AT&T Joins with HTC and Facebook to Launch HTC First, the Only Smartphone Designed Around Facebook Home

  AT&T Joins with HTC and Facebook to Launch HTC First, the Only Smartphone
                        Designed Around Facebook Home

Facebook's Newest Mobile Experience Available Exclusively on the Nation's
Fastest 4G LTE Network

PR Newswire

DALLAS, BELLEVUE, Wash. and MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4, 2013

DALLAS, BELLEVUE, Wash.and MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
AT&T*, HTC and Facebook have teamed up to develop and launch the HTC First™,
the first and only smartphone built to feature Facebook Home, which puts your
friends at the heart of your phone. Facebook Home is the first mobile
experience designed to give you your
friends'latestupdatesrightonyourhomescreen andmessagesthat

HTC First will be available for pre-order today for $99.99 with a two-year
commitment and available exclusively in AT&T stores and online starting April
12. To pre-order, visit 

The HTC First runs on AT&T 4G LTE, the nation's fastest 4G LTE network.** In
addition, independent mobile research firm RootMetrics® has published a
special report on 4G LTE in the U.S. which notes that AT&T wireless customers
in our 4G LTE markets that were tested by RootMetrics have access to the
fastest mobile speeds on their smartphones. AT&T also has the nation's
largest 4G network, covering 288 million people. 

"The HTC First will offer the best Facebook Home experience on mobile, right
out of the box. That's why we're committed to this phone and making it
exclusive in our stores," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T
Mobility. "Because AT&T offers the fastest 4G LTE** in the nation, it's the
best network for Facebook Home. And the best device for Facebook Home is the
HTC First."

"HTC has a track record of providing beautiful hardware design, and of being
first-to-market with smartphone innovations," said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC
Corporation. "The HTC First continues that track record, providing AT&T
customers with a unique home experience that putsa user's friends and family
at the center of their mobile experience."

"Home is a completely new experience for your phone," said MarkZuckerberg,
Facebook's Founder and CEO. "With Home available right out of the box, you're
getting the best quality experience for connecting with your friends."

Facebook Home brings your News Feed to the surface, immediately giving you the
content you care about right on your home screen when you turn on your phone
without having to open an app or access a mobile website. Just sign into your
Facebook account and begin using Home – no need for download or
configuration. Facebook Home connects you directly with your friends, whether
it's their real-time updates and newest photo uploads being streamed on your
cover feed or the ability to chat with friends without jumping in and out of

Facebook Home is built around your friends and puts them at the center of your

  oCover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your
    newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. It
    lets you stay up-to-date on your friends' latest activities in real-time,
    all the time. You can swipe through to see more photos and updates,
    double tap to "like" a post and comment right from cover feed. To learn
    more about cover feed, check out this video. 
  oNotifications: Notifications from apps and friends appear right on your
    home screen. It's easier to see when you have a missed call, calendar
    reminder or new message. Open a notification with a double tap or clear
    them away to see your Cover Feed. To learn more about notifications, check
    out this video.
  oChat Heads: The mobile messenger lets you jump in and out of conversations
    while you do other things, like watch a video and browse the web. Reply
    right from chat heads, or move them around if you're not ready to respond.
    Plus you can send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same
    spot. To learn more about chat heads, check out this video.
  oApp Launcher: See your favorite apps and post right to Facebook from the
    same spot. You choose what's on your app launcher—press and hold an app
    then drag it anywhere.
  oInstagram: HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram

HTC First will be available in four colors: black, white, red and pale
blue.The hardware is thin, modern and seamless, with soft edges to draw your
attention tothe updates from friends and family on the 4.3-inch glass
display. Inside, the smartphone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)with the new
Facebook Home experience and incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor
with dual-core CPU and 3G/4G world and multimode LTE so you can enjoy the
richest content on AT&T's blazing fast 4G LTE network.

For more information, or to pre-order HTC First, please visit

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download
speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not
available everywhere.

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Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.
It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse^® and AT&T │DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is
one of the most advanced in the world.

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About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile
devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it
does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative
and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC's portfolio
includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience.
HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information,

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