And now? Now we're pretty damn sure that the Facebook Phone is real - particularly considering that TechCrunch has a video walkthrough of the device.
Turns out that there will be several Facebook phones built by different mobile phone manufacturers. The first one - the one in the video - is built by INQ Mobile, a British startup.
This particular device will be called the INQ Cloud Touch and, according to TechCrunch, is basically a decent, low-cost Android phone with a nice Facebook wrapper:
So is this an iPhone killer? No, but it's not trying to be. It is a decent Android phone for the Facebook generation, and it is going to be teenage-cheap. Depending on the subsidy from the carrier, this could end up costing consumers as little as $US50 with a contract (perhaps $US250 without one, although pricing has not yet been finalised).
Yeah, it's not exactly something that most of us will drool over, so it's a good thing that it's only the first of many Facebook phones—or at least I think that's a good thing. [TechCrunch]