Details Of Three's Skypephone Version 2 Leaked On The Net

Although it might not be as glamorous as the iPhone 3G, the Skypephone did grab the headlines at its launch last November for one single reason, it was the first phone to be built around the popular VoIP application that is Skype offering you up to 4,000 Skype minutes and 10,000 Chat messages per month.

Mobile service provider Three gambled that prospective and existing customers would be exciting about the idea of getting Skype calls and chats for (almost) free; the product has been successful enough for Three to order a welcomed upgrade from Chinese manufacturer Amoi.

The new model, codenamed IM2, comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera and will also offer WiFi connectivity but not UMTS or HSDPA (although Pocketlint says that should be possible) and is scheduled to go on sale on the 18th of August.

Sadly, there's no flash but the screen size will be bumped to 2.2-inch and the price will still be kept quite low as the phone will primarily be targeted to a PAYG audience.

Other features include the possibility to use the phone as a modem, a microSD slot capable of supporting 4GB cards and 50MB onboard memory.

There are also unconfirmed rumours that the phone will offer unlimited POP2/iMap email for only £2.50 per month, which some sources have already said will be a killer feature.

Three has also announced that it will be offering the E71 and even a Blackberry in the next few weeks. Below, an artist rendition of the new Skypephone.