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Epic Fail? AT&T HTC First Now Just $0.99

HTC First Review-Front

Do we have another Kin on our hands? The HTC First – a phone that puts Facebook front and center to a user’s experience, launched less than a month ago on AT&T for $99 with a new two-year contract. It’s now available for $0.99, which suggests that sales haven’t been very good and AT&T wants to rid itself of the device. Go figure, too, since you can install a similar experience on several other handsets for free.

The failure is somewhat surprising because the First is a decent device once you close out Facebook Home and enter a pure Android experience. It offers a really nice form factor with a manageable 720p 4.3-inch screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, solid battery life, a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and up to 16GB of storage. AT&T’s first attempt to offer a phone with a Facebook-focus was called the Status and, that too, didn’t sell very well. Perhaps Facebook-centric phones just aren’t meant to be.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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