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3 Offers Free Calls & IM On 'SIM Zero' Tariff

Gordon Kelly


3 Offers Free Calls & IM On 'SIM Zero' Tariff

This seems a logical, if surprising, extension...

Following its decision to offer customers free unconditional Skype calls on all its tariffs the company has now taken the next step with 'Sim Zero'. Taking the concept of free to a rather impressive extreme, you'll get a free sim plus no monthly charge for:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype calls

  • Free Windows Live Messenger use

  • Free voicemail in the UK

  • 20p per minute for all standard calls

  • 10p per text

  • 30p per MB of data

  • One month minimum term then one month's notice to cancel

"We want to challenge the market and change mobile forever, that's why we are offering a UK first - a contract that costs nothing but gives you free calls forever with Skype," said 3 head of Pay Monthly Andy Nuttall. "Customers can come to us, and when they're at home in the UK they'll never have to pay for a call or instant message to anyone else on Skype anywhere in the world."

In fairness it's a hard tariff to argue against - unless you're dead set against 3 - and arming it with either the Skypephone S2 or INQ1 (£69.99 apiece) would seem a smart recession-friendly move.

Any other networks want to embrace Skype? Nah, didn't think so...


3 UK


June 15, 2009, 1:11 pm

3 should have nabbed the iphone 3g s, not o2


June 15, 2009, 1:27 pm

My sister used 3 and she said she could "never" get a signal, and was generally heard to be moaning about them. She went back to Orange.

Anyone use 3?


June 15, 2009, 1:32 pm

Also it is possible to unlock these handsets?


June 15, 2009, 1:37 pm

got my inq1 a month ago and love it. the skype and msn is free and i just pay for the £5 net bundle. amazing phone for the money. none of my mate's have heard of it but they're all well impressed. reception where i live is good too.


June 15, 2009, 2:05 pm

Huh? 3 uses the T-mobile network when there's no 3G signal. Something wrong with her phone maybe?


June 15, 2009, 2:41 pm

3's coverage used to be poor years ago - when they were playing catch up to the other networks. But nowadays it seems pretty faultless


June 15, 2009, 3:42 pm

@ Kaplan

"But nowadays it seems pretty faultless"

I almost choked on my toast when I read that line! Sorry Kaplan, but are you a comedian? ;)


June 15, 2009, 4:06 pm

only place i don't get 3 signal is in sainsburys :/


June 15, 2009, 4:44 pm

I've been on three for about 2 years. Had a few weird problems with loss of signal last week, but otherwise generally ok. I'm glad to put up with the occasional hiccup as long as I don't feel I'm being ripped off (*looks at O2's iPhone*).

Speaking of Orange and network coverage, I seem to recall some article on this very site discussing a customer who argued his way out of his Orange contract because he couldn't get a signal at home or the office.


June 15, 2009, 10:41 pm

I think this is great.. but I don't have any friends on skype or 3. You'd have to get everyone you know to move over as their contracts ran out.

Steve Ralph

June 16, 2009, 1:38 am

Its actually Orange that supply back up for Three when no 3G service available. I have been with Three for many years and it just gets better and better!!


June 16, 2009, 4:38 am

this sounds pretty good


June 17, 2009, 8:14 pm

In fact, I have already enjoyed those free stuff on a 59p pay-as-you-go 3 SIM card. I put it in a compatible phone and set up 3 WAP connection. Then downloaded Skype and MSN messenger from their WAP site. All work perfectly. Not only getting free voicemail, I also get free 333 customer service!


June 19, 2009, 7:26 pm

Ok, if someone from TrustedReviews could contact some spokesperson from '3' to clear this up, that's be great:

Basically there's mass confusion online about which handsets will work with '3's customised Skype version, with some people claiming they have special security certificates installed on their phones, so even if you have an unlocked phoned, you'd need to flash it with their firmware to get it to work.

Doesn't seem logical to me that that would be the case, but '3' need to make it clearer anyway.


June 19, 2009, 8:21 pm

There is little wrong with 3's technology, its handsets or its propositions such as this one.

Where 3 fall over flat on their face is with their, by now legendary, poor quality and capability off-shore Customer Services. There are insufficient polite, printable, adjectives to describe the sense of utter futility this operation engenders when something goes wrong.

Having been {thrice appropriately} bitten by their CS I am at the point whereby they could give away Voice, Data and Skype entirely free and I wouldn't take it up. The damage has been done.

But it made interesting reading nonetheless.

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