PAYG Nirvana As 3’s INQ1 Launches Today

Could this be the best pre-pay phone on the market? Duh... yeah!

Ok, I don’t really want to spoil our impending review but the INQ1 is a game changing handset for the pre-pay market and it is hitting stores today.

3’s simply wonderful INQ1 goes on sale for just £79.99 on PAYG or free from just £15pm – a deal which will land you unlimited texts, web access and calls to other 3 customers plus 75 cross network minutes. Up that to £20pm or £25pm and you get a matching deal plus 200 or 500 cross network minutes respectively – clearly sweet spots.

So why do I like the handset so much? For a full account check out my detailed INQ1 First Impressions but in short it is because we finally have a budget handset which prioritises ”software” and craftsmanship over simplistic specsmanship. A perfect example is the INQ1’s contact list which integrates phone, email, Skype and Facebook data even pulling profile pics and current statuses. Yep, it’s just one clever nugget of a top notch little mobile.

Other snippets? Well, to quote myself (yep – I’m that self important): “Facebook, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo, eBay, Last FM, Microsoft Instant Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps are not only available on the handset but they run full time in the background, pre-fetching data and keeping users continuously connected. All run thin clients which can be accessed with or without signal (such as when on the Tube) and any notices written offline automatically send when reception returns.”

Hardware specs? Not telling you – it’s a mindset change, trust me – go with it…

INQ1 Product Page

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