There’s a growing number of young people where Facebook has replaced other communications tools to become the hub of their online lives. Email, Twitter, SMS: for these users, Facebook replaces them all. Recognizing this trend, INQ has decided to craft a line of Android handsets that present Facebook as the default, easiest-to-access way to get in touch with friends. So far, the company’s announced two models taking this route, the Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. The first of them is nearly here, as Carphone Warehouse has started taking pre-orders for the Cloud Touch, with the nearly $485 phone set to arrive on April 6 in the UK.
Trying to connect to the phone’s page at Carphone Warehouse now gives a “service currently unavailable” error, but the site still displays the phone on its “news” page, dead-link and all. Luckily, there’s a press release available outlining your various options for ordering the Touch, after CW gets its site back together, at least.
The Cloud Touch will run you the equivalent of about $485 when purchased with no service, $324 on pay-as-you-go, and only $32 on-contract. That low starting cost with a service agreement is bound to attract a lot of younger users, which is just the group INQ needs to be going after. In addition to CW, Best Buy will also be selling the handset.
Later this year, the second INQ phone using the company’s Visual Media Feed software for this level of Facebook integration will arrive, with the Cloud Q scheduled for June.