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Cloud Touch Facebook phone clears FCC

INQ has received word that the Cloud Touch Facebook Phone has cleared the FCC. Dubbed simply "The Facebook Phone," the Cloud Touch will likely head to AT&T since testing included support for GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA Bands II and V. There's no word on when the Cloud Touch will make it to MaBell, or how much it will run, but analysts looking at pricing and availability in Europe speculate that the device will sell for about $500 unsubsidized or $30 with a two year deal from AT&T. And although we don't have a launch date just yet, the 180 day request for non disclosure should put this in AT&T stores sometime in late summer or early fall, if guessing correctly.

INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone on sale now

INQ's Cloud Touch Facebook phone has gone on sale in the UK, offering easier access to the social network on top of an Android base. Priced at £299.95 ($489) SIM-free or free on an £18 ($29) per month contract, the INQ Cloud Touch has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen, 3G, a 5-megapixel camera and runs Android 2.2 Froyo. There's also GPS, an FM radio, WiFi and 512MB of internal storage, which can be added to via microSD card; a 4GB card is bundled in the box. Inside is an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, not exactly the fastest around but certainly helping keep the price down. The Cloud Touch promises to be one of several Facebook phones due this year, with HTC bringing the ChaCha and Salsa out sometime in Q2 2011. No word on whether they'll match the INQ's pricing, however.

INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone priced and dated

INQ and Carphone Warehouse have announced pricing and availability for the INQ Cloud Touch, the company's Facebook phone. Up for pre-order today, and expected to ship from April 6, the Cloud Touch has a Facebook app that pulls in Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications to the Android smartphone's homescreen. There's also Facebook Places integration, again with easy access from a homescreen widget. OS is Android 2.2 Froyo running on a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen, while there's a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, 3G, an FM radio and WiFi. Pricing is free on a £20 or above contract, £199.95 on a pre-pay deal or £299.95 SIM-free. The INQ Cloud Q - with a full QWERTY keyboard - will follow on in June, also with Facebook integration, and of course HTC is preparing to launch the Salsa and ChaCha in Q2 2011. Press Release:
PHONE FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA GENERATION ARRIVES IN THE UK The INQ Cloud Touch launches exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy March 18, 2011 – The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are pleased to announce the arrival of an exclusive new Android device, the INQ Cloud Touch. Specially designed for social media fans, it has Facebook at its heart and provides quick access to the latest news and whereabouts of friends. It is now available to pre-order from www.carphonewarehouse.com, and will be available from 6 April from just £20 a month on contract, £199.95 on PAYG or £299.95 SIM free. The INQ Cloud Touch is a sleek touch screen device which runs on the latest Android operating system providing super-fast access to all the latest functions and apps. It features a new Facebook app that streams a live feed to the homescreen while easy to use one-touch links to Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications allow users a direct click-through to friends’ updates, pictures, videos and webpages. The phone is also the first to use the Facebook social graph API, which enables users to follow updates from the friends they interact with most. Consumers can also check in to their favorite shops, restaurants and clubs with Facebook Places, which is also active on the central home screen. If that wasn’t enough, Facebook Events fully integrates with the Google Calendar on both devices. The INQ Cloud Touch is the first mobile phone to hit the market that has been designed specifically for Facebook users. More devices are expected in the coming months, including the INQ Cloud Q in June, which will also be exclusive to The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.

Pretty Girls Prefer non-Android, So Says INQ’s Frank Meehan

Speaking with mister Frank Meehan, INQ's CEO and big bossman, Mashable found that apparently Google wasn't keeping its doors open to the right crowd, instead tending to only a small cross-section of adult males. What Meehan said exactly was: "If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry, she doesn't have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It's too complicated. It's a geek device, it's all wrong." Google! How could you have been so foolish, not tending to the pretty girls!