A Facebook (FB) phone will arrive next year, multiple sources tell the NYT's Nick Bilton - a...

A Facebook (FB) phone will arrive next year, multiple sources tell the NYT's Nick Bilton - a prior report suggested a Q3 launch. It's added Facebook has hired Apple engineers with iPhone experience, and is exploring multiple smartphone projects. The news comes as Facebook comes under pressure to improve mobile monetization, and rolls out a PC/mobile app store and an HTML5 app development platform. Facebook is also rumored to be interested in browser maker Opera.

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  • css1971
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    Ooh. This has fail written all over it.
    27 May 2012, 05:06 PM Reply Like
  • oaazy
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    or a greater victory than apple
    28 May 2012, 03:32 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    They can name it the "FBDW" model... that's "DW," for death wish.
    27 May 2012, 05:14 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Apple engineers with iPhone experience? How will Facebook avoid the certain lawsuits that will come with the phone's release?
    Are they partnering with Apple on this?


    Too many questions?


    Where is Jon Corzine?
    27 May 2012, 05:38 PM Reply Like
  • Rupert Nicholson
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    I don't care if Facebook releases an amazing phone. It still isn't worth $100 billion
    27 May 2012, 06:33 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    FB needs to figure out how to monetize its mobile app and mobile usage... this will likely include annoying ads, but I'd wager users will put up with them.
    27 May 2012, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Rupert Nicholson
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    True. 900 million users aren't worth anything unless you can draw an income from those users which Facebook obviously can't to a great extent so far
    27 May 2012, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • johnybutts
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    Lets be honest, they can do it quite easily just by adding ads. A major selling point for users of Facebook is that the experience is clean, which pop up ads, sound ads, movie ads, etc... FB engineering has revolved around creating a sticky powerful experience for both users and developers. At some point they will move to focus on ad revenue.


    You also must understand that FB simply doesn't need that money right now. They can raise $12B with an IPO, why would they rush to earn another $million in ad revenue each quarter?
    27 May 2012, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • Rupert Nicholson
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    They can't raise it easily by adds. They have tried and people hate it. Facebook cannot increase their revenues through adds. If they could to justify their valuation they would have to draw over $100 in add revenue from each person who uses Facebook. That is an impossibility
    28 May 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    So many articles attacking Nokia... so many articles pumping Facebook. This is insane.
    27 May 2012, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • Chris Lau
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    BREAKING: (FB) Facebook moves to acquire Research in Motion (RIMM). RIM say no.


    Seriously, (FB) is a short from a mile away, and a put several times over come May 29. The company is clearly grasping at any source for ad rev or mobile stickiness. Buying OPERA Browser? Who does browser war any more? Instagram and FB Photo app? That's like a broadcast.com and yahoo (on buying with inflated stocks).


    #FAIL. That's right. hash tags work on twitter but not on FB.
    27 May 2012, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • mimailmula
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    And here is the problem of having a 28 year old CEO keeping all the voting rights... what an unstrategic way to burn BS IPO's cash.
    27 May 2012, 10:45 PM Reply Like
  • mike mohr
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    After ripping off investor FB phone is another hype to dump more shares on people.
    27 May 2012, 11:49 PM Reply Like
  • 111csmith111
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    They can give away free phones and phone accounts and take control of the at least the low end market. People are tired of $100 a month phone bills. They will gladly watch ads to make calls. The problem is they have no app store so they won't penetrate the high end without a deal with google or apple which is unlikely.
    28 May 2012, 12:08 AM Reply Like
  • enigmaman
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    The bigger question is "Why?" they only just went public, own their market and they are now re inventing themselves to look like the others, so common. IMO a bad sign.
    28 May 2012, 11:46 AM Reply Like
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