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Sources say AT&T will end the HTC First after abysmal sales

AT&T announced only a few days ago that it was cutting the price of the HTC First phone with Facebook Home from $99 to $.99 with a new contract. At the same time the wireless carrier also announced that the off-contract price of the device would drop from $450 to $350. That move was apparently an attempt to clear stock as sources claim AT&T will discontinue the HTC First.

According to Boy Genius Report, sales of the HTC First are so abysmal that AT&T decided to cancel the phone not long after it launched. All unsold inventory left in AT&T stores around the country will reportedly be returned to HTC. BGR cites sources that claim AT&T sold fewer than 15,000 HTC First smartphones nationwide through last week even though the phone was priced at only $.99.

Facebook Home has received its share of criticism with many calling it a product needing some serious attention. Other reports indicate that sales staff at AT&T stores don't like Facebook Home or the HTC First and have made little effort to sell the handset to customers. 
Currently, the biggest selling devices on the AT&T network -- by a large margin -- are the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. 

HTC has a contract with AT&T meaning that AT&T can't pull its in-store display for the First until the contract expires. It's unclear exactly when that promotion will end and when AT&T will pull the device off store shelves. The fact that HTC paid big money for advertising in AT&T stores in the device is still unable to sell says a lot about how consumers view HTC and Facebook Home.

Source: BGR

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All together now:
By Motoman on 5/14/2013 9:59:10 AM , Rating: 2

[rubs thumb and forefinger together in a manner suggestive of the playing of "My Heart Bleeds for You" on the world's tiniest violin]

RE: All together now:
By JasonMick on 5/14/2013 10:16:59 AM , Rating: 2
I thought for a second this was about the new Facebook phone being discontinued... by the sound of it that might not be far off though...

The problem isn't so much the idea, it's the poor execution. The Android, Windows Phone, and iOS apps are all somewhat crippled in that it's hard to find regularly used features and the feeds don't prioritize you're best friends' updates correctly.

Facebook is pretty clueless when it comes to mobile dev... which is kind of baffling given the amount of money they have to throw at it.

With 16k ratings so far, the horrible reviews of Home keep piling in...

The average rating is currently 2 stars out of 5.

Not exactly what I'd call a UI "upgrade" even if you love Facebook.

RE: All together now:
By Motoman on 5/14/2013 10:29:24 AM , Rating: 3
Ultimately the point is that it's utterly unneeded. You can access FB on a browser...or you can use the existing FB apps.

There's no use case for doing anything more with it. This is nothing more than the thrashing of a company that has no idea how it's going to demonstrate continuing growth to it's it's throwing sh1t at the wall and hoping it sticks.

It doesn't.

RE: All together now:
By Samus on 5/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: All together now:
By bug77 on 5/14/2013 4:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook is pretty clueless when it comes to mobile dev

Oh, there was an article on arstechnica some time ago about Facebook and their Android app. It described how the open nature of Android has allowed Facebook's engineer to dig into some problem they had running on Gingerbread. Turned out there was a 5MB buffer for information about the functions in your program. In latter versions, this was enlarged, so their app was fine, but on Gingerbread it was acting up.
Can you imagine running out of 5MB just for function metadata? For an app like Facebbok?

There it is, I've managed to dig it up:

who didn't see this coming?
By GulWestfale on 5/14/2013 10:16:47 AM , Rating: 2
facebook home is essentially a lightly reskinned android with a new launcher... yawn. why would someone buy a new phone just to get a new launcher, which you can get for free on google play? and why would you infect your hone with even more FB crap... the FB app, FB messenger, and FB through your browser somehow aren't enough??

RE: who didn't see this coming?
By ritualm on 5/14/2013 4:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
FB makes all these things, only to have the rest of us shake our heads and ask "why?" Making an entire launcher just for facebooking is untold levels of stupid.

About two years too late to the dance
By superflex on 5/14/2013 9:31:30 AM , Rating: 1
My middle school and high school kids think Facebook is for tools.

By RjBass on 5/14/2013 1:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
As do mine. They all use Google+ because they know their parents don't.

Why is this even a surprise?
By BRB29 on 5/14/2013 10:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
I know some people are obsessed over facebook. But I don't know a single person that would ever want facebook to rule their phone. Only some teens would want to do that.

The facebook home was already a fail to begin the day it was launch. I don't know how facebook with billions can fall flat on their face launching their biggest app for their premier phone.

Why the hell would make launch a phone that is entirely based around an app, but the app sucks. If the app sucks, then the phone sucks and vice versa. This is worse than win8 fail. Who did the testing for this?

By Ammohunt on 5/14/2013 11:31:38 AM , Rating: 2
Is anyone at all surprised this failed? This is a simple case of the Zuck miscalculating the value average folks put on Facebook. Its the same thing that happens to actors believing their product(movies) have any significance past a momentary diversion from life for consumers. If they would spend some time outside of the bubble of people that tell them exactly what they want to hear they just might stumble onto the next great thing.

Misleading title
By half_duplex on 5/14/2013 11:43:02 AM , Rating: 2
Is the headline for this article misleading on purpose?

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