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3 UK announces unlimited free Skype-to-Skype calls and instant messages no top-ups, no data charges, just free mobile Skype

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Just in http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/4/23/omg-3-uk-launches-totally-free-unlimited-no-contract-skype/ http://www.techdigest.tv/2009/04/3_offers_free_s.html http://www.mobil…
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7y, 10m agoFound 7 years, 10 months ago
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http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/4/23/omg-3-uk-launches-totally-free-unlimited-no-contract-skype/
http://www.techdigest.tv/2009/04/3_offers_free_s.html
http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/News/239814/3_to_support_free_skype_traffic.html
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/37148.php

. In a world first, 3 UK is opening up its network to allow anyone with a 3 SIM and a compatible handset to enjoy unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and instant messages without ever having to pay.
From 1 May, there will be no data charges or top-up fees for either contract or pay-as-you-go customers who use Skype on 3s UK network. Anyone with a 3 Skype-enabled handset will be able to buy a 3 SIM and talk as much as they want to other Skype users without ever having to pay another penny.
During the summer, 3 will expand its offer making it possible for anyone with a compatible unlocked 3G handset in the UK, to take advantage of free Skype calls, whether or not their phone is from 3. Anyone that wants to talk on a mobile for free will be able to use a Skype-enabled 3 SIM to make and receive totally free Skype-to-Skype calls and to use Skypes instant messaging (IM).
By removing these key barriers to Skype-to-Skype calls, 3 UK is creating a compelling reason for new customers to join 3 and to enjoy all the products and services available on the UKs biggest mobile broadband network.
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1 Like #1
This is not really a deal
#2
robot1000
This is not really a deal


Maybe freebie.. I just wanted to bring it on HUKD ASAP... That's some freaking fantastic news...
#3
siliconbits
Maybe freebie.. I just wanted to bring it on HUKD ASAP... That's some freaking fantastic news...

I agree it's great news. The mods with probably just move it to freebies
#4
Any link where we can verify this news?
#5
good4me2
Any link where we can verify this news?


I am writing that news ;-)
#6
but there will be poor coverage and terrible customer support. not voting.. just saying :)
#7
does this include data for browsing :?:
#8
hairychad
but there will be poor coverage and terrible customer support. not voting.. just saying :)


But, um...it's free! I can put up with that.
#9
thekanester
But, um...it's free! I can put up with that.


fair play

I was aiming mainly at saying you shouldn't sign up.. but if you're already there ;)
I actually got out of my 18 month contract after 12 months for free as they messed up so much.
#11
If its totally free then great but I ended my mobile 18 month contract with them after 10 months due to customer service, no coverage so they blamed my phone so had it in 3 times to them and tried it in other phones then told them they r full of sh*t then they eventually came out and said they had a coverage problem so for the 3 months I had no coverage no matter where I was they refunded me 1 month told them f**k themselves and paid the rest off. Its funny cos they rang me up yesterday offering me discounted deals on another contract being a loyal customer of theirs :thinking:
#12
You should actually be able to use any OLD 3 mobile phones as a baby monitor for example or a walkie talkie... http://www.cex.co.uk/products/Phones/Phone%20Handsets/Phones%203/index.php?sku=SNECE6163C&name=NEC%20E616,%203%20C&mode=buy
#13
the funny thing is i work for Three and they dont even tell us anything.. yet everyone else finds out first
#14
I have always heard of Skype but didnt understand how it works. If this is the case I will get my son a 3 payg sim card so he can ring me on my pc free but one question I am on Orange contract and just rang them up to ask about Skype but they didnt have a clue what I was talking about. If I download it on my orange phone (skype compatible) is it still free for me to use as obviously it will always be running or does it use internet connection so will cost me? :thinking:
#15
morphias
I have always heard of Skype but didnt understand how it works. If this is the case I will get my son a 3 payg sim card so he can ring me on my pc free but one question I am on Orange contract and just rang them up to ask about Skype but they didnt have a clue what I was talking about. If I download it on my orange phone (skype compatible) is it still free for me to use as obviously it will always be running or does it use internet connection so will cost me? :thinking:


Skype uses internet connection to make calls. Skype to Skype call are free. Skype to landlines and cell phone you have to pay for. They have many different plans on skype.com.
Skype would work on any skype supported device - you can get a list on skype.com, with internet access. If you have unlimited data/internet then you don't have to pay anything. Otherwise, it's data charges (for all carriers except 3). If Orange does not explictly block Skype communications, then you can load Skype onto your phone and make calls. You would be charged according to your data plan.
#16
It will no doubt cost you unless you have an unlimited data plan. I think.
#17
morphias - it will use your data connection hence cost you money if you don't have a data tariff.

