There’s been rumours around for a while now about Skype and mobile operator 3 getting together to offer a dedicated handset allowing people to use Skype on the move.
First Some History
You’ll remember in our world-first review of the 3 X-Series when it was launched in December 2006, we detailed how using Skype on the handset worked.
Three’s move to offer the free-to-use mobile phone services was a shocking move to the rest of the mobile industry – and very brave. One that they’ve tried very hard to avoid – doing the equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and singing “La, la, la,” very loud.
What’s being spoken about now is a handset that just does Skype and mobile Skype Phone, but using 3’s mobile data network to remain connected.
Cell Addicted Blog has a quote from Skype spokesman Chaim Haas, picked up from the Reuters report, who went as far as confirming that 3 and Skype “are working together on a new product to make Skype completely mobile,” but no further.
As we said before, with eBay owning Skype, there’s a great opportunity for them to get all of the far-east producers currently selling electronic gear on eBay to be making handsets for Skype. With over 10 million people using Skype at a time, that’s a pretty powerful network.
Tune back on Monday for the details of what went on :).