INQ, the mobile phone designing company that brought out a Facebook phone and a Skype phone last year, has launched a two mobile phones aimed at Twitter users and aptly named, Twitter phones.
That said, they do not carry any Twitter branding which is just as well. INQ or INQ Mobile is owned by Hutchinson Whampoa, whose mobile phone network, 3, is the only one who carried INQ's previous phones.
The new phones, INQ Mini and INQ Chat, will appear over the next few weeks (probably in September) and will come with a few unique features on their own. Both have native Twitter, Facebook, Skype capabilities and iTunes syncing, 3G compatibility and the ability to be used as a HSDPA modem.
The INQ Chat is the more interesting of the two as it comes with a similar design as the Nokia E63; it comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus (but still no flash), a 2.4-inch QVGA display, built-in GPS and Gmail push email à la Blackberry.
As for the INQ Mini, it sports a candybar design, comes witha 2.2-inch QVGA TFT screen with a 2-megapixel camera (no flash) and according to various sources, will be available from £15 per month, basically replacing the old Skype phone on 3's Network.
Like the INQ1, the phones are likely to have been manfuactured by Chinese giant Amoi and since they are on 3, will almost certainly come with "unlimited" data packages.
Well done to INQ, both mobile phones look very promising and they are very likely to do well. However, if the company really wants to go ballistic, it will have to strike deals with bigger mobile phone networks like Vodafone or T-Mobile. The INQ Chat is a particularly attractive alternative to RIM's Blackberry.