We know. We've been billing the HTC Status as the "Facebook phone" when they're not really an official "Facebook phone." In fact, any other manufacturer can probably come in and copy that dedicated Facebook button. Oh wait, someone already did: the Vodafone 555 Blue.
Made by Alcatel, this isn’t an Android handset, though. In fact, it's not even a smartphone -- just a feature phone with some dedicated Facebook talents aimed at the budget-conscious consumer.
Clad in a QWERTY slate form factor, the Vodafone 555 Blue has a non-touchscreen 2.4-inch display (320 x 240 resolution) and a four-row QWERTY keyboard right under it, with the dedicated Facebook key sitting right on the bottom row. Details include a 2.0 megapixel camera module, a 200MHz MediaTek processor, dual-band EDGE connectivity (no WiFi and no 3G), Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio, a 3.5mm audio jack, a 1,000 mAh battery and microSD card support.
We don't have exact details about the extent of the Facebook integration. Being that the phone seems to have been designed around the social network, it's probably similar (albeit, in a less sleek way) to the HTC implementation. During the launch event, MD Of Facebook EMEA Joanna Shields seemed pleased, calling it “the most social experience you can have,” whatever that actually means.
Aside from the Facebook integration, software features includes an IM client, an email client (POP3 and IMAP), a music player and the Opera Mini browser. The Vodafone 555 Blue will hit European stores in August, with a price of only £60 (on a prepaid plan, no less).