Sing Tel to sell INQ Mobile's Mini 3G

Sing Tel to sell INQ Mobile's Mini 3G

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 East Asia.

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 monthly contracts.

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 service.

The news closely follows the news that INQ Mobile is to launch a smartphone next year to operate on Google's Android operating system.

 


Written by Mobile Today
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