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- Dec 30, 2010
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Do you remember the fiasco that HTC had when they introduced the HTC First? It was supposed to be the first Facebook focused smartphone. Ultimately it turned out to be one of the biggest flops in smartphone history. Well it looks like it will now have company in the spooky graveyard of failed mobile devices.
The new Amazon Fire phone just dropped from its original contract price of $199.99 down to just 99 cents on a new two year AT&T contract. This is after only three months on the market. According to reports, only about 40,000 units of the Fire Phone were sold to consumers.
It probably isn't too surprising why the phone has faired poorly. First, instead of creating a compelling experience, Amazon just gave it a gimmicky 3D feature. Second, the phone was drastically over-priced for the market when it first launched. Third, it was an AT&T exclusive. These missteps are basically a recipe for disaster. Maybe Amazon's next-gen version of the device will get back to basics...