Facebook phone HTC Status to launch July 17

July 12, 2011

The HTC Status, with Facebook integration

The phone with its own Facebook button, the HTC Status, is set to hit stores July 17 and available for pre-order now.

The phone will be $49.99 with a two-year contract on AT&T and requires a minimum $15 per month data plan.

HTC is touting the phone as being context-aware, meaning that the Facebook button lights up when it senses a user is doing something he or she may want to share, such as listening to a song or viewing a photo on their phone.

The phone itself is an Android-based handset running Gingerbread 2.3, with an HTC Sense overlay. It has a 2.6-inch touchscreen, up to 512 MB of internal memory, and comes with a 2GB microSD card.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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