The first Facebook phone, also called the HTC First, may set a speed record for the fastest trip to the technology graveyard.
Reports are mixed about whether AT&T has already committed to dropping the phone but at this point it’s really a decision between now or later. What’s for sure is AT&T dropped the price of the HTC First to just $0.99 after a month of sluggish sales.
BGR first reported that sources inside AT&T confirmed the Facebook phone was facing impending doom, with sales of fewer than 15,000 units nationwide.
The fate of Facebook Home, the Android app, is less clear. After achieving 500,000 downloads in the first ten days, it took an additional three weeks to reach the million download mark; not exactly a breakneck pace for a brand name app. It still remains to be seen if users will really warm up to the idea of using a service like Facebook as a mobile portal or if they’ll be more comfortable with Google’s add-on service model.
For now the HTC First is still in AT&T stores as the space for displays are leased for specific length of time. Perhaps AT&T has decided to drag it out until the store leases expire before consigning the Facebook phone to the scrap heap of gadget history.