Facebook Phone Will Succeed Says Survey

A survey carried out amongst UK consumers found out that around a quarter of the respondents would consumer buying a Facebook-branded handset with two thirds believing that Facebook is working on such a device.

Myvouchercodes polled 1485 of its members and three quarters of them said that a face recognition feature that would instantly recognise and tag a picture would be "an exciting prospect" (ed: that would be a scary scenario for privacy advocates).

Of those who said they wouldn't buy the phone, 69 per cent said they would be worried about their privacy and 43 per cent believed that the world's largest social networking website would have access to their personal details.

Surprisingly, a third of those who participated in the poll believe that the Facebook phone will be better than the iPhone, who has already reached its fourth iteration.

Mark Pearson, MD of Myvouchercodes, said that "With the recent launch of Facebook Places it seems as though the social networking site has started to look at ways it can integrate with the mobile industry so it seems that potentially, it is only a matter of time before it delves deeper.

Facebook has already dismissed the idea of producing a handset after Techcrunch's Michael Arrington broke the story.