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Three launches Cheap Skypephone today

T3 and other online webzines are reporting that 3 is officially launching a Skype phone (opens in new tab) today.

The service will allow you to make free calls to other Skype users (that's nearly 250 million users worlwide) and cheap local calls either via 3's network.

Computer Shopper says that you will be unable to make cheap international landline calls using Skype though.

The best bit though remains the price. It costs £49.99 on a Pay as You Go basis, meaning that you are no binded by a contract.

For that price, you get a nice, Nokia-style phone with a large screen, a 2 MP digital camera and an MP3 player. Top ups are £10 a pop every 30 days and you can have the phone for free if you get a contract with 3.

Making Skype calls on it is dead easy, as you can see in this T3 video (opens in new tab), thanks to a large Skype button sitting in the middle of the phone.

The 3G compatible Skypephone is available as from the 2nd of November and will be available in different colours (opens in new tab) (including black and white).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.