Skype have launched a new handset that lets you make free Skype to Skype calls and send free Skype instant messages from your mobile phone to other Skype users no matter where they are in the world.
The 3 Skypephone features a 3G Internet phone with Skype built-in; in addition to Skype calls the phone makes conventional calls and can be used to access 3's broad range of other internet services.
Michael van Swaaij, acting CEO at Skype commneted "Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls when you are on the move to other Skype users all over the world no matter where they are.
It couldn't be simpler - put Skype in your pocket and make free Skype mobile calls and send free Skype instant messages at the touch of a single Skype button."
He also added, "Skype began by offering free PC to PC calling and now we're doing the same with mobile calls with 3. Thanks to 3, Skype has now taken a giant step forward in the mobile arena. "
Kevin Russell, Chief Executive Officer, 3 UK, said, "3 wants to make the mobile internet available to everyone. To do this, we believe that services need to be simple to access and affordable. Communication is the prime function of the mobile today.
Skype is the leader in internet communications. To enable Skype to go mobile in this way brings free internet calls together with an affordable 3G handset. Mobile has the potential to massively increase access to internet calling."
The 3 Skypephone will be available this year in the UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden. The 3 Skypephone is available from 2 November in 3Stores across the UK.