After several months of rumors, the HTC First
emerged as the closest thing there is to a Facebook phone, only it doesn't appear long for this world. The fellas over at Boy Genius Report
claim to have it on good authority that AT&T has already decided to flush the First
from inventory and discontinue the short-lived experiment, though the writing was on the wall before today.
Not even a full week ago, AT&T slashed the price
of the HTC First from $100 down to $1 (subsidized with a two-year service agreement, of course), essentially giving it away to anybody who wanted one and was willing to pony up for 24 months of service. Having slept on it over the weekend, AT&T has now decided it's not even worth giving away and will soon stop offering the device, returning its remaining inventory back to HTC.
Citing an un-named source, BGR
says AT&T sold less than 15,000 HTC First phones coast-to-coast through last week when the device dropped to a buck. That's pretty bad, though it bodes worse for Facebook
than it does for HTC, which still has its HTC One
and a few other popular devices to push on the populace.