Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th May 2013 22:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The HTC First, or 'Facebook phone' as many prefer to call it, is officially a flop. It certainly wasn't a good sign when AT&T dropped the price of HTC's First to $0.99 just one month after its debut, and now BGR has confirmed that HTC and Facebook's little experiment is nearing its end. BGR has learned from a trusted source that sales of the HTC First have been shockingly bad. So bad, in fact, that AT&T has already decided to discontinue the phone. Our source at AT&T has confirmed that the HTC First, which is the first smartphone to ship with Facebook Home pre-installed, will soon be discontinued and unsold inventory will be returned to HTC." Wow. That's pretty bad - but not unexpected.
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What they did wrong ...
by WorknMan on Mon 13th May 2013 22:26 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

They should've made this one aluminum too (and possibly silver as well), then they would've had sheeple lined up around the block, praising its build quality and 'sex appeal'.

Edited 2013-05-13 22:31 UTC

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RE: What they did wrong ...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 14th May 2013 11:37 UTC in reply to "What they did wrong ..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

+1000 points to you good sir. Build quality for slate phones doesn't particularly matter that much. If these things had keyboards, I'd understand. Only reason why I didn't get a Palm Pre II was the keyboard's lack of quality.

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RE: What they did wrong ...
by ezraz on Tue 14th May 2013 16:45 UTC in reply to "What they did wrong ..."
ezraz Member since:
2012-06-20

If they actually could make it they would.

Who wouldn't want Apple's profit and profit-margin?

The real sheeples are people who actually believe apple makes nothing more than a shiny box.

You have no idea that you are the sheeple. Other people just buy what's the best value for them.

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RE[2]: What they did wrong ...
by leech on Tue 14th May 2013 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE: What they did wrong ..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Which for most sheeple are Android phones. ;)

(I don't like iOS nor Apple, nor Android nor Google for that matter)

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Comment by BBAP
by Bringbackanonposting on Tue 14th May 2013 02:17 UTC
Bringbackanonposting
Member since:
2005-11-16

How do we get hold of this 99c phone, root it and load customer ROMS to it? ;)
I have a budget of money and time for this.

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RE: Comment by BBAP
by aligatro on Tue 14th May 2013 03:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by BBAP"
aligatro Member since:
2010-01-28

It's a contract deal..

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RE[2]: Comment by BBAP
by Spiron on Tue 14th May 2013 07:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by BBAP"
Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

And you had to spoil the good feelings ;)

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Alien
by fretinator on Tue 14th May 2013 02:31 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

Even E.T. couldn't phone home with this one.

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RE: Alien
by leech on Tue 14th May 2013 19:32 UTC in reply to "Alien"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

It must have sold about as well as the E.T. Game on the Atari 2600...

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RE[2]: Alien
by zima on Sat 18th May 2013 17:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Alien"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Wasn't the main problem that E.T. Game sold too well? (on the name alone, and left too many people very disappointed)

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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Tue 14th May 2013 08:16 UTC
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

Tsss. The real reason for this failure is that the carrier - AT&T - has zero interest in selling a phone that eats into its baseline revenue: SMS. Who believes the bad sales have anything to do with Facebook Home or the HTC First being bad? Carriers can make or break a phone, that's the reality of this industry.

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RE: Comment by Radio
by krinchan on Tue 14th May 2013 14:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by Radio"
krinchan Member since:
2012-06-08

The real reason for this failure is that the carrier - AT&T - has zero interest in selling a phone that eats into its baseline revenue: SMS.


Actually, Verizon and AT&T have moved to very data centric plans in which you buy a bucket of data that is shared amongst all devices on the account, unlimited voice minutes, unlimited SMS, and free tethering to encourage you to buy bigger buckets or to incur overage fees. In the post-paid sector (where this phone was sold), no one even thinks about SMS anymore.

Mind you, the individual and family plans still have metered SMS, but I know of no one who doesn't just get the Unlimited add-on. Your choice is 20 USD/mo unlimited or 0.20 USD/sms.

SMS is just a ruse these days in the US. "Look how much unlimited you get now! Unlimited SMS! Unlimited voice!" Never mind usage of those two items is down, hard, in the post-paid sector.

Data is the cash cow now. Especially with LTE finally making YouTube/Netflix viewing for the kids in the back of your SUV a Real Thing(TM) in urban and suburban areas. Fortunately, they've stolen the Fair & Flexible model that Sprint had a while ago, and instead of paying some insane amount per MB (0.39 USD) you're overages are something like 15 USD per 1 GB block over. Not a big deal, a lot less surprising and scary, but still so expensive it isn't even funny.

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Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Tue 14th May 2013 11:12 UTC
kurkosdr
Member since:
2011-04-11

And there was much rejoicing... Do we really want facebook spreading throughout Android like a parasite?

http://tapastic.com/episode/3453

Edited 2013-05-14 11:13 UTC

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