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Facebook event speculation turns to phones, mobile, search

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 15, 2013
With Facebook preparing for its mysterious press conference on Tuesday, speculation is surging that the announcement could be about anything from a new smartphone, a new mobile plan to a new search feature.

Other analysts, including Patrick Moorhead with Moor Insights & Strategy, and Jack Gold with J. Gold Associates, said they view talk of a Facebook smartphone as a tired, old rumor that resurfaces every time the company is going to make another announcement.

"In my opinion, it would be a mistake for them to offer a phone," said Gold. "They don't have the ecosystem that an Amazon has for releasing its own devices... How do you make any significant revenues? Will existing users really switch to a Facebook-branded phone? I just can't see Facebook being successful with its own branded devices."

Computerworld Senior Editor Matt Hamblen contributed to this report.


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