3's implementation of skype is slightly different to the standard downloadable client. A 3 skype call is a real phone call to an actual phone number which coverts the voice to skype compatible data and sends it on to the skype contact you are calling, this is all handled transparently to the end user.
#18
siliconbits
You should actually be able to use any OLD 3 mobile phones as a baby monitor for example or a walkie talkie... http://www.cex.co.uk/products/Phones/Phone%20Handsets/Phones%203/index.php?sku=SNECE6163C&name=NEC%20E616,%203%20C&mode=buy


How would u use an old 3 phone as a baby monitor? Sorry if i missed the obvious, but wouldnt that be a video call that 3 charge for? :oops:
#19
Nice. Even though I came to the point of throwing my 3 Skypephone S2 Handset against the wall yesterday because my signal drops everywhere and I get a delay in calls so when im speaking theres a 2 second delay to when my girlfriend can hear me and likewise from her end. Fed up witth it but good news it''s free I can use it as a last resort to call her as Im moving to 02 Simplicity £15 Unlimited Calls to other 02 Network.
#20
109place
How would u use an old 3 phone as a baby monitor? Sorry if i missed the obvious, but wouldnt that be a video call that 3 charge for? :oops:


Take 2 phones from 3 on which Skype can be installed (like the old S1) and just sign in... When I said Baby monitors, I was assuming the audio rather than video ones. It obviously depends on your location.. but in theory, you could be miles away and still monitoring ;-)
#21
CHalligan;5009825
It will no doubt cost you unless you have an unlimited data plan. I think.

Skype to Skype calls have been free on 3 for ages. It comes up as an extra line item on my bill with zero charge against it.

The Internet browsing is charged differently.
#22
Some additional info:

You do not need to have a computer to use Skype. Some countries have local access numbers that allow you to use Skype to Go, which is a calling card. You dial Skype provided landline number, then dial number that you wanted to call. You would get a charge of landline call (free from home) + Skype charge to call number that you dialed.

If you have a cell phone with WiFi you can use WiFi to place a call (instead of data service of you carrier) and not pay data charges.

Personally I could not find anything cheaper to call international then Skype.
#23
nxsfan
morphias - it will use your data connection hence cost you money if you don't have a data tariff.

3's implementation of skype is slightly different to the standard downloadable client. A 3 skype call is a real phone call to an actual phone number which coverts the voice to skype compatible data and sends it on to the skype contact you are calling, this is all handled transparently to the end user.


Nope... You don't need a data tariff... I repeat, you only need a £1.99 SIM. Don't ask me why they're doing it.. they might be bonkers.
#24
Marky264
Nice. Even though I came to the point of throwing my 3 Skypephone S2 Handset against the wall yesterday because my signal drops everywhere and I get a delay in calls so when im speaking theres a 2 second delay to when my girlfriend can hear me and likewise from her end. Fed up witth it but good news it''s free I can use it as a last resort to call her as Im moving to 02 Simplicity £15 Unlimited Calls to other 02 Network.

Try Vodafone Family for 5 quid a month
1 Like #25
hairychad
but there will be poor coverage and terrible customer support. not voting.. just saying :)


2002 called, they want their opinion back.
#26
siliconbits
Nope... You don't need a data tariff... I repeat, you only need a £1.99 SIM. Don't ask me why they're doing it.. they might be bonkers.


People would sign up to have free Skype calling. They figure that most people would not want 2 cell phones - would keep 3 and get rid of the other. It's just another way to attract customers.
#27
Great - so they are going to swamp their already-terrible network with a whopping data load using an application that, to be frank, is unreliable even when using a low-contention 8Meg ADSL line. I'll give this one a miss!
#28
siliconbits
Take 2 phones from 3 on which Skype can be installed (like the old S1) and just sign in... When I said Baby monitors, I was assuming the audio rather than video ones. It obviously depends on your location.. but in theory, you could be miles away and still monitoring ;-)


Aah, now im with ya :) Although id hate to leave the little one alone whils im miles away :-D
#29
I have an unused 3 SIM. What is the cheapest 3 Skype-enabled handset that I can put it in?
#30
meinnit
Try Vodafone Family for 5 quid a month

Cant go on contract till October when I turn 18 :)
dashforth
I have an unused 3 SIM. What is the cheapest 3 Skype-enabled handset that I can put it in?


Cheapest one is the 3 Skypephone S1. Under £30 at the most. Sainsburys had them at £12.45 a while back but they must have sold out now. Cant rmember how much it would be at the 3 Shop as the S2 Version is out now which I have.
#31
Marky264
Cant go on contract till October when I turn 18 :)


Cheapest one is the 3 Skypephone S1. Under £30 at the most. Sainsburys had them at £12.45 a while back but they must have sold out now. Cant rmember how much it would be at the 3 Shop as the S2 Version is out now which I have.


