InQ mobile, the British mobile designer owned by Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa and sister company to 3 UK, has unveiled its first Android-based smartphone, one which focuses on Facebook exclusively. The phone, which will be publicly demoed at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, blends the main features of Facebook and also integrates a Spotify-powered Music (ed : Li Ka-ching, the owner of HW, is an investor in both companies).
Newspapers are warning Apple against trying to bleed them of extra cash by controlling subscriptions through its iTunes platform. On Monday, the European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) said that publishers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France have received letters from Apple, informing them that all newspaper subscriptions will now have to be handled through iTunes.
For the first time since the television manufacturers decided that 3D should be mainstream, the price of one 3D TV has slipped under £600. We have just received a newsletter from Richersounds which indicates that the Samsung PS50C490 plasma television can now be purchased for as little as £599.95 if you are a VIP member; that's £100 less than at Dixons.
Everything Everywhere, the group created from the merger Orange and T-Mobile, plans to open five pilot stores to see how customers react to the rebranding. Orange and T-Mobile already have 720 combined retail outlets across the UK, but the company wants to see how customers are reacting to the new branding.
AT&T has launched a new feature, set to allow customers to make unlimited free calls to numbers on any US mobile phone carrier. Unlimited Mobile to Any Mobile will let subscribers of select AT&T plans, including Nation and FamilyTalk, make free calls to other US wireless networks. Users need to have subscription to any of the 5 AT&T voice plans that also include unlimited text messaging to use this service.