Vodafone 555 Blue unveiled as new Facebook phone

Budget Vodafone Facebook phone announced

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone officially unveiled ahead of August release

Vodafone has officially announced the latest ‘Facebook Phone’ with the Vodafone 555 Blue to launch later this year with a social-networking centric operating system.

Following on from the INQ and HTC Facebook-centric handsets, Vodafone has announced that its latest handset is to do away with the popular Android OS instead packing a new proprietary offering that takes Facebook integration to its core with notifications and status updates available from the homescreen.

Lining up to be a truly budget blower the Vodafone 555 Blue is to do away with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity instead plumping for the slower EDGE offering whilst other specs see the handset sport a 2-megapixel rear mounted camera and a microSD slot.

“The mobile internet plays a central role in the daily lives of more than 87 million Vodafone customers, many of whom are avid Facebook users,” Vodafone’s Group Terminals Director Patrick Chomet announced.

He added: “The Vodafone 555 Blue is a unique and innovative handset, designed and developed by Vodaphone to offer a simple but powerful Facebook experience for people in both emerging markets and developed economies who want to stay in touch with their friends, wherever they are.”

Whilst a precise release date and confirmed pricing have yet to be officially unveiled reports have suggested the Vodafone 555 Blue will land around the £70 mark on a PAYG basis next month.

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