HTC First

'Facebook Phone' currently selling for next to nothing on 2-year plan

If you've been tempted to pick up the Facebook-centric HTC First on AT&T, the carrier's hoping a temporary price drop might push you over the edge. The First, which runs the social network's Facebook Home software atop near-vanilla Android, is today selling online for just 99 cents with a two-year service agreement, down from $99 at launch.

However if you want to get the First at this significantly reduced price you may not want to hang around. Engadget's Brad Molen tweets that the price drop is a promotional change rather than a permanent reduction.

In our review of the HTC First we praised its build quality and ergonomic form factor, though we had some misgivings about the usefulness of Facebook's home screen to the average smartphone user. Of course, you could always disable Facebook Home and be left with an attractive mid-to-high-end HTC phone running a vanilla Android UI.

Source: AT&T; @phonewisdom


Reader comments

AT&T's HTC First down to 99 cents on contract for a limited time


I am bot surprised as my local store said they were hardly selling. I offered one to my 15 year old daughter and she didn't want to give up her iPhone 4

Aren't you required to have a Facebook account to activate the phone?

Didn't you (AC) report that the phone's OS has deep hooks added to the OS to support the Facebook integration?

So, if you activate the phone by supplying your Facebook credentials (which you are required to have), even if you turn off First as your launcher, how do you know that the deep OS hooks for FB aren't still giving Facebook unfettered access to your private information (well, obviously, it does have that), and the Facebook isn't still mining your personal information for data? Facebook has certainly demonstrated some pretty poor judgement in the past on what it does when it has access to your private information.

I used the First for a couple of days (admittedly without a SIM), and there's nothing compelling you to enter your Facebook details to use the phone. It's part of the setup process but you can skip it, disable Home and forget Facebook is even there, if you want.

Ah, cool. I thought I had read here on AC that the First required your Facebook credentials to activate the phone. My bad.

Just based on principal I couldn't get myself to buy one of these. I would hate to boost any statistic that makes Facebook look like a wanted or useful service.

This is what it should have been to begin with. If they really want this in the hands of as many people as they can, why would they charge $99 on contract, when you could get a Galaxy S3 or One X for the same price, and phones like the Lumia 920, 8X, and Atrix HD for cheaper.