Mobile Industry Review have done what they do best, and reviewed the new kid on the block – the INQ1.
Mentioning the launch (a fine, fine event) that took place in Shoreditch yesterday, MIR describe 3’s social networking phone as being “packed to the rafters with instant access” to the online services we use daily. As well as discussing the background of the INQ1, MIR is thorough on the device itself, from hardware up to UI.
The full review is here, but I’ll give you their final thoughts now:
“We can’t stress enough that this does appear to be a bit of a revolution in the way a phone has been delivered. It’s great to use very well laid out and simple to understand. We look forward to more INQs on the horizon. Hurrah!”
The Guardian has given the INQ1 a run down, confirming details and defining facts. The overiding piece of news has to be the price point though. They put, in black and white:
“The INQ1 will be free for anyone willing to sign up to an 18-month contract at just £15 a month. For that they will get unlimited Facebook and Skype calls, as well as access to Windows Live Messenger and up to 1GB a month of web access, plus unlimited texts, unlimited email, unlimited calls to other 3 customers and 75 minutes of calls to other networks a month.”
Whichever way you cut it that’s a lot of phone for your £15 p/m. They also delve into where the potential appeal lies; citing the Facebook user increase from 5 to 15 million, it is the integrated use of the hugely popular social media site that’ll be tempting people to purchase. Has it got what it takes? Full Guardian piece is here.
3G.co.uk has given the second incarnation of the 3 Skypephone, the S2, a good ol’ comprehensive reviewing!
Split into clearly defined sub-headings you’ll be able to find what you need to know from the review in a flash, ah-aaaa. And if words aren’t your thing then the star ratings give you an instant overview.
To see how the 4/5 of rating the S2 received stacked up, click here. The device has been in the public domain for a bit now, how are you finding it?
IntoMobile’s Ben Robinson used to help fix the downed networks that inevitably keeled over come Christmas and New Year hyper texting activity. Now this has been addressed by a few fixes Ben mentions, he has a new worry, data connection.
Taking the INQ1 as his example Ben perceives the morning of the 25th December being one that will have a “flood of data-connection requests”. Is this something network planners have prepared for? Let’s hope so, for the sake of little Johnny.
Last year Children in Need raised £350,000 thanks to people donating their old mobile handsets. The scheme is making a return this year, so if you’ve got some past it device going mouldy in a drawer, then why not bag it up and post it off to Children in Need – with each phone being worth between £4 and £80, why would you not?
Pocket-Lint makes the point that in this time of crunching credit it is a grand way to donate, and Mobile Industry Review explains how the values of each handset is decided, should such things concern you.
The company behind the project is Regenersis who specialise in the recycling of handsets. Should you want to get involved, just send your device to “Freepost BBC Children in Need”, or pick up your freepost envelope at any 3 Mobile store.
3 Mobile have launched a Facebook based competition for all those who consider themselves seriously social. The prize? A personal party planner and a £25,000 budget!
3’s Seriously Social Party Competition requires you to become a fan, then give the details of why you’re so social and what your party would entail to make it top every party that has ever gone before. The top 25 entries will be selected and put forward for a chance to bag the top prize. Each will then be given a fan page of their own and the one who rounds up the most fans wins. Away you go, the professional planner and cash are yours.
Entries are already arriving… So as the site suggests – Write for your right to party!
3 Mobile UK have modified their Mobile Broadband offerings to give small businesses a helping nudge in the current financial climate. They’ve put together two offers that will hopefully increase cost effectiveness.
The two packages in question have had their data allowance upped, meaning rather than 3GB and 7GB customers will get 5GB and 15GB. On top of this, if a business is buying the contract (mobile broadband or voice) over 18 or 24 they get the option for a second contract at half price.
MobileToday, Vnunet and ISPreview all quote the head of 3 business, Renato Bottini on the new package, “3 Business has always been focused on offering small businesses a wide range of communications options at the best possible price, [...] it is especially important in today’s climate for small businesses to be able to work smartly on the go without paying over the odds.”
Ant UK at Fresh Plastic has passed on his Sony Ericsson W595 from 3 to his nephew. A relinquishing that was done “with great difficulty.”
He admits that this was always his plan and that the device is not the type of mobile he needs, despite how much he liked it, “[The W595] was fun – something sorely lacking in most other handsets I’ve used.”
After a little difficulty, the handset was returned to factory settings and now Ant is hoping that his nephew who is beginning to get use out of Bebo and MSN will be able to utilise these through the W595.
To see more on the W595 and the Spookfest that accompanied the launch click here for the launch site and here for the accompanying and amusing YouTube vids.