U.K.’s London-based INQ Social Mobile, a top European and Asian provider of mobile handsets with social media integration, is coming to Canada.
A worldwide movement is in its beginning stages, as social media changes the fundamentals of all levels of communication. Immediate access to online information, anywhere and any time, was once a luxury, but is now a necessity. Canadians have been steadily leading the world in adapting to new online services, increasingly using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as their main modes of communication.
In 2008, INQ developed the first-of-its-kind, award-wining INQ1, an affordable handset engineered for wireless internet. It was named “Handset of the Year” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Now, INQ is using Canada as the launch market to bring its “mobile internet revolution” to North America with the new INQ Chat 3G.
INQ’s ground-breaking platform was built from scratch to offer unprecedented integration with mobile internet. Unlike handsets designed primarily for talk and text, INQ Social Mobile devices embed popular internet applications such as Facebook and Twitter in the phone’s underlying software. This allows INQ to eliminate many of the cumbersome steps required to access social mobile sites on other phones. Applications are always running and accessible with just one click from the home screen. In addition, INQ phones offer a seamless multimedia experience courtesy of media sync software for MAC and PC that allows users to sync music, photos and video without giving up their preferred media player.
“We focus on what our core consumers want to do most with their mobile phone and deliver it at a price point that’s affordable, especially for the youth that are driving the social media revolution,” says Frank Meehan, Founder and CEO of INQ. “Our mission here in Canada is to bring a great mobile internet experience to the masses.”
The INQ Chat 3G will soon be available from Telus and Koodo Mobile (owned by Telus). The INQ Chat 3G is the company’s first QWERTY phone and comes equipped with INQ’s Facebook app, a proprietary widget on the home screen that shows real-time updates, integrates the onboard camera and creates a unified Inbox. It will also have a multi-tasking platform with access to Facebook, Twitter and Instant Messaging, as well video and photo syncing, and an address book that consolidates contacts with Facebook and provides status information.
The INQ Chat 3G will be available soon from Telus and Koodo across Canada.