I wish I had more friends. Or more people who wanted to talk to me. The two free Skypephones that were very kindly sent to me for testing have languished on my office desk for the last week, whilst my iPhone keeps reminding me that I've not actually made a call for several days.
I'm obviously not the kind of person who will go for the Skype part of the Skypephone (opens in new tab), but the way that it provides cheap mobile network access for my notebook is attractive.
Today I saw someone up town offering the phones for 85 quid a pair, which is a very enticing price. And you can get them in white too.
If you want one for free you can take part in a little competition here (opens in new tab). The idea is you pitch just how much you really want one, how it will change your life etc etc. The best pitches get a phones.
My suggestion is not to go too far overboard on this though. A big production number with dancers and a sky-written message at the end would probably cost more to produce than the 49 quid or so you have to lay out for a phone of your own. But a cheap, heartfelt, plea might hit the spot.
By mentioning this I suppose that this means I'm actually taking part in some kind of viral marketing but what the hey, I like the product.