Skype enters Mobile Market with the launch of 3 Skypephone Handset

3 Skypephone Handset Internet communications company Skype together with mobile operator 3 have launched a new and affordable mobile phone that allows the user to make free Skype to Skype calls and send free Skype instant messages to other Skype users.

Called the 3 Skypephone, this fully-featured 3G Internet phone comes pre-loaded with Skype functionality. Besides making Skype calls, users can also make conventional calls and can also be used to access 3’s broad range of other Internet services.

This happens to be the first time that an operator- in this case 3- has offered a mass market device which is tailor-made for free calling over the Internet from a mobile.

The new 3 Skypephone handset was developed by Skype and 3 in partnership with Qualcomm, suing QUALcomm’s BREW platform to enable Skype to work with core handset features such as address book and messaging.

Measuring just 100x44x13.6mm, the 3 Skypephone is a small and shiny handset that comes in black or white with blue or pink trim.

The 3 Skypephone mobile phone offers users a number of features including a 2 mega pixel camera, MP3 player, mobileTV and Internet.

Other features of the 3 Skypephone handset are noted below:

  • Fully integrated Skype functionality with contacts, call logs and presence.
  • Access to Java and 3D games and two preloaded games
  • 2.0 Megapixel camera
  • Internet browsing
  • Bluetooth
  • Weight: 86g
  • Size: 100 x 44 x 13.6mm
  • Battery Standby: 320 Hours
  • Battery Talk Time: 270 Minutes
  • Battery Video Talk Time: 170 Minutes
  • Screen Size: 2.0″ QCIF (176 x 220)
  • Colour: 262K
  • Internal Memory: 16MB
  • External Memory: expandable to 1GB microSD
  • The in-box contents of the 2 Skypephone handset include:

  • Battery 1150mAh
  • Battery cover (magnetic)
  • Personal stereo hands free kit
  • USB cable
  • Mains charger
  • CD-ROM for PC connection
  • 256MB micro SD memory card (no adapter)
  • 3 user guide
  • Quick start guide for Skype
  • The 3 Skypephone will be available from November 2 in 3Stores across the UK. Besides, the phone will also be available later this year in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden. The 3 Skypephone costs GBP49.99 (approx Rs. 4,065).