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HTC Facebook Phone at Mobile World Congress 2011?

Feb 10 2011, 11:01am CST | by , in Rumors | MWC

HTC Facebook Phone at Mobile World Congress 2011?
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Say goodbye to your identity.

Could HTC be planning to unveil a Facebook-branded smartphone at this year's Mobile World Congress? We've heard rumor after conflicting rumor about the Facebook phone. And here's another one: The Financial Times has heard from "a person familiar with its strategy" that the Facebook Phone will be "one of HTC's main pushes" for 2011.

The new smartphone will first see the light of day at MWC 2011. It is described as a "step up" from so-called social UIs like "Motoblur". Users will be able to receive video, photo and text alerts. There will be a live homescreen that populates with status updates, messages from friends, etc. One Facebook login upon purchasing the device is all you'll ever need to do.

"Users will only have to sign in to Facebook once, when setting up the device, allowing their credentials to be used automatically by third-party applications."

If true, the potential for abuse here is enormous. Stealing someone's phone would allow for even more abuse than it currently does. Imagine losing your phone AND having some yahoo spend a bunch of your money on tokens for some stupid Xynga game.

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