Facebook denies rumours of an upcoming Facebook phone

"Facebook is not building a phone" says spokesperson

Facebook phone given the cold shoulder by social leaders

Social networking leader Facebook has denied that it is planning to develop its own mobile phone hardware following a spate of rumours suggesting the contrary.

Despite refuting claims that it is working on a Facebook mobile handset, Facebook has confirmed that it is developing ways to further integrate its services into existing mobile markets. The Facebook phone rumours kicked in to full swing last week when gadget site TechCrunch claimed sources close to the Facebook project had confirmed that plans with a third party was ongoing to produce a Facebook handset.

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Speaking on behalf of Facebook, company spokesperson, Jamie Schopflin bluntly proclaimed Facebook: “is not building a phone.”

However, Schopflin did go on to discuss the company’s future mobile plans suggesting Facebook is looking at: “deeper integrations with some manufacturers. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this.”

Schoplin added: "The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a 'Facebook Phone' because that's such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.”

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