Facebook to buy Nokia to make Facebook phone?

Facebook to buy Nokia to make Facebook phone?We all know and love the HTC ChaCha and Salsa, but we heard the other day that Facebook was looking to actually build its own phone, and some engineer guy rightly warned that it’s much easier said than done.

Facebook has reportedly been snapping up former Apple engineers in a bid to form some sort of mobile phone-building team, but new rumour juice suggests an alternative solution might be for Facebook to go out and buy itself a top mobile manufacturer. As you do.

Paul Amsellem, managing director of marketing company Mobile Network Group, reckons Facebook could snap up Nokia for a cool $10 billion. "They need to do it," Amsellem insists.

The Nokia Facebook phone would run none other than Windows Phone, thanks to Team Elop's close relationship with Team Ballmer. Facebook and Windows Phone? A marriage made in heaven, no doubt.

However, Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner reckons that’d be just a tad over the top. He jokes to TechRadar: "You don't need to buy, you know, the world's second-largest handset manufacturer to build a cell phone. It's like you're trying to get to your house, from here to there, so you buy an airline."

Call me silly, but I reckon smartphone users are more concerned about things like battery life and a healthy selection of apps than they are about deeper Facebook integration. As if a widget and dedicated app aren’t enough.

But hey, what the heck do I know? This: absolutely nothing.

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krogothnx  Jun. 1, 2012 at 16:41

Might be nice if it were to happen, cause the current Facebook for windows phone app is a joke.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 1, 2012 at 17:02

And I was wondering why Facebook dropped another 5% :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 17:25

I just read an interesting take on this (no offence, Lewis :p )... But I don't think I'll share it

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 18:46

I just read an interesting take on this (no offence, Lewis :p )... But I don't think I'll share it
Don't be miserable, share :p!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 21:16

I just read an interesting take on this (no offence, Lewis :p )... But I don't think I'll share it
Don't be miserable, share :p!


Okay, then - here Facebook Phone is a Bad Idea - some good points, methinks.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 23:16

And I was wondering why Facebook dropped another 5% :p
$27 a share now...that's a big drop in a very short space of time.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2012 at 23:18

I just read an interesting take on this (no offence, Lewis :p )... But I don't think I'll share it
Don't be miserable, share :p!


Okay, then - here Facebook Phone is a Bad Idea - some good points, methinks.

I agree, it's a sh*t idea. The only people who'd buy a dedicated Facebook phone would be the 12-18 age group, who don't have the cash to fork out for a high end phone, therefore FB would be stuck making crappy, low-end smartphones with very little return on each unit. That's before you even get to the issue of every other smartphone platform having a dedicated FB app, hell, even WebOS has (had?) and official FB app.

equ  Jun. 3, 2012 at 20:45

Maybe Facebook buys Nokia for $10B, fires Elop, puts a forked Android on their phones with Bing as default Search Engine and suddenly we have the third ecosystem that runs current Android apps....

Well thats what the tea leaves told me but what do they know lol...

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 4, 2012 at 07:55

There is no need for Facebook phone. All it takes is a good app on Android - easy to use, nice widgets, consistent updates, stable, lock screen integration - to add strong Facebook support.
Windows phone support would be slightly difficult and Apple is impossible. In the long run if Android facebook takes off as successful it will impact market share of Windows and Apple, resulting in both platforms developing support for it.

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