Rumor: Two Facebook Phones Coming Next Year?

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After hearing that Facebook's (non-existent, according to their spokespeople) phone will run on Android, Bloomberg is reporting today that INQ Mobile has been tasked with building hardware for two phones, and AT&T might just carry them exclusively from late-2011.

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It's rumormongering at best, at this point in time, with Bloomberg claiming they've heard from three separate sources that the phones will launch in Europe in the first half of 2011, and the US later that year.

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One of the sources told Bloomberg that the two phones would differentiate in terms of input, with the first having a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, and the second being a touchscreen candybar. Relying even more on this particular source's knowledge, they will be cost less than $100 each after subsidizing.

INQ Mobile isn't new to social-networking phones, having launched three already across Europe. They were also rumored to be creating a Spotify-specific phone last year, though that didn't pan out once Spotify created apps for Android and iPhone.

One thing we can be sure of if Facebook does actually launch their own phones: they're going to be cheap. Cheap 'n nasty. [Bloomberg via Reuters]

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Don't all Android phones already have a shitty Facebook app? Also, don't many newer Android phones use Facebook integration for the contacts system? What's a Facebook phone going to offer that any other Android phone doesn't? A Facebook logo screen printed on the back?

Oh, lord. I just realized that this will open the floodgate for other service-featured phones.

Twitterphone

Pandoraphone

Weatherbugphone

Etc...