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INQ Facebook phone: Spotify bundle & cloud sync?

INQ Facebook phone: Spotify bundle & cloud sync?

We guessed the latest batch of Facebook phone rumors from this morning wouldn't be the last we'd hear about the supposed INQ mobile/Facebook collaboration, and on cue a new set of tidbits have arrived.  GigaOm have been piecing together their own sources and have fleshed things out a little: they say Bloomberg's H1 2011 timescale is over-confident but that the first network to see the Facebook phone will be Hutchinson's 3, likely with a Spotify bundle in tow.  While they reiterate that the vaunted AT&T deal hasn't been finalized yet, they also say that, if Spotify manage their predicted December US launch, access could also be bundled on the AT&T version of the smartphone(s).

They also go on to mix in some speculation about the hardware itself, though it's tricky to work out exactly where the leaks end and the wishful-thinking begins.  A stripped-down "thin" Android build is the underlying OS, with Facebook an HTML5 layer on top; your Facebook login details trigger an auto-sync, pulling in contacts, calendar and multimedia.

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HTC Desire HD free on contract; Amazon say Desire Z £500 SIM-free on Oct 18

HTC Desire HD free on contract; Amazon say Desire Z £500 SIM-free on Oct 18

Carriers have begun throwing their wireless hats into the HTC ring, after the smartphone company confirmed that the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z would have broad availability across most of the UK networks.  T-Mobile UK has announced that their Desire HD will be priced from free on a £40 24-month agreement, while Vodafone will only say that they are indeed planning to offer the HD.

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Three unveil iPhone 4 plans: no handsets yet but cheap tariffs

Three unveil iPhone 4 plans: no handsets yet but cheap tariffs

UK carrier Three has left it until the last minute to announced their iPhone 4 plans, though since the handset isn't actually available from them direct as yet, we'll give them a pass card.  As of tomorrow you can take your unlocked iPhone 4 bought direct from Apple and slot in a Three microSIM, picking from their £15 per month plan with 1GB of data and no minimum contract, or their £25 plan with a 12 month contract but more inclusive minutes.  Full details after the cut.

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Three Huawei E585 MiFi-style 3G router packs OLED display

Three Huawei E585 MiFi-style 3G router packs OLED display

We're big fans of portable 3G hotspots here at SlashGear, and Huawei's new E585 follows in the footprints of the Sprint Overdrive by adding a compact display to the pocket-sized WiFi router.  Headed to UK network Three in early July 2010, the E585 can share a 3G connection with up to five WiFi clients - such as your iPad, for instance - with the monochrome OLED display showing network and battery status together with how much mobile data has been used.

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Dell Mini 3 and Google Nexus One UK launch plans unfold

Dell Mini 3 and Google Nexus One UK launch plans unfold

CES 2010's US-focus means we generally have to wait a little longer to hear about when some of the more appealing gadgets may make their way to foreign shores, but a couple of the headline-grabbing Android smartphones have already been promised to the UK.  Dell confirmed with Electricpig that the Dell Mini 3 would be, perhaps unsurprisingly, headed to the UK, together with the tease that the handset was apparently "built specifically with the UK in mind", while Total Telecom have heard from UK carriers T-Mobile and 3 that they're currently negotiating with Google over the Nexus One.

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Orange UK iPhone 3GS landing November 10th

Orange UK iPhone 3GS landing November 10th

Orange UK will begin selling the iPhone 3GS from November 10th, according to the Guardian, the day after rival carrier O2's exclusivity agreement with Apple expires.  The launch will see two UK networks offering the smartphone in the run up to the holiday period, and while you might be tempted to think that anybody who wants an iPhone probably already has one, Orange have apparently had 200,000 people register their interest in the handset already.

3 UK plan HTC Hero with Spotify Premium preloaded

3 UK plan HTC Hero with Spotify Premium preloaded

Streaming music looks to be the next step in driving smartphone adoption, with UK carrier 3 to offer the HTC Hero with the Spotify app preloaded and a subscription to the premium service included in the monthly contract.  According to Mobile Entertainment News, the Hero will be priced at £99 ($161) with a 24-month agreement, the £35 ($57) tariff integrating Spotify's £9.99 ($16) subscription fee.

Update: 3 UK have put up a pre-registration page for the deal, though there's no specific availability date.  The Hero will come with a voucher for 24 months Spotify Premium subscription; that does mean that after two years your monthly plan will stay the same price but you'll no longer get inclusive streaming music.

INQ Mobile Mini 3G lands from early October

INQ Mobile Mini 3G lands from early October

UK carrier 3 have released pricing details on their entry-level social media phone, the INQ Mobile Mini 3G.  Announced back in August, the compact candybar packs Twitter, Facebook, push-Gmail, Skype and instant-messaging, and will cost either £59.99 ($98) on a pre-pay tariff or from free on a monthly plan when it goes on sale in early October.

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