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HTC confirms it's closing offices in Brazil, halting direct sales as well (update: Durham, too)

We don't have great news to share with Brazilian Android fans as the week winds to a close. After AndroidPit's initial word, we've since conventional extra confirmation from a speaker that HTC is closing its office in Brazil "after careful dissection of [its] business." The company wouldn't get any closer than that for reasoning, albeit the country's high tariffs on electronic components imports may play a part: they were high enough for Foxconn to open a Brazilian plant just so Apple could keep selling iPads and iPhones at snug prices, and HTC hasn't been making phones in Brazil for some time. There's also the matter of fighting to stay profitable in a market where Apple and Samsung are the only real money makers. HTC is vowing to keep up post-sale support, which we appreciate, but it's also stopping all direct sales in the process. As such, the only way you'll get a One S in Sao Paulo from now on is to go through an importer and take the added hit to the pocketbook.

Update: Sadly, it looks like the company's Durham, North Carolina quest neighborhood is also folding, with around 50 employees being impacted. "Some" may be offered relocation options, but the details remain unclear. For those keeping count, the comfort is only around 1.5 years old.

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