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Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
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proberts551
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4/3/2013 | 5:06:50 PM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
The problem with Facebook is that the user HAS NO PRIVACY. Employers, businesses, individuals have sued people for placing up any opionion to their friends or family that might be damaging to a business. So, if an auto mechanic shop is not fixing problems that I payed for, and are not taliing charge of warranty....I cannot tell my friends, and family?
Schools, Government, and everyone else seems to be able to get inot these accounts. Please, I do not need them in my phone as well! My phone already tracks me....unless I am very careful. If someone wants to pay me for providing my information on where I shop, where I go, then they can send me a check in the mail for my services, or ... my phone is off until I need it.
pblanc108
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4/3/2013 | 4:55:14 PM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
I traded in my android phone (Galaxy III). Android is too fragmented, quirky, unstable, lagged, crashed, unreliable etc, etc. Not to mention that the build quality of the Galaxy is very cheap.
I now use the iphone5 and it is near perfection. It is built with very high end materials and build quality. It is fast, fluid, powerful and light. It is so reliable and works every time. Most of my office traded android for apple as well as the nokia windows 8 phone, another very capable, stable and powerful platform.
Why any would want or switch to a Facebook phone defies reason. Windows 8 and IOS will dominate this arena at the expense of android and subpar products from the likes of Facebbok
Bob Gill
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4/3/2013 | 4:51:27 PM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
I've never understood the idea of dumping a phone to go to another in less than 2 years, unless your current phone is faulty. Many of my friends have iPhones, but I can't think of a single one that dumped their current iPhone to get a new version before their 2 year contract was up.

With the T-Mobile change and possibly others starting to following the rest-of-world model in the USA, where people pay full price for their phones, I'd expect to see people holding on longer than 3 years.
GBARRINGTON196
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4/3/2013 | 2:03:02 PM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
Aside from the fact that I personally think Facebook is for morons, What is the value added for the customer? What can Facebook possibly offer that isn't already offered by Google or Apple?

Now FB can argue, "We'll do the same thing, only better!" But in what areas, exactly, are Google and Apple under serving the market? The people you want to do better than, have to be doing a not very good job before you can improve on their performance enough to steal customers from them. Granted both "G" and "A" make some incredibly boneheaded moves from time to time, but do those moves TRULY rise to the level to justify customer flight? I don't think so.
Andrew Hornback
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4/3/2013 | 2:37:15 AM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
I honestly think this is something that the rest of the world can do without. A Facebook phone, really? As it is, they seem to have gotten the latest version of their Android app really wrong - maybe it's a ploy to make sure that the Facebook addicts out there will be moving to their shiny new device if/when it hits the street.

And given what Apple's done in the past with keeping tabs on users via their GPS readings, I have to wonder if Facebook is going to try to give users the option to let them check in and get points (or whatever that doesn't mean much in the real world) while feeding the big blue F with even more data to analyze and, in turn, feed their advertisers. I can see localized ads being served... like an ad for a burger joint with golden arches showing up the next time a user makes a run for the border or popping up an ad for a car dealership or rental car agency for someone sitting at a bus stop or railway station.

To get market share, I figure Facebook is going to make these phones as cheap as possible... and as cheaply as possible. The data that they're going to gather and feed their platform will more than offset the cost of underwriting a few cheaply made handsets in very short order.

Maybe one day users will wake up and realize that Facebook is simply a large advertising platform and really not adding much to their lives. Got there myself a little while ago and disabled my account - quite freeing, to tell the truth.

Andrew Hornback
InformationWeek Contributor (and no longer on Facebook)
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