AT&T cuts ‘Facebook phone’ price to 99-cents just weeks after launch

“AT&T Inc has cut the price of the HTC First phone, which is preloaded with Facebook Inc applications, to 99 cents from $99.99 less than a month after the phone’s launch,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.

“An AT&T spokeswoman said price-cutting promotions are not unusual,” Carew reports. “But operators typically wait longer than a few weeks after a launch before discounting phones.”

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Richard Windsor writes for Radio Free Mobile, “The final verdict on Facebook Home was brutally handed down yesterday with AT&T slashing the price of the HTC First from $99 to $0.99.”

“With that one slash of the knife, AT&T has confirmed what everyone had already gathered; the Facebook phone is proving very unpopular,” Windsor writes.

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MacDailyNews Take: Kin II.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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21 Comments

  1. People are getting tired of Facebook, like they did of myspace.
    They are moving on.

    I wish it was people had become concerned about privacy but it’s not.

    1. Huge difference between Facebook and Myspace’s situations, though. For one thing, MySpace was killed off because Facebook offered the vastly superior service with the cleaner interface. Then, when MySpace finally did decide to change with the times, they did so by implementing an even more confusing and user-unfriendly interface. They waited too long to adapt to a changing market, and then botched their attempt to play catch-up. You know, kinda like Microsoft.

      Facebook, on the other hand, is suffering from being on the top too long and having too many problems that were never addressed, but no real competition. Every major Facebook competitor to arise over the last five-plus years has only offered part of what Facebook does, and does it only half as well. But Facebook is dealing with user fatigue and the fact that it’s no longer “cool.”

      Of course, Facebook trying to expand its empire and become to social networking what Google is to search is just going to cause more problems for everyone.

      1. I have to agree with Doc here. I’d like to add that if Facebook fails, it opens up a TON of market opportunity for Google+. Do ANY of us want that?

        I’d love Facebook to survive a failed phone experiment if only because I don’t want to reconnect with EVERY SINGLE ONE of my relatives/friends on a new service (it goes without saying I’ll never use Google+)

        1. And that’s why Facebook’s going to be so damn hard to kill: there’s nothing that can take over for it, and people aren’t going to want to reconnect on anything else anyway. Not even Google+, which is (in my opinion) just as bad-off as MySpace in terms of user interface.

          That’s why so many services, though, link with your Facebook account: all your information is right there. In fact, the closest thing to social networking competitors (like Path) basically just steal your info from Facebook anyway.

          1. Don’t forget we have a newly refocused Yahoo run by a hip & hot ex Googler. She’s smart and tech savvy and wants to work with Apple. Could be an interesting couple of years.

  2. While his conclusion is obvious based on the facts, his reasoning about Facebook is bizarre and proves once again why Phd means “piled high and deep”.

  3. AT&T priced the phone higher than I would have. Also higher than I would value FB stock, for that matter, though the market is full of people who think that advertising agencies are going to be the economic force that gets the world moving again.

    Wrong; “social networks” have served only to turn balanced pleasant human beings into vile gossiping, paranoid, antisocial, opinionated, political extremist, ill-informed, fat, lazy, juvenile, cliquish zombies feeding a corporate machine that uses distraction to steal/take personal data. What an embarrassment to civilization.

    1. re
      “social networks” have served only to turn balanced pleasant human beings into…

      I sure hope you are joking. If you actually think that, I’d say you are badly mistaken. The existence of Facebook didn’t suddenly make people “vile” and small-minded. It, and comments on blogs, just made their vileness more widely visible. (Yeh, I’m looking at you sfgh and First.)

    2. @ Bizlaw & Seamus – of course there were always some people with no social graces before Facebook.

      However, MANY psych studies such as this:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/17/facebook-dark-side-study-aggressive-narcissism
      or
      http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/10/04/facebook-happiness-and-self-esteem/
      show that online “social networks” cause disassociation from reality, with predominantly negative impacts.
      “The research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships.”
      Women’s self-esteem dropped and men provoke more — all driven by the forums’ rabid emotion and opinion, not facts.

      So just because you don’t see the problem doesn’t mean there isn’t one — a very damaging one to the fabric of our REAL society.

      1. Very interesting. I’ll have a look at those. I really thought it was just the “making more visible” phenomenon, combined with a general “young uns, these days”.
        Thanks for the info.

  4. “An AT&T spokeswoman said price-cutting promotions are not unusual,” Carew reports. “But operators typically wait longer than a few weeks after a launch before discounting phones.”

    … like Apple did with the iPhone. They waited 2 whole months.

  5. I don’t get this. They give it a month and then slash the price and ppl deem it a failure. Do they expect the whole world to get excited it even hear about the phone after only one month? This is to increase sales not to say its was a failure. A month is not a very long time and perhaps would be buyers are already locked into other phones with contracts it haven’t heard if the phone yet.

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