HTC First sales reportedly so bad that AT&T is discontinuing it

13th May 2013 | 19:07

HTC First sales reportedly so bad that AT&T is discontinuing it

Only 15,000 sold?

AT&T will discontinue sales of the HTC First, sending all remaining stock back to HTC, due to extremely poor sales of the Facebook Home-packing device, a report this morning claimed.

As of last week, the HTC First sold just 15,000 since its debut on April 12, according to BGR.

Last week is when AT&T slashed the HTC First's price to just $.99 (UK£.64, AU$.97) with a two-year contract.

According to the site's sources, that price cut is just a final effort on AT&T's part to ditch as many of the devices as possible before shipping the rest back to HTC once a contract between AT&T and HTC for in-store displays expires.

A social experiment

The HTC First is the only phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook's Android UI overlay Facebook Home.

The ill-fated HTC device was unveiled on stage by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in early April.

Facebook Home itself hit 1 million downloads over the weekend, though its score sits at a miserable two stars.

Neither HTC nor AT&T will discuss the HTC First's sales performance, though an AT&T store sales representative told TechRadar last week that "people don't seem to want that phone as much."

We asked both companies to comment on this latest report today. AT&T informed us that they "don't comment on the results of individual manufacturer device sales," and HTC said it doesn't release sales data outside of their official financial announcements.

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