Inq Mobile has released the INQ1, which is being touted as “The Facebook Phone”. That is because the Facebook Phone’s functionality is actually built around Facebook and other social networking. In essence, it’s a social network device first while, oh yeah, it’s also a mobile phone.
In fact, Inq itself is billing the INQ1 as “the world’s first Social Mobile.”
That said, the INQ1 Facebook Phone is currently only available in the U.K., although it is due in Australia shortly, and “will be available in lots more countries shortly.”
Still, while it may sounds silly to some, the Facebook Phone is going to be the next Holy Grail of phones for others.
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In addition to the Facebook functionality, the Facebook Phone comes with Twitter, YouTube, eBay, Skype, Bebo, MSN Messenger, Last FM, Gmail, and Google Maps functionality on board. In fact, not only on board, but able to run full time in the background. Each of these also provides a pop-up alert while running in background, so that you never miss a trick (or a message).
In addition, the INQ1 Facebook Phone’s contact program automatically detects all of your contacts from all of the supported service, and optionally merges them into one unified contact database, which means when you click on a contact, you’re given the option of contacting them every way possible (phone, email, IM, Twitter, etc.).
The phone is selling for the equivalent of $119 USD and, if you are in the UK, it is free with some monthly plans from mobile provider Three.
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