AT&T may have sold only 10 000 HTC First smartphones to date

AT&T may have sold only 10 000 HTC First smartphones to date
It has been one month since AT&T exclusively launched the HTC First "Facebook phone" in the U.S. Initially priced at $99 on contract, the handset was expected to be a hit among users of the popular social network, but now it seems like few people have actually chosen to buy one. In fact, according to Trip Chowdhry – an analyst for Global Equities Research, only about 10 000 HTC First units have been sold by AT&T since the smartphone's release. What could have possibly gone wrong?

Well, the HTC First simply isn't cool enough to attract Facebook users, according to the analyst. In other words, there isn't much to make it stand out as having Facebook Home pre-installed is definitely not a killer feature. Facebook's launcher isn't doing well either, having amassed thousands of one-star reviews on the Google Play Store. Although it has been downloaded well over a million times, it is still unclear how many of the people who have tried Facebook Home are still actively using it.  

Still, the HTC First is definitely not a bad mid-range smartphone, and those who aren't fond of Facebook Home are free to turn it off. AT&T currently has the device priced at a dollar on contract, most likely in attempt to boost its lackluster sales figures. For more information about the device, make sure you read our HTC First review.

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  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(14.3h talk time)

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10 Comments

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If they had offered it as a stock Android device, it probably would have sold more.

4. HASHTAG unregistered

Then they should just buy a Nexus device.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

But what Nexus device is on AT&T? Also, $99 on contract (or free now) sounds a lot better to the average consumer than $300 off contract for a Nexus 4, if they even know about the Nexus 4. Then they would have to give up LTE if they live in one of AT&T's LTE markets.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Shocker of shockers... Nobody asked for a Facebook phone besides Zuck.

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

10,000 You forgot the comma, Nick.

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

It's the same.

9. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's the principle, plus the fact that he purposely hit the spacebar.

7. twistmycaps

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2013

Good!!! Just another waist of time and money. My thoughts are: If someone has Android now, and that facebook home app is available to the phone they currently have or currently going to get, Well then getting this phone wouldnt make a good choice, when they can have the GSIV or HTCONE instead. Obviously thats what i would do. I Love Facebook and all it has to offer, but phonewise.. they need to come up with there own software, and not branch it off android

11. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I honestly think this phone would've only sold even relatively well during the Droid Does campaign in 2009.

12. lovefist unregistered

HTC Last. now htc will "probably" have an idea why people ain't buying. bad choices (ahem, beats audio, facebook), little to no marketing and noncompetitive pricing.

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