HTC First 'Facebook' Phone Such an Enormous Flop Its Release was Pulled from UK

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  1. dgstorm

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    The launch of the HTC First, (aka the Facebook Home phone), in the UK has been cancelled. We've recently heard rumblings that the phone was a colossal failure for HTC, and this seems to confirm that. Apparently, due to poor feedback from US customers, they decided to pull the launch in the UK. Here's the quote,

    It looks like the cost to launch the device was going to be greater than the expected numbers on sell through.

    Source: SlashGear
     
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    HTC took a huge step forward with the release of the HTC One. However, I think they took 3 steps back with this release...
     
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    That may explain why so many HTC employees are leaving. Forgot about that flop.
     
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    FB really believed that the world doesn't want to live their lives without them. I don't know of one of my friends that are so in love with FB that they want it to totally take over their smartphone and lives. Most people check in, check a few things out, comment every now and then and move on. HTC bought into FB's fantasy and lost big. Live and learn....
     
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    Is anyone really amazed? I like FB but a phone built around it?
     
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    nope..when I watched the announcement I said it was going to be a flop...1+2 will always equal 3 :) HTC First was one of the dumbest concepts I have ever seen. I was embarrassed watching that announcement. I was thinking here are some of the highest paid people in the world and they have no clue :)
     
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    Hated the idea from the start.
     
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    Another BIG mistake by HTC in the line of many, no wonder they are going down the tubes, the ONE will not save them, you need more than one successful product in today's market to survive, and did you read about their latest excuse for not having a micro SD card slot in the US and UK versions of the ONE, it was do to them having larger radios than the Chinese market ONE, LOL.
     
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    Indeed, HTC was unfortunate to believe FB can be a success...
     
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    Facebook is quickly falling to the wayside....with the way they're censoring peoples pages...

    Twitter and instagram are taking off..but we'll see...and doesn't Facebook own instagram too?

    Either way...a Facebook phone....they missed their chance with that one IMHO...they should've tried this back when Facebook took down MySpace....
     
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    and Pinterest

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    Many think Facebook has peaked. Last quarter was the first time they lost users. Something in the area of 10 million. But profits were up so FB isn't worried. I wonder if that will continue?
     
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