AT&T rumored to be dropping HTC First

AT&T rumored to be dropping HTC First
Earlier Monday, we told you that AT&T might have sold only 10,000 units of the HTC First. This is the handset that comes pre-installed with the Facebook Home launcher. Now, there are rumors that AT&T has decided to stop offering the phone with the remaining inventory being sent back to HTC. This comes despite a huge drop in price from $99.99 to 99 cents for the phone. Both prices required a signed two-year contract.

According to sources, the HTC First sold even worse than 2011's HTC ChaCha, which was an Android phone sold as the HTC Status by AT&T, and featured a Facebook button that allowed pictures to be uploaded to the social networking site. AT&T reps are said to be largely ignoring the HTC First when recommending handsets to customers. Instead, AT&T reps are said to be pushing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5.

Don't expect the HTC First to disappear so quickly. HTC has paid the carrier to reserve sales space at AT&T stores for the device, and until that contract has expired you can expect to see the phone remain at 99 cents or given away free with a signed pact. And while the HTC First has not sold well at all, the Facebook Home app available for certain Android handsets has continued to receive 1 star ratings from users.

source: BGR

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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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25 Comments

1. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Hmm, dissapointing sales were predictable..

8. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

People overestimate Facebook, constantly and consistently. Yes, everyone is on Facebook, but user engagement on Facebook varies dramatically. It's like judging how popular Lady Gaga is based on her Twitter followers. Sure, we love Facebook to check up on what's going on with our friends (although I'd argue there is more sharing from Like-Whores than personal updating), but does everyone want it fully integrated in our lives? No. Not everyone wants Facebook integrated with their gaming system, car, computer, TV, and their entire smartphone. Hell, one of the biggest fears most people have is mistakenly uploading a d**k pic to their profile. I love Facebook and have been on it since the very early days (2004), but my god, not once did I feel like I needed more Facebook. Hell, Facebook is turning into MySpace with the spam, gaming invites, and like-whore pages. Unless you can do something ridiculously revolutionary, then let the big boys do their thing.

23. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Thank You sir. Many of us are eagerly waiting for facebook's demise.

2. gerasim

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

this happaned because facebook is stupid if you going to sell a phone that has new features why give facebook home features to all other phones to download who is going to buy the phone when you can just downloaded and secound no one is intersted in facebook to control there life

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Not surprised at all.Theres no compelling reason for a FB device - I like face book as an app but not as a daily device driver. Come to think of it I really don't use FB that much. I'm more of a Google plus user.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Damn HTC is so stubborn !! Why do they keep wasting money on phones everyone knows they won't sell ?! Each year I hear the same story!

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Lol no one wants a Facebook phone. So FB give up trying too enter the phone market

6. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

The phone itself is not that attractive at all, and if you want the launcher, you can download it at Playstore on any android devices. Who would sign a 2 year pact for this phone?

7. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

No surprises here really. This felt like Facebook's test phone. It is a decent phone on a hardware part but it is the software "Facebook Home" that is really lacking. (Not saying Android is lacking. I'm talking about Facebook Home). I say this many times but Facebook Home should be a lockscreen instead. Being a launcher makes the phone feel restricted and its a lot harder to access non-facebook apps. You can diable facebook home but Idk how fast facebook will update android to the newest versions. The other problem of this phone is that it's features are not exclusive. It works on the Galaxy S3, One X+,Note II and the upcoming new high-end devices which would defeat the purpose of owning the phone in the first place.(unless you look at the price. But the Nexus 4 is a better choice imo) My biggest drawback of this phone is that it doesn't have a killing feature. Even if Facebook home is an exclusive feature, its a small feature that isn't worth buying for. People might criticize touchwiz having a lot of gimmicky features but there are some features that are helpful or useful to the user (multi-window, access notification tray in full screen, camera features, etc...) What do you guys think?

13. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

completely agree, i didn't understand the point of this phone after they released the actual launcher to the public...

15. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree as well. you dont hear any other social media website pushing a phone designed for them. Ive heard that most people dont like "Racebook hom" so whats the point of having a phone along with it. What hurts the most about this bit of news is HTC. They dont need anymore bad news coming their way and they have another phone that doesnt sell well, thats NOT a good look for them. The HTC One better have excellent sales over the next few months or they may suffer the same fate as the HTC First

25. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'm going to agree because of the first line the rest to lazy to t read lol

9. Furbal unregistered

Firesale please. It would be a nice backup phone.

10. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Lack of marketing... very lack of marketing. I can't believe Facebook didn't even put any effort into marketing this device. HTC shouldn't attempt to create any Facebook phones, complete waste of money.

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

This is one of the ways HTC destroys their reputation.

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Nobody else would have taken the contract. Well, maybe one of the Chinese makes. But I guess HTC is still a contract manufacturer at heart.

16. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

What you said was probably one of the best yet strongest statements about HTC ive ever heard!! WELL SAID!!!!!

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

...oh I forgot. Have to go post on my FB page, "today I farted and stained my pants." (sarcasm)

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I would have been happy to buy it.... For a stock Android experience. Facebook? I get on it to wish people happy Birthdays and to offer my sympathy when their pest die. It is a bloated, overrated experience these days.

18. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Just shows how clueless marketing guys are at HTC. A Twitterphone would've sold better or Instagram device, an Angry Birdevice, I don't know.

20. kickrox

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

att are said to be pushing SGS4 and i5...smh

21. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Atleast theres a popular choice thats not made by apple.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But they should be pushing the iPhone, Galaxy S, One and Lumia series equally. Four very different devices to cover just about anyone's needs.

24. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

This is a good phone price wise considering stock android and the specs. Don't get me wrong I love fb and use it like 2-3 hours a day but even I wouldn't use fb home as a launcher. Plus the lack of marketing is the biggest problem with it. My friends didn't even know there was a fb phone.

26. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Hey, at least the phone is good looking and has very good specs! At least it has Stock Android and if you don't like Home, you can download Nova Launcher or Apex, and problem solved, i'm patiently waiting for a good offer to buy this phone on ebay. It looks pretty at least.

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