A third of Brits would ditch their current handsets for a Facebook phone
Following news that Facebook might be launching its own brand smartphone at some point over the next few years, MyVoucherCodes.co.uk asked 968 people in a flash poll whether they’d buy a handset created by the social network or not.
According to the study more than 32% of Brits would upgrade their current phone at the drop of a hat if the rumoured Facebook smartphone became available. The respondents were initially asked whether a Facebook branded phone would be a “good idea” and a whipping 73% agreed.
Interestingly, when asked why a Facebook smartphone would be so appealing, 62% said they’d love the Facebook chat accessibility to be deeper integrated into their handsets and 57% assumed it’d be cheaper than the iPhone so would get it to just save some pennies. A sad 55% also said that it’d be great to have constant access to Facebook made even easier and a fickle 48% said they’d want one so they could just follow the latest tech trends.
The New York Times article that sparked a lot of rumours about the Facebook handset yesterday suggested that it could be with us as early as next year. Although we think that guess is a little optimistic, at least a lot of you will be waiting on the edge of your seats to purchase one.
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Again a threat to the mobiles..that too from the same threat as google faces.Hendrick Cadillac
“62% said they'd love the Facebook chat accessibility to be deeper integrated into their handsets”- That'd be a Windows Phone then.
“57% assumed it'd be cheaper than the iPhone so would get it to just save some pennies.”- That'd be a Windows Phone then.
“A sad 55% also said that it'd be great to have constant access to Facebook made even easier”- That'd be a Windows Phone then.
” fickle 48% said they'd want one so they could just follow the latest tech trends”- I guess you know the answer to that, It'd be a Windows Phone.
I'd really be surprised if Facebook Opt to re-skin a or even create their own user interface. It'd lose the bling thing that android phones have going for them, and while a facebook only interface might work, they'd have to find away to launch additional programs or it'd simply be a facebook device, and not a smart phone. That in itself could provide tricky when people start wanting to use app widgets etc.