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Zuckerberg: Facebook phone "makes no sense"

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Whispers of a dedicated Facebook phone have been crushed by head honcho Mark Zuckerberg, who says it "wouldn't make much sense".

The Facebook handset rumours have been circulating for years, with HTC the latest hardware producer touted for the phone's manufacturing process.

Such word of mouth should always be taken with a pinch of salt, though, and Zuckerberg's insistence shows why:

"There are a lot of things that you can build in other operating systems as well that aren't really taking - that aren't like building out a whole phone, which I think wouldn't really make much sense for us to do," he said at Facebook's latest earnings call yesterday.

HTC ChaCha

F off?

The Facebook blower was recently tagged to hit shelves in 2013, according to "employees, recruited engineers and other people" who either know something Zuckerberg doesn't, talk a lot of hot air, or revealed information the topdog wants to remain secret for now.

While we can probably expect plenty more 'Facebook-integrated' handsets - ones like the HTC ChaCha – the whisper of dedicated Facebook-branded hardware has been silenced. For now, at least. ®

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