Facebook working on creating two smartphone devices: report

BANGALORE Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:01am EDT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010.

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BANGALORE (Reuters) - Facebook is working with mobile phone maker INQ Mobile Ltd to create two smartphone devices that may have a network tie up with AT&T Inc, Bloomberg said, citing three people familiar with the matter.

The smartphones would carry the popular social networking website's services and were set to be unveiled in Europe in the first half of 2011 and the United States in the second half of the year, the report said.

Privately held Facebook said previously that it was not building its own phone. Jaime Schopflin, a spokesman for Facebook, said the company's current projects included "deeper integrations with some manufacturers."

AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, is still thinking about whether it should be the network carrier for the Facebook smartphone and has not yet made a deal, Bloomberg said.

None of the companies could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.

Facebook declined to comment to Bloomberg on plans for specific phones. The company, however, told the agency that it continues to work with INQ Mobile, which has previously sold phones with Facebook features, along with other companies.

INQ Mobile, which is based in London and is backed by Hong Kong telecom firm Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, declined to comment to Bloomberg.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Valerie Lee)

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Comments (3)
julienquentin wrote:
WoW, that’s a big news ! but not suprising and we can even forsee that Facebook will try to create a light operating system completely based on social relation. So Google definitely has to move his ass quickly on social platform.

We gonna end up in a situation where big players wanna cover all the steps : hardware / OS / app / advertising. In that context it is still prety difficult to identify who will win that race but i assume google, through is numerous acquisition has more power in the long run. Investment in gaming activities will also have a strong impact.

Sep 23, 2010 7:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccxxa wrote:
I don’t see how a Facebook-based mobile phone would be significantly more useful than an android with a facebook app. Unlike that Google could add gmail to its google phone, what can facebook add to its phone?

Sep 23, 2010 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jassim1229 wrote:
I wonder what would they call this mobile? (Phone Book) I think its a silly idea.

Sep 28, 2010 1:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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