Skype Mobile Phone Launches Overseas
$100 in nine countries, none of them named 'U.S.'
by Karl Bode 01:37PM Monday Oct 29 2007 Tipped by FFH
Skype and European mobile phone carrier 3 will launch the new Skype mobile phone November 2 in the UK
, with additional market launches coming shortly in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau and Sweden.
The phone, the first to have integrated Skype functionality, will cost about $100. There's no SkypeOut
-- users can call other Skype users for free, but calls to non-Skype users are routed traditionally across 3's network.
At the moment, Skype has stated that there's no plans to bring the device to the United States. Video previews of the phone can be found here
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Re: Who needs this phone?
said by garmst:You will when Sprint shuts your phone off for violation of your TOS -- no voip calls on your PPC-6700 -- Enjoy the $175 termination fee too...
I have Skype on my PPC-6700 from SPRINT. Plus I have SKYPEOUT to boot! Am I supposed to cry?
hmm.. I think, for once, I'm not impressed. Usually when a new phone rolls out overseas, I'm all for it. This time, all I get is a device that lets me use it to chat with other Skype members for free; I don't even use Skype, much less to chat with other people. Other than that nifty trick, it's a regular mobile phone.
Neat idea, but not too useful in the US where night/weekend minutes are usually free, along with M2M and bountiful daytime minutes.
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