Just in time for students to head back to school, Canadian carrier Telus has teamed up with INQ to announce the INQ Chat 3G. Focused on keeping you integrated with your social network, the INQ Chat 3G features push email, IM, Twitter, and Facebook baked right in. Also included is INQ's Facebook app, a proprietary widget on the home screen that provides real time updates and creates a unified inbox. As for specs, the INQ Chat 3G has 3G (obviously), a physical QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.8-inch display, GPS, and Bluetooth. The INQ Chat 3G is available for Telus and Koodo up in Canada. On Telus, the device is set at the low, low price of free on either a two- or three-year contract, $129.99 for a one-year contract, or $179.99 sans contract. Check out the press release below.
The INQ Chat 3G looks like a very capable device as well as a worthy competitor to the BlackBerry for users that don't need all of the business-y aspects of a 'Berry. It's great to see INQ devices hitting North America, and one can only hope that we'll be seeing them in the U.S. in the near future. With the BlackBerry form factor and social networking integration, I have a feeling the INQ Chat 3G could be a hit here.
INQ Arrives in Canada to Spark a Social Mobile Revolution
The inventors of true Social Mobile bring their mission of affordable wireless internet for the masses to North America
TORONTO, July 28th, 2010 – A global movement is underway as internet social media forever changes the way we communicate. Immediate access to online information, from any place at any time, has gone from a luxury to a necessity. In fact, many Canadian youth in the Net Generation increasingly use social media such as Facebook andTwitter as their main mode of communication.
Yet for most young and constantly on-the-move people who use these social media sites, the high price of handsets keeps mobile access to the internet out of reach. That’s why in 2008, INQ ‘remixed’ the phone for the Net Generation and revolutionized the wireless industry with the first-of-its-kind, award-wining INQ1 - an affordable, highly-functional handset custom-engineered for wireless internet that was named “Handset of the Year” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The pioneering INQ Social Mobile phones have spawned a series of copycats and shattered the cell phone status quo around the world.
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.”
INQ Chat 3G coming soon in Canada
Appealing to the increasingly savvy Net Generation, the INQ Chat 3G, will soon be available from TELUS on Canada’s fastest network* and from Koodo Mobile, Canada’s decidedly different, pay for what you need wireless company. The INQ Chat 3G is the company’s first QWERTY phone and comes equipped with INQ’s renowned Facebook app: a proprietary widget on the home screen that shows real-time updates, integrates the onboard camera and creates a unified Inbox.
“We know there’s a whole generation of people out there with no ‘off button’ - they are messaging, texting and uploading and updating 24/7. We exist for them.” adds Meehan.
INQ, known for its award-winning packaging and collaborations with up and coming artists from around the world, has developed a bespoke phone back unique to the TELUS or Koodo Mobile version of the device.
The INQ Chat 3G - the one with:
* A multi-tasking platform with ‘always on’ access to Facebook, Twitter and Instant Messaging – a log-in to any one application is required only once.
* An active address book that consolidates contacts with Facebook and provides real-time status information at a glance.
* Video and photo syncing.
The INQ Chat 3G will be available soon from TELUS and Koodo across Canada.