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INQ's Spotify phone rumours increase

INQ readying a Spotify mobile?
INQ readying a Spotify mobile?

INQ, the makers of low cost social networking mobiles, is set to release a branded Spotify phone, according to sources.

TechCrunch is reporting it has spoken to someone within INQ camp and they have confirmed it is in the design stages of such a device.

The phone being spoken about is the branded hardware to be used as part of the new Telia deal in Sweden, but with the UK being one of INQ's core markets, an international version isn't a stretch of the imagination.

Member of the board

Li Ka-shing, the Chairman of Hutchinson Whampoa (which owns INQ and mobile network 3) is now a member of the Spotify board, along with INQ CEO Frank Meehan.

Although neither has spoken of such a device, INQ's handsets have been colloquially known as the Facebook and Twitter phones, thanks to native support for both platforms at a low cost.

Therefore the heritage of cheap handsets making full use of a web phenomenon won't be a stretch. We're currently waiting to hear from INQ on the matter, but we're anticipating a big old 'No comment' on that front.

Via TechCrunch

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.