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Social Networking Mobiles

The INQ1 Facebook Phone

— November 14, 2008 — Tech
The new INQ1 Facebook phone could just be a more successful phone than the recently launched Google G1 or, even the iPhone. The Facebook phone, available from Company 3 in the UK, has been designed specifically around the functionality of Facebook, and gives users direct access to their social networking circle at the touch of a button. The phone has been optimized for use with the site so users can poke friends straight from the home screen.

While the iPhone and the new Google G1 phone target professional users with costly handsets and sophisticated technology, the Facebook phone, while retaining email and web functionality has a much cheaper price and talk plan, and will appeal to larger audience of younger users to whom the iPhone is prohibitively expensive. The phone also comes optimized for Skype, MSN Messenger and Last.fm which should also increase its appeal.
Trend Themes
1. Social Networking Phones - The rise of Social Networking phones presents an opportunity for companies to develop devices that are specifically designed for accessing social media platforms.
2. Affordable Smartphones - There is an opportunity for companies to develop more affordable smartphones that offer basic smartphone functionalities just like the INQ1 Facebook phone.
3. Social Media Integration - There is an opportunity for businesses to integrate social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others into their products to enhance customer experience.
Industry Implications
1. Mobile Phone Industry - The mobile phone industry can benefit by designing affordable phones that offer basic smartphone functionalities and features that are tailored to the user's needs.
2. Social Media Industry - The social media industry can benefit by creating user-friendly platforms and mobile apps that are integrated into mobile phones and other devices.
3. Telecommunications Industry - The Telecommunications Industry can incorporate social media platforms into their services, while also focusing on providing affordable smartphone options for customers that cater to social media access.
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