Facebook Home was launched with much fanfare, the initial hype saw it being downloaded on supported devices over 500,000 times in a single week. Since then, it seems like Facebook Home’s popularity has substantially declined. Most users who downloaded it left one-star reviews on Google Play, as they weren’t impressed by its functionality. The social networking giant launched its latest software offering with HTC First, which is the first smartphone to ship with Home pre-installed. This is probably why its often referred to as the ‘Facebook Phone.’ The device is AT&T exclusive for now, it was originally $99.99 on contract, now its virtually free, going for just $0.99. That’s less than what most apps cost!
AT&T hasn’t revealed why it has made HTC First virtually free on contract, but it can be assumed that most customers won’t be willing to purchase the device considering that $99.99 up front gets them the likes of 16GB iPhone 4S, HTC 8X or the Galaxy S3. AT $0.99 the handset is a steal, and given how Facebook Home can be deactivated, customers are ultimately left with a mid-range LTE compatible smartphone that has a 4.3 inch display. Is the price compelling enough for you to pick one up on contract?
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