First Official Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch, Debuts

U.K. stores are seeing the debut of the INQ Cloud Touch, the closest thing there is to a first official Facebook phone.

Executives at the social media company have alternated between saying there is no official Facebook phone, denying specific tie-ins with mobile vendors like HTC, and saying that all mobile devices have the potential to be Facebook phones.

But all of that amounts to rhetoric, compared to images like what you see to the right: the INQ homescreen is loaded with Facebook iconography.

The device certainly looks like a Facebook phone, although the social network’s branding doesn’t appear on the phone’s casing.

The availability of the INQ Cloud Touch in the U.K. will put the concept of the Facebook phone to its first test: Do people care enough about social media functionality that they would upgrade phones in order to get more of it in their hands?

Readers, does news of the INQ Cloud Touch’s availability in U.K. stores make you crave your own Facebook phone?

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Blogging: Analytics, SEO, and Content

Blogging: Analytics, SEO, and ContentWork with the former marketing director at Conde Nast Digital to improve your search rankings, integrate social, and increase traffic to your blog! Starting November 5, Jim Hopkinson will teach you how to analyze KPIs, monetize your blog through ads, sponsorships, and affiliates, and leverage your blog toward a larger platform such as publishing, speaking, or consulting. Register now!