3’s exclusive INQ1 phone is available online and is expected to arrive in stores tomorrow.
The phone has been designed around using the social networking site, Facebook, as well as other online services such as Skype.
The INQ1 will be available exclusively at 3 for £15 per month, which includes free unlimited Facebook Skype-to-Skype calling and unlimited instant messaging, as well as 75 calling minutes, unlimited texts, unlimited email and unlimited 3-to-3 calls. The phone is also available for £79.99 on prepay.
According to 3, there have been 50,000 pre-registrations for the new handset. Pre-registrations are made when people register an interest in buying, but are not obliged to buy the device.
Existing 3 customers were today alerted by text message about the availability of the phone online.
Frank Meehan, INQ CEO, said: ‘The INQ1 is the first device from INQ with a new take on mobile user experience. It's about taking the things people love most about the internet and building them into the very heart of the phone.'
Meehan added: 'Mobile is still mostly about voice and text for the vast majority of users, but those same people use the internet to communicate every day with Skype, Instant Messaging, Facebook and email.'