3 Australia today announced that it will exclusively offer INQ1, the world’s most advanced social networking mobile phone, and bring Facebook to the core of the user experience. With over 250,000 visits to Facebook on the mobile by 3 Australia’s customers each week, social networking on 3 is set to grow as the experience improves significantly with the release of the INQ1.

Expected in Australian stores in time for Christmas, INQ brings the Facebook experience to the HSDPA- enabled INQ1 with one-click access and the first ever live address book with friends’ Facebook status and profile picture displayed against their contact details. Facebook users can also blog pictures taken with the phone’s 3.2 megapixel camera straight to their pages.

Taking internet communications to the mobile, INQ1 also features integrated applications like Email, Skype, Windows Live Messenger and RSS feeds, in addition to a host of other social networking and sharing tools the user can customise.

INQ1 will be $179 on 3 Prepaid when customers purchase one of 3’s new Prepaid Caps recharge vouchers starting at $29. 3’s new Prepaid Caps give customers the ability to choose how they use their Cap value – on talk, text or data.

Customers can also get INQ1 on a contract for only $39 per month. With this plan customers receive $310 Cap value, 1GB of data, 4,000 Skype-to-Skype minutes, 10,000 Skype chats and much more each month. INQ1, only available on 3, will also come with a 2-year warranty.

INQ1, developed by the new handset manufacturer INQ Mobile, is based on a new approach to mobile phone design. Backed by Hutchison Whampoa, INQ has developed INQ1 in collaboration with the 3 Group in an effort to overcome the limitations of traditional design and internet functionality on handsets.

Price and availability

INQ1 will be available in Australia in time for Christmas and is also launching in other 3 countries including the UK. INQ1 will be able to be purchased exclusively from 3 Stores and Dealers, online at www.three.com.au and through 3 Direct.

To pre-register your interest in INQ1 go to www.three.com.au/inq from Friday, 14th November.

Specifications

  • Weight: 100g
  • Size: 47.6 x 14.4 x 97.0 mm
  • Battery: up to 327 hours (standby), up to 324 minutes (talktime) application dependent
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel
  • Music: MP3 player
  • Network: HSDPA-enabled
  • Speaker phone
  • Screen size: 2.2″ QVGA (240 x 320)
  • Screen colour: 262k TFT
  • Handset colour: Silver or black
  • Internal memory: 50MB
  • External memory: Expandable to 4GB
  • Warranty: 24 months
  • Applications: Facebook, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Email
  • RSS support and Widget support

Source: 3 Mobile