INQ Mobile has clinched a
deal with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) to sell its social networking
phone model INQ Mini 3G.
This is INQ Mobile’s first
deal with an operator that does not belong to Hutchison Whampoa, the firm’s
parent group. SingTel is the largest operator in South
INQ's chief executive Frank
Meehan said ‘One of the biggest operators has chosen us. This is confirmation
that we are serious.’
This latest move
consolidates INQ’s lead in making low priced social networking phones, sending
a strong signal to larger competitors such as Nokia.
‘Operators are not looking
at only differentiating at the top-end, but now they look at many different
price levels,’ Meehan said.
SingTel will reveal pricing
details for the phone later this week when the INQ Mini 3G model goes on sale
in Singapore. INQ has indicated the model will
cost operators less than $140, allowing carriers to offer it for free with
INQ Mini 3G is the first
mass-market phone with an Internet-based Twitter client. The phone will use
Internet connections for sending Tweets, not text messages as in Twitter's own
The news closely follows the
news that INQ Mobile is to launch a smartphone next year to operate on Google's
Android operating system.