There is bad news in store for HTC First and that is AT&T has decided not to continue selling the phone on its network. The reasons cited are its poor sales. Dubbed as the Facebook Phone this device was launched in the market amid high expectations. It was the first mobile phone to ship with the unique Facebook Home feature inbuilt in the device. This phone was launched just months after the widely sought after device was gearing up to enter the mobile phone industry.
In April last year Diplomat had reported that this phone would replace the Facebook homescreen. It would also deliver a brand new user interface that would be centered on both social networking. However from the beginning the above did not go down too well with HTC or Facebook. The response was not great and it was pretty lukewarm initially for the device. There were further reviews by ABC News that stated that the HTC First is a nice phone to visit but it cannot be said to be “Home.”
This phone began to be sold at a price of $99.99 along with a two year contract. This was lower than the $200 high end phones like the iphone. In a major announcement by AT &T the mobile carrier stated that it would be reducing the price of the Facebook phone to $0.99. Now if you examine this it is surely a substantial reduction in price for a mobile phone. Now if you compare the performance of other devices on the mobile carrier you will find that this phone is facing a threat.
It is only a month after this phone has been launched and HTC is facing a catastrophe because of its poor sales on the mobile carrier. This is bad news for the company as the reduction has been made a month after the release of the product. Now this is not the complete story. There are things that are not going well for Facebook as well. It may be surprising but the fact is true that the social networking giant is also undergoing major problems as well. It seems that the two are interlinked and this is why both of them are undergoing a rough patch. Both need to buck up and rectify the issues that they are plagued with if they wish to make both the phone and the social network combination a success!