able to advise FB for a premium device and not an outdated device. Mark Z has been cheated by HTC.

2) Tied to 2 years AT&T. This is a huge mistake by FB.
By right FB should follow Apple's iPhone strategy to have world wide release for unlock phone.

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  • 2013-05-14 12:18
  • ib3S

This only proves stock android isn't the answer.People hate stock android.

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  • 2013-05-14 11:41
  • nciI

Facebook is so yesterday, no wonder on body wants it...

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  • 2013-05-14 11:34
  • 2Cdx

What they should have asked themselves first is this: in all honesty, do people today really want MORE (not better, just more, mind you) Facebook in their lives, or well, maybe... LESS? Not a hard question to answer, if only one pays attention to the myriad of comments out there complaining about the whole "I caught the bear but it won't let go of me" nature of Facebook...

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  • 2013-05-14 10:59
  • Mvvy

Mark's plan to even bring those advertisement in front of us everywhere failed lol..I guess people are not dumb enough to buy mark's strategy

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  • 2013-05-14 10:54
  • w0Pt

FB know nothing about device marketing. They should learn from Google.

FB should sell this HTC First as unlocked phone in FB website with price like $149. It must be cheaper than Nexus 4.

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  • 2013-05-14 10:38
  • ib3S

$99 with 2years contract or without ? Who the hell would wanna buy a FBphone for 99$ + 2 years contract ? (2YC, it's too long)Even apple don't take a year to release a !phone now.

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  • 2013-05-14 10:33
  • qnSC

I feel the FB Marketing VP should be fired!!!!!!!!
He/She know nothing about the what people want in FB smartphone.

Imagine if FB can offer the similar specs (not more & no less) like in Google Nexus 4 but customized to FB, the situation will be different.

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  • 2013-05-14 10:31
  • ib3S

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