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Bloomberg reported today that social networking site Facebook is planning on entering the mobile phone market as early as 2011.
The devices, which will feature Facebook social-networking services, are due to be introduced in Europe in the first half of 2011 and the U.S. in the second half, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.
Facebook is said to be working with mobile-handset manufacturer INQ Mobile Ltd. to produce the hardware for the device. The new phone is said to be based on a "stripped-down version" of Google's Android operating system with Facebook integration.

Despite being based on Android, a Facebook phone would be competition for Google as much as it is for Apple. Google benefits from ad revenue tied to their search and other services which would likely be supplanted by Facebook services on a Facebook-based phone.

Article Link: Facebook to Enter Mobile Phone Market in 2011
 

rikers_mailbox

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Sep 27, 2003
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Just another 'iPhone killer' </s>

But seriously, this is the OS fragmentation that Jobs predicted. As Android is shoehorned into countless forms, witness how compatibility, usability, security, reliability, etc. suffer.

Speaking of fragmentation ... a Facebook branded phone? Really?
 
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Xavier

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Mar 23, 2006
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So it would be an android phone with only one app available. Facebook.

I am willing to bet his phone ends up being pretty lame
 
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batmccoy

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Aug 2, 2005
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All I can says is

OMG...the cell-phone industry must be much more profitable than I thought.
 
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Surely

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Oct 27, 2007
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Facebook needs to come out with their own toilet so I have a place to put all of my "friends'" useful status updates.

I'd buy that.
 
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SerenityInt

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Combining the two services with the worst potential for privacy violations into a device that has the worst potential for privacy violation... what a great idea!
 
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huntercr

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Jun 6, 2006
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ironically this is what MS was should have done

with their little phones they came out with? What were they called? I think they actually had a good idea with those phones.

A facebook phone will totally flop. Facebook is an APP. It will always be an app. No mater how much people use the app it, it isn't going to be a good phone.
OIn the end, people will just prefer REAL android with real facebook ( or real iPhone with real facebook )
 
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sellitom

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Almost as stupid as those ESPN phones that came out, and flopped, a few years ago.
 
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hwhalers

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Microsoft already tried this, and it didn't work out so well. Maybe they'll buy up all the unsold Kin hardware and shoehorn Android onto it? :p

Competition is good for the consumer but come on...

Perhaps it's just a personal annoyance of mine, but this "competition is good" meme got old before it started. In a sense it's (tautologically) true, but so what? Even if these devices weren't based around expensive 2-year contracts that makes it impractical to flip flop between them, crap companies make crap products, with very few exceptions. The sheer number of devices and operating systems doesn't magically advance anything. The vast majority of innovative designs and concepts are produced by very few companies (and, more accurately, small groups inside those companies), and the rest are xerox outfits. Do you honestly think that the caliber of device Facebook would produce would drive the industry to new, innovative heights?
 
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Lostanddamned

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I new revision every 6 months and all the people who get the new one are like "I WANT THE OLD ONE" and all the people with the old one are like "WHEN DO I GET UPGRADE"
 
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