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Summary

Our Score:

6

Skype. Free voice calls. Free video calls. IM and group chat. Over the Internet. You pay for other services, but it is the free stuff that lures people in, and many never progress to paying.

Three. A mobile phone network operator. It makes its money when you make phone calls over its network.

So why, you have to ask, has Three launched a Skypephone? As its name suggests, this mobile lets you use the Skype network to make free calls and use IM.

The person you are calling doesn't need a Skypephone, just a Skype account. So you can use the mobile to call someone who is running Skype on their PC. And they can call you from their PC. You don't need Wi-Fi at your end - the phone uses the 3 network to route Skype calls. Skype contacts are integrated with other contacts, so there's no fiddling around with a separate application when you think you want to make a call.

The phone doesn't give you access to all Skype services, just the free voice calls and IM. No Skypein, no Skypeout, no free video calling. But who cares about that? As Skype's own Web site puts it here "If your friends and family have a 3 Skypephone (in a country where it's available), you can all speak mobile-to-mobile on Skype for free." And by Christmas countries should include the UK, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Republic of Ireland, Macau, Hong Kong and Australia. Wow, free calls to Australia on a mobile phone!

Are you looking for catches?

Oh you cynics.

But then again, you are right. Here they come.

There needs to be at least £10 of credit in the phone if you buy it on Pay As You Go. It costs £49.99 on PAYG, (it is free on pay monthly contracts). So you are looking at a £60 initial outlay. Calls to landlines and mobiles are 12p a minute and texts are 12p a shot too.

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Richard Waine

August 20, 2008, 4:26 pm

I bought one in January and I got one for my girlfiend too.


We text each other a lot and its usually only a couple of words so rather than spending a couple of pence a text we use the free instant messaging which works great. Also I have family in Spain who use Skype to call me so I just pick up on my mobile.





All in all, I would say this is a great little phone that will save you some dosh if the people you contact the most use Skype too.





P.S. Personally I believe this is the future of mobile phones. VOIP will be going mobile and this is just the start.

No Wahala

December 12, 2008, 3:27 pm

Have had the phone for a year now with no problems. It's a low priced handset with excellent call quality. It is best used as the main handset and to be selective to maximise Skype - calls 3 to 3 are free, also! Pleased that you rate the S2 so highly as I'm thinking of upgrading for the 3.2mp camera and modem. Regards No Wahala.

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