This phone is different from the hundreds of other ‘skype phones’ available today. As far as I am aware this is the only Skype cell phone, allowing you to make truly mobile phone calls at Skype’e low rates to other phones and free calls to other Skype users.
The phone itself is only £50 ($99 (≈ $99), €68) on 3’s pay-as-you-go plan and includes web browsing and other standard features. The Skype web site describes the phone thus:
“Only the 3 Skypephone lets you make free unlimited calls to any of Skype’s 246 million users*. So the more people you know with a 3 Skypephone the more you can cut your mobile bill.”
- Using Skype is as simple as making a normal voice call and can be used straight out of the box.
- All 3 Skypephone users receive free Skype calls and Skype Chat to anywhere in the world, making mobile communication much more affordable.
- The 3 Skypephone can be used to communicate with all Skype users, whether they are using their PC or their mobile phone.
- The phone integrates your Skype contacts into the phone address book so that they are easily manageable, regardless of how you choose to communicate with them.
- Skype users have access to all of Skype’s core functions including presence information, call logs and Skype Chat.
- The 3 Skypephone supports a whole range of 3G products and services which have been squeezed into this compact and stylish handset. It is available in white with blue trim, white with pink trim, or black with gloss black trim.
- This device is based on Qualcomm’s BREW technology.
The Skypephone is currently available in the following countries:
- Hong Kong (Coming soon)
- United Kingdom
3 Mobile has released the following specifications:
- Weight 86g
- Size 100 x 44 x 13.6mm
- Standby 320 hours
- Talk Time 270 minutes
- Video Talk Time 170 minutes
- Connectivity: Bluetooth A2DP, USB 2.0
- Camera: 2.0 Megapixel
- Network: WCDMA (2100MHz ) GSM / GPRS (900/1800 MHz)
- Bundled with 2 great games (Java compatible)
- Screen Size 2.0” (176 x 220) QCIF, 262K Colour TFT
- Internal memory: 16MB
- External expandable to 1GB
- 256MB micro SD card in box
- Music Player: MP3 Player