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But he wants to continue working with Facebook to make it better

AT&T was able to clear out its stock of the HTC First smartphone -- dubbed the Facebook phone -- but mentioned that this isn't a sign of the device's success

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said the HTC First was slow-moving when it launched, but after a hefty price cut, consumers flocked to the phone and managed to clean out AT&T's remaining inventory. 

"We sold a bunch more when we lowered the price," said De la Vega. "We sold everything we had on that."

The HTC First, which was released in April of this year, received a serious price cut just one month after its debut at AT&T. It went from $99 with a two-year contract to 99 cents, and the off-contract price dropped from $450 to $350. 

De la Vega went on to compare the HTC First to the Motorola Rokr, which was the first phone to officially interface with Apple's iTunes software. The Rokr series lasted from 2005 to about 2009, but wasn't very popular during its time. But while the Apple-backed phone wasn't a huge success, Apple went on to release one of the most popular smartphones today -- the iPhone.

HTC First

De la Vega said the HTC First may not be a great success either, but since social giant Facebook backs it, a better version could arise in the future. 

"We have a great relationship with Apple just like we have a great relationship with Facebook," said De la Vega. "We look forward to working with them to make Home better."

The HTC First features a 4.3-inch 720p SLCD3 display, a Snapdragon 400 1.5 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, Inc., LTE compatibility, 1 GB memory, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.6 megapixel front camera. It is available in black, white, red and blue and is exclusive to AT&T.

HTC's "First" smartphone was released as a Facebook-heavy, social smartphone. While it runs the Android operating system, a main feature was the integrated Facebook Home software -- which puts Facebook notifications and updates at the forefront.

Source: CNET

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Facebook is terribad
By middlehead on 6/25/2013 11:31:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'd buy the hell out of that hardware, just not with a facebook ROM on it. I'd even buy it with Sense.

RE: Facebook is terribad
By BRB29 on 6/25/2013 11:33:00 AM , Rating: 2
it looks like a perfect cheap phone for custom ROMs. I would buy it too except I'm on Verizon.

RE: Facebook is terribad
By karimtemple on 6/26/2013 8:28:22 AM , Rating: 2
This statement is largely untrue given the existence of the Nexus 4.

There are only two scenarios that saves the value prop of this phone:

1) It must have a horrible aftermarket value, which [could] make it a better craigslist buy than the Nexus 4.

2) You absolutely, positively, must have LTE and would make everything else about the phone worse to get it.

RE: Facebook is terribad
By nafhan on 6/26/2013 10:10:43 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, you can just disable the FB thing by installing an alternative launcher from the Play store (something like ADW), and at that point you've got a reasonably good middle of the road Android phone. No rooting, modding, nothing.

RE: Facebook is terribad
By Pessimism on 6/25/2013 1:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, will be a great buy from a refurb/discount depot somewhere later if it gets a dev following

RE: Facebook is terribad
By thesavvymage on 6/25/2013 4:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
facebook home is actually just a launcher. If you disable it, the phone is totally stock android and is actually very good considering the price, performance, and lte capability. Its a very good phone, marketed poorly, and the fact that most people dont know you can disable home is bad for it too.

RE: Facebook is terribad
By Belard on 6/25/2013 9:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually a well made low cost phone. For the price of $1 its a steal. Disable Facebook is not tricky.

The buttons are not standard android thou.

But still... The hardware is good, HTC could and SHOULD make the phone as is, but without FB included. Not everyone can afford a $200 HTC ONE, or get them... This would be a good $50 phone... As its not up there with the One X.

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