It looks like the HTC First is going to share the same fate of the very first Facebook phone on market, the HTC ChaCha. The ChaCha, sold by AT&T under the name Status, proved to be a big slip-up, and the HTC First is also far from being a superstar. The first sign that something is off appeared last week when the carrier cut the handset’s price from $99.99 to less than a dollar on contract. It is a common practice to offer phones at discounted prices to encourage sales, but what is unusual is that it happens just a month after the phone was launched.
AT&T rumored to be dropping HTC First
The most recent rumors suggest that AT&T is going to remove the HTC First from its offer. Last week’s price drop can be seen as a desperate attempt to get rid of as much inventory as possible in a short time. The carrier did not take well to the phone from the very beginning. As you may have noticed, the First received far less publicity than other devices. Obviously, AT&T wants to focus on selling Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5.
However, if you are in the market for the latest Facebook phone, no need to worry just yet. The HTC First is not going to disappear from stores tomorrow. AT&T and HTC signed an agreement that obliges the carrier to keep the First on display for a certain period of time. You still have a chance to purchase the handset at a very affordable price of $0.99, or if you are lucky maybe even for free. At the moment the carrier and manufacturer refused to confirm the rumor, claiming that it is nothing more than just a pricing promotion.