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Europe's 3 Allows iPod Touch to Make Phone Calls via MiFi

December 2, 2009 11:13 AM | Apple | Three - 3 |

Europe's mobile network 3 is offering an 8 GB iPod Touch and MiFi wireless modem that allows the iPod Touch to make phone calls like the iPhone.  The cost is only £24 ($40) per month, including a 5GB of data per month, with a 2 year contract.

The iPod is very similar to the iPhone, such as running applications from the Apple App Store; however, it can't make phone calls.  Now it's possible to make phone calls via voice-over-IP (VoIP) apps, which includes, Nimbuzz, Skype and Truphone.  However, you have to use a Wi-Fi connection because networks won't be happy with users slowing their 3G network with VoIP calls.
 

 

UK's 3 to Sell $3 SIM Card to Make Free Skype Calls On Your Cell Phone

April 24, 2009 6:16 PM | Three - 3 |


U.K. cell phone carrier 3 and Skype will debut a service on May 1st that will allow subscribers with GSM phones, the standard in Europe, to purchase a Skype-oriented SIM card for less than $3 to make free calls to other Skype users.  When users activate their cell phones with the SIM card, they'll receive text messages with instructions on how to install 3's Internet settings and download Skype software. New users can buy a 3 Skypephone.

3 will offer a new Skypephone in the fourth quarter of 2009. 3 began offering its first Skypephones in October 2007 in nine countries where it operates, which includes Austria, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, and Sweden in Europe.
 

 

3 Skypephone Offers Free Skype-to-Skype Mobile Calls & Instant Messaging

October 29, 2007 8:39 AM | Three - 3 |

Skype and 3 have launched a new affordable handset that lets you make free Skype to Skype calls and send free Skype instant messages from your mobile phone to other Skype users no matter where they are.

The 3 Skypephone is a fully-featured 3G Internet phone with Skype built-in. In addition to Skype calls the phone makes conventional calls and can be used to access 3’s broad range of other internet services.

3 customers using the 3 Skypephone will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages on the move with the push of a button. This is the first time an operator has offered a mass market device which is tailor-made for free calling over the internet from a mobile. Now, all of Skype’s 246 million registered can be reached for free with the 3 Skypephone.

The handset was developed by Skype and 3 in partnership with Qualcomm, using Qualcomm’s BREW platform to enable Skype to work with core handset features such as address book and messaging.

3 Skypephone

 

Skype & 3 Working on Internet Cell Phone

October 15, 2007 9:45 AM | Three - 3 |

According to Reuters, Skype (owned by eBay) is working with 3 (UK cell phone service operator) to develop a cell phone that will allow cell phone users in the UK to make free calls via the Internet.

3 has confirmed that they are working to make the Internet mobile phone a reality, however, they would not confirm any further details or who they was working with. The Internet cell phone is expected to operate as a normal cell phone; however, it would include a Skype function to contact other Skype customers.

Skype uses an Internet connection to place a voice call, bypassing the telephony network for which telecoms operators charge by the minute. Skype calls to other broadband-connected Skype users are free.

Skype did not give any further details but said the phone would be out later this year.

 

Europe's Telecoms May Create Mobile Search

February 5, 2007 7:24 PM | Cingular | Three - 3 | Vodafone |

Europe's biggest telecoms want to keep more of cell phone advertising in their pockets that hand it over to Google or Yahoo.  Some of Europe's biggest telecoms groups will hold talks next week about creating a mobile phone search engine.

Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and American network Cingular will come together for talks at the industry's annual trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Britain's Sunday Telegraph reported. The operators believe that creating their own search engine could help them to "retain a greater share of advertising revenues", it added. "There is a big play in mobile search that we need to be part of, and we are exploring those options at a very high level," an unnamed British executive at one of the companies involved told the paper.

However, The implications for existing deals between the networks and the US search companies are not clear.  Google has signed up Vodafone, Hutchison's 3 and T-Mobile, while Yahoo! has signed up Vodafone and 3.  This will be interesting.


 

Skype Launches Its First Mobile VOIP With 3 Group

November 16, 2006 9:56 PM | Three - 3 |

Skype launched its first mobile voice-over-IP service in collaboration with an operator, 3 Group, whose customers will soon be the first to use it.  3 Group customers will be able to make free Skype calls to other 3 Group Skype users and to PC-based Skype users around the world. Customers must subscribe to one of 3 Group's new monthly data plans to use the service.

3 Group has not yet revealed the pricing for the plans but says they will include unlimited usage, subject to fair-use limitations. For mobile phone users who make lots of international calls, the offering could deliver significant cost savings, depending on the cost of the data subscription.
3 Group Service Offers Unlimited Calls.
  

 

3 Partners to Offer Fixed-line broadband For Mobile Phones

November 16, 2006 9:49 PM | Microsoft | Nokia | Sony Ericsson | Three - 3 |

3 Group, in Partnership with Skype, Sling Media, Yahoo!, Nokia, Google, eBay, Microsoft, Orb and Sony Ericsson, unleashes the true power of broadband internet over the mobile.

Hutchison Whampoa Limited today announced the global launch of the X-Series from 3. It will extend several of the core applications and uses of the broadband internet to the mobile handset, with a new pricing model. The X-Series from 3 will be supported by the leading internet companies, cutting-edge handsets from the world's leading mobile manufacturers and premium customer service.

Customers will be able to make unlimited calls from their mobile using Skype, watch their home television via their mobile using Sling, access their home PC remotely using Orb and have access to the best of internet and messaging services from Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger and Google.


 

Sling Media & 3 to Deliver Cable TV on Mobile Phones

November 16, 2006 9:32 PM | Cell Phone TV | Three - 3 |

Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, and the 3 Group, the global leader in 3G mobile broadband, today announced that they are partnering to give customers access to their home TV channels on their mobile handsets. The announcement was made today as part of Hutchison Whampoa’s global launch of the X-Series from 3, which unveils the true power of the internet on mobile broadband.  

This is the first time that Sling Media has partnered with a major mobile operator and signifies the increasing consumer demand for the Slingbox and the increasing focus on mobile TV services that deliver a truly personalized one-to-one experience to the customer.

The X-Series from 3, will give 3 customers the ability to experience all that they enjoy on the internet, using the latest mobile broadband handsets and with the award-winning Slingbox, customers will be able to watch anything they are able to watch on their own TV.


 

Mobile Operator "3" Launches Digital Cell Phone TV Channel

May 1, 2006 9:51 AM | Cell Phone TV | Three - 3 |

Now Italian soccer fans with mobile phones, thanks to 3G mobile operator "3", can watch the up coming 2006 FIFA World Soccer Cup games on their cell phones.  3 has just launched a digital TV channel for their cellular phone users.

The "walk TV" is a new television service that is already broadcasting "free-to-air" channels from RAI (the state-owned station), Mediaset, and Sky Italy to 500 "pilot customers."

Even though 3 states the network is ready and expects to reach more than 65 percent of the Italian population, this won't happen overnight. The new cellular phones with DVB-H capability (the technology behind digital-mobile-TV service) will not be on the market until mid-May 2006. The U900 smart phone (see specs. below), manufactured by LG Electronics, will be the first product to be offered, with Samsung's P910 to follow shortly thereafter.

The mobile operator has also announced "La3," an in-house manufactured mobile television network that will create original content and formats, covering sports, entertainment, cinema and many other topics.