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PREVIEW: The First Facebook Phone

A mobile phone maker, INQ Mobile, has designed the first smartphone devices specifically designed for Facebook users. The London-based company revealed that both devices, the INQ Cloud Touch and the INQ Cloud Q, have been specially made for 18-28 year old Facebook users.Features of the device include, a home screen that has a visual feed so that users can quickly access their Facebook updates, pictures, videos, and Places, which allow users to check in at stores, restaurants, clubs etc., with a single sign-on. The Cloud Touch is powered by a Quaicomm 600MHz 7227 chipset and comes with a 3.5-inch HGVA touch screen, 4MB memory and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. Other additions include WiFi functionality, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM radio, accelerometer, and a compass.

In addition, the INQ smartphones come with quick links to all popular Facebook features such as, events, messages, chats, walls and notifications and friend list. According to co-founder, Ken Johnstone, ‘Writing on a wall is as easy as sending text messages’. This view appears to be shared by Facebook’s head of mobile business, Henri Moissinac, who said in a statement that ‘INQ has built an innovative and easy to use set of features that enable people to use common Facebook interactions such as viewing photos and videos, chat, message, and check-in to their favourite businesses all from the home screen’. While no price has been set yet, it is expected to be quite affordable considering its target market. The Cloud Touch is expected to go on sale from April while the Cloud Q will be launched a few months later.

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Would you buy a Facebook phone?

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  1. Alex

    February 17, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Considering the time i spend on facebook, i could definitely use the phone.
    And it has a compass! Who can bet that? :))

  2. led

    February 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

    This Phone will be good for Kids but i think adult users won’t buy it if it will be have only 4Mb of memory than you won’t be able to install any app or do anything in normall speed.

  3. Wholesale Suppliers

    February 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Now this thing tells how much facebook is important. This mobile phone which is designed for facebook is the prof of the huge success of this site. The features seem really cool but when they will launch it internationally ?

  4. Jason

    February 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The INQ smartphones are going to be a smash hit when they are launched in April. I think I would buy a Facebook smartphone for my brother because he is always on Facebook.

    I don’t think I would buy it for myself since I don’t use Facebook that often, but if someone were to give me one as a gift I would use it. Thanks for the update, I look forward to seeing the consumer response when they are finally released.

  5. mincir

    March 9, 2011 at 5:03 am

    From this invention of phone we can conclude that face book is becoming too popular in the world. But there may be network busy message on your mobile when many people will use this application on the smart phone.

  6. Admin

    March 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Apparently, Facebook is becoming a major feature in many mobile phones as more and more manufacturers come to terms with its popularity.

  7. Patrick Cranner

    April 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    FM radio. Now thats cool. Only major set back I hhave with iphone is no inbuilt radio. I know there are apps but they only really work when on wi-fi and not commuting. FB phone looks like a phone that would suit me,
    Patrick from rogaine does it work

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