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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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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:

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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