The HTC First will not be available for pre-0rder in the UK. The struggling smartphone manufacturer pulled early orders for the smartphone after sales at US-based AT&T Wireless forced the wireless carrier to stop promoting the first official Facebook phone.
AT&T couldn’t manage to sell the HTC First even after it pushed the cost of the device to just $1 instead of its original $99 pricing.
According to the team at Mobile News the device was pulled at the request of Facebook. Anyone who has pre-ordered the HTC-based smartphone will receive a notice that their HTC First order will not be fulfilled.
In a statement to Engadget the team at EE reavels:
“Following customer feedback, Facebook has decided to focus on adding new customization features to Facebook Home over the coming months. While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience, they have recommended holding off launching the HTC first in the UK.”
The HTC First with its Facebook Home design was set to launch in the near future.
While Facebook Home has received a horrid review cycle, the HTC First is a decent entry-level smartphone which features a 4.3-inch display, dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and Google Android 4.1.
Unfortunately for HTC the device has not been well received which has scared carriers away from stocking the phone. HTC paid AT&T Wireless for the right to stock the device in its stores. Even with premium AT&T Wireless retail store placement AT&T is rumored to have moved less than 20,000 units.
Facebook is believed to be working on a better Facebook Home application that still allows customers to utilize the features they have come to expect from their Google Android devices.
In the meantime HTC may be nearing its end. While the HTC One has been well received by reviewers it has suffered through shipment delays and steep competition from the red hot Samsung Galaxy S4.
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