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12 October 2009

The Latest Social Mobile INQ Mini 3G with Twitter   
Coloring Customers’ Social Networking Experience
Exclusively Available at 3 Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 12 October 2009 - 3 Hong Kong, the mobile operation  of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Limited ( “Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong”), today announced that INQ Mini 3G, the second social mobile developed by INQ Mobile, a Hutchison Whampoa Limited’s company, will be launched tomorrow  ( 13 October) . Following the success of the award-winning INQ1, the new INQ Mini 3G is pre-installed with the Twitter function on top of its existing social networking applications like Facebook and Skype. With this new colourful and affordable social mobile, customers can network with friends and update their status anytime anywhere, making their lives more colourful.

Integrating the most popular social networking services

3 Hong Kong’s initiatives in bringing the first social mobile INQ to Hong Kong early this year has already spearheaded the wave of mobile social networking. The exclusive launch of INQ Mini 3G, which allows customers to post their personal tweets or update the status of their following and followers via Twitter, brings the experience of mobile social networking to the next level. With the integrated phonebook on one interface and a switcher key, users can instantly switch across different social networking accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Window Live Messenger and Skype, upload photos, update status, post new messages or chat with friends anytime, anywhere. 3 Hong Kong customers can also use Facebook and Twitter, watch YouTube via 3Xplorer under the mobile portal of Planet 3, and also access Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and 3 Community via 3messenger.

INQ Mini 3G, equipped with a 2.0 megapixel camera, allows users to upload and share their photos on facebook instantly. The new handset comes with a red back casing, with an additional colourful back casing available to customers during the promotional period.

Amy Lung, Chief Operating Officer – Mobile of Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong said: “3 Hong Kong is dedicated to steering the development of mobile broadband with a suite of innovative and market-driven data services and products. The well-received INQ1, which was launched early this year, has successfully promoted the applications of mobile social networking and expanded the spectrum of our 3G data service customers and most of our INQ1 customers regularly use data services. While Twitter has become a popular social networking application among both personal and corporate users, we believe that the INQ Mini 3G can serve the changing needs of social networking communities as well as further strengthens our leadership in the development of mobile social networking.

USB modem function

INQ Mini 3G supports 3.6Mbps of HSDPA transmission speed. Together with 3 HK’s affordable monthly plan and data package, customers can use their handsets as a modem and surf on the Internet anytime anywhere.

Outstanding-value monthly plan

Upon signing an 18-month contract, customers can purchase INQ mini 3G at HK$233 plus HK$500 of prepayment.  An additional free handset back casing (Original Price$90) will also be offered to those who purchase the handset during the promotional period. Moreover, customers subscribing to $88 monthly plan are entitled to 100MB local data usage, 1000 basic voice minutes and 200 heart-to-heart voice minutes. The local thereafter charge is $10/30MB and capped at $290.

To enable more users to experience the fun of social networking, 3 Hong Kong now offers preferential data packages for INQ Mini 3G customers. Customers can subscribe for the “Social Unlimited” Package or “Buddy Unlimited” Package with a preferential price of $20 per month. While both packages include local data usage of 50MB, the “Social Unlimited” Package enables customers to use the Skype and enjoy unlimited usage of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube via 3Xplorer. “Buddy Unlimited” Package offers unlimited usage of 3messenger (Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, 3 Community), MMS Mail and 3gmail.

“ProHuman” simplified the user experience

A design concept dubbed “ProHuman” has made INQ1 the winner of the “Best Handset Award” at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2009, “Handset of the Year” at Meffys Award 2009 and “Newcomer Award” at Mobile Industry Award 2009. The same concept is applied to INQ Mini 3G, featuring an easy-to-use functions, including integrated phonebook, message box and one-click access to fully-integrated applications.

New series of eye-catching help cards

Unlike other electronic products, the packaging and user manual of the INQ social mobile carry the designs of famous illustrators, making manual reading a fun experience.  A total of nine new illustrations, as designed by illustrators namely Brett Wilinson, Francisco Mirando, Alberto Cerriteno and Niel Quisaba , have been selected to grace the back of the new help cards of INQ Mini 3G.

For more details on INQ Mini 3G, please contact 3 Hong Kong sales hotlines on 3162-8888, visit any 3Shop or surf www.three.com.hk.

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