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Facebook Phone Rumors Make the Newsfeed Again

Rumors of the Facebook Phone are once again back in the news, this time with a report that the social network will announce a deal with HTC at next month’s Mobile World Congress that will have the Taiwanese mobile device maker building Android phones with the Facebook name and color.

Previous rumors had the company building a phone with INQ Mobile. One of the challenges is that in addition to any true Facebook-designed phones, there are also a whole lot of phones with deep Facebook integration–including plenty of Android devices and the entire Windows Phone 7 product line. So it’s not clear where exactly the line is between a phone with good Facebook connections and a true “Facebook Phone.” However, I’d say if it is blue and bears the Facebook logo, that would count in my book. For its part, HTC declined comment.


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