In the press conference this morning, the guys at Three said that S3 will be out in Q4 2009
#32
joshm
Great - so they are going to swamp their already-terrible network with a whopping data load using an application that, to be frank, is unreliable even when using a low-contention 8Meg ADSL line. I'll give this one a miss!


Would have to disagree with you. Skype made a huge progress lately. Call quality is crystal clear when I call other numbers, not Skype members. Sometimes call quality is bad when I call Skype to Skype. Since I don't see this problem when I call landlines I figure this would be other party fault.

You have to take into consideration that Skype is very bandwidth intensive and requires good hardware to work. You might want to double check latency on that ADSL line. Also, don't try to run Skype on old PC.

I do have a doubt that 3 network is good enough to support Skype. Anyone has an experience to share using Skype with 3?
#33
Right im sorted Ive just rang up my Orange contract and told them i wanted to use Skype on my phone they said it will cost you about 30p to download the Skype programme but after that it wont cost you anything to have it running in the background, its only when you receive a Skype call or make one but then it will only cost around 0.03p depending how long you talk. Ive just added on unlimited internet to my contract anyway for ebay etc for £5 a month. My son is on Asda mobile and I was going to get him a 3 sim card but have just looked on Asda website and they only charge 20p per mb anyway which only gets used to make and receive calls so again it will run in background free cos ur not downloading or browsing so will be pennies to make calls and asda have the cheapest calls anyway 8p per min to any network and 4p per text and only £5 top ups........ :thumbsup:
#34
CTPAHHIK
Would have to disagree with you. Skype made a huge progress lately. Call quality is crystal clear when I call other numbers, not Skype members. Sometimes call quality is bad when I call Skype to Skype. Since I don't see this problem when I call landlines I figure this would be other party fault.

You have to take into consideration that Skype is very bandwidth intensive and requires good hardware to work. You might want to double check latency on that ADSL line. Also, don't try to run Skype on old PC.


Frankly though, this is essentially an almost free deal... it has to be judged on whether there are other alternatives to it.. It could also mean the end of stand alone Skype phones like the Linksys.
#35
got my E71 with 3 back in october last year, this offer was the case then... nothing new.
#36
^^^ Yes, this offer has been around for ages.
CTPAHHIK;5010214

I do have a doubt that 3 network is good enough to support Skype. Anyone has an experience to share using Skype with 3?

I have used Skype on 3 several times and can tell no difference in the call quality between a Skype call and a 3 to 3 call.

Its not quite as convenient as you have to load and log in to Skype first (although you can have it running in the background once its started) but aside from that it works a treat.

If I didnt have so many free minutes in 3 already (500 mix & match + unlimited 3 to 3 calls) then I would use it more often.

Note that its only 'free' within the UK and countries on the 3 Like Home list.

http://www.three.co.uk/Help_Support/International/3_Like_Home_Pay_Monthly

Outside of these areas the data Skype uses is classed as roaming and is charged accordingly.
#37
Thanks for post just bought a skype mobile phone. :thumbsup:
#38
KTF
^^^ Yes, this offer has been around for ages.

I have used Skype on 3 several times and can tell no difference in the call quality between a Skype call and a 3 to 3 call.

Its not quite as convenient as you have to load and log in to Skype first (although you can have it running in the background once its started) but aside from that it works a treat.

If I didnt have so many free minutes in 3 already (500 mix & match + unlimited 3 to 3 calls) then I would use it more often.

Note that its only 'free' within the UK and countries on the 3 Like Home list.

http://www.three.co.uk/Help_Support/International/3_Like_Home_Pay_Monthly

Outside of these areas the data Skype uses is classed as roaming and is charged accordingly.



I have to disagree. This one has a difference. You buy one SIM and that's it. You don't have to top up...
1 Like #39
ok there are a lot of people spouting off stuff here with no real knowledge behind them.

I'll make some posts but have a meeting in 5 so here goes for a start:

1) its mainly for pay and go. You do not need credit for it to work
2) some tarrifs already had this before but now everyone does
3) it does not use your data allowance, but it does use data
4) it is free
5) it does not use the data to make a call. All calls are circuit switched mobile originated and get converted on the network to IP
6) you do not need to top up to keep it working
7) the limits for usage have been removed pretty much from what I understand for the UK
8) you can put a 3UK sim into any unlocked 3G handset and do this.
9) 3 have around 8000 mobile sites currently. End of the year there could be up to 13000 so it should essentially double the coverage.
#40
My son and I used a pair of Three Skype phones last year (S2 model). The experience was not good - poor coverage and very poor customer service. I wouldn't use the service again.

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