At a launch event this morning in Shoreditch, 3 unveiled its “INQ1” Facebook phone, which we wrote about just over a week ago. It’s basically a phone that has massive Facebook integration, as well as integration with Skype, Windows Live Messenger and Last.fm.
WIth more and more people using their phones for their social networking needs, 3 wanted a handset with that functionality at its very core. The device pushes Facebook news feed updates to the home screen of your phone, and the contact book is being described as ‘live’, where friends’ Facebook profile pictures show up next to their contact details.
RSS feeds are integrated, as are Skype-to-Skpe calling capabilities. You can also upload pictures direct to Facebook from the 3.2 megapixel camera. It’s also got ‘dongle’ capabilities, so you can plug it in to your laptop and use the 3G internet functionality as a modem.
Once again, 3 are pricing this one very agressively – It’s free on £15 a month contracts, with unlimited web access and 75 cross-network minutes. Alternatively, £20 a month will get you 200 cross-network minutes. Pay-as-you-go fans aren’t left out either. The phone costs just £80 on PAYG, with internet packages available for £5 a month.
Like the Skypephone, I’d recommend this highly as a secondary mobile. £80, plus a fiver a month, will get you a wireless dongle, internet access, as much Facebook as you can shake a stick at, as well as the unspecified Last.fm integration (does this mean we can stream Last.fm on the go, like the iPhone?) and Skype functionality. I can’t wait till we get one in for a review.
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