April 4, 2009
INQ Will Feature Facebook Status On Their Phones
INQ Mobile, the handset arm of Hutchison Whampoa, promises to deliver status update messages from Facebook right to its phones' home screens.
Co-founder and strategy director of the nascent phone maker, Jeff Taylor, said the feature would let INQ phone users communicate easily with their Facebook friends after the software upgrade, which will be available in "coming weeks."
Many Facebook members constantly post status updates as a way to connect with large groups of people. Now, an INQ phone user will be able to read updates quickly, and can just click on an update to send a direct message to the Facebook member who posted it.
Taylor said in an interview at the CTIA annual wireless showcase in Las Vegas, that INQ hopes that if consumers can use their phones to communicate more easily on popular Web sites, then they would be more likely to spend money on mobile data services.
"The phone is just screaming at you - use me more," he told Reuters on the sidelines of the show.
INQ currently sells its product through Hutchison's 3 wireless service provider arms in the U.K., Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia. It hopes services like Facebook status updates will help it win supply deals with other operations this year.
"We're talking on every continent to tier one and tier two operators," Taylor said adding that INQ is "having some really good conversations" with the biggest U.S. operators.
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