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INQ Chat & INQ Mini: Hello Qwerty, how you doin?

Most phones that can access Facebook or Twitter well are rather pricey but there is one manufacturer that’s taking a slightly different approach to the Web. Owned by the company behind 3, INQ is a small but feisty mobile company based in London that aims to bring mobile social networking to the masses, and recently announced two new phones: the INQ Chat and the INQ Mini.

Both phones offer easy access to Facebook, Windows Live messenger, Skype and now Twitter. The INQ Chat (pictured left) boasts a much needed full Qwerty keypad, GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The INQ Mini is a simpler offering with a very similar bunch of features to its predecessor, the INQ1, but in a candybar casing.

At the heart of every INQ phone is an integrated contacts feature that consolidates your social network contacts with your phonebook. Once you sync your Facebook contacts with your INQ phone then you can see friends’ profile pictures when they call you. It’s also worth noting that 3 lets you make free Skype-to-Skype calls using any 3 phone that supports Skype, including INQ phones, even if you don’t have any credit. We look forward to getting our hands on these two socialites soon and hope that they are a little bit snappier than their predecessor.

INQ Chat specs:
114.5mm x 61.0mm x 12.8mm
Built-in plug and play HSDPA modem to give your PC wireless broadband access
2.4” QVGA TFT landscape display
3.2 megapixel auto focus camera
Built-in GPS
120MB memory, (expandable to 4GB)

INQ Mini specs:
102.9mm x 45.8mm x 12.8mm
Built-in plug and play HSDPA modem to give your PC wireless broadband access
2.2” QVGA TFT landscape display
2.0 megapixel camera
100Mb user memory (expandable to 4GB)


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