3's INQ1 in the hands of our friends in the UK.
(Credit: CNET UK)
Love or loathe it, Facebook is huge. And while the won't be the first , it will be the first to integrate your Facebook contacts, as well as Skype and Windows Live contacts, into your phone book — and do it all for much cheaper than the competition.
Manufactured by INQ Mobile, a new handset arm of Hutchison Whampoa — which also owns 3 Mobile — the INQ1 is the company's first outing and hopes to do for Facebook on your phone what thedid for Skype-to-Skype calling from your mobile.
For the very reasonable RRP of AU$179 outright the INQ1 features a nice mix of high and low-end tech. It comes with HSDPA for data transfers, which is excellent for a phone at this price point, but no Wi-Fi. This won't affect the use of the social networking app too greatly as 3 will include 1GB of downloads on a $39-per-month contract.
The INQ1 also sports a 3.2-megapixel camera and will let users upload pics from their phone directly to their blog.
3 expects to launch the INQ1 in Australia, and other regions including the UK, sometime before Christmas. Stay tuned for more specific timing and a review as soon as we get our hands on one.