Remember the INQ mobile Ltd. phone with a facebook logo (above from our post, Facebook Phone, Facephone Coming Soon? last September) it looks like is coming back. According to an article on Bloomberg, facebook has said, while declining to give specifics on the phones, the company continues to work with INQ Mobile. INQ previously sold phones with Facebook features, along with other companies. London-based INQ has also declined to comment. INQ is based in London and is backed by Hong Kong telecommunications carrier Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. which is chaired by Li Ka-Shing, the billionaire who also has invested in Facebook.
“We’ve been working with INQ for a couple of years now to help them build a deeply integrated Facebook experience on their devices, While we can’t speak for their future product development plans, we can say that our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social.” Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said in an e- mailed statement to Bloomberg.
Facebook Inc. is working with INQ Mobile Ltd. on two smartphones that may be carried by AT&T Inc., according to three people familiar with the matter but the products will launch in Europe in the first half of 2011. The US launch is scheduled for the second half. The same people whom Bloomberg got information has sait, AT&T is yet to come to an agreement to carry Phones.