Last month, Facebook announced that the first phone to come installed with Facebook Home is the HTC First. The price of the HTC First was set to $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. That price has dropped $99 already to a price of $0.99 with the same two-year AT&T agreement. The full retail price for the HTC First without a contract is $350.99.
The HTC First will continue to sell in four colors: white, black, pale blue, and red. The HTC First runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has the Facebook Home launcher. The First also has 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.3-inch 720p display, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 4x digital zoom (1080p HD video recording and 720p HD playback), and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera.
AT&T must have anticipated that demand for this phone was low so they had to do something drastic. Other top Android phones that they sell do not see price drops until new versions are announced. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S3 dropped only 50% recently with a two-year contract to a price of $99 since the Samsung Galaxy S4 is starting to ship.
Facebook believes that AT&T is making the right move in this case and decided to feature the deal on the Facebook Mobile account.
One of the major reasons why the demand for the HTC First may be low is because Facebook Home can be download to a large variety of handsets. You do not need to buy the HTC First to use it since Facebook Home is available for download on Google Play. In fact, Facebook Home hit over 500,000 downloads on Google Play last month.