Facebook phone? Many consumers say 'meh'

A survey of online shoppers finds a staggeringly low level of interest in a phone powered by the social network.

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So Facebook says it's got a " new home on Android ," and we're invited to the housewarming tomorrow, which CNET will be live blogging from. Many speculate the highlight of the occasion will be the launch of a Facebook phone , or at least a Facebook-centric forked version of Android that could land soon on an HTC phone.

The only problem is, when it comes to the idea of a new Facebook phone, or skin, or whatever, very few consumers seem likely to click "like."

Retrevo has just published the findings of an online survey conducted in mid-March that found a staggeringly low percentage -- only 3 percent -- of consumers said they would consider buying a Facebook phone. Another 15 percent said they might consider a phone based around the social-networking service after learning more, while a whopping 82 percent had no interest whatsoever.

By comparison, past surveys have found that 8 percent of Americans twiddle their thumbs. So you might say, in a very unscientific sense, that twiddling your thumbs is more than twice as interesting as the notion of a Facebook phone.

So much for being "friends."

The survey of more than 3,200 shoppers was conducted via the Bizrate Insights survey platform through a network that includes more than 5,200 North American e-commerce retailers.

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